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Phil Winstanley - British .NET chap based in Lancashire. Enjoys tea and tech. Working for Microsoft.

May 2004 - Posts

How good is your Web Host?

I've just posted a review of mine ( here:

Who do you host with? How are they? 

Posted: May 29 2004, 04:45 PM by Plip | with 5 comment(s)
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TechEd is for Wimps - British MVP's do it right.

Tomorrow I'm down in Reading at Microsoft's UK office for a Mini MVP Summit where alot of the British MVP's are getting together.

Should be fun :-)

We don't need no stinkin' TechEd.

Posted: May 25 2004, 10:39 PM by Plip | with 2 comment(s)
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I think is becoming more and more unstable - anyone else noticed?

Over the past few weeks I've been getting errors as below from the root page of -

Somone save our Blogs! This site is a great free service, it's a shame to see it dying like this :-(

Is anyone else seeing these?

Posted: May 24 2004, 12:14 PM by Plip | with 12 comment(s)
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Longhorn in 3D ... Kinda.

I managed to get Longhorn running in 3D, but my laptop can't cope very well with it :(

Here are some screen shots of it not working very well, this one should show drop shadows and tranparencies: -

And here is the 3D Alt+TAB: -

Posted: May 24 2004, 10:45 AM by Plip | with 5 comment(s)
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Is Longhorn being too clever for it's own good?

I've just been reading a piece on Longhorn over at talking about whether Microsoft will keep the door open.

Cool I thought, I want 3D Alt+TAB! So I installed Longhorn on my Dell Inspiron 8100 with an nVidia GForce2 32mb Go video card.

Well I can't have 3D Alt+ TAB apparently, I'm not special enough ... *sniff*

Anyone know if I can force the WinHEC Longhorn build to let me have 3D Alt+Tab ?


Posted: May 23 2004, 10:26 PM by Plip | with 4 comment(s)
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Google Groups 2 & XML Feeds

I've been playing with Google Groups 2 for the past week or so and am really liking what I'm seeing.

It's clean, tidy and very easy to use.

Better though, they're exposing XML feeds (using Atom ) for the posts to public newsgroups, for example here's the Microsoft ASP.NET one: -

Recent Topic Summaries

Recent Message Summaries



Posted: May 20 2004, 10:10 AM by Plip | with no comments
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New RSS Feed on All Approved Cars

We've recently added a new RSS feed of Used Cars in the UK to our "Hub" site: - Cars

Check it out (up the top).

Posted: May 18 2004, 04:32 PM by Plip | with no comments
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Sql Server Reporting Services & URL Forwarding through an ISA Server? HELP!

I have a [new] problem with Reporting Services.

I've written a really nice wrapper around it to plug in to our existing system with the help of a couple of the Developers here - but I'm now having problems exposing this to the outside world.

Basically what's happening is I have an externally accessible domain '' that is configured on the ISA Server to forward through to ''.

That works fine, the request comes through, the Authentication is passed though, but then I hit a problem - a JavaScript error is thrown by the code inside the Reporting Services frame: -

Line: 23

Char: 1

Error: Permission denied

Code: 0


This is all because the JavaScript is hard coded to use the Actual URL of the server, as opposed to the one that's being used (Forwarded by the ISA).

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function ValidateParams()
return true;
parent.tbDMRepFrameUrl = "";
var nullableIndices = [];
var numReportParams = 1;
<form action="" onsubmit="javascript:return(ValidateParams())" method="post" id="oParamsForm">

Does anyone know of a way to get around this - I need Reporting Services to inject the code with the URL I want as opposed to the one it want's to use.


Posted: May 17 2004, 10:29 AM by Plip | with 1 comment(s)
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