Synaptics touchpad drivers and Windows Vista

It seems a number of folks have been having problems finding touchpad drivers for Windows Vista. I recently started trying out Vista on a laptop at home which happens to have a Synaptics touchpad. Without the drivers and its enhancement programs, using the touchpad can be problematic. Eventually I found out that the latest Windows…

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They’re putting Li-Ion batteries in cars! Are they nuts?!

At first I thought it was just the random person … Now it seems there are lots of folks trying to soup up Hybrid electric cars with Lithium-Ion batteries! Are they nuts?! Li-Ion can be very very unstable and dangerous. Deform or puncture one and you’ll have a very quick flash of fire and explosion….

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Get ready or get dragged kicking and screaming into the upcoming Non-Admin world

So you have been spoiled by years of running as an Administrator on Windows and used to being able to do whatever you want? Well you’d better start getting used to not running as Admin all the time otherwise Windows Vista is going to drag you into the Non-Admin world. In case you aren’t aware,…

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A good resource for all your scripting needs

Ever notice how you sometimes write a small batch file to automate something and then it starts growing and soon you start hitting the limits of what the batch file language can do and everything becomes an unmaintainable mess? The natural solution then is to use Windows Scripting Host (WSH) and write a script in…

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An easy way of doing .Net debugging in production environments

Say you want to debug your .Net application on some production enviroment, customer site/server and remote debugging is not an option due to various network issues like firewall, latency, cordoned off network etc. Installing Visual Studio might just take too long even with a minimal install. So what can you do with the least effort?…

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End of the Win9x era and what we should be thankful to Win9x for

So it comes to pass. The beginning of the end of the Win9x era with the (official) end of support for Windows 98 and ME. Its been a long time from the heady days of Windows 95 for the Win9x line and nowadays most people probably don’t think much of it other than it being…

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How to get in on the HDTV (r)evolution without breaking your bank

Time for a post related to the division I work in (MSTV). I’m sure most of you would have heard about HDTV and depending on your perspective its a revolution or an evolution. If you care about picture quality and you are one of those folks who would never be happy with a plain vanilla…

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As guilty as a million abandoned blogs…

Hmm … So I’ve fallen into the same trap as so many other bloggers who start something and then it peters out. Life happens in between … But as a new year resolution I plan to start blogging a bit more consistently and frequently.  But don’t hold me to this in case life becomes too…

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Diagnosing device driver problems leading to system freezes

Recently I started having some device driver related problems on my laptop. Sometimes when I would leave my laptop in a standby power state and come back, the system would have strange problems after coming out of standby. IE would hang trying to load a page and then no matter what I did the IE…

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