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A long time ago Jeffrey Snover briefly mentioned the PowerShell [REF] parameter attribute, but otherwise there isn’t much mention around about how to use it. It seems simple enough, but I kept getting this error from PowerShell: “Reference type is expected in argument.” This post by MOW cleared things up for me – I needed to wrap my [REF] parameters in parens in the function call, like so: Find-NewMessages $valvar1 ([REF]$refvar1) ([REF]$refvar2) For those looking to see how pass by reference params ...
I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature! I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the ...
They said it was optimized for netbooks and they were right. I've been running Windows 2008 as a workstation using the instructions on http:\\http://www.win2008wo... for a few months, but Windows 7 blows away any OS I've tried to date on my little Via processor. Some notes from my install: Performance: Windows 7 is the real deal. It's more responsive than 2008, can listen to audio without pops like even the best optimized XP install I tried just couldn't remove. Weird: Windows 7 created ...
Yes, I'll admit, I'm a sucker when a new windows operating system comes out. After all, I come from the MS DOS era and witnessed the series of Windows products like version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 3.1 aka NT, 3.11, 3.5, 95 (remember the lines at the store!), 4.0, 98, 2000, XP, Vista and now 7! After the installation, I quickly noticed how fast the install was. Now, I know this is a BETA version and I was wondering if this was stripped on purpose without the extras loaded in a final copy for this quick install. ...
We’ve all seen the posts around Windows 7 and how the installation goes, so to join in I thought I’d might share my experience with this new OS. So first things first. Since I didn’t have a separate pc available I started up Virtual PC and created a new virtual pc. No special settings were used, but just to inform you I used 2GB of RAM. After that, started up the PC, captured the iso file and off we went. First thing that comes up is just some basic info about keyboard layout: Nothing more required, ...
The RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) have been released in beta form for the first beta of Windows 7. These tools allow for remote administration of your Windows Servers and services (think old adminpak.msi) from your Windows 7 workstation. I applaud the Windows 7 (or Windows Server) teams for getting these out quickly. We had to wait forever to get them for Windows Vista. Tip o’ the hat to Keith’s blog ...
So I got a copy of the beta of Windows 7 and installed it on my desktop computer at home on a separate drive. I still have Vista x64 installed and decided to do a separate install of Windows 7 based on previous experiences with Microsoft Betas. I must say that the install went very well and so far I have only found a few things that do not install on Windows 7 that I can install on Vista. One of them that does not run is Virtual Clone Drive, my ISO loader. So I had to switch to PowerISO to load a ...
I've been an avid user of Windows 7 pre beta ever since we got a build at the PDC conference in Los Angeles in October 2008. I installed it in dual boot on my work laptop, as explained here. There were a few minor kinks that forced me to keep Vista on this machine. The most annoying was that it was impossible to debug Silverlight on that build. Well, happy to report that this annoying bug is gone now, and I can develop and debug Silverlight on Windows 7 now. Let's see other problems and what happened ...
As soon as I got my mitts on the M3 build of Windows7 at the PDC last year, the first thing I tried was to run it in Fusion on my 15 inch MacBook Pro. It ran just fine sans one little thing – I could never get it to recognize the Marvell Ethernet adapter. Wireless worked fine, but for what I do at work wireless means a constant VPN connection and that was a pain. I did some searching, found one person that had it working on an older MacBook with a different Ethernet chipset. Once the new beta 1 build ...
User interface is so important, and shouldn’t lightly be sacrified for functionality. There’s always another way to approach things if you think about it hard enough. I’m only on the second sentence and I’m already getting off topic. :) Vista Media Center has some obvious improvements over the previous Media Center Edition, but for some reason they leave out simple yet big impact features. This is a list of a few things that I am missing. Automatic “jump-back” when finishing a fast-forward. After ...
Dear Microsoft, Please either fix the compatibility issue wizard in Windows 7 or give us the built-in ability to mount an ISO as a virtual CD/DVD. I tweaked the use of your wonderful Virtual CD ROM Control Panel under Vista using the compatibility mode but it's broken under Windows 7. Also, for old fogeys like me, could you make the option for a "Classic" start menu available again? Or at least give me the option of putting "My Computer" and "Network Places" icons on the desktop. Maybe I missed that ...
For those who don't want to go through the long post that follows, here's the short attention span summary. <Short Attention Span Summary> Windows 7 is a pretty neat. Installs quick, seems to have lots of neat features and I'm looking forward to watching this progress to RTM. Only thing I don't like is the loss of the "classic" start menu option. </Short Attention Span Summary> So just like so many other MSDN subscribers yesterday, I raced over to download the Windows 7 Beta that was ...
*Moved to: Installing Windows 7Installing Windows 7 is so similar to the Vista install it almost does not deserve a post on it, but as I did not do a Vista install post, and I am waiting for the install to complete, I though you should see, erm…. the nice new colours… I am installing on a virtual environment (Virtual PC) on my desktop so any timings for the install are largely irrelevant, but my Host computer had Dual Quad core Xeon’s and some serious HDD and RAM speeds.Read more...Follow my new ...
Unwrapping my new Wolves wall calendar I realized its time to do some prognosticating. I've blown the dust off my Nostradamus predictions book, taken some fresh tea leaves and smeared them all over my cracked crystal ball (it rolled off my desk last March and I haven't taken the time to get a replacement) and I'm ready to peer deep into the future... Oh yeah, don't hold me to these. :-) Google Acquires IKEA: Google figures the best approach to gaining ground on the computer desktop is to buy the ...
I tried loading up my Reporting Services 2005 on my visra machine today via url: http://localhost/reports/Pa... And it loaded up blank which i means i couldn't see my Report Folders and DataSources etc but i ccould see the menu like home,my subscribtion etc.. So i taught let me give the Report Server a try at http://localhost/ReportServer and i go an error insufficent permission I was too sure it was a permission issue so i checked IIS and made sure Windows Auth was enable and Anonymouse ...
I came across Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 I think Microsoft has made a good move on this and having looked at the samples and used it in a small project. Its See more here One error i came across was : The temp directory in chart handler configuration is not accessible And what it is when you look in to your web.config you will find this TAG in the appSettings: <add key="ChartImageHandler" value="Storage=file;Timeout... When you drag the Chart ...
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 ...
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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 ...