Windows Vista SP2 is available for MSDN subscribers

First the important news, exactly one month ago (22 april) my girlfriend gave birth to my beautiful daughter Kia. Now most of the things in my life have a different priority than before.

In other news Microsoft have released the second service pack for their infamous Windows Vista. Right now it is only available for MSDN and Technet subscribers, but it will soon be available at Windows Update. Looked through the list of hotfixes included in the service pack, and it is mostly fixes to rare bugs, but there are some few interesting fixes:
  • Faster reconnect to wireless networks after waking from power saving sleep mode.
  • Support for recording data to Blu-Ray media.
  • Support for Bluetooth 2.1 features.
  • Faster file transfering between Windows Vista machines on high bandwidth network.
  • Less audio stutter when playing music, while performing file transfers on high bandwidth network.
  • Windows Media Center now work better with TV tuners.
  • Removed limit of only 10 half open TCP connections simultaneously. More Info MS KB 969710
Note after having installed SP2, then one can run Compcln.exe to remove RTM and SP1 versions of files there are replaced by SP2. This will save space, but also remove the ability to uninstall SP2 again.

More Info Notable Changes in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2
More Info Hotfixes and Security Updates in Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista SP2

Update 26 May 2009 -The service pack is now freely available for all.

Needhost.dk went bankrupt and took away my holiday

Had planned a small before-christmas vacation, but this was suddenly changed when the news arrived about my webhost provider had gone bankrupt. Have now been busy restoring the website on another webhost and started the domain transfer. It seems I was lucky with getting hold of the Auth-code, so the domain should be transferred within 5 days.

It is sad that Needhost.dk has been taken down, since they provided a very feature rich solution on the Windows platform. Compared to other low-budget webhosting solutions, then there are none in their league (Everyone is on the Linux platform). Really liked the combination of the Helm Control Panel and SmarterTools.

My new webhost is UnoEuro.com and I'm really surprised how fast my website is performing on this new webhost. The support have also been very helpful in my moment of need, and I'm planning to give them a good review if everything is up and running before new year.

Added some articles while waiting for the domain transfer:

Upgraded bbPress forum to 0.9.0.2

First the new articles added: Secondly the bbPress forum has been upgraded to ver. 0.9.0.2 (From ver. 0.8.3). At the same the user integration between bbPress and WordPress has been removed. It seemed natural at first, but this slowly changed:
  • Many of the security issues discovered in WordPress (and fixed) take offset in a registered user (Have now disabled user registration in WordPress).
  • When posting a comment in WordPress, then one seldom want to bother with user login.
  • bbPress is still in beta, so any security issues that might give it access to the WordPress database is unwanted.
  • bbPress has upgraded the password security, but this is not compatible with the old horse WordPress 2.0
With the upgrade, then it is now possible to perform anonymous posting like when posting comments in WordPress. This has also been used to transfer the topics from the old boardnation forum to bbPress.

Back to work after playing around at CodeProject

Have spent the last few months writing a few articles for CodeProject.com. During this time the collection of unpublished tips have been growing. Here is a few to start with: Have also been playing around with WordPress to add support for HTTP 304 return code when using wp-cache. After enabling the support, then this blog returned 3 times as many 304 responses, though the bandwidth usage is pretty much the same according to the website statistics.

Fighting with Vista on a small system partition

I changed from Windows 2000 to Vista some time ago, and low and behold Vista uses a wee bit more disk space. Sadly enough the system partition is only 15 GByte, so it is a "daily" struggle to keep disk usage down (Especially when SP1 had to be installed). Right now there is 2 GByte available free space, after installing all my usual applications, this lead me down the futile road of trying to minimize the size of the Windows install. Note AVG is frequently nagging about upgrading to version 8.0, and the new AVG version introduces a Link Scanner plugin. The Link Scanner will be installed even if selecting not to install it. The Link Scanner will make hooks into you web-browser, and be activated whenever a link is clicked or a search result is displayed. If not interested in having this babysitter around, then one can uninstall it with this command-line (Better than disabling as it will prevent the warning about an AVG component not running):

avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch