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I met Philippe Schutz at the TechDays in Geneva early this year, and have been following him on Facebook since then. He does amazing work with logos and icons, and it is only natural that I have thought of him when I decided to get a new logo and icons for the MVVM Light Toolkit. A brand identity is quite important to me even in private projects. This is why I created the site GalaSoft (www.galasoft.ch) years ago, and started using this “brand” consistently as well as the cat logo (more about that ...
In this Issue: XamlNinja, Zoltan Arvai, Alan Mendelevich, Dimitris - Ilias Gkanatsios, Chris Klug, Pete Brown, Fons Sonnemans, Tim Heuer, Jeff Prosise, and Mark Miller Shoutouts: Corey Miller posted a User Experience Review post that's a good read. Jeff Wilcox announced The Silverlight Toolkit - now in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer Andrew Duthie blogged about the Freescale Sensor Badge - Fun Gadget! ... get yours! Laurent Bugnion announced another early release of his MVVM Light Toolkit V3 ...
After reading Tim Anderson’s blog article (here) on his installation of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 I glibly added a comment that R2 now includes PowerShell 2.0 for local management of virtual machines using PowerShell scripts. Of course, I hadn’t actually tried this before commenting .... Why would you want to use scripting on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 If you have never installed Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 you may not realise the limited options provided by the local management tool. Based on Windows Server ...
There are a lot of things to like about the new version Virtual PC. Compared to its predecessor, it has added support for USB devices; allows individual applications to be run from a virtual machine yet project on the host desktop; has terrific shell integration; and much better awareness of the host’s power management, allowing users to hibernate their physical PC, even while a virtual image is activated. When you add to that the new ability of Windows 7 to mount VHD files as physical drives, and ...
This is part 2 of my series on the jQuery UI Dialog. Part 1 – The Default Dialog covered the most basic usage of the dialog widget. In this second part I will demonstrate a simple modal dialog. A modal dialog is a dialog that takes focus, and disables the rest of the application until it is closed. They are used to force the user to acknowledge something, or to gather some input. It is worth pointing out that modal dialogs can be annoying for users so you should consider carefully if it is absolutely ...
Now that I switched to Ultimate, I am running Windows 7 Ultimate on my work laptop from a VHD. I am able to boot back to XP if needed, and my original harddrive is now my D: drive. it's great. IT is happy because I didn't muck with their image. I'm happy because I'm running Win7. All is good. Here's how I did it: http://www.sevenforums.com/... ...
For those of you who missed the chat today, here is the raw transcript. By raw, I mean that I copied and pasted the discussion without any edits. This is divided into two parts, the top part is the answers from the Microsoft Experts and the bottom part is the discuss (questions) from the audience. Answers from Microsoft: KarelD_MSFT (Expert)[2009-10-27 11:58]: Karel Danihelka - Developer in Partner Response Team. davbo_msft (Moderator)[2009-10-27 11:59]: Our chat today covers the topic of Windows ...
Researchers continue to challenge Apple’s security by obscurity position and highlights that Windows Vista and Windows 7 are more secure than the recently released Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I always love perspectives like these from top researchers that are not in the tank for Microsoft. Check out these articles: Apple missed security boat with Snow Leopard, says researcher http://www.computerworld.co... ...
Just an update on some free developer events coming up in November in St. Louis (and ones with which I am directly involved). Please share these dates with others for whom they might be valuable. Also, a few of them have limited capacity so please register soon. If you have any questions on any of the below events, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and I will be glad to answer any questions you might have. .NET Chalk Talk: Visual Studio.NET Tips, Tricks, and Toys Location: Washington Universities ...
Windows Vista is the OS everyone loved to hate. Its replacement by Windows 7 is welcomed by just about everyone, and the initial reviews are excellent. Thank goodness. But let’s not let this go unanalyzed. “Beasta” is dead, but a post mortem is necessary. Let’s be factual about matters: when run on a decent PC (by late-2006 standards), that was designed for it, with the OS and all drivers pre-installed, Vista ran just fine, especially the 64-bit version. Yes, Vista used a lot of memory and CPU. Yes, ...
[Update 2009-12-15] I see a Professional VL version in my TechNet subscription. I think it's out now. :) [Original Message] I've been looking everywhere on some information, but couldn't figure out whether the version that is currently on TechNet and MSDN is the Release Candidate version or the Retail version. The most credible source (http://windowsteamblog.com... states that the version for both of TechNet and MSND users is the RTM version, ...
In this Issue: Rishi, Andrea Boschin, Tiago Andrade e Silva, Jeff Wilcox, Vijay Rajagopalan, Gavin Wignall, Damon Payne, Tim Heuer, Hannes Preishuber, Jafar Husain Shoutouts: Watch a webcast by Tim Heuer in the Architect Innovation Cafe – Webcast Series: An Architect’s perspective on Silverlight 3 Andrew Duthie announced Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit – October Preview Rob Bagby had this announcement up: Watch the Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Virtually From SilverlightCream.com: ...
I have meant to have this posted earlier in the week and then it became an email to all volunteers and finally morphed back into a blog posting. So here goes… Last weekend (Oct 16th-18th, 2009), St. Louis held it’s first annual Coders-4-Charities event at Washington Universities CAIT center in Clayton, MO. The event had been in the planning stages for many months and we had done a significant amount of work in lining up 9 charitable, non-profit organizations which each had IT needs which we felt ...
UPDATE – 12th November 2013 - Windows 8 instructions In a tale worthy of the business book Who Moved My Cheese Microsoft have relocated the graphic equalizer yet again to another hidden section of Windows Media Player. It may be still be versioned Windows Media Player 12 but it’s not quite the same. First, load Windows Media Player, and navigate to the now playing view with Ctrl+3. This is the smallest minimalist view. You now need to hover at the bottom of the pane, and right click somewhere not ...
I attended the Windows 7 launch today, and the success of the product really hit close to home. I mean that literally, as the launch event itself was held in a NYC loft space that was walking distance from my home. But I mean it figuratively as well, because I think this version of Microsoft’s client operating system, and the company’s confidence and pride around it, harkens back to a time, toward the beginning of my career, when Windows really excited people and created a buzz. Tech commentator ...
Today is a big day: Windows 7 is here
How to set the path in Windows 7. Goal: Setting the windows command path in Windows 7 Additional information: Modifying the path statement will enable an MS-DOS window opened in Microsoft Windows as well as older programs to locate files that may be required to run the program. In the old MS-DOS environment we used the PATH= command, located in the autoexec.bat file. Additional information about the MS-DOS path command that is still usable in Windows 2000 and Windows XP can be found on our path command ...
As most of the technology world knows (and even the general public thanks to commercials like the one below… who doesn’t love unicorns, kittens and rainbows) Windows 7 is releasing to the public on Oct 22, 2009. Normally this would get me very excited except that I’ve been running Windows 7 RTM as the primary boot on my home desktop and as the secondary boot on my work laptop for a few months now. I didn’t get much chance to use Vista over the past few years (client workstations with XP, working ...
Sometimes it’s the little things that seem to drive ya nuts while developing an application. This is a follow up post to a my How Do Your .NET Applications Know if They're Running Under Vista? post from September 2008. There are features in Windows 7 that are NOT available in earlier versions 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 a few properties on the the System.Environment.OSVersion ...

If you’re looking to jumpstart your Windows 7 developer skills then check out the Windows 7 Developer Learning Resources available on Channel 9. You’ll find videos, hands-on labs, and real-world coding samples to help you ramp up your skills on the new developer features in Windows 7.

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Unfortunately, after spending way too many hours trying to make this work, I just learned that you can not setup Windows 7 to boot from a VHD with Windows 7 professional, only Ultimate and Enterprise. This isn’t a show stopper, but it’s definitely a setback. I really wish I started with Ultimate to begin with. This was a big waste of time. I was getting: "License error: Booting from a vhd is not supported on this system" For those pursuing this, here’s a good article: http://www.markwilson.co.uk... ...
I'm lucky enough to get to dabble with the Surface SDK, so I figured, let's try and install it on my MacBook Pro running Windows 7..... Very simple install. No tricks needed and now I have the Surface simulator running on my Windows 7 MacBook. Very nice. A laptop is great for running the Surface simulator since to simulate two touchpoints you need two mice. The trackpad is one, and you only need to plug in an additional USB mouse to get the other. The trackpad as a second mouse for Surface work seems ...
Now how many people understand the reference in the title. I don't know if it something that is still done today, but it was a big deal when we moved from Win16 to Win32. I essentially allowed 16bit applications to run on a 32bit Windows machine. Today I was reminded of this as I removed Windows 7 64bit from my machine because certain applications still do not work on that platform. Event through 64bit processors and even operating systems have been around for a while they still haven't achieved ...
As a developer I have several machines, some of which are virtual machines which may be isolated from the general internet. I used to get annoyed with Adobe not providing direct downloads for updates which means you have to download updates for each machine separately. I realise there may be good reasons for this, differentiating between different versions of operating system. However, I do like to have the ability to rebuild a system to a known state from scratch without relying on online updates. ...
Thanks to everyone that came out for the MidAtlantic MSDN Roadshow in Roanoke in September. Your attendance and enthusiasm were noticed. I am happy to share that the Roadshow is returning for the afternoon on December 8th to the Roanoke Higher Education Center (it's a really nice venue too!) Registration is required - do it NOW and do it HERE! Oh, and be sure and share this with a friend or two or three. We'd like to surpass our attendance last time. G. Andrew Duthie (@devhammer) and crew return ...
So I’ve had a few Windows 7 VMs I’ve been playing with, but I wanted to put the new OS on some real hardware and experiment with the install process, so this weekend I had some time and gave it a whirl. I did two installs, one an upgrade process, the other a clean install: The upgrade was a upgrading a Vista Home Premium system to Windows 7 Ultimate. Besides testing the install process, the goal here was stability. The Vista system was problematic, gave me BSOD almost daily (Nvidia driver issues, ...
Few minutes ago a colleague and friend asked me about some problem he was having with ASP.NET themes. He was using a theme and including a CSS file in it, the CSS file was linked in the generated HTML but clearly it was not applied. Putting the URL of the CSS file in the browser address bar would return an empty result in Firefox, and a crappy DOCTYPE,HTML,HEAD,BODY tags in IE. The same website works normally with other developers running Windows XP or Windows 7. Going further to the problem, I tried ...
June 12th 2010 - I headed over to Three's London offices to take a peak at the next generation MiFi unit on Wednesday, and here's the scoop on the next generation MiFi unit, the E585, http://geekswithblogs.net/t... I have been using a 3G Mobile Broadband dongle from Three [http://www.three.co.uk/Mob... ] for just over a year and have been very happy with the service. It helps that I am on a half price ...
Jared Bienz (blog & Ch9), one of Microsoft’s ISV Architect Evangelists based out of Houston, created this basic guide to help ISV’s get compatible with Windows 7. ISV Trend - So many ISV’s are worried that their customers will dump them for a competitor application that is compatible with Windows 7. To help mitigate the challenge, here’s some basic steps for supporting Windows 7. Overview - These steps are intended to fit within your regular routine, and we hope that any extra effort would only ...
Today, October 8th, I read on Giles Turnball’s blog, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg declared that Windows 7 to be a match for OSX and said it it is the best Windows Microsoft has ever produced. People listen to what Walt says, so this I thought this was huge. Here’s the link to Giles Turnbull’s “Cult of Mac” blog - http://www.cultofmac.com/wi... Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation http://blogs.msdn.com/MurrayG ...
Here’s a great HOW TO video on Windows 7 Taskbar from Gunther Lenz, an ISV Architect Evangelist on my team. Title - Update: Windows 7 Taskbar in 5 Minutes URL - http://channel9.msdn.com/po... This is the first part of his updated ScreenCast series on implementing the Windows 7 Taskbar features in less than 5 minutes . The short video shows how to leverage the Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Overlay feature for your application. He is using the WindowsAPICodePack ...
I always look for software that has a footprint smaller than what is offered from the standard software for folks on the market. For instance, I use Foxit rather than the Adobe Reader as the software download for this is 1mb rather than 80mb and hardly has anything running on your machine while Adobe Reader (IMHO) is spyware/junkware. I am a complete audio junkie or audiophile (as some call it) and I have never been 100% happy with the standard Windows Media Player. It is a fine piece of software ...
NEW MSDN and TechNet Firestarter session recordings are now available on demand! Download the Silverlight Firestarter technical sessions - With Scott Guthrie leading the roster of presenters, learn what's new and noteworthy in the latest releases of Silverlight and Expression® 3 along with a rundown on .NET RIA services, toolkit, and more. Download the Windows Firestarter technical sessions - This Windows Firestarter introduces and deep dives into DirectAccess, Group Policy and PowerShell, Internet ...
Microsoft Security Essentials has been released. Check out the formal press release from Microsoft here - http://www.microsoft.com/pr... Check out the post on Network World - http://www.networkworld.com... You can download software from the Microsoft Security Essentials website at http://www.microsoft.com/se... Now you can get antivirus for your new copy of Windows 7 for ...
My work recently started rolling out Windows 7 as our production OS and I was lucky enough to get on as one of the early adopters! I got my laptop back at end of day yesterday freshly paved with Win 7. Today I started my day by booting up and trying to fire up a VPC environment that I use for my dev work. To my dismay I was met with this message: The problem is that I had just saved my vm’s state instead of doing a full shutdown. Apparently moving a hibernated vm to Win 7 is not a good idea. Luckily, ...
The following is Steve Ballmer’s recent letter to CEOs titled ‘The New Efficiency’. In all the talk about the economy, one term that comes up more and more frequently is something called "the new normal." I like this phrase because it speaks to the fact that economic reality has undergone a fundamental shift over the course of the past 12 months. So what is the nature of this shift? After years of economic expansion fueled by unrealistic rates of consumption and unsustainable levels of private debt, ...
Just wanted to drop a quick post with an update on some upcoming developer events in the St. Louis area. First, as mentioned in previous posts, the first annual Coders-4-Charities event will be held on October 16th-18th. More information can be found on our site at http://www.c4c-stl.org. Please consider volunteering your time and sharing information about this event with your friends/peers. If you have any questions drop me an email at kvgros@architectnow.net. Second, on October 22nd and 23rd at ...
Recently I upgraded to Windows 7 RTM and started setting up my machine. The usual set of tools I install are Visual Studio 2008, SQL Server 2008, Expression etc., Also, for .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 I would require to install the respective SP1 releases as well since they are mandatory and contain tons of new features as well. I had done this in the past in Windows Vista, Windows 7 RC etc., and while I was trying to install .NET 3.5 SP1 on the new Windows 7 RTM, it surprisingly, popped up a ...
I'm at the Windows 7 launch event in Ft. Lauderdale working the community booth with Alex Funkhouser, Kathy Malone and a brief celebrity appearance by Shervin Shakibi, Here are some pictures I took this morning! View Full Album ...
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day three: Nearly got it all done. However I ended up spending more time on EF4 than I had planned as … there is a lot of it! Gather up good posts and samples for EF 4 (will likely blog this out) DONE Play with EF 4 as much as my day allows DONE Revisit EF 4 deck post play DONE And a late night re-read of the three Azure storage documents from way back (will add links in the ...
IE is by far the largest used browser. However, one of the common myths around IE is the security, performance and that it doesn't support latest web standards. Many of the other browsers have openly mentioned in the past that using IE6 is so 2006 days, download blah blah etc., advertising for their browser and thereby conveniently hiding the subsequent IE releases. It strange how people still compare IE6 after which there are 2 releases with all the modern browsers of today. The reality of the fact ...
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day two: The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on. Install Entity Framework CTP on Windows XP Mode. SUCCESS Install VS2010 into a Boot from HD Windows 7 VHD (Yep… back to plan A as I would much prefer to use VS2010 without a VM but also without installing it direct on my host Windows 7 which I want to keep reasonably clear) SUCCESS Revisit both decks. DONE Play with Entity ...
This is the second in a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. In case you don’t want to skim through the whole post, the main things I learnt in day one are: 1. Never forget that install errors can be caused by something as simple as a corrupt file! (My “battle” outlined below) 2. Virtual PC RC for Windows 7 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t like working with a VM created on an older version. (Details below) 3. There are some nice storage explorer tools ...
Next week I am presenting two sessions at Software Architect 2009. Both sessions are new, new in the sense that I am creating them this week and new in the sense that whilst they are on topics I have experience with, in each case there is a significant new element for me to learn. I thought it would be fun and interesting (to me anyway!) to keep a diary of my preparations to get these sessions in good shape. The two 90minute sessions are: Design considerations for storing data in the cloud with Windows ...
After doing a clean install on my laptop using Windows 7 RTM, I found that IE8 was constantly showing me the following error message: “Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely?” I remembered this from the first time I installed IE8 and I had forgotten how to get rid of it. (Trivia note: with IE8 Beta, clicking “Yes” would allow you to see the content, with IE8 RC and RTM, clicking “No” does….) Well, after a quick search, I found this post that fully explains what’s ...
Let me first start by saying that I was very much excited about creating a Silverlight multitouch application ever since I heard the announcement that Silverlight supports it, I couldn’t wait to try porting some of our Surface applications to Silverlight. From a pure feature perspective Silverlight Multitouch doesn’t really provide much since Silverlight Multitouch can only work on Windows 7 running on a Multitouch capable hardware (HP Touchsmart TX2 in my case) and when you create a web application ...
Windows 7 makes Vista friendly I must admit that I never had anything against Vista when it first came. I guess people had issues with it because the change in the appearance that Vista presented was very sharp from the previous versions. I am very certain that people would have had a similar problem with Windows 7 if It had been release prior to Vista. But personally, I guess that was all part of Microsoft's strategy. I also strongly Believe that people will begin to Appreciate Vista when they realize ...
I installed Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on an HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop with 6 GB RAM on an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q9000 @ 2.00 GHz processor. A Little History: I have been a pro-Microsoft guy for a long, long time. However, Vista makes me sad. I have not enjoyed Vista and have resisted using it. Hearing some of the hype and learning about some of the features of W7, however, piqued my interest. So far I really enjoy it. I love the "Pin to Taskbar", "Jump List", and "Pin to Jump List" features. ...
Over the last few months I have made the move to 64 bit – Windows 7 RTM on my laptop and Windows 2008 standard server with hyper-v on my dev box. I’m also running 64 bit Office 2010 and a number of other 64 bit goodies. But it is in the area of development I’m really having ‘fun’. So first off it was time to setup a 64 bit dev image: Windows Server 2008 R2 Std (64 bit) SQL Server 2008 (64 bit) Visual Studio 2008 (32 bit only) BizTalk 2009 Developer Edition (64 bit) Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 (64 ...
If you have or are part of a project on CodePlex, you know how annoying the TFS login screen is every time you start Visual Studio 2008. This really got to me. So much so that I sat down to figure out how to get Windows 7 to remember this. Open the Control Panel, then click on User Accounts and Family Safety. Then click on the Credential Manager. Once there, click on “Add a Windows credential”. Set the network address to tfsxx.codeplex.com (replace this with your server name), user name to SND\user_cp ...