Consuming a PHP SOAP web service from C# client

Reading Time: < 1 minute I need to create a SOAP client in C#, and in order to test it I need a SOAP web service. Since my hosting company uses MySQL/PHP technology stack, I am using this PHP Soap web service example. For the C# soap client, I am following this example on stackoverflow. But there is one problem… Continue reading Consuming a PHP SOAP web service from C# client

Amazon used book, COM, Juggle

Reading Time: < 1 minute I bought a used book “Inside COM” from Amazon Marketplace recently. This is my second Amazon Marketplace buy this year. I found for used (a little out of dated) computer books, Amazon Marketplace offers a great value. Why I need to buy the COM book? I found in order to really understand the .NET stuff,… Continue reading Amazon used book, COM, Juggle

War against spyware: I

Reading Time: < 1 minute My old laptop was hosed. Couple weeks ago I noticed something strange going on, particularly sometimes it will pop up IE windows when I have not clicked on anything. The situation got worse, when I tried to do a system restore on XP, reboot, and a “Spyware Protect 2009” program automaticlaly started up. This user… Continue reading War against spyware: I

Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

Reading Time: < 1 minute Back to software. I installed the VS 2008 couple days ago. Two things worth to note. 1) Install from iso image: initially I burned a DVD from the iso image. During install it could not find couple files, probably because the DVD drive spins too fast. So I used this MagicISO freeware to mount a… Continue reading Install Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

How we removed unwanted Ad bar in IE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yesterday, our home PC acted strangely after my wife downloaded something from a China web site, basically there is always an Ad bar at the top of Internet Explorer (something like the picture below, full size pic here). To fight against the ad bar, I did the following: upgrade the IE to 7. That did… Continue reading How we removed unwanted Ad bar in IE

Mr. Softy got a bit evil

Reading Time: < 1 minute Obviously the new Vista is creating problems for competitors’ product, such as Google Desktop Search. See this news. I remember four or Five years ago the US justice department ruled to split Microsoft into two companies, because of its monopoly practice. That rule was over turned. I don’t know all legal issues but I am… Continue reading Mr. Softy got a bit evil

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Vista Got a Reality Check

Reading Time: < 1 minute When Steve (Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft) speaks, Wall Streets listens. Yesterday in the MicroSoft analyst day Steve tried to put a more realistic picture on the Vista sales. Basically he says that the Vista sales won’t be as good as analysts thought. With his words the stock MSFT lost 2.4% today. When did Steve… Continue reading Vista Got a Reality Check


Reading Time: < 1 minute From Reuters: “After more than five years of development, over 50 million lines of software code, a $6 billion investment and a few headaches,…”  One thing is for sure, we will not see people lined up in front of Best Buy as they did with Windows 95, Play Station II and III,…Operating system is very much matured market. 

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MSN messenger

Reading Time: < 1 minute After I upgraded from version 5.0 to 7.5, I had some problems using MSN messenger. Basically when I start the Windows, it will start up the 5.0 first, and then launch the 7.5 version. In doing so it will sign out from 5.0 and then sign in the 7.5. So I will see two or… Continue reading MSN messenger

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