CTRL + Click opens new tab in IE7

Is this a well known trick and I’m just completely out of touch? Probably, but I was very excited when I found out that holding down CTRL when clicking a link in IE7 will open the link in a new tab. To think all this time I was using right click and then “Open In…

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Finding currently installed MSIs

I was struggling to install some new software (the superb new Live Local 3D view – I had an early internal beta already installed) and then remembered a handy tip. To find all currently installed MSIs, use the (hidden) folder c:\windows\Installer. It gives you a nice browseable view of the current state of the system,…

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Running Visual Studio Unit Tests in NUnit GUI

As I’ve posted before, I really don’t like the Visual Studio interface for running unit tests. This is mainly because it’s not as clean (no hierarchy tree or big green line!), makes a copy of the files every time a test is run and is pretty slow (probably because of the file copies). However I…

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Starting off a new process

Reasonably often I find myself writing a mini-test harness when I want to run a console application and time how long it takes. I always end up looking back through old code to remember how to do it, so this makes it very suitable for posting here. It’s not particularly revealing or complicated code, but…

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Cool tip when using Windows Live Local

I’m now working on the Windows Live Expo team, which means: I might have some more interesting things to post on here 🙂 The focus of this blog may change a little We shipped our first public beta yesterday (US only for posting at the moment, but open to all to view), so we can…

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Rebooting a web server remotely using iisreset

This one surprised me a lot when we found it. You can reboot a computer that is running IIS remotely by running the command:    iisreset [computerName] /reboot It’s been very useful today when we’ve been patching a whole rack of servers with security patches, but could be very dangerous in the wrong hands 🙂 There…

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