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  • Blog Post: Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter III

    After my last post I was a little bit dissatisfied with the fact that if you use the scripts frequently the blob storage container will fill up quite a bit. As already outlined this will affect the monthly charges billed to your account especially when you are deploying in a high frequency and have to...
  • Blog Post: Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter II

    After I elaborated a bit on one of the base requirements to work with the Azure Service Management API at all which is enabling a valid certificate to authenticate your calls to the API I want today share some thoughts about how to automate tasks related with Azure deployments. As already pointed out...
  • Blog Post: Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter I

    For enterprises, power users and people who simply don’t like the Azure administration portal but do use Windows Azure as an deployment option for their applications or services it may be desirable to integrate deployment and administration tasks into automatic processes and/or customized tools. To support...
  • Blog Post: DHL Shipment Tracking Accelerator for IE8

    Today it’s going to be a short and extremely non technical post however I thought this may be of interest to some of you. I had some spare time and was waiting for DHL to deliver my copy of Dragon Age: Origins . So I consulted the DHL tracking system quite a few times. And because I found it quite annoying...
  • Blog Post: Installing IEAK IN A VPC without Disk Space Determination

    If you try to install the Internet Explorer Administration Kit on a Virtual PC image you may have probably encountered the following situation The box shown above appears and stays there forever. The only option you have is to click the “Return” button and cancel the installation process. But as you...
  • Blog Post: The Music Industry – Your Dear Pals

    Due to some recent changes in licensing for LyricWiki to provide song lyrics via web service calls my famous Radio GaGa Silverlight application does no more show lyrics of the selected songs. As said this is due to some restrictions made by the music publishers and is neither my nor the fault of LyricWiki...
  • Blog Post: The ViewModel Pattern in Silverlight – An Example

    During the last few weeks I was working with Silverlight again quite a bit. This meant I had to write some code for several showcase projects, too. Of course no real production code (beware) but nevertheless in the end the applications were doing what they were supposed to do. However as it usually happens...
  • Blog Post: Physics, Silverlight and Visualization…Update!

    Due to quite some unexpected demand for the sources of the knowledge management showcase published in this blogpost even now almost 2 years after the initial post I took some short time and updated the solution. So now should at least rudimentary work with Silverlight 2 and 3 Beta. Unfortunately I had...
  • Blog Post: Using IE8 Beta2 IEAK with RC1 Bits

    The release of Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is just around the corner and fortunately there is a significant number of people and organization that want to release their own customized version of IE8. Luckily Microsoft publishes a tool that can let you easily customize IE8. The tool is called the Internet...
  • Blog Post: Building A Visual Search Service For IE8 With WCF - Part III

    It's definitely about time to publish the promised third part of this series. This time I will cover the class model which I used to let the .Net XmlSerializer generate the necessary XML structure. I want to utilize almost the full breadth of the capabilities the Visual Search component is offering with...
  • Blog Post: Do A Gadget With Silverlight And The Award could be yours

    This time just a short announcement and no broad epic technical essay as usual. The announcement is about the Silverlight Gadget Award for all those who are developing cool and innovative Vista Sidebar Gadgets and want to introduce this to a even broader audience than just the people visiting the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: IE8 Beta Is Out And With It Some Slices And Activities

    Today the MIX Conference in Las Vegas opens its doors and there will be quite some interesting announcements there. I will surely blog about some of them and today I will take a start with the public release of Internet Explorer 8 and one of its new features. This is called Webslices & Activities...
  • Blog Post: Advisory - IE8 Web Standards Conformity

    Today is IE8 day - Soon you will now why. And I will start with a short advisory regarding a change in strategy how web standards will be handled in IE8 as default rendering option. But before that I would like to to mention that especially with respect to open web standards compliance IE8 marks another...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 3

    The publication of Vittorio's book "Understanding Windows Cardspace" about which I wrote a post only yesterday I realize that there is more and more demand for information about topics around identity. And from my experience it is not only people working in IT or have a great affinity to technology who...
  • Blog Post: Cardspace - Want To Take A Even Deeper Look?

    Two days ago I found a small parcel in my office mailbox which contained a copy of a new book written by one of my architect evangelist colleagues Vittorio Bertocci together with Garret Serack and Caleb Baker . Its title is:" Understanding Windows Cardspace ". And although you my dear reader probably...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 2

    Q: Can a card be marked as "not exportable"? A: No this is not possible at the moment. After a card has been installed in the card-selector the card can always be exported using the standard facilities of the card selector. This allows easy tranportation of cards and use of the cards on several devices...
  • Blog Post: What you always wanted to know about Microsoft Cardspace - Part 1

    Since the Identity Metasystem and Microsoft Cardspace is quite a complex topic but is a great means to enable the user to have better control how and when identity information and login credentials are used I felt that there needs to be some more clarification about certain aspects of Microsoft Cardspace...
  • Blog Post: Smart Enconding Enables Content Reuse

    As I work with many customers from the media and entertainment sector which naturally have a high affinity to Windows Media Center and Silverlight technologies I'm frequently asked the question on where the overlaps are between Media Center and Silverlight when it comes to supported Video and Audio formats...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Is Cool Because It ...

    As you all have probably seen, read or heard about the announcement of Silverlight the new Microsoft technology to create Rich Internet Applications. Some of you might still wonder what it is all about and therefore I thought I will provide you a brief, bulleted-list-style overview of the main capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Hanging Around In Munich? Get Yourself Assured!

    Since a few days I reached the 100 points limit in order to assure other members of CACert.org . So if you happen to visit Munich and want to have your identity proven you can send me an email and I will check if I manage to meet you. I will also reach my point limit to become a Thawte.com notary...
  • Blog Post: WPF 3D - Blender Helps You Getting Productive

    The last few days I played around with the 3d capabilities of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). After doing my first steps understanding the basics and and the differences between WPFs 2d and 3D coordinate-systems and painting manual sketches of my primitive 3D objects I found this kind of workflow...
  • Blog Post: Checking For Installed Media Center Applications From MCML

    With the new Windows Media Center Presentation Layer (WMCPL) programming model it becomes easy to create rich and interactive media center experiences. While WMCPL supports an online only deployment and delivery model namely Windows Media Center Presentation Layer Web Applications many applications will...
  • Blog Post: Media Center@Vista - Let's Unite What's Been Separated

    One great thing about most of today's presentation layer technologies is that they not only support but sometimes even enforce a separation of application logic and the view. This is also true for the new Media Center presentation layer language called Media Center Markup Language (MCML) coming with...
  • Blog Post: WCF - Let's Communicate (across borders)

    This is an addition to my blog post from last friday. If you tried my little sample and it worked perfectly you probably had client and server running on the same physical machine. If you tried to access the server from a different machine the client requesting the service probably failed with a security...
  • Blog Post: WCF - Let's Start The Dialogue

    With a current project as background I had another look at the duplex channel communication options in Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Duplex channels are a great means to break the usual request/response pattern in web services communication. And they are useful as there are quite some scenarios...
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