Scott Hanselman

Cringely is killing me

January 21, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Cringely is killing me.  Dvorak is killing me.  Computer Pundits are killing me.  I swear, I get more valuable insight from the average Joe working at Subway Sandwiches than I do reading this drivel.  All is succeeds in is frustrating me. 

Silly Cringley Quote of the Day

"Even today, you can still get to a C: prompt under Windows XP, which means a disk operating system is hiding there no matter what Microsoft wants us to believe."

Is this even English? (well, arguably "Is this even English" probably isn't a complete sentence, but that's neither here nor there.) 

<sarcasm>Thanks, Cringley, clearly Microsoft needs to remove the command-line interface to gain street credibility.</sarcasm> Since when did the addition of of a Windowing Interface leave the realm of "Operating System Services."  If I run an X-Server under Windows, what does that mean, I'm two OSes, or half of one?  If I access my headless Windows box entirely via VNC or RDP then what does that mean?  Explorer.exe is a shell, as is KDE and Gnome...but GDI and X are still optional, but often core OS Services.

Now, Norton Desktop, that should have been an OS, baby.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Recent Command List Popup

January 20, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Recent command list. Here's something nifty that I recently (and accidently) found out. If you're in a console window hitting the F7 key... [kilic.net]

Holy Crap! Feels like 4DOS!

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HOW TO: Know when Microsoft has posted new "how to" or KB articles on your favorite technology:

January 20, '03 Comments [0] Posted in
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HOW TO: Know when Microsoft has posted new "how to" or KB articles on your favorite technology:
Sign up for kbAlertz, which is run by the ever popular Dave Wanta (who also runs 123aspx.com).  It will send you an e-mail whenever Microsoft posts a new KB on the technologies that you care about. 
BTW, they just dumped in a ton of new .NET related how-to articles.  I've set up a page to list them.
[Sean 'Early' Campbell & Scott 'Adopter' Swigart's Radio Weblog]

Great Page, but give me an RSS Feed...I get enough email ;)

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Microsoft Download Center RSS Feed

January 20, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET | Bugs | Tools
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Useful RSS feed. Just a quick note to mention a new RSS feed that some of you might like to subscribe to: the folks over at ThunderMain Ltd have started preparing a feed of the Microsoft Download Center files.  Always nice to be able to stop visiting a Web site when all I want to know is whether there's anything new. [Larkware News]

Fantastically useful...I love this kind of data aggregation.  Lately we've been adding RSS feeds for anything and everything that is useful....Bug Reports, Product Updates, News within our Vertical (eFinance), etc.  Aggregating via RSS (and with a glorious tool such as NewsGator) is a much more compelling model than the promises of Digital Dashboards of the late 90s.  I was all over the Digital Dashboard as a concept, but the UI needed work and the aggregated data needed structure.  With RSS and NewsGator, I have both.  Using ASP.NET, aggresive use of the @Page Caching attribute and about 20 minutes and I can RSS just about anything. Woohoo!

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Detailing Failed Assembly Loads with the Assembly Binding Log Viewer ("The Fusion Logger")

January 20, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Bugs | Tools
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Fuslogvw.exe is included with the Windows .NET Framework and reports how the CLR is loading your assembly and its dependencies (certainly useful for debugging version redirects etc.). By default it logs only failures but to log successful loads just change the registry key at HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion\ForceLog  to 1.

For more info:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cptools/html/cpgrffusionlogviewerfuslogvwexe.asp

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