Scott Hanselman

Windows Explorer sucks less today (for me)

September 14, '05 Comments [7] Posted in Tools
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ExplorersuckslessMan, the latest version of Autoruns (from July) kicks the llama's ass. OMG a lot of things are running in my startup. Anyway, for the last three weeks on my home system, explorer.exe started disappearing. Not crashing in that spectacular way. Not crashing in that Dr. Watson way, no, no. You've seen this...when Explorer is there...then it's not. Poof. And it was happening every 10 minutes or so. All. Day. Long.

Needless to say it was driving me nuts. So, I started up Autoruns and removed EVERYTHING from the Internet Explorer tab as something in my gut was telling me it was inproc to IE and not a shell extension for Explorer. Anyway, it's surprising how stable Explorer is when there's no craplets running in its memory space. :)

Sigh. You know, I'm just not that interested in trying to figure out which of them it was yet. One day. For now, I'm craplet-less.

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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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Microsoft Codename Max

September 13, '05 Comments [9] Posted in Learning .NET | PDC
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So everyone is stoked about Microsoft Max as a good example of WinFX and Avalon on Windows XP. However, here's what Max had to say to me.

Maxsucks

Here's another. Note that these are REAL error messages.

Morefrommax

Is this where Avalon is taking us? Conversational Error Messages? CEMs?

UPDATE: I got Max working by shutting down all my 99 processes that I could (via End Task) and got down to 25 processes. Re-ran setup.exe and I'm in. (Weird Note: You must log into Max using Passport, but then you have to have an email sent to you to really convince Max that you're you. Hm.)

So, now that I have it working, someone send me some pictures using the sharing features of Max! (to my personal email address that you can guess is my "firstname@lastname.com")

Maxworks

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Corillian Awarded Global Security Certification

September 13, '05 Comments [0] Posted in Corillian | eFinance
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This is pretty sweet. Congrats to Corillian! :)

Corillian Corp. (NASDAQ: CORI), the top provider of online banking and anti-fraud solutions to leading financial institutions, today announced it has received certification under security standard BS:7799, the most widely-recognized framework and standard for developing and certifying a company’s security management system. Corillian is the first U.S. online banking company to receive this certification and one of only 23 U.S. business organizations to be certified under the standard. This certification covers Corillian’s entire business operating environment.

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Mono and the PDC BoF

September 13, '05 Comments [2] Posted in Corillian | PDC | DasBlog | Speaking
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I'm not at PDC, I stayed home. We've got some exciting stuff going on at Corillian and I've also got to speak at our user's conference next week, so PDC wasn't well timed for me. However, there are a number of Corillian folks wandering around down there.

Stuart Celarier is an engineer here at Corillian who is also, in his spare time, a liaison for INETA in charge of the setup of the Birds-of-a-Feather sessions at PDC. (Here's an interview with Stuart at Channel9). That said, it's important to note that while Stuart administers the BoF tracks and manages the speakers, it is ultimately Microsoft's PDC and Microsoft's space to offer to INETA. It was Stuart's job to collect submissions but Microsoft's ultimate decision to accept or reject sessions.

Miguel de Icaza posted on his blog last week how frustrated he was (rightfully so) with the way his Mono BoF was handled. However, there is a lot of bureaucracy underneath INETA and Stuart that is totally out of his control. Microsoft's position is likely that Mono isn't their product and it's neither supported nor endorsed by Microsoft. Obviously, there's a lot of strong opinions about Mono.

Both Stuart and I have spoken to Miguel about this and we're cool. Yes, it's lame the way it was handled by the Powers That Be. However, I wanted to say publically that we at Corillian very much like what Mono is doing and continue to explore it with interest. Additionally, I personally totally dig what Mono is doing. DasBlog 1.6 has been "adjusted" to run on Mono (and ships with the Mono Live CD) and it's on my list of things to do to get DasBlog 1.8 running on Mono.

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Yes, Fiddler is wonderful

September 13, '05 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | Bugs | Tools
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FiddlerworkslikethisFor some reason this week literally 5 people emailed me to tell me how great Fiddler is and that they wonder why it's not on the Ultimate Tool List. Well, to be clear, both Fiddler and Eric Lawrence are the bomb. Fidder is basically an "HTTP Debugger" (implemented as a local proxy) has a nice eventing system to support scripting. Why haven't I used it? I just haven't really needed it. Nearly all my debugging of HTTP/ASP.NET has been done happily with the simple elegance of ieHttpHeaders with the occasional use of TamperIE. Certainly my tools are simple while Fiddler is very rich in functionality so it's not really fair to compare them. I see from the Fiddler page that you can really mess with HTTP Headers and what-not with Fiddler. That said, I'm going to download the new release from last week and give it some mindshare as this tool has definitely struck a chord with many folks.

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