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September 2004 - Posts

Windows Update and GDI+ Security Update
Windows Update is a lot better than it was a few years ago (apart from this).  But hasn't the GDI+ security update highlighted a problem with Windows Update, that we are now into a mindset that if we have Windows Update running automatically and downloading security updates at scheduled intervals, we believe our Mirosoft Windows hardware is safe, but in the case of the GDI+ security update, we still have to manually check what software we have installed on our machine and download a silly number of updates (for software other than the operating system). For one of my PC's I have to download the following patches: Visual Studio 2003, Platform SDK, Office 2003, Project 2003, Visio 2003.  Or am I completely wrong, and there is an automated tool from Microsoft to do this?
Nikon Coolpix 5200
I bought a Nikon Coolpix 5200 recently; I was tried of carrying around my Canon SLR, wanted a small pocket camera, and a friend had recommended the camera.  I was going to buy it on the web, but then I found what John Lewis would price match the cheapest price I found on Kelkoo - which means I saved on delivery. I couldn't find the SD memory cards any cheaper than Micro Direct.  One day I might upgrade my film SLR to a digital SLR life the 20D.
MSDN2 and WinFom tricks
Posted: Sep 16 2004, 08:30 AM by mdavey | with no comments
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DataSet Serialization

Dino's latest article in the MSDN October 2004 is interesting, especially as in my last project, we implemented custom binary serialization to get around the DataSet serialization performance issues.

Posted: Sep 16 2004, 07:48 AM by mdavey | with no comments
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ISA Server 2004 Enterprise Edition
Does anyone have any idea of the expected release date of Enterprise Edition of ISA 2004?
Microsoft Fingerprint Readers
Microsoft has launched three Fingerprint reader products.  I suspect the client I currently work for won't roll out these for a while, but I might be tempted to buy a reader for home use.  Its a shame Microsoft only release a non-ergonomic keyboard - maybe ergonomic keyboards still have a very small share of the market.
Windows Update - 0x8024402C

Sometimes I hate Windows software....

I have this error on two machines when Windows Update is run - both machines are Windows XP with SP2, running behind an ISA 2000 server.

Windows Update has encountered an error and cannot display the requested page.  Error Number: 0x8024402C

Googling bring up a few items on the microsoft.public.windowsupdate newsgroup, but no real answer to the problem. Even this didn't appear to work

From the WindowsUpdate.log:

2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 WU client executing call {161959AE-F9CA-417E-9F99-341DB905DCCA} of type Search Call
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 PT: Using serverID {9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77}
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 PT: Using server URL https://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ClientWebService/client.asmx
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 PT: Calling GetConfig on server
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 Add header for accept-encoding: xpress succeeded
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 Send failed with hr = 80072ee7.
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 SendRequest failed with hr = 80072ee7. Proxy List used: <(null)> Bypass List used : <(null)>
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 GetConfig: 0x8024402c
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 PT: Cannot recover from fault, origin=GetConfig, hr=0x8024402c
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 Sync of Updates: 0x8024402c
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 WU client failed Searching for update with error 0x8024402c
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 WU client calls back to search call WindowsUpdate with code Call failed and error 0x8024402c
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100  696 724 WU client completed and deleted call {161959AE-F9CA-417E-9F99-341DB905DCCA}
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100 2768 b54 Operation completed due to earlier error. (hr=8024402C)
2004-09-07 22:24:43+0100 2768 b54 Unable to complete asynchronous search successfully. (hr=8024402C)
2004-09-07 22:24:48+0100  696 bbc ISusInternal API failed CClientCallRecorder::DisconnectCall with error 0x8024000c
2004-09-07 22:24:48+0100 2768 b54 ISusInternal::DisconnectCall failed, hr=8024000C

Anyone had this problem and fixed it?

The Misbehavior of Markets
Possibly an interesting book.
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