Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Microsoft Application Verifier

Microsoft recently released v3.1 of Application Verifier. This is a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that assists in finding subtle programming errors that can be difficult to identify with normal application testing. Run the Application Verifier tests on your code to identify issues within heaps, handles, and locks. The product is available for Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. To read more about it or to download it, go to

Thursday, April 20, 2006

HTML-based Text Editor

I came across an MSDN article that describes how to build an HTML-based text editor. The final product is professional in appearence and functionality, complete with font editing, drop down list boxes and a splash screen to display a company logo. To see how this editor is created in 6 steps, go to

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Microsoft Downloads

I found a few interesting downloads, free from Micorsoft.

User Profile Hive Cleanup Service:The User Profile Hive Cleanup service helps to ensure user sessions are completely terminated when a user logs off. System processes and applications occasionally maintain connections to registry keys in the user profile after a user logs off. In those cases the user session is prevented from completely ending. This can result in problems when using Roaming User Profiles in a server environment or when using locked profiles as implemented through the Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP.

Port Reporter:Port Reporter logs TCP and UDP port activity on a local Windows system. Port Reporter is a small application that runs as a service on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.

Calculator plus:

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

AV for Vista

Q: I installed Vista on a home machine but I can’t find an AV program that I can install on it. Do you have any recommendations.

A: The EZ Antivirus product from Computer Associates will run on Vista. You can download a free day trial version from

Monday, April 10, 2006

BizTalk 2006 RTM

Microsoft recently released BizTalk 2006. The new version features more that 20 new adapters. The Enterprise and Standard Editions of BizTalk Server 2006 include adapters for popular applications such as SAP, Siebel, Peoplesoft, Oracle Database, and JD Edwards at no extra charge. In addition, the following features are also included:
  • Simplifeied installation
  • Server Health Monitoring
  • Enhanced BAM (Business Activity Monitor)
  • Flat File Wizard
For more information on the new features, please visit

To download a trial version of BizTalk 2006, go to

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Microsoft Offers Virtual Server for Free

In a strategic move in the virtualization market, Microsoft is now offering Virtual Server 2005 R2 Enterprise Edition free of charge to the public. This product is similar to its client counterpart Virtual PC, but is intended for server products. To learn more about the differences between the 2 products, go to

To download Virtual Server, go to

Monday, April 3, 2006

Brulant Game Night


You're invited to test your gaming skills against your fellow technology gurus. Our first event was such a success, please join us again for networking, food, drinks, and the chance to win bragging rights as the master of:

* Texas Hold 'Em
* Halo 2
* Chess
* Foozball
* Madden
* and more!

Throughout the night, we'll be giving away great prizes. Feel free to suggest any other games we might consider, and bring a friend, the more the merrier!

When? Wednesday, April 5th, 5:30 p.m.-?

Where? Brulant's NEW Headquarters3700 Park East Drive, Suite 300Beachwood, OH 44122

To Register: Visit, and click on the "register" button for each person that plans on attending!

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library

Microsoft has recently released an Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library to help prevent cross site scripting attacks. To download the Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library, go to

A Cross Site Scripting attack (XSS) occurs when a hacker inserts a link in an e-mail or web forum that appears to be legitimate (i.e., However, the link actually a malicious script code embedded in the URL. When the unsuspecting user clicks the link, the script is executed on the host web site. The script code maybe used to transfer cookies from the victim's PC to the hacker's machine. The cookies may contain user ID's, passwords, or possibly credit card information, all which can be used for illegal purposes. To read more about this security attack, visit