Well Done Socceroos

The final call might have been questionable, but there’s no denying Italy’s defence was very strong, and the ‘roos attacks didn’t quite seem coherent enough to get through. I was sure we had ’em until that last second!

But we love you anyway Socceroos! You did us proud. You rock. And kudos to Italy for lasting 40 minutes with a man down.

Screen Clipping not working in OneNote?

I use OneNote’s Screen Clipping feature all the time – to save retyping, to show someone exactly what I mean, to manufacture professional-looking* screenshots from my VMs… it’s worth the price of the product alone. I use it with PjPic all the time.

And it’s a killer feature! (some might even say… ninja feature?) Whenever I show someone the OneNote screen clipping feature, they go nuts over it. Which is good!

Occasionally though, Winkey+S won’t dim the screen to selection mode – it just won’t happen.

Here’s my quick run-through checklist of why that might happen:

 – Is the OneNote tray icon loaded and visible?

The tray icon is what handles the screen clipping bits (as far as I know; I just use the product, I don’t really know anything about it internally). If it’s not there, open OneNote itself, and check that in the Tools->Options page, Other section the “Place OneNote icon in the notification area of the taskbar” is ticked.

If it is already, just go click Start->Programs->Startup->OneNote Quick Launch (or whatever it’s called, you get the idea).

 – Is the Create Screen Clipping item on the right-click menu of the notify icon grayed out?

Seems to be another way of asking: Did I open an email or document with Information Rights Management applied recently?

(imagine six paragraphs of edgy but insightful commentary on IRM here, and then imagine me adjusting my search terms and finding this KB article, and wistfully deleting all the text and pasting a link in):

900527 The Create Screen Clipping command and the Screen Clipping command are not available in OneNote 2003 Service Pack 1

The article suggests bouncing OneNote if screen capture doesn’t work; in my experience, I find bouncing the application that most recently viewed protected content works better (eg, Outlook).

ISA 2006 Release Candidate now downloadable

Nearly missed this one, but with the launch of ISA 2006 and its impending RTM, an RC build of ISA 2006 is now available.

I’m running the previous beta as a web proxy with no complications; I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in the new build. I’m also kinda hoping to get back to using it as an edge server again (i.e. with multi-NIC support) once the hardware becomes available at home…

Search Box Shortcuts Exist!

Dugie clued me up on the .lnk technique, which looks pretty cool, but I wondered if there was an easy, shortcutty way to use the search box in IE7 (now I’ve got my provider ducks in a line)…

Looks like it’s in the help! (slightly consolidated)

To do this

Press this

Go to the Toolbar Search box


Open your search query in a new tab


Open the search provider menu


Select the text in the Address bar



Why not stick with .URLs or .LNKs? I love it, but it’s a customization I’d have to recreate on every computer I ever used. And I tend to use a lot of computers!

Some things – like putting Notepad in the Send To menu – are definitely worth spending the time on. But every customization has a cost, and sometimes it’s cheaper to invest the five minutes in learning a new shortcut. (Er, and then the twenty-seven minutes in blogging it).

End of FY06 Blog Post


The Financial Year might not have *quite* wrapped up just yet, but it looks like June’s going to be The Big Busy Month of my year. So I thought that rather than actually blog anything of value this month, I’d just recap some of the few content-rich posts from this year (some might call them classics, but I’m much too fabulous to be so immodest) using single-sentence summaries. Cos let’s face it: there’s getting straight to the point, and then there’s whatever it is that I do.

After a rather nasty experience with the web form, I figure I might try OneNote (Winkey+S people! Winkey+S!) and not worry about the formatting too much. (Ooh)



What I really meant

Custom Password Filters

You only need to enable Windows Password Complexity if your filter is designed to test additional conditions, otherwise you’ll want to turn Windows’ password complexity off.

Aussie IT Pro Blogger OPML

Has been subsumed by TechTalkBlogs – thanks Frank and Mark!

Ctrl+C In A Message Box Does What!?

Copy, in a word.

Tabs: Convert To The Middle Click

“Laptops aren’t real computers”. And middle-clicking rocks.

The Numbing

The strange calmness that descends when you just know everything’s going to go horribly wrong…

The Frisbee Moment

When someone so abjectly doesn’t understand that they don’t react at all. Creepy.

What I Worry About When Web Publishing

Client security. Keyloggers. That type of thing. Do you really want people connecting via an Internet café?

A Plea To Avalon/WPF Developers

Animation is cool… if it can be disabled. By the way, in the Windows Vista Ease of Access Center, under Optimize Visual Display there’s an item called “turn off all unnecessary animations” which I’m hoping is exposed in some simple way to Avalon apps…

Controlling Acceptable Internet Access With ISA Server

Do you really need an expensive filtering plugin, or simply a reign of pure unmitigated terror supported by draconian policies?

Remember: Fear is often cheaper than technology™.

My Tablet PC: A Stonking Great Desktop

It was fun for a while, but my current box doesn’t have RAID drivers for Vista, so no TabletPC for now…

Foldershare Rocks!

Seriously – I use it constantly. Without even thinking about it. 100% recommended.


I was accused of missing the boat, but I maintain that bing is a useful single-syllable verb for IM.

Slow DNS = Slow Proxy

C’mon, that one’s not so bad, it’s all in the title!

The Client Certificate Problem

Client certs don’t mix with Web Publishing, at least not in the way lots of people want them to.

The Infamous Drill Post

Yeah, so there was this motherboard, right? And I put a power drill through it. And then it stopped working. Weirdest thing.

Taking a Dump with Windows Vista

Because Drwtsn32 -p (pid) isn’t as user-friendly.

So How’s The 360?

Fantastic. Looking forward to Saints Row and Splinter Cell. Reminds me, I must go get that dash update.

Realism in Games

A very long-winded way of saying a) Descent 2 was the best ever, and b) I really want Descent 2 for Xbox 360 please.

Kerbie Goes Bananas (I prefer that title)

How SPNs work with App Pools in a Kerberos authentication/delegation scenario. Er, that didn’t help at all, did it? Sorry…


PAE = more RAM accessible by the system, which can be shared amongst all the user-mode processes. Doesn’t change user address space layout.


So, thanks to all six readers (yep, that’s 100% up on last year!) for all your support, kind words, and frequent ridicule. You rock.

Playing with Search Providers

As I spend seriously scary amounts of my life searching Microsoft.com and related properties, I threw together some OpenSearch thingummyjigs to search from the IE7 Search Box Thing.

I’m still unconvinced that they’re more effective than just typing site:something.microsoft.com in every query (I don’t have to take my hands off the keyboard to do that), but it was a fun learning exercise.

http://www.tristank.com/MiscFiles/Search/Searchproviders.htm for playing around…

Untested, unsupported, they-might-break-your-legs-accidentally, the usual disclaimers apply.