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After days of battling blue screen's of death (BSOD's) on Vista 64 being caused by the ATI display driver "amdkmdap", I landed on this post: http://forums.lenovo.com/ln... Here's my response to Zilla's post: zilla's post on 12/26/2008 worked for me. I have a Lenovo W500 (about a month old). Prior to applying this fix, Vista 64 BSOD'd 3 times. I am also in the process of encrypting a disk with BitLocker, which caused the fan to run hard ...
It seems there is a known bug in certain versions of Windows Media Center (ie, Vista Home Premium, Windows 7 Beta) in which even when you remove a folder from a music/picture library in Media Center, items from those folders are not actually removed. I searched around and didn't see much help, until finally I found this solution from a guy who works at Microsoft: I had no problem with doing that as I just wanted to reset the library completely and do a re-index. The instructions are: Exit Windows ...
So I wanted to show the file extensions in Windows Vista... It doesn't sound so difficult, right? Well - it took me a while to figure it out since I thought that I'd better do it myself than look it up on the internet, so I will familiarize myself a bit with Vista, since the laptop I bought cannot be downgraded to XP (I really do not love Vista). Anyway this is what you should do: Go to any folder you have on your desktop Click on the button Organise (this is usually found on the top left of the ...
In this issue: Jim Lynn, Silverlight Girl, Microsoft Natal, Damon Payne, Lutz Gerhard, Tamir Khason, Imran Shaik, Ning Zhang, and Joe Stegman. Shoutout: Cameron Albert is almost to the Alpha stage on Parenthia. Check it out: Almost Alpha Time! From SilverlightCream.com: Christmas in Silverlight Jim Lynn sent me this admittedly no-code Christmas card. Cool Deep Zoom demo though... I like it :) Create shadow effect in Expression Blend - Part 2 Silverlight Girl Continues with her Expression Blend Shadow ...
Your app is trying to load a DLL either explicitly by calling LoadLibrary or implicitly by linking with the associated static linked library and it fails with error code 193, "The specified module could not be found" or a message that indicates that the app isn't a Windows CE application. The possible causes of this are: The dll isn't a built for Windows CE This happens when taking a dll from Big Windows (NT, XP, Vista) and trying to use it on a Windows CE device. The dll isn't built for the processor ...
I wanted to upgrade to a 160 GB SATA drive for my laptop. In the past I've just gone the reload-from-scratch path, on a weekend, usually in front of the TV. I've even been a fan of this method, as it refreshes your system and gets rid of all that junk that you've acquired and may not even know you have. Not this time, however, as I wanted to get it done quicker, and since I'm cheap, I didn't want to buy anything. Enter Seagate's DiscWizard. It's made by Acronis (makers of True Image) and can do two ...
Well, according to Neowin.net, Windows 7 Beta 1 will be released on January 7th, 2009. I think the "7" for the date might be there for a reason! :) Microsoft released an Alpha version of Windows 7 to the attendees of PDC this year, but it was missing the new skin that we will see in Windows 7. I have been rather down on Vista (as many others were) as I could only use it for my book writing, but was unable to effectively use Vista for my normal work at Thomson Reuters for many reasons not worth going ...
I am not sure how many out there have machines that are capable of running a 64 bit operating system, but my new machine is. I originally installed x86 Vista (32 bit) and pretty quickly removed it in favor of Windows XP. I know that I am not the only one who has done that. I have been reading quite a bit that Vista is Windows ME version 2 (for all of you out there that remember that catastrophe). Vista was operating like it had a boat anchor around it’s neck even with system specifications like Intel ...
I do performance measurements quite regularly which involves to call a piece of code several times to measure how long it did take. I am sure nearly everybody has done this already. But as a physicist I know that (nearly) every measurement has fundamental problems which never go away. Key to a successful measurement is that you exactly know what you are measuring and not what you think you measure. The easiest way to get out of this dilemma without too much knowledge is to simply ignore the fact ...

I’ve been testing Windows 7 in real life conditions for the past few weeks, and am happy to report that I didn’t need to fall back to Vista at all so far. There are a couple of very small details that bug me a little, but I am not even sure if they’re related to Win7, so I just live with them for the moment.

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With Vista and Windows Server 2008 comes and new amazing feature: the possibility to include file system operations into a transaction. The functionnality is implemented as the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM). Requirements: Biztalk must be installed on a Vista box or Windows Server 2008 (which is not supported afaik). I had to implement this functionnality inside in a pipeline component in a Biztalk 2006 R2 solution . I started with the wrapper provided on Codeplex and it did not worked as expected. ...
*Moved to: Microsoft Answer for the end-userUp until now the only avenue for your average Vista user for support was to trawl the MSDN Forums, Technet Forums and the Support site for some elusive piece of information that is buried among all that technical BS that we teckies like to call help. All that has now changed with the addition of the Answers forum!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
How can you use the word efficient memory usage and mention in the same headline .NET? We all know that C++ is much more efficient with regards to memory consumption. Yes I agree that if you really love your memory you should think twice if .NET is the right choice for you. There have been reasons why Windows Vista has not a single managed executable executed while starting up. Ok the Event Viewer is managed which explains why it is starting so slow. First of all you need to know what things cost. ...
Just had a twitter conversation with a fellow developer and tester Ben Hall regarding Hyper-V Integration Services (think 'additions' or 'VMWare Tools' for Hyper-V) and the limitation that you have to be running Vista as a guest it has to be SP1 to support installation of Integration Services. If one of your aims is to test software/deployment on non-SP1 Vista that's a bit of a killer. I found a gerat blog that lists how to 'upgrade' Vista to SP1 so you can install Integration Services, http://www.virtualizationad... ...
I have installed Windows Vista Ultimate since some month now and I still wonder what system service I have missed to get a well behaved system. To troubleshoot heavy disk access I use Process Monitor from SysInternals. It is an invaluable tool to find out who did access what on the system. It can monitor every module load, process start, thread creation, registry or disk access and network activity you can imagine. If you are developing unmanaged code you can even view the call stacks who did access ...
One of my favorite new features on Vista is the instant search feature in the start menu. Just start typing in a program name or file name and Vista will find the program or file for you. You can then launch the program or open the file without having to navigate through the start menu or the file system. We still use XP at work and the instant search feature would be really cool to have on XP. Recently, a co-worker told me about this tool for XP called "Launchy", which basically does what the instant ...
Pardon my lack of posts of late…I am now the author of Redmond Developer News’ Redmond Review column, and I’ve been grappling with how to write the column and keep posting here. I’ll ask you to continue bearing with me. While the column will focus on strategy and analysis for working with Microsoft and its stack, there are still plenty of topics that don’t fit there and do fit here. Here’s on such topic: Windows Home Server (WHS), and the quiet release, back in June, of Power Pack 1. Before the release ...

Today is the end of my very first week at IdentityMine. Let me just say that it was really great. In the same week I worked on a proposal for a client (maybe our very first project in the new European IdentityMine, crossing fingers) and prepared a presentation for next week.

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In this issue: Alex Golesh, Bart Czernicki, Matthias Shapiro(3), Michael WOlf, Swiss MSDN Team Blog, Michael S. Scherotter, Jesse Liberty, Chris Carper, Bill Reiss, Jonathan van de Veen, and Jobi. Shoutout: Adam Kinney reports that Project Rosetta turns into a MIX09 workshop From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Tip: How to Inject and Execute JavaScript Function(s) on-the-fly from Silverlight Alex Golesh has a post up on injecting JavaScript Functions from Silverlight. He has a nice text-entry front ...
As from a couple of days ago, SP2 in Beta version for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 has been up for grabs. Those interested should go on the following: 32-bit SP2 Beta 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 64-bit SP2 Beta 2 for Vista and Windows Server 2008 Please note that before installing this, one needs to have SP1 on his computer/laptop. Has anyone tried it yet ...
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta is now available for public download on MSDN and TechNet. This is a combined update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This will be the first service pack for Windows Server 2008 since it shipped and includes a lot of performance improvements for WS08. Did you notice that I specifically said Windows Vista Service Pack 1? That’s correct, if you want to install this service pack on Vista, you must first have SP1 installed. That means that SP2 ...
Ora viva! Após alguns anos a usar e abusar dos recursos fornecidos pela internet penso que chegou a hora de dar a minha contribuição. Neste espaço irei falar do dia a dia de um programador, problemas que vão surgindo e como foram resolvidos e alguns comentários a situações do dia a dia do ponto de vista de um Geek. Como objectivo pessoal este blog vai servir para melhorar as minhas capacidades de escrita ( pretendo alternar entre o português e inglês ). Acredito que uma das melhores formas de melhorar ...
Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is now available to Microsoft TechNet subscribers through the download website. This is the Customer Preview Program (CPP) which will roll to general availability tomorrow. Technorati Tags: Vista SP2,Windows Vista SP2,Windows Server 2008 SP2,TechNet,Microsoft ...
Just installed BizTalk on my Vista notebook. Here are some information that may help: My BizTalk’s edition – BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (Developer edition) Operating System – Windows Vista Ultimate The installation process is as seamless as it was for previous editions of BizTalk Server 2006. Only important point to remember is you download the prerequisite cab file for Vista. You may be in habit of using previously downloaded prerequisite cab file. Setup will automatically download the CAB file (BtsRedistVistaEN32.cab) ...
At the last Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, the attendees were given a pre-beta version of Windows 7, Vista's successor operating system. I installed it on a virtual machine and was very impressed by the performance of Windows 7. Since I just got my new laptop (Alienware m15x) and have been installing stuff anyway, I thought I would give it a try and install Win7 in dual boot on this machine. This is the report of the experiene. Read the rest of this entry » ...
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If you have followed my blog for a while you know that there were a number of graphic issues I had to begin with. In a change of event I am noticing lately that there are features of the Windows Explorer that are coming in handy. The first thing was the rating system for images. Many times I have heard the Lightroom experience described and its star rating system. From the day I started using Vista I noticed that it had similar capabilities, but it wasn’t clear how to use it beyond a single file. ...
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So, Nick Swan tagged me to do this blog and I really had to think about 5 of the gadgets and things that I have purchased over the year to recommend as Christmas presents. Here is a list of my 5 recommendations (not in any order). 1. New Sunglasses * As seen on the SharePoint Pod Show! Yep, I needed a new pair of sunglasses and found these and just had to have them. They are Giorgio Armani model 597’s and are pretty cool looking shades. They pair well with anything from casual shorts and t-shirt ...
location: At Lamar Advertising Wednesday, December 10, 2008 5:45 PM - 8:00 AM Sponsored by: Robert Half Technology Presenter Kate Gregory BIO: Kate Gregory is the Microsoft Regional Director for Toronto, a Visual C++ MVP, the author of over a dozen programming books, and a technical speaker. In 1986, she founded Gregory Consulting with her partner, Brian. Based in rural Ontario, Gregory Consulting provides consulting and development services throughout North America, specializing in software development ...
I probably would not have posted this if the problem only existed on my XP workstation, but when I had the same problem yesterday on my Vista laptop and had to dig the same post up again to find out the solution, I decided I needed to mention it. After the Silverlight Toolkit was released, there was a post about adding the tools to the Toolbox. I re-blogged it in case anyone needed it, but I figured I didn't ... I mean I've been around Visual Studio since it was "Visual C++" Beta, so what's the big ...
Just before I add lots of files and folders to my PDC attendee's freebie 160GB USB disk I thought I'd list out the contents as sort of like an audit. PDC 2008 160GB USB Disk file directory listing Autorun.inf starthere.cmd StartHere.html Developer\BluePrints\Inside... Developer\BluePrints\Introd... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... Developer\dotNetFramework\d... ...
AT ONE TIME the Horse had the plain entirely to himself. Then a Stag intruded into his domain and shared his pasture. The Horse, desiring to revenge himself on the stranger, asked a man if he were willing to help him in punishing the Stag. The man replied that if the Horse would receive a bit in his mouth and agree to carry him, he would contrive effective weapons against the Stag. The Horse consented and allowed the man to mount him. From that hour he found that instead of obtaining revenge on the ...
In our last Episode, Apathetic Coder and The UML Guy derived code from Sequence Diagrams. Today, the Lounge has a pair of unexpected visitors. (Click picture for a larger image. UPDATE: The larger image is broken somehow. I probably can fix that later tonight.) This Episode is a hodgepodge of obscure references: Star Trek. Zatanna the Magician. The Ransom of Red Chief. Benjamin Franklin. Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs). Data Flow Diagrams (DFDs). Episode 8. Night Court. Columbo. Who Framed Roger ...
So in Part 4, I said that recognizing the music key would be tricky. But why? Didn't I spend most of Part 3 explaining how cleverly I used M-SAPI so that users only had to say partial names to be recognized? Well, yes; but I've long said that programming has a Conservation of Complexity law: the less complex for the users, the more complex for the programmers. (Be glad: that's the short version. My long discussion on Conservation of Complexity would take up the rest of this post.) The reason why ...
I wrote Dee Jay as an example for a proposed talk for the Ann Arbor Day of .NET, and as a way to learn more about the Managed Speech API in Microsoft Windows Vista. Dee Jay works with M-SAPI and Windows Media Player to give you a totally voice-controlled way to play your music. You simply say a command like "Dee Jay, play some Dire Straits", and it searches your song catalog for songs by Dire Straits, picks one, and plays it. Or you can name a specific title, or even a genre. If there are multiple ...
(UPDATE: This is a rerun of a best-of post from 2006. I applied the fix described below, and have never seen the error in question again.) Ever since I got my Gateway CX200X — and even before, with my less-than-wonderful Toshiba M200 (which I'm managing to put to productive use, but cautiously) — I've had this annoying problem. When I would shut the lid, with every expectation that that would suspend the machine, I would be deceived. I would put the machine in my backpack, and head off for the road ...
If you are a BlackJack II user you are familiar with two buttons at the bottom of your keyboard next to caps/shirt. And you most likely are familiar with hitting those two buttons while typing or by accident. Both start apps and 3G connections, which I have to go disconnect from to not waste battery, as well as the app itself that the button lunched through task manager. I wanted this “feature” gone for so long. It’s easier then ever to do so, once you update to WM 6.1 [which is amazing btw! no GPS ...
Windows 7 These past couple of weeks have been a mixture of fortunes for me; I was fortunate enough to be sent by my employer to the PDC in LA where I won a couple of iPod Touches This also enable me to sign up to the Mesh developers program which I'll blog about later. Unfortunately my fortunes took a turn for the worse at the end of the week when an investor pulled out of our company forcing the board to shut down the development department leaving me out of a job. So I'm going to try and make ...
Microsoft have provided and excellent standards agreed format called XPS. Vista comes ready installed with an XPS viewer for XP you can download it. The issue is if your preferred browser is Firefox you will not be able to view XPS files. The solution is simple: Download the IE tab addin for Firefox Install it Then the clever bit open options Set up a URL thus: /^file:\/\/\/.*\.(xps)$/ Jobs a good ‘un. Now if you click on and XPS file Firefox will open and IE tab and load it ...
I have been free of my monstrous cable tv bill for many months now, and I love it! Woooo! A while back I posted about how I want to get revenge on Cable companies by helping as many people as I can kill their cable service in favor of free HD tv over the air and over the Internet. You can read about that here. There are other “free TV” guides on the Internet – but they suck because they are too generic, too technical, or not technical enough. Hopefully this one doesn’t suck. Let me know if you have ...
I am installing SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition on VISTA Ultimate and noticed that only client components are being installed. Setup shows an option to install “Server components” but never installs! However, the setup does give a warning for “SQL Server Edition Operating System Compatibility”. Solution: install SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition. Developer edition do not give operating system compatibility warning ...
Three days into playing with the Windows 7 PDC bits, I've already fallen in love with the new OS. Microsoft has come a long way to get things right this time. I know a lot of people hate Windows Vista badly. I do too. But I always think that Windows Vista isn't that bad. What it really lacks is the common sense of software design: convenience for users . I noticed a lot of thoughts have been put into Windows 7, although in this early pre-beta stage it still looks pretty much the same as Vista. But ...
In this issue: Rich Griffin, Martin Mihaylov, Tim Heuer, Jafar Husain, Jeff Prosise, Mike Snow, Jeff Wilcox, Ben Waggoner, Jeff Paries, Jesse Liberty, and Jeff Putz. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Themes 101 Rich Griffin sent me this post about Themes ... very nice tutorial... have it on my list of stuff to read closer ... thanks Rich! Using the DockPanel in Silverlight 2 Martin Mihaylov posted a tutorial in his style we've grown to expect on using the DockPanel... check this out! Using Encoder ...
I have just bought a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop at work for my own use and I thought it would be interesting to write a review about it now that I have used it for a week or so, although my "thing" is not really reviewing equipment. Since I consider myself quite an advanced user, I think I can do this. :) You should know that I'm moving from a Sony Vaio VGN-A215Z, so that's what I'll be comparing it to. First of all, let me say that I prefer Dell to Sony when it comes to laptops and computers in general, ...
Just got back from the PDC 2008 and hereby some notes about installing Windows 7. The plan is to install it side by side (dual boot) on the primary computer that has now Windows Vista Home Premium installed (Dutch version) 1. First step is to backup the disks. The system has 2 disks in a RAID 0 configuration. I tried initially when I just got Vista to use the Vista backup application. Vista backup will skip however some files types: .exe, etc and I just wanted to backup everything in c:\users. I ...
This is Guru's First blog from the Windows 7 M3 PC that I got from PDC 2008. I like Windows 7 so far. I installed it on VMWare Workstation 6 running on windows Vista. Here is the screen shot of Windows 7 running on Windows Vista. Some initial observations are: Windows 7 is quicker to respond and snappy, eventhough it is running as virtual machine. I do not see the taskbar in icon form. Not sure whether it is not part of the M3 bits or because of running in VMWare workstation. Need to look at it futher. ...
David Silverlight is the mastermind behind SEVERAL sites. To name a few: www.community-credit.com www.xmlpitstop.com (this is one I heard about recently) www.stupidcubicle.com www.nonprofitways.com David Silverlight is a geek which regards to programming and xml and yes, if you were wondering: Silverlight was named after him. David himself writes about this on his blog [see here]. In short... Bill and David met for some drinks and a chat. They talked about things in general and then started to talk ...

Yesterday featured another day packed with sessions and started with a great keynote showing off the new Windows 7, what's coming onto us with .NET 4 and the new development environments (starring Visual Studio 10) as well as innovations in the field of Office (web office is going to allow editing and synching documents online).

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