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Scott Dorman Microsoft MVP, Software Architect, Developer, Author General Miscellaneous topics that don't fit anywhere else.

HTML input types
As web developers and consumers, we’re all familiar with the HTML <input> tag. This is the tag that renders on the screen as an input text box. However, as developers you may not be familiar with all of the “new” HTML 5 values for the type attribute. If you’re not, you should be sure to check them out…and start using them in your websites today! By the way, there is a reason for the word “new” to be in quotations and for the bolded part of that last sentence. The great thing about the way all ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:05 PM

Windows 8 Hackathon
Windows reimagined. Extraordinary apps.Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a re-imagined user experience, and a built-in store, Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity — ever.Are you ready? Then join us for this free, full-day event filled with coding, sharing, plenty of food, and perhaps the occasional Lightning Talk on topics determined by your apps and questions. FAQs What is a hackathon?These hackathons are a really fun way to get “down and dirty” with ......

Posted On Friday, January 11, 2013 11:49 AM

Windows Metro Requests
Windows 8 and Windows Metro style apps have a lot of potential, but only if application vendors realize there is a demand to see their app as a Metro style app and not just as a desktop app (or worse, only as an Android or iOS app). As consumers, the only thing we can do is be vocal about our desire to see these apps on Windows 8 as a Metro style app. In an effort to raise awareness, I just launched WinMetro Requests. This is our opportunity to request Windows Metro style apps and show those companies ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:53 PM

TechEd for Novices, 2012 Edition
In 2007, Microsoft created a "Tips for the Newbie" page for TechEd (which is apparently no longer available) and I created a follow-on post called Tech·Ed for Novices. I created a similar post in 2008 as well. With TechEd 2012 around the corner, I thought it would be good to bring it back. TechEd is a huge event, topping out at over 14000 people (usually), with an equally huge amount of content. This post is designed to give first time TechEd attendees a fighting chance of finding their way around. ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2012 10:06 AM

Cisco buys WebEx
According to eWeek, Cisco Systems just announced that it is buying WebEx Communications for $2.9B. The total deal is worth $3.2B including WebEx's existing cash reserves, and will be Cisco's biggest acquisition since it bought Scientific-Atlanta last year for $7B. The deal is a natural fit for Cisco as it expands it's unified communications and telepresence offerings and is expected to close sometime in late July, at the end of Cisco's fiscal fourth quarter ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:56 AM

StupidCubicle.com

This is a great site for some fun geeky novelty items covering some great categories, including GeekWear and Cubicle Warfare. Check it out and pick up your favorite geek gadget.

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:28 PM

Windows Server 2003 SP2
This service pack was just released amid a deafening roar of silence. Honestly, the service pack was released on schedule, but with very little fanfare. The service pack is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The service pack adds the improved Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 as well as many other fixes. The full list is available on the Microsoft Help and Support Knowledge Base. Microsoft TechNet has a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Install SP2: Security Updates/Hotfixes Deploy your ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:19 PM

An Open Letter to Mint.com
Windows Phone has now been out for just over a year and Mint.com has had four active threads on their support forums for almost the same amount of time (here, here, here, and here). Out of the four requests, only two have an actual status and they contradict each other, with one saying it is “not planned” and the other saying it is “under consideration”. In addition, the last response from any Mint.com employee was over 4 months ago. These requests, assuming no duplicate votes, have gained a total ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:55 PM

New blog title
Ever since I started this blog it hasn't really had a title (or at least a subtitle) other than “blog”. Thanks to Stan Schultes, I now have a new subtitle. This was born out of watching the CLR 4 Futures talk with Joshua Goodman at MVP Summit 2009 (the majority of which is also available from the PDC 2008 site on Channel 9). Since I present a lot on .NET memory management, including a deep dive on how the GC works and how to properly implement IDisposable and the dispose pattern, he suggested the ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:47 PM

South Florida Code Camp 2009
I wanted to thank Dave and everyone else who helped coordinate the South Florida Code Camp this year. It was an excellent event and I believe the final number of attendees was a little over 700, which makes this the largest known code camp in the world. For those of you who attended my sessions, thank you as well. As I mentioned, the complete list of resources for my two-part memory management session is available as well as the blog posts that are related to my Code Style and Standards chalk talk. ......

Posted On Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:59 PM

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