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What is Trac and why would you want it? I have already documented in a previous blog how I restored my Trac backup from hosted-projects.com (see http://geekswithblogs.net/t... but given I also mentioned my use of Trac in a recent presentation at the .NET developers conference, DDD8, (see http://geekswithblogs.net/t... I thought it only proper to document how to install both SubVersion and Trac from scratch on a new Windows system. ...
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For the past week, I’ve nearly came close to ripping my hair out over a “small” issue with one of my 5 SCSI harddrives in my Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition desktop – the D:\ drive. It’s the drive that I install and hold ALL my programs on (named Programs Drive). Last week, it started NOT installing new/updating programs. So I googled it… In my research, many people had problems with the hibernation feature that somehow didn’t let you access drives. Some mentioned the permissions to the drives wasn’t ...
Today I went to a presentation made by Kate Gregory, Regional Director, Toronto on this free API from Microsoft and once again, I must say wow... I say again because I had already seen a similar presentation made by Éric Moreau a few months ago but back then I wasn't running Windows 7 and had other things in the pipeline... Today I'm running Windows 7 and I can't wait to see this API in action. Most of the features are one liners so they are easy to take advantage of and they really give our applications ...
I had my work laptop set up as dual boot to 80G for Windows 7 and 40G for Windows XP. As time went by, I had to install all the applications in Windows XP as well, and it was quickly eating away the space. With Windows 7, I was able to use Disk Management and do a "Shrink Volume" to get 15G of space unallocated. But when I tried to extend Windows XP partition, I found out I didn't have that option. I followed this post (http://www.sevenforums.com... and tried ...
Introduction In September 2006 I made a major decision on my company Source Code Management (SCM) strategy and signed up with http://www.hosted-projects.... which provide a hosted solution for SubVersion, Trac and Bugzilla. A few years earlier, I’d already moved my SCM from SourceSafe to SubVersion hosted on my own server on a local network. However, I really wanted to move to a hosted provider so I could have remote access to the SCM without worrying about firewall configuration and software updates, ...
On the surface it seems like a simple task. Microsoft has provided some fantastic tools and capabilities with XP, Vista and Windows 7 Media Center. To maximize the functions that you will most likely want to leverage I highly recommend connecting your Media Center to an XBox 360. If you are only wanting to leverage the out of the box features of Media Center then any media extender will work fine. However, if you are looking to stream video from the internet using a service like PlayOn you will need ...
We all have this question in our mind. “Why does my application break when we change the Operating Systems?” Typically, whenever a new OS is released, Microsoft makes every effort to ensure application Compatibility. Unfortunately, as the OS evolves and when reliability, security and performance improvements are made, there are some comprises which are made that ends up breaking some applications. Thankfully, when the changes are decided to be made, there is some mitigation planned to address the ...
I have a Acer AspireOne 751h that was originally shipped with Windows XP Home. It worked fine, and the price was good (got it at CostCo). For what it is, it worked beautifully. It does what a netbook does very well. However, it troubled me that with the "hotel loads" (what we called the minimum systems required to keep the ship operating in the Navy), almost 80% of the system resources were used. Sort of makes it hard to do much with that. When Windows 7 came out, I installed Home Premium per MS ...
I have been running Windows 7 64 business / IE 8 for about 2 months now, and it's interesting to say that this version of Windows is the most stable that I have ever worked with. That is, if you exclude IE8. I am at my pc for 10-14 hours a day, and I will honestly say that its a GOOD day when IE crashes less than 6 times. It seems to happen most often when I try to multitask within IE. (Navigate to a site that has multiple links that I want to read and start rt-click--open in new tabbing.) When I ...
The day started a bit early today as we have to present a small session at Community Tech Days @ Hyderabad which was confirmed today itself. The event went very well, over 200 attendees have attended the event. Speakers from various states came to Hyderabad to attend the event. I first met Harish Ranganathan, my favourite evangelist, after entering the hall. Hima Bindu delivered the first session on Web Development Enhancements in VS 2010 which was very interactive and informative. Next Arun Ganesh ...
Friday (1/22/2010) night, Win 7 had an update to install. I looked at it, as I always do, to see what the update was about. It was a cumulative security patch for IE8 (KB978207); details below. After the system rebooted, I saw a message to not shut down because updates were being applied; a common occurrence and no big deal. What caught me off guard was the subsequent reboot. The system normally starts after the initial reboot and applying the patch. When the system came back up, I received the same ...
As an avid Microsoft observer and dedicated partner, I find special excitement in attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Redmond delivers the event’s night-before keynote, and it has a large booth immediately adjacent to one of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall entrances. Beyond that, attendees are genuinely interested in what Redmond has to say about the Consumer Electronics Industry. It’s a place where Microsoft can shine, outside of the hardcore IT world. ...
At one of the clients I am working with we had a strange issue this week. A new employee joined the development team as a QA lead and was given a laptop to use that is a couple of years old. The firm has been in the process of upgrading their equipment to Windows 7 and thus far hasn’t really had any issues. Well, on this particular computer, our WPF application would install (it’s click once) and open but then hang. Very odd indeed. In looking at our application log, I found many instances of this ...
I have been dabbling with the Windows Azure Platform for most of 2009 (Check out my past posts) but at the end of December my boss Marc H gave me the go ahead to be “full time” on Azure in 2010. This was excellent news! I think Cloud Computing is an exciting, fascinating and often misunderstood area – which has the potential to significantly change how we develop and deploy systems in the next few years. And I am the lucky chap who gets to live and play in that space – at least until Marc realises ...
Tech bloggers like to have a predictions post at the beginning of each year (or the end of the previous one). I’ve never actually written one before, although I have made year-ahead predictions in panel discussions for the now defunct NYSIA. Since there’s no panel this year, and since I’m taking better care of this blog, I’d thought I’d give clairvoyance a whirl right here. The following predictions are pretty random and probably not comprehensive, but I’m making it my new year’s resolution to prevent ...
I just installed Sharepoint 2010 on Windows 7 and i’m looking for the new features in the Information Worker area as first step. My first impressions are very favorable to the new look & feel and Content Management, i love the ribbon-based interface. Well, i begun my Sharepoint quest adding Lists to my site. The new interface to add lists to content is so cool, completely based on Silverlight I added a new Survey List to my Site and i can observe the new branching feature for customize the flow ...

I am trying to debug a WCF workflow and I am unable to attach to the w3wp.exe service to try and debug the error code that I am getting.  Running Windows 7 Enterprise (64) with VisualStudio Team System 2008. I don't know if this is related to the workflow or not.  I am running VSTS as administrator to attach to the process (which is standard).  If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

UPDATE 10 May 2010 : I finally discovered where the Remote Desktop team documented this process last December and thought it might be useful; blogs.msdn.com/rds/archive/... UDPATE 20 February 2010 : Sorry for how long the final solution took to discover, but thanks to Aaron Parker's blog entry at http://blog.stealthpuppy.com we now have the final missing pieces that allow remote applications to be hosted within a standard Windows XP SP3 virtual machine. ...
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I am not using Windows 7 (at least not yet), but I am using Windows 2008 R2, which has the Windows 7 shell. I've been using it a couple of days and I like it a lot, I find the new win7 ui-shell very usefull, very productive. There are things I like a lot in it that makes my life easier. Specially 1. Improvements to Windows Explorer, Favorites and Libraries 2. Jump Lists 3. The new taskbar 4. How the Show desktop button is non intrusive, but readily accesible 5. the new tray area with app icons hidden. ...
This nugget was generated by a fellow developer from the London .Net User Group who was trying to use multiple monitors with a virtual machine running under VirtualBox. His guest operating system was Windows 7, and he was attaching from a Windows XP host operating system. I did suggest he might look at VMWare Workstation to run guest operating systems and this happily supports multiple monitors, even if the monitors are different sizes. Even the latest free VMWare Player can handle multiple monitors, ...
After installing Windows 7 and learning how to use the new Virtual PC, I noticed something odd with the way fonts were occasionally displayed in Visual Studio. It took some testing, but I figured out that if I ‘Enabled Integration Features’ with VPC, then ClearType wouldn’t be enabled. It would look like this: With integration features disabled, it looked like this: These screen shots don’t show how different the two look when you’re actually using it. The most noticeable piece is the ‘W’ in the ...
Trying to work my way through successfully installing VS 2008 (Visual Studio Team System) on Windows 7 64 bit. So far, not much luck getting it to install correctly (either partial failures or complete failures). When it would install, I wouldn't get intellisense for XAML files. In searching the web, everything seems to point to this being a byproduct of one Microsoft hotfix or another. I have gone through these lists of hotfix items that have known conflicts with VS2K8 installations, and not found ...
Technorati Tags: WPF Mike Taulty demonstrates how to program the Taskbar in Windows 7 from WPF in Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. http://www.linkedin.com/new... ...
Technorati Tags: Application Architecture and Design Strategies,Silverlight,Para... Programming,Tutorials The MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow is a developer/architect training through the southeast, presented by technology evangelists Chad Brooks, Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney with Microsoft. Dec. 8 2009. Introduction to ADO.NET Data Services The new wave of Web applications are built on AJAX and Microsoft Silverlight. We learn how ADO.NET Data Services enables applications to expose data as a REST-based ...
UPDATE: 5th January 2012If the client machine does not have SQL Server Configuration Manager, then head over to this MSDN article, http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... Qureshi has written an excellent comment for how to use the command line utility, cliconfg.exe, on a client machine which lacks SQL Server Configuration Manager. Isn’t this old hat? In a distant SqlBits, far, far away (actually the very first SqlBits) I gave two grok talks; the first on developers using SQL Server ...
New Apple iMac Arrives The latest edition to the growing home computing center is an Apple iMac (Intel E7600 Core 2 Duo/8Gb RAM/1Tb HD/21.5"), which I promptly setup to use Boot Camp with Windows 7 as the default OS. This makes a great Family Room machine, in Windows or MacOS (despite missing HDMI port), and doubles as the iPhone development platform. What is more interesting is the purchase survey, which I took today. Apple New Purchase Survey Going though the questions it became clear that there ...
*Moved to: Create a VHD from the Windows 7 Image diskThis being my first week at SSW, and still waiting for my nice shiny new laptop to arrive, I am sitting here at my Wife’s laptop (which is PINK, a requirement to keep the WAF high), until it arrives. Figure: Current workspace…one wall short of working in a cupboard, but it beats trying to work with the kids underfoot. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...
Considering doing a presentation at an upcoming code camp or user group in the spring? Have a really interesting .NET-related topic that you would like to share with other developers? Then come to this month’s Frederick .NET User Group meeting and present your stuff! FredNUG is mixing things up a bit this month. On December 15th, we’ll start with pizza and social networking at 6:30 PM. Then, starting at 7 PM, we’ll start our “15 Minutes of Fame” presentations. Anyone interested in presenting their ...
Step 1 Install Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 http://bit.ly/vs2010b2 TIP: This works great inside Windows Virtual PC (10MB download) on Windows 7 if you want to avoid using it on your main machine Step 2 Install ADO.NET Entity Framework Feature Community Technology Preview 2 http://bit.ly/ef4ctp2 TIP: The CTPs give you additional functionality such as self tracking entities – which you need for N-Tier work Step 3 Install the beta of LINQPad for VS2010 Beta 2 http://linqpad.net/Beta.aspx TIP: I recommend ...
After a lengthy break, the user group support kits from Microsoft have resumed. FedEx dropped off a big white box this morning, so if you are still awaiting yours... it should be there when you get home from work (or maybe in the next couple days.) User Group leaders didn't have the option of picking and choosing the contents for this cycle (or any future cycles, I would assume...) but don't fret, the contents are quite good. Assuming all the "Dev Group" kits are identical, this is what you can expect: ...
My group has been pulling together a page of resources to help developers start to target Windows 7 features. I think the end result is rather useful and I especially liked the short paper produced by Paul on the 7 Steps to Windows 7. Probably also worth checking out a previous post I did on getting an application ready for Windows 7. Enjoy ...
Yesterday I was contacted by Craig Shoemaker from Infragistics about the problem I posted the day before. Mr. Shoemaker jumped on the problem and said he would get development support management involved. And I promptly received a response from a development support engineer with the likely solution. The forum posting that the support engineer linked to had a screen clip that looked exactly like my problem. And I'm happy to report that the problem is resolved after performing the steps indicated. ...
A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ...
I’ve came across this interesting thread on Arduino forum about using IKEA DIODER and other RGB LED strips to build mood/ambient light. This allows you to create the same effect that you can now find on some TVs. I thought it would be a fun little project to do, and here is a short clip to show you the result: In case you would like to build it yourself here is how I did it. The Hardware To get multicolor LEDs some people are hacking IKEA DIODERs but it’s quite expensive, so I followed the advice ...
I really like Windows 7 so far, amazingly, but I was about ready to hate it because my computer kept freezing when I would try to copy large files to the network. After about a week I realized that even though Windows Update is telling me it has no updates for me, if I force it to check for new updates it will find them (until I install the ones it finds). After installing the latest driver for my Atheros NIC, the problem seems to have disappeared (I could recreate it until now, so I'm pretty sure ...
In this Issue: Chris Klug, Gavin Wignall, Jeff Handley, Brad Abrams(2), Mike Flasko, Karl Shifflett, Jeff Wilcox, Nikhil Kothari, and Colin Blair. Shoutouts: John Papa posted the material from his PDC Session: MVVM and Prism Demo for PDC09 Silverlight Session, and while you're at it, here's the video: Video of my Prism and MVVM at PDC Jeff Weber posted that a New Silverlight 3 Book Uses Farseer Physics Joe Stegman posted the slide deck for his PDC 2009 Out Of Browser Session András Velvárt announced ...
I had an issue recently with my SSAS 2008 performance counters - they were all showing up as 0. I could see them listed in Performance Monitor, but none of them worked. The counters for my SSAS 2005 instance worked fine, but the 2008 ones did not. I had observed this behaviour on my old Vista x86 machine and now it was happening on a fresh install of Windows 7 x64. I tried numerous steps to troubleshoot this issue including going through this detailed blog post from the CSS SQL Server Engineers blog, ...
The second day keynote at PDC 2009 in Lost Angeles was shared by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. Steven is the President of Windows and Windows Live Division and it really must have been a great day for him as he came out for the first time in a major conference with the new Windows 7 launched and the old Vista problems just fading away into Microsoft’s past. There is a lot of excitement for Windows 7 and there is excitement for the new Windows 7 APIs that are available for developers to work ...
For the first time in my career I have attended a major conference and it was well worth the wait. I had a handful of major objectives in attending of which all were met. Gain an understanding of Azure and how we can leverage it for our small and mid market customers. Gain more detailed insight into changes in SharePoint 2010 that will impact customizations and solutions that we provide our customers. Have some dialog with some of the MS data team members and others to understand MS’ vision for data ...
A question I have for you is with all the focus on web or cloud-based applications (Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, etc.) is there still a vibrant future out there for Windows Client desktop applications? Will Windows 7 do much to swing the focus back to desktop applications? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying desktop based application development is dead, it’s not by a long shot. With development tools like WPF and ClickOnce deployment desktop applications still rock. I’m just saying that it appears ...
I came across this PC Mag article and figured I’d share it with you. My primary reason for doing so is to provide additional ammunition to those developers out there who want to upgrade to Windows 7 but management is hesitant to do so. I’ll leave reading the article to you but here are the six reasons stated in the article. 1. Windows XP 2. Stability and Compatibility 3. Aging Hardware 4. Vista: A 3-Year Beta Test 5. Smaller, More Agile Companies 6. Business Demand To me the most significant item ...
My first thought – who needs another language? Are new languages the new rage? If I were to design a new language (I am not qualified, trust me), what would it address . . . It would be garbage collected (no brainer) It would run in a VM (actually, many different VMs ) It would also be statically typed (I think many would disagree these days) Threading would be a focus (with message passing as a language feature). Certainly include some aspects of functional programming languages It would have first ...
Microsoft recently held their Windows 7 Launch event in St. Louis where I was very fortunate to be able to deliver the Windows 7 introduction to developers track (opposite Mike Benkovich from BenkoTips.com). This St. Louis event was held at the AMC Theater’s in Creve Coeur, Missouri and supposedly drew 1200 local IT resources (roughly 600 for the developer track and 600 for the IT pro track but I didn’t get an exact count from anyone). I was involved with the developer track and in my auditorium ...
Well I have been using WVPC for Windows 7 RTM for about a week now and there are a few things I like and a few things I don’t. First off, why at the end of 2009 do we still not have a “multiple monitor” story that doesn’t require me to put quotations around the words. This RDP style of one giant monitor span across your two monitors is not a solution, it hasn’t been since it came out. Secondly, What *flicker* is *flicker* up *flicker* with *flicker* all *flicker* the *flicker* flickering? I have ...
Until recently, Microsoft’s policy toward Its Professional Developers Conference (PDC), was that it should be held only once every two or three years, and should focus on Redmond’s technology “futures.” This meant that currently- or imminently-shipping products were not to merit much coverage; instead, emerging technologies that were at least 18 months away (or thereabouts) from shipping would get the spotlight. Last year, that was mostly true. We got a pre-beta release of Windows 7, saw glimpses ...
This last weekend I had the opportunity to head up to Des Moines, Iowa and give a presentation at the a regional developer event called the Iowa Code Camp. Due to a bunch of recent travel and speaking commitments (including the Windows 7 Launch event in St. Louis and spending next week in LA for PDC) I decided a weekend in Des Moines would make a very nice little trip for the family. During my time at the conference my wife and three little girls took the opportunity to hit the local zoo and the ...
Had a short training on VMWare on Tuesday, the software development department finally got the official permission (read: get a license) to use VMWare Workstation. I’m no stranger to Virtual Machines (VMs) – started playing with Virtual PC 2005 a fwe years back and I understood the general concepts of hardware virtualization. The biggest problem I have with VMs in general is the slowness; I’d rather develop directly on my PC, which is faster. Can’t say I’ve delved deep into it, but I know enough ...