July 2011 archive

WCF Test Client

Every time I set up Visual Studio on a new machine, one of the first things I do is add the WCF Test Client tool to the Tools menu.  This tool lets you call methods on your WCF web services to test them.  It can be found here: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\Common7\IDE\WcfTestClient.exe” Rob

Convert AAC to M4A

I needed to wrap an AAC file in an M4A container so I could load it into my Windows Phone 7 (WP7) music collection.  First I downloaded the FFmpeg software from here: http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/ Then I unzipped the files and ran the following command: C:\FFmpeg\bin>ffmpeg -i “song.aac” -acodec copy -absf aac_adtstoasc “song.m4a” That solved the problem …

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Successfully changing the MAC address in VMware

I have been fighting with VMware Workstation 7.1.4 for the past day trying to change the MAC address of a Windows guest virtual machine. I tried a number of recommendations from around the web, but the one that finally worked was setting a static MAC address as follows: Edit your “<vmname>.vmx” file with a text …

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