August 2009 Entries
VirtualBox: Using Shared Folders With Windows 7 RTM as Guest OS

I just got Windows 7 RTM loaded up in a VirtualBox virtual environment and one of the first things I wanted to do was set up some shared folders. It was easy enough to select Devices | Shared Folders from the VirtualBox menu, point at the folder on the host OS and give it a name for the guest OS to refer to it as, MySharedFolder for example. Set up was a piece of cake but actually being able to see those shared folders in the guest was a different story. I couldn’t find how to make that happen from within the Windows 7 Windows Explorer (guest OS) so I resorted to this command from a command prompt on the guest OS:

net use h: \\vboxsvr\mysharedfolder

Obviously h: is the name of the guest OS drive I assigned, vboxsvr refers to the guest OS, and mysharedfolder is the name I provided when I set up the shared folder. Yes, use vboxsvr as the name of the guest OS regardless of what the actual guest machine name is. After this command successfully runs drive h: on the guest OS points at the shared folder on the host OS.

Anybody figure out a way to do this in the Windows Explorer in Windows 7?

Hope this helps.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Wednesday, August 19, 2009 10:22 AM | Comments (1)
Site Launched Looking for Suggestions to Improve Microsoft Office

Do you have a new feature you would like to see added to a Word? Maybe you have a complaint about how something in Excel works… Maybe you would like to see a specific feature in Outlook changed… or maybe you would like to make your voice heard on complaints or new features suggested by others. If so, then you will like the new site,


Is this an official Microsoft site? No, but it is the brainchild of one of the product planners on the Office team, Steve Zaske.

I think this is a great idea! I’m betting this had to get clearance from the Microsoft mucky-mucks further up the chain, and if so, I think this demonstrates Microsoft’s willingness to listen to its customers, critics, and others about what improvements they would like to see made in the Office tools. I like Clippy’s position in the graphic though they may have him farther along than he should be. :-)

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Sunday, August 16, 2009 8:07 AM | Comments (1)
Raleigh Code Camp Taking Session Submissions Until Next Week

Listen up people… come Saturday September 19, 2009 I expect to see you at the Raleigh Code Camp. Fortunately for you I will be accepting a selected number of excuses for not being able to attend though. Should you find yourself scaling Mt. Everest that weekend, you’re excused from attending. Should you find yourself scouring Area 51 searching for signs of extraterrestrial life, you’re excused from attending or should you find yourself living in a shotgun shack or should you find yourself in another part of the world or should you find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile or should you find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife then you may ask yourself, well how did I get here?  If none of these excuses apply then I guess I’ll be seeing you there. :-)

BTW, SESSION SUBMISSIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED through next week so if you’ve got something you think people would want to hear about step up the the plate and submit a session. There is a session submission form on the website.

See you there!

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:47 PM | Comments (0)
MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow - September 2009 Edition

My two favorite southern Microsoft Evangelists, Glen Gordon and Brian Hitney, will be touring the south in September disseminating nuggets of software development goodness with them in the form of the MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow. I’ll make sure I let the the police in these five lucky cities know they’re coming and when. :-)

The best part, well besides seeing Glen and Brian of course, is that the half day event packed full of great information is FREE! We like free. Free is good. :-)

They’re going to be learnin’ ya on the latest developments in Microsoft technologies. If you’re a software developer or architect then this event is right up your alley. Topics include working with web services from Silverlight, building modular WPF and Silverlight applications, and checking out what’s in store for future versions of ASP.NET.

As always, there will be cool prizes for those lucky enough to win. Will I win anything? Who, me? They could give away 10 prizes to a room of 5 people and I still wouldn’t win! :-) The good news is that since I’ll be there your chances of winning just improved!

Hope to see you there.

Have a day. :-|

Posted On Tuesday, August 4, 2009 6:21 PM | Comments (1)