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"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 ...
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ...
So I have a few conferences coming up...MVP Summit, Dev Teach, and Tech Ed. I didn't want to drag my 17" full-keyboard HP monstrosity around with me to all of those, so I picked up a smaller HP laptop as my "conference" laptop. Sweet little machine...2.0 Ghz AMD 64 bit chip with 4 GB of Ram. So the next question is...which OS do I put on it? Vista Home Premium comes pre-installed...but I'm obviously not sticking with that. I figure I have a few options: Vista Ultimate Server 2003 Server 2008 Any ...
All MIME types needed to support hosting Silverlight applications are implemented by default in Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 and Windows Vista SP1. However, a little manual effort is needed if you want to turn on Silverlight support on IIS 7.0 on Windows Vista RTM (without SP1) or IIS 6.0 on Windows 2003. The following three MIME types are required to host Silverlight applications in IIS. .xap application/x-silverlight-app .xaml application/xaml+xml .xbap application/x-ms-xbap If you are using IIS ...
Michael Washington provides a Hello World SL2/DNN, Karen Corby has part 1 of 2 on SL2 and Networking, Laurent Bugnion talks about SL2/JS/Unit Testing, DeepZoom Composer Forum from Expression BLog, Andy Beaulieu's material from a SL2/Data CodeCamp talk, Adam Kinney on SL2 Sidebar Gadgets on Vista 64, and LeeOnTech with a Silverlight Wizard. From SilverlightCream.com: DotNetNuke Silverlight Hello World Michael Washington decided to start at Hello World with a DNN/Silverlight 2 series... he's been doing ...
On my new Dell XPS M1330 there is a finger print reader, now I have had a load of problems getting it to work on x64 Vista, well the driver was there, but the associated software is not supplied by dell in an x64 version. I did however find the full retail version from the Upek website, that thankfully is 64 bit and considering it cost <£10, I didn't think twice about the investment. I am totally loving it, no more typing anything to login, I simply swipe my thumb across the reader and bingo! ...
I have just built a new PC, nothing super special, but pretty nifty. I have gone for a core 2 duo E8200 2.66Ghz with the new Wolfdale 45nm architecture (w'eva!), 4GB corsair ram, Nvidia 8600GT Gfx, WD Raptor 150GB drive and a Gigabyte board. I have read bits here and there about overclocking, but have never really been bothered to take to much of a look into it. Seeing I had some time this week and I had been prompted by a mate to do so I though I would. I started taking a look around the web and ...
All is working really well. Performance: Strangeness found: Time on battery for OSX: 3.15 Time on battery for Vista: 2:30 Both set to minimum power usage ...
Here is a software suggestion for those of you out there that enjoy doing digital photography and save to RAW format. I am using Photoshop Elements and was getting annoyed having to open all of my files individually in the editor to weed out the unacceptable ones. The Windows Image viewer wouldn't read the RAW files, so what do you do? The answer, as always, is Google for a free solution. It turns out that most of the major manufacturers of digital cameras are now putting out CODEC files so that ...
Hey everyone, I've got some an agenda change today along with info about upcoming meetings. Also, if you haven't RSVP'd for this week's (3/20/08) meeting, please do so ASAP so we can order enough pizza, etc. Unfortunately, Nick Landry is unable to join us this week, due to work demands. The good news is that INETA has managed to line up another speaker on very short notice (as of this morning.) The new speaker is Martin Shoemaker and the topic is "Voice-Enable Your Vista Games with MSAPI" and I realize ...
Tonight's the Twin Cities XNA User Group meeting.  Unfortunately, INETA speaker Nick Landry couldn't make it, but we were lucky enough that INETA was on the ball and quickly found a replacement.  Martin Shoemaker is doing a talk on "Speech Enabling Your Games On Vista."

I see much potential in using this for HA!  (more on that later.)
I ran into an interesting survey/blog about XP -v- Vista and I started thinking myself how many times I've switched back and forth between the two. Currently I'm running XP on my host machine with a Windows Server 2003 and a Windows Vista VPC available as I need them for testing, development, etc. I remember when I first loaded Vista on an older laptop that was "Vista Capable" but that laptop grew more sluggish with Vista and I soon switched back to XP while in the process of learning "Vista Capable" ...
SP1 has been released to the everyone outside of the MSDN subscriber circle at last. Get it from windows update or standalone download from here. Technorati Tags: Vista SP1 ...
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Problem: I was trying to debug in Visual Studio 2005 in my new machine which came with Vista Home Premium. Surprisingly I found that none of the break points are touched and I cannot debug. I tried giving all types of permission to the folder but no luck. Solution: After googling a bit, I found that I needed to run VisualStudio2005 as an Administrator, and everything started working as I expected. So all I had to do is : Right-click the Visual Studio icon and select the "Run as administrator" option ...
Pete Brown on DPI in Blend, Joe Stagner on SL and Security, Laurence Moroney on DeepZoom in C#, SL Developer Center at Yahoo!, Epression Team Blog posted DeepZoom Composer User's Guide and Example, Imran Shaik on URI Inconsistencies, SL2 and the DOM, and some very nice gradients in XAML. From SilverlightCream.com: DPI Matters in Blend Pete Brown discusses DPI in Blend and why that should matter to us in SL2... I'm glad someone is out there ahead of me :) Some Blog Posts on Silverlight Security Joe ...
I believe it was Joe Levi who was running into vista vs. Visual Studio 2005 memory issues while compiling our latest build of www.lifetime.com . We both run Vista as our development environment (We watched all the sessions at mix07 and vista looked like it worked fine with Visual Studio 2005 + 2 hours of patches). We did some MSDN surfing and found a way to clear the memory within Windows Vista ( basically it kills all idle running applications). Here is how: Create a shortcut: Add Location of Shortcut: ...
Update: If you want the .iso I used for the VPC, check it out here on my SkyDrive. During my research and posts about Design by Contract and Spec# and my interactions with folks from Microsoft Research, I came across Singularity OS, an operating system written in an offshoot language based upon C#. In that time, I realized that the Singularity team extended Spec# and the Design by Contract and static verification pieces of it into a new language called Sing#. Fast forward to last Tuesday. Almost ...
So, You've downloaded a video (screencast for example) and you can't hear a thing and you're running Vista? You know that your "setup" is correct because you can play music. You know that the video contains audio because you can see the oscilloscope/spectrum analyzer jump. Yet, there's no sound. If you look at the audio codec (file -> properties), it will probably say that the audio is something "mono"... I bet you have a fancy 8 channel audio card with rear panel: front, rear, side, sub/center, ...
Getting back into the swing of things post MIX08. On another note. I have disabled my comments and track backs until further notice. Reason was over 3-4000 spam comments were effecting my database and slowing down my site. So please if you were offended I have been working to stay clear of the crap and deliver less crappy posts. On to the links: How to get Vista Breadcrumbs for Windows XP - Thinktechno.com 403day - An arrogant initiative in defense of the web Captain Obvious Mixtapes Public Domain ...
This is the email I sent to SilverKey Tech. Egypt dev team yesterday, sharing here as usual. Article: Info Q: Don't Let Consumers and Service Providers Communicate Directly Just because someone is developing with Web Services does not mean they are following SOA principles Just because you're using HTTP and HTML doesn't mean you get into that camp and vice versa Weblog: "Making IT work" - Musings of a Holistict Architect Weblog: Udi Dahan Article: Autonomous Services and Enterprise Entity Aggregation ...
A while ago I talked about Windows Live FolderShare. As a reminder, for those of you who don't know: FolderShare allows you to synchronize files across multiple computers and access or share files with colleagues and friends. You no longer need to send large files via email, burn them to CDs/DVDs and mail them, or upload them to a website. FolderShare allows you to share and sync important information instantly with anyone you invite, making it the perfect solution for personal or small business ...
One of the great features of Windows Vista is the Snipping tool. It is just about the only redeeming application in Windows Vista. However when I installed Service Pack 1 The Snipping tool was gone. So a digging I went trying to find the root of the snipping tool to reactivate it. Here is the how to: "Go to Control Panel and open Program and Features (you may have to click Programs first). In the task pane on the left, click Turn Windows features on or off. If necessary, click Continue when prompted ...
I have been busy with my project so I haven't really got a chance to play with Silverlight 2.0 as much as I wanted to, I had a look at it but thats about it. I'll be posting XAML Resources, VB.NET/C# source code, sample, example, videos, tutorials, media player skins (I have few of them) and almost everything but I have to get my hands dirty with Silverlight 2.0 first which I'll as soon as possible. But today you have the first instalment of Vista resources, I had them in Adobe Illustrator format ...
This one hurt a little bit. Several of our application installs have been rewritten to accommodate Windows Vista support. We use wildcards to add some of the files because they ship sample files and shared resources that change often. One of these shared resources was giving me a problem. We are installing a DLL into our Common Files folder that all of the applications use. The GUID is lined up appropriately between all of the applications to ensure proper reference counting in case a user installs ...
Computers with 64 bit processors are becoming popular, at least in enterprise circles. Also the X64 version of Windows Vista is more popular than Windows XP 64 bit edition. 2 Types of 64 bit architecture Yes, unlike 32 bit (aka X32) there are 2 64 bit architectures: AMD's X64 ; also known as X32-64 & AMD64 Intel's IA-64; also known as Itanium The subject of this post is AMD's 64 bit chip, which is commonly referred to as X64 So, whats the difference ? The X64 architecture is a super set of X32 ...

As many of us have found to our pain Vista has really screwed up when it comes to copying large files particularly across networks.

In some cases it has made the use of a NAS or a simply computer for holding all our piccys and MP3's an absolute disaster.

Service pack 1 is supposed to be our saviour but in the interim I'd advice having a look at Terracopy it works and is free!

Microsoft has released a new website specifically tailored for users with Windows Vista Ultimate. www.UltimatePC.com has a collection of stories (case studies), marketing material, etc. around Vista Ultimate...and it clearly is meant to showcase the multimedia capabilities of the product as well as mac-like uses (graphics, arts, etc.). It also has profiles of various hardware that is built to run Ultimate. One other thing it has is an area for extras and exclusives. These are add-ins that are made ...
Okay, so "everyone" hates Visual SourceSafe. But the simple truth is many .NET developers have access to it for free because it comes with their MSDN Subscription. So a lot of .NET developers use it and they are familiar with it. Not because it's the best, but just because it's there. When we launched the new company we too went with Visual SourceSafe because it was included in our subscriptions, we were familiar with it, and it was better than nothing. But since then it has failed us in the biggest ...
An odd thing happened to me after installing the Vista SP1 RTM. I have a laptop running Vista Ultimate. The OS was installed using my MVP Team Suite license. I use this machine as my primary development box. After installing Vista SP1 I had two interesting things show up on the desktop: 1. "Test Mode" showed up in each corner of the desktop - Run Bcdedit.exe /set TESTSIGNING OFF using an elevated prompt to turn off test for signed drivers. 2. "for testing purposes only." and build number - This one ...
I've been having an interesting time with the Vista SP1 install and Virtual PC 2007. After installing Vista SP1, I thought all was well. Assuming "Well" means that you now have "For testing purposes only" and the build number watermarked in the corner, but I'll save that for another post. I was unfortunately at a client site when I went to start Virtual PC 2007 for the first time, post Vista SP1. Started okay but then as soon as I clicked on "New", all I got was an open task in the task bar but no ...
During the troubles with the device lock code, I have also attempted to reset the device with a few known tricks for that. Look for some support forum postings on how to do it. Will not reveal it here, because it requires you to push an impossible combination of three buttons while switching the device on. After I managed to "break" the N95 interpretation of my device lock code, I noticed that the reset attempt had worked. Note that I was never informed before that the reset attempt had worked. The ...
I was trying to install the .Net Pet Shop 4.0 on Windows Vista and kept getting the error: The source was not found, but some or all event logs could not be searched. Inaccessible logs: Security. There is no right click option, Run as administrator for .msi files. You can, however, run the CMD prompt as Admin, then the following: msiexec /a "Microsoft .NET Pet Shop 4.0.msi" Another useful command to crack open a .msi installer file: msiexec /a "Microsoft .NET Pet Shop 4.0.msi" /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp ...
Ever since the .NET Framework was first release, Microsoft has always recommended that your code be signed. Windows Vista drives this point home even more with UAC and the Windows Error Reporting (WER) features, not to mention the fact that it's a requirement for Vista logo certification. John Robbins from Wintellect provides an excellent explanation of how to sign your code. As it turns out, it's a lot easier than many of you may have thought ...
So with the release of Windows Server 2008 I was really looking forward to some post or announcement from Microsoft with regards to the availability of native Active Directory management tools that can be installed on Windows Vista SP1 without any mods, kludges or scripts. You know, they just work out of the box. Like the good ‘ol days when you copied adminpak.msi from Windows Server 2003 over to Windows XP. Now that I am running Windows Server 2008 as a workstation I don't necessarily have to worry ...
Mary Jo Foley has an article on bringing back creating Windows Workstation 2008 (Part I) and proposing the idea that in the past there was a “server” version of NT4 and Windows 2000 and a “workstation” version that was the same product with limits on concurrent usage when running IIS, etc. She says that since Windows Server 2008 is the best version of Windows Server ever by a wide margin, why not capitalize on that an offer a “workstation” version. Some people, especially in the consulting field ...

Admittedly I'm not a big Winform guy...give me Webforms any day.

However, I did run across this tip via Kate's blog about how the Vista UAC shield can be easily added to your buttons to help alert users about the impending warning message. Good tip to have in your bag of tricks.

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Ch8 Has a forum post The Best/Most Useful Vista sidebar gadget ever! , so I thought I'd share my picks with everyone else here as well. Here are my picks for top gadgets for Vista Sidebar: CPU Multi-Meter shows individual cores and memory, because you have to know what's up. [there is also a quad version] http://gallery.live.com/liv... Volume Gadget, because clicking on Volume icon and adjusting at high resolutions is too much work. http://gallery.live.com/liv... ...
One of the missing things from Windows Vista that most perplexed me (or frustrated the monkey cr*p out of me) was the lack of the RunAs shell extension. Following proper administrative best practices, I don't log in to my laptop with domain administrative privileges, I have a separate account for that. Running something like ADUC was never easy, and UAC in Vista often got in the way. If you turned it off, you could not get prompted to run an application under a different set of credentials. You could ...
I've finally moved my main development environment on my desktop to Vista, and had the issue that I still do quite a bit of work for one client in Visual Studio 2003 which is not supported. No problem - run up a Virtual PC 2007 image running XP Pro SP2 with just VS2003 and SQL Server 2000 and I have a perfect solution. On a dual core processer with virtualisation support and lots of memory it runs fine. However I also run on dual monitors and I'm very used to developing with VS on one screen, and ...
This morning Microsoft made a pretty big announcement, and another step in the right direction. We announced that we would implement 4 new interoperability principles across many of our products including Vista and the .NET Framework, that will impact product development, documentation , and community outreach. 1. Ensuring open connections 2. Promoting data portability 3. Enhancing support for industry standards 4. Fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source ...
Well, even though I had heard before that Vista SP1 wasn't going to be out until March time and I just did a quick Google News search and the most recent article from Computer World still says that it won't be released until then, I was surprised to see that Windows Automatic Update had downloaded SP1 and was ready to install. I had heard about issues people were having with it making their computer unbootable, but since I had migrated to Vista x64 I was missing the additional features SP1 brought ...

I ran the Vista SP1 upgrade on an Asus V1S running Vista Business.  I was having no issues before the upgrade and haven't found any post upgrade.

This weekend, I had this bright idea to install Virtual Server 2005 R2 on my Vista dev box at home to test a theory. Well, it seems to break Visual Studio's WebServer. When trying to run or debug an ASP.Net application, I was hit by a "WebDev.WebServer.exe has stopped working". I tried many things, as you can imagine, but a few were: - Reboot - Un-installed Virtual Server 2005 - Un-installed/re-installed the Web Development Feature from the VS installation. - Re-ran the various combinations of aspnet_regiis.exe ...
I keep getting this error in Visual Studio 2008 on Vista: I'm not sure what the issue is, but if you get this error, just stop the VSPerfMon.exe process and you can continue testing without rebooting your computer. Technorati tags: .NET, Unit Testing, VSTestHost, VSPerfMon ...