Review: Windows 8 Developer's Preview

"TLDR" version: Meh.

If you are in to this sort of thing, you may have noticed that Microsoft has released a developer's version of their upcoming Windows 8 operating system. It's very pretty and obviously based upon the same "Metro" UI found in the recently released Windows Phone 7 OS. The general goal is to move away from the drill-down-tree type of navigation we've grown used to toward a tile and bucket look. It's the same thing, essentially, but visually, it's simpler.

The Essential Outlook Script

There are three things other people tend to do in their email that really annoy me. I haven’t found out how to detect and prevent an inappropriate “Reply-All” yet, but the other two, I have a handle on. This is how I put a stop to Blank Subjects and Missing Attachments in MS Outlook.

First, let met me give props to Google and every other VBA coder on the Internet. You can easily find this, or pieces of it, if you look for it. And are willing to glue it together as I have. Hopefully, I can save you a little trouble.

Here’s the process:

Tools: Office Live

MicroSoft has released Office Live, or at least a version of it, to the public and it looks pretty good. In fact, it looks almost exactly like Office 2010 such that, were you running it in a frameless browser, you might not notice it was a web app. At least until you tried to print something (not enabled), or try to open a OneNote notebook (also not enabled). It comes with 25GB of storage, which is quite a lot for documents. It imports doc and docx well, unless tracking is turned on - that should be obvious but it's still annoying.

Windows: Symbolic Links and Virtual Drives

A few years back, I was working in a development shop using a source control package that insisted that all of the developers using it have their code in the same logical location. We settled on "D:\Code" for our standard and made sure everyone stuck too it, as changing the setting to anything else screwed up the rest of the team. This worked fine for the first 5 or so developers, but when the new PCs came it, they had large "C" drives, and no "D" drives.

Windows: IIS Log Housekeeping

I have a server that fills up with IIS logs. Over a week or two, the logs end up eating the entire c: drive and the box crashes like a drunk teenager. I spent a few lunch hours trawling Google to find some kind of script to clean out the oldest several days worth of logs automatically. I used just those words: "automatically delete IIS logs", in a few different combos. Also tried "archive old IIS logs", "dump flippin' web logs", and "Aaarrrrrrggggh!". Didn't have a lot of luck. Found a few commercial apps, but I'm religiously adverse to paying for simple code, so I kept looking, long past the point where I could have written something myself to deal with the issue.

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