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If you are a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), you should be sure to check out Georgeo's blog. He is the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Community Marketing Manager (as of June) and before that he managed the MSDN Webcasts Program. Yesterday he announced some new benefits for MCPs worldwide as part of the MCP 2008 program. These benefits are part of MCP 2008 Phase 1. As long as you have your MCP ID, you can log in to the the MCP site and start using the new benefits right now. As part ...
After watching the following video and installing the Beryl Project. I honestly think that Microsoft is getting a run for their money. Watch this video see the features of Vista Aero and Unbuntu Beryl being showcased and then you decide for yourself. http://www.beryl-project.org/ ...
I've been running Vista on a Toshiba M5 for quite some time. Since the RTM, the drivers for the 3945ABG driver from Intel have been garbage. Tried each one as they came out from Intel's site here: http://downloadcenter.intel... So, back in late August, I was checking Dell's support site on a different machine and noticed that the drivers that Dell was publishing for the Intel ...
I have a development laptop and i have vista ultimate installed. So i decided to put all my neccesary day to day development tools like vs.net 2005, sql server etc.. But i get error message :- Unable to open the Web 'http://localhost/project name'. The Web server does not appear to have the FrontPage server extensions installed. when trying to create a new website project and i said to myself another microsft OS "VISTA". So next thing to do looked for a solution and i found :this . After i started ...
Apple is now taking pre-orders for OS X Leopard, the newest version of their operating system to be released October 26th. They have a page set up showing the over 300 features that are new to the OS (which you can browse here), and I was looking for something that would say "Yes, I need to pay the extra $170 (USD) for the upgrade!"...but I didn't see anything. Arguably the biggest feature to come with Leopard is the production version of Boot Camp...which many have already been using with the existing ...
Ok, so I am a little behind the adoption curve for an IT person. I had a machine crash recently and finally purchased a computer with Vista installed. I have to say that so far I am less than impressed. I am sure that the computer needs more memory but I am experiencing random screen flickers where the screen will black for a second and then everything is fine. This seems to only happen when there are a number of popup bubbles. Another wierd thing is windows keep resizing themselves when I am clicking ...
A recent Channel 9 interview sparked my interest in a new technology called NAP (Network Access Protection) which will be integrated into Windows Server 2008 when it ships next year. In the interview Jeff Sigman, and Brent Atkison discuss why they created NAP, and how they went about deploying it across Microsoft. NAP is a technology for controlling network access of a computer host based on the system health of the host by using a variation of health validation servers. With Network Access Protection, ...
Click here for part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5 For those of you who don't know, I've been wanting to build a new development workstation for quite some time now. You would think that it would be an easy task and one that would not take very long to accomplish; but you would be wrong. You see, I don't do anything the easy way. Maybe this is out of sheer ego or maybe it's that I have some real luck issues, but if the fact here is that during this process (at least at the beginning of it) I became very ...
This is a summary of the grok talk I gave at the SqlBits day at Microsoft UK in Reading on 6th October 2007. Thanks for all the delegates who finished lunch early to make the grok talks and I hope it proved useful. The target audience for this grok talk was those developers using SQL Server (2000 or 2005) on their laptops who might want to secure those databases. This issue is becoming more important as horror stories of lost laptops containing sensitive customer information now seem to appear every ...
Ryan Dunn points out on his blog how to install ADAM on Vista. Basically, the installer chokes. His approach is to install on a different machine (not Vista), then copy the files over, registry change, run the admininsall.exe, then import the LDIF schema's you want. One thing you can also do is use 7-Zip to extract the "ADAM" directory from the installer, then just start from step 2 on Ryan's list - saves a bit of time if you don't have another VM handy. Here's Ryan's list repeated. << Extract ...
Got out to Ireland safe and sound, in preparation to teach a Vista class next week. It's so beautiful out here. I'm in Doolin, which is a lovely little town by the sea. Been awhile since I bored everyone with a travellogue, so I thought I would share a few photos of the scenery: View of the ocean from the hostel where I'm staying Lots of cows out here! Here's the hostel. This is the bus driver who took me from Ennis to Doolin. He really got a kick out of my electric scooter! Here's the only garage ...
Wow, I can have a V8! Thanks to the hard work of some very talented developers, who I saw working late hours coding and testing, the next version of IPWorks is here! Yep, /n software announced today the release of IP*Works! V8 .Net and Java Editions. I got to work a lot with IPWorks v8 during its beta period, and my favorite thing about this version update is the new custom types and collections. I used the new Atom and Rest components, which are useful and easy to use. Other new features that I ...
Vista Home Premium sucks, but having preinstalled, and having used it for a couple of weeks before I discovered this I was stuck with a 95GB partition for System and 56GB for Data on my Asus G2S. I looked around a bit and found that you can resize the partition from Disk Management (or DiskPart.exe for you CL fans). Cool, I was set, ran it with 36GB freespace, and found that I could resize it by 463MB... Surely enough for Damn Small Linux but not quite enough for Vista Ultimate 64-bit. Had to be ...
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began yesterdays show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can USUALLY download the show from the show's website but not this weeks show.... grrrrr.... details below. This week the coding gods must have been smiling on us because we were fortunate to have Microsoft Developer Evangelist for North and South Carolina Brian Hitney join us in-studio. Brian discussed a number of ...
I've got a receiver / amplifier that I bought like 15 years ago from a friend. Transistor-based, and only 120 watts per channel, but still it's got amazing sound. All discrete components. Cleaner than just about anything I've heard. Will drive down to a 4 ohm load very nicely. Or at least it _was_ nice... until about six months ago when an exposed speaker wire briefly made contact wth the FM antenna. Ouch. At the time I had some little 8 ohm bookshelf speakers cranked to around 90 decibels, kicking ...
Scott Hanselman had a useful blog post, listing steps to reset the whole network IP stack in Windows Vista. It solved my problem the first time, so I thought I would pass It along here. Go to the Start Menu, type cmd and right click or (Ctrl + Shift and hit Enter), and select "Run As Administrator" Type the following commands, each followed by pressing enter. ipconfig /flushdns nbtstat -R nbtstat -RR netsh int reset all netsh int ip reset netsh winsock reset Or another helpful command: netsh interface ...
Yes, we have Windows Server 2008 coming. Yes, also SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and more - but probably one of the more exciting new items to come at this same time is IIS 7. As Scott Guthrie states in his recent blog post on IIS, this is a major update to the technology. IIS 7 will allow for a plug-in architecture and allows you to take out all the pieces of the IIS stack that your applications don't need. It also allows you to build your own extensions and plug ...
So we all know that vista has a new TCP/IP Stack. Oh you don't? Well welcome to bleeding edge I guess. No time to talk about that it will be another blog article I am sure. Moving fast forward to the topic. I have and will be RDPing (sounds weird and gross right?) into my windows 2003 server for work and such(until the windows 2008 server rollout at least(yes I am a beta tester but that has nothing to do with this article either. First Step: Turn off Cleartype fonts on windows 2003 server. Next Step: ...
I received comments to my blog (WCF vs. Remoting (with DataSet)- performance comparison) with some adjustments I could make to improve performance of the WCF. I did some of them: Cache ChannelFactory. It is quite expensive to create it each time you need a proxy. My recommendation is: Hide it in your own Factory class or method so you can cache it. I am not sure yet why the ChannelFactory is not cached somehow by WCF but I believe there are some serious reasons. Disable security for NetTcpBinding. ...
I just loaded the code for CodeBreeze (which you can learn all about in episode 77 of www.dnrtv.com and obtain at www.steelbluesolutions.com) and I came into a small problem. CodeBreeze (which you can learn all about in episode 77 of www.dnrtv.com and obtain at www.steelbluesolutions.com) uses a licensing program from Interactive Studios, called QLM (www.interactive-studios.com). The component that it uses from this product is a .NET component but it calls an unmanaged DLL which can only run in 32bit. ...

Nick has the details on the Windows Vista SP1 Beta release. I am downloading it now and will provide details as NDA permits.

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Like most BizTalk Server developers I am addicted to the use of DebugView. This, in case you are one of the three BizTalk developers out there who are still not aware of it, is a free utility written by the SysInternals people. Microsoft bought SysInternals a while back, and the utility can now be downloaded from their web site at: http://www.microsoft.com/te... DebugView provides a viewer for traces created using the Win32 OutputDebugString() API. You can ...
If there is anybody who has some spare time and wants to build some killer TFS tools, I have some ideas for you. I would love a Vista gadget with a search box that searches all work items from a predetermined Team Project. This gadget should also have a button that allows me to create a predetermined work item in a predetermined Team Project with a predetermined iteration path. I would also love a script that would merge my dev branch into my main branch, check in the changes (overriding any policy ...
The final session of Mix:UK 07 was a sneak peeks session. This covered about 8 new things that we can expect to see from Microsoft and a partner or two. The pick of the bunch were (in my opinion): A product called SeaDragon that will be released as part of Silverlight 1.1 next year, its a way a handling/rendering/doing something with high res images so you can use very high res images in your Silverlight app to enable the user to zoom right in and still be clear without having huge performance overheads, ...
Hello Scott, Thank you for writing to Windows Live Beta Technical Support. My name is Tom and I will be addressing your concerns with installing Windows Live Writer on a 64 Bit System. I have contacted the product team about this issue and they have provided the following response: We are working diligently on providing Vista x64-bit support. As stated in the release notes we are not supporting any 64-bit installations for this beta release, but this has always been in our plans for the final release. ...
Recently I was testing my Jawbreaker clone game (http://strony.aster.pl/mar... on my moms laptop with Windows Vista platform to verify that it works properly. This game was developed under Windows XP (C++, MFC), so I thought there should be no problems. After running it everything looked wrong, by that I mean that all controls were at wrong positions and actually I was unable to play my game. At first I thought that this should be some Vista thing, and since I had no access ...
I just rebuilt one of my machines to run the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. When I tried to install Live Writer I needed to use the new single installer package released last week. Well, it doesn't work on x64. I sent an e-mail to Microsoft, and they said a lot of people have reported the problem and they are working on it. They gave me a work around but it just launched the same installer with different options, so it crapped out too. The odd thing is, all the individual packages should work on ...
So I was talking to our COO today - and I mentioned some difficulties we' ve had in finding new notebooks that fit our requirements. Like a lot of companies, we don't want to move to Vista. We bought a couple Vista machines (Vaio's) and they pretty much suck out loud. So we decided to stick with XP Pro. And a couple of us who actually set up the new machines are making an effort to stick with one particular model (namely HP's business class notebooks - no pre-loaded craplets, no pre-loaded trial ...
I now know what it's like to be a woman in an abusive relationship. I have been trying to give dell my business since last Friday and they just don't seem to want it. They keep beating me down and for some reason I keep coming back asking for more. It is amazing to me why they are still in business. The problem is that I look around, and I can't find another computer that I can deck out exactly like I want it anywhere else. I have this thing max'ed out. XPS 410 w/ Quad-core, 4gb ram, Vista Ultimate. ...
I woke up yesterday morning, I noticed that Vista had installed three different security updates overnight. Opening Microsoft Word, I noticed that I was unable to use my mouse anywhere within the document anymore. I couldn't select any text. I couldn't right-click. I could only move my cursor around with the arrow keys on my keyboard. For me, this made Word completely useless. The problem was with a SnagIt add-in to Microsoft Office that was installed on my machine. It all of a sudden seemed to have ...
I downloaded Vista 2008 Beta 2 a while back in the .img version (you want me to download HOW MANY 700 MB files to run it as a VPC? what-EVAR). I then proceeded to try Daemon Tools, Clone Drive, etc. But none of them would install on my laptop, even though they said they supported Vista. Odd, I thought. Then I did a quick check and low-and-behold, my laptop came with the 64 bit version of Vista Ultimate, which many of those mounting apps won't support. Saddened, I figured I'd have to start downloading ...
I needed to get some work finished this weekend. The VPN connection to my clients network is generally very slow and flaky (and doesn't work with my Vista box), so I decided I would install the database on my PC and work without the tethers of Cisco constraint. The database in question was db2, so I went to IBM's website and downloaded a copy. After everything was in place, I attempted to create a database. create database mydb SQL1032N No start database manager command was issued. SQLSTATE=57019 ...
November 1 2007 It's been 2 months now since I've made SoapBits available on this blog. And I'm genuinely surprised that people had stumbled into it! Google you're the king!! Here are some download stats from easy-share.com. On the average, the tool gets downloaded twice a day. I've also received some emails regarding difficulties downloading from easy-share. This most probaly because of the layout of the easy-share web site. You need to scroll down a bit to get past the ads until you see the download ...
Read all about it. Beta coming soon. Projected release Q1 08. update: Microsoft TechNet Vista SP1 Resources page. Technorati Tags: Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1, Service Pack 1 Beta ...
I'm not running Vista yet ... yeah I know... I've got it, I just haven't had the grand desire to go through the pain and suffering of repaving my system yet. I keep hoping the 'computer fairy' will drop off a new PC at the house and I can install it and all the other crappola I have installed on the new one while the current one is still running for all those things I forget :) So when I started teaching a class for UOP named "Programming Concepts" last week, I had a couple people have trouble right ...
46,732 Days and 15 Hours later I should have a 50mb file transferred, according to Vista. Does anyone else think there should be a condition in the time remaining procedure that says: if(timeRemaining.Days > 100){ throw new SomethingIsMessedUpBigTimeW... "Developers Name Here");} Technorati tags: Vista, Messages ...

The first tutorial covering some of the history of the .NET Sidebar Gadget Creator as well as issues creating .NET based Vista Sidebar gadgets has been posted. View the full post on my MSDN blog:

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator Tutorial 1

Microsoft have released a new version of the WSS/MOSS SDK below is an overview of what's in it. Download here Overview The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 SDK is designed for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Office SharePoint Server 2007 enterprise application and platform. It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references.What’s New in this Release for the MOSS SDK ...
Are you interested in learning more about the next generation of web-oriented technologies? If so, please join us for a half-day seminar on the new and improved suite of tools and technologies from Microsoft that will better empower you to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). This road show will highlight how Microsoft is putting the final touches on a new suite of services and technologies that will help you build visually stunning, yet amazingly lightweight applications designed ...
I notice that last week Geekette was able to successfully BSOD Vista. She even includes a graphic of her experience here. In an effort to avoid being outdone, I decided to have my own Vista BSOD party. Okay, well, maybe I didn't actually decide to have it and, well, yeah, maybe it wasn't really a party per se. Nevertheless, I was able to BSOD Vista by doing the following: I attempted to enable Virtual Machine Support for the wireless NIC in a brand-spanking new Dell Vostro 1500 running Windows Vista ...
Having a 24' iMAC is a lot of fun. Mine happily dual boots between 'Tiger' and 'Vista' but sometimes there are things I'd like to do using both... And then came VMware Fusion! Not only does it virtualise my BottCamp install but it also has this super feature called Unity. Unity mixes up my Tiger and Vista experiences allowing me to run Windows applications directly from the Dock. I can minimize Windows applications to the Dock, switch between Windows or Mac applications with Exposé, find and instantly ...
I just created a WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget. Read more about it here: Announcing the WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget Here's a screenshot: Please note that this has only been tested locally on my machine using a LifeCam VX-6000. Your webcam may or may not work. If it does, let me know. If it doesn't...I guess let me know that too :-) ...
I was talking with Dave Harris about search functionality in Vista compared to XP, and he dropped this: "Vista is the new Millenium Edition" What do you think? How pleased are you with the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft compared to what has become a very stable operating platform in XP? D ...
The BizTalk server team has released the aforementioned tool to facilitate the development of "Adapters" (not just BTS, but general WCF) for creation of WCF extensions to consume existing service interfaces. Mostly, it facilities building well structured classes that meet the WCF extensions requirements. Clearly, you still need to code up the actual interfaces, connection code handling, etc. This SDK is usable without BizTalk and can be used to create interfaces to existing systems. Then, expose ...
So I needed to search for a particular term within a set of files in a directory, which contained sub-directories of files. I figured this would be an easy feat given Vista's much-touted search functionality (or what seemed to be much touted...I seemed to think that search was a huge improvement in the OS anyway). However, it appears that Vista will do a great job searching the name of files and folders based on your criteria, but there didn't seem to be a way to search files CONTAINING a particular ...
I did it. Last night on my new laptop running VISTA Ultimate BSOD IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ...
I recently straightened up my home office and decided to move the printer to a different corner of my desk. Of course, the corner I wanted it at was about as far away from the computer as possible and I didn't have a long enough parallel port cable (and I'm not even sure they make them long enough anyway) so I decided to get a print server. I already have a wireless 4-port router and an old but trustworthy HP LaserJet 2100, so all I needed was a print server. I know I could have upgraded to a newer ...
Silverlight 1.0 RC sucks right now!!! That's right... Why is this you ask? I run Vista Ultimate x64 and have installed/reinstalled/unins... browser-installed/uninstall... browser-installed-restarted browser/uninstalled-reboote... and NOTHING but the lovely "Get Silverlight 1.0 RC!". Does Silverlight not support x64 yet? If so, I will wait until x64 support.Why is this Silverlight important?I'd like to start developing our new site with ...
Some folks are lovin their Vista machines while others are cursing as they are having problems (mostly with the drivers and some lockup issues). It really does only depend upon what you are using your machine for. Though, Microsoft has just released some performance and reliability patches out there: http://support.microsoft.co... http://support.microsoft.co... The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ...