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To Download the SQL Server Express Management Studio Express 2008 for SQL Express 2008 R2: (Begin June 2011 Update) Database Only Management Tools Database with Management Tools Database with Advanced Services SQL Server Database Engine SQL Server Management Studio Express Full-Text Search Reporting Services Download Size ( 32-bit | 64-bit ) 58.1 MB | 74 MB 154 MB | 163 MB 235 MB | 247 MB 727 MB | 795 MB Install (End June 2011 Update) I was recently doing a personal site and wanted to use VWD and ...
Some months back I bought a HP 6910p laptop which included a HSDPA card, and it even came with a Vodafone SIM. I did look at the data plan from Vodafone; £15 per month for 3Gb of data, with no minimum contract. I liked the idea of a larger data allowance than the 40Mb I currently have with my T-Mobile contract. I’ve never upgraded this original Web’n’Walk contract; I get 200 minutes, free answer phone collection and 40Mb of data for £16.50 per month. If I upgraded to get 1Gb of data (with laptop ...
Microsoft will be presenting some very interesting stuff at the PDC this year. One of the much-anticipated Oslo-related messages came last week, ahead of the conference, with the public announcement of "Dublin", an Application Server and host for WF / WCF applications. And get this: There will be CTP BITS available for .NET Framework 4.0 and Dublin at the PDC! Essentially, Dublin offers significant feature additions to the WAS (Windows Process Activation Services - remember?) that ship with Server ...
Some interesting books are going to be released later this year and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now. Concurrent Programming on Windows by Joe Duffy Nov 2008 Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries (2nd Edition) by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams Nov 2008 Windows® Internals: Including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Fifth Edition by Mark Russinovich and David A. Solomon Nov 2008 Programming Entity Framework by Julia Lerman Jan 2009 Data ...
Now that the Manhattan Project has taken its first few baby steps, I think it would be best if I made a series of tutorials for those who want to keep up with the happenings, but might have lagged behind. This is the first in a large series of tutorials that I (and all those involved) want to have available to help those who have a little trouble getting started. To get some things straight, at least for myself, OpenSim is not a client for Second Life (I swear, this is what I thought before I got ...
Yes folks, we're finally back after a slightly longer than intended break. I've known George for years, and he's one of my closest and also farthest away friends. We get to hang out about once or twice a year for the MVP Summit and my birthday jam. George is a very busy dude between work and his XNA Development website, but I'll let him tell you all about both of those, and everything else, in these NINE Questions with George Clingerman: 1. Where are you from? (How did you end up there?) I’m from ...
As you may or may not be aware, I am a moderator on the Bytes Technology Forums, overseeing classic ASP forums but kicking around other areas like HTML/CSS, JavaScript/AJAX, SQL Server, Access, and .NET forums - basically a bit of a jack-of-all trades. Recently the mod team has been discussing a desktop assistant for drafting and composing posts from a background app that sits dormant in your status bar until you decide you want to use it. My online colleague insertAlias (aka Curtis) has just finished ...
There are features in Vista that are NOT available in earlier version of Windows so there may be times when you need to know what OS your application is running under. Determining the OS version is as simple as checking the System.Environment.OSVersion object. If System.Environment.OSVersio... >= 6 Then 'Vista specific code here Else 'Earlier versions of Windows code here End If There are a number of other useful pieces of information in the System.Environment namespace such as GetFolderPath ...
I was using VPC 2007 on Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit for the first time last week. I was creating some user documentation for my new job. I noticed that even with sharing turned on for my C Drive I could not save any files from the VPC to my C Drive. I heard there was really no Vista and VPC 2007 support, so I decided to start experimenting as per usual (don't try this at home I have broken more VPC's than anyone within the SharePoint Community I bet). So I found this Public area on the C Drive ...
It's past 11:00 PM, and I finally found the way back to my room. After having some problems with the build script, we hit off on what was to become a great day. Build scripts tend to be a hassle when you intend to run them on XP and Vista in English, German and Dutch versions. As always, you can count on JP to find an elegant solution to solve this problem. We've built a skeleton for a web application today. I'm not going to delve into the details of the implementation, as they are far from finished. ...
The beta downloads for the new Windows Live Wave 3 applications are here. This includes new versions of: Messenger Mail Writer Photo Gallery Movie Maker Toolbar Family Safety Microsoft Office Outlook Connector To give you an idea of what’s new in some of the products: The look and visible features have been updated in all of the products, but the ones that are most noticeable are Messenger, Writer, and Mail. There are a lot of new features in Messenger, but some noticeable ones are that “Shared Folders” ...
So, I saw a post this morning that let me know the Zune 3.0 release had occurred. I dutifully started my Zune software and tried to sign in. After accepting the new license agreement, the Zune software recognized that an update was available and politely asked if I wanted to upgrade. Yes. Downloading... And then this: Ok, so I'm running Windows Server 2008 as my desktop, so what? Am I to be punished because I need to run server products on a daily basis and using a VM to do so is a pain? Now I have ...
Ok, so I was having an issue with the new Micro SD card I bought for my cell phone. The cell phone manufacturer said it would work since their phone supported SDHC cards. However, after trying to format with every possible format Windows Vista offered still no luck. I decided to Google the issue and I found on the SD site this formatter, with a disclaimer saying generic OS formatters do not format the cards to SD specifications. After using this utility my problems are solved. The card works. You ...
The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild will be meeting today at Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Brian Hitney will be presenting on the ASP.NET MVC Framework. Meeting Summary When: September 10th, 2008 @ 6:00 PM Where: Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium Who: Brian Hitney What: MVC Framework Technical Sponsor: TEKsystems Agenda 6:00 Pizza and Networking 6:30 Announcements 6:45 Sponsors 7:00 Presentation 8:30 Closing and SWAG Handouts Topic – Model View Controller Framework The ASP.NET ...
I can understand my client's IT department blocking MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. I might not like it that Twitter is blocked, but I do understand. I don't understand if they work so hard keeping their employees off Internet sites, then why they allow them to use IM on the Intranet, but hey... that's why I write software, not set policy I guess. So today's exercise in useless time is spent getting ready for a software audit. Now, of course, I'm not dumb enough to be running a cracked copy ...
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 ...