Obligatory Website Color Tools Post

An assortment of website color selection tools, including web-smart options. Web-smart color is a palette of 4096 colors that are likely to display well on almost all modern displays. It has largely supplanted the earlier “web-safe” colors, which were a set of 216 colors likely to display well on all displays running at 256 colors […]

Fix for Outlook 2007 Trying to Load InfoPath (Error 1605)

Just ran into this situation after a client uninstalled & reinstalled Office 2007 Pro. When Outlook was opened, it complained twice about being unable to open InfoPath because it wasn’t installed. I found multiple other complaints about this, but no solutions (though some suggested removing and reinstalling Office). A bit of digging with SysInternals’ Process […]

Article on Open Source vs. Proprietary EMRs and Stimulus

The July issue of Washington Monthly has an interesting article on the relative merits of open source (specifically VistA) electronic medical records and proprietary / closed-source systems (including mentions of Cerner and Epic Systems). It covers some of the advantages of having a good EMR system in place, particularly for hospitals and hospital networks. It […]

Winlogon.exe at 50% or 100% CPU (Fix)

There are apparently a variety of things that can cause the winlogon.exe process on Windows PCs to consume all available CPU, but I’ve found few references to this cause – corruption in Offline Files, even when Offline Files is disabled on the PC, on the server and on the domain (via Group Policy). Depending on […]

Compliment Comments and Spam

Because of a standard configuration of many WordPress blogs, it’s not uncommon to get comments containing nothing but a generic compliment. These frequently also have a site like google.com listed as the commenter’s website and/or an email address from China (.cn) or Russia (.ru). These generic compliment comments are part one of a two-stage spam […]

NEVER Give Out Your Password

IF support staff for a service you are using need access to your account or information within it, they can get that access without needing your password. Nobody should be asking for your password. This applies to email (e.g. Hotmail/Windows Live, Yahoo, Google and many others), social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, etc.), online photos (Flickr, […]

Welcome to Fencepost Software

Welcome to the Fencepost Software website and blog. Here you’ll find a variety of information relating to software development, IT consulting, computer support and other items related to our business. There’s a bit of coverage of computer hardware, accessories and tools, particularly in areas that we’ve found ourselves educating customers on or that we use […]

Sony Vaio Z505 / Z600 Hard Drive Replacement

Here are photos of the process of opening my old Sony VAIO Z505JSK laptop and upgrading the hard drive. The pictures are linked to larger versions. The pictures on this page should apply to most Sony VAIO Z505 laptop / notebook computers, as well as to the Z600 laptops since they’re the same (just renumbered […]