This morning at 1:30 AM, I reached a new milestone in the development of the publishing tool I am developing for Tech Head Brothers web site. I was able to publish content directly from Word 2003 using a Web Service secured by WS-Policy and a X509 certificate.

Yesterday, finally, I was able to create a X509 certificate working correctly with WSE SP2. After lots and lots of trials using makecert without any success, I tried openssl under cygwin. And guess what, the certificate was working correctly. That was the main issue I had since a while.

Now I am searching the way to install the public part of the certificate during the setup of the application. Any idea ?

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Microsoft Notebook: Top exec shares business lessons

  • It's often better to cannibalize your own business than to give someone else an opportunity to do it.
  • In some situations, your biggest competition is yourself.
  • One of the best ways to compete is to bet big on a "paradigm shift."
  • When you dominate a market and you're looking for ways to grow, adjust your thinking to enlarge the potential market you're pursuing.
  • Keep your mind open to unexpected opportunity.
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Over the weekend I realized that my notebook became quite slow and was always reading something on the HD, even without any memory pressure. When I was to some music, starting an application was really corrupting the sound. So after some I realized that my Primary IDE controller went from DMA back to the old PIO mode. To solve this issue I reinstalled the the primary IDE port using the Device Manager, and after two reboots it went back to DMA and a acceptable speed.

You might find more information about that issue here: IDE ATA and ATAPI disks use PIO mode after multiple time-out or CRC errors occur.

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Ever wanted to copy paste some code from Visual Studio .NET 2003 to your blog tool (e.g. Sauce Reader) and keep the colorization ?
Here is the solution, CopySourceAsHtml, an awesome plugin from Colin Coller. The cool point is that if “VS.NET can highlight it, CSAH can copy it, and your code should look the same in your browser as it does in your editor“. I was a bit disappointed not finding the context menu in the editor for other source then C# but you might add a keyboard shortcups as described on this page.

Even better, Colin provides the source. I guess I will soon integrate his colorization way to Tech Head Brothers Word 2003 publishing tool.

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I am an experienced Team Leader & Distinguished Solution Architect with a passion for shipping high-quality products by empowering development team and culture toward an agile mindset. I bring technical vision and strategy, leading engineering teams to move product, processes and architecture forward.

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