# Thursday, 15 January 2004

Why Windows Crashes.

What can go wrong when you mismatch the calling convention?.  

... "Aw, come on, who would be so stupid as to insert a cast to make an error go away without actually fixing the error?"

Apparently everyone. [via Microsoft WebBlogs]

 Ahem, terrible admission but I'm not sure whether I'm included in everyone - I don't think I am but can I absolutely swear, nope we do some dumb things when in a hurry. Its a great article and required reading for anyone who writes unmanaged Windows code.

There's a fair bit of junk in the Microsoft WebBlogs stream, but there is some great stuff as well - at least its not all .NET/Longhorn.

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# Monday, 12 January 2004

Fast Web Browser To Be Commercialised Nbsp

Fast Web browser to be commercialised.  It's Mega 

.... said that in about seven months' time, patents for the Xwebs mega browser should be filed and the software will be primed for commercialisation ....

[via The Register]

Since its mostly (as I understand it) a wrapper on the IE web browser control and there are a gazillion wrappers out there doing things like aggregated search and stuff, its going to be interesting to see these patents (and where they are filed).


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# Friday, 09 January 2004

IE Http Headers Tool Nbsp L

IE Http Headers Tool.  

... let folks know about a really cool free IE add-in called ieHTTPHeaders written by Jonas Blunck.  It makes it so much easier to see the HTTP headers for different pages, and is way easier than using a sniffer.  ... [via DonXML Demsak's Grok This]

 Jolly useful.

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# Thursday, 08 January 2004

With Its Online Services Offering NewsGator Is Hoping To Expand Interest In Content Aggregation To A Lesste

With its Online Services offering, NewsGator is hoping to expand interest in content aggregation to a less-technical crowd, Reinacker said. The service will include exclusive content for subscribers, such as technology news, comics and special interest columns. "RSS and content aggregation has had a stigma for a while of being a techie kind of thing, but we're trying to add more mainstream content to make it more exciting for the average user," Reinacker said.

Pricing for a NewsGator Online Services subscription will start at $5.95 a month per user. NewsGator 2.0 for Outlook works with Microsoft Outlook 2000 or later and will cost $29 a copy.

 [via NewsGator Extends Reach With Subscription Service]

Hmm - 'exclusive' content generation and the software to read said content - given the number of tech news, comics and special interest feeds there are anyway, one wonders how they are going to be 'exclusive' or more importantly original/worthwhile.


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# Wednesday, 07 January 2004

Lets look at those star ratings

But three days later on 15 July, a civil servant in Mr Milburn's private office warned via e-mail that the then health secretary wanted to look at the star ratings again.

Mr Yeo said Mr Milburn had apparently been unhappy about the rating given to the Northumbria Health Care Trust and asked if it could be urgently revisited as an issue.

This is a politically motivated personal attack with political intent, again to harm the NHS as well as this party
John Reid
The e-mail continued: "The secretary of state would also identify South Durham as a high profile trust, given that it serves the prime minister's constituency.

"Why has it fallen from three stars last year to two stars?"

Mr Yeo said: "The very next day on 16 July, a new paper arrived from Mr Wilmore confirming that the star ratings had been recalculated."


"This paper stated and I quote: 'Alterations to the methodology have been made resulting in the changes to individual trusts that were requested'.

 [via BBC NEWS | Politics | Tories call for Milburn NHS probe]

Of course its a politically motivated attack - it took place in the House of Commons (sheeesh!).

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25m Freed For Schools Te

£25m 'freed' for schools technology.  The government is freeing schools to spend up to £25m on new technology. [via BBC News | Education | UK Edition]

Oh gawd, here we go again, holes in the roof in preference to fewer computers. With the (relatively) massive amount injected into Schools IT since 1997, and a lot of it (all?) ring fenced standards fund money, why is this £25m necessary - or has that lot been wasted or been spent on something else due to budget problems in (ahem) mending the roof.

Mr Clarke said information and communication technology (ICT) in schools, could help improve GCSE results, by "half a grade" if used properly.

Yeah, right, a very dubious and arguable Becta report is the problably the source of this; haven't seen it trotted out for a few years. Perhaps it's new to Mr Clarke.

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Really useful shortcut

From ChuckOp's Blog

One of my favorite keyboard shortcuts in Windows is CTRL+NUMPAD+Plus.

You can get Windows to automatically resize the columns (in details view) to fit the widest item for the column, so no data is lost and only the space needed is taken. 

Geez... for how many years has this functionality just been sitting there unused? How the heck are people supposed to "discover" this kind of functionality? There's no menu item for this... no button... no help file I've ever seen that states this behavior... [via Andy Smith's Blog]

 Absolutely, jolly nice one this one, jolly useful, why not on the view menu?

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# Monday, 05 January 2004

SystemWebMail Explained Part 3nbs

System.Web.Mail Explained - Part 3.  ..., and felt it needed its own website, in the form of a FAQ. So I built one. You can see it here: System.Web.Mail, OH MY! at http://www.SystemWebMail.com  [via Wanta .NET ?]


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# Monday, 22 December 2003

Economy Business Investment Nbsp12 Fall In

Economy: Business Investment.  1.2% fall in third quarter 2003 [via National Statistics Online]

 Business investment falls - but the £5bn tax take from pensions was supposed to increase this so that our pensions grew.....

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