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Urgent Microsoft Update!!

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2008 by tazspaz

Dear readers:

It is once again time for an “out of cycle” patch from Microsoft.  Please, make sure you read the Microsoft Security Bulletin 08-078 and apply accordingly.  It is located here:

Follow the directions there for your specific patch level and browser type.


UNC’s, Exe’s, and IE Enhanced Security Config.

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by tazspaz

Oh my GOSH!

Wow, this was annoying. I knew I’d heard it before so it only took a few moments of my time however; it was a couple hours before my guys asked for help and it does show just how ingrained IE is in the Microsoft’s OS.

Error: SelectObject to CompatibleDC failed: The operation completed successfully. (0)

So what we were attempting to do was run an application installation from a UNC path. We could browse the path no problem. When we attempted to launch the application’s executable we would see the above error.

What was the culprit you ask? It was the “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration” Windows component of Windows Server 2003 R2®. Once that was removed; Viola! It worked fine.

My guys think I walk on air, I don’t tell them I once sat and banged my head on the keyboard too. Then again I’m sure there is scaring there on the forhead. 😉

Internet Throttling

Posted in Rants, Taz with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2008 by tazspaz

So who do they think they are? First they limit the amount of “up and down” speed you have for your bandwidth and now they want to throttle your connection overall!! Not just the speeds you connect at any longer.

I will try and keep this in as easy terms as I can folks. As most of you know I work in this field so if I fall into explaining something and you think I may be speaking in an alien language please, ask for clarification by commenting and I will do what I can to explain. Using more English terms that is. J

Okay so in the news today we find a story about Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and at&t© (Cingular has “tried” to rebrand itself since buying out AT&T). It seems that the internet throttling test that was first reported back in January of this year in a small city (110,000 people) in Beaumont, Texas has finally got industry attention. As the story was first reported by blogs and DSLReports

Why is this topic a worry you ask?

They say it only affect 5% of the internet users out there right? I don’t have to worry do I? I don’t have to worry because I’m downloading music, I prefer to buy the CD and put it on my media server. I don’t have to worry because I’m downloading movies, I prefer to use my NetFlix subscription and hook up to my HDTV and …

Ops perhaps I do have to worry huh? I stream the media from my subscription at times from NetFlix.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry when my kids are over as we play XBOX live together.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry, I do watch Revision3 from time to time.
Ops perhaps I do have to worry as I do video conferencing from time to time with clients from home.

Now some of you might be reading this and saying “Well stupid, stop it!” But I’m not just a person who likes technology; I do this for a job so tend to stay up on the latest trends. I find streaming technology a new wave that is getting ever better. There will be more and more we do with the internet and our home devices in the near future. More demand for internet devices, even wireless devices, come around all the time.

So what do you think?

Hotmail Down Again? “Live” and .Net logon as well?

Posted in Taz, Technical with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2008 by tazspaz

Back on February 7th of this year I had a post in which many people viewed about Hotmail being down.  Here we are once again.   

For several hours now I have received the below faithful screen every time trying to log in to my hotmail account. 

It’s kind of strange for a server farm as large as Hotmail to be down like this not to mention twice in one month.  Anyone else experiencing this right now? 


(Update 0605 PST, I’m in L.A at the moment)
As you can see from the comments to this post it is not a small outage. 
This seems to be wide spread and much longer then the “blip” outages Microsoft usually experiences.   I’m starting to see news articles in searches on the topic now as well. I wonder if Microsoft will come out and say what’s happened?    

(Update 0715 PST)
Well one of the comments posted to the blog here brought up an interesting point.  Do you have any other Microsoft Live products that you use?  Products where you have to sign in with your .Net account to gain access?   
Well “Joe T” (comment post) and I do.  It appears every where I have tried so far the Live account logon using my Microsoft passport account does not work.  I have tried Hotmail, OneCare, eLearning, and support for instance and I still see the “Service Unavailable” page appear. This appears to be much more than just Hotmail.  Wonder what news media outlet will “dare” pick this issue up and run with it?

(Update 0737 PST)
Okay so “steveF” posted the Microsoft “Network Status Report” page in his comment to today’s Rant. So … Here’s the thing that made me laugh even more (let’s just forget the status reported a moment, that just made me giggle).  When you try to follow the links to the left of the page or login from there you get “Page Not Found” errors. 
So really, no issues huh?  Shrugs  S’Okay … but I don’t believe you.


You can locate the network status results here. 

(Update 1910 PST) 

Well sorry everyone, I have just about an hour ago emerged from the client’s “telecom black hole” and updated the comments awaiting moderation. As for Hotmail, Live, and .Net logon issues it appears all is well once again. Here is my question, are we really to believe that Pakistan caused the internet outages we noticed?  Read the article here.