I like VB.Net. Do not tell anyone. Wink I programmed in it for many years and it is a powerful language. Just as powerful as C#. It just does not look like C. It looks like BASIC. Ok, yes, uuuuuhhmm, anyway there are some issues with the performance when using VB.Net in VS.Net 2008. Embarassed The VB team solved those issues. Read about it here.

Yesterday I installed the first service pack for Vista. But at first I had a problem installing it. Right after starting the installer it  showed a message that I did not have the right language version of Vista installed. Weird, I thought, this is the english version. The message mentioned something about incompatible language packages also, but I did not pay attention to that. Disappointed I searched the internet with Google to find out if there were other people with the same problem. There were none but one. (S)He mentioned language packages also. Hmmm, wait a minute, I thought, I installed the dutch language package. Is this the problem? Yes, it was. After uninstalling the language package the installation went fine.

How do you uninstalling a language package? In the control panel search for ‘Regional setting and language options’. Also see the figure below. Double click it and go to the ‘keyboards and Languages’ tab. In the middle of the tab you see the ‘Install/uninstall languages…’ button . After clicking it a wizard lets you select language packages to uninstall. 

This afternoon I was experimenting a bit with Filedisk. Filedisk is a tool to mount files on the filesystem as a drive. I succeeded to mount a file, but the file I created was 0 bytes long. When I tried to format the mounted file I got an error message saying the file was te small to create the filesystem. It took me a moment before realizing that the error message was correct. The file I mounted was 0 bytes long after all. I needed to create a file with some body but I could not find a application that could do that. I made my own program to do that. It is called CreateFile. You can download it here (src). You use it like this:

CreateFile filename [/Size:xxxx]

The size is entered in bytes. You can leave out the size argument. The default size is used when you do. The default size is 1024 bytes.

 P.S.: There is also a GUI version of FileDisk. It is called Filedisk Iso Mounter and you can find it here

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