D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Windows 7

There are 16 entries for the tag Windows 7

I Clobbered a Leopard with a Window Last Night

I’ve had my 15” Mac Book Pro for a little over a year now, and its hands-down the best laptop I’ve ever owned…hardware wise. And I tried, I really really tried, to like OSX. I even bought Parallels so I could run Windows 7 and all my development tools while still trying to live in an OSX world. But in the end, I missed Windows too much. There were just too many shortcomings with OSX that kept me from being productive. For one thing, Office for Mac is *not* Office for Windows. The applications are ......

Dell XPS + Apple Mini-Display Adaptor + Projector = KABOOM

Remember how I blogged about rolling with the punches? So today my buddy and Prairie Dev Con speaker James Chambers went to present on Microsoft MVC. He brought his fancy new Dell XPS laptop, which he had used to do presentations and stream internet video to a projector before. But today, the technology gods were not smiling… James tries to connect his laptop to the projector. Nothing. The projector just can’t recognize the connection. Realize that we’ve already had two sessions in that room already, ......

Thoughts on Steve Jobs Death from a Non-Mac Fanboi

In the hours since Steve Jobs death was announced, the world has seemingly fallen into a conjoined state of mourning…well, at least according to my Twitter feed. Quotes Steve made over the years fill the stream, along with reports of people gathering at Apple stores with some garnering memorials outside their doors. Very rarely has someone from the corporate world garnered such a response to their passing. Even more rarely does a corporate individual get a statement from the US President. But its ......

Live Blogging Build Keynotes

We're 10 minutes away from the Build keynote, and I'm going to be live blogging the event. Now, to be clear, you shouldn't just read this - I mean, the keynotes are streaming live online. But I want to capture my thoughts on the announcements as they happen. So without further ado, let's start!And we're done! Great keynote, lots of content! However, we still don't have our schedule! LOL...off for lunch.11:16 - The path to RTM: Beta, RC, RTM, GA - Driven by quality and not a date, I'm ok with that.11:11 ......

Microsoft WPC–Day 4 (Wednesday)

We kick off Day 4 at, you guessed it, another keynote (maybe they should rename this to the Worldwide Partner Keynote Conference?). We kick off with the Canadian Tenors singing some song they wrote for the Vancouver Olympics, and then a parade of partners carrying their country’s flag enters. I feel like I’m at Folklarama back in Winnipeg. ;) So today we have some big names speaking. Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s COO and Sir Richard Branson are on the schedule. Kevin Turner If you have never seen Kevin ......

Solutioners, Solutioners, Solutioners, Solutioners…

I’m crazy excited about the technology industry right now. We’re seeing evolution happen in real time, and at all levels. From the major platforms, we’re seeing Google’s overall story taking shape, Microsoft playing catch-up but showing with WP7 and Windows 7 that they are very much still a competitor, and Apple continuing to bolster their empire beyond fanboys with their quality technology and innovations. Then there’s the software platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others that are ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative VS.NET 2010 Installation SOLVED!

Back in August I blogged about an issue I was having with VS.NET 2010. I had installed it on a clean pave of Windows 7 64-bit, but I was getting weird issues with the designer for ASP.NET and I couldn’t add EF files into my projects. The weirdest part was that when I went to the properties of my project, the framework version drop list was empty…no frameworks, 2, 3, 3.5, or 4, were listed! Now to be sure, my graphics above are tongue in cheek, and the VS.NET team has actually been fantastic in reaching ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative VS.NET 2010 Installation Resolved, or If Life Gives you Lemons…

…make a LEMON GRENADE! I blogged a few days ago about this maddening issue with VS.NET 2010 and not being able to use the designer for ASP.NET 3.5 projects or add an EF model file to a .NET 4.0 project (You can read all the gory details here). Well my friends, I’m happy to report that I have a solution! Well, not a solution…but a workaround…kinda like how they dumped Megatron into the ocean at the end of Transformers instead of dismantling him: the threat is still there, just dormant. Unfortunately ......

Mystery of the Uncooperative VS.NET 2010 Installation Continues…

I blogged last month about an unsolved mystery I was experiencing, which I dubbed the Mystery of the Uncooperative EF Model and the Missing Target Frameworks. Since then, I’ve since expanded that to include the Mystery of why VS.NET 2010 can’t seem to resolve where my .NET 3.5 assemblies reside. Because of all this, let’s just go with the title of this blog, or as it’ll be known in its European release: HOOPED – a boy and his VS.NET installation. Without getting too wordy, let me give you the recent ......

Deciphering Blue Screen Dumps with BlueScreenView

I’ve been running into some blue-screens with Windows 7 64bit lately (what I thought was related to a video card driver might be a more widespread problem with Direct X, but that’s for another post). Of course, trying to read those demps (or even get into them to access the info) can be daunting. I found a freeware tool called BlueScreenView from NirSoft. It scans your dumps and gives you information in a way much more digestible. If you’re interested and want to learn more about it, visit the site ......

Adventures in Windows 7 and Virtual PC

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, ......

TalkingAboutWindows.com – Video Commentary on Win7

Microsoft has launched a great interactive website called TalkingAboutWindows.com. The site is meant to be a source of information but also an arena for conversation based on what the various interviewees are saying. Also, we have some Canadian representation as Mitch Garvis is one of the featured experts! Doesn’t his look just say “Come into my parlour so I can seductively woo you with my Windows 7 prowess. Great site if you want to learn more about Win 7! D ......

It Shouldn’t Be This Hard To Edit A Movie

In my last blog post I embedded a movie that I had uploaded to SoapBox. The path that video, and myself, took to get to that point is EPIC. It all started with recording the video with my trusty Sony camcorder. I copied over the file to my Windows 7 machine…file format is MPG. The size was 118 MB, but SoapBox has a 100MB limit. Easiest way to alter that: Movie Maker. As I’m all about the Windows Live suite of tools, I opened up Movie Maker Beta. I was a huge fan of Movie Maker 2.6, and I hadn’t had ......

Windows 7 – Improved Router Access

I came across this feature in Windows 7…its small, but kewl nonetheless. If you go to your Network, you’ll see that your router is listed along with other computers and devices on your network. If you right click, you’re given the option to open the device webpage. This is awesome if you want a quick way to get to your router’s admin page without having to click through your network connections or run ipconfig to get your gateway IP. Now, I realize that you could also just create a shortcut in your ......

Windows 7 – Home Networking Done Right

Remember how annoying it was to get two computers on a network to share files between each other? I don’t mean on a domain or anything, but on a typical home network where you don’t have a domain controller or anything at that level, and at most you had a workgroup value assigned to each machine. With Windows 7, getting your computers to talk to each other is SO SIMPLE. In fact, the least amount of work you have to do to get it working is entering a password. Here’s how it works. Homegroup When you ......

PDC 08 – Open Spaces with Steven Sinofsky


If you’re at PDC 08, there’s a great opportunity to discuss Windows 7 and give feedback. Steven Sinofsky, the Senior VP of Windows, will be available for a 30 minute open spaces session this afternoon (Tuesday) at 12:45.

I’m guessing the more people hear about this, the bigger the crowd, so get there early to get a good seat.

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