Branston Pickle

It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the USA, and that means turkey sandwiches for lunch! Unfortunately, 99.99999% of the US population will not enjoy their sandwiches the way they were intended to be, because they’ve never heard of Branston Pickle. Perhaps more unfortunately, the 0.00001% of Americans that I’ve tried to introduce to the delights…

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AllowPartiallyTrustedCallers and AppDomain Boundaries

Continuing on from yesterday’s post on creating partially-trusted AppDomains, I had a bit of an e-mail exchange with Robert Hurlbut of Hurlbut Consulting. He wanted me to divulge all my secrets about AppDomains to him over e-mail, but I do intend to post them here as blog entries sooner or later (although, for some reason,…

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Creating a partially-trusted AppDomain

Shawn has some great blog entries on how to create restricted (or “sandboxed”) AppDomains in the CLR by setting up custom AppDomain policy. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is one of the techniques used by Visual Studio Tools for Office to ensure that untrusted code doesn’t run inside an Office solution. (And, for the curious, here’s…

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Amazing Pet Shop Boys fan site

Wayne Studer has on his site “interpretations and analyses of every song written or performed by Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant” — pretty darn impressive! You can catch the goodness at http://www.geowayne.com/psbhtml.htm Personally, I think one of the most powerful lines they’ve ever written comes from Jealousy, on the very melancholy album Behaviour: I wish…

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Snail-mail spam

Like most people, I hate spam, I hate the people that send it, and I feel sorry for the poor people who get duped by it. But I hate “snail mail” spam even more. (This is a rant, if you haven’t already figured that out. Feel free to stop reading now 🙂 ) These days,…

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Dr. Strongname, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the URL

One of the problems with the Trustworthy Computing initiative is that many of our products have become harder to use as a result, either due to configuration changes or documentation changes. For example, Windows Server 2003 now ships with pretty much everything turned off by default, but customers that just want to “plug it in…

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