Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Getting Windows Update working with a proxy server in Vista

There's a new trick to configuring the proxy information for Windows Update from within Vista. netsh is the new tool instead of proxycfg.

Wednesday, 20 September 2006

Installing Office SharePoint 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh

Like a few other people, I experienced a problem installing the Beta 2 Technical Refresh for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Everything went by the book until the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard" got to the final step, when it failed with an error "could not find stored procedure 'dbo.proc_MSS_cleanup'".

The solution is outlined in this newsgroup post.

Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Which phone?

Mark mentioned to me today that I'm going to get a new mobile phone! Two possibilities are:

I'd be interested in any suggestions on those or others that I should consider (around the same price range)

Friday, 15 September 2006

Doing without SQL 2000 Enterprise Manager

I've been using the new Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, the new administrative tool that comes with SQL 2005.

I've also kept a copy of SQL 2000 Enterprise Manager installed, because that was the only way I could edit and maintain the DTS packages we have running on our SQL 2000 boxes.

However, today I discovered that if you install the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 DTS Designer Components, which is part of the Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - April 2006, then not only can you open and edit DTS packages on a 2005 server, but you can also do the same on a 2000 server.

So as far as I can tell, I don't need to run the SQL 2000 client tools anymore.

Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh

The Technical Refresh of Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 is now available to download. This is a patch/update for Beta 2 - you need to already have Beta 2 installed to apply these updated.

Thursday, 14 September 2006

Links for posts are not showing

In the old blog template, if a post was about one thing I'd found, I'd put a link to it and it would appear next to the title of the post.

The bad news is that it seems the new template doesn't currently support displaying this. Hopefully they'll fix that real soon. In the meantime, I'll go back to putting the link in the post itself.

For the record, this relates to what used to be called 'BlogItemUrl' in the old template language.

Blogger Beta

I've taken the plunge and migrated my blog to the new 'beta' from Blogger. Apparently everything is stored in a database now, so all changes are reflected instantly - no 'rebuild' step when posting or modifying the template.

Posts can also now have labels, which should help me to categorise things.

Hopefully everything continues to work how it used to. Let me know if something has broken.

Monday, 4 September 2006

Internet safety for kids - Online resources

Here are some of the resources mentioned in the "Internet Safety for Kids" talk: Other related links:

"Internet safety for kids" presentation for parents

I'm presenting a talk on Internet Safety for Kids on behalf of UCount Support Services at the Aberfoyle Uniting Church (42 Sunnymeade Dr, Aberfoyle Park) at 8pm on Monday, 4th September.

I've posted a separate list of links to online resources. I'll try to keep that list updated as required.