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My Foray Into Weblogging. Using this to store interesting items for later review.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

IE Critical Update

Microsoft has released the ultra-important IE Update

Run your Windows Update ASAP (if not sooner).

This fixes the recent exploits that have been working for the past 5 days or so.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

A little geek humor at Microsoft

Just discovered a little geek humor at Microsoft. 

I have the unfortunate task of upgrading a VB6 app to run properly under Vista.  No, I could not upgrade the app to .Net, just "fix" the VB app and its installer.  So I'm installing VB6 in a Vista virtual machine (do not want to mess up my host machine), and having a little problem when starting VB, an error that mscomctl.ocx is not registered.  But it is, and I hunt down Dependency Walker (Depends) to make sure.  It's OK, and its components are OK, also. 

So I run profiler from Depends to start up VB6 and see what happens.  Find an error message*, and stop the profiler. That in turn stops the VB6 application, and profiler dutifully logs the exit return code, and helpfully translates the exit code to hex:

Terminating process by user's request.
Exited "VB6.EXE" (process 0xB84) with code 57005 (0xDEAD).

Had to chuckle.  And then went to calc.exe to confirm, decimal 57005 is hex 0xDEAD.

(*for what it's worth, the error is "GetProcAddress(0x75E70000 [KERNEL32.DLL], "IsTNT") called from "MSCOMCTL.OCX" at address 0x27588909 and returned NULL. Error: The specified procedure could not be found (127)."  Now I got to got figure that one out.)

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

New ASP.NET Charting Control


Microsoft has now released a ASP.Net Chart control.  Formerly from Dundas, this control was recently added to Reporting Services, and is now available for free for ASP.Net developers.

  • Download the free Microsoft Chart Controls
  • Download the VS 2008 Tool Support for the Chart Controls
  • Download the Microsoft Chart Controls Samples
  • Download the Microsoft Chart Controls Documentation
  • Visit the Microsoft Chart Control Forum
  • Ref from Scott Guthrie's blog: New ASP.NET Charting Control: - ScottGu's Blog

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