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Windows Live and Windows 8

So. I guess I wasn’t the only one with this idea: http://www.syfuhs.net/post/2011/02/28/making-the-internet-single-sign-on-capable.aspx Sweet. Announced earlier today at the Build conference, Microsoft is creating a tighter integration between Windows 8 and Windows Live.  More details to come when I download the bits later tonight.

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Making the Internet Single Sign On Capable

Every couple of weeks I start up Autoruns to see what new stuff has added itself to Windows startup and what not (screw you Adobe – you as a software company make me want to swear endlessly).  Anyway, a few months ago around the time the latest version of Windows Live Messenger and it’s suite RTM’ed I poked around to see if anything new was added.  Turns out there was: A new credential provider was added! Interesting. Not only that, it turns out a couple Winsock providers were added too: I started poking around the DLL’s and noticed that they…

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Data as a Service and the Applications that consume it

Over the past few months I have seen quite a few really cool technologies released or announced, and I believe they have a very real potential in many markets.  A lot of companies that exist outside the realm of Software Development, rarely have the opportunity to use such technologies. Take for instance the company I work for: Woodbine Entertainment Group.  We have a few different businesses, but as a whole our market is Horse Racing.  Our business is not software development.  We don’t always get the chance to play with or use some of the new technologies released to the…

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ADFS 2.0 Windows Service Not Starting on Server 2008

I’ve been working on getting a testable ADFS environment setup for evaluation and development.  Basically, because of laziness (and timeliness), I’m using Windows Virtual PC to host Server 2008 guests for testing.  I didn’t have the time to setup a fully working x64 environment, so I couldn’t go to R2. One of the issues I’ve been running into is that the Windows Service won’t start properly.  Or rather, at all.  It’s running into a timing issue when running as Network Service, as its timing out while waiting for a network connection.  More Googling with Bing returned the fix for me…

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Putting the I Back into Infrastructure

Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch of the Infrastructure 2010 project.  Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept or design?  It’s not fun.  As a result, CIPS Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded together to create a massive event to help make things a little more clear.  To give you a clearer understanding of how corporate networks work.  Perhaps to explain why some decisions are made, and why in retrospect, some are bad decisions. Infrastructure 2010 is about teaching you everything there is to…

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A Trip to the Microsoft Store

While I was in California last week I decided to visit the new Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo.  While there, the managers graciously allowed me to take pictures of the store.  Frankly, they probably thought it was a little creepy.  But nevertheless, they said go for it, and I did. Now, Microsoft did one hell of a job making it known that the store existed while I was at the mall.  While I was grabbing coffee in the food court, these stickers were on each table: Following that, as you head towards the store you see two large LCD screens…

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A Thought on Windows Mobile 7

The other day while I was sitting in the airport in Washington, D.C., I had a random thought.  When the ZuneHD first hit the shelves people were talking about how Mobile 7 might borrow the look and feel.  It’s sleek, easy to use/easy to understand, and is very simple.  So I started thinking about what such an interface might look like.  This is something I did quickly.  Nothing was provided by Microsoft.  Nobody has said anything about Mobile 7 design (at least, not at that point, but nobody cared anyway).  This is simply something I thought the interface might look…

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Deleting Temporary Internet Files from the Command Line

A quicky but a goody.  Sometimes you just need a quick way to delete temp files from IE.  In most cases for me its when I’m writing a webapp, so I’ve stuck this in the build properties: RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351 It doesn’t require elevated permissions, and has been tested on Vista and Windows 7.  Each command deletes the different types of data: temp files, stored form info, cookies etc.  Enjoy.

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Ultimate Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts List

Got this list in an email earlier today.  Not sure the original source, as it was a copy/paste job, but holy crap what a list.  If someone can point out where it originated I will attribute it as necessary. Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Right Shift for eight seconds: Turn Filter Keys on and off Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScn (or PrtScn): Turn High Contrast on or off Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock: Turn Mouse Keys on or off Shift five times: Turn Sticky Keys on or off Num Lock for five seconds: Turn Toggle…

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How UAC Actually Works

This post has had a few false starts.  It’s a tough topic to cover, as it’s a very controversial subject for most people still.  Hopefully we can enlighten some people along the way. From a high level perspective, the UAC was developed to protect the user without necessarily removing administrative privileges.  Any change to the system required a second validation.  On older versions of Windows, an application running with administrative credentials could change any setting on the box.  Viruses and malware became rampant because of this openness, given that the average user had administrative credentials.  Most average users balked at…