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A collection of articles on various topics that interest me. Written mostly in order to document my own solutions to problems, and published in the hope that they may help others save some time.


Asynchronous Streaming Reverse Proxy for IIS 6.0

I recently started to use Subsonic on my Windows Home Server to make my music collection available over the internet. Subsonic must be configured to run on a port other than port 80, because this port is already used by the IIS web server. This is a major inconvenience, because it may prevent you from accessing the media from firewall restricted networks, and it will make the URLs to your media server somewhat more ugly. In order to get around these two problems, IIS has to serve as a proxy for the server.

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Uninstalling Twonky and HP Software from MediaSmart Home Server

What do you do to convert a barely useful system into a completely broken system? You release a patch! And so HP set to work to develop and release the long awaited Update 2 for the MediaSmart 3.0 software, providing large parts of the customer base with a whole new level of psychological terror.

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WordPress 2.5 Broken Media Library Fix

The Media Library in WordPress 2.5 is a great new feature. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for many users right out of the box.

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SQL Server 2005 Express on Windows Vista 64-bit

At the very bottom of the SQL Server 2005 Express download page, Microsoft offers 64-bit versions of their installers. Unfortunately, this is not everything you need to run SQL Server Express on 64-bit versions of Vista.

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MySQL Configuration Wizzard on Windows Vista

The MySQL Server Instance Configuration Wizzard MySQLInstanceConfig.exe (current version that comes with the MySQL Server Community Edition (current version 5.0.51a) has a typo in the embedded manifest file that prevents it from running on Windows Vista machines.

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Using Cobian Backup on Windows with Apple’s Time Capsule

After consistently losing hard drives over the past few years (and plenty of data with it), having daily automatic backups has become an integral part of my home network.

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Drawing Bitmap Resources in ATL 7.0 Controls

This article provides minimal and easy to understand code samples for loading, drawing and releasing bitmap resources in ATL 7.0 controls.

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Unblocking Elevated Startup Programs in Vista

Windows Vista significantly changed the way applications are handled when the user logs on. The system now blocks elevations in the user's logon path, which prevents users from running programs on startup that require administrator privileges. Unfortunately, Vista provides no way of permanently unblocking a startup program. This article will describe a clean and quick workaround to get the same result.

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Glassy Vista Aero Forms in .NET

A search on Google will return quite a lot of more or less complicated and complete articles on how to implement Windows Vista's Aero glass look in your own .NET applications. This posting will describe how to achieve this effect with as little code as possible, and how to get a bit more out of it by processing user input accordingly.

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Getting Started with WPF in Visual C# Express Edition

Currently, none of the Visual Studio suites have out-of-the-box support for the new Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) in the .NET Framework 3.0. This article explains what you need to get started with the development of WPF based .NET applications in Visual C# Express (and other Visual Studio Editions).

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