Category Archives: Troubleshooting

Why does Notepad++ hang when I open it?

I am generally happy with Notepad++ but every now and then I find that it takes a long time to open. Yesterday, I started seeing a 20-second hang and after opening Notepad++ a few times, I became frustrated enough to troubleshoot … Continue reading

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Vmware-hostd Listening on HTTPS Port 443

Recently, I needed to stand up a web server on my development machine to do some testing. Unfortunately, when I tried to bind to the default HTTPS port (443), I found out that some other process on my machine was … Continue reading

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Build 2014: Favourite Sessions

Build 2014 is a distant memory at this point. Luckily, all sessions are still available for viewing on Channel 9. Here are my favourite sessions from the conference. Modern C++: What You Need to Know If you’re still in the dark … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools 2013 Kills Productivity

Update: This issue has been resolved and verified. You can get it from Visual Studio Gallery at At Build 2014, Microsoft did a suitable job of persuading me to run the latest version of Visual Studio. I updated to Visual … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Windows Startup Using Autoruns

Recently, my Windows laptop started the odd behaviour of hanging every time I logged in. It didn’t blue screen; rather, it just froze completely every time the desktop came up. This is a pretty uncommon scenario so I figured that one of … Continue reading

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Why does Windows Performance Analyzer Disappear When I Load a Trace?

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been tracking down Windows performance issues using the remarkable Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT). Today, I tried launching the Windows Performance Analyzer tool on a fresh Windows 8.1 system but it silently disappeared when … Continue reading

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