Daisy-chain your PCs’ audio to 1 set of speakers

Way back in WinXP times and before, I would always connect all of my PCs at one desk together to a single set of speakers. The only special software/hardware this required were some extra 3.5mm audio cables and a set of ordinary speakers. The software to do this was built into Windows XP and just required some intelligent checkboxes to be selected. However, the native ability to do this with both Windows Vista and Windows 7. Luckily, with a registry hack, it is possible to still get this behavior with both operating systems!


Utility: WinSplit Revolution

So I was at work today with my 24″ LCD thinking, “Man, I wish I had a convenient way to organize/resize my windows such that I could see several at once beyond a generic ‘Tile Windows’ configuration.” So I remembered a little utility that kinda did this with a laptop I bought a couple years back by Acer called “Vista Grid”. But that didn’t quite tickle my fancy so I looked for some better alternatives.

The search led me to WinSplit Revolution (WSR). Yeah, it’s kind of a cheap-sounding name (kinda like www.superantispyware.com, which, by the way, is one of the better free anti-spyware apps out there!), but I really like it, plus it’s totally free!


Debugging Visual Studio 2005 ASP.NET apps on Vista Home Premium

If you have an ASP.NET app hosted by IIS7 on any Vista Home edition (though I’ve only used Home Premium), it fails because Vista Home Premium lacks Windows Authentication. Fortunately, Microsoft is aware of this and has issued a fix. Unfortunately, it’s not part of Windows Updates so you’ll have to go get it yourself.

You can find KB937523 here describing the situation: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;937523

The fix can be found here: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=7250

Visual Studio 2005 Deployment Projects on Vista – Error #2869

I found this blog posting that finally solved a problem that was by no means obvious to me!


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