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I attended 3 sessions yesterday afternoon, all very interesting. MySpace megasite Quite interesting talk by the MySpace team about what strategies they are using to run, maintain and upgrade what must be one of trhe busiest website worldwide. The sheer volume of video, MP3 and pictures theys deliver simultanously is tremendous. And all that runs on ASP.NET and Microsoft platforms. Very impressive. They also developed their own tools for code management, allowing to release and if necessary rollback ...
Getting started Breakfast was had (great buffet like last year, and the dining room is pretty impressive and huge!) Trying to recognize known faces, but no luck yet! I also registered and got my goodie bag. The notebook looks great, even nicer than last year (I am still using last year's one, actually, and the pen). Apparently the myspace.com gadget is a CD opener. Man, that's bad engineering! These CD cellophanes are actually so damn hard to open that someone has to come with a gadget! Wouldn't ...
The drive from Phoenix was reasonably uneventful if you don't mind a bunch of construction zones, absolutely wide-open desert, and a huge tourist attraction somebody built in the middle of the road! On the other hand, the scenery was awesome, it was 280 miles, and I had cell service for most of it. The tourist attraction is Hoover Dam... go figure that I didn't put 2 & 2 together and figure I would be driving over the dam to get here... dam! Very cool and I did take a couple pictures (out the ...
In February 2007 we did the Launch of Office and Vista for Developers in 5 cities. We are back again now with an online version of the same. We are doing a Webcast series of the Office and Vista Launch Sessions. So if you have missed out the launch, here you can get the same content delivered right from your desktop. Register for the same as the seats are limited and do attend the webcasts and provide us your feedback. The URL for registration and more details is http://www.microsoft.com/in... ...
As a developer, one of the first things I did to my notebook (running Vista) is disable the UAC - I can't stand it - it keeps me from installing things like Virtual Server (which is not supported on Vista - but works perfectly fine), and is basically something I'm not worried about. Until I want to add a printer that is a network resource on my LAN. I get the error that the printer cannot be added - "The specified print monitor is unknown." Very informative - I know. Well, believe it or not - this ...
Update on July 12, 2007 There is a cool utility released by the IE Team called "User Agent String Utility" which is a small executable that opens an instance of IE 7 which is configured to report its identity as IE 6. This helps with websites which do a comparison of the IE Version and tend to recognize IE 7 as an outdated / unidentified version and hence dont function / render well. Once you install this utility, you can open up "User Agent String Utility" from Program Files and it would prompt ...
Not only that Dimitry [MSFT] told me earlier IronPython for ASP.NET support for Vista will be available by Mix07 (That's April 3o). Dody also pointed me at the news that it's not just that. Many CLR tweaks/additions enabling further dynamic languages support is coming by the same time too Sounds pretty much exciting I can't wait for it. Anyway, I'm not yet that good in Python after all. Just seeing the surface Update: If you are like me, maybe you want to view Tayseer's introduction to Python. Maybe ...
I picked up a new wireless mouse tonight: a Microsoft Laser Mouse 5000. This thing is freaking sweet! First off...I didn't realize that there was a difference between an optical mouse and a laser mouse. I mean, one could figure out that the optical uses LED based technology while the laser uses something else. But at first I thought I had a bad mouse: there's no light underneath it. Turns out that the laser is invisible...who'd have thunk? Second, Microsoft has some sweet software bundled with this ...
The Agenda Registration (Starts from 9:00 AM onwards) Introduction MUGH Core Team Explore Windows Vista Harish Ranganathan, Microsoft India Application Compatibility and Windows Vista Sreedhar, Microsoft India Sponsorer Speak Cutting Edge Talk : .NET3.0 & Developers Gnana Arun Ganesh, Accenture Fun Time & Goodies LUNCH Break Why Should Developers care about Office System? Anjana Ramamoorthy, Satyam Computers Developing for Office using VSTO 2005 SE Sudhakar Sadasivuni, Microsoft India. Q ...
I've just found a new blog reader that promises to completely change the way you read blogs. The biggest difference between FeedGhost and other blog readers is that it works on a subscription basis. What this means is that when you subscribe to a blog, the state is kept synchronized across all machines that you have FeedGhost installed. The price of the subscription is $20 per year, which gives you access to any FeedGhost products or upgrades as they become available, use of the synchronization service ...
Microsoft has just released Beta 1 of Visual Studio "Orcas". For those that don't know, "Orcas" is the next generation development tool for Windows Vista, the 2007 Office System, and the web. The Beta 1 release consists of multiple products including Visual Studio Professional Edition, Visual Studio Team Suite and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, which are available as ISO images. You can also download VPC images with the software pre-installed. To download either the ISO images or the VPC images, ...
Yesterday I wrote simple Windows application on .Net 2.0, after the completion of development and little bit testing of application I deployed it’s on the user machine by using the new feature of .Net 2.0 called ClickOnce [that is only available in Microsoft .Net 2.0 frameworks and above version]. This is one of most impressive feature set of the .Net 2.0 for application deployment. At this moment don’t think that Windows Installer technology is gone, it is still present with strong arms in the Windows ...
If you are using windows vista on a domain you may find you are unable to get windows updates. When added to a domain Vista adds a registry key (a policy) to look for a WSUS server. I don't know the ins and outs of it but I presume that if that server isn't dishing out Vista updates it fails. So anyway the key to delete is... HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software... there is a subkey called AU; delete that as well! Restart windows and set the update going and all should ...
Stimulsoft announces Stimulsoft Reports.Net 2007.1, the newest version of the popular reporting software for Windows Forms and ASP.NET developers. It eases the pain of retrieving data from various sources and provides a friendly report designer and a complete set of design controls to let developers build highly formatted and feature-rich reports, delivering data in a very usable format. New to Stimulsoft Reports.Net 2007.1 are improved productivity features, allowing users to experience high quality ...
Simone Chiaretta has just released a beta version of his new Vista Sidebar Gadget for monitoring Cruise Control.NET. This gadget uses the CC.NET REST-like API and connects to the XmlStatusReport service that comes as part of CC.NET. CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget docked to the sidebar CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget undocked on the desktop CC.NET Vista Sidebar Gadget settings page The look of the gadget is excellent, and provides the same monitoring capabilities currently available in the CCTray application. ...
According to APC magazine, Windows XP is due to be phased out by the end of 2007. Microsoft plans to stop OEM copies as an option for system builders. What this will mean is that starting next year, any new computer bought from a retailer must come with Windows Vista. Dell has indicated that it continue offering Windows XP on select system until later this summer. This is an interesting move by Microsoft, in that it will force Vista on the consumer market whether it is ready for it or not. On one ...
The web has certainly been busy this morning with Microsoft's Silverlight announcement yesterday! Tim Sneath has been posting a lot of Vista lately, but says he's going to be doing more Silverlight shortly. He blogged a Top Ten Reasons to use Silverlight post this morning. Michael Schwarz posted a list of folks blogging about Silverlight. And I'm anxious for the Silverlight Community site to come alive on the 30th ...
After the update to subtext yesterday I decided I would have a look for a new Skin, I am not much of a designer so quite easily pleased (!) but surprisingly I didn't really see any there that jumped out at me so seeing I didn't have anything to do this afternoon and I rarely play around with design'y type things I would have a go at my own...I didn't really plan on creating a "skin" it just kinda went that way as I was changing this then that etc in the custom CSS part of the options tab in the subtext ...
I just spoke with a customer service rep at Dell about the upcoming CableCard support for the XPS 410. While I don't have pricing on the CableCard units themselves, she did tell me that current 410 models are upgradable. Considering you can get an XPS 410 starting at $779 (that's the base $999 model minus monitor, speakers and a modem) we may have an affordable Vista CableCard PC brewing. And by affordable I mean under $1000. Update Dell recently lowered the price on this unit by $100. You can now ...
If you're running Visual Studio 2005 (with SP1), Vista, and IIS 7, you might have problems using your IIS Server. I got a nasty message: "You Must be a member of the administrator's group on the local computer to access IIS metabase ..." I found several sites with instructions, but they did not solve the problem, until I got to mvolo.com where he's addressing some other issues. However, steps 1, 2, and 3 solved my problem. If you run into the same error and can't use IIS 7 localhost, Turn on the ...
Full disclosure: While my paycheck and livelihood comes from working for Microsoft, I want to make it clear that the following has nothing to do with that fact. I'm speaking strictly as a technologist trying to make his way in the world. Like a lot of folks in the software biz, I get a lot of e-newsletters each day, and I try to at least peruse each one to keep current with what's happening in the industry. The past week, one specific newsletter has contained so much vitriol about Vista and what ...
I've been working on the publication of a Windows Vista exploit that targets User Account Control (UAC), the part of Windows Vista that prompts users to explicitly grant administrative approval whenever a privileged operation takes place. Once I finish my whitepaper and proof-of-concept code for it, I'll submit it to Microsoft and give them a week before I publically disclose it to Bugtraq. Why am I giving them only a week to respond to it? Because in Microsoft's mind, it doesn't seem to be a "security" ...
For some reason, I'm drawn to creating things that are just cool while not altogether useful (see my Animated Activity Designer post, though one could argue that it may in fact be useful). To that end, I decided to create a Vista Sidebar gadget that displays a screen saver of your choosing. Vista has some good screen savers that it shipped with and I've embedded screen savers before (in fact, I show how to do it in one of my books). So go ahead and grab it from the Windows Live Gallery (link below). ...
I had the need recently to purchase a new Desktop. My spec was simple: 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM At least 250GB Serial ATA Drive NVIDIA GeForce 7XXX GT 128MB SDRAM DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW And finally the biggest screen I could afford!!! So being a Windows man what did I buy??? Simple - a 24" iMac..... I have set it up to dual boot Vista and MAC X Tiger. Not only did the spec meet my needs I have also got a sexy machine thrown in + a Mac!! A win win me thinks Vista Score: 4.7 ...
Well, I took the plunge recently. I was able to obtain a copy of Vista Ultimate, and I upgraded my primary machine to Vista. Well, ok, I am sort of getting ahead of myself. I actually upgraded to 3 GB of RAM, and installed a 512 MB video card, then I upgraded to Vista. The install was actually incredibly painless. I wiped everything, and loaded it up with few snags. Biggest problem I had was finding a Vista compatible driver for my onboard sound card. Yeah, I know...onboard sound...how lame. Never ...
April Meeting - April 12, 2007 We're giving away a fully licensed copy of Windows Vista Business Edition this month! GC.NUG is pleased to announce Murray Gordon will be speaking at our user group. Murray is the Director of Technology at Cambar Solutions (www.cambarsolutions.com), a consultation services and custom supply chain software company to many of the world's largest distribution companies. Murray Gordon brings more than 10 years of technology consulting and systems integration experience ...
I am pretty sure there are reasons behind this but I still find it irksome. In order to listen to the music I have to deal with three! different volume controls. 1. Device Volume - Which I can control via the Keyboard 2. Application Volume - Which I can't control via the Keyboard 3. The actual speaker knob - Nope can't get that one via the Keyboard either. ;) Anyone, does Vista fix this? I kinda doubt it. What I would like to see is the ability to quickly toggle a beautiful (ie not a gray screen) ...
Paul Thurrott claims to have the inside scoop on both Vista SP1 and XP SP3. Microsoft will ship Windows Vista SP1 concurrently with Longhorn Server in Q3 2007 and SP1 will include a major kernel update for Vista that will bring the client OS up to speed with the version of the Windows kernel in Longhorn Server Certainly that has been my impression for quite some time. If you spend any time trying to read between the lines with MS, that's the only reasonable conclusion. He's not happy at all about ...
See all Windows Vista gadgets at http://gallery.live.com/results.aspx?l=1&ti=2".
Some of them are really cool, my personal favorite is the one for ebay.
In the world of RSS and newsreaders there is a war of preferences going around over how people prefer to read their feeds. Categorized by feed, type of feed, or as a “river of news.” In other words first in, first displayed, in a long list and you simply scan top-to-bottom. I have tried both and IMO both have merit. River of news lets you see everything in an instant, and I find it useful for quickly locating important event. Then I read the “normal” stuff later on. When I am ready to consume all ...
It seems that the web based eventlog viewer have been taken out of SharePoint Central Admin in MOSS RTM as the EventLog.aspx page is missing. It is a shame as I find it useful to see the last 25 event log message output with their full description on a single page. It is annoying when you have to click on each individual Event to see their description in Windows Event Viewer, the up/down arrow doesn't help much either since after clicking a number of times you tend to forget what the description ...
There has been a hack and an official KB on how to run ADUC under Vista. And while not perfect, it is functional. No one I know can understand Microsoft's logic for not having this solved prior to shipping Vista. If you also want to enable the Exchange extensions in ADUC there is one more step. After you do the things mentioned here, copy these three DLL's from a Windows 2003 Server (c:\%systemroot%\system32): netui0.dll netui1.dll netui2.dll Then re-register regsvr32 \windows\system32\maildsmx.... ...
Remember when you used to wish that the help featues in Windows were, well, helpful? I was recently trying to figure out how to change some settings in Vista and the new Control Panel menu wasn't being very helpful. On a whim, I open the new Help and Support link on the Start Menu and was really impressed. First, help now is fully integrated with online help, so you not only get the information on your system that was there when you installed Vista, but you can now tap into the latest support information ...
I spent quite a lot of time with Expression Blend lately. I like that program more and more. It needs some getting use to it at first, but it's just great to be able to open the same project file and source files in Blend and in Visual Studio simultanously. You can design your UI in Blend, including bindings, etc..., you can even run it to check how it looks like "in real", and then you can switch to Studio to do the code behind, add data sources, etc. One thing I miss in Blend is Timeline-based ...
There are 14 core tracks and 2 virtual tracks at Tech·Ed this year, which will cover more than 1,000 sessions. In case you're wondering, a virtual track is a collection of sessions or labs that share a common theme but span several tracks. Microsoft has revised the technical tracks slightly since my original post, so I have updated my summary. Architecture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Office Business Applications Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Capabilities Software+Services Industry ...
Andrew recently watched my screencasts and had some great questions that came up around how Transactional NTFS behaves with the file system. So, I figured I would answer them here. So, if you want to see the context around his questions, check out his post. Here's the paragraph with the questions: I wonder what happens to files that never get committed - ala a long running transaction. They have to be taking up file space. Jason says not even Windows Explorer knows about them, but they have to exist ...
*Moved to: Mobile Device CenterThe one thing I do not like about the mobile device center is that it can't sync with the built in windows vista components (Contacts, Calendar and email). This is, I think, a deficiency in the product. I would have liked Outlook to also use these components (or to be able to choose to), as it would mean a single storage mechanism for all email clients on Vista.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...

I can see why Jim wanted out.  First you make an operating system (XP) that is flashy, but get ridiculed for having security problems.

Then you make an operating system that's extremely secure (Vista), and people start complaining that they are missing out on all the flashy stuff.

Geez people, make up your minds!  Or at least buy some more RAM and be happy.

Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror tells you how to legally evaluate Vista for 120 days (instead of the standard 30) before entering a product key. When you install without a product key, you get an automatic 30 day evaluation period.* This probably isn't news to anyone. What may be news to you, however, is that you can easily extend the 30-day Windows Vista grace period to 120 days. No hacks required. This is an official, supported operation directly from Microsoft. To extend the grace period another ...
Slashdot has a post here about how 48% of American Reject Evolution. It's actually a link to the MSNBC article, but the Slashdot comments are what makes this post worthwhile...especially the one where this guy lambastes a believer about how if his parents had brought him up to believe in the Power Rangers, he'd be spouting off on that...ha...classic! I actually had a discussion recently about this with some co-workers. They seemed to think it odd that I didn't believe in evolution, even with all ...
For the last two days i've tried installing Windows SDK available here: Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit for Windows Vista™ and .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components . When I tried to instal it, the setup crashed just at the beginnig, without saying anything interesting. I uninstalled everyting I could, that was somehow connected to the Visual Studio (Guidance Automation Toolkit, Visual Studio SDK, etc.). It didn't help. I've noticed that the setup (just at the beginning) displayed information ...

After adding more memory and replacing some bits, my graphics card now seems a bit hyperactive.

Windows Vista RTM Experience Index

For one reason or another I couldn't make it to this webcast, but I've been to another and found it well done and infomative.

If you're interested in developing Vista Sidebar Gadgets, go grab the deck and code from here:

Public Sector Developer Weblog
I think a person's start menu says a lot about them. So show us your start menu! It's a simple Ctrl+Alt+Print Screen. Work Running Windows XP, the company is not overall aggressive about adopting the new OS even though we are a software company. Not running a standard skin (that's the Zune skin). Using IE, not Firefox. Must be a company thing? Windows Live Writer is the top program. I post once or twice a day from work during downtime, but I don't leave the application open. Visual Studio, Notepad ...
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 ...
A plea out to all those who are using ASP.NET AJAX with sites on IIS7, either under Vista or Longhorn Server: I've been battling a strange issue with ASP.NET AJAX on IIS 7 running under Vista. It's a site that was upgraded from RC1 to RTM, and works great under IIS 6. Have troubleshot it enough under IIS 7 to determine that if the AppPool has the Managed Pipeline Mode set to "Integrated", it fails, and if it's set to "Classic", it works perfectly. The error I'm getting is one that was common during ...
Remember my scathing comment about the FSF foundations BadVista Campain? Well, here is something that somewhat redeems FSF in my eyes. Ironically, it comes from the Open Source camp. This article describes how a group of individuals gave out Open Source Software that ran on Windows machines. Ie, they made the impression that Open Source was not just GNU/Linux. This is an initiave to educate users into using applications which are available in GNU/Linux, in essence future-proofing those users. ...
Thank God I don't have to install Visual Studio 2003 onto Vista. Well, that may be a bit premature. I have to make sure that debugging and the like will still work. But I don't see why it wouldn't. So yes, it does turn out that you can work on .NET 1.1 projects in Visual Studio 2005 with a couple of project templates called "Everett Compiler". The Everett Compiler project templates include Console Application and Class Library templates that use a custom MSBuild .targets file that directs the compiler ...