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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. ...

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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 ...
A few months ago, Phil Haack wrote about a phenomena being referred to as Search Driven Development (SDD). If you don't know what Search Driven Development is, there is a great article on LinuxWorld by Ken Krugler and John D. Mitchell. According to them article About 25% of a developer's time is spend [sic] searching for information. It's well spent, though -- finding reusable code can get a project done on time and with high quality results. I don't know about you, but (like Phil) I find that Google ...
Cream, as in 'Pick of the Litter' is always subjective, but this is my list for today as I view my Morning Paper, and will add on as I come across others Early version of snoop for silverlight 1.0 Jaime Rodriguez produced a great Early version of snoop for Silverlight... his demo works very nice Namescopes in SIlverlight Great write-up on Namescopes by Ashish Shetty ... wish it wasn't on blogspot, I can't get there from the office :( Siverlight Games 101 - Keyboard Input Interesting series to follow ...
When Microsoft announced the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) at MIX07, it was an interesting concept. Now, thanks to some very hard work by some of the talented people on the Mono project, it only took 16 days to get Microsoft’s IronPython running with DLR on Mono. This means that IronPython can now run: In the Silverlight browser plugin Natively on Windows Vista On Windows XP with WinFx On Linux, BSD, and OSX with Mono It also means that the other dynamic languages (IronRuby, VBx, Smalltalk/DLR, ...
Microsoft has created a Tips for the "Newbie" page designed to give first time Tech·Ed attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. It does a decent job letting the first timer know about what Tech·Ed has to offer, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough. Tech·Ed is a huge event, last year's event had about 13000 people attending, with an equally huge amount of content. The current count of sessions (including the Hands-on labs) is 1057. That's right, over 1000 sessions. The actual ...
My friend Simone, from Subtext and the creator of the CCNET monitor gadget for Vista, was just interviewed for the first Mindscape BrainDump video blog post. Check out the full video at: BrainDump #1 - Simone Chiaretta. Congratulations, Simone ...
PC World is reporting that your wonderful ReadyBoost drive doesn't boost your performance all that much in Vista. Sadly, that is my experience also. Yes, I finally got my new laptop and it's running 64-bit Vista Business. I haven't prepared a report on it yet, but that will be coming in the (relatively) near future. They sum up perfectly how ReadyBoost is supposed to work here: The premise is this: Although writing data to and reading it from a flash drive is in most cases slower than writing and ...
PC Magazine has a quick article on Windows Home Server - something I've been testing out at home for a bit. I personally like it. The WiFi limitation is more based upon reliability of a link than anything else. WiFi still is not reliable (just do a search on 3945ABG & Vista - which is all Intel's issues). It's Windows 2003 Server underneath it all, which never was meant to be WiFi friendly - so drivers are always the issue. The price is projected at about $500 - which is inline with what I would ...
I installed Vista Ultimate recently on a development laptop and was initially upset to find the handy Virtual CD-ROM which had worked so nicely under Windows XP no longer worked. Having faced such similar behavior under XP with older games I liked to play, I immediately decided to see if using it in Compatibility Mode would work…and it does! Simply right click the VCdControlTool.exe and select Properties as shown below to change compatibility: This worked on my machine using Windows Vista Ultimate.Oddly ...
According to Microsoft Watch, Windows Server 2008 will be Microsoft's last 32-bit OS. After that, future Microsoft OSes will be 64-bit only. Microsoft Watch - Server - Microsoft Looks to 64-Bit Future UPDATE: engadget is reporting that the 64-bit move applies only to server products and not desktop products ...
If you've been programming in .NET for a while, you most likely have one or both of .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 installed. Visual Studio 2005 was released with .NET 2.0. .NET 3.0 was released along with Vista. .NET 3.5 is supposedly coming late this year with Orcas. If you're really lucky you may have one or two beta releases (hey, don't those get uninstalled?) of some of those as well. And don't forget those wonderful service packs. How do you tell what versions of the runtime are installed to verify ...
The Devteach conference has started, During breakfast I was seeing all the legends of the .Net world. It was pretty cool to be hanging out with the likes of Roy Osherove, Jeremy Miller, Jean-Paul Boodhoo, Scott Bellware, Oren Eini, Adam Machanic, Carl Franklin, Markus Egger, and Miguel Castro! Anyways, here's a synopsis of day number 1. Agile Development with Ray Osherove I was really excited to see the Agile development track in the conference. Roy came in the room wearing a shirt that said "Geek" ...
I'm having trouble installing .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 on my PPC6700. I want to play with the new version of NavXS, but when I try to download the framework from here, the installer tells me: Any ideas on how to load the framework on my PPC? I haven't been able to find a cab file anywhere. Is it a Vista thing? Technorati tags: NavXS, Compact Framework, Vista ...
A short couple of weeks ago, I criticized Microsoft's "Ten Immutable Laws of Security." The so-named Ten Laws leave Microsoft shielded from users who will be going approval-crazy under User Account Control (UAC) because they either don't know for sure how to respond to the dialog, what they did to cause the dialog to come up, or whether they really want to do whichever action is happening. I particularly criticized the "If a bad guy can convince you to run software on your computer..." law, which ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
Earlier this week, Microsoft rather quietly released it's Windows Live Hotmail offering. Along with the release, a replacement for the Outlook Express and Windows Mail desktop clients was announced as well as new software to integrate web mail with Outlook, called the Outlook Internet Mail Connector. Outlook Express and Windows Mail will be replaced with a new desktop product called Windows Live Mail in the coming weeks. The program will handle POP, IMAP, and Windows Live Hotmail accounts and is ...
Earlier this month, I talked about the upcoming release of Simone's CC.NET Monitor Gadget for the Vista Sidebar. I'm very pleased to announce now that version 0.8 has been released. This release adds the following features: new tab style settings page ability to monitor more than one CC.NET dashboard possibility to choose which project to display for each server added a license page (which is the new BSD license, as stated in my copyright and licensing policy) added an icon at the bottom of both ...
A couple of months ago, I began searching for local developer user groups to take part in Columbia, SC. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a lot going on. I ended up heading to the Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild to get my fix. There, I met the president of the Guild, Bill Jones, who suggested that I work with other developers in Columbia in forming a new group. In April, I decided to take up his suggestion. I spread the word out to the people I knew, and the ball began to roll. Soon thereafter, ...
When trying to install WinZip 11.1 on Windows Vista I was getting the error “Installation ended prematurely because of an error”. When I looked at the windows event log the error message read: Windows Installer installed the product. Product Name: WinZip 11.1. Product Version: 11.1.7466. Product Language: 1033. Installation success or error status: 1603. Apparently their installer requires VBScript and the vbscript.dll isn’t registered by default. In order to get the installer to run you must register ...
The user group in Columbia has seen some trying times over the last few years, effectively going on hiatus for several months at a time. Eventually, it just kind of imploded due to a leadership crisis. For a while it seemed as though there would never be a consistent community presence there, despite the efforts of numerous community influencers. That no longer seems to be the case. Last night was the relaunch and rechristening of the Columbia .NET UG. They will be moving to a new recurring date ...

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Chalain over on LiveJornal wrote about his first experiences with Vista on a new PC. Rather then just stating this feature is good, this feature is bad, he compared it to waking up and finding a beautiful woman in his bed. The part about the paperboy needing permission to deliver the paper is a hoot.

Some Sharepoint and Front Page folks will no doubt be rejoicing over a beta that was quietly released last Tuesday afternoon. Front Page Server Extensions are now available for Vista and Longorn Server. I thought that perhaps this could open the door to developing ASP.NET 1.1 apps on Vista using Visual Studio 2003, so I decided to do a quick test. You see, VS2005 is very versatile as to how it can open webs, but when Visual Studio 2003 opens a web site, it can only use FPSE. And the lack of FPSE ...
Here is an interesting story: someone switched from Mac OS X to Windows Vista and reports a faster, more pleasurable experience. Quote: "I didn’t expect it to be like this, I didn’t want Vista to be this good - I was expecting to boot back into OS X and living happily ever after, but damn, this is one fast, slick and nice operating system. If you are a Mac user try it yourself, install boot camp and Vista and it will feel like you just added another CPU and doubled your RAM - I can’t see any evidence ...
A new version has been released and it includes many bug fixes and lots missing functionality implementation mainly with in the DataGridView control. There are also lots of new features that had been requested by developers including redirecting, clipboard support, Invoking client side scripts, Calendar first day support, ListView auto resize and more. The DataGridView control has been added many missing implementations including selection management and events, deleting rows, resizing columns and ...
One of the neat things Microsoft incorporated into Windows with the release of Internet Explorer 4 (which was provided for Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3) was the CryptoAPI, which provided not only services for secure hashing and stream ciphers, but also implemented Microsoft's Authenticode (r) code-signing verification. Authenticode is the technology that allows a Certification Authority (CA) such as Verisign to issue certificates to its clients in order to establish that software ...
I was just reading the following from the Windows Vista Blog that I thought I would share... On 31 May 2007, all Customer Preview Program (CPP) pre-release versions of Windows Vista will expire. If you are running a pre-release version of Windows Vista (Beta 2, RC1 or RC2), you will begin to receive warning notifications about the upcoming expiration on 18 May. To avoid work disruption and loss of data, we strongly recommend that customers running any of these pre-release versions of Windows Vista ...
May Meeting - May 10, 2007 GCNUG Welcomes Brian Hitney (Microsoft) to Charleston! GC.NUG is pleased to announce Brian Hitney will be speaking at our user group. Brian is the Microsoft Developer Evangelist for the Carolinas. He comes to us fresh from the Windows Vista team in Redmond. This month Brian will give a presentation on Windows Vista Internals. Join us to dig under the hood of Windows Vista...and discover more than "just a pretty interface" ...
Peter Stathakos posted yesterday about Gmail, and I thought I'd continue the discussion about Windows Hotmail Live (or whatever it's now called). Since you get to it from the URL mail.live.com, I always think of it as "Windows Mail Live" so I can type the right URL. It's definitely been improving over the past few months, especially in terms of speed. And I think the bug in IE7 with multiple windows popping up has now been fixed. But compared with GMail I find it lacking. Here's the stuff ordered ...
On Tuesday, most of the day was packed with sessions. I managed to see very interesting information. Microsoft is really pushing SIlverlight a lot, and while it's great news for web applications, I really hope that they will not release their effort on WPF. We're waiting for V2!! Building Silverlight Applications using .NET (Part 1 of 2) This session was most probably great for developers without experience with WPF. For me, however, after a certain point, I found myself thinking "I know all that ...
For those of you who are keeping up with the progress Simone Chiaretta has been making on his excellent CC.NET Monitor gadget, he is getting ready to release the 0.8 version. This version includes a lot of feedback received, and implements the following features: new tab style settings page ability to monitor more than one CC.NET dashboard possibility to choose which project to display for each server added a license page (which is the new BSD license, as stated in my copyright and licensing policy) ...
I picked my new flat because the location was perfect for my beautiful 5 year old daughter. Easy access to parks, rivers and shops would fill our weekends with adventure and discovery. Having carefully selected the ideal location for my fledgling family, I then reached for my pc and checked that broadband was available. I was in luck (my move could proceed) but my broadband supplier quoted 10-15 working days to move over my account. 10-15 working days is 3 calendar weeks by my calculations. Could ...