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Day three of the MVP summit was held at the Microsoft Campus. Things started badly with a long and slow bus ride through heavy traffic leaving me with no time for breakfast when I finally arrived at the conference centre. I boarded the shuttle for building 43 to find most of my fellow BizTalk MVPs (the ones who have been staying in downtown Seattle since the weekend) equally late, and we arrived en masse about 15 minutes into the first session. Jesus Rodriguez was on his feet presenting the forthcoming ...
You might think I'm little behind with this news, believe it or not but until now I was still runing on Windows XP. But no more excuses! This week I want ahead and finally bought Vista for my home computer. To be precise it's Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit version. The fun begins! Why I choose Ultimate edition? The politically correct answer of course is that I use the computer for both work and fun… but hey, the truth, as you all know, is that I'm a geek so I just want the best system I can get! ...
I was reinstalling my HP nc6000 laptop after putting in a new 100Gb drive and went through the process of installing the latest ATI Catalyst drivers for the standard Radeon series (v6.11 for Windows XP Pro, desktop version) and there are finally options to rotate displays, including proper support for rotating either one or both of my desktops. Handy, as you don't want to rotate the LCD panel on the laptop, but the rotating the external monitor is really handy. I love editing Word documents in A4 ...

 

Not sure I'll be able to make it this year, but I'm going to try.

 

It's back in LA, October 2-5.

 

 

Hopefully, the buss drivers won't go on strike again.

One of the many reasons for software project failure is failing to meet requirements (well, duh). But part of that problem is not detailing correctly what the requirements are. If you think that requirements only fall into the categories of critical success factors and/or must-have/must-be requirements, sprinkled in with a few more-is-better/highly desired requirements, you're missing the boat. And your projects will fail. As we learn from Tyner Blain, you have to capture the implicit requirements ...
Have put together some tips on Clustering VMWare Server, have a look, hope it helps... Clustering VMWare: Virtual Machines Clusters Objective: To build two virtual machines that will be highly available Clustered nodes. Purpose: To test and build applications that use the clustered resource. NOTES: (1) Virtual machines have always the same hardware, they don't depend from the HOST hardware type and for the same reasons you can save, move and load a virtual machine anywhere where VMWare is installed. ...
I have finally reinstalled my Vista Ultimate to RTM after running RC1 for some time. The installation went smoothly and took less than half an hour for a clean installation with all the essential drivers without me having to go rummaging through my CD collection to find any drivers. I chose to install the Ultimate rather than Enterprise version since I plan to use Vista for both entertainment and work. The picture below which I've expertly copied from the Windows Vista magazine sums up nicely the ...
After a lot of speculation it seems that Toshiba are finally producing drivers for Windows Vista. The message given thus far from Toshiba has been, "when we're ready", which seems rather odd when considering that Toshiba are actually selling machines with Vista pre-installed, hmmm what drivers are they using? Another odd matter is that the drivers are only available currently from the US Toshiba site here, so I would take this as a note of caution which is that main reason I haven't installed any ...
Hey INVIDA, In case you weren't aware of it FREAKIN' VISTA WENT ON SALE TUESDAY. You seem to be aware of the existence of Vista but you don't support any of the hardware I have that had "Vista Ready" written all over the packaging when I bought it. Your site has "Vista blah blah blah" all over it but most of us with your hardware CANNOT run it because of your lack of drivers. Get busy on drivers for us or I, for one, will make sure the SLi board and the 2 INSANELY expensive GeForce cards I have right ...
Well, I recently got a new Toshiba Laptop. I bought it in December, so no Vista. It was running Windows Media Center Edition. It's a nice machine, Dual Core, 2GB RAM, etc... So, I decided to put the MSDN copy of Vista Ultimate edition on it. Everything seemed to run fine except for a few issues. I couldn't run a program called IsoBuster, Vista just wouldn't let me open the .exe no matter what I tried. And then there are still compatibility issues for VS 2005, which weren't giving me any warm fuzzies.. ...
O.K.--so I got a shiny core duo 2 from dell the other day, and have vista loaded onto it. The performance thingy rates me as a 3.5 (because of the video card), and says I should be able to enjoy all of the snazzy new features of Vista.I start to tinker, and soon find that the Aero stuff is really only skin deep--as soon as you go into any of the dialog boxes for more advanced stuff (like the system dialog boxes, the "advanced properties" of the display, etc), you quickly find that this is just XP ...
Hey NVIDIA, I for one have put a TON of money into my machine here at home, you know staying current has its price. I have a super nice Asus SLi motherboard, dual eVGA video cards that were rediculously expensive (they still are come to think of it), loads of memory and freakin' fast hard drives and all of this for what? So I can run Vista. When are you going to deliver on your promise and release drivers for SLi on Vista (x86 of 64-bit, doesn't matter)? I'm a developer and understand that it takes ...
So, for Christmas I got this great desktop set from Logitech. The most expensive desktop set on the market. Yet that seems to count for nothing as I have now sent this back; the keyboard was fine and I really miss the "laptop type" keys but the mouse had such a huge lag it was almost un-usable just playing with Windows, playing games was a complete waste of time. Now, I am running Vista and the software doesn't support Vista; I did force the install but continued to get error from the bluetooth connection ...
Ok, I've been lucky enough to get a copy of Vista Ultimate RTM. Firstly the disclaimer, trying any of the suggestions in this post is taken at your own risk. If you have data you want to keep ... back it up! And don't try this on a system that doesn't first pass the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor test. I had installed many Vista Beta's under VMWare on my machine and they had worked but hadn't exactly been fast enough to be really useable or try features I wanted to check such as Aero so I decided ...
After the love-in that was my installation of Vista, came the tricky bit – installing the applications and it was never going to be as pretty. Problem #1 – the vanishing drive. I installed iTunes (why I hate this application will be another post) and the DivX drivers (it was late, I had nearly finished my wine, and I wanted to watch some comedy). The next morning I attempted to install something else, and couldn’t because my DVD drive no longer worked. It wasn’t something simple either, because Vista ...
After downloading Vista Enterprise from MSDN and finally got round to installing it!!! And wow!! It's really is pretty! a total joy to use. To top it off I installed Office 2007 and am publishing this post with Word 2007. I have had a couple of problems installing it with a few things not working straight away I had to search around for some drivers and my printer software wont install but the drivers are OK. My PC has a rank of 4.0 on the "Vista Scale" out of (apparently) 5.9(?) see more here; next ...
I haven't blogged for a few weeks and there are perfectly good reasons for that, Firstly, I've been playing with all the new technologies such as WF, WCF, Office 2007 and Vista. Vista was fun getting it to work on my Toshiba P100 laptop, but thanks to http://www.laptopvideo2go.com I have a fully functioning Nvidia 7600 Go graphics card and Aero is running just sweet and DirectX games are just fine (infact I think they run quicker!) However these are not officially supported drivers so use them at ...
If you have a Dell Precision Workstation and are running Windows Vista, Dell has finally started ro release official drivers and software for it. One of the best things is that you can now get the Quickset utility for Vista, however you will have to update the BIOS before you can install it. My install went very smooth, and so far I have had no problems using the app. Now I just have to wait for Dell to release Vista compatible printer drivers ...
Here's an interesting trick you can do with any Vista DVD. A limited version of this was actually possible back with Win2000 and WinXP. But back then it wasn't really that handy. With the RTM of Vista though it's insanely useful, to the point that I think that every systems guy that's worth his salt should be familiar with this. It allows you to do some excellent troubleshooting with only a Windows Vista DVD. And not just on a Vista machine. You can use this to troubleshoot a copy of XP, Win2K3 Server, ...

WOW - Having installed Epson CX3810 printer drivers brought Photoshop to its knees. I've spent weeks in the past figuring out why Photoshop loaded so slowly, then when opening .psd files, took "years" to load if at all. So, those that are having problems with Photoshop loading or not opening files, try uninstalling your printer drivers and see if that fixes Photoshop. Also, be careful of opening or saving files through a network - may or may not work for some...

So we finally moved the HP inkjet printer/scanner from the office to where the Mac is. Apple always plays up how "plug and play" friendly Macs are, and I was veeeery skeptical. So I plug in the printer, and plug the usb cable into the Mac...and nothing. No notification, no "we've found new hardware"...nothing. WTF?! How the heck do I get this printer working? I don't even know where the driver disk is! So now I'm ticked...another Mac woe for me to blog about. But then I remembered that there's a ...
If anyone has been following this technology closely, there have been a lot of complaints by some of the security vendors regarding PatchGuard. I first heard about this technology at TechEd 2006 in a lot of the Vista sessions. The recent controversy caused me to do a little more research in to this technology and the issues surrounding it. The official name for this technology is called Kernel Patch Protection (KPP) and it's purpose is to increase the security and stability of the Windows kernel. ...
By Marc Farley 3 stars (out of 5) This book is a broad overview of all things related to data storage: how disk drives work how file systems and drivers use disk drives direct attached storage (local disk drive) SCSI RAID NAS (network attached storage) SAN (storage area network) backups and tape technologies With this much territory to cover, the author had to choose between writing an encyclopedia and keeping things high level. He opted for high level. The book is a good way to get started with ...
How I miss the days when printer drivers consumed an unobtrusive 300k or so... I actually went out to HP's website in search of the leanest driver possible for this printer, and this was it. Atrocious that it requires MORE DISK SPACE THAN THE ENTIRE OPERATING SYSTEM!!! Stupid bloatware. During installation there are four steps, and fortunately the first two are actually installing the driver, and the last two are putting on all the extra useless crap. So if you end task on the installer after step ...
You want to know what gets me? Do you? Well....when I'm running through the reviews of Windows XP Professional 64 bit Edition over at newegg.com and idiots are making statements like this one from Green Martian: “Of course you’ll have to search for 64 bit drivers the world over, then you might not even find them. Your selection of 64 bit virus/firewall/spam programs is limited. Your 32 bit might work, but most software makers won’t support their software running on x64 system.“ ...
Well after spending a bit of time installing and configuring my virtual PC to run XNA, I run into a glitch where the VPC doesn’t support Direct3D. My first clue was when I went to run the SpaceWar project that’s included, I got the following exception: "Could not find a Direct3D device compatible with the current device preferences." I thought to myself, “Self – that’s odd because your graphics card does have Direct3D, dxdiag says so (and passed all tests as well!). ...
What is it about new things that aren’t out yet and you want to talk about them anyways? I’ve been thinking about the new features in Vista and how students can use them. I’ve also been thinking about school’s technology departments and how they will like or dislike Vista. Students will like the new interface. Who wouldn’t? They will also like the photo gallery to keep their pictures organized. It’s amazing how many pictures teenagers take! Many already use Flickr ...
This is an obscure problem which took a lot of digging. It was finally Roger Bjärevall's post here that lead to the answer. Roger is the developer of Minq Software's DB-Visualizer which is a great utility for connecting to a variety of databases as I often do. The bottom line is you can't use Type 4 drivers to connect to DB2 7.1 so this one won't work. You have to configure the connection using the one installed with DB2 (\SQLLIB\java\db2java.zip). I got that far pretty easily. However, you ...
Now I noticed this on Engadget a few weeks back, but have only just got a round to blogging it. Interestingly enough, while filling up the car this morning I noticed a sign on the fuel pump that stated "sorry for the delay in activating the pump while we record your number plate" Now I do not condone speeding, regardless of the speed I (or anyone else) drives at, but what really gets me is that it is such an arbitary rule on something that really should be subjective? Can anyone really try and argue ...
Here's a screenshot of Windows Vista rc1 running on my Dell D620. Everything is working very well despite a few bugs. IE7 continues to give me some minor fits I cannot explain: 1. I cannot change my homepage and make it stick. 2. I cannot add URL's to the trusted sites zone or the intranet zone. On other fronts: 1. I have to launch the sidebar manually - although some think this is a good thing. 2. Expanding my monitor still is with its problems - the behavior isn't consistent. On the up side: 1. ...

If you have installed Windows Vista RC1 and have a graphics card with a NVidia GPU you can download and install the ForceWare drivers here:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_96.33.html


Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado
I was very glad to read a post today from James O'Neill's blog on Virtual PC 2007. Coincidentally enough, I had just loaded Virtual PC 2004 on Windows Vista build 5536 and was wondering to myself if a new version was ever going to see the light of day. Well fear not! While there is no news on the beta or a release date (other than the "2007" moniker) there is documentation. This gives me hope! Improvements are: · Optimized for Windows Vista. The virtualization architecture has been optimized for ...
According to an article on BetaNews you will never ever be able to play HD-DVD or BluRay movies on a Windows Vista 32-bit edition. The reason is simple: in the 32-bit editions of Vista it is possible to install unsigned drivers at the Kernel level and this could allow a smart developer to create a workaround to copy these protected movies. In the 64-bit edition of Vista every driver has to be signed.This is imho a stupid move of Microsoft because I estimate that it will take less than 2 weeks after ...
I've been a windows user since the days of windows 3.1... windows at college and Amiga Workbench at home :) Windows 95 was a big improvement, and XP another big step. But I always wondered how life was as a Linux user. I've also been plagued with XP annoyances recently - spyware, anti-virus software and all the security add-ons have been driving me mad! So, recently I "took the plunge", and discovered how much linux has progressed recently. This post is basically just me waffling about my Linux experience. ...
Do you ever re-install your OS and then spend the next hour (or more) re-installing all of your drivers? I’ve gone through this several times myself. Innovative Solutions has the solution to this and it’s called DriverMax. It lets you back up all (or even just some) of your current drivers and re-install them all at once. And the price is definitely right. $0. From the website: DriverMax is a new program which allows you to easily reinstall all your Windows drivers. No more searching ...
In this post I’m going to discuss a possible solution to a common problem and that is how do to initiate a renewal process to replace an old system without initating one of the existing major change drivers. System renewal and end of life are the life blood of I.T. Our whole business thrives on change. But change is costly, time consuming, complex, problematic and uncomfortable. It’s one of mankind’s ultimate ironies, we are good at adapting to change but we don’t like it. ...
I’ve been looking into a new notebook lately and while “some” of the hardware configurations should make it Aero Glass compatible and potentially pass the Vista Upgrade Advisor muster, there’s just no guarantee that all device drivers will be updated. When speaking to Dell sales personnel on the phone they made verbal guarantees that the configuration I setup would be Vista Premium Capable – but they can’t (or wouldn’t) put that on the final configuration ...
Reader J. Pickens responded to my Toyota Camry Hybrid review with the following criticism : Its really too bad that the net energy use by your new hybrid is actually HIGHER than it would be for the non-hybrid version of the Camry. This is due to the extra energy cost of the electric motors, wiring, and, especially, the nickel metal hydride batteries which are not present in the non-hybrid Camry. Add it up, you are getting around an extra 10 to 15mpg for around 150,000 miles of battery lifetime. So, ...
Preamble: Us Citrix Guys have been bouncing against the issue of migration to dissimilar hardware for a while now, with quite a number of customers with Images or Production Servers based on DL360 G2's and G3's and these Images are now needing to be applied to G4's. Obviously there wasn't too much issue between the earlier two, but as we start approaching the G4 platform this has caused some issues with the 5i/6i Array Driver. We do tend to have a policy of trying to Sysprep where ever possible as ...
update 6/11/8:32 am: Reader j.pickens questions the true benefits of a hybrid. Read my response here. update 6/10/06 2:22 pm: Welcome Instapundit readers! (and others) update 6/10/06 2:20 pm: I made another roadtrip, this time to Chicago, that revealed some additional insights : In the Chicago freeway system, the DVD navigation does use exit numbers in the audio guidance, but in my local Cedar Rapids area, I just get “stay right“ or “exit right” even though the exit number ...
Ok, so I was curious. This past weekend I decided to move all my data and music and pictures and assorted crapola to a secondary drive (along with everything in My Documents... just to be safe) and pop in the Vista Beta 2 DVD and upgrade my desktop machine. I didn't get very far, although I will say the installer interface is very pretty. I was presented with a dialog that indicated I had some apps that would need to be reinstalled after the upgrade (no biggie... I expected that) and that I might ...
This is adapted from a recent email conversation I had about network I/O models for a GUI client running on .NET. I ended up on a tangent, covering APIs available for 3 major platforms. Since all this info was gathered in one place, I figured I might as well post it :) There's also some discussion about when blocking and non-blocking models are appropriate, but I don't actually draw any conclusions. Hopefully there's enough background here for someone to make the call on their own. Let's start by ...
Dang, I really really wanted to run Windows Vista on my new Lenovo (formally IBM) Thinkpad T60. I installed it just fine and got all the drivers working, but I need three things in order for this to be my work laptop. One, I need Microsoft Outlook and that worked just fine. I need our work-based messaging program to work. It didn't at first, but you can run this program using the Program Compatibility Wizard and assign it to run in a Windows XP SP2 context. Then the last program I need is Nortel's ...
Performance and Scalability Vista makes fewer and larger disk reads for page faults and system cache read-ahead and has removed the 64KB limit. Fewer, faster, and larger disk writes for the system page file and mapped file I/O reduce the page file fragmentation and allow a larger cluster size. The CPU usage has also been improved by providing improvements in the concurrency management within the kernel. Windows Error Reporting (WER) Vista is a more robust and resilient operating system that provides ...
In cities all over, the pitter-patter of feet attempting to make something that appears to be pancakes or bacon and eggs can be heard. New golf bags and drivers will be presented and unwrapped. Those living in cities where its not raining might even be golfing today. There will be home-made cards expressing love and affection for being the provider, protector, and boo-boo kisser. Yes, its Father's Day today, and to all of you who have experienced what I'm talking about, congratulations, enjoy today! ...
Up until Vista, an application or a driver could prevent the system from entering a sleep mode (standby or hibernate) and was often caused by a bug or an overly aggressive power management policy. The problem with this was that the user might not know the system hasn't entered the appropriate sleep stat and eventually loose data. Vista no longer queries processes when entering sleep states like previous versions of Windows and has reduced the timeout for user-mode notifications to 2 seconds (down ...
User-Mode Driver Framework (UMDF) Everyone has seen at least one Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) when it comes to buggy kernel-mode drivers causing a crash or allowing privilege escalation. UMDF is Vista's attempt to solve at least some of these problems and supports migration of some USB, Bluetooth, and IP drivers to user mode. Why is this good? Bugs in the driver won't crash the operating system and user-mode drivers can be transparently “restarted“. Devices that are currently supporting UMDF are: ...
I must say that I'm loving the transportation to D'Arcy-Ed this year. The busses are always running on time, and there are plenty of them. Plus, our bus drivers are so happy that we don't have to worry about silly things like drivers striking (but what are the chances of THAT happening?) The main topic at D'Arcy-Ed has been “the project” and its been quite a challange. Everyone who's part of the sessions is very much heads-down in it though...going very well. I won a prize yesterday...the ...
Y'know, I'm not hearing hot things coming out of Tech Ed. Bad keynotes, bus drivers not knowing how to get around the town, and then today a buddy sent me pictures of those magic tables that replenish themselves with goodies..but there was a freaking bucket of fruit on it! Where's the high carb, high sugar, high fat chocolate bar goodness?!?! Today at D'Arcy-Ed, it was an extraveganza of .NET goodness. Much fun had by all. Nothing super crazy to report other then I had the BEST coffee ev-AR this ...
In my last post I talked about a great little UMPC I bought while on vacation in Japan, Sony's VGN-UX50. Once back in the states and having caught up with work again I installed XP Pro English with SP2 in a new folder, keeping the ability to dual boot back to Japanese XP Home. I was pleasantly surprised to find most of the drivers available right there on the hard drive. But when installing the driver for the sound card, I got the message “Microsoft Bus Driver should be loaded in your system before ...