Windows 3.1 in a Virtual Machine – Virtual PC wins this one

Andrew Brown asked about how to run Windows 3.1.

It is not too difficult, provided you have access to the install disks for DOS and Windows. An MSDN subscription will do. I tried Virtual Box with MSDOS 6.22 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Although it installed OK, it freezes if you use

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Ninja Gaiden 2: great but not quite finished

Today I completed my run-through with Ninja Gaiden 2. This is the successor to what is in my opinion the finest game on the Xbox, Ninja Gaiden Black. I used the Warrior difficult, on the grounds that Acolyte (the introductory difficulty setting) is not how the game is intended to be played.

This is an

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Where is your SQL Server CE Database?

Maybe not where you think. Now, I admit I am three years late with this bug strange feature of Visual Studio but it wasted some of my time today so it is still worth reporting.

I’ve been writing about creating database applications in Visual Studio. Specifically, I was looking at what happens if you download

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Microsoft MSMVPs blog site taken over by malware

Susan Bradley is blogging about a break-in on the server that runs numerous blogs for Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals).

She describes spotting a service that turned out to be the W32/Rbot-GOS work with IRC backdoor functionality.

Currently she doesn’t know how it happened, but promises to let us know; it’s also being investigated by

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Microsoft’s big break: failing competitors

The BBC has an article, prompted by Bill Gates’ retirement from Microsoft, on how the company thrived because of the failings of its competitors.

I find this ironic. What gave Apple its big break in music, and in gaining market share for the Mac? What gave FireFox its big break in web browsers? Maybe

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Real-world book authoring

Lengthy but worthwhile post on what is it like to write a technical book, from O’Reilly author Baron Schwartz.

Two things that particularly interest me here. One, it is a good account of how much work is involved in writing something worthwhile. Two, the discussion of authoring tools is fascinating: bugs and inadequacies in Open

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What’s coming in Buzzword – and Live Writer as Word for the cloud

Interesting post from Lisa Underkoffler’s on what’s coming in Buzzword, Adobe’s internet word processor. She mentions named styles, which I would enjoy since I use these all the time in Word; though I was surprised that it is frequently requested; most people seem happy to apply specific formatting and don’t worry about the structure

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Taming AVG

AVG is a reasonable anti-virus product as these things go; it is also available in a free version for personal use. The recent version 8.0 release however has some problems, as The Reg points out. The trouble with the anti-virus vendors is that they cannot resist adding bloat to their products, even when customers prefer

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Wine is 1.0

Congratulations to the Wine community which has released Wine 1.0:

The Wine team is proud to announce that Wine 1.0 is now available. This is the first stable release of Wine after 15 years of development and beta testing.

Wine is a compatibility layer that enables Windows applications to run on Linux, Mac OS X,

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Simple ASP.NET performance tips

Microsoft’s Richard Florance has a neat set of “easy win” performance tips.

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