Category Archives: Windows

Vista needs childs caring


I ve been using Vista for some time now. I run into  several weird problems. Finally I got everything fixed. Here is a list of some. Hoping i ll be able to save someones hours of searching.

1. Vista cant work well with network printers
And I mean it. If you are setting a new PC for your office that needs to do a lot of printing jobs from network shared printers maybe you should use XP instead. Long pauses are experienced when trying to find the network printer. No actual solution about that.
But I have a quick tip for you!!
Solution: If some programs like (photoshop, corel X4 suite) do 10-15 seconds to open a small document the solution is pretty Simple. Just change the default printer to a local printer (even a virtual pdf writer).

2. Vista’s thumbnails and video codecs
I run to a very weird problem. I was close to a clean format. I downloaded a video an dropped it to the desktop. After this the explorer repeatedly did not respond. I couldn’t to actually anything without explorer running. I realized after an hour that I had to go with command prompt to C:\Users\me\Desktop locate and delete the file. So i did and the problem vanished. No explorer restarts!!! Weird heee? I guess windows didnt have the correct code to make tha thumbnail of the video file placed in my desktop.

3. Vista slow Start up.
I thought that the Avast was real heavy and I experienced lately a slow boot time.
Solution: Pretty Simple check if you have dead links in Programs\Startup , QuickLaunch, and pined items in Start Menu. Check also the start up programs, start type ‘msconfig’ and go to the Startup Tab.

I dont know about you but i love Vista !!!!

IIS Server Error

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Every developer likes to take certain things for granted – like ASP.Net being configured correctly with IIS. However sometimes there will just be something non-obvious that is preventing ASP.Net pages from being served, returning an Http 500 error instead. The frustrating thing is that these are often caused by system configuration issues that most developers should never need to worry about. Below I offer some advice intended for IIS 5.1 on a local dev machine that resolves some of these errors. The problem is most likely:

  1. IIS or ASP.Net simply not installed correctly
  2. Security configuration

Continue reading IIS Server Error

Firefox slow on localhost on Vista

Doing web development on my local machine – a Vista box – I was wondering why page rendering was so slow. First I thought my web application was not well done. But then I figured out that the pages rendered lightning fast on IE 7. And again later, I experienced, that the web application rendered pretty fast even in Firefox, when published to the live server.

Doing some research I found this blog entry, which was quite helpful.

The change of the Firefox setting network.dns.disableIPv6 to true did the trick. See screenshot below:

original Source: http://codepoetry.wordpress.com/

Dual Display – Useful Programs

These are the 2 most common used programs for Dual++ Display lovers.

1. Display Fusion
It offers a free and a comercial use version. Managing Wallpapers, timers, and most importantly different wallpaper for each display monitor. Special extras with hot keys. Can automatically load pictures from flickr.

and secondly, my favorite

2. UltraMon
Manage wallpapers, display setting for each monitor, screensaver settings, and a very stable multi-display toolbar.
Also a nice feature is that windows can now easily trasfered to the next monitor (even if maximized) with a added button, located at the top of each window.

That’s a weird thing to search….

auto completing your own death ?!?!??!

The Facts

Microsoft just announced what has been rumored forever: a formal offer for Yahoo. Microsoft’s proposal to Yahoo’s board of directors represents $31 per share (a 62% premium over yesterday’s closing price) or about $44.6 Billion. Steve Ballmer, CEO and big fan of developers, says, “We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.” Apparently, the deal was laid out in a letter sent by Ballmer to Yahoo’s board just yesterday. Seriously. The letter confirms that the two giants have been discussing the topic since late 2006. It also appears to be a direct response to the Google threat as outlined in the following paragraph:

“Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a credible alternative for consumers, advertisers, and publishers.”

The deal, of course, rests with the two coming to a “merger agreement” and Microsoft (and Yahoo to a limited degree) having the time to conduct the required due diligence. Microsoft is ready to begin immediate discussions and have a draft merger agreement ready for consideration. So Yahoo, ball’s in your court. The world is wondering… what will you do?

SP1 on Winodows Vista x86 Oem Hack

I recently tried to install SP1 on a system with Windows Vista Ultimate (OEM Hack) 🙂 !! DELL OEM Distribution.
I read many stories about successful installations. I tried it myself to see what happens.

1. Downloaded the SP1 from the official Microsoft’s site.

2. Disconnected the network cable (just in case).

3. Run the update.

there where 2 phases of install. First Of all it began with creating a restore point. (I thought that if the system was locked could I restore my system on a hacked state ???)
In the 1st phase of update took about 15mins on a (Core 2 6400 / 2GBRAM ) – Divided in 3 stages.
The second phase took about 10 min, displaying progress in windows welcome screen.

4. Connected the network cable back in place.

5. After a week the system still shows Activated.

I ll soon post any tweaks for better perfomance and overriding the stupid confirmation dialog.