Zune Error

Apparently the error below from Zune is indicative of some sort of problem with your DRM data. The redirect is to KB 929642 which of course doesn’t list the error message, but it was a useful clue. —————————Zune————————— Zune encountered a critical error and needs to close. For instructions on correcting this error, open the URL below in a web browser. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=105744&locale=409&geoid=f4&version=2.5.447.0&userlocale=409&system=ZuneClient —————————OK ————————— On my x86 box which hosts the Zune software, C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\DRM is where all this stuff is. You can check by going to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\DRM and looking at the DataPath value. If you double click … Continue reading Zune Error

Word Tip – The Draft View Gutter

Since I’ve been living in Microsoft Word lately, I figured why not take some time for a couple more handy Word tricks. This one is about getting a gutter to show up in Draft view so you can see what styles have been applied to text. If you’ve ever worked with a complex stylesheet before, especially one which is post-processed by some other tool, getting the styles properly applied to your content, and also debugging messed up styles is important. The display I’m talking about looks something like this in my sample document: You’ll notice the various style names which … Continue reading Word Tip – The Draft View Gutter

Word Tip – Outline View and Document Map

Another handy Word tip today is using Outline view to work with big documents. If you’ve got a sizeable document, chances are your document is also structured hierarchically. By this I mean that you are probably using multiple levels of Heading styles to organize your content. If you flip to Outline view (on the View tab of the ribbon), Word will give you a collapsed view of your document based on these heading style elements. You can use the Show Level option on the Outlining ribbon to manage how deep the outline is, and you can also expand and collapse … Continue reading Word Tip – Outline View and Document Map

Slick Site – GrubHub.com

If you happen to live in Chicago, New York, Boston, or San Francisco, GrubHub.com is definitely a site worth checking out. I’d heard of it but never tried it until last night, and it’s great. The site has a very extensive collection of restaurants (at least for me in Chicago) which deliver based on my address. You can filter on cuisine and a number of other parameters. One of the most useful filter parameters is the “currently delivering” one which at 2AM this morning when I decided it was time for dinner, was very helpful. I found a Mexican place … Continue reading Slick Site – GrubHub.com

MSDTC Exits on PDCe Transfer

One of my colleagues reported an issue at a customer this past weekend where every time he transferred FSMO roles, MOM would report that the MS DTC (distribution transaction coordinator) service had terminated unexpectedly on all the domain controllers in a domain at this customer. At this particular customer that bought us about 350 emails from MOM since the roles got transferred twice over the weekend in each domain. For reference, it’s a highly distributed Windows Server 2003 SP1 environment with a mix of x86 and x64 installations. A quick look at MOM & the event viewer on a suspect … Continue reading MSDTC Exits on PDCe Transfer

Formulas in Word

I discovered this afternoon that you can insert simple formulas in Microsoft Word tables, at least in Word 2007. This is really pretty helpful when you just need to do something simple like sum a column or row and don’t want to build the table in Excel, copy it into Word, and then format it. I had a table something like this:   Foo Bar Snafu Total X Y X Y X Y Day 1 .5 1.5 0 1 1.25 .5   Day 2 .5 1.5 0 1 1.25 .5   Day 3 .5 1.5 0 1 1.25 .5   … Continue reading Formulas in Word