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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...

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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?
I've been setting up and configuring my brand new Toshiba M700 TabletPC, a very nice upgrade from the M200, though lacking in screen resolution. The main reason I went for a larger Tablet was for the performance to run Virtual PC images. This was great until I noticed that the ibeam cursor in all of my virtual machines would disappear. This is extremely disconcerting especially since most of my work is in Visual Studio, where guess what, there is an editor that displays the ibeam cursor. Not good. ...
I took the plunge. I have had the bits for 2008 for a little while and I finally decided to set it up for my TFS environment. Windows Server 2003 is so last year! My buddy ET blogged a few weeks ago on installing TFS on Windows 2008 32 bit. I used his post as a guide, but added a little more detail to some of his steps and updated the overall process for 64 bit. Sadly, the TFS App tier does not run on 64bit Windows and no amount of begging by me would get the product team to send me a patch. *sigh* ...
I am at the TechPulse 2008 conference brought to us by MyTechPartners (http://www.mytechpartners.... and Success Computing (http://www.sccnet.com/). The website address for the conference is: http://www.techpulse2008.com/. The conference is located at the Marriott off 394 and 169. The location seems to be of good size... the break out rooms hold about 80 people in each of them, which is a good size for a conference. New Horizons of MN did not participate as a vendor at this conference this year, ...
I just surfed on this on the sharepoint forum so i decided to share It can save a lot of time though Getting Started Topics SharePoint Developer Introduction for .NET Developers http://www.microsoft.com/cl... Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/share... Troubleshooting Topics Problem Area: Debugging and Troubleshooting Problem When developing against the SharePoint object model in an application outside of IIS (service, console, Winforms etc..) on a machine ...
If you keep getting nagged for log ons when using sharepoint this will solve the problem almost 100% of the time. The trick is to use the Windows managed Stored username and password feature. To access this, 1. Simply go into Control Panel 2. Click User Accounts 3. Go into Managed Passwords and click Add 4. Type the URL of the server (without HTTP), for example portal.us.com 5. Enter your credentials and click Ok Now anytime Windows attempts to access ANYTHING on this server it will use the use those ...
With so many Microsoft products it is very easy to purchase a license. But how do you by Windows CE? If you want to purchase Windows Vista, you would go to a store (either bricks or clicks) and buy the DVD installation and you are off and running. That just isn’t the way Windows CE works. Windows CE is not a typical off the shelf operating system; it is an operating system for embedded computers. So what is an embedded computer? An embedded computer is a special purpose computer that has custom software ...
Everyone is streaming in trying to find the optimal seat. After four hours of waiting in line, I don’t care where I sit just as long as I am sitting. There are large plasmas all over the place which is good – from my vantage point, Jobs is going to be a dot. Huge applause – Al Gore is here in the audience. From my seat: More cheesy pre-show music … 10:01 AM PST Still waiting, people still streaming in. Whomever was in charge of the herd\logistics should be shot. Microsoft owns them in this regard ...
If you are a developer for SharePoint your best friend has been Virtual PC or VMWare. It’s now time to introduce a new friend, Bamboo Nation's SharePointOnVista go here for more info Technorati Tags: MOSS 2007,Deve on Vista,WSS3.0 ...
Going thru the various articles on Virtualization / Multi boot machines to support multiple OS. I have started feeling the need to go for a machine + software configuration which can give me best of all the worlds. Following are some of the great articles, which I found & might be using some day to configure my dream machine. Top 10 things you can do with VMWare Fusion and your Mac Triple Boot MacBook Pro (Mac OSX / Windows Vista x64 / Windows Server 2008 x64) So an ideal laptop for this would ...
So yesterday was the day before leaving for Tech Ed, and so I decided that it would be the *perfect* time to finally upgrade my travel laptop to Windows Server 2008. I mean seriously, how hard could it be?! Well...for the most part it wasn't. I actually really like having Server 2008 on my machine, except for one small issue that has become the dealbreaker...but let me just gloss over some things quickly for those thinking of doing the same thing: - When you install Server 2008, just do Standard ...
For some time, I had been trying to use my Nokia N95 8GB with my TomTom Rider 2nd generation. The TomTom is a complete navigation appliance that can connect with many phones through bluetooth. Not only can it access the phone functions so that one can make phone calls while riding the motorcycle (!), but it can also access the phone's data link so that it can retrieve traffic information, weather, buddies, and the whole lot. With my previous phone, a QTEK 8310, connectivity with the TomTom worked ...
In the main UAC has provided a more secure Windows Desktop OS but there are times when this can be very annoying. On of those times is when attempting to run commands from our old friend the DOS prompt. What invariably happens, even though we logged on as an administrator, we get the UAC nag prompt! What need to do is run what is called an Elevated Command Prompt. The following allows you to set on up for future use! To create an ECP as a shortcut on the desktop: 1. Right-click the desktop, and select ...
The most comprehensive guide to outlining the steps on what to do to find out is provided by Microsoft, located on their website under : http://support.microsoft.co... , but here's a cheat-sheet version to keep handy! XP or Windows Server 2003 Click Start>Run Type sysdm.cpl . Click OK Click the General tab. Look at the operating system. If the operating system has an x64 in it, then you are running a 64-bit version. If you do NOT see this, you are running the 32-bit version. Vista ...
If you are seeing the message: Business Contact Manager failed to initialize the Common Language Runtime. ECall methods must be packaged into a subsystem module, BCM isn't really the trouble. You are getting this message because on or around April 11, 2008 an automatic update from Microsoft downloaded a damaged component of the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. On the bright side, today is May 20, 2008 and a patch has already been downloaded on an automatic update. You'll just have to repair it! To repair ...
*Moved to: Developing for SharePoint on your local computerIf you are wanting to developer solutions for SharePoint in Visual Studio 2008 then you need a couple of things to get started: You will need to install VSeWSS 1.1. http://blogs.msdn.com/share... Then follow the instructions on Martin Vollmer`s Blog in his post on getting it installed without Sharepoint. http://blogs.msdn.com/marti... ...
Here is a tool I use all the time. Get the update right here. Additonal Guest Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Enterprise Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Server® 2008 Standard Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 Additional Host Operating System support: Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Windows Vista® Business Edition with Service Pack ...
I finally got the nerve and installed Windows 2008 Server on my x64 laptop. It is rocking so far! It was a little confusing at first because there are lots of things turned off by default (it IS a server OS after all). But I found a post on Building a Windows 2008 x64 Laptop and it worked. First, it is NOTICEABLY snappier than Vista Business x64. Maybe because there is nothing set up by default. I almost cried when my Windows Live Writer told me it didn't support Windows Server OS and I thought I ...
So it is almost 2 am in toronto and i am blogging. Let's see where to begin.. It was quite a crazy day. 8:30 am - Wake up 9:15 am - Co-op Meeting 10:30 am - Pick up the girl 10:45 am - Go back home and do the final checklist to make sure I don't forget anything that i packed 11:30 am - Started running around the city doing errands 1:00 pm - Lunch at Phuong Nam - #25 deluxe pho + vietnamese expresso with condensed milk + ice...soo good 1:30 pm - Go to workplace to pay a visit 2:20 pm - Back home to ...
For a while I have been thinking about building a media center PC but I could not bring myself to purchase a new machine just for home theatre. Then it occurred to me that I already have a server that runs constantly - why not use it for media center as well? I began with a fresh install of Vista Ultimate since it includes media center. The first problem I encountered was that Vista does not support my old AGP graphics card. When building a home theatre PC (HTPC) two important considerations are ...
Sitting in the User's Group meeting waiting for everyone to arrive... 15 people so far, so that's good... we're definitely above our core group. Right now just discussing Silverlight amongst each other and taking advantage of the fact that Tim Heuer, Steele Price, and Michael Palermo are in the room... geez... two long-term MVPs, one of whom is a Regional Director, and a Silverlight Project Manager... holy crap! Some WPF-afficianados are asking the hard questions, so that's not bad. Ended up having ...
Did anyone NOT see this coming? http://blogs.msdn.com/somas... Noteworthy quotes: You can start with a known collection of game templates that are already built in and customize and share them, or start with a fresh idea and a clean canvas and build your own game. Casual games created using the Game Creator will have all the same attributes that Mashups and webpages built with Popfly have – they can be rated, shared and embedded as Windows Vista sidebar ...
I received a broadcast email today from Xobni announcing that they have released Xobni for Outlook to the masses. You can download it here: http://www.xobni.com/download and read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008... To give you a little understanding of the people behind Xobni, I want to fill you in on my experience. I've had a beta copy of Xobni installed on each of my three PCs. My home PC is runs Vista Ultimate and Office 2007. This PC runs ...
Witty is a free, open source Twitter client for Windows Vista and XP powered by the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). More on my blog at Open Source Project of the week - Witty Twitter ...
April 30th Regina.NET and Regina IT Pro held the hereos community launch event. As far as I know, this was going to be the largest locally run (local speakers, facilities and sponsorship) IT community event. We booked 3 - 100 person classrooms and we had 3 speakers providing sessions that run concurrently, then repeated. The schedule looked like this Windows Server 2008; Room X SQL Server 2008; Room Y Visual Studio 2008; Room Z 6:30 AD, Hyper-V New Datatypes, Resource Governer LINQ, AJAX 7:30 AD, ...
As errors go I found this one is pretty horrific. I got the error deploying a windows service written in .net 3.5 from my Vista x86 dev rig, to a 2003 x86 server. Only having the .NET runtime installed on the server I wrapped the service up in a deployment project. The service installed fine, however when trying to start the service I got a "The service did not respond in a timely manner" error. Initially, like you would, I thought there was probably an error with my code in the OnStart method, but ...
I recently purchase an Airport Extreme to get the 'N' coverage my Home Hub doesn't provide. As I have BT Vision (works very, very well) I couldn't scrape my Home Hub. I have a number of computers that need to hang of this not least my XBOX 360 and PS3 (bluray player not games machine note) so I approached this with a little trepidation. My computers are a mixture of Wintel PC's and Laptops + 3 MAC's (note each also runs Vista). Advice from my friendly MAC shop was just to use the supplied Airport ...

By default the Admin account is disabled on Vista.  The reason - this is more secure.  My Vista laptop will sometimes take my password, flash a bunch of times, claim my id/pwd were invalid, and then totally lock out my account.  This is even more secure (now no one can use the damn thing).

So, before this bites you, make sure you have another account with administrator privileges on your box so you can unlock that other id.

One of the things that are a great pain for me in Vista is the way to get to the Network Connections Screen. Although it's a small detail I think this is a real deterioration for IT Professionals who do a lot of work with network connections. (changing IP Adresses, DNS Servers, etc.) In Windows XP you could get to the IP Config Dialog quickly with a Double Click on the network connection - Now you have to navigate over the Network Sharing Center OR .... you can use this command in the Search Field: ...
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web. Vista Tip of the Day: Running Legacy Data in Compatibility Mode If you're having a problem running older software in Vista you might want to try running in compatibility mode. Here's how: 1) Right-click on ...
I might as well put in my two cents on saving Windows XP from extinction. I’ve tinkered around with Vista a little bit and the interface is pretty cool as long as you have the hardware to run it. Overall it looks good and does have more, albeit annoying, security features. Minor gripes would include changing items in the control panel that have been the same for years. My major gripe would be directly related to work and I’m sure other developers have already voiced this as well. The gripe would ...
I’m an itinerant developer armed with a laptop which means I have to deal with the issue of keeping my files synchronised with my file server. Source code is easy, it’s under version control. That leaves items such as documentation, Outlook PST files and MSDN downloads which are way too big and way too binary for version control systems. For years I've been synchronising my files with a set of Windows Briefcase folders, when they came in with Windows 95. They worked fairly reliably. I put up with ...
I noticed on Windows update that there were new Windows Ultimate Extras. I got excited for about 1/10th of a second. Then I notice that it is Sound Schemes. Huh? After like a year between releasing anything it's sound schemes? I think MS should finally admit that Ultimate Extras aren't a value add. There has been nothing so far that couldn't have been delivered as freeware. Nothing so far has had any significant value to warrant being exclusive for Ultimate. It was a neat idea, but maybe it's time ...
I want a new PC, but I'm really struggling with Buy or Build. I've always built my own systems from scratch in the past... but they tend to be quirky... kind of like the Millenium Falcon. You know they're fast, but you have to be somewhat gentle with them at times and you'd never hand them over to anyone else (willingly.) When they work, they work well, but when things start going wrong it can get really frustrating. The process of construction can be entertaining though. I took out power to an entire ...
The free software was worth the effort. OK, I forgot to mention that I went to the Heroes Happen Here seminar. I registered for both the IT Pro and the developer track. Of course, when I registered online, the dev track was full, so I registered for IT pro. When I got there, some dev track entries opened up, so I was there ALL day. Worth it? Sorta. The free software was worth the effort. At the time, I was using the Enterprise editon of VC++ 6.0 and the Standard edition of VS 2005 (...paid for it ...