A Dullard's Guide

Information on development, Silverlight, HD DVD, HDi, and whatever else Amy feels is missing from the interblags.
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator - Now Free

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    UPDATE 3/18 : The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is no longer available. For more information, please see: http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd/archive/2008/03/18/tokens-gone.aspx The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator is now available as a free download on Xbox Live Marketplace...
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    Switching from Silverlight 3 Tools to Silverlight 2 Tools

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    Silverlight 2 projects can't be created with the Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008. When Visual Studio 2010 is released, you will be able to build both Silverlight 2 and Silverlight 3 with the same IDE. But for the immediate future, you will...
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    Silverlight Runtime Install Failure in VS2010 RC

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    If you have the latest version of the Silverlight end user runtime installed, you may see the following error after installing Visual Studio 2010 RC:   [02/10/10,18:18:55] Microsoft Silverlight: [2] Error code 1502 for this component means "The...
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    Silverlight Tools Installation Error Codes

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    [Edited to included updated Silverlight 3 Tools] When the Silverlight Tools fail to install, a log file is generated with error codes and messages. You can open this log file from the last screen of the installer. Or, you can find this log file in...
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    Overwhelmed

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    Okay, so it turns out that offering the emulator for free was WAY more popular than we had anticipated. Josh (Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Support Program Manager) is just a tad bit buried under all the emails right now, so please be patient with the delay...
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    Sliding Puzzle, Silverlight 1.0 Edition

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    If you're an HDi developer who spends anytime reading this blog or the MSDN forum , you've probably noticed that I've mentioned Silverlight more than a couple of times recently. Silverlight is, of course, Microsoft's platform for delivering rich interactive...
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    Silverlight Tools Must be Updated After Installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    Today, Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 was released. This service pack includes support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework, improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger support...
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    Tokens Gone

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    Wow. The Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator was WAY more popular than we had imagined. Josh processed thousands of requests and hopefully a huge number of developers are now out there experimenting with interactivity. But, now we have run out of our token allotment...
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    Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 3 SDK

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    Visual Web Developer in Visual Studio 2010 has support in box for Silverlight 3 development and includes the Silverlight 3 developer runtime and Silverlight 3 SDK build 3.0.40818. Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Blend 3 included...
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    A Year

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    Today is my one-year anniversary at Microsoft. There have been a lot of changes for me in the last year and I've learned a lot. So I thought I would be reflective and share some my experiences, observations, and thoughts of the past year here. Okay...
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    Allow me to introduce myself

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    As this is my very first blog entry on MSDN, I thought I would start it out by introducing myself to my readers. Okay, as of this moment, I have zero readers. I am hoping that that will change and that this blog will be a useful resource to HD DVD application...
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    Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator Request Update

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    Any of you who made requests for the Xbox 360 HD DVD emulator last week should have received at least an initial email with further instructions on getting access to the emulator support site on http://connect.microsoft.com/ , signing the end user licensing...
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    Installing HD DVD Interactivity Jumpstart on Vista

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    You were so excited about the Vista launch that you preordered your copy of the new operating system and are now basking in the beauty of improved interactivity and security, only to find that when you try to install the jumpstart package you get the...
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    Blackjack, Silverlight 1.0 Edition, Part I

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    One of my favorite HDi apps was blackjack , so I have been just itching to turn it into a Silverlight application. Now, this one wasn't quite so easy. My goal in writing blackjack for HDi originally was to take advantage of the timing element and remove...
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    Getting Started with HD DVD

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    So, you've been tasked with creating a menu for an HD DVD and don't know where to start. Lets start out by getting the (free!) Microsoft HD DVD simulator and some sample code installed on your machine. Hardware Requirements First, let's make sure...
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    Exception Handling

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    An HD DVD player may throw exceptions during the execution of script, and if not caught will result in a player crash (showing an error code of 0x4094C00C on Toshiba or 0xC667000B on Xbox). While it's always a good idea to check conditions which could...
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    No Regrets

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    Yesterday was some day, huh? Even though rumors have been rampant for over a week now, it doesn't make it any easier to hear. Toshiba's going to discontinue the HD DVD business. It seems that's all anyone's been talking about. Engadget ran a snarky article...
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    Selecting Your HDi Development Tools

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    Running samples is all well and good, but you're ready to get your hands dirty now. Well, the great thing about HDi is that you can use the same tools you're used to using for web development. The differences you will need to keep in mind - your scripts...
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    Sliding Puzzle

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    There have been a lot of JavaScript games created for the web. And, because HDi is based on web standards, with a little tweaking, you can easily turn many of them into games for HD DVD. And, as long as we're tweaking, we might as well add the cool additional...
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    Silverlight Tools Release Candidate Now Available!

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    The first release candidate of Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is now available for download. This package is an add-in for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 with SP1. The Silverlight Tools installer includes the...
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    Check This Box

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    You've seen the checkbox on nearly all products from Microsoft. " I would like to improve the installation experience by sending anonymous feedback ." " I want to help make Microsoft software and services even better. " Checking the box is for opting...
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    Trouble installing Silverlight Tools

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    The reported issues with installation of Silverlight Tools has been relatively low. But, there have been a handful of issues reported on the Silverlight.net forums, mostly involving Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2008 (which is required before installing...
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    ASP.NET Web Development Server Stops Working

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    A Windows Defender and Microsoft Forefront Client Security signature file (1.53.256.0) was released at 8:45 PM (PST) on March 9, 2009 to address a Win32/PossibleHostFileHijack issue. This update modified the hosts file to prevent malicious redirection...
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    Upgrading a Web Project from Silverlight 2 to Silverlight 3

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    When upgrading a project from Silverlight 2 to Silverlight 3 Beta, the asp:Silverlight and object tags in the solution's website are not modified. The minRuntimeVersion attribute of the object tag and the MinimumVerison attribute of asp:Silverlight control...
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    Response 400 (Bad Request) on Long Url

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    My team owns a REST service that takes a series of IDs as input and responds with documents. Recently, a consumer of the service ran into an issue when they wanted to request 50 documents. But the problem wasn't the service's ability to handle the request...
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