Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Windows XP 64 cannot Hibernate

Just to stop you wasting your time trying to find out how to do this: Windows XP-64 does not allow hibernation.

Well, actually the precise rule is Windows XP-64 does not allow hibernation with more than 4GB of memory.But I figure if you've not got more than 4GB memory, you are probably better of using 32-bit in most cases.

As far as I can tell, this is true for Vista, but since don't use (and won't use) any instance of that execrable mess, I can't say. Thankfully, I can say hibernation does work for Windows 7, as I'm writing this missing on a Windows 7 64-bit (with 12GB ram) that does hibernate quite nicely.

Here are some links that explain it all:

Friday, December 4, 2009

Visual Studio: suppressing the annoying synchronising between active document and project view.

When you've got a solution with several projects and/or you're working on a document from a project that has many files, the automatic synchronisation between the active document and the Project View can be quite confusing. (It is to me, anyway.)

Consider the following case. First, the Visual Studio window while editing one file:

If I then switch to the other document (via Ctrl-Tab), the project view jumps away and expands the project, as in:

This is just too annoying if, like me, you use the keyboard for everything (or almost everything; this is Visual Studio, after all), and don't appreciate your previous Project View position being arbitrarily shifted.

I found this issue vexing for quite some time, until I was finally sufficiently motivated to find the requisite option. As it turns out, it is embarassingly obvious and easy: