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johanneshuebner.com – ClickOff

ClickOff has been written out of a personal need – like most programs here. Questions like “are your sure you want to exit the program?” made me go insane after having seen them a dozen of times. I found a program called “BuzOff” on a computer magazine CD-ROM which took care of this situation by simply clicking a button to close the window but it also displayed nag-screens which annoyed me as well. Being a programmer I just thought “you can do that yourself” and I started working on ClickOff. I started looking for functions that windows provided for clicking on buttons without actually moving the mouse and I was successful. Meanwhile ClickOff has been improved through bug reports and suggestions of new features that you sent me. ClickOff is supposed to be the swiss knife for window handling, not just a simple popup blocker.

[From: johanneshuebner.com – ClickOff]

Keith Combs’ Blahg : Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Boot from VHD is a new technique for installing and maintaining operating system environments. Unlike virtual machines, the operating system that is running from a “boot from VHD” environment is using the actual hardware instead of emulated hardware. This means a developer could easily use WPF and the full GPU processing power of a high end graphics card. In another scenario, this technology makes it easy to setup and run Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role, thus supporting 64 bit virtualization workloads.

The Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is the container for the installed operating system. Because everything is inside a single file, there are a number of benefits that can be realized for data center server environments, as well as managed desktop environments. The following article dives into the technical details of implementing two operating systems. Both are installed in a VHD file and can easily be booted by selecting the preferred environment at power on. This could easily be scripted and automated.

Boot your machine with a blank hard drive using the Windows 7 DVD.
Click next on the language screen if English is appropriate.
SHIFT+F10 to launch a WinPE command console. Although the commands below are in upper case, the commands are not case sensitive. I am only using upper case for readability here.
Enter DISKPART to run the utility.
LIST DISK to see the available disks in your system. I am assuming a single raw disk.
SEL DISK 0
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
LIST VOL
ASSIGN
LIST VOL
CREATE VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd MAXIMUM=200000 TYPE=EXPANDABLE
SELECT VDISK FILE=c:\windows7rc.vhd
ATTACH VDISK
CRE PART PRI
FORMAT FS=NTFS QUICK
ASSIGN LETTER=V:
LIST VOL
LIST VDISK
exit DISPART
exit WinPE command console
Install to the newly created 200GB (fuzzy math) virtual hard disk which looks just like a partition to Windows Setup
Repeat steps 11-18 for the Windows Server 2008 R2 VHD but with the obvious changes for the vdisk filename, size, etc.

[From: Keith Combs’ Blahg : Dual Boot from VHD Using Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2]

OWANotify.exe – The Outlook Web Access Tray Icon (Freeware)

OWA Notify is a system tray Outlook mail icon for Outlook Web Access users

[From: OWANotify.exe – The Outlook Web Access Tray Icon (Freeware)]

Curl Web Page Example

Curl Site-specific Browsers

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Site-specific browsers with WebKit / ExistingProjects

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@font-face: The Potential of Web Typography

Firefox 3.5 is out. And the more users download it, the more designers will be able to take advantage of the @font-face CSS rule. How can @font-face be used with currently implemented CSS selectors to create engaging, nuanced and more mature typography? Let’s find out.

[From: @font-face: The Potential of Web Typography]

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