32-bit and 64-bit COM Servers

It is possible to register both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the same COM server on 64-bit machine. This leads to several questions such as how are they registered and which one of the two is used. I will try to answer them below. But first, let’s start with an example. Example Let’s say we…

A Story About Browsers

I’m sometimes asked what browsers do I use and why. I use Firefox and Chrome, 95% of the time, and IE for those few Microsoft sites that are specially designed to work only with IE. Here is a story that shows an argument why I use those two. A few days ago I used my…

Windows 7 Quotes Problem

For several months, after I installed Windows 7 at home I had a very annoying problem: whenever I was writing double quotes (“) or single quotes (‘) in some text editors and all browsers, the quotes did not appear. Only after I was typing another character, then both the opening and the closing quotes were…

More God Modes in Windows 7

In my previous post I wrote about a feature called “god mode” available in Windows 7 and Vista. By creating a folder with a specific name you get one entry point to all the commands available in Control Panel. It was reported that several such shortcuts exits. Below is an image with the 16 folders…

Playing God in Windows 7

There has been some buzz in the last few days about a feature in Windows 7 called “God mode”. Well, it doesn’t empower you as a God but allows you to access all the nested features available in Control Panel from a single entry point. All you have to do is creating a folder (or…

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 RTM available on MSDN

Windows 7 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM are now available for download on MSDN for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Currently, the only available bits are in English. The other languages will become available on October 1st. Volume License customers with an existing Software Assurance license will be able to download the bits starting…