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Paint.NET Is Good (and 1.1 is out now)

I fairly frequently need to use an image editing application for random minor acts of vandalism (see links at left for examples), or just formatting and saving blog images. I’ve had Paint.Net 1.1 RC1 installed for a while, but hadn’t remembered to try it for anything. Today I needed to edit text in a way MSPaint couldn’t possibly… Read more


I read items like this with interest. After recently flattening, installing, rebuilding or migrating a bunch of machines, I started to develop my “minimum customized set” that makes my life on a Windows box more comfortable. Jeff blogged a while back about how extensive customization was best avoided. I agree: I used to be a… Read more

ISA 2004 vs HTTP Compression

Been a while since a dedicated ISA post, so Happy New Year to my ISA-focused readers! I spotted this post in my ISA Server watch list, from the new Port 80 Software blog. As they mentioned, we’ve published the mother of all KB articles on how the HTTP Filter in ISA 2004 behaves with compressed (Gzip encoded)… Read more

Serenity Good

Yes, Serenity good. Not perfect, but good. There was something for everyone, from the Firefly crowd through to the average people I dragged along (not that they’re average people, you understand, but they hadn’t seen Firefly and weren’t necessarily Sci Fi people, see?) But the story is far from over. The Reavers are now better-understood,… Read more

Fiddling: Outlook Calendar Adapter for Blogwave 0.3

Seeing as Addy was kind enough to include sample adapter code with BlogWave 0.3, my immediate thought was that a Calendar might be cool. Can o’ worms, that. I fiddled with this for the last few nights, and I think I’ve hit the 80/20 point, so I’ve cleaned up the UI, plastered massive warnings on… Read more

Quickly* pinging everything on a subnet

For when you don’t remember that you set your wireless gateway’s static IP to .253, and it’s not showing up in the list of leases on the DHCP server (predictably, but it’s not helping your memory, and it’s not in the arp cache either…), and you need to reboot it using the web interface, all through remote desktop… Read more

Installing Windows from a USB Stick (and copying it to that stick from an ISO)

(Quick public dump so I can find the tool link again easily)   Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here. (NB links to the page, not the EXE) Download ISO image from store or MSDN Run Win7 USB DVD Tool and point it to ISO and USB Stick Label stick Seriously Tristan, label the… Read more

x64 Compatibility

The theme for this week is compatibility, brought to you by the letters W and O, and the number 64. In the PlanetAMD64 forums and on their Wiki, we’ve been thrashing out some terms for games that run or don’t run under Windows x64 editions. My favourites so far are: x64 (native or enhanced) –… Read more