November 2005 - Posts
Yesterday, my wife gave me an early Christmas present of an Apple iPod Nano 4GB. (woohoo!)
Five-minutes after opening the box, I received my first (and hopefully last) lockup. For reference, here is how you reset an iPod Nano:
- Toggle the "Hold" switch On, then Off again.
- Press and hold down the Menu and Center buttons for several seconds.
- The unit should reset to factory defaults.
Note: you will have to reconfigure some lost settings after this.
This product from Neodynamic looks rather interesting. As a long-time user of barcodes in reports (both Crystal and Sql Reports), I appreciate anything that might simplify the design, development, and deployment experience.
I had intended to write my own barcode custom ReportItem control for Sql Server 2005 Reporting Services(SRS2005), but hadnt had time or a need, since my company hasnt upgraded from SRS2000 yet. However, next year, we have a project that will use SRS2005 and requires C128 barcode support, so I may give this product a try.
Please let me know if anyone has experience with Neodynamic's solution.
Matt, from Phidgets, pointed out that the URL was incorrect for the Phidgets webste in my previous post
about the PDC05
exhibitors (unless you live in Canada). Here is the correct URL for the US distributor
(who was actually at PDC05
"Where there is pain and frustration, there is also opportunity." - Lance Hunt
"If it isn't broken, take it apart and figure out how it works. If it is broken afterwards, blame the vendor." - Lance Hunt
"When life hands you lemons, find some pieces of copper and zinc and make a lemon-battery." - Lance Hunt
"Make sure you have a methodology, not a mess-odology." - Lance Hunt
"When surrounded by idiots, make sure you aren't one too." - Lance Hunt
"When surrounded by idiots, volunteer to be the head idiot so you can get a fat pay raise." - Lance Hunt
Lately I have started having problems with the entire Windows Explorer shell becoming unresponsive. I have a new Dell Latitude D810 laptop with the factory install of Windows XP with SP-2, so I am surprised that I could have such a problem.
The last time this problem occurred, I did a CTRL-ALT-DEL and opened Process Explorer (see Sysinternals) to check-out what was going on. Surprisingly I found that the HelpSvc.exe process was at 100% CPU and was starving-out everything else.
After a quick search, I found Cyrus' blog post on this topic, which offered an excellent solution in the comments. I just applied these steps, and so-far so-good. *crossing fingers*
Hopefully this info will help-out someone else.
I highly recommend this article by Rick Strahl of West Wind if you are trying to debug IIS 5/6 with ASP.NET or simply wanting to learn more about how web requests are processed.
The article covers the ASP.NET request processing pipeline from the time the request hits HTTP.SYS until Response.End within the ASP.NET framework and everything in between. Also, this has been useful for understanding differences between IIS 5 and IIS 6.
Note: this article is also available in print in the Nov/Dec 2005 issue of CoDe Magazine.