Tag | Vista Posts

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 ...

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Looks like I'm late to the party as this list has been compiled and updated since Beta 1 but if you want to know if certain apps (like World of Warcraft or for me, VMWare) will work with Vista before taking the plunge then check out the Windows Vista Software Compatibility List wiki.

Ok, so I've been to quite a few VS Live's and I've seen the good and the bad, but here's my first impressions from VSLive 2007: 1st Keynote by Prashant Sridharan was good. Demo (by Sam G. (I think)) was clear and informative... Nima Dilmaghani has some really interesting things to say, but his presentation quality--Well I've already blogged about that.... Lunch - Ok, they've gone away from the cold box lunch of past years; good. But they need a major lesson in crowd control. The lines were way, way ...
Ok, so Nima Dilmaghani needs to work on his presentation skills... Nima gave two talks today at VS Live about Vista development--a subject I was quite interested in. But man, watching his presentations (both of them!) was just painful. It appeared he had done no preparation, and he was unfamiliar with Vista, Powerpoint, and Visual Studio. Now the guy might be a genius, he might really know his stuff, but on stage you had to be sorry for the guy. Really Microsoft, give someone else the presentation ...
*Moved to: Advanced Email ContentDoes anyone remember the early video presentations for Vista? Specifically the one about the students collaborating on coursework? The bit I am interested in is the emails with advanced content... Can we do that now? The demonstration showed an email being opened and a 3d animated representation of the solar system being displayed with the senders calculations for getting a probe into orbit of one of the planets.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Joe Healy, Microsoft & & Nikita Polyakov, USF presents: “Vista & Office 2007” Windows Vista & Office 2007 feature presentation and extensive Q&A. This a student oriented presentation of using Vista and Office 2007 together to make your everyday life easier and have a much smoother experience doing things that previously were not so fun or intuitive to do. This event will be held in BSN 115 from 4 to 6PM RSVP needed for the raffle: Click Here [ http://www.clicktoattend.co... ...
I absolutely want to drop my free HD-DVR from Charter for a Vista Media Center with CableCard support. The ability to record to a hub that can be viewed from any Xbox 360, Zune, Portable Media Center, phone, etc is exciting. But... Niveus Media's offering starts at $3199 and that's without the CableCard adapter. It looks like that will run an extra $1500. That's way out of my price range, and I am a gadget freak with a decent income. That thing is built for Bill Gates and friends. Velocity Micro's ...
As I progress with using Vista as my primary OS, I am finding some things that need to be addressed. One of the items left out of vista is an SMTP server. In XP and older operating systems you can have this installed with IIS. However, vista does not include an smtp server. You have a few options out there to download (http://softstack.com/frees... or (http://www.smartertools.co... Steve (Steve Schofield) has a good post discussing this. I wish I would have done ...
As I progress with using Vista as my primary OS, I am finding some things that need to be addressed. One of the items left out of vista is an SMTP server. In XP and older operating systems you can have this installed with IIS. However, vista does not include an smtp server. You have a few options out there to download (http://softstack.com/frees... or (http://www.smartertools.co... Steve (Steve Schofield) has a good post discussing this. I wish I would have done ...
Symantec found that Microsoft Windows is the most secure operating system. This is based on the number of patches found and the time to patch them. Microsoft Windows Red Hat Linux Apple Mac OS X Hewlett Packard HP-UX Sun Solaris Despite the latest TV ads ridiculing the security in Vista with a Matrix-like Agent playing the UAC in Vista, Apple (QuoteChart-->) has nothing to brag about. Symantec found 43 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and a 66 day turnaround on fixes. Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most ...
We had a great .NET UG event tonight. I spoke on ASP.NET, mainly around design patterns, architecture, and platform selection. But the end of the presentation was to be a demo of ORCAS and the new ASP.NET features. I have my ORCAS VPC on an external hard drive that isn't made for Vista...or isn't made for Toshiba laptops running Vista...anyhoo, I finally got it to recognize my drive's partitions and load up the VPC, which I then minimized for the duration of my presentation. So the end comes, and ...
Overview Software Architect with 16 years of development experience using a myriad of technologies. Have exercised technical leadership in all stages of software lifecycle via collaboration with business stakeholders in defining system requirements, object-oriented analysis and design, design reviews, code reviews, and collaboration with developers and IT staff in troubleshooting/debugging production issues. Have written reusable frameworks and components to provide rapid delivery of reliable, extensible ...
More technical than most reviews, Peter Bright covers the APIs and what makes Vista different under the hood, including: Windows API history User interface - Windows Presentation Foundation and the Desktop Window Manager. Printing - XPS documents Under the hood - Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation Video and Audio - Media Foundation A follow-up article promises to cover security and the features that got cut. Read Windows Vista: more than just a pretty face ...
First look at Vista from the standpoint of developers... hosted by Microsoft, delivered by Interface: Introduction to Vista Application Development Introduction to .NET 3.0 framework technologies Introduction to WPF Introduction to the Vista APIs, e.g. RSS and Search Hands-on Lab Phoenix – March 23, 2007 Phoenix Microsoft Office2929 Central Avenue, Suite 1400Phoenix, Arizona 85012Registration: 8:30 amEvent: 9:00 am -5:00 pmRegister: http://msevents.microsoft.c... ...
Just did a John Craddock 2-Day Intensive Seminar on "Security Active Directory Access" at the Novotel in London. Four Words: What an amazing event! To see Craddock peel the layers behind Microsoft's Premier Directory Services was absolutely incredible. If you think you know Active Directory Services, do this course with John. He and and his colleague Sally Storey are very talented presenters in tune with demands of the market place and delivering secure, stable technologies geared towards the ENTERPRISE. ...
Typing mailto: in the search box in the Vista start menu will open a new mail message in Outlook. It is much faster for me to hit the Win key on my keyboard and type mailto: than it is for me to hunt through the 15 open applications, find Outlook and click "New". Plus I don't have to transition between my mouse and keyboard. It's really not a new Vista thing since you could have typed WinKey + R, then mailto: before, but it's still cool. Technorati tags: Vista, mailto: ...
Announced at this years Cebit the brand name Commodore has risen from the ashes to title a range of some rather high speced PC's. These machines are aimed fairly and squarely at the PC gamer. Amongst the distinguishing features of these PC's is the option to chose a different piece of art-work for your case called a 'C-Kin'. The art-work is very contemporary in style and ranges from recent game-titles to street art from simply garish to - not '3' bad. The PC's themselves have the highest speced graphics ...