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Do you WCF/WPF/WF/Silverlight?
Okay so we've had an onslaught of new things hit in the Microsoft stack lately. I am curious how many folks are using WCF, WPF, WF (workflow), Silverlight, LINQ, etc. And for what types of problems you are trying to solve. It would also be nice to know if you are using the P&P Guidance Packages and Ent Libs. Oh and which Visual Studio version are you mainly working with these days? If you are not using this stuff yet why? Did you pitch it to your boss and they said no for some reason? Did they ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:16 AM

Microsoft Sync
If you've watched any TV lately you will notice an odd pairing of product brands. Intermingled in car ads recently has been the mention of Microsoft Sync. I thought hmm... that might be a pretty cool feature. When looked into Sync a little closer I had the feeling, I've seen this trick before. Like, connect your cell phone to your car via Blue Tooth to make calls etc. But there is more. Like the ability to read and send text messages verbally. Coincidently I saw on Fox News last night how kids are ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 10:20 AM

FireStarter NYC
I will be presenting on the interaction of ASP.Net, ASP.Net AJAX, and Silverlight 1.0 this Saturday at Microsoft in NYC. I'll also be showing off a small bit of Expression Blend 2 December Preview. It is amazing how easy it is to pull all of these technologies together. Some of what I will be showing this Satruday is just a bridge until Silverlight 2.0 is released. But it is all relatively simple and once you've done the work once it is very re-usable. Hope I'll be seeing you there. --chaz ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 9:20 AM

Options For Porting Java to .Net
I am working on a port of an opensource domain specific Time & Money java library written by Eric Evans to .Net. To the best of my knowledge there are 2 ways to directly convert Java to .Net; 1. Use the built in Convert function within Visual Studio 2005/08. This lets you point directly at the java classes and allow studio to handle the conversion to C#. 2. Create a J# project, and include the java files in your project. Using the first method there are a lot of conversion problems because a ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 8:10 AM

Optical Drive Door Virus?!
Okay, this is too precious to keep to myself! My DVD Rom door keeps popping open on my laptop. Probably a worn out do-hicky or an out of place gizmo right? Well I thought I'd just hit up HP tech support for an answer. Basically I want to know if I can fix it myself or if I should just buy a new drive. Here is a very funny tech support exchange: HP Tech: Hello Chaz. HP Tech:: Welcome to HP Total Care for Pavilion Notebooks. My name is Marisa. How may I assist you today? Chaz: HI Marisa. I have a dv5140 ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 9, 2008 3:16 PM

Bad Verizon Policy
So you are a loyal Verizon customer, huh? You are up for your "New Every Two" upgrade, huh. You hate your old cell phone because the up arrow and 9 key are broken. Well it is a no-brainer then, run don't walk to your Verizon store and get that new phone. WAIT! STOP RUNNING! Do you have applications, games or ringtones on your current phone that you have paid $6 or $7 for? Hmmm... did you ever wonder how you were going to get those applications, games or ringtones on to your new Verizon phone? Oh ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 11:12 PM

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