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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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I've gotten my hard drive with all the PDC 2008 goods on it. Very cool. Windows 7 demo what very cool in this morning's keynote. Really what Vista should have been, but I guess they needed the baby step of Vista to get to Win 7. I look forward to loading this OS up and trying it out. Scott Guthry had a good keynote on WFP and Silverlight. Interesting news: silverlight outside the browser. Something we've asked for and are excited about.... ok, batteries low.... gotta go. -Andy ...
This keynote is all about Windows 7 (the Vista that shoulda been) and new things from ScottGu's team. While yesterday was about the back-end infrastructure of the new cloud platform Azure from Microsoft, today's keynote focused on the front end of Microsoft. One funny question from Ray Ozzie was wondering what we would do at work all day if we didn't have a computer on our desk. Here are some random notes from the keynote. "The PC will be more relevant in the next era." - Ray Ozzie Today we barely ...

Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Bringing together software + services

Presents Windows Live Essentials and Windows Live Services. Using Windows Live Services is optional, so you can use your own services (pop for example) instead.

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Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Here we go again, PDC day 2 also features a keynote. Expecting Silverlight news and demos :)

The keynote starts with an impressive video of products built in .NET, mostly WPF and Silverlight stuff as far as I can say.

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Hey guys, I’m going to recap day 1 of CISD’s Annual Tech Conference and Expo, which targets the IT field in Louisiana. Overall I found the majority of the presentations enjoyable, but here goes what I took home from the conference personally. The Keynote by Ed Driesse The keynote speaker was the new CIO of the state of Louisiana. The man is passionate about what he does and it comes across in how he speaks. His vision is of a unified state system that has the necessary branches of information per ...
After CLI (Command Line Interface) and GUI, Surface is a NUI (Natural User Interface). Challenges: Multi-user. Multi-Touch. Direct Interaction. Object Recognition. Presenting existing applications developed for Surface: ATT with an application allowing to visualize the coverage for a mobile. Bars such as Harrah with applications for social interaction. Sheraton has Surfaces in the lobby to encourage people to interact. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Are you coming to PodCampAZ this weekend? By now, you know that it is a two day event. You may even know that I am speaking twice. But this last update is going to give you a few more things you may not yet know... Door Prizes Among this year's door prizes are some Target gift cards, copies of Office and Vista, some blogging software, and... I know I am missing something... OH YEAH - SnagIt 9 and Camtasia Studio! Yes - loyal readers, you could win a copy of either SnagIt or Camtasia. TechSmith is ...
I just got a 30-day demo of the new Palm Treo Pro with Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 to test out. I will add this to my current pending reviews in the next couple of days. Any questions? Specs: Unlocked GSM device – not available from a carrier at the moment Platform Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition Processor Qualcomm® MSM7201 400MHz Display 320x320 transflective color TFT flush touchscreen Radio HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM radio Tri-band UMTS – 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz Quad-band ...
Here's some great webcasts to check out, just around the corner on WPF, ASP.NET and writing secure applications. If you're reading this an the webcast has already happened, you can check out the recording at the same link. MSDN Webcast: BenkoTIPS Live and On-Demand: 10 Ways Your Applications Can Be More Secure on Windows Vista 10/22/08 11:00 AM (PST); http://msevents.microsoft.c... In this webcast, you learn 10 reasons why your application ...
This interesting little article from LaptopMag has several tech writers buzzing. ASUS CEO talks Eee PC sales and plans The interesting part comes about two thirds of the way down when the interviewer asks about XP Easy Mode and if ASUS plans on doing something similar with Vista. The CEO responds: “I think we could, but we don’t plan on putting Vista on any of the Eee PCs. I think in the future in the second half of next year we will put Windows 7 on Eee PCs. For now it will be Linux and XP and then ...
We are currently using WCAT because we have the Pro version of Visual Studio, not Team System. It's not exactly the easiest or best tool, but it is free. I'm looking at Web Performance Suite and NeoLoad as a possible replacements but I'm not very familiar with either. This is what we need: Ability to load test many users (of course). Fairly easy to use. Trace listener would be nice. Test the output for values using simple matching and regular expressions. Functional testing in the same package would ...
At my presentation last night, one of the questions I received from some of the members of the .NET Developers Network user group was whether you could use the SysPrep tool under Windows Vista. This is essential if you want to create a single Vista virtual machine image, from which you create 'clones' to support multiple virtual machines running concurrently on the same network. I googled the following post on the train back to London, http://www.windows-noob.com... so ...
And the official name is… Windows 7. You might be wondering how this is news, but really Windows 7 has been the codename up until Monday when Mike Nash announced that it would be the official name as well. The idea is that Windows 7 will continue on from where Vista left off, but to go back to version numbers instead of years and other off the wall randomness to highlight aspiration. Mike gives the rundown on why the name was decided on his blog, here: http://windowsvistablog.com... ...
Aspiring Web Application Developer? Ever wonder: -"What would it take to start writing some websites in ASP.NET?" -"How do I setup and configure IIS[the web server] and set up SQL?" Wonder no more! There is a simple tool that will install IIS7, VWD Express 2008, SQL 2008 and proper .NET framework for you. Just load the tool, pick a scenario and you are ready in a few minutes! This would saved me some time getting and setting up all the products and settings myself. Awesome! Check out Microsoft Web ...
I have, for quite a while now, used virtualization technology for all of my development. Multiple versions of installed tools, beta development kits and specialized setups have made the maintenance of a single machine too complex to support everything needed for every project. It has been much easier to create a virtual machine for a project, install whatever is needed, work on it, and tear it down at the end. If an installation fails, or if CTP software has destabilized an operating system. then ...
Windows Vista: Pros and Cons I just bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. Since I wasn’t sure if it’s feasible to keep it with this Operating System, I researched to see the advantages and disadvantages of Vista. Here is what I gathered out of personal use and research What I love about Windows Vista: · The increased security, although you can also get this by having Service Pack 3 on Windows XP · The new looks, which in my opinion are way better than those of Windows XP · The side bar is a nice ...
To Download the SQL Server Express Management Studio Express 2008 for SQL Express 2008 R2: (Begin June 2011 Update) Database Only Management Tools Database with Management Tools Database with Advanced Services SQL Server Database Engine SQL Server Management Studio Express Full-Text Search Reporting Services Download Size ( 32-bit | 64-bit ) 58.1 MB | 74 MB 154 MB | 163 MB 235 MB | 247 MB 727 MB | 795 MB Install (End June 2011 Update) I was recently doing a personal site and wanted to use VWD and ...
Some months back I bought a HP 6910p laptop which included a HSDPA card, and it even came with a Vodafone SIM. I did look at the data plan from Vodafone; £15 per month for 3Gb of data, with no minimum contract. I liked the idea of a larger data allowance than the 40Mb I currently have with my T-Mobile contract. I’ve never upgraded this original Web’n’Walk contract; I get 200 minutes, free answer phone collection and 40Mb of data for £16.50 per month. If I upgraded to get 1Gb of data (with laptop ...
Microsoft will be presenting some very interesting stuff at the PDC this year. One of the much-anticipated Oslo-related messages came last week, ahead of the conference, with the public announcement of "Dublin", an Application Server and host for WF / WCF applications. And get this: There will be CTP BITS available for .NET Framework 4.0 and Dublin at the PDC! Essentially, Dublin offers significant feature additions to the WAS (Windows Process Activation Services - remember?) that ship with Server ...
Some interesting books are going to be released later this year and can be pre-ordered from Amazon now. Concurrent Programming on Windows by Joe Duffy Nov 2008 Framework Design Guidelines: Conventions, Idioms, and Patterns for Reusable .NET Libraries (2nd Edition) by Krzysztof Cwalina and Brad Abrams Nov 2008 Windows® Internals: Including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, Fifth Edition by Mark Russinovich and David A. Solomon Nov 2008 Programming Entity Framework by Julia Lerman Jan 2009 Data ...
Now that the Manhattan Project has taken its first few baby steps, I think it would be best if I made a series of tutorials for those who want to keep up with the happenings, but might have lagged behind. This is the first in a large series of tutorials that I (and all those involved) want to have available to help those who have a little trouble getting started. To get some things straight, at least for myself, OpenSim is not a client for Second Life (I swear, this is what I thought before I got ...
Yes folks, we're finally back after a slightly longer than intended break. I've known George for years, and he's one of my closest and also farthest away friends. We get to hang out about once or twice a year for the MVP Summit and my birthday jam. George is a very busy dude between work and his XNA Development website, but I'll let him tell you all about both of those, and everything else, in these NINE Questions with George Clingerman: 1. Where are you from? (How did you end up there?) I’m from ...
As you may or may not be aware, I am a moderator on the Bytes Technology Forums, overseeing classic ASP forums but kicking around other areas like HTML/CSS, JavaScript/AJAX, SQL Server, Access, and .NET forums - basically a bit of a jack-of-all trades. Recently the mod team has been discussing a desktop assistant for drafting and composing posts from a background app that sits dormant in your status bar until you decide you want to use it. My online colleague insertAlias (aka Curtis) has just finished ...
There are features in Vista that are NOT available in earlier version of Windows so there may be times when you need to know what OS your application is running under. Determining the OS version is as simple as checking the System.Environment.OSVersion object. If System.Environment.OSVersio... >= 6 Then 'Vista specific code here Else 'Earlier versions of Windows code here End If There are a number of other useful pieces of information in the System.Environment namespace such as GetFolderPath ...
I was using VPC 2007 on Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit for the first time last week. I was creating some user documentation for my new job. I noticed that even with sharing turned on for my C Drive I could not save any files from the VPC to my C Drive. I heard there was really no Vista and VPC 2007 support, so I decided to start experimenting as per usual (don't try this at home I have broken more VPC's than anyone within the SharePoint Community I bet). So I found this Public area on the C Drive ...
It's past 11:00 PM, and I finally found the way back to my room. After having some problems with the build script, we hit off on what was to become a great day. Build scripts tend to be a hassle when you intend to run them on XP and Vista in English, German and Dutch versions. As always, you can count on JP to find an elegant solution to solve this problem. We've built a skeleton for a web application today. I'm not going to delve into the details of the implementation, as they are far from finished. ...
The beta downloads for the new Windows Live Wave 3 applications are here. This includes new versions of: Messenger Mail Writer Photo Gallery Movie Maker Toolbar Family Safety Microsoft Office Outlook Connector To give you an idea of what’s new in some of the products: The look and visible features have been updated in all of the products, but the ones that are most noticeable are Messenger, Writer, and Mail. There are a lot of new features in Messenger, but some noticeable ones are that “Shared Folders” ...
So, I saw a post this morning that let me know the Zune 3.0 release had occurred. I dutifully started my Zune software and tried to sign in. After accepting the new license agreement, the Zune software recognized that an update was available and politely asked if I wanted to upgrade. Yes. Downloading... And then this: Ok, so I'm running Windows Server 2008 as my desktop, so what? Am I to be punished because I need to run server products on a daily basis and using a VM to do so is a pain? Now I have ...
Ok, so I was having an issue with the new Micro SD card I bought for my cell phone. The cell phone manufacturer said it would work since their phone supported SDHC cards. However, after trying to format with every possible format Windows Vista offered still no luck. I decided to Google the issue and I found on the SD site this formatter, with a disclaimer saying generic OS formatters do not format the cards to SD specifications. After using this utility my problems are solved. The card works. You ...
The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild will be meeting today at Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Brian Hitney will be presenting on the ASP.NET MVC Framework. Meeting Summary When: September 10th, 2008 @ 6:00 PM Where: Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium Who: Brian Hitney What: MVC Framework Technical Sponsor: TEKsystems Agenda 6:00 Pizza and Networking 6:30 Announcements 6:45 Sponsors 7:00 Presentation 8:30 Closing and SWAG Handouts Topic – Model View Controller Framework The ASP.NET ...
I can understand my client's IT department blocking MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. I might not like it that Twitter is blocked, but I do understand. I don't understand if they work so hard keeping their employees off Internet sites, then why they allow them to use IM on the Intranet, but hey... that's why I write software, not set policy I guess. So today's exercise in useless time is spent getting ready for a software audit. Now, of course, I'm not dumb enough to be running a cracked copy ...
I was chatting to someone last night about how they liked Vista as their dad hadn't rung him for months since he got a new laptop with Vista on it. I concurred that there are some good new features such as the option to multi select files without the nightmare of Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click, which is really hard for my dad to master. However, the guy I was talking to didn't know about the option as it is off by default, so here is how to enable it. In explorer, go to Tools Options, View tab, and tick ...
Here is a funny except from Google Chrome EULA. Which by downloading and installing Google's 'browser' Chrome you agree to with no contest. First thing I though of before even finding this: Hmmmm let me hand over my browsing history to the Google guys...right. Turns out it's worse then just browsing history. http://www.google.com/chrom... 11. Content license from you 11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, ...
Type below in the command line replacing <MC name or IP> with the machine name or IP you want to connect. This works with WinXP and Vista. mstsc -v:<MC name or IP> /f -console Updated: :D There is a easy way. Just type mstsc /console in the command prompt ...
There’s something that we developers don’t seem to get about the users, and it’s that the file system is a quite complex beast to use. It provides order, yes, but at the expense of users getting lost on where their files are. And it gets worst, as there’s no easy way to solve this. In Windows, there’s only one key that will move your files to a well known location in a single key press: the Delete key. You probably know how it works: select a few files, hit Delete, and go find the selected files ...
Axialis Software and Microsoft worked to create a free Visual Studio add-in to create an icon editing tool that allows you to create high-quality 256x256 PNG-compressed icons for Windows Vista. The editing experience, both inside and outside Visual Studio, is very easy to use and provides various tools, filters, and effects, as well as the ability to create icons from existing images or ready-to-use image objects. *IMPORTANT: Axialis IconWorkshop™ Lite installs ONLY if Visual Studio® 2008 Professional ...
In case you didn’t know, Windows XP SP2 provides a very cool update feature. It works like this: you have a main product, and the Quick Fixes / Service Packs that are applied to it. When you repair your setup for the main product, all the updates are also applied. When you remove, the cleanup is done for all. And it also looks cool on the Add/Remove Programs screen: You’ve probably seen it before in Vista, and thought that that was a Microsoft only thing. I really prefer the way it looks in XP. It ...
If you have received the error "Unable to create the Website...To access local IIS Websites, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account.", you must be running Windows Vista and trying to create a website in the local IIS. I have been encountering this error often although it is well documented (hard to find?) And time and again, I realize that I need to run Visual Studio under the admin priveleges by elevating it, to create website in the IIS. Hence thought of posting this. ...
Regarding the Feb 2007 posting I made (http://geekswithblogs.net/... and the responses I've had, I feel I need to revisit that opinion (even though it was over a year and a half ago). I run two powerful rigs at home, Superrig runs Vista 64 (8gig RAM) and contains two NVidia 8600GTS cards (640meg each). This rig is powering four monitors effortlessly (and how sweet it is). Son of Superrig runs one NVidia 8800GT card powering two large monitors, also without ...
After installing sp1 on Windows Vista, my previously created web sites would no longer start and I got the following error: WebDev.WebServer.exe has stopped working Unable to connect to the ASP.NET Development Server with the following exception: System.Net.Sockets.SocketEx... was unhandled Message="An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions" Source="System" ErrorCode=10013 NativeErrorCode=10013 StackTrace: at System.Net.Sockets.Socket.D... ...