Disabling the Visual Studio Source Server Security Warning Dialog

The estimable Ed Blankenship posted a must read article for everyone using TFS 2010: Source Server and Symbol Server Support in TFS 2010. Bookmark that article because it’s the one stop shop for all the best practices for symbol server, source indexing, and everything related to them for VS and TFS 2010. Once you get…

ASUS Eee Slate EP121 Review

Looking over the offerings at CES 2011, the ASUS Eee Slate EP121 caught my eye as I had been looking for a replacement slate computer since my beloved Motion M1400 found a new home with my niece. I ordered one as soon as it was available and I got it arrived this week. Tablet computers…

Random Cool Things

In the last week or so, there’s been a number of interesting emails pass through my inbox. So interesting in fact, I wanted to make sure to share them. Aren’t those Code Metrics for .NET in Visual Studio great? I find them very helpful to give me interesting insights into code as I’m in the…

Using Home Server? Be Careful with the WHS V1 Update Release 2 (KB981089)

As I always have Process Explorer running in tray area, I noticed that with my computer doing nothing, the CPU icon was showing constant 10%-12% CPU utilization. It was one of the many SRVHOST.EXE processes, and running the RPC Endpoint Mapper Service and the Remote Procedure Call Service. Looking at it deeper, I saw there…

Install a New Virtual Directory to Default Web Site with WiX

Sometimes the internet is totally awesome and other times it’s a complete morass of “how come I can’t find anything?” Recently, I needed to build a quick installer that did nothing more than install new virtual directory under the ubiquitous Default Web Site. I thought installing a basic web site would have been a very…

Window Clippings 3 Released

One of my most used utilities, Window Clippings, has a brand new version! Kenny Kerr has added all sorts of wonderful screen capture goodness to Windows Clippings 3 that allows you to take that perfect snapshot of what’s on your screen. There are gobs of new features from being able to capture elevated windows, to…

Code Signing Certificates – The Three Year Update

A little short of three years ago, I wrote a blog entry, “Code Signing – It’s Cheaper and Easier than you Thought.” In there I talked about buying my three year certificate from TUCOW’s author web site (who’s a reseller of Comodo certificates) for $195 USD and how to integrate code signing into your build.…

10 Years and Free Training

Has it really been ten years since Jeff Prosise, Jeffrey Richter, Lewis Frazer, and I started Wintellect? No way! It really is true that when you’re having fun, time flies. When we started we had no idea we’d survive the Dot Com Crash, the Housing Bubble, and now the Great Recession. At the beginning we…

Performance is Never Loosely Coupled

Yes, yes, oh god, yes! All “When Harry Met Sally” references aside, one of the most important performance statements you will ever read in your development life is expressed below from Rico Mariani. We see this anti pattern constantly in our consulting and debugging business here at Wintellect. Please, please, please read his blog entry…

What Is Different between the OS’s on Two Machines?

Don’t you love it when your application works on one machine, but not the other? We were running into this exact issue with a client and needed to see what was different between the operating systems on two machines. Thinking that the issue might have been a problem that got fixed in a hotfix/service pack,…

Want a free copy of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with a full MSDN Subscription?

Do you want all that IntelliTrace goodness as well as all the OS/Tools that MSDN offers? For free? Of course you do! Head over to Wintellect’s Marketing Director Bethany Vananda’s blog (https://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/bvananda/archive/2010/09/09/devscovery-sponsor-thank-you-wintellect-contest-join-the-fun-win-prizes.aspx) for all the details. Best of luck to you! 

Zen of Paraffin

With Paraffin 3.5, I included this document, but thought it would be worth posting as well for those of you that aren’t familiar with Paraffin. You can download the lastest release here: https://www.wintellect.com/CS/files/folders/18310/download.aspx Introduction When building WiX-based installers, you quickly run into the problem of maintaining the list of files you want to install. The…