Who needs a reason really?

I frequently do a lot of testing inside Virtual Machines (VMs) using Server 2003 and Server 2008 and one thing I’ve grown to dislike is having to type in a reason why I decided to shut down or restart my machine. Even though I’ve grown accustomed to simply typing in a period (.) for the…

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Does Bing know about your web site?

This took a bit of time to find, so, thought I’d share it with everyone to hopefully save you some time.  If you have a website you’d like to be indexed by Bing, simply use the following URL: http://www.bing.com/docs/submit.aspx To determine whether or not your site has already been indexed by Bing, simply use this…

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So your Jawbone 2 is dead and you left your charger at work?

I realized after returning from vacation recently, my Jawbone 2 was dead, and I have a conference call tomorrow that I must take from my car.  Of course, I left my charger at work, and since it doesn’t have any sort of standard USB connector on it (ala USB micro, because, well, that would be…

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Launch Task Manager (or any other program) from Desktop Context Menu

I use task manager a LOT in my job.  I also almost always have a ton of programs running,  therefore, do not have much space on my taskbar and get tired of finding “just the right spot” to right click in on to get to Task Manager.  Saving the following as a .REG file and…

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Uncovering True Errors in SharePoint (and other .NET web applications)

Have you ever come across an error like this? Or perhaps one similar to this? Unfortunately, these types of “unexpected error” messages do not provide any level of detail as to the actual problem, but instead, only inform you, the admin, there was some type of error that prevented the expected page from coming up…

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Are you running a 32-bit OS on your 64-bit capable machine?

I recently formatted my wife’s notebook in order to install Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC).  I was curious whether her system was 64-bit capable or not, so I whipped up the following script, which answered the question for me (yes, it was, btw). This is a very basic script, but answered the question easy enough. …

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Downloading Hotfixes for Multiple Platforms

If you download hotfixes on a regular basis, this may be old news for you, but if not, you may find use in the below.  Most, if not all recent hotfix articles contain the means to obtain the hotfix electronically, without having to call into support beforehand.  This can be a great timesaver.   Here’s…

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My Brother-in-law…

THE Ops Manager…  Here’s my thousand words:

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Daemon Crashes When Crawling Visio (VSD) Files

Recently, I ran down an issue with very frequent crashes occurring on one of my customers’ MOSS 2007 x64 Index servers.  Every time it would attempt to crawl virtually any VSD file in the farm, we would experience a crash in the daemon (mssdmn.exe) process.  These crashes made for some very long crawl times, so…

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