Visual Round Trip Analyzer

Jim Pierson writes about the new Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) tool that was just released to, highlighting 12 easy tips for developers looking to speed up their web applications. Having been a long-time user of VRTA internally at Microsoft, this tool is simply invaluable.  It goes beyond just showing you your time to…


SuperSecret Stuff

(Or not.) There’s been a lot of dead air on this channel, and I should apologize for that.  We’ve been hard at work on some new, exciting projects which soemehow have managed to steal all of my free time.  Really though, that’s an excuse — mostly I just suck. For those at PDC in LAX, by…


Windows Search 4

There was quite the buzz around the office today about the newly released Windows Search 4.  Amongst other things, this release improves the performance and stability over previous versions of Windows Search (read: the search included natively in Windows Vista as well as the add-on to XP).  Moreover, applications that leverage the core windows search infrastructure (such as…


The Knob lives!

I just installed the latest Powermate drivers on my x64 Server 2008 machine. And everything actually worked. Go Griffin!


PowerShell Community Extensions on Server 2008 x64

Thanks to the tip by Jon Davis, I found the following workaround for the somewhat-annoying error: Cannot load Windows PowerShell snap-in [..] because of the following error: No Windows PowerShell Snap-ins are available for version 1. when opening a new x64 Powershell with the PowerShell Community Extensions. The workaround? Simply run: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v2.0.50727\installutil.exe “C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerShell…