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Bamboo-zled!

From the Your Puns Are Without Peer (i.e. they have no friends) department, I noticed that since yesterday’s reboot (the first in a long, long time), the pen had stopped working on the Wacom Bamboo I use with my desktop PC. I’ve installed a fair wadge of malware recently, just before the last reboot (oh,… Read more

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… Read more

Hyper-V Saved State to Memory Dump conversion

I was wondering if something like this existed to help with a malware infestation I was looking at. And yes! It does! Via Doug: Take a virtual machine that you want to do some kernel level spelunking on. Rather than going into the guest and generating a kernel dump by one of the usual methods,… Read more

Improve Hyper-V Performance With Standard VGA!

Yes, kids, if you’re finding that the Hyper-V performance ain’t what it used to be since installing that whizbang graphics card driver on your shiny new seven core hyperthread-and-a-halved megaturboserver thing, you might be suffering from flushes. Read all about it here: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008-based computer has the Hyper-V… Read more

Old MPSReports

There’s a new MPS Reports version in town, with new features : new 64-bit friendliness, various forms of wizard-driven hotness for all the products the individual old tools used to support, etc, etc. Call me old school if you want, but I typically prefer the convenience of “run this and send me the CAB file”,… Read more

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… Read more