How to replace notepad.exe with notepad2.exe

Thanks to some great comments and a specific one from James I have now replaced notepade.exe with the vastly superior notepad2.exe and prevented Windows File Protection from replacing the new notepad. Here are the steps (warning, process with care, no warranties etc): Method 1 1) Rename Notepad2.exe to Notepad.exe2) go to %windir%\system323) Rename Notepad.exe to NotepadX.exe4) go…

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IMAP, Thunderbird, and mail clients

For much of my career at Microsoft I’ve owned mail related features. I pretty much designed all the IMAP support in Entourage with Mike Fullerton and Steve Friesen and I’m pretty happy with how it works. IMAP itself is a complex protocol to implement properly (it’s been redone about 3 times now). Each server has…

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Rio Carbon vs iPod

The Rio Carbon was a device I didn’t want to like. My main reason for not considering it was that it’s only 5GB and I was looking for an iPod replacement. However, as I’ve used this device it’s really grown on me. I was able to transcoded all my WMA lossless audio down to 11…

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Technology Camps, iPod, and the End to End Experience

In life there are always at least two camps. When I was a kid it was Nike vs Reebok. For some people it’s Audi vs BMW, for others it’s iPod vs everything else. I feel that I am in many camps, but when it comes to Apple vs Microsoft, MCE vs TiVo, iPod vs Everything…

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Creative Zen Micro vs iPod

For the past few months I used the Rio Carbon. While it fared well, there were a couple of things I didn’t like about the device. There was no hardware hold button, and the audio menu was not sticky and always dropped you back to the audio list, rather than your last selection. So, I…

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Laptop gripes

Dennis just wrote about some laptop frustrations. I have to agree. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve closed my laptop lid, placed it in my bag and opened it back up on the train a 30 minutes later to find the battery half drained. Since I refuse to install any of the Toshiba…

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iRiver H320 vs iPod

 I was really excited to see a device like the iRiver H320. However, upon opening the device the experience turned out to be an extreme disappointment. I believe that iRiver built the Kitchen sink here. This device tries to be too many things to too many people. A hard disk, a USB Host device (International…

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software is expensive

As a Microsoft Employee I am very spoiled. I have the luxury of being able to install most any piece of Microsoft software I want, or purchasing that software for about 10% of its retail cost. Over time I’ve come to realize that this is a pretty amazing perk since we make so many different…

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System.Drawing.Image Performance

As I mentioned earlier, I wrote an application called JPEG Hammer for manipulating and viewing EXIF data in digital photos. As a .NET Application the single biggest performance bottleneck has been: Image photo = Image.FromFile(fileName, true); For a 6.1 megapixel (3008 x 2000) 1.47 MB JPEG it took on the order of 631 milliseconds to…

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Hotmail, now with less ads

If you have a paying relationship with MSN (you are an MSN subscriber or Hotmail Extra Storage user) you no longer see any banner ads when using Hotmail. Just one of many enhancements coming to a hotmail near you ;-). This also marks my first release as part of the Hotmail Team. Shipping a version of…

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