December 2003 - Posts
Already installed and running!!!
I really like the new Internet Connection Firewall!!!
According to a C|Net article the incoming beta of Windows XP SP2 will be available soon also on the MSDN web site.
Perhaps all the security improvements (Firewall turned on by default, Windows Messenger Service turned off by default, new security models for IE and for the newest processors, etc...) will require a deeper test than the previous SP.
Start your engines...
Only a little question in this empty morning...
When weblogs.asp.net had his own user/password database and it was only hosted by the asp.net site I could understand it, but now that the user/password database is in synch with the asp.net forum the question come to my mind.
Why the ASP.NET site doesn't use Passport?
Especially because the other .net community site (www.gotdotnet.com) uses Passport...
I like Passport because I can use the same login on multiple sites, and I want that many more sites will use it! :-)
I was following an interesting discussion on PPCW.NET about synchronization of Outlook mail, contacts, calendar, etc... with another PC, a Pocket PC or a Smartphone and I've found two very interesting links:
- SynchPST - Synchronize your personal folders among two or more PCs automatically.
- OsaSynch - Outlook Sharing Add-in and Synchronizer
Both allows to synchronize Outlook data on one or more PCs, without having an Exchange Server.
Hope it helps!!!
Now that most of the MS bloggers have joined us (WELCOME!), considering that most of the people blog from the same TimeZone, and that I don't leave the PC turned on all the evening and the night, I always find 35 new messages in the morning.
I don't like to miss interesting posts, so I want to know if I'm the only with this problem, if so I'll try to keep the PC connected more often in the evening, or if other people have the same problem, so perhaps we can find a better solution, like increasing the number of messages in the main RSS feed, or having an "extended" version with more posts listed...
I'm trying to use the free voucher that Prometric gave free to MCT in Barcelona this July.
I've already studied the 70-300 book from MS-Press and all the materials for the 70-300 exam, I've already checked the MSF material on the Microsoft site, and I'm preparing to study the MSF Course.
Of course I've already used MSF (or at least most of it) in some of my previous project, and I've also written an article about it for the next issue (January 2004) of ioProgrammo (an Italian magazine).
I'm searching for other materials about it, and I want to publish a list of all the things I can find.
If somebody is studying for this exam, or has already passed it, or if you have interesting links, tips or something else please contact me on the comments of this page.
On the project I'm working now as a designer, there is a lot of VB6 code. Sometimes something strange happens, like some days ago when one of the developers told me that his VB6 was corrupted because the "Make xxx.dll..." menu item was permanently disabled.
I told him to check if the project could compile, but everything was working except that menu item.
After some restart of the IDE and the PC, he picked the Customize form (right click on the menu bar, then "Customize...") and then he selected "Reset" and everything was fixed!!!
I always hope that problems have simple solutions like this one!
It seems that I'm not the only that wants more from it's MSN Messenger for Pocket PC.
Arne Hess has posted on ppcw.net that a new Soft Input Panel allows to type Smilies for MSN Messenger and Yahoo...
You can download it from here.
Ok... the input problem is solved, but I want to see real emoticons in chats, not :-), :-( and so on...
Microsoft... can you hear me?
Today I've seen a very strange problem.
I've finished the development of a couple of Web Services and I needed to put them in production.
I've received the Windows 2000 Server already locked down, with a lot of tweaks, permissions changed, IIS Lockdown, URLScan, registry tweaks, etc...
I've installed the .NET Framework after the locking (it was the procedure that they used for every other environment), but this time there was no way to have ASPX and ASMX pages served.
Everytime I try to read ASPX or ASMX pages, I receive "You are not authorized to view this page" without any information in Event Log, IIS Log and URLScan.log.
Also nonexisting pages return the same "not authorized" error.
I've tried some knowledge base articles, I've restored the permissions on the directories, removed URLScan and IISLockDown, but nothing happened.
Tomorrow I'll receive a new server not already locked down, I will install the .NET Framework, and then we will try to lock down the system.
Perhaps we will find what is breaking the connection between IIS and ASP.NET...
The moral of the story is: "Do your work BEFORE others can break it!!!!"
UPDATE: We've reinstalled .NET on a fresh installation of Windows 2000 Server and applied exactly the same tweaks and locks, and... EVERYTHING WORKS :-)