VS2008 Beta 2 VMs Expiration

As most will probably know, turns out the Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Machines had an OS expiration date of Nov 1st, so they'll soon stop working. According to Jeff Beehler, the updated VMs have been posted for download now. However, when I visit the download page linked in his post,...

View White Space

Quick question: How many of you use the 'View White Space' feature in Visual Studio? In case you're not familiar with it, this feature makes the VS code/text editor display a small dot everywhere there's a space and a small square at the end of the file, thus making it...

Outlook 2007 and IMAP

As everyone and their mothers already know, Google recently started activating IMAP support on Gmail, and it looks like most people seem pretty excited about the announcement. Now, personally, I seem to get by fairly well just using good old POP3 access, and a few filters on the server and...

Vista Performance Update

A few weeks ago I commented I had found a very promising lead in trying to find out the cause of my performance problems in Windows Vista, in the services/drivers for my simple Microsoft Lifecam VX-6000 webcam. I can now say that indeed disabling this service has caused a dramatic...

Where do you put your braces?

If you're writing code in a programming language derived from C (i.e. one of those with pesky curly braces), where do you like putting your braces? Some people like putting the opening brace on a line by itself right after the declaration/statement:   I'm one of those that usually does...

Getting IronRuby Source from SVN

Anyone else having trouble getting the IronRuby source from SVN? Checkout/update fails on my machine with the error: svn: Failed to add directory 'trunk\src\ironruby\Compiler\Ast': object of the same name already exists Any ideas? Update: Yep, repository got screwed up. Looks like it is fixed now, but I had to delete...

Archiving Original Messages in BTS

Siva Ram asks in a comment on a previous post: "How to Archive/(copy to another location) the Source file as it is , Before the biztalk picks up the file?" I think what he's really asking is how he could archive an exact copy of the original incoming message (possibly...

Fixing Sleep in Ubuntu 7.10

As I mentioned in a previous post, I did a successful upgrade of my Inspiron 6000 laptop over to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) from 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), though sleep/hibernate wasn't working. I spent a some time yesterday trying to fix it, with some partial success. Niels Olson was kind enough...

Custom PropPage in R2 Sample

As promised, here's a sample managed adapter implementing a custom adapter configuration dialog for BizTalk Server 2006 R2. It isn't a fancy sample, just a new version of my /dev/null adapter with a simple, custom dialog. It should be enough, however, to illustrate the basic details needed to get you...

Custom PropPages in Adapter Configuration

OK, time to post some technical content again :-) If you've used BizTalk server 2004/2006, you've probably seen the configuration dialog where you enter the adapter-specific settings on a send port or receive location. Have you noticed how some adapters simply have a property grid with values, while others have...