You learn something new every day: 404.html file size issues?

I found this in a friend’s 404.html file:

< !-- - Unfortunately, Microsoft has added a clever new - "feature" to Internet Explorer. If the text of - an error's message is "too small", specifically - less than 512 bytes, Internet Explorer returns - its own error message. You can turn that off, - but it's pretty tricky to find switch called - "smart error messages". That means, of course, - that short error messages are censored by default. - IIS always returns error messages that are long - enough to make Internet Explorer happy. The - workaround is pretty simple: pad the error - message with a big comment like this to push it - over the five hundred and twelve bytes minimum. - Of course, that's exactly what you're reading - right now. -->

Does anyone know if that is still the case? I haven’t come across this before, but it is sure worth knowing about even if it is ie6 specific…

Microsoft: I just stepped into what?

Microsoft scrambles quickly backwards away from a GPLv3 and checks its loafers to see exactly what it just put its $500 loafers into…  Still “As always, Microsoft remains committed to working with the open source software community”.

Microsoft Statement About GPLv3

A Microsoft statement about GPLv3.

Published: July 5, 2007

Microsoft is not a party to the GPLv3 license and none of its actions are to be misinterpreted as accepting status as a contracting party of GPLv3 or assuming any legal obligations under such license.

While there have been some claims that Microsoft’s distribution of certificates for Novell support services, under our interoperability collaboration with Novell, constitutes acceptance of the GPLv3 license, we do not believe that such claims have a valid legal basis under contract, intellectual property, or any other law. In fact, we do not believe that Microsoft needs a license under GPL to carry out any aspect of its collaboration with Novell, including its distribution of support certificates, even if Novell chooses to distribute GPLv3 code in the future. Furthermore, Microsoft does not grant any implied or express patent rights under or as a result of GPLv3, and GPLv3 licensors have no authority to represent or bind Microsoft in any way.

At this point in time, in order to avoid any doubt or legal debate on this issue, Microsoft has decided that the Novell support certificates that we distribute to customers will not entitle the recipient to receive from Novell, or any other party, any subscription for support and updates relating to any code licensed under GPLv3. We will closely study the situation and decide whether to expand the scope of the certificates in the future.

As always, Microsoft remains committed to working with the open source software community to help improve interoperability for customers working in mixed source environments and deliver IP assurance. Our partnerships with Novell and other Linux platform and desktop providers remain strong and the IP bridge we built with them, embodied in our collaboration agreements, remains intact. In particular, our technical and business collaboration with Novell continues to move full steam ahead, including our joint development work on virtualization, standards-based systems management, identity interoperability and document format translators. In addition, the patent covenants offered by Microsoft and Novell to each other’s customers are unchanged, and will continue to apply in the same way they did previously.

How to use a Microsoft Zune as a Hard drive from Windows XP

aka How to copy music files onto your Zune.

We might be giving out Zunes at work as a reward for a fitness program. I didn’t want to lose this information. The original place that posted it is gone. It would be a shame to have a 30 Zune and not be able to use it to transfer files. Luckily a simple change in how Windows sees the Zune can take care of this problem.

In short, find the list of all USB devices you’ve attached to your computer. Under the unique ID for your Zune, you’lk find the PortableDeviceNameSpace Key. Under that key change the EnableLegacySupport=1 and PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell to 0.

Step by step:

  1. Plug your Zune into your computer.
  2. Close all the Zune software
  3. Run RegEdit32 from the Start>Run field
  4. When RegEdit comes up, click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  5. Hit Ctrl-F and enter PortableDeviceNameSpace as what you want to search for and hit OK.
  6. When it finds what you are looking for you should be in the tree HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\ControlSet001\Enum\USB\Vid_[A BUNCH OF JUNK]\PortableDeviceNameSpace If you are not in the right place, you can browse around and see if you can find it manually.
  7. Double click on “EnableLegacySupport” and enter 1 for the value and click OK.
  8. Double click on “PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell” and enter 0 for the value and click OK.
  9. Double click on “ShowInShell” and enter 0 for the value and click OK.
  10. Close RegEdit

That’s it. The Zune should be listed under My computer and you can drag and drop items right to it.


Windows Vista Deployment Articles to Read

Note: These links were created with the Copy Text as Link tool for IE.

This live post is a collection of articles related to mass deploying Windows Vista. Please feel free to add your own as we all prepare for this. I’ll add and drop articles from here as they seem to be more or less important.

My current Windows XP deployment technique involves Symantec Ghost, SysPrep, and several custom built applications. We ship multiple computers and the most recent CD boots to a network using DHCP and a dynamicly generated computer name to ensure that a single CD can be used by the shipping and service departments to deliver a consistent image to our clients on new and repaired PCs, regardless of the model. This techniqe also involves creating a factory backup of the image after it is fully configured in the event an install goes bad and must be restarted (hasn’t happend yet) and allows for rolling backups of the operating system partitions and drive mirror.

The goal is to have a similarly efficient deployment process when we deploy Vista based machines on a set date in the near future.
Articles listed here may not be strictly related to Imaging, but may also include details describing running different types of programs under Vista in hopes that any problems can be foreseen:

Inside Vista’s new image-based install
The simple life
ImageX and WIM Image Format
Deploying Windows Vista
Windows Vista imaging and deployment
Is the Windows Image (WIM) format used by the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) OS Deployment Feature Pack the final version that Windows Vista will use?
WIM image format From Wikipedia
Customizing Windows Vista Deployments
Hackers get Hacked with new Windows Vista or directly here. – hacking article that discusses sysprep and WIM images.
Plan, Build, and Deploy Guide
A Guide To Pain-Free Desktop Deployment

Every Vista PC to get a domain name
Could Vista actually slow down networks?

Release/Version Details
Windows Vista Product Overview for IT Professionals
Vista goes gold: the frenzy begins
Work PCs to miss out on key Vista features
Tough new rules on Vista “OEM”
Windows without windows: Microsoft goes command-line with Server Core
Windows Vista RC1: you have the right to do … nothing, actually
Vista’s account protection: one click and it’s gone

Software/hardware issues
Vista scoots to new boot, but it’s still kinda rooted (A discussion of Vista’s handling of the MBR)
HOW TO: Dual-boot XP and Vista
HOW TO: Run Vista on Linux/XP
Vista still lacks full nVIDIA support
Microsoft deliberately blocking disc burning software in Vista, claims Alcohol
HOW TO: Install Nero 7 on Vista
Nero runs under Vista (at last!)
HOW TO: Coax retro DOS games to play on Vista
Need to eavesdrop on a network? Try Microsoft’s new free tool.
Vista RTM cracked by pirates before release
Microsoft closes piracy loophole: mandatory activation for volume licenced Vista

One for all

Older XP technologies
Let’s build!
Roll with it

A very good walk through of Windows Vista

If you haven’t gotten a chance to play with Windows Vista yet, you might want to take a gander at the LifeHacker article on the subject. It’s picture rich, and a pretty thorough overview of what you’ll be getting.

I just got word yesterday to ramp up for deploying our first Vista based products. It’s coming on like a steam train.

Right now, the way I’m looking at it, I’m not likely to upgrade EVER. Something might change my mind some day… some future game I HAVE to have might require DirectX 10 which, right now, is Vista only. That’s not all that likely. I might get a new machine that has it bundled, I guess. Win XP works well enough for me right now and I am already fighting the activation wizard WAY to often….

In fact, I started my prep work for Vista being the only MS OS sold: I reinstalled Suse Linux on my main machine…

Here’s that article: Q&A with Microsoft about Windows Vista

Click to go to the original site.

Notes on Microsoft/Novell Anouncement: SUSE Linux/Windows Interoperablity

(Article Draft – Corrections will be made to spelling and grammar – These views are mine coming as fast as I can type with the live announcement. I apologies for any typos/misquotes/misinterpretations.)

Microsoft and Novell made an abrupt disclosure via their web cast site that there would be a VERY IMPORTANT announcement. That announcement occurred at 2:19pm PST/5:19pmEST. This announcement is important to large scale Enterprise and Server/datacenter operators as well as the developer community. It offers more choices, opportunties and technologies to IT operators around the world.

You may view the WebCast session in its entirety using any with these links:

Please, as you listen to the session, if I can enhance or correct any of my notes, please let me know in a comment on this post.
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BIG LIVE Microsoft/Novell/Linux? announcement RIGHT NOW

Bridging the devide between Closed/OpenSource and Linux/Windows

It will last till 2:49pm GO THERE NOW!!!!!!

It started 2:19pm EST
Steve Ballmer to Deliver Industry Announcement

November 2, 2006

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will deliver an announcement during a press conference today, Thurs., Nov. 2, in San Francisco beginning at 2 p.m. Pacific time / 5 p.m. Eastern time. Details of the announcement will be provided during the press conference.