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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

I have been having a play with vista sidebar and the Gadget API. I have posted my gadget, source and a walk brief walkthrough of sidebar gadget as an article here -http://geekswithblogs.net/... I actually wrote this gadget about 4 or 5 weeks ago but have just been really busy! Enjoy ...
Yesterday, MS released SQL Server 2005 SP2, and Virtual PC 2007. I'm downloading both right now, but I doubt that I'll end up using Virtual PC 2007, which is somewhat odd since I play around with virtual machines all the time. On my disk, I have virtual images of just about every OS Microsoft has released, a virtual image of my old TRS-80 Model I Level II, and I even played around with Mac OS X 10.3 (pre-Intel--thank you PearPC). I first started playing with virtual machines way back before MS had ...
This post became too long that I had to split to two parts (1, 2). Go To Part 1 The real fun started before SharePoint 2007 session started, I used to believe that this is a great extensible platform especially after reading so many blog posts and articles on areas like AJAX enabling it. Well, until I saw the army!!! A team or two from IT Worx and another team from OMS already working with SharePoint coming to ask about many things including (Why didn’t you warn us that the RTM is in a reality another ...
So I'm out on a trip at a client site with my brand new Dell laptop. Before the trip, I had to have the lcd screen replaced because of what appeared to be a short in the wire connecting the screen to the motherboard. I should have known then that there were major problems with the machine. Well, I'm out at the client site, and suddenly, the machine starts giving me BSOD's. Supposedly, BSOD's aren't supposed to happen with Vista, but here they are, and they aren't for the same thing. One was for a ...
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) enables all editions of SQL Server 2005 to take advantage of the enhancements within Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System including SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services improvements for Office 2007; increased interoperability; and enhanced manageability and data compression. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
We are kicking off a 5-city road-show for developers, focused on application development on Vista & Office 2007. This event is behing held in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Using the Windows Vista™ platform in tandem with the Microsoft® Office 2007 system, you can build future-ready applications that are visually stunning, collaborative and secure like never before. Start scripting the future today! Clear Create visually stunning and highly differentiated user interfaces that ...
The link to this Video was on Digg today (I think I am fast becoming a Digg junky these days, curse you Kevin Rose!! - JK) Anyways here is the video. Its Nvidias application to the Mobile phone industry. I foresee that this would be where GPU's would go in the future. However a given fact is that the number 1 power drain on PCs today is the Graphics card, and this wouldn't change on the mobile arena. In fact it does get more demanding, so having a fancy GPU on your mobile phone, would or may result ...
The Shatter Attack potential is still present with Vista. Something that you'd think was not possible is still present in Vista. The ability to enumerate windows running in a session, get a handle to that window and send it windows messages, such as WM_KEYDOWN, is still possible from a lower privlege process to a higher privelege process. So, a low privlege process could search all the windows, find say perhaps a CMD prompt running as adminstrator, then send a buch of keystrokes to it to execute ...
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. The Session Scheduler launches in April and we will get our first real look at the actual sessions available in each track. Until then, we have to be content to speculate. Looking at the technical tracks page, it became clear to me that there is a lot of information ...
Why Windows Vista costs less than you think? Windows Vista delivers great value to businesses by addressing critical business scenarios. Firstly, it empowers your people by making it easy for them to find, share and use information. Secondly, it enables mobile and remote workers to stay connected and productive wherever they are. Windows Vista also addresses growing security threats and helps protect your people's data in and out of office, secure your environment, and makes it easier to achieve ...
Microsoft just announced Windows Mobile 6 (press release) at the 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona, Spain. The first WM6 powered devices will start hitting the streets by the second quarter of this year, and many companies are planning upgrade options for existing WM5 devices. There are a lot of changes in this release, but Microsoft has really focused on improving usability and adding support for more Microsoft Office features. The user interface has received a much needed face-lift, giving it ...
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 -12:00 pmRegister: http://msevents.microsoft.c... ...
There's a good article on Tyner Blain about over-engineering your application. Sometimes you go so far out of your way to please everybody, that you end up pleasing nobody. I've been on this type of project myself (quite recently, actually), and the results you end up with are never pretty. The example used there are the Fifteen Ways to Shut Down Vista. Don't try to please everybody. Remember that you're the software developer and that the people paying you for your work are paying you for your software ...
If there were one thing that I absolutely loved about Vista, it would be the new Remote Desktop. btw, I installed Vista, got a free Vista Business version from the college. :) My poor little laptop has a poor little graphics card. It has no pixel shader. Therefore, XNA will not work on my laptop. I do however, like being able to work on my XNA projects wherever I am. It turns out the Microsoft finally allowed DirectX devices while doing a remote desktop. Obviously they don't run fantastic over the ...
Finally, we get at least a taste of something that was scheduled to launch with Vista. But it's a little limited. The current preview of Windows DreamScene comes with only 1 DreamScene - a animated version of Windows Vista's default Windows Energy wallpaper. Windows DreamScene Preview announcement on The Hive Sorry for all the front page posts today Chris :) ...

My buddy Steve Eadie has been using a utility called Twitter and I decided I'd give it a try.  It's an interesting idea.  Sort of like blogging but much more real time.  It's actually made useful by installing the Vista Sidebar Gadget Twadget. I'm going to give it a try for a little while to see how I like it.

Is it just me or is this latest round of product releases from Microsoft overwhelming? I mean, just look at some of what has released: WIndows Workflow Foundation Windows Presentation Foundation WIndows Communication Foundation Vista Office 2007 ASP.NET Ajax 1.0 Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Web Service Software Factory Smart Client Software Factory Web Client Software Factory And some of what is coming in the not too distant future: WPF/E ORCAS Longhorn Server MOM 2007 The dotted ...
If you have a multimonitor setup and are ready to rebuild to Vista, you may want to read this first - it may cost you some $. http://www.microsoft.com/wh... Mark Miller povides even more detail here: http://www.doitwith.net/200... Does Mark now he wasn't recording a Mondays episode at the time? :) ...
Yesterday I found an undocumented feature tucked away in Vista's activation reminder. I don't expect that it exposes anything that directly contributes to circumventing activation, plus this can offer useful info for those who administer Vista systems, so I decided to post about it. If you haven't activated after 30 days, this pleasant reminder appears: If you restart the system then that's all you can get to. OK, time to activate. At this point you can change the product key, phone in to activate, ...
New TIP... In need of disabling IPv6 in Windows Vista, go to: The Cable Guy - October 2005. Changes to IPv6 in Windows Vista and Windows Server "Longhorn" http://www.microsoft.com/te... Summary: Unlike Windows XP, IPv6 in Windows Vista and Windows Server “Longhorn” cannot be uninstalled. To disable IPv6 on a specific connection, you can do the following: • In the Network Connections folder, obtain properties of the connection and clear the check box next to ...
Since Nero seems to be having compatability problems with Windows Vista, I've been looking for a way to burn the many ISO images I have on my system to DVD. I happened upon this post on Rick Hallihan's blog about how he used the Windows 2003 Server Resource Kit Tools utility dvdburn. I gave this a try and it works like a charm. If you're in the same boat as me, check this out. It's a great interim solution until Nero and ISO Recorder get compatible with Vista! :) ...
This is, obviously, from the folks that brought the Vista in WPF/E app that was flying around the web a couple weeks ago, and now they're demonstrating doing some 3D manipulations in WPF/E!

I'm running Vista Ultimate on my year old compaq presario 2610 Laptop, and it's not as much of a resource pig as some people were screaming Vista would be. My Compaq needs an upgraded HD (Only 40 gig) now. Also I have just over 1 gig of RAM Vista is actually running better that XP Pro did. How's That? :-)

I've been running Vista on this machine since beta 2, and had a few bugs, but no performance issues.

 

So, I got a new laptop, a Dell Latitude D820. Intel Centrino Duo updated from D810's plain old Centrino but nVidia Graphics instead of ATI. everything else relatively the same. My Vista Experience Score should be rocking above the 3.6 my 2 year old laptop scored, no? Well actually it isn't: .score, { font-weight:bold; font-decoration:none; font-size: x-large; cursor: hand; background-image: url(http://www.shareyoursco... color: #ffffff; font-family: verdana, arial; ...

Enable the hidden Vista "Aurora" boot screen.

Find the instructions here

Welcome to my Blog. I'm a Microsoft Fan, so expect to see Microsoft Technologies here. My main interests are Vista Ultimate, Office 2007, Visual Studio 2005, Visual Basic 2005, SQL Server 2005, ASP.NET 2.0.

In a short while I'll have some items posted.

As Bush's goverument proposed the extension of daylight saving time period, the daylight saving time will start in March and end in November in 2007 instead of April and October previously. This will cause a problem for unpatched system not to display time correctly. Therefore, several vendors have provided a patch for their own system including Microsoft. Microsoft released a KB928388 patch. What this patch does is to modify some registry keys that keep information about time offset and daylight ...
After Fridays post I decided to do some more digging around and find out if anyone independent has performed an authoritative test. Of course there are the usual magazines but rather surprisingly I hadn't found one yet that had made any major comparisons yet. However, I found Virus Bulletin Magazine which is "a regular source of intelligence about computer viruses, their prevention, detection and removal, and how to recover programs and data following an attack." The magazine is British based and ...
I have finally reinstalled my Vista Ultimate to RTM after running RC1 for some time. The installation went smoothly and took less than half an hour for a clean installation with all the essential drivers without me having to go rummaging through my CD collection to find any drivers. I chose to install the Ultimate rather than Enterprise version since I plan to use Vista for both entertainment and work. The picture below which I've expertly copied from the Windows Vista magazine sums up nicely the ...
This is the second in the series of posts (the first being here) that lets you know about my journey in finding security software for Windows Vista. Well it seems NTL, Telewest & Virgin.Net have all joined forces and are now Virgin Media this happened after ntl:Telewest purchased Vigrin Mobile for £1 billion last year and have chosen to merge under the stronger brand. Virgin Media offer cable & ADSL broadband, land & mobile phone, cable and mobile TV (using the HTC Monet) Virgin Media ...
Wow - What a ride its been - the past few days have been more than exciting in more than many ways for me. Maybe I’ll just stick to the Vista launch today – It’s not yet time to blog about others. The $6 billion block buster, most widely used piece of software ever made by man finally made it into the hands of the consumer on Jan 30th! Here are a few glimpses from around the world when it was time... Japan - Paris - India – Hollywood Tries out Windows Vista Launch Event Photos Times Square Launch ...

"You should go to Vista."

"So you like Vista?"

"Not really, no. I run a Vista simulator."

"Virtual Server?" the Boss asks.

"Nah, I just turned on all the flashy crap in XP, changed the background image, took some memory out of my box and clocked down the CPU. Then broke Media player. Works like a charm."

From BOFH: Episode 6

Hopefully I'm not jumping the gun, but I was just given a tentative "green light" to be able to go to Tech·Ed again this year. This year, the focus will be on all of the newly released products, such as Vista, Exchange Server 2007, Office 2007, and ASP.NET AJAX. I'll see you there ...
So my buddy Justice sent me a link to YouTube for one of the new Mac/PC commercials where PC is going in for "surgery" because he needs to upgrade to Vista. Let's see how this would play out if I was writing it: Mac: Hello, I'm a MacPC: And I'm a PC/PC is dressed up in a sweet look while Mac is dressed in a hospital gown with a suitcase Mac: Hey PC, I thought you had surgery today?PC: Yeah, I had to upgrade my video card because of Vista, but its all good. It was just day surgery...in and out! Where ...