Posts for #Software

So here it is, the first test result in my quest for the best text editor. I started with UltraEdit because I had recently downloaded the trial version of it, and because the web site makes full-bodied promises about it: UltraEdit the #1 selling, most powerful, value priced text editor available! The ideal text, HEX, HTML, PHP, Java, Perl, Javascript, and programmer’s editor!

I guess every computer user in the world has (been) asked that question at least once, and many have invested a lot of time in the quest for the best, if not the perfect, text editor. Apparently many aspects of the problem are a matter of taste, and the fact that the technical environments are changing all the time (and even faster for us programmers than for most other people) doesn’t make it any easier.

I have once again decided that I should have another look at what’s available and I thought it might be a good idea to publish my findings in a way that allows others to benefit from them. I don’t plan to look at all available text editors out there at the same time, but rather to take the time every now and then to look at one or a few and document my findings in a categorised way.

As astonishing as this problem was, I found a very easy fix for it, suggested in the Microsoft Product Feedback Center, if you can believe it. Apparently, a similar issue was already in the beta 1 refresh that came out many months ago, but was never actually solved. I tried to make my voice heard here, maybe it’ll be fixed in the future. Meanwhile, here’s what needs to be done to get networking back: Uninstall (or don’t install from the start) the “Microsoft Device Emulator version 1.0 Beta 2 - ENU” entry (BTW, anybody in this world know what ENU means? What’s the use of acronyms such as this in my installed applications list? Wikipedia gives a 404 when I search for it…) from the Add or Remove Programs control panel. Networking will be back to normal instantly. Interestingly, in my normal workstation I’ve used the device emulator in the past and it used to work just fine. No idea what’s causing it to fail on the Tablet PC, and some of the other reports in the feedback center don’t seem to be using Tablet PCs at all. Oh well 😃

I have just finished installing VS.NET 2005 beta 2 on my Tablet PC for the second time, with the exact same result: I can’t get any networking whatsoever to work on the system. What I did is really quite simple: I cleaned up the system very carefully because there had been an installation of beta 1 on it before. I found a lot of information about that on the web, like here, I also had collected some experience doing that a few times with the CTPs (on a different system). I’m reasonably sure I didn’t miss anything important, because my main workstation, which has been through a lot more cycles than the Tablet PC, works just fine with beta 2 after the same procedure.

I ran through the setup without noticing anything suspicious. No errors, nothing. Rebooted at the end… and after that’s done, I noticed that my wireless connection didn’t come up any longer. I checked and double-checked everything to do with the connection, but found no problems at all, apart from it not working. The behaviour was rather interesting: the wireless connection was just showing that it wasn’t connected, but searching for available networks didn’t really seem to do anything. You know how this normally takes a few seconds once you click the “Refresh” link in the dialog? This didn’t happen, in fact nothing seemed to happen at all.

VS.NET 2005 beta 2 is finally available in MSDN subscriber downloads, as I’m sure I’m not the first to report. Now if only the download would use more than a third of my download capacity… So we’re talking tomorrow at the same time, if things keep up. Hm.

I’ve heard similar information from other sources, but now Mark Bower said it out loud in his blog post: VS 2005 beta 2 is nearly there and should be available for MSDN subscribers a while before the 25th. Early next week, or maybe even a little earlier than that?

In a recent post, I announced a plugin that would bring a few features from nostalgic Emacs days to the modern world of Visual Studio 2003 and CodeRush. I received some feedback on that first version and now the Updated, Fixed and Obviously Much Better New Version™ is available. To start with, here’s the download link again, for the current version:

If you need instructions to get the plugin installed, review my first post on the topic, please. Now, what can that fantastic plugin do? I’ll show you some screenshots and provide some explanations with them.

It’s free and it contains six add-ons to your Tablet PC. From the web page:

Ink Desktop

Newest information about those TabletPC issues in CDS versions up to this point: James Kendrick reports that Copernic has made a new interim version available for TabletPC users. James says he’s been testing it for a day without any issues. Note that this release doesn’t have any changes apart from the fix for the flickering TIP on TabletPCs. Here’s the direct download link which you can also find in James’s post: Copernic Desktop Search 1.5 build for Tablet PC owners

Copernic Desktop Search has had its version 1.5 released. I’ve had a look at it to see if maybe some of my suggestions from my article What I’d like to see in Copernic Desktop Search have made it into the final version. Unfortunately, there’s doesn’t seem to be any information on changes that have been made since the beta version, so it’s easy to miss something. Dear Copernic guys, maybe you could publish some more information on changes you make during development cycles?

Good news