Updated service guides with Vista SP1 and WinXP SP3

Microsoft have made Vista even more stable with SP1 (though the major contributor is probably Vista ready drivers), and have at the same time given XP some love by collecting all patches released since SP2 into a single tested SP3 package.

Vista SP1 introduces a new Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol service, which allows VPN over SSL and makes it easier to setup VPN connections.

WinXP SP3 now also includes the Network Access Protection Agent, which makes it easier to protect the network against simple user mistakes, such as forgetting to apply security and antivirus updates. The Wireless Zero Configuration have been split into two, so now it only takes care of Wireless 802.1X authentication, while the new Wired AutoConfig service takes care of wired connections.

Note Firefox 3 RC1 also seem ready for prime time (besides the usual bug fixes). Been using FF3 the last few weeks and it has been very stable (Had to upgrade my firefox addons and the Flash Player plugin manually). Really like the new features in the address-bar, but I miss the persistent Go-button. Another new feature is the ability to duplicate a tab by holding down the CTRL-key while dragging the tab with the mouse (Would be nice with a right-click option). Detailed list of Changes in Firefox 3

Investigating the new Vista networking features

Windows Vista includes support of several new network features if they are available on the network interface card (also possible with Win2k3 SP2). One of the new features is the Receive-side Scaling (RSS), which actually solves the issue of MMCSS needing to throttle network traffic, as it offloads the handling of interrupts and DPC to other CPU cores. Though one cannot use RSS if using Internet Connection Sharing (ICS).

Scratching the surface of the Vista boot manager

Seems a lot of people like to save hard-disk space using NTFS compression, but accidently also compresses the boot manager files so it fails to boot.

Have added some articles about the Vista Boot Manager and system recovery:

Upgraded bbPress forum and enhanced blog search

Have now upgraded the bbPress forum to ver. 0.83, eventhough it is marked as an update to be compatible with WordPress 2.3 then it still works fine with WP 2.0.

Have also modified the WordPress blog search, so now it displays the categories which contains matching posts (This is also used when showing posts with a certain tag). Instead of showing the categories at the top of the search result, then I'm considering to move the relevant category listing into the sidebar.

Added the following articles:

Adding tagging support

WordPress 2.3 is about to be released and introduces new features, and I have (like many) been looking forward to the new flexible taxonomy system, which should properly handle post-categories, link-categories and tags all together. Therefore I made a test upgrade to see if I had to make any changes to adapt my WP 2.0 blog to the new WP 2.3.

The conversion went a little screwy and it had to be restarted, where it then complained about duplicate taxonomy terms, but then completed. All my category-ids changed around, so the category specific templates had to be renamed, but I also discovered that all my sub-categories had been renamed. Instead of having multiple "File-Sharing" sub-categories, then I had "File-Sharing", "File-Sharing-2", "File-Sharing-3" etc.

There is apparently a limitation in the new flexible taxonomy system, so it cannot handle duplicate slugs within the same taxonomy (Though it can handle a link-taxonomy "News" and a post-taxonomy "News"). Ticket #5034.

It would require a rather large coding effort to get the new taxonomy system right (and it would change the API), so I have feeling that I will not be upgrading to WP 2.3 any time soon. Luckily the WP 2.0 is still kept alive and updated with security patches, so I will not have to change blog-platform right away.

I have now instead installed the WordPress plugin Jerome’s keywords so my website can feel some of that tag-happiness. To test the new tags I have added two articles: