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This post is in response to the article "Why Linux will not displace Windows". (I have posted the entire comment just in case it gets taken down from ZDNet.) You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ? That sounds preposterous to me. If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not ...
Some weeks delayed but is finally out!, this new Febrary 2007 CTP basically has support for Vista and includes another minor bug fixes. The most relevant bug fixes are the follow: Support for Windows Vista Guidance Navigator performance and display improvements Handling of read-only .gpstate files Use of standard system colors in wizards and dialogs Fixes to registration recipes Tom has published a detailed description of this new release here. Download the new GAX Feb 2007 CTP here ...
It seems this is the year for Microsoft to announce product retirements. First GotDotNet, then Visual J#, and now eWeek just announced that FoxPro is being retired as well. According to Microsoft, they will not be releasing any new versions of Visual FoxPro past version 9.0, but they will continue to support it through 2015. The FoxPro development team, which is actually part of the Microsoft Visual Studio team, will be spread out across different groups in the Microsoft Developer Division, including ...
I don't know about you, but my first home computer was a Commodore VIC-20 longer ago than I care to admit. From there, it was a Commodore C64, then a C128. After that, we got our first IBM PC compatible, a Goldstar made PC clone. I never really got in to the Commodore Amiga, although the graphics and operating system where definitely ahead of it's time. The Commodore line sort of died out in 1996 with the Amiga, and hasn't been heard in the mass-consumer market since then. That's all about to change! ...
Peter Laudati asks a very interesting question... Why do you or don't you attend a user group? It's all about the SWAG! You know the goodies they give out at user group meetings... software, tee-shirts, and pizza... Actually this is a really great question to ponder as I am trying to start a new user group (NJUX) myself. Why... why go through the trouble of setting up a meeting place, scheduling speakers and coordinating with other user groups. Well as Paul Kimmel so eloquently states a lot of it ...

Mike Volodarsky has a great article on this subject here.

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Everyone attending Mix 07 will recieve a free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate.

Read the article here.

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Szymon Kobalczyk was having fun with the 64-bit version of Vista. That is until he tried to install a game called Price of Persia: the two thrones. The machine won't even boot now! But most likely all is not lost. If you find yourself in this kind of pickle then getting back to a restore point using System Restore is a great thing to try. Here's two ways to do that: First plan of attack is to try to boot to Safe Mode, which is done from the boot menu that comes up by pressing F8 right after the POST ...
You might think I'm little behind with this news, believe it or not but until now I was still runing on Windows XP. But no more excuses! This week I want ahead and finally bought Vista for my home computer. To be precise it's Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit version. The fun begins! Why I choose Ultimate edition? The politically correct answer of course is that I use the computer for both work and fun… but hey, the truth, as you all know, is that I'm a geek so I just want the best system I can get! ...
Microsoft invites you to experience the next generation of application development platform that will let you deliver rich, interactive experiences to your customers. City Date Venue Hyderabad 15-Mar-07 Fortune Katriya Pune 16-Mar-07 Sun-N-Sand Delhi 21-Mar-07 Marriott Mumbai 22-Mar-07 Kohinoor Continental Chennai 23-Mar-07 Ambassador Pallava Bangalore 27-Mar-07 Royal Orchid Date, Time, Venue: 15 March 2006 9:30 AM (Registration and Tea) Hotel Fortune Katriya, 8, Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad ...
I have noticed one definate benefit Vista's UAC brings to developers: allowing them to work as an administrator, and explicitly notice everything their program does that a regular user can't do. Often times, software won't run as a non-administrator because developers run on their own machine as administrator and see nothing wrong with the concept that their user would do the same. Now, with UAC, the developer can still run as administrator, and if they leave UAC on as I have at work and at home, ...
Well, I'm pretty fed up with Microsoft's Windows Live Dev Team. Not that they have really done anything wrong, it's just that they haven't done anything!!! Add new abilities to the Windows Live Messenger client with the Messenger Add-in SDK beta. Published Friday, June 09, 2006 2:55 PM So, it's almost been a year since MS has put out anything to support development with Messenger. Whats the deal?? To top things off the existing Add-in sdk is crap! While it works, it only give you access to events ...
Quite a while ago I ran into the issue where I couldn't remove code snippets from VS. It seems that is not enough (using the hard way) with removing the registry key (that's it: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Vis... and the proper snippet file. To do that you should also remove the snippet from the ExpansionsXML.xml file. If you're using XP you will find this file here: c:\documents and settings\[YOUR USER]\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio... ...
I never would have expected Dell to be a feature leader and win the race to ship the first Vista Media Center with CableCard support, but they just may do it. PC Magazine has received the XPS 410 with an ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner for review. It's not shipping just yet, so they might not be the first to ship, but at least someone is getting close. I have seen some rumors about Sony shipping in April or VidaBox shipping in March. While I haven't heard anything about HPs DECs getting the upgrade. ...
Usually I don't write about my current employer or work, but I think this time it deserves to make an exception. You read already it in the title: I work now on The Collective Molecular Environment (C-ME) for The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). If you are following the news on Windows Vista or WPF you have probably seen this application already (the screen on the right might remind it to you). The Scripps Research Institute is a biomedical research organization that is trying to find a cure for ...

This article show how to create a self registering COM interop layer for your .NET code that can be called from JavaScript in a Vista Sidebar gadget.

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Greetings from the Windows Home Server Team You have been approved to be in the Windows Home Server Beta program. I just signed up and received notification for beta testing Windows Home Server. Over time, I've had a few server instances running variants of Windows (XP, 2000, 2003) for home file server needs. However, with Home Server, there's a few nice features that make backup and mindless RAID capabilities for machines that participate on the Home Server network. Microsoft is doing a good job ...

No Zune?  How about some desktop wallpapers.  Microsoft has released 2 new desktop wallpapers based on Windows Vista Ultimate.  You don't need to actually be running Ultimate, or Vista for that matter, to use these.

Wallpapers are in 4:3 and wide screen format.

It's avalaible at Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista. It includes a lot of bug fixes related with the debugging, profiling and also with web projects using IIS.

Question for everyone out there who could give me a minute or two... I finally got my brand new, higher-end laptop and I want to know - is anyone out there running Vista Business or Vista Ultimate on their everyday development machine? If I have read one then I have read three dozen blogs, knowledge base articles and blurbs about the pitfalls of using Visual Studio v6, 2002, 2003 and 2005 on Vista. I know about the common problems, the work arounds and what not. What I want to know is... Who out ...
Here is a useful article containing an overview of the new simplified thread synchronization capabilities in Windows Vista: http://www.codeguru.com/columns/kate/article.php/c13387/. These include CONDITION_VARIABLE, AcquireSRWLockExclusive/ReleaseSRWLockExclusive, and AcquireSRWLockShared/ReleaseSRWLockShared.
NJUX - New Jersey User eXperience NJUX will focus on UI based topics from design to architecture to tools and trends. Inspired by WPF, Vista, CAB, Mobile devices and the like this topic is just perfect for a North/Central New Jersey user group. We will be testing the waters soon with an organizational meeting. This group will differ from other New Jersey groups because we will focus specifically on the aspects of making the user experience better. There will be a good balance between proper visual ...
If you have ever wanted to know how big a folder was, you had two options: Open a dos prompt and get a directory listing Open the properties for the folder Wouldn't it be great if the folder size could be displayed right in Windows Explorer, just like it does for file size? Well, thanks to this post on Noah's blog, it is now possible! This is an open source project available on SourceForge at: http://foldersize.sourcefor... Of course, this information is only available in Details view, but if ...
I have a MSI package created using Visual Studio 2005 Web Setup Project on Windows 2003 Server. When I tried to install it on Vista(home premium) with IIS7 installed, the setup failed with Action ended: WEBCA_SetTARGETSITE. Return value 3. Fortunately, when I've installed the optional "IIS 6 Management Compatibility" option within IIS7, the installation succeeded ...
A good friend and ex-colleague of mine seems to have been bitten by an evil bug causing him to devote his free time to creating a tool that will report all hidden shares on a remote machine. The tool is available for download here. Your colleagues in your lan thought they could hide their party photos and mp3s from you, but not any more. Link: http://projectdistributor.n... Technorati tags: Hidden Shares, Tool, winnt, windows, xp, vista, win2k, share, reveal Cross-posted ...

Watch you're Liquid Background with Windows Vista Ultimate's Extra, Dreamscene.

Does anyone else have some problems with their network connectivity with Vista? If my computer goes into sleep mode, or I leave it on for a significant period of time (or even just randomly), thet network connection seems to die. I have to disable my network connection in Windows, then re-enable it. Then I can get connectivity back. That is gettign slightly tedious, though; does anyone know any resolution to that? (I cannot seem to find the same question asked after a google search.) ...

...because Joost doesn't install on Vista apparantly...

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I had entered the mixtify 'blog bling' contest and put a MIX tag and link on my blog. I didn't go the rest of the way and put something on my website because my whole idea is to avoid recompiling that thing all the time, but seeing the Sidebar gadgets today made me want one and since I don't have Vista yet, I did the next best thing and put one on my site sidebar using WPF/E (of course). This was very simple, but in the interest of exposing all the WPF/E I use, I figured I'd write it up:http://www.wynapse.com/W... ...
The Microsoft sponsored GotDotNet developer community site is shutting down! All of the functionality will be phased out by July 2007, so there isn't much time left. According to the announcement, Microsoft is phasing out GotDotNet for the following reasons: Eliminate redundant functionality between GDN and other community resources provided by Microsoft Traffic and usage has significantly decreased over the last 6 months Reinvest the resources in new and better community features The phase out schedule ...
Lord of the Rings Online, a MMORPG from Turbine apparently uses .NET. The system requirements explicitly say so. I am not sure what parts of the game are .NET and which are native code, but I assume that the launcher is written in .NET and I did spy some resource assemblies being downloaded in the update process. The version of .NET required is 1.1 with Service Pack 1. Which means on a Vista box framework 1.1 gets installed in the LOTRO setup. Hmm need to explore more. Anyway's here is 2 incriminating ...
Former GWBer and now MSFTy Brandon Paddock has released an app for Windows Vista that gives you the shortcut ability of Windows Desktop Search (formerly MSN Desktop Search) on the Vista Search box which is nested in the start menu. Go check it out. Brandon you are 'The Man'. First all those uber tips for WDS and now Start++. As a matter of fact, I find myself using WDS more for the shortcut ability rather than for the search functionality. Link: http://brandonlive.com/cate... Technorati ...
I was just looking for more info about Google's move to offer an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Word for word processing, when I discovered this recent blog post from the CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz: My Family Photos - and ODF. For those who will use Microsoft Word 2007, Sun is apparently creating a plug in that will allow users to set the Open Document Format as the default format for saving documents. Very interesting... Microsoft cannot ignore this format, and clearly isn't ...
One of the interesting things about Windows Vista is the User Acccount Control (UAC) and the Elevation it requires when executing activities that require Administrative Priveleges. Windows Vista, by default runs users as a Standard User and as such when an administrative task is attempted, it prompts you to verify the permission. If you are running your applications on Windows Vista for the first time, you may be a little amused by this operation but it shows the security model that has been the ...
Hamad Darwish, a photographer, was comissioned by the Windows Vista team to take a series of photographs of which some would be used as wallpapers in the new OS. Long Zheng introduced him via some blog posts. In the interview Hamad mentioned releasing the entire set of photographs to the public. The shots are simply amazing. Here is the link to his site and the photos. He also has a Flickr page. Long's original blog post ...
I picked up my copy of Vista Ultimate this week (purchased edition!). The installation went by fairly smoothly with no hassles. The only problem I have had now is that VS 2005 seems to have had some issues installing on Vista, which is weird. But, we shall see what happens when it finally finishes its installation.
Please join the Southern Ohio Exchange Users Group on March 7, 2007 for a night of presentations highlighting Exchange 2007 and Windows Vista. We will be presenting several technical demonstrations on Exchange 2007 including deployment, operational efficiency and Unified Communications. We will also have some fun and informative Windows Vista technical demonstrations as well. Please register here so we have an accurate head count for food and drinks. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm and ...
When accessing a shared folder on a remote computer or device, Windows Vista will refuse to send your password using older encryption methods. Unfortunately, many NAS devices as well as computers that use older versions of linux or MacOS (X) do not understand the newer encryption methods. This keeps you from being able to access these devices. The solution is to force Windows Vista to use the older encryption methods. To do that, follow these steps: Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium: Click start ...
http://msevents.microsoft.c... Language(s): English. Product(s): Windows Vista. Audience(s): Developer. Related Industry: Education,Government. Duration: 90 Minutes Start Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Event Overview Windows Sidebar Gadgets are lightweight programmable objects that provide real-time, always-available access to information from a web service or application. This session will introduce you to the ...
It seems Microsoft just can't let go of Clippy. Yesterday I attended the Vista / Office launch in St. Louis, and while Clippy himself did not make an appearance, his dog did. I guess Microsoft just can't stand to have a presentation without some annoying cartoon character jumping around the screen, so we were treated to a dancing Scooby-Doo while we waited. Maybe this is what happens when you bury Clippy in Stephen King's Pet Sematary. If you're into this sort of thing (shame on you), you can get ...
My friend, Pandurang Nayak put up a good list of download links for Microsoft .NET Framework, WCF, WPF Extensions, AJAX 1.0 and a list of other latest Microsoft Technologies which can be downloaded for free. So, herebelow is the list. Product URL Release Status Notes Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 http://www.microsoft.com/do... RTM Installs .NET Framework 3.0 and all libraries for WPF, WCF and WF Windows SDK and .NET ...
I was Co-presenting with Russ Faustino on "Building Differentiated User Experiences with Windows Vista" part of the Vista Launch , last Tuesday in Ft. Lauderdale . I arrived at the beautiful Hyatt Pier 66 in Ft. Lauderdale, paid my $8 Valet parking and waited for my 2:00 PM session. One o’clock comes, Russ goes on stage and does his usual great intro to over 700 attendees (standing room only). Then it was my turn to do my thing. 10 minutes into my demo I was talking about vector graphics and Russ ...
If you are running a Windows XP machine and itching your hands to upgrade to Windows Vista, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is something which you would love to check out. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you determine if your current PC is ...
MIX is Microsoft's Conference for Web Designers. It is an annual Conference that happens in U.S. and is subsequently held in other subsidaries. Check my earlier post on IndiMix, last year. MIX 07 is going to be an exciting event for Web Developers, Designers and Web Business Persons. It is a fun filled event and guess what, it is happening in the fun filled place, Las Vegas. The event or rather the 72 Hour conference is from April 30 - May 2nd. So, whats lined up there for you? If you are a Web Designer, ...
Before you install SP2 you really should read the readme file. I have already seen one post on the MSDN forum who ran into the issue documented in section 5.3.2 of the readme. You can find the ReadMe file here http://download.microsoft.c... And the What's new file here http://download.microsoft.c... There are a lot of good things in SP2, ...
Well, this is hardly a kosher topic to talk about - people get up in arms about the idea of Open Source and the free software movement. Recently I was on the FSF browsing about when I found quite an interesting website: BadVista.org What the hell??? Now, I am quite open-minded about open software, but I found this website just childish. The reason for the existence of this site is labeled as: "The BadVista campaign is an advocate for the freedom of computer users, opposing adoption of Microsoft Windows ...
I've just come back from a brilliant evening with the Oxford chapter of NxtGenUG. So why do I think it was brilliant/fantastic? These phrases are banded around so loosely these days, well I quantify my statement. Take Biztalk for example, not many developers out there get really what Biztalk does and there aren't enough hours in the day to learn. Unless a developer has a specific reason they aren't really going to look it up. But when you do start looking into Biztalk all to quickly you find yourself ...
A lot of times I need to be able to look at .reg, .vbs, .vb, etc - attachments that people send me via email. I don't go haphazardly running them, but I need to at least be able to save them to disk and drag them into my text editor. Here's how to make the changes in Vista to prevent Outlook 2007 from blocking these files. Note that with these changes, you still won't be able to just double-click on the attachment and run it (this is good), you'll have to save it to disk first. Make sure you really ...
Reflector 5.0 was just released today. If you haven't already downloaded, do it now. It has a ton of new features, and makes version 4 pale in comparison. In fact, there are so many new features that Lutz has put together a PowerPoint slideshow that gives an overview of what's new. One of the coolest new features is a custom protocol handler that will really show the versatility of Reflector. If you already have Reflector 5 installed, you can navigate directly to a code item through a code:// URL. ...

The final release of SQL Server SP2 is now available for download.

Remember that this is the right version of SQL Server you should go for if you're using Windows Vista.

The official press release