Archive for January, 2009

VS2008 Web Server Here Shell Extension

I ran across a great article on Phil Haack’s blog regarding a registry tweak you can make so you can right-click on any folder and launch the Visual Studio Web Server (aka Cassini) against the directory.  This is very handy if you are working on a website locally and want to spin it up without completely opening Visual Studio.  Here’s the code you need:

32 bit (x86)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer]
@="ASP.NET Web Server Here"
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer\command]
@="C:\\Program Files\\Common Files\\microsoft shared\\DevServer
\\9.0\\Webdev.WebServer.exe /port:8080 /path:\"%1\""
64 bit (x64)
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shell\VS2008 WebServer]
@="ASP.NET Web Server Here"
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Why my Zune did not have a happy New Years Eve

So yesterday, on December 31, 2008, everyone with one of the original 30GB Zunes (I have two) found their precious portable media players frozen at a startup screen.  Of course, in today’s blogging world, this hit the news quickly and Microsoft found themselves swamped with support calls and demands to fix the problem (wouldn’t that be a great way to wake up?).

This morning, I saw that a user over at ZuneBoards.com has found the bug in a reverse-engineered version of the Zune 30 source code.  This is just such a classic programming “oops” that I had to post it for other More >