December 2006


Among the various annoying aspects of running x64 versions of Windows (XP or Vista) is that the registry is split into two sections: x64 and x86. When 64 bit applications access the registry they do so directly, as you would expect. However if a 32 bit application access the registry it is mapped into a special 32 bit section.

Scripts that interact directly with the registry may yield unexpected results if you are running a 32 bit version of PERL.EXE on a 64 bit version of the operating system. More details can be found in Microsoft’s KB article 896459: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896459

For those not following Seattle news, we had the biggest wind storm since 1993–most argue it was stronger than that. Winds were clocked up to 90 MPH. Needless to say it knocked over trees and power line poles. Over 750,000 people were left in the dark for several days.


The Roth Consulting labs were offline 6 days. During this time the forum, blog, web, ftp and email services were down. We apologize for the inconvenience, but just like code, life has bugs.