How to get Netflix on Windows 8 Release Preview

There is no native Netflix app (yet), so you’ll have to watch it through Windows Media Center. 1) Add the Windows Media Center Feature ( 2) Run the Netflix app in WMC 3) Install Silverlight when prompted 4) Close WMC (so Silverlight will finish installing) 5) Open WMC >> Netflix. Enjoy!

SharePoint 2010 outgoing email

Outbound smtp email can be set at the farm level (Central Admin –> System Settings –> Configure outgoing e-mail settings) OR at the Web Application Level (Central Admin –> Application Management –> Manage Web Applications –> [select your web app] –> click the General Settings dropdown and select “Outgoing E-mail” Handy to know when you […]


If you get an error in the log that looks like this: Exception thrown storing stream in new SqlRemoteBlob: System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> Microsoft.Data.SqlRemoteBlobs.BlobStoreException: There was a generic database error. For more information, see the included exception. —> System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException: Invalid format specification: ‘%hs does not exist.)’ while […]

Windows 7 + Custom Software

Since I’ve moved to Windows 7, I had to make a few software changes. To make Windows load custom software instead of using the default Explorer shell: Use Regedit to change the value at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon from “explorer.exe” to the program of choice.  In my case, I’m using my custom MAME front-end (my old […]