Scott Hanselman

When Bad Ideas become mainstream FAQ Entries

July 7, '05 Comments [8] Posted in Musings | Tools
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OMG. So, there's a known issue with Outlook 2003 and systems with more than one Gig of RAM. Apparently they are working on a fix. When using the MSN Desktop Search to index your outlook offline folder (OST) on a machine with more than a gig of RAM you may get the error "The .OST file is in accessible."

What's the recommended fix you ask? here's the direct quote from the MSN Toolbar FAQ.

To avoid this problem, you can remove memory so that your computer has 1GB of less of RAM, or you can disable memory above 1GB.

To disable memory:
    1. On the Start menu, click Run and then type cmd to open a command prompt window.
    2. Type cd c:\ to switch to your C drive.
    3. Type bootcfg /addsw /mm 1024 /ID 1.
    4. Restart your computer.

I am a little reticent to recommend that my Mom go running bootcfg and neutering her machine by disabling her second GIG of RAM.

Just for the record and to quote Egon, "I think that would be an extraordinarily Bad Idea." I'm surprised this kind of fairly low level and rather brute force suggestion made it into a the product FAQ for the MSN Toolbar/Search.

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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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KB895953 - TCServer.exe TabletPC Crash/Memory Leak HotFix

July 7, '05 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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The TCServer.exe "Can't use my TabletPC for more than 4 hours without a massive crash" memory leak has been (hot)fixed! Thanks Larry!

If you're using a TabletPC as your main machine, you have probably suffered from this painful experience. Run, don't walk, and download now.

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VGA Multiple Split-Screen Aggregator and Interesting Questions

July 7, '05 Comments [2] Posted in CodeRush | Tools
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I get a lot of email sourced from this blog. It's really getting crazy. I used to get a few a day, but now it's at least 15 a day. Seems lots are from students who want all my interview questions answered. Sorry, it'd take a while to type them, and if I had them, I'd have them posted. :)

Since the Ultimate Tools List I've got a lot of these:

Dear Scott,

Yada yada, love the list, yada yada, keep it up. I'm the President|CTO|Owner of yada yada and we have this innovative product called Yada that is amazing. Here's a free copy|key|download|developeredition, and I hope you add it to the list!

By the way, I turned off referrers so the whole blog should load faster now. I log only trackbacks. The Ultimate Tools List had 6746 unique referrers (referrers are not people who visit, but unique places folks came from) and it was loading so slowly it was starting to hang FireFox.

You may notice that most of the software on the Utils List is free. That's by design. Truth be told, I'll pay happily for software that will change my life, no hesitation. Especially when I notice that I'm on my fourth or fifth "30-day trial" I know I need to buy that software. But, I'm a cheap bastard at heart, it's part of my Scottish heritage; we are bred cheap.

"You'll never catch a cold from a Scot, because a Scot never gives anything away."

If you send me a free copy of your software, of course I will install it and use it. I will try anything free for a week (or until it sucks or blue screens me) and if I love it, I'm happy to post about it. I love MaxiVista, I love CodeRush, I love PeterBlum's VAM, amongst many others. But I loved them from afar, like a software stalker, before they knew me, not for any other reason. I'm not into the whole paid sponsorship thing. I'm a shill for good software and cool products because I love good software and I'm enthusiastic.

If I dig your stuff, I'll totally review it and spread the word. If I thank you and you never hear from me, your software didn't fill a vacuum in my life. It wasn't an ideavirus.

All that said, I get a lot of random email and I appreciate it all. Today's interesting email comes from a dude at Dell. He didn't send me free stuff. Instead he came with an interesting question and the answer was a cool product.

He knew I liked multiple monitors so he wanted to know how to get output from FOUR separate machines on to ONE monitor in a split screen.

My friend, you buy a quad splitter combo KVM dealie (PDF datasheet). This isn't just a splitter/duplicator or signal amplifier, it is actually a "VGA Aggregator." That's cool. That'd be a nice way to monitor four machines rendering in a farm, or a Web server farm or be a freaky multitasker. I don't know this company, but I think their stuff is shiny.

I like getting interesting questions. Now, if only I could get more free stuff...

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New Notepad2 with Ruby Syntax Highlighting

July 7, '05 Comments [4] Posted in Ruby
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NewNotepad2Yay! Wesner has updated the Notepad2 source with Ruby Syntax Highlighting and released both the source and the EXE. I've just happily overwritten my old copy with his new one.

He is looking for mirrors. I wonder if Flo will step up and take the update?

Update: I've mirrored them to take pressure off Wesner.

Now playing: Will Smith - Switch

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Call for DasBlog Theme Designers

July 6, '05 Comments [1] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog
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If you're a designer, we'd like a few new blog designs for DasBlog. We'd love to include your themes in the distribution. Email me if you'd like design a new theme for us.

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