Fast Forward – Catching up on what I’m up to

I’ve been somewhat quiet in my blog lately, posting vary sparsely in 2008. Consider this the “reset”, wherein I resolve to be more frequent in my updates. In a blog post over two year ago, I mentioned that I’d joined a new group at Microsoft, and was no longer working in Visual Studio. While I…

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The Case of XBox 360 not playing ripped DVDs from a WHS share

Stealing a page from Mark Russinovich’s blog here. I’ve been going batty trying to play ripped DVDs residing on my WHS box through my XBox 360. I’d done all the due research, and had followed all the various directions around making symbolic links on my MCE box, installing transcoder.dll, etc… I got the DVD Library…

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On the passing of Paul DiLascia

I was quite sad to hear the news this morning (via email) that my friend, Paul DiLascia has passed away suddenly.   I don’t know all details yet. I’ve heard he passed away on Sept. 3rd, but the MSJ/MSDN network just heard of it in the last day or so. Some details are still unknown…

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Celebrity Restaurant Sightings

Last night my wife took me to the Met for dinner. Midway through dinner I glanced over at the adjoining table, and was quite surprised to see Jim Allchin, along with two other people. And earlier in the day, I actually sat at the same table with another celebrity: Chris Sells, who was generously taking…

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Windows Home Server has shipped!

Likely you’ve already seen this elsewhere, but if not, WHS has RTMed!  http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2007/07/16/ship-it.aspx Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve been running the “nearly” RTM bits for about a week now. Prior to this, my server was down for a month as I moved houses and am slowly rebuilding my computing infrastructure. In other…

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R.I.P. NuMega Lab

In a previous post, I lamented the loss of SoftIce. Now, we truly are at the end of an era. Compuware is closing its development lab in New Hampshire. This is where tools like BoundsChecker, SoftIce, TrueTime, SmartCheck, CodeReview, and many others originated. (I won’t attempt to name, them all, so please don’t take offense if…

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Windows Home Server Update – Waiting on a new build

Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted anything on this topic. My bad. My WHS box is happily purring along in the closet. I took it down for a few days while I went through a whole memory upgrade experience. The details are unimportant. The net result: I should have just bit the bullet and…

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Why don’t I get ETW events from ASP.NET in Vista?

One of the cool features of IIS 7 is it’s modular architecture. It lets you create just the IIS you want, with minimal attack surface area. Alas, one of the greatest consumers of my time lately is determining why things no longer works like on IIS 6. This is almost always because yet another portion…

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Windows Home Server – A peek at Remote Access

Here’s what it looks like when I’m at work, accessing my home network via Windows Home Server. I’ve blocked out certain private data. Clicking on any of the machines starts up a Remote Desktop connection, which can be full screen or hosted in the browser. The first time you do this, you need to allow…

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Windows Home Server – Remote Access is working!

This morning my wife was firmly ensconced on the couch with the puppy, catching up on her shows on Media Center. Sensing some free time, I snuck upstairs and began poking around at getting remote access working with Windows Home Server. The real magic came down to 2 main steps: Enabling port forwarding for three ports on…

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