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Well there's no point in having a lovely new Vista if you end up with old looking icons on your desktop is there? Aaron has recently posted a how to on getting this working a treat more at source... Citrix have released (and even re-released) whole slew of updates in the past few weeks that finally get’s a feature of Presentation Server working that’s close to my heart - high colour icons. Yes, high colour icons - the single most important feature that Citrix could add to Presentation Server! Forget ...
I'm not running Vista yet ... yeah I know... I've got it, I just haven't had the grand desire to go through the pain and suffering of repaving my system yet. I keep hoping the 'computer fairy' will drop off a new PC at the house and I can install it and all the other crappola I have installed on the new one while the current one is still running for all those things I forget :) So when I started teaching a class for UOP named "Programming Concepts" last week, I had a couple people have trouble right ...
46,732 Days and 15 Hours later I should have a 50mb file transferred, according to Vista. Does anyone else think there should be a condition in the time remaining procedure that says: if(timeRemaining.Days > 100){ throw new SomethingIsMessedUpBigTimeW... "Developers Name Here");} Technorati tags: Vista, Messages ...

The first tutorial covering some of the history of the .NET Sidebar Gadget Creator as well as issues creating .NET based Vista Sidebar gadgets has been posted. View the full post on my MSDN blog:

.NET Sidebar Gadget Creator Tutorial 1

Microsoft have released a new version of the WSS/MOSS SDK below is an overview of what's in it. Download here Overview The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 SDK is designed for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Office SharePoint Server 2007 enterprise application and platform. It features conceptual and "How to" articles, sample code, and programming references.What’s New in this Release for the MOSS SDK ...
Are you interested in learning more about the next generation of web-oriented technologies? If so, please join us for a half-day seminar on the new and improved suite of tools and technologies from Microsoft that will better empower you to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). This road show will highlight how Microsoft is putting the final touches on a new suite of services and technologies that will help you build visually stunning, yet amazingly lightweight applications designed ...
So there has been all sorts of news coming out regarding Citrix's purchase of XenSource, including the following articles below But what has been really interesting to read this morning is that apparently Novell were wooing XenSource about 9 months ago according to Allessandro's post Novell wanted to acquire XenSource 9 months ago, but so far the two best that do put it all in perspective are: The Truth Behind The Citrix XenSource Deal? from Michel at Thincomputing.net With XenSource, Citrix Sees ...
I notice that last week Geekette was able to successfully BSOD Vista. She even includes a graphic of her experience here. In an effort to avoid being outdone, I decided to have my own Vista BSOD party. Okay, well, maybe I didn't actually decide to have it and, well, yeah, maybe it wasn't really a party per se. Nevertheless, I was able to BSOD Vista by doing the following: I attempted to enable Virtual Machine Support for the wireless NIC in a brand-spanking new Dell Vostro 1500 running Windows Vista ...
Mmmm, looks a bit like we're going to be bombarded with Market during the next 194 days (and counting) ?? Countdown to Launch 194 Add this Gadget to your Vista desktop ...
Having a 24' iMAC is a lot of fun. Mine happily dual boots between 'Tiger' and 'Vista' but sometimes there are things I'd like to do using both... And then came VMware Fusion! Not only does it virtualise my BottCamp install but it also has this super feature called Unity. Unity mixes up my Tiger and Vista experiences allowing me to run Windows applications directly from the Dock. I can minimize Windows applications to the Dock, switch between Windows or Mac applications with Exposé, find and instantly ...
I just created a WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget. Read more about it here: Announcing the WebCam Vista Sidebar Gadget Here's a screenshot: Please note that this has only been tested locally on my machine using a LifeCam VX-6000. Your webcam may or may not work. If it does, let me know. If it doesn't...I guess let me know that too :-) ...

I seem to have a morbid fascination with my Vista weather gadget today. Does anyone have eggs they would like me to fry on the sidewalk? Perhaps I'll start my own version of Badwater Ultra-Marathon...

 

So…. Question? Would I use TS/Citrix or would I use VDI if I was building or designing the Front-Office of a Greenfield site today? This is a quite a hot topic, because as much as VDI/xDI/DDI is the latest craze that’s sweeping the IT sector, is it really all it’s cracked up to be? What has changed? My thoughts are that until relatively recently Corporate IT was rock solid and unchangeable, absolutely rooted in Change Management, driving Mainframes and COBOL – but now we are living in a much faster ...
When given a choice between style and substance in software, I usually opt for what I consider to be substantive qualities such as speed, functionality, usability, and cost. Since I never saw a sentence about Vista without the phrase "eye candy", I casually dismissed Microsoft's long-awaited OS release as fluff when it first came out and was in no hurry to jump aboard the upgrade band-wagon. Well despite my valiant effort at indifference, I am ashamed to admit that I have finally succumbed to the ...
I was talking with Dave Harris about search functionality in Vista compared to XP, and he dropped this: "Vista is the new Millenium Edition" What do you think? How pleased are you with the latest and greatest OS from Microsoft compared to what has become a very stable operating platform in XP? D ...
The BizTalk server team has released the aforementioned tool to facilitate the development of "Adapters" (not just BTS, but general WCF) for creation of WCF extensions to consume existing service interfaces. Mostly, it facilities building well structured classes that meet the WCF extensions requirements. Clearly, you still need to code up the actual interfaces, connection code handling, etc. This SDK is usable without BizTalk and can be used to create interfaces to existing systems. Then, expose ...
So I needed to search for a particular term within a set of files in a directory, which contained sub-directories of files. I figured this would be an easy feat given Vista's much-touted search functionality (or what seemed to be much touted...I seemed to think that search was a huge improvement in the OS anyway). However, it appears that Vista will do a great job searching the name of files and folders based on your criteria, but there didn't seem to be a way to search files CONTAINING a particular ...
I did it. Last night on my new laptop running VISTA Ultimate BSOD IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ...
I recently straightened up my home office and decided to move the printer to a different corner of my desk. Of course, the corner I wanted it at was about as far away from the computer as possible and I didn't have a long enough parallel port cable (and I'm not even sure they make them long enough anyway) so I decided to get a print server. I already have a wireless 4-port router and an old but trustworthy HP LaserJet 2100, so all I needed was a print server. I know I could have upgraded to a newer ...
So far in speaking with Clients this certainly reinforces what I'm hearing - no one seems in any hurry to go and install Vista - so far I know of only one Compant here in Australia that has plans to install this in the next 6 months. Business doubts grow about Vista migration Gregg Keizer Users are happy with what they have or considering Linux and Macs Fewer businesses are now planning to move to Windows Vista than seven months ago, according to a survey by patch management vendor PatchLink, while ...
Silverlight 1.0 RC sucks right now!!! That's right... Why is this you ask? I run Vista Ultimate x64 and have installed/reinstalled/unins... browser-installed/uninstall... browser-installed-restarted browser/uninstalled-reboote... and NOTHING but the lovely "Get Silverlight 1.0 RC!". Does Silverlight not support x64 yet? If so, I will wait until x64 support.Why is this Silverlight important?I'd like to start developing our new site with ...
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: http://support.microsoft.co... http://support.microsoft.co... The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ...
Microsoft has just released two updates for Windows Vista that address some of the performance and reliability issues people have been seeing. These updates are a precursor to the upcoming Windows Vista SP1 release. You can get more details and download them from here: Windows Vista Performance Update (KB 938979): x86 Download x64 Download Windows Vista Reliability Update (KB 938194): x86 Download x64 Download ...
*Moved to: Windows Vista Pre-SP1 Performance and Reliability Updates ResultI had spotted these updates last night in a post by Robert McLaws and decided, what the heck, I'll give it a go... I had no trouble installing the updates, but they do take a while and require a reboot, but when Vista started again I could see that it was running faster than the normal fresh boot.Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
So I was chatting with a coleague today who pointed out this ZD Net article on Linux. Basically Adrian spent some time with different Linux distro's. Ah, to get paid to do that...spend time with technology that you think is cool just for the sake of trying. With the amount of information via blogs, webcasts, kb's, events, etc on Microsoft's technology line up, we would all be experts if we just had time. So I think I know what the next great software release from Microsoft should be, the next killer ...
*Moved to: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 Team ExplorerWell, I now have Visual Studio 2008 Team Suit installed on my laptop, but I have just realized that Team Explorer is not provided as part of the installation (same as VS2005). This is irritating as now I need to download Visual Studio 2008 team Foundation Server to get the client out of it. I think that Team Explorer should be included as an optional install for Visual Studio, this would help at work as well as we need to rationalize and package (a ...
*Moved to: Installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 on VistaAs you may have seen from my previous post, I have just installed VS2008B2 onto my old work computer, well it is now time to hit my Vista laptop with it: I just tried to install Visual Studio 2008 Team Suit on my Vista laptop, but it failed on the first hurdle; installing the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
While having my first steps towards learning WiX v.3, The first step was to read some of the tutorials over here, then after downloading the samples I started exploring them to learn more. In my very first sample (named SampleWebDir) almost the simplest one although I had some troubles because the samples were built using the WiX v2 while I am trying to build it using v3. Simple changes had to be done inorder to make it built: Change the Wix Schema from xmlns='http://schemas.micro... ...
Hello, Welcome to my blog. I'll be discussing a lot of various things here, mostly on the technical side of things, but I'll occasionally visit some other topics, such as music, politics, or anything else that might engage my attention and fuel the fire to blog. Brief background about myself. I am a Senior Network Engineer at a large Microsoft Solutions Provider, and I specialize in Active Directory, Exchange, and ISA mainly. My past work experience includes supporting Exchange at Microsoft Premier ...
Rodney Vinyard has written a good post on some topics which are very closely related to .Net Interview Questions. Paul Whitaker has written a good post on Serialize and deserialize objects as Xml using generic types in C# 2.0. Russell Ball has written a good post on Disk Space Management with Powershell. Tim Hibbard has written a good post on Becoming a better developer. Scott Dorman has written a good post on Using Garbage Collection in .NET. Dave Caddick has written a good post on Linux desktop ...
So recently I have been trying to play with VS Orcas and Silverlight but hit a huge wall. After installing Orcas, the silverlight add-in for it and the silverlight Alpha runtime I still was unable to view any silverlight content, the same "Install Silverlight" graphic would appear. After some considerable google time I found this link from Walt Ritscher and one of the comments did the trick. Basically... 1. Close IE72. Un-install all versions of silverlight runtime3. Delete the registry key HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\TypeLib\{... ...
I'm back from one vacation and preparing to head south to Mexico for another but, with a little downtime available, I thought it was as good a time as any to upgrade to Vista and Office System 2007. So, I write this while waiting of various software packages to install (with UAC OFF :) First, I work primarily from a laptop which goes with me wherever I go. To help me in moving around I do have a couple docking stations at various offices I'm at frequently (one at SSE and the other at Reuters). At ...
Courtesy of bink.nu Vista SP1 pops up on TechEd Australia’s website By sumeethevans@bink.nu on Windows Vista It looks like Windows Vista’s first service pack is coming a lot sooner than expected. Mary Jo Foley’s reports that a Vista SP1 beta might be seeded to ‘elite’ testers and enthusiasts as early as this week and public release around November, or as vaguely described by Microsoft PR “sometime this year”. However, pundits down-under might even get their dirty “hands on” SP1 as early as August ...
Is it just me, or do we all think that Microsoft is having a bit of a lend with the price of Vista? For the life of me I can't honestly see that we will be looking back at this in 5 years time and saying this was a defining moment for O/S's? Actually maybe we will, and all for the wrong reasons as far as Microsoft is concerned? I have been delving more and more into the various Linux Distros and Ubuntu is certainly looking quite slick, as well as Suse from Novell (BTW, drop them an email and they'll ...
I tested out the new Blog Engine.net yesterday. It's really nicely done. I might start using it for another blog. I finally got sick of the computer I had been developing on. It would at times, take up to 45 seconds to open the Start menu, or open My Computer. That is un-acceptable. So I swapped machines after being denied by the boss to wipe it clean. So I got down on my hands and knees and started to install software. I work at a school during the summer, so there are a lot of computers laying ...
Take a look at my recent MSDN blog post to see how you can get around the common issues related to .NET development of Vista Sidebar gadgets. Don't want to write registry access code in javascript? Can't figure out how to uninstall your .NET based gadget? Read on... http://blogs.msdn.com/markh... ...

Using Orcas? Using Vista? Using Team Build?

then this might just be of use

Howdy, To build great tools, you need a great development environment. In that vein, I will demonstrate how to get a Flash/Flex development environment off the ground without much hassle. FlashDevelop is an open source IDE for creating Flash and Flex apps. It can support auto-completion for MXML (Flex language) or ActionScript 3. Setting it up can be a little daunting if you are doing it alone however. I am certainly not the first to write a tutorial on the subject, but what can one more hurt. Besides, ...
The Problem: If you have been using Vista for a while like me, and you get into situations beyond the capabilities provided in ASP.NET development server (simply like virtual directories), and had to load your development in IIS7, you must have had at least 3 or 4 times of problems with debugging (or simply hitting F5) not working at all. Some of the solutions were creating the website application/v dir yourself not using Visual Studio (This applies to Website model more than Web Application Project ...
I attended the July TRINUG meeting tonight where Scott Shorter, a Technical Evangelist for FarPoint Technologies demod their FarPoint Spread spreadsheet control. Wow! I hadn't had a chance to check out their control in the past but I definitely will be in the future. Why you ask? Because for the first time in all of the user group meetings, code camp meetings, conferences, etc. I've attended over the years, tonight I actually won one of the swag prizes. More about this later in the post... I've used ...
Stardock, the people that brought you ObjectDesktop and WindowsBlinds now have released TweakVista (as part of the ObjectDesktop suite). From their page: Microsoft has increased both the power and complexity of its popular Windows operating system with the release of Windows Vista. Stardock’s TweakVista™ enhancement application helps you configure Windows Vista to meet your personal needs by improving performance. Unlike other power tools for Windows, TweakVista™ automatically prompts enhancement ...
There's a video series on the SQL 2008 product site that reviews at a high level the "4 Pillars" that SQL 2008 is built upon. One of these is "Beyond Relational". This video talks about some of the new features that are part of 2008 from a data-storage and retrieval point of view. There are a bunch of new datatypes (including some updated date/time ones that increase precision), but the big one that will be touted is the filestream datatype. It was explained in the video as the "best of both worlds" ...
Sprint seems to have abandoned the PPC-6700 as far as upgrades go. The last official upgrade release from Sprint was AKU 2.2. (AKU's are like service packs) Microsoft recommends that all Windows Mobile 5 users upgrade to at least AKU 2.3 because there are some serious performance issues with 2.2. I believe that Verizon customers have received that update, but nothing past that. The latest AKU I know of for Windows Mobile 5 is 3.5 (I've heard rumors of a 3.6, but I haven't seen one), so Sprint customers ...

J.K Rowling's website has released a sidebar gadget for Windows Vista that delivers bits of news and counts down to the release of the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

According to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Vista SP1 beta 1 to launch in mid-July, with the final version around November 2007. A November release is also the target for RTM of Windows Server 2008, which, if they meet the deadlines means that they were able to stick to a schedule announced a year ago when they announced Vista SP! and Windows Server 2008 will be released simultaneously. Apparently, the Microsoft Windows Client team is trying to clamp down on the amount of information available relating to ...
Jeff Atwood has a good piece on why you shouldn't run as an Admin. He even links to another good piece on the subject by Aaron Margosis. Jeff makes his point by visiting a malware website with an unprotected system running an unpatched IE 6.0. The site installed the following spyware on his machine (not that he didn't click on anything or download anything) (Quote from Adam McNeil of Webroot Software): Webroot SpySweeper detected the following spies after allowing the installer to run over night. ...
I had to install the latest Infragistics ASP.NET suite of controls for testing, but ran into an odd problem: every time I went to install, I'd get an error right at the end telling me very ambiguously that there was a "fatal error" and that the "product wasn't installed due to an error". Great...thanks. Doing what any other good geek would do, I began to investigate this obvious issue with Infragistics and Vista online, hunting for any article that could shed some light on what the obscure error ...
I have updated TransNTFS, my managed implementation for the transactional NTFS APIs that have been introduced with Windows Vista. TransNTFS now also supports the following operations under a transaction: Creation and deletion of folders Deletion of files Creation of symbolic links Creation of hard links It comes with complete documentation (as always) and can be downloaded from http://www.wintoolzone.com/... ...
Sometime back, I had made a post regarding a native C++ class I had authored for using some of the Transactional NTFS (TxF)APIs introduced in Windows Vista. Almost two weeks from that post, I just finished my managed implementation, TransNTFS, that enables you to use the TxF APIs from managed code. As always, Managed C++ enabled the implementation with excellent ease. It comes with complete documentation and can be downloaded from http://www.wintoolzone.com/... Below is an ...
One of the key new features of Windows Vista is a component called the Kernel Transaction Manager (KTM) that brings inherent support for transactional development in not just the kernel-mode but also for user mode. Infact, NTFS has been enhanced to use and support transactions such that couple of new APIs (e.g. CopyFileTransacted, MoveFileTransacted just to name a few) have surfaced up. You can get more details on Transactional NTFS here. To demonstrate the power of the new APIs, I wrote a C++ class ...