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The last few months have proven to be most interesting for me - working hard on concluding some old projects and looking forward to taking on new ones (using newly available technology). On Tuesday, the Visual Studio 2005 Launch Tour swings through Halifax and I am sure that once the event has concluded, many will be eager and motivated to return to ......

I recently completed building a web site for a local company, Toney Bay Land Development Company - the web site is www.sandpiperridge.com . What a beatiful area we live in! I have been to many places around North America and have seen some pretty spectacular scenery but when considered, none of it surpasses the scenery of this area ......

I had the opportunity to revisit an old tool yesterday that I have not seen for some time. A customer had an application built with Visual FoxPro 3.0 in the mid 1990's (we are on version 9.0 now) and upon trying to re-install on a recently acquired system, he had problems! On a referral from the Microsoft Regional Director for Atlantic Canada, Derek ......

My partner, Mike Moses of OneWorld Host Corp., pointed me to a really cool .NET community web site called XI-Community. The site contains a wealth of information on .NET development with an objective to bridge the gap between IT and Business people assisting developers build “cutting edge” .NET applications that clients want. Once you get ......

Spyware is a real problem - one that takes alot of my time away from software development! I have not had a great deal of success in spyware removal (until now) using only one tool - I have used SpyBot, Adaware, Hi-jack This, among others - and have had limited success with each. My preferred method to this point was backup, reformat and reinstall Windows. ......

A lot of great things have been written lately on the power of Visual FoxPro 9.0 – it is considered to be as important an update as was Visual Fox 3.0 (and that was a while ago). Many felt the product would not survive but yes the product has survived and continues to prove its worth. The beta has been available for a while now but the released ......

I just read the very in depth report by Scott Guthrie on the current status of VS2005 (Codenamed Whidbey)...I think he answers every question I have pondered in regards to the product release in this one blog entry...a worthwhile read for those interested in VS2005 ......

Microsoft Canada is having it's very own Terrarium contest with some pretty cool prizes (trip to VSLive 2005 in TO, X-Box video game consoles, .NET learning tools etc.). This was a popular contect when it ran in the US and now we have our very own. Check out the details if interested. Great job MS Canada ......

I just received an e-mail (an Alert) from Microsoft to advise of the availability of information on the web of a security vulnerability in ASP.NET where a malicious user could provide a specially-formed URL that could result in the unintended serving of secured content. Microsoft is asking ASP.NET developers to become familiarized with the issue and ......

I am a software developer…this is what I enjoy, this is my passion - anything that makes my phone ring a little less (unless it is for new projects) must be a good thing...Right? I had a call yesterday from a client who was experiencing some difficulty sending e-mail. Most of his e-mail messages were being returned as undeliverable. Was this ......

Microsoft has just released to manufacturing the long awaited security release service pack for Windows XP (Service Pack 2) - the only place it appears to be available is on the Subscriber Downloads side of MSDN but should be widely available over the next couple of weeks - it is a pretty stiff download (just under 500Mb), especially over dial up but ......

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be invited to the home of Bill Gates? Read this entry to get a really interesting perspective by one Microsoft intern who recently had the opportunity.  

I downloaded/installed SP1 for Office 2003 yesterday and found a pretty cool enhancement affecting OneNote. I rely heavily on my iPaq 5450 Pocket PC to keep my life organized and was pleasantly surprised to see that I can “easily” synchronize my Pocket PC Notes and Recordings (voice notes) with OneNote - this ability was not there previous ......

I have been a user of Groove (now Groove Virtual Office v3.0) for a little more than a year now at the recommendation of Derek Hatchard and have grown to rely on this most useful tool. Earlier today, Groove 3.0 was released so I had to download and install right away...it has been in beta for a while now but wanted to wait for official release before ......

I was recently approached to build a small application (data management app) for a long time customer of my firm. Since we began discussing this new project, I have been spending every spare minute learning as much as I can of the new technologies that is (or soon will be available) at my finger tips with Visual Studio 2005, and how some of these new ......

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