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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 ...
The MonthCalendar control is wider on Vista for some reason. The control is 227 pixels wide instead of 182 pixels on XP. If you have a form that only hosts this control, use this code to make it look better in Vista: private void FormDateSelector_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { if (Environment.OSVersion.Vers... == 6) { this.Width = 227; } } Technorati tags: .NET, Vista, MonthCalendar ...

Mark Russinovich has written an interesting article that covers some of the Windows kernel improvements in Vista. These include CPU cycle counting, the multimedia class scheduler service, file-based symbolic links, I/O completion and cancellation, and I/O priority.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/02/VistaKernel/default.aspx

I already had VS 2005 Team System installed and I have downloaded and installed the Windows MC SDK 5.0, Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for the .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista SDK for .net 3.0.I have been going through the Windows Media Center SDK doc and have been finding it very useful. It always amazes me the quality of the documentation MS provides with their products. I'm currently about 20% or 30% through the doc.The doc tells me that I have 3 different technologies to choose from. Those ...
My daughter is sick today so I decided to stay home from work and take care of her so my wife could take our son to school and go run some errands. Plus I’ve been feeling a little stressed and could use the time off.I've also wanted to start a blog for a while and this seemed like an opportune time to do that.I am a C#.net developer. I've been wanting to find a hobby I can work on in my spare time. I am going to stick with something with development. I work for company developing middle wear for ...
You'll have to buy a new, high-end PC to run Vista Vista will solve all your security problems Vista is no more secure than XP SP2 The only thing new about Vista is the eye candy You can't dual boot Vista with another operating system Vista requires (or includes) Office 2007 Most old applications and peripherals won't work with Vista You have to buy a Premium version of Vista if you have a dual core machine You won't be able to play ripped music in Vista Vista costs a lot more than XP Read full explanations ...
I know, I know, too many Apple posts the last couple of days. If you haven't seen this yet, it's a letter posted on Apple's site from Steve Jobs talking about music. He doesn't do this very often so it's getting a lot of attention. It's primarily in response to the building anti-trust issues with Apple's dominance in the digital music market, which is misguided since the real problem are the music companies. To break it down: Apple won't license it's DRM because it will be cracked and the crack can't ...
Dear Microsoft, I understand that you are trying to go for a unified interface for the Zune just like iTunes. But would it kill you to add support for TV shows recorded by Windows Media Center so we don't have to do things like this? In the short term: Please add .dvr-ms support in the next minor Zune software update. It's not that hard and I'm not asking for anything special. Just have them show up under videos. In the long term: Please add a TV section to compliment Music, Videos, Podcasts (you ...
Date: Thursday February 22nd, 2007 THIS DATE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED Speaker: Chris Dufour, MVP The Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft's unified framework for building secure, reliable, transacted, and interoperable distributed applications. In this session we will begin with a high-level overview of the WCF architecture and its key concepts. Then we will learn how to build and consume simple WCF services. After attending this session you will be able to start creating your own WCF ...
Mostafa, our cool super funny designer at SilverKey, wrote to Middleest Developers yahoo group a message titled "MDC 2007, is it worth going to?". This was my reply to the message... There's only one day left anyway! Look, the MDC is a little bit good for those who didn't attend MDC before, and for students as well (opens many topics that are pretty new to most students). For professional developers who are up to date (who are not so many anyway), or who attended MDCs before (those are many I guess), ...
Hey check this out. IStartedSomething.com has an interview with Hammad Darwish, the photographer behind the Vista wallpapers. And you can check out his Flickr feed he has got some really nice images there. Tags: Photograrphy, Vista, Wallpaper Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
DreamScene has been delayed, but the folks at WinCustomize are ready for launch. They are putting up an online gallery of motion backgrounds you can download for Vista Ultimate DreamScene whenever it finally releases. The "Dreams" will be a combination of user submitted and in house created. Right now everything is in preview stage, but I expect it will be fully functional by launch ...
I’m loving this new Texas Hold’em Poker games that comes with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Anyone else a Card-Shark? Then post your best score up on your blog. Also, have you seen the prizes on the Windows Vista site? They are really amazing ! So, I thought I would enter, why not? It just means watching three short videos and then you can enter to win. Anyway, it seems that everyone had a great time a yesterdays WebDD, I didn't get to go because I felt rougher than old boots in the end which ...
So I posted yesterday about how I was gearing up for the all-nighter that happened last night/this morning. But first, some backstory to fill in: So after posting yesterday morning, I proceeded to leave the house and head to the gym. I messed up entering the code to our ADT panel, but re-entered it without a problem. I left the house, then realized I forgot my wallet. Back in I went. My wife tells me that ADT called. I listened to the message and they were calling about a distress signal that was ...

We had a great time today at the Phoenix INETA meeting seeing presentations on all things Vista.

I presented on WPF/E and built a Reflection Builder application to help in figuring out all the settings involved:


This week several Microsoft MVP’s volunteered their time to help Microsoft promote VISTA in different retail stores. We were all part of the FOOTS (FEET ON THE STREET) program. To prepare for this event, we all received the necessary training material that was needed so we can review in advance. There was also a live webcasts that we could attend and a chance to ask any questions we might have. A large package was already delivered to our store with the label Hold for Microsoft Trainer. When the ...
After a lot of speculation it seems that Toshiba are finally producing drivers for Windows Vista. The message given thus far from Toshiba has been, "when we're ready", which seems rather odd when considering that Toshiba are actually selling machines with Vista pre-installed, hmmm what drivers are they using? Another odd matter is that the drivers are only available currently from the US Toshiba site here, so I would take this as a note of caution which is that main reason I haven't installed any ...