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Stardock provides some very nice customization programs to modify and tweak your Windows look and feel. If you purchase anything that requires installing the Impulse engine, you might run into the following error:

Impulse Error

The error IMPD01-300 comes up during the installation saying it can’t connect for updates.  In order to work around this error you need to download the full installer and use that to install the application.

You can get the full installer here.

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From time to time the need arises for me to create a command line application for Windows using Visual Studio 2008.  Lately I keep forgetting the same thing for my project and when I copy the application over to another Windows machine that doesn’t have VS2008 installed, I run into the following error “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect. Please see the application event log for more details.”. Unfortuantly what I fail to remember is that by default VS2008 wants me to create managed code.

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In my day to day work, I need to have access to multiple operating systems in order to test various things.  Unfortunatly running multiple desktops gets warm and traveling with multiple laptops gets cumbersome.  I serached out and tried various virtualization technologies that would address my problems.  In the end, after testing VMWare, various Xen ( Xen was purchased by Citrix ) incarnations, I finally settled on VirtualBox. Virtualbox was created and sold by Innotek. Sun eventually bought innotek in February of this year.  VirtualBox allows you to install the software on a base system (called the “host”) and within the software you create multiple virtual computers with different operating systems (called “guests”).

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Normally when debugging problems with web applications, I try to use Firefox. However, every once in awhile there is a web application that is very Internet Explorer specific and will not work in Firefox at all.

To that end, here is a list of nice tools and add-ins for Internet Explorer.

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