Tuning MemoryStream

By day, I build the Fiddler Web Debugger. I’ve recently started integrating telemetry collection into the application for automated exception reporting and to collect information about the user’s environment to ensure that Fiddler testing environments match real-world usage. The data is fascinating (and I’ll probably blog more about it later), but one data point inContinue reading “Tuning MemoryStream”

On Defaults

Yesterday, Chris Beard, the CEO of Mozilla, wrote an open letter to Microsoft complaining about Windows 10’s behavior related to default applications. Reactions were all over the board, but in my Twitter feed, at least, they mostly skewed against Mozilla. With the perspective of having been both inside and outside Microsoft, I feel compelled toContinue reading “On Defaults”

Stupid (useful) Windows Shell Tricks

RunAsUser Back in the Windows Vista timeframe, the existing RunAs verb for ShellExecute was changed. Instead of prompting the user to run the target as a different user (e.g. the experience you get when you Shift-Right-Click on an app) it instead would treat the call as “Run the target as an Elevated Administrator”. Well, whatContinue reading “Stupid (useful) Windows Shell Tricks”

What I Use–Software Edition

I’ll update this list from time-to-time. Criteria The #1 criteria for any software I use is first, do no harm. There’s a lot of great software out there that’s ruined by side-effects, including security problems, performance problems, advertising, and anything else that makes my computer worse for having it installed. In some cases, I’ve simplyContinue reading “What I Use–Software Edition”

Google Search Provider in Microsoft Edge

Back in the IE7 days, I built a simple Search Provider Builder that allowed IE users (and later users of other browsers) to add custom search engines to their browser without any changes to the site. Trivia: This hour-long little prototype soon led to a formal effort to put this tool on the IEAddons site;Continue reading “Google Search Provider in Microsoft Edge”