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ATI Video Blurring on Media Center

I upgraded the drivers for my ATI/AMD Radeon in the Media Centre after 1 year of old version-ness, and suddenly video smearing and odd fleshtones are back for standard def TV. (Why oh why oh why won’t ATI just leave my video (and historically, HDMI overscan/underscan) settings alone!?) The usual TRDenoise and DXVA_thingy hacks didn’t… Read more

DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y – no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center. Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: · .Net 2.0 and higher analysis… Read more

Hotmail Aliases

The Hotmail team blogged about email aliases earlier this year – I didn’t know either technique was available, so thought I’d republish the ADHD version here. Ultra-short version: You can add a tag (essentially) to your hotmail email address and use Sweep (mail rules) to manage emails to that address, or you can create a… Read more

(The catchily-titled) TMG 2010 SP1 SU1 UR4 is out now!

That’s Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 + Service Pack 1 + Software Update 1 + Update Rollup 4 to its friends. This is the latest 2011 update for TMG – see the fix list at the KB article. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2517957   The larger list of ISA Server build numbers is still here – wonder if there’s… Read more

IRacing vs TMG 2010

Pre-blurb About a week ago, I signed up for iRacing again, after letting my subscription lapse back in, oh, looks like 2008. Time flies! Since then, I’ve been trying to get updates to install, but I’ve been having no luck with it – the update web page would just vanish when I ticked the updates… Read more

ISA 2000: The End Draws Near

While updating some documentation today and noticing it’s 2011 (when, exactly, did that happen?), I dug up the ISA Server 2000 Lifecycle information. Paraphrasing the table here:   Availability Mainstream Support Ends Extended Support Ends Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 Enterprise Edition 18/03/2001 11/04/2006 12/04/2011 That’s right, kids, it expires on April 12 this… Read more

Autoproxy might still be broken in current Java runtimes

A customer battling automatic proxy configuration issues with ISA/TMG, and PAC/WPAD.DAT pointed me at the following bug: http://bugs.sun.com/bugdatabase/view_bug.do;jsessionid=e70c81c1a56f7d856f2e50539c708?bug_id=6887492 Which, if I’m interpreting it right, is Closed. In Connect-speak, that would mean “not being worked on”. (If it was, or is, and a newer version fixes this, please let me know). From the TMG perspective, a… Read more

IE8 and IE9 Taskbar Icons

I’ve been working on my tablet for the last week, and found myself really really missing IE9, even though I swore I wouldn’t install it on this, in the interests of production-readiness. So, with the work done, I’m installing it. Gimme my tearoff tabs back. It’s enough to make me consider reverting the taskbar to… Read more

Ooh! The Web Farm Framework for IIS 7.x!

ScottGu has the detail of (and a walkthrough for) the Web Farm Framework, which looks to make high-uptime application publishing, deployment and maintentance a snap. Last month we released a beta of the Microsoft Web Farm Framework. The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product we are shipping that enables you to easily provision and… Read more

TMG 2010 Service Pack 1!

Missed this completely while working onsite for the last {forever}! TMG SP1 is here. There’s an X64 version for the Server and/or EMS, and a 32-bit version for just the MMC bits on computers you use to remotely manage the boxes. Installation Instructions Downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f0fd5770-7360-4916-a5be-a88a0fd76c7c&displaylang=en… Read more