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Rod Trent posted over on his blog some thoughts on running a domain controller as a VM (virtual machine). I can think of two places I would do this. Disaster recovery and as part of a "swing" upgrade to active directory from an NT4 domain. In most instances you are building a new destination DC on new hardware, and have an NT4 domain controller on older hardware. Build the new Windows 2003 Server and then build an NT4 server on it as a VM. Promote it to be the PDC. Upgrade it to be the new AD domain’s ...
Game Daily has an interview with Chris Donhaue, group manager of Developer Relations for Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies. The interview is at http://biz.gamedaily.com/fe... Here is a few interesting tidbits BIZ: The next version of Windows (Longhorn) is supposed to be more console-like in that it's going to eliminate the need to download drivers and installing games will be easier. What can you tell us about Longhorn as it relates to gaming?CD: ...
Well... after 2 and a half months of testing and fault finding we have finally sorted our problem out with the Windows CE 4.2 platform. The culprit was not the wireless drivers or the zero config, or even the tick count. It was the CEDB! Can you believe it... I can. The CEDB is totally unreliable on CF Cards and can cause the entire windows platform to crash for no apparent reason! We updated the Windows CE platform with all the QFE's and service packs but still it fell over. So what can you do about ...
Over the last 5 years I have been involved in a lot of different projects where Identity Management or IDM has become more and more important. Any work with local or natinal government now has this as a key element so I thought it might be time to blog a little on the topic... What is it? Simply put Identity management (ID management) is a broad administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system (such as a country, a network, or an enterprise) and controlling their access to ...
I have been having a BIG problem with debugging an application on CE.Net. This is NOT a standard problem. Basically I have an application that is collecting data from a TCP/IP port and then transforming this into web pages and logging the data to a CEDB on a CF Card. There are wireless drivers for the Cisco wireless card on the build but there is no card in the device at the moment. (This we think is inconsequential... as it fails with or without the wireless card). The problem is after 4 and a half ...
This sort of thing drives me crazy! Admittedly I am a big Microsoft fan but...even with that properly balanced the lack of logic and understanding is astounding. Sure, Microsoft has botched things pretty nicely from time to time (remember Bob? Visual Basic for DOS?) but for the most part those of us who make a living working in the IT space owe said living (at least in some small part) to Microsoft. Think about it...every BSOD that ever occurs gets blamed on Windows. In the end, an overwhelming percentage ...
Chris Pirillo blogged about Microsoft and Power Users having experienced the Longhorn presentation at WinHEC this week. Now, I’ve been commenting a lot on Neowin, Scoble’s Blog comments, and other places about how this is a hardware engineering conference, and how the build of Longhorn that was distributed is meant only to provide those hardware engineers with what they need to start building drivers for Longhorn. A lot of people who have seen the screenshots of this build have complained ...
For past 2 years we had been using IDE Hard disk trays to clone/dump/restore Hard disk which we wanted to test again and again. We had a dedicated couple of machine which had 3 hard drives and fourth hard drive fixed a removable hard disk tray. Installed the good old Win 98 DOS bootable OS. So the idea was to put a hard drive into the tray, push it thru the tray holder and this will act as the 4th drive. Boot the machine, come up to C: prompt. Launch Ghost.exe from there and dump to image(.GHO) from ...
Courtesy: Paul Gerrard, Systeme Evolutif Ltd. www.evolutif.co.uk What's different about testing client/server? Client/server architectures allow complex systems to be assembled from components. However, multiple operating systems, changing technologies and greater architectural complexity make integration more difficult. Risks such as poor reliability, performance, configuration management, security and other non-functional issues are more prominent. None of the risks in client/server are new, but ...
Part ISo, this is a good story. My father-in-law bought a Compaq Presario about two months ago and has all ready had a major issue with it. Saturday evening, he shut down the pc and Saturday night he booted it up again. The 'System Restore' screen came up and he was unable to get past the screen. He was willing to restore the pc since it is fairly new and he just uses it for games. Anywhoo, he brought it over for me to look at. I tried a new hard drive, cables, etc, etc. Finally, I started a live ...
Today I am at a customer again, for whome I had set up their first network and domain, based on Microsoft Small Business Server 2003.They have called me in today to solve some of the 'critical errors' their SBS server is giving them. Because they seem to be pretty generic, and probably common errors, I thought a ITT blog post might be cool, so I will be formating this post as a kind of 'dairy' of the day.(The SBS installation is in Dutch, so I am forced to traslate errors ad-hoc, I try to name by ...
Well, it's official. As of March 14th or so Erika and I will no longer be Montrealers but will instead be Vancouverites!!! That's right, we're packing up our things and our cat and heading out west. The Pet Shop Boys made me do it with their incessant prodding, I swear. There are a few reasons for this move but it basically comes down to this. Before we really settle down, buy a house, have kids and all that we really wanted to make sure we're living in the place where we really want to be. In this ...
What I'm talking about is this. Morford suggests that Macs are somehow inately more secure than Windows PCs. I disagree. I know that the NT core of modern Windows OSes is every bit as solid as Mach. I also know that Windows is targetted more by those with malicious intent because it's a far larger target. What's harder to realize is that Windows is more popular for some of the same reasons that it is a larger target. Windows has made sacrifices to its security in the name of compatability and ease-of-use. ...
Today was the last day at the media company I was with. I was only there for 3 months, but I was kinda of saddened to leave, even though it had partly been my choice to go.Its a real shame they where so far away from where I live. Well, far away is a real relative term in the Netherlands, where actual geographical distance seems tiny, until you factor in time spent in traffic jams, or trying to get connecting trains.. and the latter is still my case as I still don't have a drivers licence.If they ...
Life of a one-man IT department – Mike McBride After my experiences today I'm reconsidering the way I look at password policies. I had to go around and install the new drivers for that Canon copier/printer today on about 15 machines. The install involved installing the Canon LPR port, installing the print driver, restarting, and then entering the Department ID information for the print job accounting functions. So I would sit down at a PC, run the installers, and ask the user to enter their ...
This thanksgiving I happened to shop for a MP3 player. I got myself the Creative Zen Xtra (30GB) and a wireless Sennheiser headset. Being a music buff I am also planning to get one of these so that where ever there are people who share the same interests in music as I do we all can listen together. All they would need to do is tune in to my channel :)!! Ok that was the hardware, now talking about the software part. I accidently forgot my software kit and other stuff except the player at my friends ...
Now Half Life 2 has come out, it was time to prepare the game computer. I hadn't touched it for weeks, as I do most of my stuff on the laptop now. The installation on it was over a year old and full of all kinds of junk that I dont need on there anymore. So I decided to stick a new installation on there. Because I use folder redirection and a bunch of other tricks to keep all essential data on the server, I had no problems simply formatting C and reinstalling Windows XP + SP2 from the CD. After all ...
Well the last week has been colorfull. Started the new job at the media company, and feelings are still mixed. First of all, the positive points.This is a big operation. Its a very cool enviroment to work in. Round the corner of this office is the cotrol room for our national television channels, and upstairs are the newsrooms themsselves, that we had a walk though. When I go to lunch I see people I previously only new from TV. Yesterday I got the grand tour from one of the network guys. I visited ...
I read this article on PRWeb about CD/DVD shredder and start wondering what other people do to get rid of their CD/DVD's filled with personal information that should not be available to anybody else? The price of this CD/DVD shredder is $US 130 which is too much for me to justify the price of the it seeing that I don't shread 15-20 CD/DVD's in a day. But yes, I face with the problem of disposing CD/DVD's often. With paper it is easy, use a paper shredder, but how easily should I dispose the CD/DVD's ...
Integration Testing is an important step in a project, validating that the boundaries of a system are functioning properly and will deliver the required results. Specifically, all components within the system should cooperate with each other properly. Integration Testing is performed by Integration Testers or Software Developers. Integration testing is a logical extension of Unit Testing. In its simplest form, two units that have already been tested are combined into a Component and the interface ...
If we are following Top Down Integration approach, we need Stubs and when we are using Bottm Up Integration approach, we need Drivers. Stubs are basically "called functions" and Drivers are "calling functions".They are needed because when you are integrating your system, you do not have all the components available which are required to test the components which are available. E.g If your Module A calls two functions from Module B and C and you are asked to test the Module A when you do not have ...
In Robert Burns "To A Mouse," the author said that the "The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley." In modern English, we render this as "the best laid plans of mice and men, oft' go awry." I remember reading the entire poem during high school long ago. I was reminded of that when I found the report I subsequently wrote for my English Literature class. Little did I know that the saying would apply very strongly to me. I wrote earlier that I intended to add a SATA RAID to ...
Resources Covered: - · Introduction· Review of Features· Enhancements· DTS Redefined· Deployment and Management· Hand Shake of Brothers (.NET and YUKON) or Marriage of Romeo and Juliet.Author: - Veer Ji WangooApplies to : - SQL SERVER “YUKON” Beta 1Target Audience :- SQL DBA,Solution Architects,IT analysts ,Developers etcIntroductionThe world of Programming had never moved so fast as it did in last couple of years. After Y2K the things got so fast that it ...
If your like me and frustrated with your Samsung Smartphone because you spend way to much money to have 2002 software loaded and no access to write .NET apps for it (the original purpose of purchasing the phone), then keep your eye on site. They say it will be available (for an extra $15) tomorrow, but they have said this for quite some time and moved it back each week. However, this is the first time I have seen a link so I thought I would share. http://vzw.smithmicro.com/s... UPDATE: The download ...
It always seems that disk drives fail at the most inopportune time. Of course, there never really is a good time. This failure has kept me too busy recently with the recovery process. I had backups, but they were elderly, so the disk is off for a clean room recovery process. What is especially irritating is that the failed disk is a nearly new Western Digital Caviar 160GB EIDE hard drive. It was manufactured September 30, 2003, installed in our SOHO server in late November 2003, and failed last week. ...
Testing Your Web Application A Quick 10-Step Guide by Krishen Kota Interested in a quick checklist for testing a web application? The following 10 steps cover the most critical items that I have found important in making sure a web application is ready to be deployed. Depending on size, complexity, and corporate policies, modify the following steps to meet your specific testing needs. Step 1 - Objectives Make sure to establish your testing objectives up front and make sure they are measurable. It ...
ATI was highly critical of Nvidia after they realized Nvidia was cheating on benchmarking tests to make their scores higher and thus make it seem like their video card was better. At the time, I was in the market for a new video card and the whole cheating scandal swayed my decision more towards ATI (not by much, the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro was the best card out at the time). After having been an Nvidia customer for a long time, I bought an ATI. Now, ATI is admitting that it too employs secret cheats ...
My MS experience so far has been very positive. No other internship/coop position has forced me to use some much of the skills I have learned in school and then some. I can't really detail my project however, I have had to learn everything from low level miniport drivers to APIs and everything in between. So far I have had my head in a book at every space moment and I still have a ton to learn. Some of the stuff I'm doing is at a lower level than I like, but it is still valuable to know so all in ...

Please be advised that Newfoundland received 35 cm of snow over the weekend.  The snowplough drivers are one of the segments of Public Employees that remain on strike. This will cause slow driving today.

 

While many of you know sites like this or the now departed Interface Hall of Shame (static mirror here) which target generic bad UI design. Too few developers really think about their specific user audience. And fewer developers still actually talk to their end users. As UI designers and software developers we owe it two our end users to understand them. Often great, well thought out software can be crippled by seemingly small UI blunders. Case in point: Children's game/educational software. A lot ...
Using C#: using System.Data.SqlClient;...Sq... oSQLConn = new SqlConnection();oSQLConn.Co... = "Data Source=(local);" + "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" + "Integrated Security=SSPI";oSQLConn.Ope... Using VB.NET: Imports System.Data.SqlClient...Dim oSQLConn As SqlConnection = New SqlConnection()oSQLConn.Con... = "Data Source=(local);" & _ "Initial Catalog=mySQLServerDBName;" & _ "Integrated Security=SSPI"oSQLConn.Open() If connection to a remote server (via ...
Good morning Kansas, as a joke we decided not to clean the roads today! With last night's freak rain/ice/snow storm, we the department of transportation safety, decided to not clean the roads. How stupid is that. Johnson County (one of the richest counties in the nation) is full of idiot drivers with SUVs ready to go. Every car but 2 I saw (probably 15-20) in the ditch, was a brand new Luxury SUV. My car, is a nice fat, rear-wheel drive machine. I made it fine, so how does your new Hummer H2 get ...
So tonight as I was walking from my car up to my backdoor, I got mugged. Thats right, in my own frigging backyard I actually got mugged! Some dude walks up to me and demands my wallet. I gladly handed it over and he ran off into the night, probably never to be found. Now I get to go through the fun process of canceling all of my credit cards, getting a new drivers license and installing a security light in my back yard. Although the police did detain two men who were walking near my neighborhood ...
FINALLY! I got a machine together - not all the parts I wanted - but good enough to get Longhorn on it. Final piece was the DVD drive. I did a clean install of Longhorn. I was quite interested in how the install process would proceed. So I will detail it out as much as I can for those people that are strange and love these details (like me). First off, there was no blue install screen where you would see the default drivers and such being installed. The first things requested was a page where I had ...
In the keynote for PDC ... FIRST DAY rockin! FROM ME: I feel like Dorothy and have landed in the land of OZ! Tons of people for the Bill Gates keynote with giant monitors all over the place. They started with showing us all the HALO PDC video which is a total riot. After that we got a little emotional clip about the history of Windows starting from the beginning. Bill Gates talked about this being a record PDC - more signups than any other PDC. Man, he is starting to age when you see him 20 feet ...