Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

How to query a WINS server

Every time I got a NetBIOS or WINS name resolution problem I hit google and search for a way to query a WINS server. And every time loose many minutes looking for a tool.

Well, this time I decided to blog about it so next time maybe my blog will show up in my search.

Actually the answer to the question «How do you query a WINS server ?» is pretty simple :

Use NBLookup from Microsoft.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Search Server 2008 Express and WSS

Nice post by Tim Allison from C/D/H about installing Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express on Windows Sharepoint Service 3.0

Link : www.cdhtalkstech.com

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

3D modeling for FREE !

Yesterday Google released a new version of their free 3D modeling software : Google Sketchup 7

I didn't tried the package yet, but it looks very cool.

Microsoft is also offering a free 3D modeling software with Microsoft TrueSpace.

Sources :

Friday, November 14, 2008

Google Docs Users Spend Only 5 Minutes per Month on the Site

Google Docs had arround 4.4 million unique visitors in september (2208), it's a very large user base. But does all thoses users really use Google Docs to do realy work ?

Well according Amit Agarwal from digital inspiration, that may not be the case. Looks like all those users only spent 5 minutes each mount workging on Google Docs

Source : Digital Inspiration

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Announcing SPDisposeCheck tool for SharePoint Developers

The tool, called SPDisposeCheck, will open your custom compiled assemblies recursively and validate them against the Microsoft published guidance. The output from the tool will contain messages that may indicate the SPSite and SPWeb Dispose() methods guidance are not being followed in the customers source code

Looks cool, unfortunately the tool will not be available until winter.

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

SQL Servers Blogs

There is a list of all blogs related to SQL Server at Microsoft. You will find it at Technet.

RML Utilities for SQL Server

Do you know which databases or applications are using the most resources on your server? How will a service pack upgrade, configuration change or application change affect your production SQL Server? The RML Utilities for SQL Server provide you a set of tools and processes to answer these questions and much more.

Downloads :

25 GB of storage for FREE !

Yes you read it wright. In the next upgrade, SkyDrive is going to offer 25 GB free. When will that be ? soon.

Read all about the next upgarde of skyDrive here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Find Programs Connecting to the Internet

If you like to know out about all software programs on your computer that are connecting to the Internet, here’s a simple tip.

Type "perfmon" in the Windows Vista search box to run the "Reliability and Performance Monitor" utility. Next click the Network tab in the right pane to expand it.


Source : www.labnol.org

Get Quick Feedback on your Blogger based Blog

Blogger today launched "Reactions", an instant ratings feature for individual blog posts. So unlike the start ratings system where people express their opinion (poor to excellent) on a scale of 1 to 5, here you can customize the scale.

Source : www.labnol.org

Windows Services Optimizer (WinServicesOptimizer.vbs)

Disabling unnecessary Windows services can result in significant performance gains for production machines and virtual machines.  This script helps you manage and share templates for services optmization.  Some templates are included.

Source : desktopengineer.com/winservicesoptimizer

How to Debug Kernel Mode Blue Screen Crashes (for beginners)

Perhaps the largest call generator for the Core Team is for us to determine cause of a hard system crash that generates a Blue Screen and memory dump file.  Commonly called a "Blue Screen of Death (BSOD)."  The vast majority of these memory dumps could be analyzed by Administrators in just a few minutes using the latest debugging tools.  These tools do most of the work for you, once they're set up.  Kernel mode debugging is a pretty specialized skill, with experienced debuggers throwing around lots of imponderable terms.  But it's really pretty simple and I'll point out the gaffe's you'll want to avoid as a beginner.

Read the complete article : blogs.technet.com/askcore

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Technical Library in Compiled Help format

Now there is a downloadable CHM version of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 content on TechNet. Cool !

Download : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Monday, November 03, 2008

Convert Scanned PDF Documents to Text with Google OCR

Here's a great trick Amit Agarwal to convert your scanned documents (in PDF) to Text with Google OCR for free.

Link : www.labnol.org