Collect network trace data within your ASP.NET application

If you read one of my previous posts about reverse engineering of a shortened URL, then you probably saw the comment from Richard Deeming, saying that there is a better approach to achieve the task. The comment was about to avoid unnecessary trip between the client and the server and I have added an update…


A Lesson in Farming

Take my advice.  Don’t get in a round bale ring with a cow. It’s been a while since I’ve written about my alter-ego – farmer Brian.  I’ve been meaning to write a general farm update post and still hope to in the next couple of weeks (with pictures and all).  But something happened this last…


RTM’d today: Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple

We’re happy to announce Microsoft Office 2010 Plain & Simple has been shipped to the printer! This book can be in your own hands, either in print or as an eBook, by the end of this month. In the meantime, here’s a quick overview of this practical how-to guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint,…

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What is a dump, and how do I create one?

What is a dump and how is it useful? A dump is a snapshot of an application at the point in time the dump is taken. It shows what was executing, what modules are loaded, and if saved with heap contains a snapshot of what was in the application’s memory at that point in time…


Which w3wp.exe PID corresponds to which application pool ?

Version Française Every since the entry into service of IIS 6 (which comes with Windows 2003) the notion of application pools was introduced. An application pool is a means of isolation a web-application, so that the errors it may encounter will not influence other web applications executing on the server or the IIS server itself….


Reporting Services Scale-Out Deployment Best Practices

[Update 17 Aug 2017: the link below is broken; but you can find the original paper and many more in a consolidated PDF form at SQLCAT’s Guide to BI and Analytics] Check out the third of five technical note as part of the Building and Deploying Large Scale SQL Server Reporting Services Environments Technical Note Series:…


Formula Autobuildup in Word 2007

This is an introductory post to help users who want to create stunning technical documents in Word 2007. If you’ve typed Alt+= in Word 2007, you’ve seen a math-zone object inserted that says “Type equation here”. Actually you can type any mathematical expression there, even just a simple variable like x. If the expression’s math…


The Next Chihuahua

  It’s been a long time since I’ve slept in an actual bed and eaten a home cooked meal.  I’ve been a derelict, a wanderer, living off the land, so to speak, traveling from town to town; a modern age nomad.  I try to be all noble about it, but the truth is that I’ve been…