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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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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. Talks about the feedback they got after Vista went RTM. Funny moment as he reminds bad reviews from "a few bloggers here and there, oh and some ads too". Transition from Vista: Talks about the attention they ...
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. Ray Ozzie's keynote Ray recaps what was presented yesterday. After cloud services yesterday, today will be more about front end. Nice video showing the evolution of PC from first consoles ...
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. Looking for a killer app for NUI. As of today, the Surface SDK is available, as ...
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 ...