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Kudzu's Tech Blog

Welcome to my tech blog! Here you will find my thoughts and findings regarding .NET, programming, design, and other computer related topics.

 

7/27/2010 - Windows Media Center Wish

Since most commercial breaks are about 4 minutes long, how about a button to skip forward by 4 minutes? More...

7/24/2010 - New PC

My old Quad Core system was pretty hefty by most standards, but faster compiles means faster development. Here are the specs for my new system, and why I made each choice. More...

7/24/2010 - RamDisk + Source Code = Super Fast Development

RamDisks seem to have been vilified over the past decade, or at least shunned. Most say they are not needed because of SuperFetch, etc. For the average user this is true, but for developers this is false. Developers can benefit greatly through the use of a RamDisk. More...

7/24/2010 - Stupid Code of the Day

Not is not mine. More...

7/21/2010 - RAM Disks

In the days of DOS, RAM disks were common. DOS even included support. Supposedly they are not useful under Windows, but that is not true. More...

6/18/2010 - Newsflash - SIDs can be duplicated!

Wow. Shows it pays to always investigate assumptions that may not be founded. More...

5/3/2010 - QEMU with IP4 GDB fix

GDB and QEMU when using GDB have a critical bug on Windows Vista and Windows 7. Its a 2 second fix, one line of code. Well known even... but for some reason the QEMU team just has not fixed it although its been around for a few years now (yes we and others have posted on the forums, and we've also submitted a bug report). Worse yet, they don't build for Windows and the build process is complicated and relies on many older hard to find versions of Cywgwin, etc. But we've fixed it, and here is the binary distro of 0.12.3 for Windows. More...

4/21/2010 - Downgrade Thunderbird

Thunderbird 1 was a disappoinement, but it was 1.0. Thunderbird 2 was a pleasant surprise. It is light, fast, and feature filled. Thunderbird 3 however is a slow pig, with unwelcome UI changes. More...

4/18/2010 - MinGW-3.1.0-1.exe

MinGW-3.1.0-1.exe seems to be in reasonable demand because later versions break compatibility with QEMU and many other utilities. For some reason, the MinGW developers have not only removed older versions such as this, but made it difficult to obtain them. More...

4/5/2010 - Indy IRC Channel

Join us on #Indy-Dev on Freenode. More...

4/4/2010 - TFS Sidekick

TFS Sidekick is a utility which gives a graphical interface to many admin TFS commands. Its free for non commerical use. The code review tool looks especially interesting to me! More...

3/31/2010 - Open Office and MS Office XML formats

I always thought Open Office did not support formats such as .docx. It does, but here is why it apears to many it does not. More...

3/31/2010 - Codeplex now supports Mercurial

I never thought I'd see this. Codeplex is supporting more than just TFS now. This is a great step, and I hope a big sign of how open Codeplex will continue to be. More...

3/20/2010 - Intel and CPU Numbers

If you change major features, change a model number. Its that simple. More...

3/20/2010 - MOA - How to fix a mispelled customer name

If you mispell a customer name and try to fix it on an invoice, even after editing and saving the customer, MOA will continually revert it to the old spelling. More...

3/7/2010 - Microsoft SteadyState now DOA too

Hello Microsoft, this is just getting annoying. Microsoft SteadyState is not Windows 7 compatible, and there are not plans for it to be, nor is there a replacement. Sort of.... More...

2/26/2010 - MOA2009 - Problem when using from new user accounts

If you add a new user or use MOA from a new user, there is a small but annoying bug. More...

2/24/2010 - MOA 2009 SP3 is out

In the usual weird way of releasing service packs for MOA, SP3 is out. More...

2/21/2010 - Saving your CodePlex or TFS credentials

Previously I had blogged about a trick using Internet Explorer to save your Codeplex or TFS credentials so you don't need to provide them every time you launch Visual Studio. Unfortunately this trick does not seem to work with Vista or Windows 7. More...

2/21/2010 - Resetting current directory in bat files when running as adminstrator

A batch file normally has its current directory set to the directory it resides in if executed from Explorer. However with Vista and Windows 7, the current directory is changed to the system directory when the "Run as Administrator" option is used. This creates a serious problem for many batch files. More...