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Windows XP, the sky is actually falling.

Ever since support ended for Windows XP I’ve developed something of an involuntary habit of spotting XP systems in the wild while going about everyday life. Hospitals and medical facilities (optometrists and so on) always seem to have a high hit rate. Sometimes I say something, and sometimes I don’t. When I say something it’s usually in a lighthearted manner, and it’s almost always met with a “So?” attitude. What’s the worst that could happen, right? Well, things like this are what can happen: Royal Melbourne Hospital attacked by damaging computer virus. The more that time progresses the...

Windows 10 Build 1511

Over the weekend I was “lucky enough” to need to build a couple of new Windows boxes, and the timing coincided nicely with the release of Windows 10 build 1511. For those who didn’t pick up on it and who also happen to care, the 1511 is a combination of “2015” and “11 – November”. The first thing I noticed during the installs is that you’re now prompted during install to select your options for some of the more contentious privacy related options in the OS. By these I mean the sharing of typing and writing data with Microsoft, the...

Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010

The Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010 adds support to Visual Studio 2010 for *.wssx cabinet files required to distribute Windows Server Solutions SDK Add-Ins for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Some features: Complete Visual Studio 2010 project type that fully automates creating *.wssx files Full makecab automation Full MSBuild support and integration points Automatic packaging of project reference outputs and content items ...

Time issues when switching between OSX/Windows

For the past few months I’ve been experiencing some weird behaviour on my Macbook when I switch between OSX/Windows 7 via Bootcamp. The date and time was jumping all over the place despite the regional settings being correct for each OS. I don’t switch too often as I stay in native Windows most of the time (much to the annoyance of OSX purists), but last week it annoyed me enough to try and find the fix. It was pretty easy, and makes sense. It seems that OSX treats the system clock value as if it’s stored as UTC, however...

TortoiseSVN “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” on Windows 7

I’ve hit this a couple of times recently, but it wasn’t until last night that I had cause (and time) to do a bit of research into it. It occurs when you’re adding a large amount of files to Subversion, and appears to be due to the disk indexing process and/or anti virus. Some people’s experiences vary, in my case it seemed to be excluding my repository locations from indexing which solved it, but others seem to have fixed it by excluding their code locations from being scanned by their AV software. The other side affect is...

Using your Magic Mouse in Windows 7 with the Bootcamp 3.1 drivers

Apple’s recent Bootcamp driver update added Windows support for the Magic Mouse. This is a good thing! However after updating I couldn’t seem to add my mouse. It showed up in the list of available devices, but sat at “Connecting” step for an eternity. It seems this is a common problem.  I had this same exact issue. Here's what I did to resolve it: 1. Remove the mouse from your list of Bluetooth devices if it was added 2. Choose to add a Bluetooth...

VMware fusion performance

I’m looking to tweak the performance of Windows 7 under Fusion 3.0.1, and would welcome any resources or links that readers might  be able to throw my way. I’m interested in verifying a couple of things I read here – one, that assigning a single core to your VM rather than two improves performance, and the other being that running directly from the bootcamp partition is always slower than running from a file (ignoring the obvious fact that you can’t hibernate/suspend when running direct from Bootcamp, which obviously slows down the startup and shutdown times). Any comments or...

Using Dropbox and TortoiseSVN together

If you’re using both of these tools, then chances are you’ll want to know about fixing Icon Overlays for Dropbox + TortoiseSVN. It’s interesting to note that the number of overlays in Windows is limited, even in Windows 7. When I read that I was quite surprised I hadn’t run into the problem sooner. Tags: Windows

Bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive

How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive – if you’re reinstalling Windows a lot then this is something which would be very handy to have lying about. In fact even if you don’t reinstall often it’d be handy to have about! Tags: Windows

12 Useful Windows 7 Shortcuts

12 Useful Windows 7 Shortcuts on Extremetech contains… do I really need to say it? Some of these are pretty useful. Some of my favorites: Ctrl+Click on a taskbar group to restore the last active window from a group (especially useful for Windows Explorer groups and MSN windows) Windows+Arrow keys to automatically snap the active window (especially useful for multi monitors, as you can’t drag to dock against the adjoining monitor sides) Windows+shift+left or right arrow to shift the active application between monitors. This is something I previously used Ultramon for on Windows XP, so having it...

Making Windows 7 Jumplists / MRU lists work with Visual Studio

Windows 7’s addition of access methods such as jumplists and quick accessing of items from the most recently used list when an application is pinned to the start menu are great productivity boosts, so I was a little annoyed that they didn’t seem to work with Visual Studio solutions. Here's why they don't work by default, and how to fix it. Tags: Windows, Visual Studio

Toggle Bluetooth in Windows Vista

Windows Mobility center seems to be one of the things they added in Vista which could actually be pretty useful. Unfortunately out of the box it doesn't quite cover all of the things you might want to do with it – in my case, I wanted to toggle Bluetooth on my Macbook to save battery life. Fortunately other people wanted to do the same thing: Link: Bluetooth toggle - the second non-OEM Windows Mobility Center tile Link: Extending the Windows Mobility Center Tile Tags: Windows

What to expect from Windows XP SP3

Not much, apparently. Tags: Microsoft,Windows

Visual Studio 2008 crashing on 64bit XP systems with ReSharper 3.1

While the above configuration probably isn't the most common out there, google provides lists of many other people who have been experiencing rather frustrating issues where Visual Studio 2008 seems to die a horrible death - either when using find and replace functionality, or (randomly) when editing css stylesheets. The latter seems to be a problem with ReSharper users only, however the former issue affects any 64bit XP system running VS2008. It turns out that this crash is the result of a bug in the Wow64 layer of Windows x64 (XP/2003 – it has been fixed in Vista...

Good news bad news with Vista

The good news is that Vista SP1 is now publicly available, and that installing it (after uninstalling the SP1 beta) has removed the "Evaluation version" displayed on my desktop. I realise there were other ways to remove it, but I wasn't really interested. Why? Because fuck you, that's why. The bad news is that the process of uninstalling the beta and installing the full version took almost an hour and a half. That's a lot of painful downtime for an update which I really only applied out of perverse interest.. * Disclaimer - I only run Vista on...

XP SP3 > Vista SP1

Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim - the headline is a little misleading, as they're talking about noticing a speed boost when running MS Office under XP, but it's still good to know that SP3 delivers some sort of improvement. I concur with their assessment that Vista SP1 doesn't noticeably speed anything up - not even the insanely long file copy times. It was pretty disappointing, given Vista feels like there's plenty of places where it could be optimized. It's pretty weird thinking that XP is 6 years old. Moving away from naming an OS or product after a year...

ReSharper 3.0, Vista, or aliens?

Seeing as I mentioned the ReSharper 3.0 release, I thought I should also mention that I've reverted my main work box (which is running Vista) back to ReSharper 2.5.2. I was having some weird issues around shortcuts not quite sticking, as well as some functionality simply not working (the compilation checking seemed either disabled or incredibly lagged, ctrl-p for parameter info was only working intermittently, and the automatic insertion of using statements wasn't firing either). It was a weird few hours working without full ReSharper functionality - it scared me thinking about how much I missed it. Unfortunately I...