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I'm an SDET in the Connected Systems Division. The Calendar Printing Aassistance for Office is the first public product to be released from our group and is available with Office12.

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    Brain Teaser #3

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    This brain teaser also comes courtesy of Simeon Cran. What will the following code output? When you think you know, copy the code into Foo.cs and run “csc Foo.cs” and then run “Foo.exe”. Did it output what you expected? The brain...
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    Never Lose Product Keys

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    How many times have you bought software on the web and then lost the product key? I have a couple programs sitting unused at home because I have no idea where I put the key or who to contact to recover it. Windows Live Marketplace is out of it's beta...
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    Email "Dump Button"

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    Type type type type, send. AUGH! WAIT! NO! We've all had it happen. You click Send, type Alt-S or press Ctrl-Enter to send your message off, and 1.3 milliseconds later you realize that you sent it to the wrong person, had a typo, or forgot the attachment...
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    1080P From the XBox360?

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    Whenever a conversation about HD and the 360 comes up, I see a ton of confusion about which outputs give you 1080p. Hopefully this handy chart from DanielN will help to answer a few questions. Xbox 360 connected using component DVD’s via HD-DVD drive...
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    Knowledge Network

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    Just before I left my previous job, my group was selected to be part of the Knowledge Network TAP. I only got to see a few demos, but it looks incredible. I did a bit of playing around in college with analyzing my inbox to see who I communicated with...
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    "Oslo" Web Links

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    Microsoft "Oslo" Resources " Oslo" Developer Center Download the "Oslo" SDK Ask a Question About "Oslo " Report an Oslo Bug A Lap Around "Oslo" (PDC video) "Oslo" - The Language (PDC video) "Oslo": Customizing and Extending the Visual Design Experience...
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    Check Binary Signing

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    I’ve recently been doing a lot of work around signed and unsigned assemblies. Someone passed along this great command to me which will recursively check whether or not each assembly at and below the current directory is signed. for /r %i in (*.exe *.dll...
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    CES 2007 Highlights

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    I feel like I need a nap after all the CES coverage. It's going to take a week or two to sift through some of the stuff that I missed, but here are my three favorite announcements from the show so far: IPTV on the XBox360 10.4 million XBox's...
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    Aero Glass Review

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    It's easy for me to forget that most people haven't seen Vista yet. I've been running beta builds since May and I've been quite happy. Vista isn't as big of a change as 3.1 to Win95 was, but it's bigger than the Win98 to WinXP jump. It will take you a...
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    Restrict Your RAM

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    I recently had a stress test bug assigned to me that I couldn’t repro on my machine with 6GB of memory. I could have opened the box and physically pulled out a couple sticks, but what fun is that? You can actually restrict the amount of RAM right from...
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    Oslo May 2009 CTP Available

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    The May 2009 "Oslo" CTP is available on the Oslo Developer Center ! Shawn Wildermuth has done a nice job of summarizing the changes to the M language since the January CTP. Also check out Jeff Pinkston's (aka "Pinky") blog for some existing posts on the...
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    Zune

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    I was out last week when the Zune was officially announced so I assume most of you have read about it by now. If not, head over to the Zune Virtual Pressroom for the facts. Some of my initial reactions: My fourth gen iPod Photo has been a bit flaky lately...
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    Local.Live.Com Update

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    When Microsoft launched their own online mapping tool , I tried it once and never looked back. As of today, the online mapping service now supports 3D views! This type of 3D functionality previously required you to use that other company's downloaded...
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    Tony Williams on Channel9

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    I started with the Connected Applications Framework group about 3 months ago. Since then I've had the opportunity to work with a number of fantastic employees such as Don Box, Clemens Szyperski, and Tony Williams. Tony is our Platform Architect and was...
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    Upcoming Webcasts

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    Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series III Starting September 6, 2006 and running through September 12, 2006 Now in its third year, the Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series is back! Sessions will be both technical and strategic...
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    What's My Motivation?

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    As a test engineer, it is my job to design and write tests that find every possible bug or defect in the software. My test team is motivated by the drive to ship a quality product. But what about testers who benefit from bugs in their software? For example...
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    Multi Computer Test Automation

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    We have some tests that need to test various methods of acquiring files from other computers. This led to a challenge of writing C# code to automate the process of creating HTTP and FTP virtual directories in IIS, sharing folders, mapping network drives...
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    Positive Press for CPAO

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    The Calendar Printing Assistant for Office reviews are starting to hit the press. "In short, printing remains one of Outlook's weaker areas, but perhaps Microsoft's development of the Calendar Printing Assistant heralds a new awareness of the existing...
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    Tech Blogging

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    Welcome to my new blog....
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    So You Want a Job at Microsoft

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    This week I was on campus at Drexel looking for interns and college hires. It was my first time doing recruiting for Microsoft, and overall I was happy with the way the event went. There were a wide variety of students who visited the booth. Some were...
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    How to Override a WP7 App Submission

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    I love writing apps for Windows Phone, and I’ve devoted quite a lot of time to my most popular one, CascadeSkier . A few times along the way, I’ve discovered a major bug AFTER submitting my application for marketplace testing. In both cases, these were...
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    Play Music After Build

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    Building our product can take 10-20 minutes depending on how much of the tree you have selected. In that time my mind will wander to Outlook emails and other tasks and I’ll forget to head back to my command window when the build is done. I now have the...
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    .NET 3.0 - Alphabet Soup

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    The .NET 3.0 Framework is right around the corner and with it comes WPF, WCF, WWF, and WCS. While there are no updates to the existing 2.0 framework, these four technologies should make life a bit easier for the developer. But first there is some learning...
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    NotForNoobs.com

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    The mystery behind NotForNoobs is over. It turns out that it really is a Microsoft marketing campaign and the target of the marketing looks pretty sweet. It's a high end gaming mouse (retailing for $69.95.) http://www.notfornoobs.com/Microsoft-Habu-Gaming...
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    Could Not Find Backup Devices

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    That's the error I was presented with on my clean install of Vista today. I had everything set up nicely and wanted to create a backup image but I kept getting that error with error number 0x80070001. After a quick Live Search, I turned up an answer that...
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