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Mutex Could not be Created. Some time while running ASP.NET web application through Visual Studio you might receive following error Server Error in Application. Mutex could not be created. Few workaround for “Mutex Could not be Created.” Interview Questions | ASP.NET Interview Questions | .NET Interview Questions ASP.NET 2.0 Interview Questions | .NET 2.0 Interview Questions | SQL Server 2005 Interview Questions “Mutex Could not be Created.” Solution number 1 1. If your visual studio 2005 is open, ...
I stumbled upon this cool feature while meddling around with the clock on Vista. I recorded the below video which shows you how simple it is to look up a date in a different year/month. In this video I try to look up on which day does Jan 1st fall in the year 2084. Video: Windows Vista Clock is Cool ...
USB + Drivers + Vista + x64 + "New Hardware Found" Install + KB941600 = Total USB Destruction... To completely screw up your USB ports/drivers in Vista x64, simply INSTALL this update through Windows Update. It will, in fact, give you plenty of problems including the extremely annoying "New Hardware Found" dialog on every boot. Some may have found a "Hotfix" called KB937187. But the power of KB941600 is overwhelming and very destructive and not even KB937187 can stop it. Update Destruction for Windows ...
I was very pleasantly surprised when I got this popup while looking for some Vista Power Tools. Low and behold, it does actually use it, however I didn't see anything impressive about their implementation. You can access the beta by using the following URL. http://www.microsoft.com/be... ...
My corporate Vista build included Cisco VPN 5.0.00.0340. On XP Cisco has never been a problem. So, I naturally started bad-mouthing Vista (I learned it from the Mac/PC commercials). Resetting adapters, rebooting, TCP settings, you name it. Almost each morning, I'd waste 5-20 minutes. It pissed me off, because one thing we developers know, is an algorithm is repeatable. A co-worker from Ops was able to logon to Cisco and download a new version of the client. Now why the heck do you need a special ...
(click to larger view) Oh Zune, I want to love you, but you make it so difficult some times. Well most of the time my Zune is great. The device is solid (now that my battery isn't draining even when I turn it off with the firmware from 2 days ago) and the marketplace has a great selection. The podcast features are getting there (it would be nice to mark as played from the device) but I have been having some major problems for the past few days. When I got my MacBook Pro, one of the first applications ...
Now that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework v3.5 have shipped, you may have noticed that Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 2.0 and Service Pack 1 for .NET Framework 3.0 also shipped at the same time. Both are automatically installed with .NET Framework v3.5, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. For Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 they are available as a standalone update. Daniel Moth has an excellent post that describes what is actually in the service packs. Here is the ...
To continue in the traditiion of trackbacks, and since I can't seem to find an orginal post in my body, I thought that I would share this one with you. Jason Follas psted a solution on how to get SQL Client, running on Vista, to use different credentials when connecting to a SQL Server using Windows Authentication. Basically, there are a ton of posts out there, but this is the ONLY one that that I could find that had the solution. Here's the link to the full explantion: Making SQL Server Management ...

Vongo has published an update to it's client software that works on 64-bit Vista again.  Apparently, this was a hot topic based on the number of views and comments I got on my post Vongo is a Mess.

You can get the updated software from Vongo's home page.

A timely article appeared in the NY Times today (link) regarding Parallel computing as the next key factor in keeping up with the ever demanding needs of getting things done faster. As the article points out, the single CPU processor can't address our needs for faster computational capability without literally burning up or melting. I've seen this personally with Vista and the stressing of the GPU on some older notebooks. So, what's the solution, well, it's been around for decades, it's just now ...
Let's start the WPF Learning Series of articles with definition and analysis of two terms which are used interchangeably when thinking of and working on Human Computer Interaction. User Interface (UI) vs User Experience (UX) We’ve been seeing and using software for decades. Though the purpose of computer and software is still the same today when comparing to the past but the way we interact with computers today has dramatically changed the way it used to be in the past. Having a look back at 1970's, ...
My favorite Regular Expression resource, RegExLib.com, received a very nice face lift and enhancement recently and I thought you would like to know. For sometime now, the site was sort of broken, search features were not working, paging through the expressions were flaky and it looked like it was on the verge of going away. However, it looks like Steve Smith and the team were making some major enhancements and I am really excited to run into my next RegEx issue and being able to use this resource. ...

What's up with the huge update?  Turns out the biggest is Office 2007 SP1 at 390 Meg...

I'm guessing the Vista SP1 will be 3 Gig at this rate...

 

*Moved to: Information Sync Over the past year of using the Windows Mobile Device Center on Vista as well as ActiveSync 4.5 I have become increasingly disillusioned with them both and searching for another tool that would do the job better.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
No the world is not ending, well I don't know if it is or isn't, but John and myself switched to MacBook Pros from our Toshibas. These machines are amazing. I have never been so excited to work with Vista. Don't worry, I am not a switcher. While I downloaded Vista Business from MSDN, I used OS X Leopard and I had the same reaction that I did with my original Apple PowerBook, "What can I do?" I was literally bored on a computer and that takes a lot. Those awesome applications they talk about on the ...
I set my laptop to dual boot Vista and discovered a some interesting things when I was done: The new operating systems was the default, when I wanted the original operating systems to be the default I had 2 operating systems with the exact same description (Microsoft Windows Vista) The selection timeout was 30 seconds My old friends boot.ini and bootcfg are history! In Vista, BCDEdit replaces bootcfg. I can list my operating systems simply by running BCDEdit in the shell: C:\Users\Dave>bcdedit ...
I will be presenting the about the WCF LOB Adapter SDK ("Connect ANYthing") at the BizTalk R2 launch on December 13th at the Microsoft Silicone Valley Campus. Please join us for this event - we have some interesting new stuff to show and talk about in the SOA, ESB, BPM arena. Following is the official invitation. Sign up today - it's free! ***************** Join industry experts from Xterprise, Magenic Technologies, and Microsoft on December 13th, 2007 for the BizTalk R2 Launch- Extending SOA beyond ...
Last Friday I took 3 exams to update my resume again. The exams I took and which I all passed were: 70-620 Configuring Windows Vista Client 70-622 Microsoft Desktop Support – Enterprise 70-351 Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server 2006,Configuring So here my review of what I used to prepare for these exams. Exam 620 The tools I used were Microsoft E-learning and U-certify Prepkit. The Microsoft E-learning is a great way to interactively train yourself online and offline with the subjects ...
Are there really places that just use zip files for source control? Wow. I've been lucky to never have worked anywhere like that...VSS was always the lowest point I was at. Optimistic locking is a good thing; keeps things current. Friends don't let friends use VSS. Tortoise SVN has an adapter for TFS that allows you to see the status of your files (checked out, not checked out) in your explorer! Very kewl. Branching - How to Structure Your Sourcecode Folder Subversion can move the folder structure ...
When it comes to web technologies, getting something displaying on your screen is easily achievable. Widgets are things which seem to be poping up all over the place, from components in iGoogle, to those widgets held within the Vista sidebar, and even those you can download for browsers like Opera. With all of these delivery platforms, surely we would be able to see something different, something unique, something interesting. But alas, it seems that all these different technologies seem to bear ...

ok sorry for the delay in getting back on this follow up from this post, so what happened install was slick, slick, slick.... my Vista box now has VS2005 & VS2008 with the ability to create DSL's in both environments and they are both happy bunnies..... oh my factories are happy :) ..... now what about that GAT/GAX ;)

Spent the weekend so far using the new release of Visual Studio 2008 and ASP.NET AJAX. More specifically, I have been using the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit. Adding the new controls to your VS2008 toolbox is a straight-forward process, but when I added them - at first everything was fine - but after a few hours they seemed to magically disappear. Trying to add them again didn't seem to do anything at all as nothing changed. Right-clicking on the VS2008 toolbox and selecting Show All actually did ...
MSDN Subscribers: Get Visual Studio 2008 RTM Now Get it here first! With Visual Studio 2008, you can develop connected, compelling applications for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office system, mobile devices, and the Web ...
So its Friday afternoon and I'm itching to play with the new drop of VS2008 SDK, so here's my scenario. Base Machine: Vista Already installed : VS2005 SP1, GAT/GAX, VS SDK, plus some P&P factories, my own factories, and some Clarius stuff I intend to install VS2008 and then install VS2008 SDK..... what could possibly go wrong :) Will both version of the VS SDK be happy, will I be able to create DSL's in both environments.... hmm oh well I've hit the button.... check back later for news of how ...
For those of you living under a rock, let me clue you in. This morning, VS 2008, formally called Orcas, was released to the MSDN subscription download service. If you have a subscription, run, do not walk, to get it. It was a bit of a struggle this morning. The servers were getting hammered pretty hard, but I finally got in. Okay, you say, Steve, you work for Microsoft, couldn't you just call up Bill and ask for a copy? Trust me, the MSDN server's got the bits before the internal download sites did. ...
Source:MSTN How to Change Windows Vista Boot Screen Some of you remember how it was possible to change the boot logo screen of Windows 95/98. I'm not sure why anyone would go into the trouble of actually doing it, but it seems that it is possible to do the same for Windows Vista. By using a freeware 3rd-party tool called Vista Boot Logo Generator (written by Dan Smith), you can easily change the Windows Vista boot screen and use any high resolution image or photo as your boot screen. This is the ...
Since my new iPod Touch requires that I use iTunes (which is, incidentally, incompatible with Vista x64!), I've had to scrap my use of Anapod Explorer (note: unlike what the site says, it really is not compatible with all iPod models on the market). Unfortunately, I really hate iTunes. I've worked extremely hard to prevent it and QuickTime from being installed on my PCs over the years, but with the omission of disk mode from the iPod Touch and the iPhone, I've had to suck it up. That doesn't mean ...
This is a continuation of a couple of previous posts. The good news is that I seem to have identified the source of my display aggravations. Luckily it seems that it is just the screen saver that doesn't know how to render an image properly. Since my earlier posts I have worked with several image editing tools and installed Webshots and a third party photo screen saver. None of them are showing the display issue that the Vista native screen saver does. So, although the title of this post is negative ...
Kevin posted an interesting comment to my last post about how to setup HTTP authentication on Windows Vista and that was that this sort of thing should be built into SSAS itself. While this is not a bad idea, I don't know if it would be high on the list of things that I would like to see added to SSAS. I don't have a written list as such, but here are few things off the top of my head that I would like to see in future versions. After I compiled this list I searched the connect site and added links ...
I waited like good boy for HP to catch up with Vista drivers, 'cause it has to be some really complicated shit if the XP drivers for HP Laserjet 1022 already work on Vista, for them to actually get a real working Vista driver. So I pulled it down, installed and began using it - including the simple feature of duplex printing. The 1022 did this on XP nicely. You didn't have to worry about which way to flip the paper, just grab it, stick it back in, and press the flashing green light on the top. However, ...
Following the lead of Tech·Ed Barcelona, Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 will also be expanded into a "split event". For the first time, Tech·Ed U.S. is evolving from a one week conference to two separate back-to-back conferences: Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 Developers, June 3-6, and Tech·Ed U.S. 2008 IT Professionals, June 10-13, in Orlando, FL. Each event is priced separately, but there will be special package pricing for those that want to attend both events. The format is intended to provide the same experience but ...
With the latest release of Windows Live Installer you can now install all the Windows Live applications to 64 bit versions of Windows again. Thank goodness. Update: This is for Vista x64 only. Not XP or server versions of Windows ...

just a little note to say if you are running Vista do steps 4 & 5 (Blueprint Manager Setup and Outlook + Services Blueprint Setup) from an elevated command prompt

Ever since attending the C# 3.0: Beyond LINQ presentation at Desert Code Camp (excellent presentation Donald), I've been a little more wary of a couple of the new features introduced by C# 3.0. I wanted to go over them and point out some of the pitfalls that they can lead to. Note that I'm not trying to discourage its use - BUT - if you know how something works in the underlying technology, you're more likely to choose the correct techniques for a given situation. All static code analysis and time ...
Microsoft has a couple of articles on how to set up HTTP connectivity for SSAS, one for Win XP http://www.microsoft.com/te... and another for Win2003 server http://www.microsoft.com/te... But Vista Business/Ultimate includes the new version of IIS (IIS 7) which means some of the steps have changed a little. So let's walk through the process with the help of a few screen shots. Getting binariesCopy the contents of the %Installation ...
If you want to display some text on screen in your XNA game, the easiest way is to use a SpriteFont. The cool thing about SpriteFonts is that you can use any TrueType font and XNA will render it into an *XNB file and allow you to use it in your game. You can distribute the game without worrying about whether people have the font installed on their machines. (edit: XNB files can be opened using the XNB Viewer, downloadable here, although it doesn't seem to work on Vista.) So, anyway, to do this... ...
This annoying little message began when I installed Zune onto my new Vista box. The trouble is that when I plug in the Zune device, this nasty little modal dialog box pops up and you can't close it. It renders the Zune software useless. So, I've spent some time on the phone with the Zune help desk, but not enough to solve this problem. However, a workaround I've discovered is to open another modal dialog (like Options>Open File...) and then plug in the Zune Device. By the way, I was listening ...
UPDATE (12/17/2007): My blog has moved. This post is now located at: http://jason.whitehorn.ws/2... To enable MS DTC on Windows Vista simply follow the instructions from: http://technet2.microsoft.c... MS DTC appears to be required to use System.Transactions against SQL Server, and is disabled by default ...
I've been experimenting with the Server Core version of Windows Server 2008 for a project I'm working on. You may be aware that Win2K8 ships with this great new streamlined "Server Core" mode that you can select during setup. Installation is lightining-fast, just 10 minutes on my Core 2 Duo machine. (And that's including the 2 reboots, hardware detection, and everything!) You end up with only a very minimal set of GUI tools, including notepad and regedit. The thing is lean and mean, and can run very ...
Click here for part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 The Liquid Loop and Powering it up - yikes So you saw the surgery I performed on the video cards to attach the cooling blocks. I also talked about the CPU cooling block, the radiator, reservoir, and pump. Each of these has two barbs on it, used for in and out liquid flow. The goal here is to make a closed loop where everything gets part of the flow. Also, do not think that by ordering the loop in a certain way you are providing more cooling in one component ...
A few weeks back, Brian Hitney joined us on the Computers2K7 radio show. We discussed a number of topics including Brian's role on the Vista team, VS 2008, Silverlight, among others. Yeah, it's taken me this long to get a picture I took of Brian in the studio... Great job Brian! Have a day. :-| ...
As part of a new segment I've added on the Computers2K7 radio show I co-host, I've begun reviewing hardware and letting our listeners know what I think. Recently I discussed my thoughts on the Microsoft Entertainment Desktop 8000 package. It's a wireless keyboard and mouse package targeted at Vista users and Windows Media Center users. Yes, it works just fine with XP as well. The first thing that I noticed as I took it out of the box is how light and thin the keyboard is. Don't let that fool you ...
I just came across a post by Tim Sneath announcing the WPF Virtual Bootcamp. This is a three-day virtual training course that covers all aspects of WPF as part of MIX University. The best part about this bootcamp is that it's completely free. This was originally delivered on the Redmond campus earlier this year to a small invited audience and features: A keynote from Ian Ellison-Taylor, the general manager responsible for WPF, Silverlight and client platform tools. Introductory sessions on core WPF ...
Microsoft SharedView is now in Beta 2. While SharedView isn't a Windows Live application, it is available under the Windows Live Betas page, and will probably end up being rebranded to Windows Live SharedView before it actually ships. Even though there is a similar application available to Windows Vista users (Windows Meeting Space), I have a feeling that both Microsoft SharedView and the Windows Live Photo Gallery will eventually replace both Windows Meeting Space and Windows Photo Gallery, respectively. ...
It's time for another complaint post. Yippee!! First, let me say that the Vongo service itself really isn't bad. I wish it worked with the Zune but it doesn't. The only reason I am canceling is because the client doesn't work for me. I may join again if they fix it. I just upgraded to the latest version of the Vongo software and it doesn't run on 64 bit Vista. Not a big surprise but the old client did. I can't find a way to downgrade, but it wouldn't matter much because this looks like a mandatory ...
Well, this isn't actually breaking news, but at the end of August, Windows Live ID added support for Windows CardSpace as a new way to sign in to any Live ID enabled website. Using CardSpace means you don't use a password to sign in, instead you send your Information Card. Windows Vista users already have everything needed to use CardSpace. For Windows XP or Windows 2003, you will need to install IE 7.0 and .NET 3.0 with CardSpace support. Once you have everything you need to use CardSpace, you can ...
The Windows Vista UX Guide is probably the most comprehensive UX guide that Microsoft has published. The big drawback has been that it was only available online through MSDN. Fortunately, as of today, the UX Guide is now available as a PDF document so you can read all 627 pages of it offline ...
I have had my new machine for about two weeks now. There are a number of things that are bugging me. Some of them are definitely Vista related. Some of them might be the machine or might be Vista. The first thing is that nothing is where it used to be. The screen saver utility is no longer in Display. It is now in Personalization. Oh, and by the way, Display no longer appears in the Control Panel, it's under Personalization. So once you find the screen saver setting try selecting Photos. Even if ...
Microsoft has released the Vista UX Guidelines in pdf format, for those of you that want it on the go (or want an easy way to print it). The big question I have is... why not xps? Is Microsoft's own format not good enough for them ...
Well, after upgrading the hard drive on my notebook to the Hitachi 200 Gig 7,200 drive, first thing is see is the message that Winload.exe is missing or Corrupt. Turns out it's a simple fix and you can try two ways to fix. I was using Apricorn's Easy upgrade for SATA drives to make the clone. Great software good price and the USB external caddy now holds my old 2.5" SATA drive. One thing is they specifically state that it doesn't work with Vista - that's for the cloning software running "under" Vista. ...