Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

One Commander - The Windows File Explorer we've been waiting for?

Next of Windows - One Commander – A Slick Reimagined File Explorer For Windows

One Commander, previously called bitCommander, a Kickstarter funded project, is a re-imagined slick-looking File Explorer for Windows with improved functionality and new ways of folder navigation and file manipulation.

There are a lot of new eye-opening features included in this Windows Explorer alternative. And here are a few of them I like the most.

The nested tab on folder structure

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Intelligent use of screen space ...

Quick filtering ...

“To Do” tasks in any folder ...

Smart Drag & Drop ...

One Commander

About One Commander

"One Commander" is a file manager for Windows OS with improved functionality, re-imagined user interface and experience of navigating and manipulating file-system. Previously it was known as "bitCommander".

Development of bitCommander beta version has been successfully funded on Kickstarter in January 2014 thanks to these backers. You can download it at the bottom of the page.

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bitcommander-eyetrack

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You know what this reminds me of? The new Azure portal, with it's new Info Panes. This allows you to keep in context, use the much larger screens we have, is touch friendly out of the box and just looks cool...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two days, "one milliiiioooonnnnn" downloads, the Largest Free Microsoft eBook Collection... ever

Microsoft Senior Sales Excellence Manager - Eric Ligman - Over 1 Million FREE Microsoft eBooks Given Away in 2 days! (and soon to be 2 MILLION!)

When I put my first free eBook post on my blog a couple years ago, people thought I was crazy for wanting to give away one million total books. Sure enough, we did it. Then last year I issued the statement I wanted to give away one million more in ONE WEEK. People thought I had completely lost it then, but you showed them and we achieved our goal. Well, when I put up my “Largest Collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks Ever!” post here on my blog on Monday morning, I once again said “wouldn’t it be fun if we could surpass the 1,000,000 download mark within just one week again?” and sure enough, people questioned my ambition.

I am absolutely THRILLED to see the overwhelming response you have had to the FREE eBook giveaway again this year and I am happy to announce that not only did you hit the ONE MILLION free eBooks downloaded in a week, but you did it in just TWO DAYS! That’s right, you surpassed the ONE MILLION mark within 48 hours of my post first going live! (and what’s even more amazing is that looking at the current download trends, we’ll surpass TWO MILLION free eBooks given away so far this week during the day today!) So not only will you have achieved the original goal of ONE MILLION given away in a week, you’ll have doubled it to TWO MILLION, and there are still several days left in the week since the post first went live on Monday morning. So thank you to all of you for taking advantage of this offer and getting your free Microsoft eBooks! I hope you all find them of value and they are able to help you achieve your learning goals around these topics.

Now one question I get quite a bit is, “What are the most popular eBooks being downloaded?” For fun, I thought I’d pull the stats last night and see where we were....

If you want to see the full list of almost 300 FREE Microsoft eBooks, click here for my original post; otherwise, I give you the Top 60 eBooks being downloaded so far (as of last night):

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Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more

FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then).

Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (Almost 300 total)! ...

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I've highlighted Eric's posts a number of times in the past, he's been sharing ebooks for a while, but 1+ million downloads in 2 days is a major milestone. Sure every tech news blog has mentioned his post, still it's a pretty darn impressive stat...

 

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Eric's done it again... ANOTHER large collection of free eBooks and Resource Kits
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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Sign up for the "Windows Developer Program for IoT"

Windows on Devices

The next big thing is small

We’re bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices. Build a smart coffee mug, build a talking bear, build a robot, or build something else entirely. All this using a platform and tools you already know and love.

What will you create?

Development hardware like the Intel Galileo board allows you to read temperature sensors, power robot servos, check for intruders, blink a bunch of LED lights, or even make a little music. Whether you are an experienced Windows developer looking to jump into the Internet of Things or you are new to Windows development and want to build the next big thing—we’re excited to see what you can do.

Early and often

Our first SDK release in the spring of 2014 will give you a chance to look at our new software, including an incomplete prerelease of our software and API surface. We’ll provide samples and documentation and we’ll show you how to create your own fun projects such as the life-size piano we demonstrated at Build 2014. And we’ll continue to release software updates throughout 2014 including a more complete API surface and integrated cloud services.

Connections are everything

Your Windows device can connect to the cloud to enable interesting new scenarios. Use Azure data services, build a new mashup, analyze your data, connect your devices together, or update your devices remotely. Once your device is in the cloud, the sky’s the limit.

More on:

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One report on this stated they are not only providing the software SDK but also a hardware too, Microsoft is Giving Away Intel Galileo Arduino Compatible Boards to Developers. Looking at the site and and the emails I got when signing up (where are different than what Jean-Luc reports), it's a little unclear, to me at least...

My emails;

First:

Hello Greg Duncan,
We want to thank you for your interest on windowsondevices.com, and we are super excited to have you participate in the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

We would like to share our SDK and a hardware development kit with you. In order to consider you for the program and mail you the kit, please click on the link below to provide your address and a bit more information.

[Confirmation URL Removed]

We’re happy to be able to share this early preview with you, and can’t wait to see what you can make with it!

Thank you,
The Microsoft IoT Team

Second:

Hello Greg Duncan,

Thank you for signing up for the Windows Developer Program for IoT.  We’ll let you know when we have more to share.

Thank you,
The Microsoft IoT Team

So I guess we'll see...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition"

TechEd 2014 - TWC: Sysinternals Primer: TechEd 2014 Edition

The latest edition of the popular Sysinternals Primer series with Aaron Margosis, Mark Russinovich’s co-author of The Windows Sysinternals Administrator’s Reference. The Sysinternals utilities are vital tools for any computer professional on the Windows platform. Mark Russinovich's popular "Case Of The Unexplained" demonstrates some of their capabilities in advanced troubleshooting scenarios. This complementary tutorial series focuses primarily on the utilities themselves, deep-diving into as many features as time allows. Expect to see some advanced analysis, such as manipulating Procmon results with Windows PowerShell, and interesting/useful new features.

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How could I not include this in my Sysinternals post collection? :P

Remember, there's a HUGE collection of free on-demand videos from TechEd and Build. Go there, be there, do there! (or whatever, you get the idea... ;)

 

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Monday, May 12, 2014

A little prehistory, the world before Windows...

How-To Geek - PCs Before Windows: What Using MS-DOS Was Actually Like

Consumer PCs didn’t always run Windows. Before Windows arrived, PCs came with Microsoft’s MS-DOS operating system. Here’s what the command-line environment was actually like to use.

No, MS-DOS was not just like using the Linux terminal or firing up the Command Prompt in  window on your fancy graphical desktop. Many things we take for granted just weren’t possible back then.

The DOS PC Experience

DOS was a command-line operating system with no graphical windows. You booted up your computer and then saw a DOS prompt. You had to know the commands to type at this prompt to launch programs, run built-in utilities, and actually do something with your computer

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Wow, this brought back some memories. There was nothing like walking someone less than computer literate over the phone through created a config.sys and autoexec.bat by using "copy CON..." And TSR's (go Sidekick, Go!). I used to love (cough) saying, "Now press enter" and then hearing 5 key strokes (i.e. the person typing e-n-t-e-r... lol). and then there was... and... oh man, I need a drink...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

LinqPad... Kill! Using LinqPad to kill processes

Programming and Learning from SD - Use LinqPad to Kill Windows Processes

You can use the TaskManager and right click processes or you can use taskkill /im myprocess.exe /f in the command line or you can use LinqPad.

Open LinqPad, change to C# Statements, paste

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Got to love the different kinds of use that LinqPad gets...

 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Cool Blast from The Past Page of the Day: Revisit the Restarts of the past, experience Windows, Mac, Amiga and more "restarts" live in your browser

404 Tech Support - The Restart Page lets you experience reboots in your browser

The Restart Page allows you to interact with shutdown prompts from different operating systems. You can click on the buttons and watch the page turn off or restart with an accurate depiction. There are different versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, and others with sounds, icons, and progress bars.

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www.therestartpage.com

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Awesome... Relive reboots without rebooting.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MonoGame gets its Samples Game On (One sample, nine platforms)

Dark Genesis - A new breed of samples for MonoGame

MonoGame has always been the quality of the samples currently maintained in the various branches of the project.

Being an opensource project this has always been a challenge to manage and maintain, sure there are a lot of samples provided by many hard working developers but they were very sporadic and not always kept up to date (some it was noted, don’t even run any more)

Seeing this, the core MonoGame team set out with a purpose to being a new samples repository for the project. Its goals were simple:

  • The samples had to be of high quality
  • They had to work on ALL platforms not just one
  • Best practice had to be used where possible
  • They had to be testable and re-usable to test the latest builds (builds may not pass if samples tests failed)

It has been an ambitious journey, with a lot of in depth discussions and debates, but now the first of the samples has just been accepted in to the new Samples Repo.

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The first sample is just a taste of what is to come and is born of the already tried and tested Platformer 2D sample from the age old XNA library.

The sample itself isn’t too much to should about as it only implements basic rendering, input and audio capabilities. However it is laid out in such a format and is working on ALL supported platforms, including:

  • Android
  • Linux
  • MacOS
  • Ouya
  • PSM
  • Windows Phone
  • Windows 8
  • WindowsGL

The sample serves as a guide for how to build and manage your game project in a fully multi-platform way with all the code in one place and shared across all projects

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Mono-Game/Samples

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Now that's cross-platform!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Image Resizer for Windows Explorer (Right-Click... Resize Picture...)

Windows Enterprise Desktop - Image Resizer: Free, Handy Windows Explorer Shell Extension

For those not already familiar with the terminology, the software tool “Image Resizer for Windows” is what’s called an Explorer Shell Extension (aka ShellEx). When you install it on a Windows PC, it adds to Explorer’s capabilities. Thus, if you can puzzle your way into the screen capture to the left (which I resized using the very tool I’m writing about at the moment), you’ll see that an entry in the right-click Explorer menu called “Resize pictures” has been added to call put this utility to work. Selecting that menu entry produces the Image Resizer window that appears beneath the menu snippet, and shows that you can pick any of a number of default resizings (small, medium, large, or mobile). You can also create you own custom resizings as well (as I typically do for my blog posts, which are limited to 500 pixels in width, maximum).

For anybody who must work with images or screen captures on a regular basis, Image Resizer for Windows is a great add-in for their software toolbox. It’s a CodePlex project so it’s Open Source, free, and safe for general and widespread use. There’s even a server version that’s based on ASP.NET available through imageresizing.net. And for those whose memories go back far enough, yes indeed, this is a faithful replacement for the old Windows XP PowerToy also named Image Resizer. It’s pretty popular, too: according to the CodePlex home page for the tool, it’s been downloaded over 1.4 million times.

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Image Resizer for Windows

About
Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. I created it so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.
Feedback & Support
If you need help installing or using the tool, use the Discussions tab to ask your question.
If you find a bug or think of a feature, use the Issue Tracker tab to submit your request.

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While it's been a couple years since this was updated/released, it's still a great tool for anyone doing "stuff" with images/pictures. Best part is the source is available... :)

 

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

[Time Sensitive] Automagically locking your PC is just a key fob away with GateKeeper (GK-Chain). Only a few hours left!

KickStarter - GateKeeper

Multipurpose Bluetooth Smart proximity tag - never leave your phone/keys behind, keep track of valuables, or auto lock computer.

Many features, 1 device, and useful to everyone. A versatile Bluetooth 4.0 proximity tracker that performs item loss prevention, item locating, auto locks and unlocks your Mac or PC. Syncs with our Android app for even more functionality (and iOS iPhone if we reach our stretch goal). The GateKeeper (GK-Chain) is just the start of an amazing proximity technology product.

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What's the problem?

- "$30 billion worth of phones lost in the U.S. every year"

- "Coffee shops, offices, bars and restaurants top the list as the most common venues to lose your phone in the U.S."

- "...people typically lose up to 9 items per day, which calculates to 198,743 in a lifetime!"

- "...according to Boston Marketing firm, the average American burns 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but cannot find. That adds up to a total of almost 14 days a year people spend just trying to find lost things."

Our reply:

  • Never lose or leave your phone, keys, or valuables behind EVER again
  • Save time by automatically locking and/or unlocking your computer
  • Increase security with 2-factor authentication

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Application Scenarios:

Track Your Valuables: Purses, pets, luggage, phone - you'll be alerted when you move too far from your GK-Chain.

Parents: Can warn you if your children go out of range.

Teachers: Consistently lock your PC to prevent students from accessing it.

Health Professionals: Unlock computers automatically so that you can attend to patients.

Office: Keep co-workers or visitors from accessing your computer when you're gone.

Dorms: Don't let your friends change your Facebook status again. Ever.

Home: Protect your PC from siblings or children downloading unwanted programs.

Coffee Shop: Outside with your laptop? Ensure your privacy.

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Instead of typing in your password every time, the GK-Chain unlocks your computer when you approach, and locks when you leave. Or, if you want additional security, you can set the GK-Chain to actually require the key and the password.

The GK-Chains also serve as Bluetooth 4.0 trackers. Using our free companion app, you can find your GK-Chain with a Bluetooth 4.0 enabled smartphone. This way, you'll have a little more help finding your lost keys, wallet, bag, even your luggage at the airport. The GK-Chain app will alert you when your bag is at hand.

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This is something I've wanted for forever. I hate uber tight timeframes to auto lock my PC and I hate it when I forget to lock my PC when I walk away from it (which only happens once a month [my forgetting to lock it ;] I've wanted to use my camera or phone, badge or something to automagically lock and unlock my PC...

So backing this was a no brainer... :)

I hope they make the 40K goal so the WinPhone support achievement is unlocked. lol

(via technabob - GateKeeper Locks Your PC Automatically, Perfect for the Lazy and Security Conscious)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Windows File System and Whitespace characters, do you know the rules?

Support for Whitespace characters in File and Folder names for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012

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File and Folder names that begin or end with the ASCII Space (0x20) will be saved without these characters. File and Folder names that end with the ASCII Period (0x2E) character will also be saved without this character. All other trailing or leading whitespace characters are retained.
For example:

  • If a file is saved as ' Foo.txt', where the leading character(s) is an ASCII Space (0x20), it will be saved to the file system as 'Foo.txt'.
  • If a file is saved as 'Foo.txt ', where the trailing character(s) is an ASCII Space (0x20), it will be saved to the file system as 'Foo.txt'.
  • If a file is saved as '.Foo.txt', where the leading character(s) is an ASCII Period (0x2E), it will be saved to the file system as '.Foo.txt'.
  • If a file is saved as 'Foo.txt.', where the trailing character(s) is an ASCII Period (0x2E), it will be saved to the file system as 'Foo.txt'.
  • If a file is saved as ' Foo.txt', where the leading character(s) is an alternate whitespace character, such as the Ideographic Space (0x3000), it will be saved to the file system as ' Foo.txt '. The leading whitespace characters are not removed.
  • If a file is saved as 'Foo.txt ', where the trailing character(s) is an alternate whitespace character, such as the Ideographic Space (0x3000), it will be saved to the file system as 'Foo.txt '. The trailing whitespace characters are not removed.

File and Folder names that begin or end with a whitespace character are enumerated differently by the Win32 and WinRT APIs due to ecosystem requirements.

Whitespace Characters
There are various whitespace characters representing various 'space' widths (glyphs). Only the ASCII Space (0x20) and ASCII Period (0x24) characters are handled specially by the Object Manager. Although the Ideographic Space character (0x3000) is also generated by using the Spacebar (when IME is enabled), it is not handled specially.
  • 0x0020 SPACE
  • 0x00A0 NO-BREAK SPACE
  • 0x1680 OGHAM SPACE MARK
  • 0x180E MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR
  • 0x2000 EN QUAD
  • 0x2001 EM QUAD
  • 0x2002 EN SPACE
  • 0x2003 EM SPACE
  • 0x2004 THREE-PER-EM SPACE
  • 0x2005 FOUR-PER-EM SPACE
  • 0x2006 SIX-PER-EM SPACE
  • 0x2007 FIGURE SPACE
  • 0x2008 PUNCTUATION SPACE
  • 0x2009 THIN SPACE
  • 0x200A HAIR SPACE
  • 0x200B ZERO WIDTH SPACE
  • 0x202F NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE
  • 0x205F MEDIUM MATHEMATICAL SPACE
  • 0x3000 IDEOGRAPHIC SPACE
  • 0xFEFF ZERO WIDTH NO-BREAK SPACE
Object Manager
ASCII Space (0x20) characters at the beginning or end of a file or folder name are removed by the Object Manager upon creation.
ASCII Period (0x2E) characters at the end of a file or folder name are removed by the Object Manager upon creation.
All other leading or trailing whitespace characters are retained by the Object Manager.
API Enumeration
Win32 API
The Win32 API (CreateFile, FindFirstFil, etc.) uses a direct method to enumerate the files and folders on a local or remote file system. All files and folders are discoverable regardless of the inclusion or location of whitespace characters.
WinRT API
The WinRT API is designed to support multiple data providers (Physical Drives, OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), Facebook, etc.). To achieve this, WinRT API uses a search engine to enumerate files and folders. Due to the search approach to enumeration, the WinRT API (StorageFile, StorageFolder, etc.) does not handle file and folder names with trailing whitespace characters other than ASCII Space (0x20) and ASCII Period (0x2E) residing on a local or remote file system. It does handle leading non-ASCII whitespace characters.
Observed Behavior
File Explorer and Desktop applications
All files and folders are visible within File Explorer and Desktop applications regardless of inclusion or location of whitespace characters.
Windows Store applications

When using the File Picker, files with a trailing non-ASCII whitespace character do not appear. The contents of sub-folders with a trailing non-ASCII whitespace characters are not displayed in the File Picker. Files or folders containing a leading non-ASCII whitespace character are displayed.

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This is something I run into all the time, Windows' automagic handling of beginning/trailing whitespaces, and code that doesn't honor that (cough... like mine sometimes).

What the heck am I talking about?

Imagine you're writing an email export app, and you are using the subject line as the file name, and you're recording that path in a DB somewhere. Sure, you already know to handle special characters, like colons, astricks, etc. But you "know" spaces are okay in a file name, so you don't sweat them. And usually you're right... But you know how many subject lines begin with a space? yeah, enough to screw you up...

If you are taking human created strings and using them as folder or file names, you need to review this KB

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Setting up your Windows VM debugger support, a cheat sheet

Got Kernel? - Cheat Sheet: Break into a Windows machine with a debugger

Short version - there steps:

1.  Enable debugging on the Windows guest machine.

2. Change the VM settings to support debugging via named pipe.

3. Configure your debugger and break in.

Longer Version:

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Some nice steps that might not be obvious for those who don't usually setup external debuggers.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Welcome WindowsAppDev.com!

The man, the myth, the legend in his own mind... err, I mean... um... time... yeah... Dan Rigby has spun off his daily curated dev news into its own site, WindowsAppDev.com.

Dan says;

Also, you may have noticed that the Windows App Developer Links posts are not immediately visible. Fear not, for they have finally been given the respect they truly deserve and now have their very own site at WindowsAppDev.com!

What this does mean though, is if you are subscribed to my blog feed (and you are subscribed, right?), if you want to continue to receive my (almost) daily Windows App Developer Links, you'll need to subscribe to the new feed.

I also find it kind of funny that his site is running in my neighborhood (so to speak);

This blog (and WindowsAppDev.com) are now running on a new VPS in Los Angeles. While I love my old host, the performance of running WordPress in a shared hosting environment wasn't great and wasn't getting better over time.

So if you're following him, you'll want to grab the new feed, asap... I'll wait. Done yet? What about now? Oh just go do it...

SNAGHTMLb4b6013

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Process Explorer v16.0 is out and now cooking with VirusTotal!

Sysinternals Site Discussion - Updates: Process Explorer v16.0, PsPing v2.01

Process Explorer v16.0: Thanks to collaboration with the team at VirusTotal, this Process Explorer update introduces integration with VirusTotal.com, an online antivirus analysis service. When enabled, Process Explorer sends the hashes of images and files shown in the process and DLL views to VirusTotal and if they have been previously scanned, reports how many antivirus engines identified them as possibly malicious. Hyperlinked results take you to VirusTotal.com report pages and you can even submit files for scanning.

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Process Explorer v16.0

Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you'll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you'll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

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Nice... Of course a good virus will be cloaked via a rootkit, but still, I think this is pretty neat (especially have just finished Mark's Zero Day novel... ;)

 

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Use the Sysinternals Utilities? The EULA bug dialog you? Then try this…

More desktops for Windows 8 with Sysinternals Desktops v2.0
It's a sunny day when we get a new Sysinternals utility...
It’s a new Sysinternals Tool Day! RAMMap v1.0 released

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What are Perforator and Visual Profiler? Free, that's what... Welcome to the WPF Performance Suite

Visual Studio Magazine - .Net Tips and Tricks - Free Tool: WPF Performance Suite

I like Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) very much, especially its implementation of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern. I've also grown to appreciate XAML as a declarative (if quirky) way of building complex user interfaces that integrate with a testable code file. However, every once in a while, I end up with a WPF Window that takes a long time to render, or renders in a bizarre series of jumps. If that's happened to you, it's worthwhile to download Microsoft's WPF Performance Suite.

The suite includes two tools: Perforator and Visual Profiler. Neither will tell you what to do to fix your problem, but both will help you locate the problem.

Perforator concentrates on the low-level routines that render your XAML. The download page for the package includes some useful information ...

While Perforator looks at how WPF is rendering your XAML, Visual Profiler shows how individual ...

WPF Performance Suite

The Windows SDK includes a suite of performance profiling tools for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications called the WPF Performance Suite. The WPF Performance Suite enables you to analyze the run-time behavior of your WPF applications and determine performance optimizations that you can apply. The WPF Performance Suite includes performance profiling tools called Perforator and Visual Profiler. This topic describes how to install and use the Perforator and Visual Profiler tools in the WPF Performance Suite.

This topic contains the following sections:

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Perforator

Perforator is a performance profiling tool for analyzing the rendering behavior of your WPF application. The Perforator user interface displays a set of graphs that enable you to analyze very specific rendering behavior in parts of your application, such as the dirty rectangle addition rate and the frame rate. WPF uses a rendering technique called dirty rectangle, which means that only the portions of the screen that have changed are rendered on a new rendering pass. In addition, Perforator has several options that you can use to look for specific rendering problems. Perforator also reports the software rendering targets and a slider to control the duration of the graphs. The following illustration shows the Perforator user interface.

Perforator user interface

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Visual Profiler

Visual Profiler is a performance profiling tool of WPF services, such as layout, rendering, and animation, for elements in the visual tree. By analyzing the profiling output of this tool, you can determine which visual elements in your application may be causing performance bottlenecks.

Visual Profiler presents performance issues in the context of the basic building blocks that are used to construct visual scenes in your application. These building blocks include high-level objects, such as Button and TextBlock controls, as well as low-level objects, such as Line and Ellipse elements. Instead of describing performance issues in terms of call graphs of functions names, Visual Profiler describes these issues by using the representation of visual objects. This is similar to the way the Windows SDK tool, UI Spy, represents information. For more information, see UISpy.exe (UI Spy).

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Some pretty cool utilities that I don't remember seeing before... I'm almost afraid (heck, no almost about it)  to run them on my WPF LOB app's... :/

Run don't walk to this tip on how to add an Install as Admin for MSI's

How-to Geek - How to Force an MSI Package to Install Using Administrator Mode

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When you need to install a program as an administrator, you can right-click on the .exe file and select Run as administrator. However, that option isn’t available for MSI packages. We will show you how to add an Install as administrator option for MSI packages.

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No need to remember the misexec steps once you apply this reg hack...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Disk2vhd turns 2, v2.0 that is, and a few more Sysinternals utility updates

Sysinternals Site Discussion - Updates: Coreinfo v3.21, Disk2vhd v2.0, LiveKd v5.31

Coreinfo v3.21: CoreInfo is a command-line tool for reporting processor topology, NUMA performance, and processor features. The v3.21 release adds microcode reporting.

Disk2vhd v2.0: Disk2vhd, a utility for performing physical-to-virtual conversion of Windows systems, adds support for VHDX-formatted VHDs (thanks to Brendan Gruber for contributions), now supports WinRE volumes, can capture removable media, and includes an option to capture live volumes instead of relying on volume shadow copy (VSS).

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LiveKd v5.31: LiveKd is a utility for performing live kernel debugging of native systems and virtual machines from the host ...

V2 for Disk2vhd seems weird doesn't it, given how long that utility has been around. In any case, it's great seeing it get some love. I wonder how it will evolve in the new Azure world? Disk2vhd2Azure would be kind of cool... :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
New Sysinternals utility released today, Disk2vhd v1.0 – Yes ...

A Sweet Summer Sysinternals Suite Refresh

Monday, December 09, 2013

What a Date (for when a Windows version is no longer supported...)?

Mike's Window - Some dates for your calendar..

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Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Last updated: October 2013

In this page

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported or sold. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows lifecycle.

End of support

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

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End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software. When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it's a good time to think about upgrading.

This table gives end of sales dates for specific Windows operating systems.

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Service packs and updates

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Some important, to IT and like geeks, dates.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

wxHexEditor, your new large, 16EBs (exabytes) large, file editor?

beta news - Open files of any size with wxHexEditor

The PC world has plenty of hex editors; does it really need another? Our first thought was probably not, but that was before we’d spent a little time with the fast, feature-packed and extremely capable wxHexEditor.

Some hex editors have annoying limits on file sizes, for instance. But not this one. WxHexEditor can handle files up to 2^64 in size, that’s 16 billion gigabytes, which will probably be enough for the foreseeable future.

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There are plenty of other interesting options hidden away in the menus. We found tools to compare two files and highlight the differences; calculate a host of checksums (MDx, SHAx, RipeMDx, HAVALx, TIGERx and more) for any given view; back up, restore or erase the contents of any device.

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wxHexEditor

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WxHexEditor isn't limited to files. Click Devices > Open Disk Device and you can also open one of your drives and browse through its sectors. (Try running the program as an administrator if a particular drive isn't listed.)

Whatever you've opened, wxHexEditor allows you to view its contents. You can search for text or hex values, manually edit bytes or run search and replace operations (files are by default set to Read-Only, reducing the chance of accidental alterations).

And despite its lowly 0.22 version number, wxHexEditor has even more options hidden away in its menus. You can calculate 25+ checksums for any given file, for instance, or compare two files and highlight any differences.

Verdict:

As a beta it needs to be used carefully, but wxHexEditor is already a very powerful tool, fast and packed with essential features.

wxHexEditor

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Events:

  • Version 0.22 Beta Released (09/05/2013)
    • Now, supporting many codepages/encodings, including almost all DOS, ECBDIC, Windows CPs.
    • Also supporting multi character codepages like Shift JIS, UTF8/16/32 and others....
    • Added gksu and gksudo support for easy privilage elevations.
    • Added Russian translation, non-complete. (by Nikolai Novikov)
    • Fixed MacOSX binary issues that appears at old version due wx2.9
    • Many bug fixes also some usage changes.
  • Version 0.21 Beta Released (01/01/2013)
    • Device and Partition Backup/Restore and Erase tools.
    • Customizeable hex panel formatting.
    • Customizeable colours!
    • Linux Process Memory Read/Write access.
    • MultiLocale support with Turkish Language
    • Options Panel
    • Fixed Hex control input

Features:

  • It uses 64 bit file descriptors (supports files or devices up to 2^64 bytes , means some exabytes but tested only 1 PetaByte file (yet). ).
  • It does NOT copy whole file to your RAM. That make it FAST and can open files (which sizes are Multi Giga < Tera < Peta < Exabytes)
  • You can work with delete/insert bytes to file, more than once, without creating temp file!.
  • Could open your devices on Linux, Windows or MacOSX.
  • Memory Usage : Currently ~25 MegaBytes while opened multiple > ~8GB files.
  • Could operate with file thru XOR encryption.
  • Has multiple views to show multiple files in same time.
  • Has x86 disassembly support (via integrated udis86 library) to hack things little faster.
  • Has colourfull tags to make reverse engineering easier and more fun.
  • You can copy/edit your Disks, HDD Sectors with it.( Usefull for rescue files/partitions by hand. )
  • Sector Indication on Disk devices, also has Go to Sector dialog...
  • Formated CopyAs! It's easy to copy part of a file in HEX format for C/C++ source, ASM source, also supports HTML,phpBB and Wiki page formats with TAGs!!
  • Supports Hex or Text editor alone operation.Also can disable Offset region.
  • Supports customizeable hex panel formatting and colors.
  • Allows Linux Process Memory Editing operations
  • Comparison of binary files, allows merge of near results.
  • Supports ***many*** encodings including almost all DOS/Windows/MacOS CPs and multi-character sets like UTF8/16/32, Shift JIS, GBK, EUC_KR...
  • Decimal, Hexadecimal, Octal and LBA ("Sector+Offset") addressing modes, (switchable one to another by right click of mouse on Offset panel.
  • Save selection as a dump file feature for make life easier.
  • "Find Some Bytes" feature for quickly find next meaningful bytes at file/Disk
  • MD/RIPEMD/SHA/TIGER/HAVAL/CRC/ADLER/GOST/WHRILPOOL/SNEFRU checksum functions (via integrated mhash library.)
  • Import & Export TAGs support from file.
  • Written with C++/wxWidgets GUI libs and can be used with other OSes such as Mac OS, Windows as native application.

Every so often I need to open some pretty big files and always seem to have to search for an app each time. Caching this here so the next time I can give this one a try. Besides being able to open some pretty big files (16 EB... awesome) I dig some of it other features, like the hashing and device access.

On yeah, it's open source too...

Friday, November 15, 2013

New from NirSoft - WhoIsConnected[to my darn network]Sniffer

NirBlog - New utility that lists computers and devices connected to your network

WhoIsConnectedSniffer is a new utility that listens to network packets on your network adapter using a capture driver (WinpCap or MS network monitor) and accumulates a list of computer and devices currently connected to your network. ...

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NirSoft - WhoIsConnectedSniffer v1.00

WhoIsConnectedSniffer is a network discovery tool that listens to network packets on your network adapter using a capture driver (WinpCap or MS network monitor) and accumulates a list of computer and devices currently connected to your network. WhoIsConnectedSniffer uses various protocols to detect the computers connected to your network, including ARP, UDP, DHCP, mDNS, and BROWSER.

For every detected computer or device, the following information is displayed: (Some of the fields might be empty if the information cannot be found inside the packets) IP Address, MAC Address, name of the device/computer, description, Operating System, Network Adapter Company, IPv6 Address.

After collecting the connected computers/devices information, you can easily export the list to tab-delimited/comma-delimited/xml/html file.

WhoIsConnectedSniffer vs Other NirSoft Tools

As you may know, NirSoft already provides other tools (Wireless Network Watcher, NetBScanner) that scan the network and show the computers that are currently connected. As opposed to the other tools, WhoIsConnectedSniffer doesn't perform any scanning and it doesn't send any packet to the other computers. WhoIsConnectedSniffer only listens to the packets sent by other computers and devices, analyzes them and then displays the result on the main window.

WhoIsConnectedSniffer also provides some information that the other tools cannot get, like operating system, description text of the computer, IPv6 address.

System Requirements And Limitations

  • Any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000, and up to Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported. When using Microsoft Network Monitor driver on 64-bit system, you must use the 64-bit version of WhoIsConnectedSniffer.
  • You have to install one of the following capture drivers:
  • WhoIsConnectedSniffer cannot detect a device or computer if it doesn't send any packet that is received by the computer running this tool.
  • WhoIsConnectedSniffer cannot detect computers from other subnets.

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Protocols supported by WhoIsConnectedSniffer

  • ARP: WhoIsConnectedSniffer listens to this protocol to get the IP address and MAC address of computers and devices.
  • UDP: When a computer broadcasts a UDP packet to all other computers, WhoIsConnectedSniffer extracts from it the IP address and the MAC address.
  • DHCP: When a computer connects to the network, it usually sends a DHCP request. WhoIsConnectedSniffer uses this request to get the host name and IP address of the computer.
  • mDNS: This protocol is used on Linux and Mac OS systems. WhoIsConnectedSniffer uses it to get the host name and IP address of the computer, and also the operating system (on Linux)
  • BROWSER: This protocol is mainly used by Windows, but some Linux systems supports this protocol too. WhoIsConnectedSniffer uses it to get the name of the computer, description text of the computer, and the operating system.

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License

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !

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Cool tool from the cool guys at NirSoft [insert my usual, "These guys are like the old Wininternals/Sysinternals guys" snip here. Mark R, you following these guys? ...]