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Lou Vega a thump to the brain January 2008 Entries
Making sense of HTTPErr logs in IIS 6
I recently had a bear of a time trying to determine why a particular web application wasn't behaving like it should. As part of my log checking I was going over the HTTPErr logs in IIS in addition to going over the standard IIS logs and event logs. While I have a good amount of experience pouring over and making sense out of event logs and IIS logs, I hadn't really looked at HTTPErr logs too much in depth until then and wanted to find out more...after a quick search I came up with the following Microsoft ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:59 AM

The picture says it all...


Posted On Friday, January 25, 2008 10:08 AM

Event ID: 3000 TFS Warehouse Error
Disclaimer – this article describes a fix that worked for me – YMMV…proceed with caution. I recently encountered a weird error with the TFSWarehouse data cube and reporting services for our site. It started out innocently enough with an error I hadn’t seen before in the event log (shown below) Well that was odd enough because it suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but then I also noticed odd things going on with the reports that TFS generates. It was generating reports but it was all stale data…apparently ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:20 PM

I'm headed to Roanoke Code Camp in March!
Wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it but really wanted to after talking with Robin last October at Richmond Code Camp...but now I'm heading up to Roanoke for my first Code Camp of 2008! Right now I'm planing for two presentations - one on code analysis and one on Windows Mobile 6. For those interested in more info about the code camp in general see their site here: ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 5:58 PM

Charleston, SC Geek events this week!
There's still time to sign up for the Charleston Geek Dinner on Wednesday, January 23rd at Arlaana's on Daniel Island with Glen Gordon! Dinner starts at 6PM. For directions and registration see our EventBrite URL: http://gcnuggeekdinner.even... The very next morning join Glen again for an MSDN Event titled “What’s New in IIS7 and Extending ASP.NET 2.0 Application Services” The event will be at the Regal Cinema in North Charleston. Check out this URL for full details, directions and to sign-up: ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 12:52 PM

Hello World SMS Source Code posted

The source code for the Hello World SMS article I had written last week has been posted here:


Posted On Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:15 PM

The Gratitude Campaign

Posted On Monday, January 14, 2008 8:41 AM

Looking at U.S. Presidential Candidates through the wire...
I was curious as I was looking at various candidate web sites about who's using what platform/technology and came up with the following list after grabbing the headers from each web site. Enjoy ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 12:05 PM

Free .NET 3.0 training videos!
Doug Turnure, Todd Fine, Mark Dunn and Brian Hitney have produced a series of training videos covering the 4 core parts of .NET 3.0 and released them to the world on the .NET University web site. If you haven't previously checked out .NET University you really should. We hosted one in Charleston last year around this time and it proved quite popular. Get the video's free by visiting their course content area here: - and while you are there pick up some ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 8:11 PM

Reminder: MSDN Event - Charleston, SC
Glen Gordon will be coming to town on January 24th 2008 to host an MSDN Event titled “What’s New in IIS7 and Extending ASP.NET 2.0 Application Services” The event will be at the Regal Cinema in North Charleston. Check out this URL for full details, directions and to sign-up: ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:38 PM

Announcing GCNUG Geek Dinner

It's official - Join us Wednesday, January 23rd for a Geek Dinner at Arlaana's on Daniel Island with Glen Gordon!

Dinner starts at 6PM. For directions and registration see our EventBrite URL:


Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:06 PM

Pretty slick alternative UI for Windows Mobile
My friend Chris Craft blogged earlier today about Poinui - a pretty neat alternative UI for Windows Mobile devices. Having looked at it and installed it myself I have to say it's pretty neat how easy it is to use with the drag, and easy finger-touch access to most things. Here's a screen shot of what it looks like...note that it's *not* in beta anymore. Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 3:44 PM

Minor Annoyance - Windows Mobile SDK Tool
I've noticed a minor annoyance with one of the tools included with the Windows Mobile, the Cellular Emulator. Once you launch it and then close it, the app's behavior is to minimize to the notification area of your Windows Task Bar. That's cool because I'll often leave it running in the background while working on things and it's unobtrusive. My minor annoyance is that when you right click on it (say accidentally) the context menu doesn't go away. Ever. See the screen shots below to get a better ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 12:19 PM

VB.NET Mobile - Hello World SMS Example
After Chris launched his new "I Love VB.NET" site, he was kind enough to provide me a space there for VB.NET Windows Mobile examples since there's a shortage of Windows Mobile code examples using VB.NET. I've just posted the first entry over there and hope to continue in the near future by converting a number of the SDK C# examples to VB.NET. If you're looking to start Windows Mobile development check it'll find a lot you can leverage based on your existing knowledge of the .NET Framework ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 9:14 AM

How to change the IP Address of a SQL Cluster
Due to some sweeping changes that are coming down the pipeline at work I've got to change IP's for a number of SQL clusters that are in production. Having gone through enough nightmares while originally setting up these clusters over the years I wasn't looking forward to it... but since I had enough lead time I took some lab assets to mirror the production setup so I could play with it before crunch time. I'm posting the following reference to a Microsoft KB article for my own benefit and for those ......

Posted On Friday, January 4, 2008 9:51 PM

Free game from Microsoft?
Since Microsoft's Xbox live network was so slammed during the holidays and people weren't able to connect it appears Microsoft is offering (at some point in the future - details still to come) a free game to those affected by the outages. See the full story on Yahoo. So apparently my daughter wasn't alone in her frustrations with the Webkinz network this holiday as that one appeared heavily slammed too...but sadly for her and all the other kids out there, no free KinzCash for their troubles ......

Posted On Friday, January 4, 2008 7:24 AM

Windows XP Virtual CD doesn’t like long file names
I came across a weird issue tonight with the Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel for Windows XP when I went to mount a DVD iso – it wouldn’t mount (Mount Failed) even after restarting the service and re-loading the device driver. Other DVD iso’s mounted just fine before it dawned on me that this particular iso had a really long file name (73 chars). I shortened it down to about 15 chars and it then mounted just fine. I didn't find anything about this during a very quick search, so I’m posting this tip out ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 10:28 PM

I won a stupid prize!

What a way to start off the new year with a little something special....just not sure what exactly this little something is - I won a Mood Beam in the December 2007 Community-Credit Contest.

My Prize!

Posted On Wednesday, January 2, 2008 11:43 AM

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