Don’t Use Office Applications (or GDI+, or System.Drawing, or WinInet) in a Server Application (or ASP.Net)

Johan posted a timely reminder of a long-standing perennial support call generator in his post Office Automation . Adding one more option to the list of possible workarounds – direct XML-based production/manipulation of an OOXML (or ODF, for that matter) document (Word, Excel, Powerpoint?) might get you where you need to go. Now, to get…

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Site Optimization Tips with VRTA

New and shiny on MSDN: 12 Steps To Faster Web Pages With Visual Round Trip Analyzer

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.HDMP and .MDMP files

Just a quickie – the rule is blog what you know, but I figure my speculation might be good enough here. A friend gave me an HDMP file and asked what I could make of it. After the usual “I could make a hat! Or a brooch! Or a dinosaur!” type stuff, I realized it…

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What does it mean when there’s no "broken page" icon in IE8?

I was just catching up on some of my RSS feeds, and noticed that one of the pages I was at didn’t have a broken page icon, but wasn’t working quite right (some broken javascript in the photos area, I’m guessing… I’ll investigate that next). I wondered what that meant, so fired up Fiddler2 to…

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Game Season Approaches

After what seems like a drought of epic proportions, the holiday releases are gradually going to thump their way out. Yay! What I’m looking forward to: Fallout 3 – once again, the Australian OFLC needs an R rating for interactive entertainment. I watched the ABC’s "Q&A" when the subject was brought up, and ended up…

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Mesh Gush

Hi Everybody! I’ve been laying low for a while, in read-only mode, sorting, filtering, evaluating and generally catching up on stuff! So, why break radio silence now? Well, I’m popping up to offer a quick endorsement for the Mesh platform, which was recently opened up to Australian testers. I’m excited. I love it, and it’s…

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That Memory Leak Revisited

While searching for memory leaking troubleshooting techniques that could be applied to 64-bit Windows (for the DHCP Server memory leak I found I had the other day), I stumbled across the answer to my problem in an internal tool (weird that I missed it from a web search the first time, but c’est la vie)….

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Windows Server 2008 Diagnostics Off The Cuff

A word of caution to those of you that like endings: this isn’t over yet. I’m running a rather sad and noisy X64 desktop as a server at home. Once a proud warrior, actually, no, wait, it was never any good. It’s just a Virtual Server host (it’s not quite Hyper-V capable; next one will…

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Vocabulary Corner: Analuze

Analuze: verb 1. A pointless analysis, as in "I’ll analuze those logs if you really want me to, but the problem’s not visible at that level" 2. A very difficult analysis: "You really, really want me to analuze that?" 3. A typo when trying to type "analyze", that often works anyway.

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Oh, it’s the 29th!

Which means I was going to go buy GTA IV today! GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas absolutely blew me away with the quality of the narrative and distinctive and unique open worlds. Best of all, guilty pleasures all in a consequence-free environment! I mean, I could jump buildings on a motorcycle! I can’t…

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