30 April, 2007

Transactions and DTC hell!

Today I fought a real battle with the DTC and System.Transactions (distributed transactions).
Turning off the firewall of-course allows the stuff to work without problems; it is however not a desired solution.
I initially was under the impression that allowing port 135 in the Windows Firewall was sufficient; this is however not the case. Allow the  %windir%\System32\msdtc.exeto go through the firewall by means of the Firewall UI or via this command: 
“netsh firewall set allowedprogram %windir%\system32\msdtc.exe MSDTC enable”.
A great post on the subject is found here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/florinlazar/archive/2004/06/18/159127.asp

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26 April, 2007

Build your own custom robot!

Great site here with inspiration for the hobbyist robotbuilder.
Quite easy (they say!) to create your own robot out of common items from the hardware shop. A total cost in the area of $400, so absolutely reachable.

And the fact that you can use Microsoft Robot Studio to control the bot, is just plain great.

14 April, 2007

Vista tweeks

Yesterday I stumbled into a website describing various ways of tweeking Windows Vista. This site contains many interesting tweeks one can do to the registry of Windows to moderate the way Vista operates.
Really cool site!

iPhone/XCode - not all cases are equal!

This bit me! Having made some changes to an iPhone application (Obj-C); everything worked fine in the simulator. But, when deploying the s...