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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 ...
Microsoft has just released two updates for Windows Vista that address some of the performance and reliability issues people have been seeing. These updates are a precursor to the upcoming Windows Vista SP1 release. You can get more details and download them from here: Windows Vista Performance Update (KB 938979): x86 Download x64 Download Windows Vista Reliability Update (KB 938194): x86 Download x64 Download ...
*Moved to: Windows Vista Pre-SP1 Performance and Reliability Updates ResultI had spotted these updates last night in a post by Robert McLaws and decided, what the heck, I'll give it a go... I had no trouble installing the updates, but they do take a while and require a reboot, but when Vista started again I could see that it was running faster than the normal fresh boot.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
So I was chatting with a coleague today who pointed out this ZD Net article on Linux. Basically Adrian spent some time with different Linux distro's. Ah, to get paid to do that...spend time with technology that you think is cool just for the sake of trying. With the amount of information via blogs, webcasts, kb's, events, etc on Microsoft's technology line up, we would all be experts if we just had time. So I think I know what the next great software release from Microsoft should be, the next killer ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team ExplorerWell, I now have Visual Studio 2008 Team Suit installed on my laptop, but I have just realized that Team Explorer is not provided as part of the installation (same as VS2005). This is irritating as now I need to download Visual Studio 2008 team Foundation Server to get the client out of it. I think that Team Explorer should be included as an optional install for Visual Studio, this would help at work as well as we need to rationalize and package (a ...
*Moved to: Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 on VistaAs you may have seen from my previous post, I have just installed VS2008B2 onto my old work computer, well it is now time to hit my Vista laptop with it: I just tried to install Visual Studio 2008 Team Suit on my Vista laptop, but it failed on the first hurdle; installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
While having my first steps towards learning WiX v.3, The first step was to read some of the tutorials over here, then after downloading the samples I started exploring them to learn more. In my very first sample (named SampleWebDir) almost the simplest one although I had some troubles because the samples were built using the WiX v2 while I am trying to build it using v3. Simple changes had to be done inorder to make it built: Change the Wix Schema from xmlns='http://schemas.micro... ...
Hello, Welcome to my blog. I'll be discussing a lot of various things here, mostly on the technical side of things, but I'll occasionally visit some other topics, such as music, politics, or anything else that might engage my attention and fuel the fire to blog. Brief background about myself. I am a Senior Network Engineer at a large Microsoft Solutions Provider, and I specialize in Active Directory, Exchange, and ISA mainly. My past work experience includes supporting Exchange at Microsoft Premier ...
Rodney Vinyard has written a good post on some topics which are very closely related to .Net Interview Questions. Paul Whitaker has written a good post on Serialize and deserialize objects as Xml using generic types in C# 2.0. Russell Ball has written a good post on Disk Space Management with Powershell. Tim Hibbard has written a good post on Becoming a better developer. Scott Dorman has written a good post on Using Garbage Collection in .NET. Dave Caddick has written a good post on Linux desktop ...
So recently I have been trying to play with VS Orcas and Silverlight but hit a huge wall. After installing Orcas, the silverlight add-in for it and the silverlight Alpha runtime I still was unable to view any silverlight content, the same "Install Silverlight" graphic would appear. After some considerable google time I found this link from Walt Ritscher and one of the comments did the trick. Basically... 1. Close IE72. Un-install all versions of silverlight runtime3. Delete the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{... ...
I'm back from one vacation and preparing to head south to Mexico for another but, with a little downtime available, I thought it was as good a time as any to upgrade to Vista and Office System 2007. So, I write this while waiting of various software packages to install (with UAC OFF :) First, I work primarily from a laptop which goes with me wherever I go. To help me in moving around I do have a couple docking stations at various offices I'm at frequently (one at SSE and the other at Reuters). At ...
I tested out the new Blog Engine.net yesterday. It's really nicely done. I might start using it for another blog. I finally got sick of the computer I had been developing on. It would at times, take up to 45 seconds to open the Start menu, or open My Computer. That is un-acceptable. So I swapped machines after being denied by the boss to wipe it clean. So I got down on my hands and knees and started to install software. I work at a school during the summer, so there are a lot of computers laying ...
Take a look at my recent MSDN blog post to see how you can get around the common issues related to .NET development of Vista Sidebar gadgets. Don't want to write registry access code in javascript? Can't figure out how to uninstall your .NET based gadget? Read on... http://blogs.msdn.com/markh... ...

Using Orcas? Using Vista? Using Team Build?

then this might just be of use

Howdy, To build great tools, you need a great development environment. In that vein, I will demonstrate how to get a Flash/Flex development environment off the ground without much hassle. FlashDevelop is an open source IDE for creating Flash and Flex apps. It can support auto-completion for MXML (Flex language) or ActionScript 3. Setting it up can be a little daunting if you are doing it alone however. I am certainly not the first to write a tutorial on the subject, but what can one more hurt. Besides, ...
The Problem: If you have been using Vista for a while like me, and you get into situations beyond the capabilities provided in ASP.NET development server (simply like virtual directories), and had to load your development in IIS7, you must have had at least 3 or 4 times of problems with debugging (or simply hitting F5) not working at all. Some of the solutions were creating the website application/v dir yourself not using Visual Studio (This applies to Website model more than Web Application Project ...
I attended the July TRINUG meeting tonight where Scott Shorter, a Technical Evangelist for FarPoint Technologies demod their FarPoint Spread spreadsheet control. Wow! I hadn't had a chance to check out their control in the past but I definitely will be in the future. Why you ask? Because for the first time in all of the user group meetings, code camp meetings, conferences, etc. I've attended over the years, tonight I actually won one of the swag prizes. More about this later in the post... I've used ...
Stardock, the people that brought you ObjectDesktop and WindowsBlinds now have released TweakVista (as part of the ObjectDesktop suite). From their page: Microsoft has increased both the power and complexity of its popular Windows operating system with the release of Windows Vista. Stardock’s TweakVista™ enhancement application helps you configure Windows Vista to meet your personal needs by improving performance. Unlike other power tools for Windows, TweakVista™ automatically prompts enhancement ...
There's a video series on the SQL 2008 product site that reviews at a high level the "4 Pillars" that SQL 2008 is built upon. One of these is "Beyond Relational". This video talks about some of the new features that are part of 2008 from a data-storage and retrieval point of view. There are a bunch of new datatypes (including some updated date/time ones that increase precision), but the big one that will be touted is the filestream datatype. It was explained in the video as the "best of both worlds" ...
Sprint seems to have abandoned the PPC-6700 as far as upgrades go. The last official upgrade release from Sprint was AKU 2.2. (AKU's are like service packs) Microsoft recommends that all Windows Mobile 5 users upgrade to at least AKU 2.3 because there are some serious performance issues with 2.2. I believe that Verizon customers have received that update, but nothing past that. The latest AKU I know of for Windows Mobile 5 is 3.5 (I've heard rumors of a 3.6, but I haven't seen one), so Sprint customers ...

J.K Rowling's website has released a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista that delivers bits of news and counts down to the release of the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July, with the final version around November 2007. A November release is also the target for RTM of Windows Server 2008, which, if they meet the deadlines means that they were able to stick to a schedule announced a year ago when they announced Vista SP! and Windows Server 2008 will be released simultaneously. Apparently, the Microsoft Windows Client team is trying to clamp down on the amount of information available relating to ...
Jeff Atwood has a good piece on why you shouldn't run as an Admin. He even links to another good piece on the subject by Aaron Margosis. Jeff makes his point by visiting a malware website with an unprotected system running an unpatched IE 6.0. The site installed the following spyware on his machine (not that he didn't click on anything or download anything) (Quote from Adam McNeil of Webroot Software): Webroot SpySweeper detected the following spies after allowing the installer to run over night. ...
I had to install the latest Infragistics ASP.NET suite of controls for testing, but ran into an odd problem: every time I went to install, I'd get an error right at the end telling me very ambiguously that there was a "fatal error" and that the "product wasn't installed due to an error". Great...thanks. Doing what any other good geek would do, I began to investigate this obvious issue with Infragistics and Vista online, hunting for any article that could shed some light on what the obscure error ...
I have updated TransNTFS, my managed implementation for the transactional NTFS APIs that have been introduced with Windows Vista. TransNTFS now also supports the following operations under a transaction: Creation and deletion of folders Deletion of files Creation of symbolic links Creation of hard links It comes with complete documentation (as always) and can be downloaded from http://www.wintoolzone.com/... ...
Sometime back, I had made a post regarding a native C++ class I had authored for using some of the Transactional NTFS (TxF)APIs introduced in Windows Vista. Almost two weeks from that post, I just finished my managed implementation, TransNTFS, that enables you to use the TxF APIs from managed code. As always, Managed C++ enabled the implementation with excellent ease. It comes with complete documentation and can be downloaded from http://www.wintoolzone.com/... Below is an ...
One of the key new features of Windows Vista is a component called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) that brings inherent support for transactional development in not just the kernel-mode but also for user mode. Infact, NTFS has been enhanced to use and support transactions such that couple of new APIs (e.g. CopyFileTransacted, MoveFileTransacted just to name a few) have surfaced up. You can get more details on Transactional NTFS here. To demonstrate the power of the new APIs, I wrote a C++ class ...
Like Jeff Atwood, I love incremental search. I first loved with it in FireFox. Did you know that it exists in Visual Studio as well (Ctrl-I)? But, where I finally became a huge fan is in Vista. Incremental search in Vista has made me a keyboard junkie again. Hardly ever touch my mouse (err, trackball). With Vista, you have incremental search on the programs menu. Just hit the Windows key, and then start typing some part of the name of the application you want to run (like 'fire' (Firefox), 'inter' ...
It's good to have friends... :-) Fellow Microsoft MVP Cathy Pountney recently told me about a very slick little utility, SlickRun, that she recently started using. Before she gets all the credit, she was told about it by another Microsoft MVP, Rick Strahl. Taken from the Bayden Systems website: "SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives you almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program ...
Microsoft has started offering limited beta testing of Windows Live Folder and Windows Live Photo Gallery. Windows Live Folder is designed to allow file sharing without relying on email, external USB devices, or public sharing sites. The Live Folder service uses email to share a link to the folder, but the files are stored and accessed online. One of the things that make Live Folder different from other public online sites (like Xdrive) is that you choose who has access to the folder from a list ...
It was a unique experience for me to be part of the Imagine Cup, I also congratulate University of Canberra. More details .... source: http://www.apcmag.com/6514/... APC Magazine Report It's not every day that a student programming competition delivers a solution with the power to change some people's lives. The winners of Microsoft Australia’s Imagine Cup have come up with a system that makes it possible for blind people to program in C#. The team, from the University ...
I have a Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000 which I totally love. I've been almost obnoxious in referrals to friends. The Laser is definitely worth the additional cost. But now that I have a new laptop with VISTA Ultimate I am having trouble when using Quicken Deluxe 2006. The scroll wheel only scrolls up - even when you are scrolling the wheel toward you. A quick search on Google shows others have experienced this same problem with Quicken and some other applications when using VISTA. So far the fix seems ...
Hmm.....I have a very under utilised Blog. Very sad indeed. Not sure if that's because I have nothing to say or I am just too lazy to put it up. Probably the latter. Anyways, I attended a Windows Server 2008 Technical Readiness event yesterday in Melbourne. As I was too busy in the past, I never had a chance to look into what new goodies Windows Server 2008 will bring, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to find out more. Surprisingly, the session was quite informative and did not turn ...
Ha man !!!! 2 evenings lost trying to make this darn simple web app. It's a Web Client Software Factory - June 2007 project on Vista box and whenever I was running the web app, I would be getting: Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. Exception Details: System.Web.Hosting.HostingE... Failed to access IIS metabase. The process ...
For a long time now I've never been able to use several applications, including Windows Live Writer (which is hugely improved over its initial beta release, btw), FeedGhost, FireFox (after it updated itself one day), and even the new beta of Safari for Windows. I always got the error "The operation has timed out" from these applications. I was never able to reproduce it myself in C#, nor did any other network related appliations or the IPWorks components that I work with so often produce the problem. ...

I was wanting to find a version of Norton Ghost to backup my laptop data, and in searching for it I stumbled across this great webcast that talks about Vista Complete PC Backup and Recovery, which is a feature that replaces the need for Ghost.

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I am in a training class all this week in Toronto at the EMC office in Burlington, ON for EmailXtender. Usually I am a well prepared traveler having consulted for many years. For some reason though I forgot my power adapter for my laptop on this trip. I sought out the local Best Buy to see what a universal charger (like the model from Kennsington) would set me back - Yikes! $125.00 CAD. I have my Blackberry so I thought I could make it through still having email and internet access from the device. ...
Daniel Moth has an excellent post that explains what makes up the .NET Framework 3.5. This post also sparked a very good discussion on The Code Project. There are two elements that make up version 3.5 of the Framework: the "green bits" and the "red bits". This model is aimed at minimizing the impact of delivering new features and functionality. The red bits are those parts of the Framework that exist in release today, which include the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 releases. The green bits are brand ...
The next meeting of the Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild will be held on June 12th, 2007 at 6 PM in the Midlands Tech Northeast Campus Auditorium. The key presentation topic is Generics. The presenter will be Keith Minder of Logical Advantage. We hope to see everyone at the meeting! New Website! All members and prospective members are asked to please visit the new user group website and complete the user registration. This new website will be the central point to reference user group information ...
Too many option spoils the child! Well, I don't know about you, but that is the case with me recently. I had been looking to getting a good laptop for myself, and was torn between option of choosing a PC or Mac. My area of considerations where that I was mainly developing in .NET platform (and still continue to do so, but not in a large scale) but currently mainly working on a variant of SUSE Enterprise Edition on IBM BG/L and I am very much interested in getting a Mac just for the fact that it will ...
My daily Silverlight 'Pick of the Litter' from the web, I will add on as I come across others Hours of Free Training on Expression Blend and Design Tim Sneath has been quiet for a while, but has blogged about free training at lynda.com -- videos there are generally pricey, so free is great, and there are apparently 6-1/2 hours worth with more to come... watch Tim's blog. Silverlight Isn't Just about Presentation... An interesting article by Tim going against the popular Silverlight==UI concepts. ...
UPDATE (12/17/2007): My blog has moved. This post is now located at: http://jason.whitehorn.ws/2... The second beta of aspNETserve has just been released. Among other improvements, this version includes an automated installer to allow for easy installation. I have only tested this on my personal machine, running Windows Vista. It should work on XP, and possibly 2000, but I have not had a chance to test those systems yet. aspNETserve beta 2 can be downloaded from here, ...
Some quick notes from Tech Ed 2007(Not a technical review in any way): 1. Free T-Shirts from the vendors and the Shirts for sale in the Tech Ed store are often way too small. It's no secret that attendees at Tech Ed are often - ahem - overweight. I'm not obese but I am tall and usually the shirts are useless. Also, the chairs in the sessions are too close together. Put 500 fat guys in a room in tiny seats and watch how early people start walking out. 2. For some reason, the snack tables seemed nonexistent ...
Been a while since my last post. I just moved in to Singapore this year to work as .NET consultant under an outsourcing company. Working with other teams from other countries proved to be a rewarding experience. I get a chance to learn new ways and discipline on programming and see in a bigger perspective how different patterns, if well thought, can define success on developing an application. And of course, to cope up with these "new" things, I need a computer, a laptop! And so I bought a humble ...
If you've done any work with WinForms apps in Visual Studio 2005, you may have noticed that you can't get your buttons and toolbars to look as "pretty" as the built-in Vista apps you get from MS. Here's a good article on CodeProject which details how to fix some of that. It details: Getting the fade effects on some common controls (Buttons, Checkboxes, Radiobuttons, Textboxes, Comboboxes) Getting images working on Buttons, and preserving fade-effects Getting the fade effects on toolbars Getting the ...
I am sitting in a Microsoft TechNet event presented by IT Pro Evangelist Matt "All my mates are at TechEd" Hester. Matt is covering the Windows Vista Startup Recovery Tool. This tool is accessed by booting off of a Windows Vista installation DVD. Any version will work as all the versions contain the same bits. The install key determines which version gets installed. Once you boot up to the install screen there is a hyperlink at the bottom to launch the Startup Recovery Tool (SRT). You are then presented ...
If you are like me, you will use Live Writer a lot to blog with. I think it's a great tool. I especially like the new Beta 2 which has got in-document spell-checking which the previous version didn't which is a huge boon for me because my spelling is rubbish. One small draw back, can I have an British English dictionary please? It does have a new kind of Vista feel about it which is perhaps just the colour scheme but is still a lovely and simple, uncluttered and straightforward freebie tool to use. ...

Download the Windows Vista pre-configured virtual hard drive and get a head start on testing applications on Windows Vista.

Apologies if anyone has been experiencing IE7 crashes when trying to read articles on this site (though I don't really see why I should apologise for IE7 crashing!). As far as I can tell, this seems only to affect IE7 users on Vista. IE7 on XP appears to be unaffected, and Firefox is OK. The problem appears to be related to having a 'blogmap', although it only affects certain pages (articles, rather than posts). I've removed my blogmap, and the problem appears to have gone away. If anyone has any ...
Microsoft has just announced Surface. Just at first glance, this appears to be something that could change everything. I am curious about a couple of things. 1) Will it really be cost effective enough that we will be able to have a coffee table (See the Power video) that sorts our pictures and 2) How in the world is this going to run on top of Vistazilla? If they could really do that bar trick with the bubbles and stuff... dang. Pretty impressive. Link to Microsoft Surface Technorati Tags: Microsoft ...