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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 ...
So for those of you who have one, or are interested in how this is progressing it might be worth while checking out http://hackint0sh.org/forum but it's quite clear that Apple's blaze of Hype and Publicity could be bringing with some rather unwanted attention? ;-)) Files in iPhone reveal overseas plans for T-Mobile, Vodafone Posted Jul 4th 2007 3:09PM by Ryan Block Filed under: Cellphones That iPhone firmware leaked this week? Well, as found on the iPhone Dev Wiki it's been cracked open, its files ...
Well it's hardly a suprise, but it is nice to see some one serious like Gartner actually stating the obvious regarding MS's tardiness in the Virtualization space - coutesy of Alessandro. Gartner predicts a hypervisor for Vista by mid-2009, accuses Microsoft to slow down virtualization adoption Tuesday, July 03, 2007 | 0 Comments Quoting from ComputerWeekly: Gartner fellow, Brian Gammage, said, "Microsoft's licensing terms for Windows Vista running in VMs are unjustified; in addition, these terms ...
I've been spelunking Powershell lately with Bruce Payette's excellent book, Powershell in Action, and thought I would take a step back from some of the lower level nuances, such as dynamic type conversion and parameter binding rules, and organize my thoughts at a higher level. What is Powershell? - It is the new command line/scripting environment from Microsoft that replaces cmd.exe and WSH. You can install it as a small, free OS update on Windows XP, Windows 2003, and Vista as long as you have the ...
So how are things progressing with regard to any serious Virtual Desktop scenarios? Do you know of any? VMware still touts the effort by Prudential in the UK as a success story, but that was done nearly two years ago, well before MS came to appreciate the level of interest in Virtualizing the Desktop. From what I've seen and heard down here in Australia the major roadblock to any movement on this is the lack of clarity from MS Licensing regarding releasing of any Pricing for the VECD unless of course ...
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 ...
A very good blog from Daniel Petri regarding the strengths and weakness of VDI How can VMware's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure help you? VMware has released a new "solution" called Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). If you are using VMware's products to serve up desktops to your end users, you may already be using a more basic form of VDI and not even know it. Let's find out more about VDI... What is VDI? This is a VMware solution, not a product because it involves using Virtualization to provide ...
So it's great to see that the info is slowly starting to emerge and be defined - to be sure it'll be a slow process... Vista Enterprise: Licensing FAQ for Virtualization ABOUT LICENSING RIGHTS TO 4 VIRTUAL OPERATING SYSTEMS Q. What does licensing rights to 4 virtual operating systems mean and why is this valuable for customers? A. Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise receive a new benefit: the ability to install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single ...
Well I guess this is all too fast for MS to handle? Microsoft flip-flops on Vista virtualization Company reverses plan to expand rights to allow home versions of the operating systems to run inside virtual machines. By Ina Fried Staff Writer, CNET News.com --> Published: June 19, 2007, 6:25 PM PDT TalkBackE-mailPrint del.icio.us Digg this Microsoft planned this week to announce that it was broadening the virtualization rights for Windows Vista, but decided at the last minute to reverse course and ...
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 ...
Some more comments on the way MS appears to be keeping all the details about pricing and licensing around VECD very close to it's chest? More from Alessandro below: Microsoft torn on extending Vista virtualization license Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | 0 Comments Several news magazines (ComputerWorld, ZDNet and others) are reporting a news about Microsoft moves in Windows Vista license for virtualization scenarios. After a private pre-announcement to extend rights to virtualize all Vista editions, Microsoft ...
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ...
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 ...
After my 2 cents worth earlier I also discovered this detail courtesy of Alessandro at Vitrulisation.info Microsoft will use Virtual Machine Manager as desktop broker for VDI Despite it's not considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDIs) ready for enterprise deployment, Microsoft is embracing the technology pretty fast, modifying the Windows Vista licensing to be VDI-friendly. At WinHEC 2007 Microsoft reveals even more, disclosing upcoming System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) will act ...
Hi All, I had an Integrator ask me for the details on how they could solve the MS Licensing dilemma around a relatively simple (??) VMware XP SP2 Desktops being delivered from an ESX VMware Server. As this was essentially a VDI scenario I found it somewhat interesting that this info didn't appear to be readily available. As I knew that Prudential UK was listed as a Success Story by VMware at http://www.vmware.com/custo... I was able to find that a chap called Andy Ruby was ...
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. ...

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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 ...
The Windows Vista UAC exploit I recently published has garnered some attention as well as some criticism. I wanted to take a moment to reply to some of what I've seen in the press, in comments around the web, as well as the response from Microsoft. On some of the PC World/PC Magazine and their affiliates' web sites, there was a comment that "Pac-Man" should never require elevation (I use a Pac-Man clone as an example of what would otherwise be innocuous software in the whitepaper). This is true, ...
I won't be able to attend these labs as I have other schedule conflicts, but the Windows Vista team is providing two training labs at Tech·Ed 2007. Both labs are free for Tech·Ed attendees, but you must register to reserve your spot. The first lab is an Instructor led Lab in Room S331-C and is broken up into two 90 minute parts. Part 1 takes an in-depth look at the most common application compatability issues and the ramifications of the new security enhancements in Windows Vista. This covers topics ...
So I posted my workout regiment this morning on my blog. I'm normally pretty good with trying to keep it off the main feed and having it show up on my personal one, but this morning I was in a rush and just fired up Live Writer and posted. I get a comment from "IrritatedByYourPosts" about it saying "Do you not have anything more interesting to post?Like some latest design pattern youre using? Or some other geeky but informative post.I just find it irritating, all these posts talking about Vista and ...
Robocopy Standard on Windows Vista It appears that RoboCopy.exe is a standard command line tool in Windows Vista and it includes additional options. Previously this was only available via the windows resource kit. The help command from the Windows Vista Robocopy returns: ---------------------------... ROBOCOPY :: Robust File Copy for Windows :: Version XP027 ---------------------------... Started : Fri ...