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October 2007 - Posts

Sysinternals Process Explorer v11...

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Just a reminder that Sysinternals' famous Process Explorer just got a new update at 2007/9 (via Larkware News), including the following updates:

What's new in Version 11.0:

• New treelist control for better UI responsiveness
• Asynchronous thread symbol resolution on threads tab of process properties
• More flags on groups in security tab and SID display
• Thread IDs on threads tab
• On-line search uses default web browser and search engine
• Vista ASLR column for processes and DLLs
• Vista Process and thread I/O and memory priorities in process and thread properties
• Vista Process and thread I/O and memory columns
• PROCESS_QUERY_LIMITED_INFORMATION support on process permissions on Vista
• Run as limited user runs with low IL on Vista
• Reports information for all object types on Vista
• Show details for all processes elevation menu item on Vista
• Supports replacement of task manager on Vista
• /e to launch elevated
• /s switch to select a process at startup
• Compiled w/ASLR, DEP
• Faster startup
• Miscellaneous bug fixes and minor improvements

lots of supports for Vista platform.

update if you still using old versions.


Hanselman's 2007 Ultimate Tool List update...

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Should be a little late after Scott updated this (at 2007/08/24).

Scott Hanselman's Ultimate Tool List update is alwasy a good source for checking about nice utilities that enhance power user's efficency. check it out if you didn't do it yet this year!!

Scott Hanselman's 2007 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

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New Microsoft HR / PR Site...

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Pretty interesting Microsoft HR site for job seekers. Videos showed real life at Microsoft Campus.

I personally like this one: A Microsoft Guy Tries to Use All His Benefits in One Day...

Considering join us?


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Posted: 2007/10/16 15:25 by rextangtw | with no comments
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Updated FullText Search Provider for CommunityServer 2007.1...

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Since I just upgraded my personal website to CommunityServer 2007.1 , I also make a update for my FullText Search Provider to be able to use on 2007.1.

I updated the source by referring the 2007.1 SearchBarrel source, and had been tested on my personal website without problems. The modification places were not much, and the site which upgraded to 2007.1 needs to apply this new version of FullText search provider.

Download the source and binary here.


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Personal Blog upgraded to CommunityServer 2007.1...

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Telligent Systems released CommunityServer 2007.1 at 2007/09/18, and I just upgraded my personal blog site to this version (Build 3.1.20917.1142) from my previous sp2 upgrade.

Still using SDK upgrade and the compilation had no problems. Need to be awared that the source / web folder modified the communityserver.config and SiteUrl.config files, so be sure you do a Diff before you copy new files to overwrite original source if you had customized some of those settings. also be awared of those master theme file overwrites if you also modified your own theme layouts.


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Excel 2007, 65535 problem fixed...

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for those of you who knew the Excel 2007 65535 problem, the hotfix is now published.

the hotfix won't be included in microsoft update for now and should be included in Office 2007 sp1 package.


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How to make Windows PE boot from USB Thumb drive...

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The story was as follows...

I bought a Ultra Mobile PC (should be a small tablet-pc since it still got keyboard) with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. The vendor didn't provide Recovery disk. Right after I got the PC, I upgraded the OS to Vista Ultimate, the upgrade was smoothly and I didn't notice the minor changes on the F8 boot menu. I was pretty happy with this Vista Ultimate UMPC until I found another one that's more smaller than this one. I bought the small one too and was deciding to sell the larger one, and was thinking to do a hard disk full recovery back to factory-out status.

By the manual it's possible to do a full recovery via Vista Start-up menu (by pressing F8 on start-up). there will be a vendor-defined recovery menu item lead to the recovery. by now it comes to the problem. after upgrading to Vista Ultimate, the vendor-defined recovery option was disappeared!!! it seems that while upgrading process Vista completely re-org the start-up options...

Since the vendor didn't provide recovery disk, I mailed the vendor asking them to recovery the pc to factory-out status for me.  they said that upgrading the machine's OS is out of the warrenty and it would cost me money to recovery the machine even if I am still in the one-year warrenty period, and also need to send the machine back to the company, which will take days to get things done. I was not pretty happy with things like this. (a recovery CD should be a necessity! the new smaller one got it's recovery CD and I can easily recovery the machine while once I failed upgrading the machine to Vista Ultimate!!)

So I was trying to fix this by myself.

Thanks the vendor that they did have all the drivers contained on the hard drive, which also included a directory called EmergencyCD, which contains a ISO file for the emergency CD. I burned the CD out to a CD-ROM and trying to use it to boot up the PC, but it seems that the PC got compatibility problems with my CD-ROM drive and not succeed...

So I was thinking about burning the ISO to a USB pen drive so that it can be bootable from a USB. by searching on the web didn't found any software that is exactly doing the function of taking an ISO image as input and just burn it out to a USB pen drive. fortunately I found this article...

since the EmergencyCD ISO is a vista boot image, it's a standard Windows PE image. at first I was simplely extracting the ISO using WinRAR and just copy the files to USB pen drive. it was obviously that the PC won't boot like this.

later by following the instructions providing by the article to set the USB pen drive bootable, I successfully boot-up the PC by the EmergencyCD image , at the first run to search the problems it found the lost EISA recovery partition and fixed it back, by reboot with the Emergency CD again the vendor-provided disk full recovery menu option showed up!!! bravo!!! it recovered the whole machine to factory-out status by runing cusmized Symantec Ghost program and about 10 more minutes while I was writing this post the machine was back to the status like I just bought it.

For reference I'll also note the steps of making Windows PE bootable USB pen drive here...

[via here]

Preapring Windows PE to Boot from a USB Thumb Drive

These steps will take you through preparing a USB ram drive (thumb drive, pen drive, or how ever you care to refer to it) so that you may use it to boot your Windows PE image without the need of a hard drive (or bootable CD/DVD). These steps assume you have already generated your Windows PE folder structure where you would typically burn it to an ISO image. For preparing your WinPE image, please see Working with Windows PE Images.

1) Run diskpart from command prompt running as administrator (right click the command prompt icon and choose "Run As Administrator")
2) Type the command: list disk to see the available disks and note the one that represents your USB thumb drive
3) Select the disk: select disk # where # is the disk you determined in the above step
4) Now that the proper disk is selected, prepare it with the clean command by typing clean
5) Now create a partition on the clean drive by typing: create partition primary
6) Select the new partition by typing: select partition 1
7) Set the partition as active by typing: active
8) Format the partition as FAT32 by typing: format fs=fat32
9) Assign the new partition by typing: assign
10) Type exit to quit diskpart

Now you are ready to copy the files. The location from which you want to copy the files is the folder created which would normally serve as the contents of your ISO file. For example: c:\images\winpe\iso

Typically this file will contain three folders and a file: directories: boot, EFI, and source. file: bootmgr. Simply copy these files to the prepared USB thumb drive root and you are ready to go!

With the RAM drive inserted, you will either need to go into the computer's BIOS settings at boot up and arrange the boot order to place the USB drive above the system hard drive. Alternatively most systems have a "Boot Menu" keystroke such as F12 which will let you choose the device to which you want to boot

Case closed, ready to sell my umpc now...


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When your Outlook 2007 mail message text is larger or small than usual...

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It sometimes happened to me that when I am composing a new mail, suddenly the while message font is became large and I don't know what I had pressed any key to let it happen. today it happened again and I decide to find the cause of it!

after a search of hotkeys in Outlook 2007 help file, found the answer...

Outlook Home > E-mail > Fonts and formatting

The text of my messages is larger or smaller than usual

When you compose, reply to, or forward an e-mail message, and the message body (including the text) appears larger or smaller than the size that you typically see, you might have accidentally changed the zoom view setting.

When the zoom view is changed, the setting is persistent on all future messages you compose, reply to, or forward.

Note   The zoom view setting doesn't affect how recipients will see the message. Messages are always opened at 100-percent zoom view size.

You can adjust the zoom view in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 in two ways — by using your mouse wheel button, or from within Outlook itself.

Use a mouse wheel button to change the zoom

If you have a pointing device, such as the Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device, that has a wheel button, you can use the wheel button to zoom in on, or out of, the body of a message.

  1. Click the message body.
  2. Press or hold CTRL while you rotate the wheel button to zoom in or out.
Use the Ribbon controls to change the zoom

The zoom level of the message view can be changed in the Ribbon, which is part of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.

  1. Click the message body.
  2. On the Format tab, in the Zoom group, click Zoom.
  3. In the Zoom dialog box, under Zoom to, click 100% for the default size, or use the other options to specify a custom zoom size.

    Zoom dialog box

Note   When the zoom view is changed, the setting is persistent on all future messages you compose, reply to, or forward.

So the reason why it was happened on me is that when I type fast and using my mouse around my messages, suddenly I moved the mouse scroll wheel while I was pressing the Ctrl key trying to copy (Ctrl-C) or paste (Ctrl-V) some paragraph.

Case closed! FYI.

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Posted: 2007/10/5 21:43 by rextangtw | with 1 comment(s)
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Microsoft to release .NET Framework source code...

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Microsoft is going to release .NET Framework source code on the final release of .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008.

[via ScottGu]

Today I'm excited to announce that we'll be providing this with the .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 release later this year.

We'll begin by offering the source code (with source file comments included) for the .NET Base Class Libraries (System, System.IO, System.Collections, System.Configuration, System.Threading, System.Net, System.Security, System.Runtime, System.Text, etc), ASP.NET (System.Web), Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms), ADO.NET (System.Data), XML (System.Xml), and WPF (System.Windows).  We'll then be adding more libraries in the months ahead (including WCF, Workflow, and LINQ).  The source code will be released under the Microsoft Reference License (MS-RL).

You'll be able to download the .NET Framework source libraries via a standalone install (allowing you to use any text editor to browse it locally).  We will also provide integrated debugging support of it within VS 2008.

Scott Hanselman and Shawn Burke also got a Podcast talking about this.