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Windows 7 Up and Running
I have installed Windows 7 on “bare metal” on one of my machines. This was a laptop that I work with and it was a very easy install. First off, it was the quickest OS install that I have ever experienced. You can tell that Microsoft spent some significant time working on the performance and quality of the install and bravo to the team that worked on that feature! I also used the 64-bit version of the operating system. More and more people are turning to 64-bit and it is really starting to be the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:41 AM

IIS 7.0 Rocks the House!
Yes, we have Windows Server 2008 coming. Yes, also SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and more - but probably one of the more exciting new items to come at this same time is IIS 7. As Scott Guthrie states in his recent blog post on IIS, this is a major update to the technology. IIS 7 will allow for a plug-in architecture and allows you to take out all the pieces of the IIS stack that your applications don't need. It also allows you to build your own extensions and plug ......

Posted On Saturday, September 29, 2007 7:55 AM

Why I Can't Use Vista Beta 2 Today
Dang, I really really wanted to run Windows Vista on my new Lenovo (formally IBM) Thinkpad T60. I installed it just fine and got all the drivers working, but I need three things in order for this to be my work laptop. One, I need Microsoft Outlook and that worked just fine. I need our work-based messaging program to work. It didn't at first, but you can run this program using the Program Compatibility Wizard and assign it to run in a Windows XP SP2 context. Then the last program I need is Nortel's ......

Posted On Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:03 AM

Problems with "The Goods"?

Here is a blog post from MSDN on some “The Goods” fixes:

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 8:44 AM

Paul Vick Introduces Linq in VB - Just Plain COOL!
Paul Vick introduces Linq in VB .... oh yeah!

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 12:41 PM

Word Issue - Couldn't Select Text
I woke up yesterday morning, I noticed that Vista had installed three different security updates overnight. Opening Microsoft Word, I noticed that I was unable to use my mouse anywhere within the document anymore. I couldn't select any text. I couldn't right-click. I could only move my cursor around with the arrow keys on my keyboard. For me, this made Word completely useless. The problem was with a SnagIt add-in to Microsoft Office that was installed on my machine. It all of a sudden seemed to have ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 4, 2007 11:36 AM

Microsoft Surface and the Future of Home Computing?
The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface. A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this: The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:41 PM

VS2005 SP1 for Windows Vista is in Beta
Recently, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Looking at this release, you would have maybe noticed that it was fine and dandy for Windows XP, but it isn't going to work on Windows Vista. Microsoft is building a special release of VS2005 SP1 for Windows Vista. The bad news is that it isn't ready yet – but the good news is that it just made beta today. You can download this beta here. Enjoy ......

Posted On Thursday, January 4, 2007 8:24 PM

Office 2007 – Using Microsoft Word to Post Blog Entries
This is a test post in a way. Looking around at the new features of Word 2007 – I came across a Blog Post Template type. You can get to this template type by selecting New and you will see it as one of the first options. From there, you will be presented with a large white design area and the ribbon control. You can type in a header and then choose the category you want to publish to. This is very nicely integrated into Office and if you are reading this post, then that means that it posts just as ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 3, 2007 3:38 PM

CISCO VPN Client Software on Windows Vista

When working with your new version of Windows Vista, after you install your Cisco VPN Client software - which I did - you might get the error:

"Reason 403: Unable to Contact Service Gateway"

This is due to the fact that your VPN software will not work on Vista. There is presently a version out there (in beta) that works on Vista and you can find it here:


Posted On Monday, January 1, 2007 10:26 AM

DonXml and the Save C# Petition
I had a good laugh when I read DonXml's blog post about a potential Save C# Petition. Read for yourself.

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:35 PM

Windows Vista Updates for Performance and Reliability Issues
Some folks are lovin their Vista machines while others are cursing as they are having problems (mostly with the drivers and some lockup issues). It really does only depend upon what you are using your machine for. Though, Microsoft has just released some performance and reliability patches out there: The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:48 PM

Go to MIX07 for free!

Well, really it already happened. For those that missed it though, Microsoft has just released the entire conference for free online. You will need to install Silverlight to view all the sessions. Outstanding is all I have to say. Thanks Microsoft.

The sessions -

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:22 PM

Windows Forms is NOT Dead!
I just had a conversation with the head of the Microsoft Windows Forms team in the developer lounge and told him that one of the biggest questions I get about Windows Forms is whether or not it is dead. Avalon is coming and the rumor was that this 2005 release of .NET 2.0 was the last release of Windows Forms. Asked about this, his reply was that IT IS TOTALLY NOT TRUE! His comments included: This is not the last version of Windows Forms (Windows Forms is not dead) The Windows Forms team is still ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 9:59 AM

Brian Goldfarb demos Quartz for the first time!
Brian Goldfarb announces Quartz!

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:40 PM

Installing Fingerprint Reader software on Windows Vista
Installed Windows Vista back on my machine. Took it off for a while due to the fact that the new Zune software didn't work on Vista. It does now - so I'm back! :) In installing Windows Vista, for the second time - one thing that took me a while was finding all the software for my Microsoft Keyboard with Fingerprint Reader. You can find the software for both the keyboard and the fingerprint reader here: It is two separate pieces of software ......

Posted On Sunday, December 31, 2006 6:16 PM

HOW TO: Build Your First WPF Application
I just really started playing around with WPF and XAML and how to build an application in this new format. I really like it, but at the same time, I have a lot to still learn! For my first example, I wanted a form that would have some sort of event that caused UI to change in some manner. For this, I put together a form with a simple Button control on it and a place to put some results on the form after the button is clicked. This form really needs two pieces to work - Window1.xaml and Window1.xaml.cs. ......

Posted On Monday, November 20, 2006 7:16 AM

Office 2007 to the Rescue!
I installed Office 2007 on my laptop. This was for me an upgrade from Office 2003 and the upgrade went beautifully. It launches by asking you for the Office key right at the beginning and you can copy and paste the entire key in at once as it is a single textbox (which is a nice feature). You can also provide the key later and just install Office directly without this key. From there, you are provided two buttons - Upgrade and Custom. For kicks, I pressed the Custom tab to see what it was installing ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 10:12 AM

Vista is out to Manufacturing! Oh Yeah!
As everyone is probably blogging ... Vista is out! Yeah! Very nice. I am quite looking forward to have Vista on my machine full time now as a finished product and I am very much looking forward to MSFT Office 2007 and the abilities it gives developers to more easily build within its environment. Have you seen the new VSTO Special Edition for Visual Studio 2005? If not, then this is something to check out. It seems quite easy to program to from the demos that I have seen. I am also looking at the ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 12:48 PM

Downloads Galore!
There are so many new items out for download today. The first set are all the new .NET Framework 3.0 downloads: .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime Components Windows SDK for Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0 Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (Windows Workflow Foundation) Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF), November 2006 CTP There was also a release of VSTO 2005 SE: ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 2:27 PM

Can't View CHM Files in IE7 - A FIX
If you are having problems viewing CHM files (like the new WCF documentation CHM files), you might be seeing a blank IE screen when you click on any of the subject headings contained ni the file. If this is the case, right-click on the CHM file and select Properties from the provided menu. You can then click on the Unblock button at the bottom. This will then allow the CHM file to be viewed using IE as it should be ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:00 AM

New WCF Documentation for the JUNE CTP Is Out

The new documentation has arrived. That will make it easier. I have two of the leading WCF books that were written right before the June CTP and they seem to already be out of date, so it is good to have some current docs.

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:47 AM

JUNE CTP of .NET 3.0 Released Today

The June CTP of WinFx, .NET 3.0, Avalon, Indigo, Windows Workflow was released today. Nice.

Posted On Friday, June 23, 2006 12:35 PM

New .NET Framework 3.0 Website

The .NET Framework 3.0, formally known as WinFx, formally known as Indigo and Avalon, has released a new website:

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:30 AM

PRS 312: ASP.NET: Future Directions Developing Rich Applications with "Atlas" (Part 1)
Session PRS 312Title: ASP.NET: Future Directions Developing Rich Applications with "Atlas" (Part 1)Speakers: Shanku Niyogi, Group Program Manager, Microsoft This is one of the sessions I was really excited to see. The demo by ScottGu earlier in the keynote here at PDC 2005 in LA was outstanding. So, I really wanted to dig in more and see what “Atlas” was all about. This session was held in Hall C/D and MAN is it packed with people. There is definitely more than a thousand people here. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 4:35 PM

Jim Allchin's PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights
After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation: First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 4:10 PM

The Goods!
After Bill Gates keynote, Microsoft allowed us to go down to the distribution center and receive “The Goods” as they call it. This is a five disc set which includes a mass amount of software including: Windows Vista Beta 1 Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2 SQL Server 2005 June CTP Virtual PC 2004 Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta WinFX & Other Stuff Windows Vista CTP: PDC 2005 There is a spot for a sixth disc, but it is empty in my set. I am unsure if that is intentional or if there ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:56 PM

Bill Gates PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights
It was interesting that they only allowed photography of Bill Gates for the first minute of his presentation. Also, you weren’t allowed to use your laptops in the crowd as well – so I ended up taking my notes on paper instead of doing it with Microsoft Word like I normally do. Oh well. So, there was a lot said at the Bill Gates keynote, so I will only go through what I think were the highlights of the presentation. Video – Bill started off with a bit of humor and presented a video ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:40 PM

Longhorn install worries
OK ... I haven't installed Longhorn yet .... I can't decide on how to do it. I have an important WORK laptop that could handle it, but my entire work existence is on it and I can't meddle with it. Then I have a nice desktop at home that the entire family uses and I have been warned repeatedly about installing all sorts of alpha/beta stuff on that computer as I seem to always mess up my wife's computer existence. So I want to build a new machine ... but I have to do it piecemeal - meaning case and ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2003 6:28 AM

Longhorn Tweak Guide

Here is a Longhorn Build 4051 Tweak Guide site for those just installing it:

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2003 5:22 PM

Investment Opportunities

I am always looking for thoughtful investment opportunities in the equities world and after PDC, I am wondering if I should invest in graphic card companies!


Posted On Monday, November 3, 2003 1:40 PM

PDC 2003 Slides Online

Did you miss PDC? Well, you can get at all the slides here:

ENJOY! (When you watch them ... breath in deep ... you can almost smell the smoke)

Posted On Sunday, November 2, 2003 10:38 AM

Bill Gates PDC Speech Link

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 3:54 PM

Installation of Windows Vista Beta 1
I recently received Windows “Longhorn” Vista Beta 1 in the mail from my MSDN subscription and decided to install it on one of the extra computers that I have at my house. I have installed “Longhorn” in the past, but I was quite interested to see what has changed in the install process this time around. The install process has changed quite a bit from the last time I installed it. It is a very graphical install process instead of the blue screen DOS style install process that ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 8:34 AM

BIG NEWS: Microsoft-Watch and EWeek - "Microsoft to Gut Longhorn to Make 2006 Delivery Date"

Microsoft to Gut Longhorn to Make 2006 Delivery Date,1995,1640215,00.asp


Posted On Friday, August 27, 2004 1:43 PM

Longhorn HD DVD Compatible and more ...

Interesting tech new today:

Microsoft's Longhorn to be HD DVD compatible

IBM Press to partner with Pearson

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2004 4:08 PM

New Presentation from Microsoft for User Groups!!!!
In the continuing series of FREE presentations for user groups and others to use, Microsoft has released to INETA a presentation entitled: 'Microsoft Client Presentation Roadmap'. [ DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION HERE ] This presentation looks at: * Presentation history* Windows Forms 2.0* New Controls and Click Once* Avalon and Longhorn* XAML* and plenty more..... It also includes a demo to use in the presentation. Even if you are not presenting this to a group, it is a great learning tool. Take a look and ......

Posted On Friday, May 7, 2004 6:13 AM

Microsoft Gives New Presentation on Prog. Languages to User Groups
Microsoft is going to be providing free presentations for user groups to utilize via the INETA content repository. The newest (and first) presentation from this group is titled: Microsoft Programming Languages Roadmap. The goals of the presentation are to: Outline the Microsoft programming language philosophy Provide an overview of Microsoft’s current programming languages Detail programming language enhancements in the upcoming Whidbey release Lay out the programming language roadmap and vision ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 11:40 AM

What happens when Longhorn is put on a cheap machine ...

This is what happens when Longhorn is put on a cheap machine ... (building a bigger, better, badder machine right now):

Posted On Saturday, November 29, 2003 6:14 AM

Longhorn Install Story
FINALLY! I got a machine together - not all the parts I wanted - but good enough to get Longhorn on it. Final piece was the DVD drive. I did a clean install of Longhorn. I was quite interested in how the install process would proceed. So I will detail it out as much as I can for those people that are strange and love these details (like me). First off, there was no blue install screen where you would see the default drivers and such being installed. The first things requested was a page where I had ......

Posted On Sunday, November 23, 2003 7:45 AM

"the goods" - Our PDC Gift
Didn't go to PDC and can't get the PDC Bits? Wondering what we got? Here is what was labeled as “the goods” that every attendee got: This set also contained: SQL Yukon and the Visual Studio Technology Preview “Whidbey” ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2003 5:51 PM

The first mistake on my Longhorn install adventure
Kinda funny. I was excited to install Longhorn this weekend. I have got an average machine from work and got a new 60GB hard drive for it. Installed the hard drive. Plugged all the wires in to a switch so I can work off all these machines with one monitor and keyboard. Got the PDC discs out of my backpack...... wait a minute. This is a DVD, hmmmm ..... only a CD drive in the machine..... damn .... next weekend.

Posted On Sunday, November 16, 2003 6:08 PM

Between Whistler and Blackcomb lies Longhorn Country!
Every wonder where the name "Longhorn" comes from? I did and heard a little story that went like this: Come and listen to a story about a man named GatesA rich pioneer looking to keep Windows rich (with features of course)And then one day while skiing Blackcomb and Whistler tooHe had to make a pit-stop along a highway 99 jewel...Longhorn bar that is, pints of beer, burgers too.... Well the first thing you know ol Gates got an ideaThe patrons said "Longhorn is what we got here"said "Vector GDI is ......

Posted On Monday, November 10, 2003 8:30 AM

PDF Longhorn Posters

These are some of the posters that were given out at Longhorn - myself I only got the WinFX one. Oh well.

WinFX Namespace Poster

Longhorn Architecture Poster

Posted On Tuesday, November 4, 2003 4:29 PM

Going back to Visual Basic?
I am not a fan of the official name “Visual Basic .NET” for the VB language. It was too bad that the .NET moniker name was thrown on everything. Microsoft obviously has as well since they changed the beta product “Windows Server .NET 2003” to “Windows Server 2003”. So I have been asking around if they are going to do the same thing with Visual Basic .NET. In most of the presentations here at PDC though - you see “Visual Basic .NET” - BUT if you go to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7:27 AM

Eric Rudder Keynote - NOTES
Second day keynote …. In the beginning, there was a video of attendees. The most exciting part was Donny Mack and Asli talking about Indigo being the stuff in your watches to make them glow. They were shown in their shades and holding their little dog! Quite groovy guys! Notes on Eric Rudder Keynote: What Microsoft hears from you: Don’t make me rewrite everything! Moving code from development to production is too hard Give me more code samples … in my favorite language Help me make ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 28, 2003 3:24 PM

Jim Allchin Talk - How developers will work with Longhorn
Jim Alchin - ** how developers can do this? Fundamentals - WinFS - Indigo - Avalon Announcing WinFX - next step behind Win 32 - builds on the .NET Framework Well-structured programming framework for Windows Continued commitment to back wards compatibility MS-DOS – Win16 – Win32 - WinFX Add ref and release you will not have to think about. WinFx Developer Preview - namespace chart Software fundamentals - challenges System, application, driver reliability Deployment complexity and expense ......

Posted On Monday, October 27, 2003 3:45 PM

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