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Jason Row .NET Development on the Canadian East Coast March 2007 Entries
Combining Technology and Paintball
[reposted] Some guys I know here in New Brunswick are planning a massive paintball event called TechWars for the summer of 2007. Part of their info is that it will be 100 acres of forested land, 2 paintball armies with 50 soldiers, 2 days and 1 night of war, and technology to make you drool. This isn't going to be the standard woodsball game where guys run out and either kill or be killed. They plan to incorporate some cool technology into the game. X10 cameras, radios, night vision, handheld GPS, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 11:01 AM

Looking for an IFilter for the MSN Search Toolbar?
[reposted] I'm one of the few people who doesn't use MSN Search nor the Google Search toolbar but I happened across the web site today. It's maintained by Scott Stonehouse, who I went to University with, and he created it when he couldn't find ifilter information in a single spot. Apparently the IFilters will work with IIS Index Server, Sharepoint, SQL Server, and Windows Indexing Service and are used to index file formats in addition to the default types. So if you're looking to index ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:58 AM

Is Justice the next Rory of the .NET blogsphere?
[reposted] I've only been reading Justice's blog for a few months now and I find both Grey's Matter and Rory's Neopoleon very entertaining. The topics are not always .NET related but the majority are funny. Just check out some of these for hilarity and learning: My grandmother and the Global Assembly Cache (And Star Wars) Scott Bellware vs. .NET Rocks - what it's *really* all about A letter to my WorldVision sponsor child How to Destroy a Childhood Memory in Four Pictures My grandmother and the difference ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:57 AM

Should retail web sites be as accessible as their actual stores?
[reposted] Retailer giant Target is facing a class-action lawsuit regarding the inaccessibility of their web site for users with disabilities. Just recently the judge refused to drop the case and stated that the their web site must be as accessible as their retail stores. The outcome of this case should be interesting to watch. The company I work for has to ensure that all our products are 508 compliant so we have a fair number of discussions over web accessibility. Visual Studio does lend a hand ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:54 AM

MSDN Canada: Security on the Brain Series
[reposted] MSDN Canada is starting up the Security on the Brain series of webasts starting with a Virtual Conference on September 27th , titled "Writing Securer Code". They then follow up with monthly webcasts and another Virtual Conference in May. Looks like lot of info coming up for the next 8 months. Now to find 4.5 hours on a Wednesday to sit in on the conference ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:52 AM

Windows Vista RC1 Software Compatibility List


Looks like I'm late to the party as this list has been compiled and updated since Beta 1 but if you want to know if certain apps (like World of Warcraft or for me, VMWare) will work with Vista before taking the plunge then check out the Windows Vista Software Compatibility List wiki.

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:50 AM

How does Google know about the users on My Community Server site?
[reposted] Every so often I like to Google my name and see what comes up (and curses to Jason Row the photographer for getting the top 2 spots today!). I then thought I'd check my wife's name to see what appears and what do you know, Google returns a result pointing to the profile page for the Community Server account that I created for her. I haven't even told my wife about this account yet and even when I created it I don't remember making any entries in the blogs, photos, forums, or other sections ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:47 AM

For those Canucks who travel and need to find a Tim Horton's
[reposted] I'm not a coffee drinker but I know how some Canadians are in the morning until they have their Tim's fix. So for those of you who travel and don't know where the closest Tim Horton's is to your hotel then this site should help. Just pick your city and you'll see the where the local Tim's are found. The listing for Fredericton, NB is complete but I can't vouch for any other city. Moncton, NB used to be known as the Tim Horton's capital of the world ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:47 AM

Free Access to MS Online Training
Steve Loethen posted a code to access up to 4 of Microsoft's e-Learning products available through the Microsoft Learning site. The list is long and and it's nice to see that we have our choice of courses as well as a number of workshops. For those who are interested in the difference, the e-Learning course has a length of 15-25 hours compared to the 3-5 day classroom version. Workshops are 10-15 hours for the e-Learning version as compared to 2-3 days for a classroom. Please check the comments for ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:53 AM

Free icons for use in your apps
[reposted] D'Arcy posted about free old school gaming icons from the Icon factory for your desktop. I'm a gaming geek from the 80's so this brought back some extra special memories. I'm no artist so finding sources of icons is worth noting. Besides the Icon Factory the other site I've found with both free and commercial icons is GlyFx and both sites have great quality images. [UPDATE: Via The Daily Grind #965 Mike mentioned another site,, where they have a free set of core ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:33 AM

How to fix Schema messages with App.Config when using remoting
[reposted] I received some code to review the other day and was annoyed to see a number of messages stating that the schema info for various elements cannot be found. In my seaching I came across Gavin Terrill's posting How to fix schema info messages in Visual Studio 2005 when using App.config and remoting which explains that the DotNetConfig.xsd doesn't have entries for all the elements. I also found this file at Peter Ritchie Inc Software Consulting Co. which is a new version of the DotNetConfig.xsd ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:25 AM

Email notifications not working in Community Server? Try this ...
[reposted] I realized that I wasn't getting any e-mail notifications from my blog and started to look into it this evening. I checked the cs_EmailQueue table in the CommunityServer database and noticed a long queue of backlogged messages. So I started playing around with the settings in CS and got it to the point where the Contact Page would send a message but I still had a lot of messages in the queue that wouldn't send. I narrowed things down to the EmailFrom colum where an e-mail address wasn't ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:22 AM

Uploading images to Community Server with Windows Live Writer
[reposted] So let's see how it uploading images works. Hey! Look at all the options for working with images. In Live Writer select the image and you can choose your border (dropshadow, photopaper, or inherit from blog), add a watermark, and even choose a transformation (b&w, sephia, emboss, sharpen, and more) I'm not North America's favorite metrosexual software consultant nor am I a Cowboy to the waitresses in Montreal but I grabbed the first image I could find and it was one of me. With a drop ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:25 AM

Configuring CS 2.1 to blog at the root
[reposted] I wanted to upgrade my old blog, which was running .Text, to the new CS 2.1 beta2 candidate. Since I hadn't played with Community Server at all I hadn't realized how the paths worked for Blogs, Photos, Files, etc but I did know that I wanted to keep the URL for my individual blog since I've been using is for 2+ years already. Once I did the install/uninstall/reinstall dance a few times I figured out that individual blogs are really not supported out of ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:49 PM

Documented compiler errors for VS 2003 and 2005
[reposted] For work I had to find a list of possible compiler errors for use in training material. It was intersting that there are so many similarities in the documentation for VB and C# 2003 however they organize compiler error differently. It's so much easier to find error codes in C# than VB. Anyways, for anyone else that's interested in skimming through the kinds of errors that you can cause here are my notes. Visual Studio 2003 Visual Basic.NET - start here with Compiler MessagesAnother option ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:48 PM

Adventures in moving posts from blog to blog
I really enjoy having my blog hosted on GeeksWithBlogs. Besides freeing up time from administering my web server at home it's just as easy to post to here as it was on my own machine. I plan on moving a number of my posts over and at the moment I'm looking to open the posts on my Community Server 2.1 site via Control Panel and then just copy and past the contents into Windows Live Writer. 1. Some of the styles have changed which means some minor edits. 2. Inline images will not be FTP'ed as I won't ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:40 PM

My creating VS 2003 add-ins article has been reposted
The new link is for those who are interested.

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:49 AM - a long list of .NET related sites
Doug Bornyk had a post where he mentioned The list shows the "Essential Resources For Microsoft .Net Developers" that they have accumulated and it's quiet the impressive list of .NET related web sites. They've grouped the sites into .NET General, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, VB, C#, Web Services, Blogs, Community, and a few more. Nice starting point for people so I'm posting this as a personal FYI ......

Posted On Monday, March 12, 2007 1:32 PM

101 Samples for Visual Studio 2005
Yes this might be a bit late seeing as so many are moving on to the .NET 3.0 and playing around with the fancy Orca CTPs that keep coming out. But for me I can still make use of the samples for Base classes and Data Access. Plus they have samples for the Compact Framework, Tablet PC, and Visual Studio Tools for Office. 101 Samples for Visual Studio 2005

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 4:16 PM

Upcoming Fredericton .NET UG meeting - April 11th

The next meeting for the Fredericton .NET UG will be held on April 11th.

Click the poster to go to the user group web site and register for this event. Hurry, it's filling up fast and seating is limited.

Posted On Thursday, March 8, 2007 9:50 AM

My new blog ....
After hosting my own blog for a couple of years I decided to move on over to GeeksWithBlogs to remove some of the admin headaches and because my server is just not performing all that well any longer. So here's my first post and I'm only 507 behind D'Arcy Lussier now. I've got a bit of catching up to do but I'll move some of my old postings over to this site over the next little bit.

Posted On Tuesday, March 6, 2007 1:44 PM

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