Rob

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The site is back online

After a problem with the web site about six months ago, I have recreated the Tardis Technologies blog.  Unfortunately, the WordPress database format changed a little bit, so I need to do some work to get it back in a format for posting.  The first post is back online.  I hope to get the rest …

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Want to add color to PowerShell code in your docs?

I was writing a Word document and wanted syntax highlighting for my PowerShell scripts.  It turns out that ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment) has an extension for copying text with color (and for copying text with color as HTML).  Just do the following: Install the PowerShellPack.msi file from here. Open ISE and your .ps1 PowerShell file. …

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File Hashing Is Built Into Windows

I always used to download the md5sum.exe and sha1sum.exe files when I needed to generate a file’s hash in Windows.  I just discovered that certutil.exe, included with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, will do this for you (I’m not sure if it was included in earlier versions of Windows).  Just use the following …

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Making Image Backgrounds Transparent with Paint.Net

I found this solution on the getpaint.net web site: I use the Bucket (fill) with a full transparent color. Set the foreground to white and fully transparent, i.e. RGB all = 255, Transparency – Alpha = 0 Set the background to white and not transparent, i.e. RGB all = 255, Transparency – Alpha = 255 …

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Visual Studio 2010 / SP1 / Windows SDK Install Order

When you plan to install the Windows 7/2008 R2 SDK, the SDK needs to be installed before VS2010 SP1.  Here is the recommended install order: 1. Visual Studio 2010 2. Windows SDK 7.1 3. Visual Studio 2010 SP1 4. Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Compiler Update for the Windows SDK 7.1 Here is the link to …

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