Month: July 2011

DebugDiag 1.2 available on Microsoft Download Center

Finally after a long beta phase the final version of DebugDiag 1.2 has been released. The Debug Diagnostic Tool (DebugDiag) is designed to assist in troubleshooting issues such as hangs, slow performance, memory leaks or fragmentation, and crashes in any user-mode process. The tool includes additional debugging scripts focused on Internet Information Services (IIS) applications, SharePoint, web data access components, COM+ and related Microsoft technologies.   Here are some highlights of the new version: Analysis: .Net 2.0 and higher analysis integrated to the Crash Hang analysis. SharePoint Analysis Script (based on my debugger extension). Performance Analysis Script. .NET memory analysis script (beta). Native heap analysis for all supported operating systems Collection: Generate series of Userdumps. Performance Rule. IIS ETW hang detection. .NET CLR 4.0 support. Managed Breakpoint Support. Report Userdump generation to the Event log. Deployment Import/Export of rules and configuration, including ‘Direct Push’ to remote servers. Enterprise deployment support using XCopy and Register.bat. Non-supported items x64 userdump analysis on x86 systems. Installing x86 DebugDiag on x64 systems. Installing 1.2 and 1.1 DebugDiag on the same system. 1.2 Memory leak analysis of 1.1 leaktrack. Analysis of x86 Userdumps generated by x64 debugger. DebugDiag 1.2 does not allow side-by-side installation with DebugDiag 1.1. You have to uninstall DebugDiag 1.1 before installing version...

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Cooking With A Pressure Cooker

Recently we purchased a pressure cooker.  I was actually against it at first, after all we have enough pots and pans without adding more.  Since our purchase I’ve learned a couple things and now love our little pressure cooker.  Here’s some safety tips for those of you who have also just joined the pressure cooker family. Pressure Cooker Safety Tips Before and after cooking, check your equipment. Always check the rubber gasket (the ring of rubber that lines the lid of the cooker) to make sure it isn’t dried out or cracked. Some manufacturers recommend replacing the gasket annually,...

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Are There Toxins in Your Compost?

Well, this is a bit scary when you consider the compost is going into organic gardens… As thousands of cities have begun composting yard waste and hundreds more begin collecting food scraps on a large scale, new questions are emerging about what kinds of things make their way into compost and whether any of them pose a threat to humans and the environment. Federal laws do not require compost to be screened for contaminants, of which plastic and glass are only the most visible. Random tests of compost used in organic agriculture have occasionally turned up elevated levels of lead and traces of pesticides. Last month, the US Composting Council, the industry’s trade group, warned its members to watch out for grass clippings laced with Imprelis, a new weed killer from DuPont that does not easily break down in compost piles....

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Composting and Other Ways to Reducing Food Waste

How much food do you think your family throws away each year? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans threw away more than 34 million tons of food in 2010. That is absolutely appalling. Food waste is the largest component of municipal solid waste. FOOD! Not paper (that was second) or plastic (disposable water bottles drive me crazy!), but food. You know, the stuff we pay to eat and then complain about how expensive it is.  At the very least we can put it into the compost barrels. Want to know how you can reduce the amount...

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SharePoint 2010 Edition Feature Comparison

Quick table to show the features in each edition of SharePoint 2010 Feature Name / Area Description SharePoint 2010 Foundation SharePoint 2010 Server Standard SharePoint 2010 Server Enterprise Sites Accessibility Use SharePoint more effectively with improved accessibility, including built-in support for keyboard navigation and support for industry-wide accessibility standards. Included Included Included Claims-Based Authentication Use claims-based authentication to connect to corporate identity systems–including Active Directory, LDAPv3-based directories, and application-specific databases–and user-centric identity models–like LiveID, OpenID, and InfoCard systems. Included Included Included Configuration Wizards Easily configure SharePoint 2010 using new wizards that guide you through each step. Included Included Included...

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SharePoint 2010 People Picker Issues

Anyone else have issues with the new People Picker functionality in 2010?  The People Picker control is used to select users, groups, and claims to grant permission to items such as lists, libraries, and sites.  When you use the library permissions page to give users permission levels for the library, you use the People Picker control either to type user names and verify that the user accounts are valid, or to search for a name or partial string and return a list of users, groups, or claims that match the value you entered.  When we upgraded from 2007 to 2010 some of our customized web parts that used People Picker suddenly started showing up blank. Here is the link to the TechNet article regarding People Picker It seems the only viable workaround is to build out a custom claims provider, which is outlined pretty well in the article HERE Seriously Microsoft?  Why break all this...

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