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I have been helping a friend finish a mobile web application for his new business (www.1CCN.com), and posted below are my first attempts for making instructional videos. Windows Movie Maker (which comes with Vista) was a blast - really easy to use. Any comments are appreciated - btw, we will be adding Ajax to the budget entries tomorrow. Thanks! Jonathan Adding a contact to the Contractors' Collaborative Network Creating a Project in the Contractors' Collaborative Network ...
I use Windows Vista Business with all features turned on. When I installed SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, I found Full Text Search service can't start itself. I tried running it from Management Console -> Services. It still fails with message: "The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion." So, what I did to remove the dependencies: Opened Registry Editor (regedit.exe) Went to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\C... Removed the contents ...
Okay, this is too precious to keep to myself! My DVD Rom door keeps popping open on my laptop. Probably a worn out do-hicky or an out of place gizmo right? Well I thought I'd just hit up HP tech support for an answer. Basically I want to know if I can fix it myself or if I should just buy a new drive. Here is a very funny tech support exchange: HP Tech: Hello Chaz. HP Tech:: Welcome to HP Total Care for Pavilion Notebooks. My name is Marisa. How may I assist you today? Chaz: HI Marisa. I have a dv5140 ...
Finally, I can get my DirecTV signal down to Media Center without a whole bunch of crap. I've been waiting for DirecTV's MC compatible capability for some time, this finally looks like I can get TiVo like function well integrated with MC. Using TiVo now, but resistant to moving to the DirecTV DVR as it's interface just plain stinks. DirecTV HDPC-20 Dual USB Tuner Shakes Hand with Vista ...
This article is a Part 3 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Additions (2008-06-18): Debugging: What tools are used for the debugging WCF? Is it possible to log the messages on the ...
With the less than estatic response to Vista it struck me that what is needed is a common sense approach to this... Vista in many ways is 'where its at' as a developer there are a lot of features that are already there for you to use - .Net 3 for instance but it feels that unless you have a very good machine of vintage two seconds ago it runs like a dog!! This means to a great extent your productivity takes a bashing! The other issue with Vista with less than cutting edge kit is the problem of drivers ...
Even though I've been blogging since June 2006, I really started consistently blogging in November of that year with it really picking up in 2007. Borrowing a concept from many of the bloggers that I read regularly, I wanted to review how my blog did over the last year. I only started tracking blog statistics through Google Analytics since the end of September 2007. My site usage for September 2007 through December 2007 was 36,371 visits from 146 different countries. The top 5 are: United States ...
Recently, I installed Vista SP1 RC Public Availability Programme (here) and I was initially disappointed as on inspection it was business as usual I couldn't find any differences and I was left wondering what was all that about then? I even took the time to do timings to do a before and after on times that was important to me such as timings in a DirectX games and none of them have changed, I even re-run them again and not one difference. So what I wanted from Vista SP1 was better performance in ...
As part of an effort we are doing at AJI Software to better instruct our bloggers on how to use the software, we will be launching a series of Screencasts, using Camtasia Studio from TechSmith, to help with a few areas of site. The first screencast is on Tagging using Windows Live Writer and Geekswithblogs.net. If you experience difficulty with the audio making weird blips and beeps, check out this post from TechSmith. On my MacBook Pro, running Vista Business, I had to go back to revision 39 of ...
I don't know if this is a Windows Vista-specific trick, or maybe something related to Volume Shadow Copy (the service that supports System Restore), but there seems to be a major discrepancy on my hard drive. In Windows Explorer, open the C drive, select all, then Alt+Enter to open the properties dialog. Size: 128gb (137,787,853,411 bytes) Size on disk: 129gb (138,600,678,813 bytes) (Note: I don't know how there's an odd number of bytes, except that apparently NTFS uses some type of odd clustering ...
So what does the New Year have in store? Well I don't know! There are however some reasonable certainties such as the economic down-turn but one's things for sure unpredictable events will happen. My predictions are going to be nothing more than my personal musings on the state of affairs and not on insider information, so be warned, don't necessarily put money on horses I'm backing. So in no particular order here's what's on my mind ... Microsoft will make huge efforts to bolster Vista Lets be honest, ...
This is for windows XP service pack 2 - although it should work for any XP, windows 2000 versions (and possibly Vista). If you get this error (Cannot find server) in your browser - then either your network and/or internet connection are faulty. However I have had cases where the network and internet connections are working fine - so the problem is with my PC. In this case I do the following to reset my network adapters (rather than a complete reboot): 1) Start a command prompt. From Start menu select ...
I've been running Vista on my work laptop since the first quarter of this year and on my development system at home since August. So far, I haven't had too many problems with it. Actually, on my home system I've had almost no problems. My laptop, on the other hand, routinely has issues. One of the more annoying issues is that my wireless network connection periodically and randomly dies. It comes back to life after about 30 seconds to a minute, but it's still pretty frustrating. (Yes, I know I need ...
Since there was so much that went on with my presentation laptop last year (.NET 3.0 beta, then later VS 2008 Beta, a bunch of Java testing, and so on) I figured I'll start the new year with a clean build of it and so I slicked it yesterday (used DBAN) and started fresh...my goodness I forgot how long it takes to get even XP w/SP2 fully patched and ready to go. There's over 100 updates on Windows Update for that box after putting a clean install of XP/SP2. Then I also forgot how long (really long) ...
This was originally posted at http://www.mysoftwarestartu... on 12/16/2007 Just as with Windows Vista logo program, Microsoft is either giving away free certifications or reducing the price on their Logo certifications for Windows Server 2008. This time, they are calling it their Innovate on Windows Server initiative. If you want your application tested for FREE, you must be one of the first 300 to submit by February 2008 and part of the ISV Microsoft Partner program (note that VeriSign will charge ...
Technorati Tags: Vista,games,NVidia,drivers I have two machines, one is my laptop that I use for WPF development and other development work. It runs Vista and I can't say that I've ever had a problem with it, except when running games. I like a lot of new features of Vista and recommend it to people regularly. My other machine is strictly a gaming machine and today I'm removing Vista from it. Why? Not because of some arcane reason, but because the Nvidia drivers for non-8000 series video cards are ...
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 ...
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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 ...