Category Archives: Computers and Internet

References For The Win


I love single character code changes that generate massive performance improvements. Unreal has had static code analysis passes not too long ago. It’s surprising that SA didn’t identify this issue. It’s also unlikely that programmer code reviews would have detected something as tiny as a … Continue reading

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July 4, 1977


It was the summer before 4th grade. Jimmy Carter was president. Apple Computer had just incorporated, and the Atari 2600 video game console had been released, but personal computers were still a novelty. I wouldn’t use a PC for many more years. … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Removing Folders


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. Without you having to do any extra work, the Windows Uninstaller automatically takes care of deleting any folders where it installed content. However, if an app … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Firewall Settings


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The app I was installing communicates with other apps on our internal network, and it requires certain network ports be open for ICMP and … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Modify Config Files


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The app I was installing writes to temporary storage, and the app stores a reference to the temporary storage folder in AppConfig.xml, which is included in … Continue reading

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Windows Installer: Shut down System Tray Apps


Recently I put together a Windows Installer package (MSI file) for our team to use internally. The package installs a system tray app (sometimes called a notification app or notification area app). One common property of system tray apps is that they … Continue reading

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VR Toolset


It was fun to compare and contrast the toolset we’re using at HBO for the creation of VR products with what the folks at Oculus Story Studio are using. More similarities than differences. Story Studios’ Dropbox solution as a backup system is rather clever.

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