Ubuntu 16.04: heirloom-mailx is replaced by s-nail

As of Ubuntu 16.04, the heirloom-mailx package is a transitional package for s-nail. Not realising this, I was having trouble with mailx not recognising the /etc/nail.rc file I’d copied from a working Ubuntu 15.10 server. As it turns out, the global config file path for s-nail is /etc/s-nail.rc. I found this out quickly by using […]

Beware of the MiniNT registry key

As of Windows 10 Version 1511, ReFS isn’t available by default as an option when formatting drives that aren’t part of a Storage Space. It’s easy, however, to enable this functionality by adding a DWORD named AllowRefsFormatOverNonmirrorVolume under the Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\MiniNT (an example guide can be found here). Unfortunately, the presence of MiniNT Registry […]

RealPlayer/RealDownloader poses as Firefox running on 64-bit Linux and sends HEAD and GET requests

I recently noticed some strange HTTP logs where a resource would be requested twice with two different User-Agent headers. In one case, the first request suggested the client was running Chrome on Windows, while the second request indicated that it was coming from Firefox on Linux. This didn’t make a lot of sense, so I […]

I bet somebody got a really nice bonus for that feature: The ‘Get Windows 10’ notification area icon

As the great Raymond Chen once wrote: I often find myself saying, “I bet somebody got a really nice bonus for that feature.” “That feature” is something aggressively user-hostile, like forcing a shortcut into the Quick Launch bar or the Favorites menu, like automatically turning on a taskbar toolbar, like adding an icon to the […]

Fixing error 0xC190010C when attempting to update the Windows 10 Technical Preview

My Hyper-V virtual machine running the Windows 10 Technical Preview kept displaying the error code 0xC190010C when I attempted to update to the latest build (from 9841 to 9860). I was able to resolve this issue by clearing the Windows Update cache as described here. Briefly: net stop wuauserv rmdir /s %WinDir%\SoftwareDistribution net start wuauserv

What's up with Office 2013's context menu and tooltip shadows?

Update (2015-04-22): Somewhat surprisingly, a recent Office 2013 patch appears to have fixed this issue. Update (2015-03-04): Office 2016 fixes this. Update (2014-10-03): Office 2013 running on the Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 9841) exhibits the same issue 🙁 At some point in the not-too-distant past, Office 2013 started rendering strange shadow artefacts in the […]

Code samples on GitHub

I’ve put the code samples featured on this blog over the years on GitHub: NotificationAreaIconSampleAppWPF (December 2010/January 2011) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 1 (Removing Resize) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 2 (Notify Icon Position) Windows 7-style Notification Area Applications in WPF: Part 3 (Taskbar Position) Windows 7-style Notification […]