BizTalk schemas yuck

The new BizTalk Server 2004 schema designer (which I still haven't become a fan of) has one thing I really, really dislike: By default, schemas created with it have elementFormDefault="unqualified". Yuck. I always forget to change it the first time, and of course I'm then surprised when BizTalk doesn't catch...

Cool Pictures

While I can't take a picture worth a penny, I love looking at cool photos. One site I enjoy looking at everyday is Daily Dose of Imagery.


Hadn't notice this one before, but Fiddler looks like a great complement to Simon Fell's TcpTrace.

VPC2004 and Redhat9

Speaking of Virtual PC 2004, let me tell you about a bit of a snaffu I had when trying to install Redhat 9 on VPC this weekend. The initial installation went just fine. I was able to partition and format the drive, select the packages and install them with no...

VPC2004 and WinServer2003

John asks: "Does anyone know if VPC 2004 runs OK on Win2K3 Server?". I'm running it here without any problems [1]. So far, I've loaded WinXP, Win2000 Server, Redhat 7.3 and Redhat 9, as well as longhorn as guests OSs with no problems on any of them. </p> [1] Well,...

Oracle and DT

This entry by Sam Gentile is a must read if you're doing COM+ Distributed Transactions and Oracle, alongside all of Robert's posts. Guys, thanks so much for sharing all the details, it's a great contribution!


Don Box posts a few interesting comments on WinFS, two of which I wanted to comment on: "To me (and perhaps to Tim), the most important feature of WinFS is that all application data is now transparent." </p> *Cough* *Cough*. Transparent? Excuse me if I'm somewhat skeptical. </p> "In a...

USB Cable and phone

Found out today that the USB cable my digital camera came with can be directly used to connect my celphone to my computer. Go figure!

Funky Objects

I always thought this was just pretty funky: namespace System { class Object { } class A { public static void Main() { System.Console.WriteLine("Hola"); } } } </p> Hint: If you haven't cought it yet, compile, then check the resulting code with ILDASM. </p>

Dead Hard Drive

Around tuesday last week, my laptop's 20 gig harddrive started making really ugly noises (thumping really hard). I'd have the feeling it would be dead soon for a while, because of a few errors I'd spotted on the event log, so it came as no surprise. It was rather sad,...