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…

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Wanted: New Tablet. Thin, light, quickish, immortal battery.

Requirements: Multitouch Active Digitizer (Pen support, preferably pressure-sensitive) Thin (Don’t need a DVD drive, and small bulk is important for travelling) Light (again, travelling) SSD-capable (for a later upgrade) 8ish hour battery life 4GB+ Integrated 3G TPM (this teeny little thing is really a license to demand wads of cash, isn’t it?) Plus, if at…

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MicroUSB – a quick “yay!”

The Kindle 2 I bought recently used a new and strange USB cable – one I hadn’t seen before. Then, the HTC HD2 I bought turned out to use exactly the same plug, which I now know is MicroUSB! So now, I travel with one cable to charge the phone (nightly) and the Kindle (hardly…

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ISA Server 2006 TCP Retransmits

Health Checks I perform ISA Server Health Checks for Premier Support (via Premier Field Engineering) as part of my role. I’ve seen something a few times recently that I thought it might be helpful to call out, while poking around in the Performance Monitor TCPv4 counter area. The Problem In short: Lots of TCP retransmissions…

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My new roadmouse

They wanted me to post about Windows phones. Well, I’m going to fight the power. Buck the trend. Talk about my new favourite travelling companion. It is the surprisingly-catchily-titled Microsoft Mobile Memory Mouse 8000. First cool feature: Magnets everywhere! The wireless transceiver doubles as a 1GB USB stick, and has a magnetic doohickie on the…

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PL15W2SP.DLL vs Firewall Client

As I possibly misspelled or misremembered it, the PL15ws2p.dll (possible sic) file was installed as a Winsock Layered Service Provider on a couple of boxes at a customer site. Coincidentally, these machines were Windows Server 2008 machines where we couldn’t get the Firewall Client to work properly. We found that there was a third party…

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Vista-Stylez File Management in Windows 7 Beta

If you’re finding file management frustrating because the folder pane seems strangely inactive in the Windows 7 beta, it’s probably because it is. It’s perfect for light filing use, but not so good for folder-stuffing and navigational acrobatics. Which I seem to do. I filed a bug using Send Feedback on that just now, complaining…

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Home Hyper-V Networking Gotchas

Before the holidays, I bought myself an early present: a new quad-core box with 4GB RAM, which I was going to use for a home Hyper-V lab, so that I could run a bunch of 64-bit VMs as well as the 32-bit staples I’ve been using for years (SBS 2003, and a separate ISA Server…

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Back With A Semblance

It’s a new year, I have a new job, and I have new stories to tell*! I had a lovely Christmas break, thanks for asking, and now I’m back, I’ve moved into my new role as a Premier Field Engineer. PFEngineering is the part of the organization tasked with helping customers optimize and healthify their…

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