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A Simple Encryptor/Decryptor

Encryption is something that has fascinated me for years.  Some time ago, not knowing better, I designed my own cypher, which involving transferring bits and otherwise obfuscating clear text in a reversible fashion.  It was simply an intellectual exercise; the math of...

Using Batch Files to Control Windows Services

There may be many instances when you might want to be able to control windows services in such a way that they do not automatically start when your machine boots.  On my workstation, I have both SQL Server 2008 and 2012 installed, and each of these can delay my...

Windows 8.1 Hibernate Option – where is it?

Yesterday, I got my new laptop running Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It’s a great improvement over my 4 year old first gen Core i5 system, and I’m sure it will be a wonderful system. My problem came at the end of the day when it was time to power down for the...

ADFS 3.0 Logon Page Customization

In my last article, I talked about how to get CRM IFD to work with ADFS 3.0 (i.e., the version installed on Windows Server 2012 R2). That article will get you up and running, but only at the default, bland logon page. What if you want something customized to your...

Recovering Deleted Emails for MS Outlook 2010/2013

You cleaned out your email folders days ago to recover space, prevent your Outlook .pst file from corrupting, or maybe recover some disk space. Days later, you realize there was an old email or two that you need to refer to that is now gone. If your email server is...

The Service Did Not Respond in a Timely Fashion

A little while back I had to create a Windows Service for a client that was meant to live on a Windows 2008 Server. Having Visual Studio 2012 at my disposal, I decided to create the service in C# using .NET 4.5. My client decided to install the application on his...