Free software is a funny thing, partly because it tends to spark off “holy wars”, so it can be hard to focus on the practical issues when you’ve got people shouting about their vision of purity. I like this blog post (a parody), which applies those principles to cars: The transmission tax. Most of the […]
Last year I signed up with Facebook, and the “find friends” page asked me to give them the password to my GMail account so that it could log in as me and look at my list of contacts (address book), then see whether any of those people are already registered. I, however, was disinclined to […]
A while back, I was setting up an internal website (on a Windows domain with Active Directory), where I needed to identify each person who connected to it. IIS has an option for “integrated Windows authentication”: the idea is that if you’re already logged into the domain then you don’t have to provide a new […]
On Monday morning I took the Vista upgrade exam (70-621). I passed it with a healthy margin (pass mark was 700/900 and I scored 820/900), so I’m happy with that, and it gives me two extra certifications: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration) Microsoft Certified IT Professional (Enterprise Support Technician)
I’ve been dual-booting between Windows XP and Windows Vista for a while, so the boot menu gave two choices: Earlier Version of Windows Microsoft Windows Vista I decided that it would be a bit neater if the first option referred to Windows XP specifically. In Windows 2000/XP, this information was stored in a “boot.ini” file, […]
Most people are familiar with the way that indicators work in a car: you have a stalk sticking out of the steering wheel, and you knock it up or down depending on whether you want to indicate right or left. After you’ve finished your turn, the indicator will automatically turn off. On a motorbike, it’s […]
I recently decided to sit the A+ exams. That’s partly because it’s always good to boost my CV with extra qualifications, and partly because I wanted to review that qualification: if I was recruiting, would this be valuable for someone else to have?
I’ve been doing some upgrades this weekend, including the new version of Microsoft Exchange (mail server). This has a couple of small quirks, which it’s useful to be aware of: 1. If you want to use Outlook Web Access, and your server is “mail.example.com”, the address is now: https://mail.example.com/owa/ Previously (in Exchange 2003), it was: […]
The latest issue of Computing reported an amusing error in their “BackBytes” column.
I’m doing some ASP.NET development in Visual Studio 2005 at the moment, and I’ve spent the last half hour beating my head against the wall because of an obscure error message: ASP.NET Development Server failed to start listening on port 1651. Error message: Only one usage of each socket address (protocol/network address/port) is normally permitted. […]