Today I ran across this
article on MSDN, titled "Fiddler PowerToy - Part 1: HTTP Debugging". Now, I've been using Fiddler for ages - it's a fabulous tool. But "Microsoft Fidder"? Has it always been a Microsoft tool? Did I miss something? Near as I can figure, it was either developed by a Microsoft employee but originally delivered independently, or it was aquired by Microsoft on the down-low, Lookout style. Either way, I'm glad to see it's still being enhanced. But it caught me by surprise. UPDATE
dispels my conspiracy theories by informing me that Fiddler is (and always was) written by a MS employee. Damn you and your dose of reality, Omar. :)
Every once in a while I run across some feature of Windows that somehow has escaped my attention over the years. Usually this realization is followed immediately by slap to the forehead, followed by wondering if I'm the last person to discover this feature. I had one of those moments this week.
What I learned (from a co-worker, this time) is that Windows allows you to store a user name and password association for a network server (and web site, though that's less interesting for me). To do this, you go to Control Panel/User Accounts. Pick the account to modify, then select "Manage my network passwords" from the "Related Tasks" panel on the left. Click the Add button, and you can enter the name of the server, along with the user name and password to associate with the server.
This list is automatically added to if you browse to the server, are prompted for credentials, and select "Remember my password". However, there are times when you aren't prompted and the connection simply fails, so it's handy to be able to pre-associate the credentials with the server.