Tag | Vista Posts

I was chatting to someone last night about how they liked Vista as their dad hadn't rung him for months since he got a new laptop with Vista on it. I concurred that there are some good new features such as the option to multi select files without the nightmare of Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click, which is really hard for my dad to master. However, the guy I was talking to didn't know about the option as it is off by default, so here is how to enable it. In explorer, go to Tools Options, View tab, and tick ...
Here is a funny except from Google Chrome EULA. Which by downloading and installing Google's 'browser' Chrome you agree to with no contest. First thing I though of before even finding this: Hmmmm let me hand over my browsing history to the Google guys...right. Turns out it's worse then just browsing history. http://www.google.com/chrom... 11. Content license from you 11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, ...
Type below in the command line replacing <MC name or IP> with the machine name or IP you want to connect. This works with WinXP and Vista. mstsc -v:<MC name or IP> /f -console Updated: :D There is a easy way. Just type mstsc /console in the command prompt ...
There’s something that we developers don’t seem to get about the users, and it’s that the file system is a quite complex beast to use. It provides order, yes, but at the expense of users getting lost on where their files are. And it gets worst, as there’s no easy way to solve this. In Windows, there’s only one key that will move your files to a well known location in a single key press: the Delete key. You probably know how it works: select a few files, hit Delete, and go find the selected files ...
Axialis Software and Microsoft worked to create a free Visual Studio add-in to create an icon editing tool that allows you to create high-quality 256x256 PNG-compressed icons for Windows Vista. The editing experience, both inside and outside Visual Studio, is very easy to use and provides various tools, filters, and effects, as well as the ability to create icons from existing images or ready-to-use image objects. *IMPORTANT: Axialis IconWorkshop™ Lite installs ONLY if Visual Studio® 2008 Professional ...
In case you didn’t know, Windows XP SP2 provides a very cool update feature. It works like this: you have a main product, and the Quick Fixes / Service Packs that are applied to it. When you repair your setup for the main product, all the updates are also applied. When you remove, the cleanup is done for all. And it also looks cool on the Add/Remove Programs screen: You’ve probably seen it before in Vista, and thought that that was a Microsoft only thing. I really prefer the way it looks in XP. It ...
If you have received the error "Unable to create the Website...To access local IIS Websites, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account.", you must be running Windows Vista and trying to create a website in the local IIS. I have been encountering this error often although it is well documented (hard to find?) And time and again, I realize that I need to run Visual Studio under the admin priveleges by elevating it, to create website in the IIS. Hence thought of posting this. ...
Regarding the Feb 2007 posting I made (http://geekswithblogs.net/... and the responses I've had, I feel I need to revisit that opinion (even though it was over a year and a half ago). I run two powerful rigs at home, Superrig runs Vista 64 (8gig RAM) and contains two NVidia 8600GTS cards (640meg each). This rig is powering four monitors effortlessly (and how sweet it is). Son of Superrig runs one NVidia 8800GT card powering two large monitors, also without ...
After installing sp1 on Windows Vista, my previously created web sites would no longer start and I got the following error: WebDev.WebServer.exe has stopped working Unable to connect to the ASP.NET Development Server with the following exception: System.Net.Sockets.SocketEx... was unhandled Message="An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions" Source="System" ErrorCode=10013 NativeErrorCode=10013 StackTrace: at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.D... ...
I've finally arrived!!! Three years ago as we were building our house I had the whole thing wired with CAT-5. Everyone said I was crazy since WiFi was working so well. I responsed with, "yeah, WiFi is great for my laptop, but when I'm streaming my TVs through my computer, I'll be happy it's hardwired". For the past year I've been streaming my movies to my XBox 360, and that's been great. None of that compares to the excitement I've had using TVTonic to download the Olympics and stream them to my ...
*Moved to: What to do when you dont have a working computer!I have a little problem...I don't have a computer at home at the moment :( So I am writing this post from my Pocket PC using Diarist 2. I will come back to that, but first... The reason for my lack of my "can't live without accesory" is that my laptop has finaly given up the ghost. It is an 8 year old Dell desktop replacemnt, and in my infinite wisdom I desided to install Vista just after it went RTM. All was well for a while, but it was ...
O.k., I'll admit, the first time that I used windows Vista backup, I was very underwhelmed, but it's grown on me, and now I'm a huge fan. On Monday, I received a new hard drive from Dell. It's bigger and doesn't make strange clicking and stalling noises like the old drive did. :) I was pretty certain that the old drive was going to go. To swap out the drives, I plugged in a USB drive with sufficient capacity and did a windows backup complete pc backup. Once that was finished, I plopped in the new ...
It is very common on Vista (with UAC activated) to have a setup run through with no error, but to end up not installing anything. This happens when you try to write to protected resources (such as some parts of the file system, registry, etc). It’s easy to get past this on custom actions (using impersonate=”no” and Execute=”deferred”), but finding out how to do it on the “standard” components is not that easy. Luckily, it’s a one-liner. Just add the InstalledPrivileges attribute to your package, ...

Ok so I did a little research and I found that the new version of iTunes pushed the MobileMe client to my Vista PC.  I like Apple products, however I think if Apple keeps these tactics up of pushing unwanted software through iTunes (which we are forced to use by Apple in order to use their MP3 players), I will have to buy a new MP3 player, and stop using Apple products.  Microsoft please hit the mark with Zune 3.

Ok, I was going into Control Panel (Classic View) and noticed another MobileMe icon! Check it out below: The plot thickens ...
Ok so I was having issues with my wireless connection so I went into my Network and Sharing on my Vista Ultimate PC. I found the following: Notice the MobileMe Preferences? Has Microsoft loaded this through a service pack or update? Or has iTunes loaded this through one of their updates? I don't subscribe to MobileMe and it isn't something I chose to install. I wish software vendors would stop forcing their wears on us. I assume this is Apple doing this as they did the same thing with Safari. I will ...
Murray Gordon (who recently left Charleston to join Microsoft in Atlanta!) told me about an MSDN and TechNet event going on next week in Columbia. See the links below for more info and to register! TechNet: Vista, PowerShell, Group Policy MSDN: WPF, Vista (for Developers), Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Enjoy ...
On last week’s PowerScripting Podcast, Jonathan Walz and Hal Rottenberg interview /n software’s Eric Madariaga about NetCmdlets and PowerShellToys (PowerShellASP). My favorite part was when Hal was shocked to hear that a telnet cmdlet was added to the v2 beta. Hahaha. I completely agree – who uses telnet anymore? But that was actually the biggest request we got from people who were using v1 of NetCmdlets! We already had cmdlets for executing commands over ssh…but people really wanted telnet. This ...
Axialis has released a free add-in for VS 2008 that creates the 256x256 icons used in Vista. Download IconWorkshop™ Lite and free yourself from the 32x32 bit tyranny! Here's the download page: http://www.axialis.com/down... ...
Now that I have a new main machine, I am left with an extra desktop with which I do whatever I want. It currently is running Vista, but I was thinking it might be kinda fun to install Linux on it and try to make it talk to my existing home network, or set it up as it's own server and use my other laptop as a client...just for the experience of doing so. I realize there's no real practical purpose to it other than for fun. I have another machine that is living as my SQL Server (mostly for SourceGear ...
1. IIS 7 Allows Multiple Web Sites On XP IIS was limited to one web site. To develop multiple web site one had to use virtual directories or develop solely with Cassini (VS Web server). The problem with both of the aforementioned strategies is that they create a significant difference between the development and production web servers. I prefer to develop with IIS, and Vista allows me to do that. 2. IIS 7 Plays Well with Asp.Net MVC I love Asp.Net MVC but it really does not work well without IIS ...
An RTM of MS SQL Server 2008 has finally been released today! Being an MCITP in SQL Server I will definitely give it a try especially when Microsoft is so nice with providing a free 180 Enterprise evaluation version that you can find here: http://www.microsoft.com/sq... I will be trying out first the data encryption capabilities. Update 1: The download come as an image, and It took quite a while to set the things up as I decided to try it on a non production machine ...
If you are like me and wanted a comparison on which edition of Windows Vista to buy, you could just visit the following Microsoft.com site http://www.microsoft.com/wi... to get the best idea of the features you would like to have and decide accordingly. Most of the editions today come with SP1. So, many of the compatibility issues with a lot of third party solutions have been fixed now. The Windows Vista Ultimate, needless to say, is the best you could ...
For the past few months, I’ve had a little bubble pop up from my taskbar saying “Hey, your copy of Windows can’t be activated!” and to each of these I would respond…well, I wouldn’t…I just ignored it. Figured it was an issue with the Microsoft activation servers and eventually activation would occur. Not so much. Instead, I was greeted this morning with a message that my copy of Windows was not authentic, and it would just sit with a black screen, a cursor, and the forementioned message in the bottom ...
I've seen a lot of developers clueless when it comes to UAC in Vista. The whole point to UAC is give your application the minimum amount of privileges required for it to run. If you wrote your application, you should have a pretty good idea of what system resources your application needs to access. The solution here is not to require your users to "turn off UAC", or to set your application to run in compatibility mode. This is the biggest reason UAC has gotten such a bad reputation.. its our fault! ...
I'm sick of "the Mojave Experiment". If I see one more post on it I'm going to throw up. Have you seen the video? Makes the "users" look like they're in an interrogation session. How long did they make them use Mojave before they liked it. An analogy I like to use is "computers are like cars". Some are big, some are small. Some computers are brand new and some are old clunkers. Most (85%) of the "cars" have versions of the same engine Windows. Now suppose your " car" was working great. It's a couple ...
Two Posts, One Day Yes, I do have a little spare time to blog: so I am going to use it! I recently installed OpenSuse 11 on my machine and I have to say it was a wild ride! Linux has really come a long way in the past year, last year it really wasn't a viable option for me (individually), but now I am so impressed. Install The new OpenSuse 11 installer has an image-based installation system. That is, the guys on the team create generic installations and put them on the DVD. The installer then copies ...
I could not believe what I have just read, the OneLaptopPerChild project (a $100 laptop, full story is here) can get Windows Vista, hmm, I am wondering how, if its cost is around $125, well the project is run by MIT and I heard Microsoft will open a research center there, is that related? Any ways it is a blow to Linux.
To begin with I can tell you - I was super happy with all the previous editions of the FireFox browser. As soon as I discovered on Lifehacker that a new version has reached the release milestone I went on and grabbed it, alas to my disappointment the new version is a go back to me. Why, first its speed! It is not what it used to be speed-wise, it is as slow now or worse than IE, also on my Vista PC it generates a crash report upon a very normal exit, no way to stop that and the same activity ends ...

What would people think of Vista if they didn't know they were looking at Vista? Checkout the video clips from the Mojave Experiment to find out. VERY interesting stuff indeed...

http://mojaveexperiment.com/

Have a day. :-|

Whether you like Vista or not, the user interface aspects of the operating system are here to stay. Overall, I think Microsoft did a good job with the core interface guidelines, as presented in the Windows Vista User Experience Guidelines. From the guidelines, The goals for these official Windows Vista® User Experience Guidelines (or "UX Guide" for short) are to: Establish a high quality and consistency baseline for all Windows Vista-based applications. Answer your specific user experience questions. ...
I've been trying to get NCover to run successfully on Vista Ultimate x64 on and off for the last month. We're still using one of the free versions of NCover available from here, so there is no built-in x64 support. I came across this post today that mentioned using corflags to set the 32BIT flag in both NCover and your testing application (the post is describes using NUnit, but this worked for me with MBUnit as well). Those changes got me past the Profiled process terminated. Profiler connection ...
I encountered something frustrating the other day, I installed a Windows Service that I had developed, made a few improvements and wanted to install the newer version. I opened up the trusty old command window (which has to be opened up in Administrator mode in Windows Vista, by the way) and ran the InstallUtil app with the /u switch. However, it did not seem to have worked. I clicked on refresh in the services and it was still in there. I ran the InstallUtil again to remove but it was saying it ...
It’s pretty clear that Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is here to stay. In fact, use of WPF is becoming more popular and frequent, particularly now that Silverlight 2.0 is on the horizon. The problem is that there has been very little guidance available to help you decide when to use the various UI technologies available. There is however, some unofficial help in the form of this blog post and this white paper. Here is the comparison matrix from Michael’s blog post: WPF WPF XBAP Silverlight ...
This actually came out a while ago, but if you like the Consolas font that ships with Vista and Office 2007 you can change the Command Prompt (CMD.EXE) settings to allow you to use Consolas. If you don’t have Consolas installed, you can download from the Microsoft Download Center. In order to add Consolas to the list of fonts available for the Command Prompt, you need to run the following command (run this in an elevated command prompt in Vista): reg add "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWAR... ...
I recently took a look at the PrepKit offerings from uCertify. If you aren’t familiar with uCertify, they make practice exams and test preparation packages for a pretty extensive range of IT certifications including Microsoft, Oracle, CompTIA, Cisco, and Sun. The interesting thing about the uCertify PrepKit is that they are completely exam/quiz oriented. You can download a trial version of the PrepKit which includes 30 questions and then purchase the full PrepKit directly from within the “PrepEngine”. ...
Free, unlimited installation and compatibility support is now available for all worldwide customers using Windows Vista SP1, until March 18, 2009. Telephone support is available worldwide. Chat and Email support in US and Canada only. ---------------------------... Effective dates From now until 18 March 2009. ---------------------------... Location Find out more and access the service at http://support.microsoft.co... ...

Wondering if that video card you're considering or that printer you just bought is Vista compatible? Microsoft has announced the Windows Vista Compatibility Center for you to find out. It lists a number of hardware and software categories and provides lists of products and their compatibility rating. Cool stuff...

Have a day. :-|

My friend Todd Kitta and I were having a discussion on GUIDs. He said that one day he compared the number of possible GUIDs to the number of grains of sand estimated to be on all the beaches on the earth. Number of GUIDs 340,282,366,920,938,463,463... * Grains of sand 75,000,000,000,000,000,000 * I guess that's why we don't typically put in error checking to detect duplicate GUIDs. It hasn't yet, but if it can happen, it'll happen to me. Technorati Tags: Programming * Numbers ...
After a month of owning my new laptop I've written up a series of posts 'Liam buys a new laptop' about how I made the choice of a HP 6910p laptop, what accessories I bought and my initial impressions of Vista 64-bit as an operating system. Part 1 – Which one to buy? Part 2 – Laptop inflation, accessories add another 50% - oops! Part 3 – First impressions of my new Vista 64-bit development platform ...
I found this great article that tells you how to do testing for WCF services exposed as web services, especially REST services (like the ones we create in my company for the project I work on now). What’s the problem ? Typically, for HTTP GET services, you can just put a URL that matches the URI template of the service (the template of the URLs that call the service) in the browser, and simply see what comes back in the browser itself However, when you want to test a service with other HTTP verbs ...
The June 30th meeting of St. Louis .NET User Group tried something new -- a meeting following the Open Space Technology. OST is a method of running meetings of groups of any size. Essentially, it's a self-organizing process where the attendees construct the agenda and schedule DURING the meeting itself. How can this be? There's no way this would work. Chaos I say! Well, we did it and I think it worked out quite well. For those new to the idea, here's a quick outline of what we did. Everyone showed ...
Over the past year, Microsoft has broadly touted their partnership with NBC and the video feeds they will provide for the Olympics. So on July 4th, I sat back and while watching their TV broadcast and went over to their website http://www.nbcolympics.com. The first thing you may notice upon visiting the website, is that their homepage is lackluster and that they are using the same drab Adobe Flash photo view. So where's the cool new Microsoft Silverlight technology? Hopefully the following will be ...
Service Pack 2 is now available for Commerce Server 2007. No features have been added, but a lot of product compatibility and some bug fixes: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtualization Windows Vista SP1 .NET Framework 3.5 support (nice!) IIS 7.0 in both classic and integrated Pipeline Mode Documentation updated Updated Starter Site Here is a complete list of associated new downloads for SP2: Commerce Server 2007 SP2 Readme SP2 Installation Files Standard Edition Enterprise Edition ASP.NET 2.0 Starter ...
May be you are a die hard Microsoft fan, or just another bunch of showbiz talk-lock fella or more better you use some of the Vista features in your application and want that only genuine Microsoft Vista owners apply to your services. Actually, I wrote this code like a year ago, and now while browsing through my backups, I noted that it lied there uselessly. I never used it but probably any one of ya might want to apply this logic. This is the usage of the function: 1: bool valid = new WgaHelper().IsVistaGenuine(); ...
Busy Day in SL2B2-Land: Chris Cavanagh with Soft-Body Physics, Emil Stoychev on Asynchronous SL, Rich Griffin on Skinning Controls, James Bacon on SL restrictions for communication, Avi Pilosof on SL Particle Physics, Jeff Paries with a SL2B2 Etch-a-Sketch, Daniel Gimenez' Vector Space: Zero, Bill Reiss on Silverlight Streaming, Alex Knight with a DeepZoom Gallery, Tamir Khason on SL Sidebar Gadgets, and Piotr Puszkiewicz on SL Object Tag and Instantiating SL. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight ...
I conducted a Webcast last week on Thursday, June 19th 2008, with Gunther Lenz. Some of you might have been able to make it. We had a great turnout for the event. Here's the info... Webcast Title: "Composite Rich Internet Applications" You can check out the Course Details at the following link: http://www.isvinnovation.co... Course Description: Join Microsoft’s Murray Gordon and Gunther Lenz for an informative webinar on the Composite Rich Internet Applications. ...
Here are some notes on customising exports created via the BizTalk Administration Export MSI file. Before creating the export, add any externally referenced .Net assemblies by adding them as a resource in the BizTalk Application's Resources folder: This will allow you to include the added resources in your export and will add them to the Global Assembly Cache during installation. This is also a good means of deploying binding files for different environments. Also, verify the Destination Location ...
When I was at Lucent, everybody on the project was colocated in New Jersey, except one guy who was out in the Chicago area. But he was the most important guy on the project! We made this work, and one of the reasons was NetMeeting. But Microsoft can't leave well enough alone. NetMeeting has been superceded by Windows Meeting Space. That's great except that Windows Meeting Space is available for Windows Vista only and there is no NetMeeting for Windows Vista. In other words, if you want to do peer ...
Open SUSE Installer Resembles Windows Vista Installer

Every other day, something springs up in the Linux world that looks very similar to something Microsoft cooks up. Check out the OpenSuSe 11 installer above that reminds you of the Windows Vista installer. Isn't that particular bout of 'inspiration' also referred to as stealing intellectual property?