Enable IIS7 under BitDefender 2009 Firewall Rules

Create the following rule and make sure that it’s positioned numerically “above” (i.e. lower number) than all the service.exe related rules… especially above the main “deny” rule at the last slot… i’m assuming we’re dealing with the System process because IIS7 (Windows Vista/Server 2008) moved the core listener daemon responsibility down to a lower level than W3SVC.exe 

PowerShell f’in rocks!

Main Microsoft landing page for PowerShell… download and install it!!  (if you’re running Windows Server 2008, it’s already loaded) Out of the box executing PowerShell scripts is completely disabled for security… there’s a couple immediate tasks to enable… Go find the PowerShell icon and fire it up… Vista (booo hiss!) > Start > Programs > Windows PowerShell 1.0 … Win7 (yay!) > Start > Programs > Accessories > Windows PowerShell Turn on ability to run PowerShell script files via “Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned” … you’ll need to do this right up front (only once) since this is locked down by default

SQL Server "CHECKSUM()"

Absolutely crazy I hadn’t run across this little gem yet… could’ve used that bugger to get out of a couple jams.  e.g. eliminating heavily duplicated xml blobs that represent incoming supply chain events/transactions.  The BOL has a couple examples to get your juices flowing.  e.g. Run it on a column list, CHECKSUM(*), to compare rows.  There’s also BINARY_CHECKSUM(), HashBytes() and CHECKSUM_AGG() for different slices.

Nifty 'WhatIsMyIP' Script – put current WAN IP on Clipboard

Pre-req’s: 4NT – love love love that little bugger… but i guess PowerShell is probably the new cool kid in town for this kind of stuff  ‘echos’ command in 4NT outputs test w/o a linefeed… so I can tack something else I wanted onto the URL… obviously the sky is your limit (can’t find the equivalent in PowerShell yet??) curl – everybody’s favorite web mashup tool echos http:// >clip:

Awesome, CAD for LEGOs!

ok i know it’s been around for ages apparently… but man that’s awesome anybody do a hard drive cage in the “technic” rivit oriented pieces yet? 🙂 highlights: it actually “knows” when you put two technic “i-beams” together on a rivet pivot point… it’ll rotate them in 3D so you can line things up with true geometry! it adds up the whole parts list and gives you a total price to physically manifest your creation people can & are publishing their custom designs it copies multi-part “bundles” and flips/rotates them easily to construct symmetric objects quickly

Volume Shadow Copy Service is Pretty Cool

(at least in Windows 2008) More specifically the “Previous Versions” functionality that leverages this service. To cut to the chase, I didn’t realize that you could browse into whole folders worth of snapshots… screenshot below says it all… Notice that there’s a funky “localhostdrive$@GMT…” syntax for getting at the old version of that folder… in this case I shadowed the entire drive starting at the root level. After Googling around a little more on this I’m starting to think us Winblows users shouldn’t be quite so OSX TimeWarp jealous and that VSS although not as sexy, is perhaps even more robust.

(Fairly) Quick & Painless Streaming of Your Local Audio

Here’s the basic pieces I plugged together: MediaMonkey is my preferred mp3 player: www.MediaMonkey.com MediaMonkey supports WinAmp API plugins which provides an excellent pool to draw nifty add-ons from EdCast (formerly “OddCast”) comes in various implementations, one of which is a WinAmp plugin that sends your current song to a ShoutCast (or IceCast) server: http://www.oddsock.org/tools/edcast/ I chose the EdCast plugin versus ShoutCast’s own plugin because EdCast got the song name and artist to come through Media Monkey and ShoutCast’s plugin has a known issue that this feature only works with WinAmp ShoutCast DNAS (Distributed Network Audio Server) – streams the audio out to clients: http://www.

The Origin of VirguleStar.com

I’m drafting off the idea of expanding geeky punctuation into words (popularized by www.SlashDot.org) (Funny story behind his originating motivation) so SlashDot equals /. Based on that, being a comment happy developer, I thought an expansion of /* would be particularly apropos as that’s the well known opening comment syntax in languages like C, C++, C#, Java, T-SQL, etc. Of course, SlashStar.com and readily desirable derivates were already taken 🙁 … however, browsing for slash synonyms turned up “virgule”, specifically for the forward slash character, nice!