Denying tax credits to companies that ship jobs overseas

It’s obvious that the United States has passed it’s prime.  I’m convinced it’s mostly due to the massive flow of money from our economy to foreign economies.

That’s why I was a bit excited when I read today that Obama was considering denying tax credit to companies that ship jobs overseas.  In principle, I’m not much a fan of Obama due his super-star status getting him elected, however, if he actually invoked this idea, I would worship the land he walked on.

Steps like these obviously need to be made.  I don’t understand why people are so short sited to not realize that money that leaves the United States has little reason to come back.  I like to think of countries (read: economies) as bins of money.  People standing in our bin just keep throwing it into everybody else’s bins.  This is obviously from outsourcing jobs, but less obviously, even from charities (when you see those pictures of the ruined houses in Haiti and help build it up to ten times what it used to be, no one ever thinks about the fact that the money they donate is removed from our own economy).

As a “P.S.”, I don’t much get into politics or economics, so this opinion article may seem a bit simple to those better educated in those fields.

Advertisements

Prediction

I have a lot of debates with people about the iPhone, and so for posterity’s sake, I thought it prudent to write down my prediction of the iPhone’s future.

What most people don’t care about is that Apple has always been a very closed, very proprietary company.  That is why they lost the first war against IBM.  This time around, however, they hired some marketing geniuses (to whom I give unconditional kudos), which blinded everyone to Apple’s core philosophies.

Microsoft’s Windows Mobile was never much of a platform because, as I’m sure they now realize, they only put a half-assed effort into developing it.  This is what Microsoft always does until they have a reason to do otherwise.

But then comes Android, which I see as a very large threat to Apple’s closed platform.  Sure, it’s been here for a little while, but we’re just now seeing some real phones being built that use it.  At first it will only appeal to geeks and developers because it is so open.  However, it is only a matter of time before the applications surpass those that currently exist on the iPhone.

I say the Android applications will surpass those available on the iPhone because the Android is so much more open to developers.  There are already 10,000+ apps available to it, and this number is bound to grow exponentially as the platform is embraced.  Linux-minded developers aren’t the only target, either, due to the existence of Microsoft’s Silverlight platform that the Mono project has developed.

Because of this, unless Apple makes their platform more open (e.g. removing restrictions from their 3rd party software distribution network), I foresee the software development community embracing the open Android platform, and the Android taking, at very least, a large chunk of Apple’s market share.

Unfortunately for Apple, if history is any indication, Apple has no intention of ever making things more open.

It worked!

Just an FYI, my quest to become #1 search result for the word tombstonable worked!  That was easy.

Just for fun!! Tombstoneable & Tombstonable

Tombstoneable & Tombstonable (which is the real spelling… hmmm) has almost no Google results!

Sooo…. here I come top position!  hahah…

Eclipse Network Connection Error during Update

In my previous post, I mentioned a reboot seemed to fix my network connection error when I tried to update.  However, the problem was actually that the path length to Eclipse was too long.  The folder I copied Eclipse to was this, which resulted in broken updates:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Eclipse-3.3-wpf

However, Eclipse Updates started working when I changed to folder name it to this:

C:\Program Files (x86)\E-3.3-wpf

Weird, huh!?

Eclipse 3.3 (Europa) Vista x64 Render and Connection Errors/Bugs

I am trying to use Eclipse 3.3 (Europa) from Vista x64.  Everything seems to work fine except for the Preferences dialog.  The General/Key tab is missing most of the GUI the first time I view it and is blank every other time.  This means that I couldn’t change any of my keybindings (key bindings).

I tried a million different things to get this to work.  Finally I tried a using a beta 3.3-wpf release of eclipse, which does render the preferences correctly!  Come to find out so does 3.4-wpf.  However, 3.4 without wpf does not render correctly.  So, something with the win32 graphics library is broken.  Eclipse 3.2 didn’t have any problems, so it’s something that was introduced with version 3.3.

However, when I tried to do an update from the newer versions, I got weird connection errors:

Network connection problems encountered during search.

Unable to access “http://sitename

Error parsing site stream. [Premature end of file.]

Premature end of file.

But from my original 3.3 version, updates worked find.  In this case, a reboot seemed to have fixed something, but I don’t know why.

Microsoft Sharepoint Error: Cannot connect to the configuration database.

This was actually a very simple error to fix once I knew the cause, but the problem is that the Microsoft knowledgebase didn’t give the correct answer and there are no log files to be found to help find the correct cause, things were severly complicated by the fact that every search result I could find on the error insisted that it was a security problem. Finally, I had to just guess, and I was right. 🙂

The problem turned out to be that I installed another app that switched IIS to use 32-bit mode. All I had to do was switch it back to 64-bit (x64) mode and SharePoint worked again.

First, fix IIS:

\inetpub\AdminScripts\cscript.exe adsutil.vbs set W3SVC/AppPools/Enable32BitAppOnWin64 False

Second, reregister the .Net isapi filters:

\windows\microsoft.net\Framework64\v2.0.50727\aspnet_reg
iis.exe -i

That’s it! How about some better logging, Microsoft?

Installing Mobile Client Software Factory on Vista x64

Well, let me start by saying I can’t believe how difficult this was to get working. To start with, the SCSF May 2007 Dependency Checker shows almost every item as not installed, even though they are. Secondly, Mobile Client Software Factory says that it requires Guidance Automation Toolkit 2006 or later, even though the newest version is installed.

The basic problem is that the installer is looking for registry keys where the 64 bit keys are normally stored. However, the keys are actually stored underneath Wow6432Node.

So, my solution was to reflected the embedded App.Config, and find the registry keys it was looking for, find the corresponding 32 bit keys, convert them to 64 bit keys, and then imported them. The registry import file looks like this:

 
 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Guidance Automation Extensions]
“CurrentVersion”=”1.2”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Guidance Automation Extensions\Compatibililty]
“1.1”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}]
“ID”=dword:00000001
“MinEdition”=”Standard”
“ProductVersion”=”1.0”
“ProductName”=”recipe framework”
“CompanyName”=”Microsoft”
@=”Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework.VisualStudio.RecipeManagerPackage, Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework.VisualStudio, Version=1.0.60429.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a”
“InprocServer32″=”C:\\Windows\\syswow64\\mscoree.dll”
“Class”=”Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework.VisualStudio.RecipeManagerPackage”
“CodeBase”=”file:///C:/Program Files (x86)/Microsoft Visual Studio 8/Common7/IDE/PublicAssemblies/Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework.VisualStudio.DLL”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\SatelliteDll]
“Path”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\\Common7\\IDE\\PublicAssemblies”
“DllName”=”Microsoft.Practices.RecipeFramework.VisualStudioUI.dll”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{22ce1b10-8c41-41fd-aa62-3e9d19ef1a7f}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:0000000e
“PackageName”=”guid22ce1b10_8c41_41fd_aa62_3e9d19ef1a7f”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Items\\ServiceAgent\\ServiceAgent.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module\\Module.Basic.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module\\Module.Layout.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module\\ModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“5”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business\\BusinessModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“6”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business\\Module.vstemplate”
“7”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Interface\\Module.Interface.vstemplate”
“8”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\SmartClient.vstemplate”
“9”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Infrastructure\\Infrastructure.vstemplate”
“10”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Library\\Library.vstemplate”
“11”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Module\\Module.vstemplate”
“12”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Basic\\Shell.vstemplate”
“13”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Extended\\Shell.vstemplate”
“14”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft SCSF\\GuidancePkg\\Bin\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.LayoutModule\\Shell.Layout.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{23fc29c9-fafe-47f1-b633-b548e788dddf}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:00000004
“PackageName”=”MetaGuidancePackage”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Guidance Automation Toolkit\\Templates\\Items\\Action\\Action.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Guidance Automation Toolkit\\Templates\\Solutions\\GuidancePackageSolution.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Guidance Automation Toolkit\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\GuidancePackage\\GuidancePackage.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Guidance Automation Toolkit\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\GuidancePackageInstaller\\GuidancePackageInstaller.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{6d454017-bb09-47ca-b66d-feb9edc25075}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:0000000c
“PackageName”=”WCFGuidancePackage”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\WCFClient\\Client.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\WCFFaultContract\\FaultContract.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\WCF Guidance Package.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFBusinessEntity\\BusinessEntity.vstemplate”
“5”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFBusinessLogic\\BusinessLogic.vstemplate”
“6”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFClient\\Client.vstemplate”
“7”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFDataAccess\\DataAccess.vstemplate”
“8”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFDataContract\\DataContract.vstemplate”
“9”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFFaultContract\\FaultContract.vstemplate”
“10”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFHost\\Host.vstemplate”
“11”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFServiceContract\\ServiceContract.vstemplate”
“12”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\WCF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WCFServiceImplementation\\ServiceImplementation.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{7c2709d0-bc18-455e-a822-082836e0672a}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:00000000
“PackageName”=”WCFSecurityGuidancePackage”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{adf804af-9229-4bc6-807e-700ccc7b69d6}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:0000000a
“PackageName”=”ASMXGuidancePackage”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\ASMXClient\\Client.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\ASMXTooling.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXBusinessEntity\\BusinessEntity.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXBusinessLogic\\BusinessLogic.vstemplate”
“5”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXClient\\Client.vstemplate”
“6”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXDataAccess\\DataAccess.vstemplate”
“7”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXDataType\\DataType.vstemplate”
“8”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXHost\\Host.vstemplate”
“9”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXServiceContract\\ServiceContract.vstemplate”
“10”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Service Factory\\ASMX Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\ASMXServiceImplementation\\ServiceImplementation.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{b665c858-8ab2-407d-9c7c-102237d0b7cc}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:0000001e
“PackageName”=”SmartClientFactoryPackage”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.CS\\BusinessModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.CS\\Module.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.Tests.CS\\Module.Tests.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.Tests.VB\\Module.Tests.vstemplate”
“5”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.VB\\BusinessModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“6”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Business.VB\\Module.vstemplate”
“7”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.CS\\Module.Basic.vstemplate”
“8”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.CS\\Module.Layout.vstemplate”
“9”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.CS\\ModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“10”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Interface.CS\\Module.Interface.vstemplate”
“11”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Interface.VB\\Module.Interface.vstemplate”
“12”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Tests.CS\\Module.Tests.vstemplate”
“13”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Tests.VB\\Module.Tests.vstemplate”
“14”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.VB\\Module.Basic.vstemplate”
“15”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.VB\\Module.Layout.vstemplate”
“16”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.VB\\ModuleHandle.vstemplate”
“17”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\SCSFSolutionCS.vstemplate”
“18”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\SCSFSolutionVB.vstemplate”
“19”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Infrastructure.CS\\Infrastructure.vstemplate”
“20”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Infrastructure.VB\\Infrastructure.vstemplate”
“21”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Library.CS\\Library.vstemplate”
“22”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Library.VB\\Library.vstemplate”
“23”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Module.CS\\Module.vstemplate”
“24”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Module.VB\\Module.vstemplate”
“25”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Basic.CS\\Shell.vstemplate”
“26”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Basic.VB\\Shell.vstemplate”
“27”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Extended.CS\\Shell.vstemplate”
“28”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.Extended.VB\\Shell.vstemplate”
“29”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.LayoutModule.CS\\Shell.Layout.vstemplate”
“30”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Smart Client Factory\\Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell.LayoutModule.VB\\Shell.Layout.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{d292b01a-6efa-40ad-a56a-57fb7439e2ab}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:00000008
“PackageName”=”WebClientFactoryPackage”
“1”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module\\BusinessModule.vstemplate”
“2”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module\\FoundationalModule.vstemplate”
“3”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Tests\\BusinessModule.Tests.vstemplate”
“4”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\Module.Tests\\FoundationalModule.Tests.vstemplate”
“5”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Projects\\PageFlow\\PageFlow.vstemplate”
“6”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\WCSF Guidance Package.vstemplate”
“7”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\Shell\\Shell.vstemplate”
“8”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Web Client Factory\\WCSF Guidance Package\\Templates\\Solutions\\Projects\\WebProject\\WebUI.vstemplate”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{77d93a80-73fc-40f8-87db-acd3482964b2}\Templates\{f8b16ed4-8656-4b73-922a-2fe00c6dff0f}]
“LastTemplate”=dword:00000000
“PackageName”=”DataAccessGuidancePackage”

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{CACEFF92-665D-4A7E-9C8F-5E80B0610601}]
“AuthorizedCDFPrefix”=””
“Comments”=””
“Contact”=”Microsoft”
“DisplayVersion”=”1.0.51104”
“HelpLink”=””
“HelpTelephone”=””
“InstallDate”=”20070611”
“InstallLocation”=””
“ModifyPath”=hex(2):4d,00,73,00,69,00,45,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,78,\
00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,49,00,7b,00,43,00,41,00,43,00,45,00,46,00,46,00,39,00,\
32,00,2d,00,36,00,36,00,35,00,44,00,2d,00,34,00,41,00,37,00,45,00,2d,00,39,\
00,43,00,38,00,46,00,2d,00,35,00,45,00,38,00,30,00,42,00,30,00,36,00,31,00,\
30,00,36,00,30,00,31,00,7d,00,00,00
“Publisher”=”Microsoft”
“Readme”=””
“Size”=””
“EstimatedSize”=dword:00001f54
“UninstallString”=hex(2):4d,00,73,00,69,00,45,00,78,00,65,00,63,00,2e,00,65,00,\
78,00,65,00,20,00,2f,00,49,00,7b,00,43,00,41,00,43,00,45,00,46,00,46,00,39,\
00,32,00,2d,00,36,00,36,00,35,00,44,00,2d,00,34,00,41,00,37,00,45,00,2d,00,\
39,00,43,00,38,00,46,00,2d,00,35,00,45,00,38,00,30,00,42,00,30,00,36,00,31,\
00,30,00,36,00,30,00,31,00,7d,00,00,00
“URLInfoAbout”=””
“URLUpdateInfo”=””
“VersionMajor”=dword:00000001
“VersionMinor”=dword:00000000
“WindowsInstaller”=dword:00000001
“Version”=dword:0100c7a0
“Language”=dword:00000409
“DisplayName”=”Guidance Automation Toolkit”
“InstallSource”=”D:\\Users\\Mouch\\Downloads\\Programming\\Code\\Patterns & Practices\\”

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\VisualStudio\8.0\Packages\{b3bae735-386c-4030-8329-ef48eeda4036}]
@=”Microsoft.VisualStudio.WPFFlavor.WPFFlavor, Microsoft.VisualStudio.WPFFlavor, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a”
“InprocServer32″=”C:\\Windows\\SysWOW64\\mscoree.dll”
“Class”=”Microsoft.VisualStudio.WPFFlavor.WPFFlavor”
“CodeBase”=”C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\\Common7\\IDE\\PrivateAssemblies\\Microsoft.VisualStudio.WPFFlavor.dll”
“ID”=dword:00000096
“MinEdition”=”standard”
“ProductVersion”=”2.0.0.0”
“ProductName”=”wpfflavor”
“CompanyName”=”Microsoft”

IMPORTANT!!!!! There are all sorts of local file references in that registry export. You definitely need to go through it and customize it to your setup.

This worked about 90% of the way. The Dependency Checker program now shows that everything is installed correctly.

However, the Mobile Client Software Factory still won’t install. So, I opened up the MSI using the Orcas viewer/editor that comes with the Windows SDK. I looked up the RegLocator table to find where it was looking for the Guidance Automation Toolkit. However, the registry key that it was looking for was actually there this time!

Rather than spend tons more time playing with registry keys, I just edited the GATRegistry row using Orcas so that it was identical to the GTXRegistry row. This basically removes the Guidance Automation Tookit dependency check.

So now I am able to install!  I did get some compile errors during the install, so I just loaded the installed solution files after the install was complete and recompiled them.

Resize OS partition in Windows Vista

Here’s an easy walkthrough to change your OS partition size in Vista:

http://extended64.com/blogs/blake/archive/2006/07/21/2934.aspx

Microsoft Really Sucks at Describing What Their Software Does

I was just browsing through my MSDN library, and came across several pieces of software that I have never used before.  However, even after reading the descriptions of the products, I still have no idea what they do.  It is sad when a marketing team can’t even explain what their own product does.  Here is an example.

Live Communications Server 2005 provides a standards-based platform, allowing developers the ability to presence-enable existing applications and create next-generation solutions with real-time capabilities.

Oh good.  It was horrible how I couldn’t build next-generation solutions before; thanks for allowing it now!  And I love getting capabilities in real-time!  Saves me the trouble of having to download them.