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A new look at multiple monitors

A new look at multiple monitors

I was always one of those guys who felt the more monitors the better. Following the CRT-era I preferred two monitors (and yes, I did dual monitors with CRTs…I’m that much of a geek), or even more. However, I read an article today that changed my way of thinking. You may or may not agree, it’s up to you. Take a look and see what you think – Manage Pixels Not Monitors.

Devices and Printers not populating in Windows 7

Devices and Printers not populating in Windows 7

I discovered something interesting today…which I’m sure most of you figured out by now, but it’s new news to me. My laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate was taking forever to load the printers and devices screen, and eventually after what seemed like 30+ minutes, it would show nothing, but Windows 7 wouldn’t throw an error or message. It was in fact proud to display nothing, even though I know damn well there are printers loaded! What was the cause of…

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App Pool Crashing – Part 2

App Pool Crashing – Part 2

When we left off on this issue, the app pool was crashing at semi-random intervals. After much discussion with Microsoft’s IIS forum, Microsoft’s ASP.Net forum (not much help there), and peer development groups (AZGroups.com primarily), I downloaded and installed IISState.exe, which is a command line monitor (basically) that is placed on the IIS server and listens for app pool issues. It’s far more detailed than Event Log or App Pool logging, providing codes at every POST/GET. Additionally, I tried turning…

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App Pool Crashing – Part 1

App Pool Crashing – Part 1

While working on a website that’s designed to run 24 hours a day with no user interaction (an automatically-updating display for users to walk past and see), I came across an interesting phenomenon. Now, the website is designed in ASP.Net 3.5 with AJAX. There’s an UpdatePanel and a Timer, and that’s it for the AJAX portion. The Timer control fires every 10 seconds and fires the UpdatePanel. Simple enough, right? Well, at random instances the website would stop updating and…

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