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MMORPG -Lord of the Rings Online Uses .NET
Lord of the Rings Online, a MMORPG from Turbine apparently uses .NET. The system requirements explicitly say so. I am not sure what parts of the game are .NET and which are native code, but I assume that the launcher is written in .NET and I did spy some resource assemblies being downloaded in the update process. The version of .NET required is 1.1 with Service Pack 1. Which means on a Vista box framework 1.1 gets installed in the LOTRO setup. Hmm need to explore more. Anyway's here is 2 incriminating ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:47 PM

Start++ for Vista
Former GWBer and now MSFTy Brandon Paddock has released an app for Windows Vista that gives you the shortcut ability of Windows Desktop Search (formerly MSN Desktop Search) on the Vista Search box which is nested in the start menu. Go check it out. Brandon you are 'The Man'. First all those uber tips for WDS and now Start++. As a matter of fact, I find myself using WDS more for the shortcut ability rather than for the search functionality. Link: http://brandonlive.com/cate... Technorati ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 4:31 PM

VS2005 Extensions - Why is it so hard to find them?
Where do you go to download VS2005 Extensions? Seriously where do you go? How do you know what the latest CTP is? of if an Extension is released or is in RC? Its weird but www.visualstudio.com (aka http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... doesn't list any, netfx3.com doesn't list any of the extensions or the CTPs. Googling for an Extension by name is of no luck, the result takes you to a download page for the most referenced CTP (which may not be the latest). Speaking of CTPs how do ......

Posted On Monday, February 26, 2007 9:41 AM

Wow - Photo pick of the Week
Technorati tags: Photography, POTW Occasionally I haunt a few photography sites or other looking for images that catch my eye (giving a bit of critique based on what little I know). The photograph I found most amazing this week is one by Atanas Atanasov uploaded to Photo.net. In fact it was Photo of the Week Ending February 5th at Photo.net. Its just one of those photos that make you say WOW! really is amazing, go see it for yourself. Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 5:02 PM

YEG – YouTube Embed Code Generator
Was bored today so wasted a few hours creating YEG. It's a tool that generates the YouTube Embed Code from the url of the YouTube Page. Nothing fancy, just a nice UI over some string concatenation. You can download it here URL of the Project on Project Distributor is http://projectdistributor.n... Alternatively there is a web version here. Tags: YEG, YouTube, Embed, Generator Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Thursday, February 22, 2007 10:04 AM

Design Pattern Dictionary
A friend of mine sent me this link to the Design Pattern Dictionary. Its not an all comprehensive pattern reference, but it serves like a dictionary in contrast to encyclopedia. Good for identifying patterns at a glance. Link: http://www.skilldesign.com/... Tags: Design-Patterns, Design, Programming, Coding, GOF Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 5:03 AM

NVidia for your Mobile?
The link to this Video was on Digg today (I think I am fast becoming a Digg junky these days, curse you Kevin Rose!! - JK) Anyways here is the video. Its Nvidias application to the Mobile phone industry. I foresee that this would be where GPU's would go in the future. However a given fact is that the number 1 power drain on PCs today is the Graphics card, and this wouldn't change on the mobile arena. In fact it does get more demanding, so having a fancy GPU on your mobile phone, would or may result ......

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 4:51 AM

Question: How do you grant a user Execute Permissions to all stored procs in a database?
I had this requirement recently where I restored a database, and wanted to grant a particular user execute rights to all the stored procs in that db. Not wanting to go through the tedious manual operation of granting permissions to each and stored proc out there, I found this tip in the newsgroups. Kudos to Rick Sawtell for this clever SP /* Procedure to Grant EXECUTE permissions on all * user defined stored procedures in the database * to the user defined role db_ProcExecuter */ CREATE PROC [dbo].[usp_UpdateProcPermis... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:21 AM

The PC Strikes back
You guys probably have already seen the Mac ads (I mean Mac guy vs PC guy ones). Yeah they were amusing, but here's a few of them redone. http://www.ifilm.com/video/... - The PC sets perspectives right Tags: PC vs Mac, Ad Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 4:33 AM

Windows 386 Ad?
This YouTube clip surfaced on Gizmodo today. It shows a/the (not sure if there was more than one, it was before my time) Windows 386 ad. Oh God, it was acceptable upto the point where the secretary starts singing, really ridiculous from there on. Link: http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/... Tags: Windows, advert Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 9:44 AM

Photographer behind the Vista Wallpapers
Hey check this out. IStartedSomething.com has an interview with Hammad Darwish, the photographer behind the Vista wallpapers. And you can check out his Flickr feed he has got some really nice images there. Tags: Photograrphy, Vista, Wallpaper Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 6:40 AM

Shortcut to Blogging from Word 2007
I like blogging from Word 2007, it makes redundant all the other blog editors I have had to have in the past and gives me the feature of a Word Processor (coz that's what it is). I even wrote a lil' app for adding Technorati Tags as well. But it's been a little kludgey to get to. I mean to create a new blog post what you have to do is Start Word 2007, click on the 'Office' orb, select new and then double click on new blog post. But Terry Ryan has a simple tip to circumvent all that hassle. I took ......

Posted On Friday, February 2, 2007 10:09 AM

AnandTech Reviews Vista
AnandTech has a good review of Vista. Cant say I find the result surprising. The only point worthwhile remember is regarding RAM. In their own words "We recommend a bare minimum of 1GB of memory for all Vista users, 2GB if you're a power user but don't have a lot running at the same time, and 4GB if you hate the sound of swapping to disk.". And as they state unlike XP, if you throw more RAM at Vista, you will see benefits, but under the same amount RAM as XP, performance won't be as fast. Tags: Vista, ......

Posted On Friday, February 2, 2007 5:59 AM

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