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Apr 17, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

My Current Favorite 2.5” Drive + Enclosure

Drive: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 G (Model#: ST9500420ASG; note: ‘G’ = Shock Protection, there’s a ST9500420AS, sans “G” as well) $120 @ ProVantage 500GB ! 7200RPM 16MB Buffer 3.0GB/s SATA-II Enclosure: CoolMax HD-250L-eSATA TigerDirect = $25 It’s leather so it hides greasy fingerprints very nicely compared to other hard shells The cables are a bit long & bulky compared to the nice little ones that come with say the WD Passport… but the outer case has a nice little pocket that keeps them in check.

Apr 7, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments -

WebDrive (WebDAV client… that actually works!)

i was having a heck of a time trying to get “net use * https://myhost.com” type WebDAV client mounts to connect… all that would ever work would be https://localhost … nothing i tried would connect to my WAN ip… always something like “System error 5… access is denied”… then i thought, ah what the heck, gotta google it… and sure enough… loaded the trial of WebDrive from South River Technologies simple little gui popped up, hit ok and two seconds later i was sitting on a W: drive in explorer… Right Mouse > New > Text Document worked, so i had write capability… obviously i had to twiddle some bits on the IIS end too but that was mainly just a matter following any typical IIS WebDAV walkthrough guide… cool, $60 for a one off license is reasonable…oh yeah, it’ll also map a drive letter to an FTP Server, Amazon S3 and SharePoint… i leave you with… ahhhhh yes the logo

Mar 27, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

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 

Mar 26, 2009 - 6 minute read - Comments -

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

Feb 3, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

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.

Jan 27, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

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 https:// >clip:

Jan 15, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

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

Jan 9, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments -

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.