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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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    Mystery Vista Heads

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    Stories have been popping up recently about a tiny picture of three people who were embedded into the Vista DVD hologram. Originally people thought this was an Easter Egg, but it turns out to be a security measure: http://www.computerworld.com/action...
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    $60 Office for Students!

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    When I was in school, finding money for pizza was tough, much less for a full copy of Microsoft Office. If your school doesn't have an MSDNAA subscription set up, this new Microsoft program might be just the ticket. Anyone with a valid student email address...
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    TechFest

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    We're in the middle of TechFest on campus. Since I just started with the company last spring, this is the first one I've been around for. I meandered through the booths for a couple hours today and wow... there are some incredible things in the works...
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    Surface

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    The big mystery announcement last night was Microsoft Surface . Where do I sign up to get one? I can instantly think of a bunch of board games that would be a great fit for this as well as your basic photo/map display. What if you could use it as a Media...
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    Logs Named By Current DateTime

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    I have a scheduled task and I’d like to save logs from the output. After some quick batch file work, I came up with this. @echo off setlocal for /f "tokens=2" %%A in ('date /t') DO @(set MyDate=%%A) set MyDate=%MyDate:/=-% set MyTime=%TIME:...
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    Signup Email Security Holes

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    Here's the scenario: I visit a sparkly new website and create an account. Later I find a welcome email in my box with confirmation of my new account. I don't really need that but thanks anyway. The unforgivable part is when that email includes my username...
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    Profile Your App

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    I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I've been developing .NET applications since the very first beta was released, but today was the first day that I used the CLR Profiler. Somehow I had never heard of it before, but wow, it's amazing! Every developer...
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    Web Cam Time Lapse

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    I've done a couple time lapse videos recently, and I think I'm becoming a bit of a time lapse fan. This latest app combines time lapse photography with the skiing web cams that I watch every day (via my Vista gadget !) The app watches a list of web cams...
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    Elevated Permissions and the Vista SP1 Registry

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    We recently ran into an interesting issue with our installer which requires elevated permissions to run on Vista SP1. The installer wrote registry entries to HKCR. This is a virtualized hive and the entries are actually written to HKCU. When we ran the...
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    Brain Teaser #2

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    This brain teaser comes courtesy of a co-worker named Simeon Cran. Using C# and no branches, and no method calls , no allocations, and no unsafe code , write a method that takes a ulong and clears all the bits in it except the highest bit that was set...
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    DOSKEY Features

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    Maybe I'm the last person on the planet to learn about this, but I have new love for my command prompt. I live in multiple command windows all day long so I can't believe I haven't seen this before. I tested this on Vista and Win2k3. F2 + character: Prints...
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    Microspotting

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    One of my favorite parts of my job at Microsoft is the wide variety of people that I get to interact with on a daily basis. Want a meet a guy who toys with buying a hovercraft? How about the guy who wrote a bunch of the code books on my shelf? What about...
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    The More You Know...

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    Did you know that in Visual Studio you can pause and drag the yellow arrow around to rerun a portion of code? This doesn't undo any state changes that were made, but sometimes it's useful and saves a bunch of time restarting the project just because you...
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    Office Communicator 2007 Beta

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    This news is about two months old, but I just found the beta for Office Communicator 2007 ( http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/beta/ocs/default.mspx .) I like the interface changes, specifically the ability to add multiple people to a conversation...
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    Test Center Spotlight - Rob Straavaldson

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    I recently had the pleasure of meeting both Michael Hunter (the Braidy Tester ) and Rob Straavaldson to videotape a Tester Center Spotlight interview. You won't see me on the video, but those two guys are much more interesting than me anyway. I'm lining...
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    Channel8

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    Miguel Llopis is an intern on our team this summer. He gave a presentation in our team meeting this afternoon about Channel8. I'm a fan of the work that has been done on Channel9 and Channel10 (shameless plug for my video at On10 ), but I hadn't heard...
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    Windows Equivalent?

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    One of my favorite commands in UNIX is: ^<old>^<new>. It reruns the last command but replaces <old> with <new>. It comes in quite handy for those of us who like to fat-finger commands. Is there a Windows command line syntax like...
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    Hard Drive Penalties

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    In an introductory programming class, I had a professor who explained CPU cache as sitting in a library and having the book in front of you. RAM was like going to a bookshelf. And hitting the hard drive was like ordering it from a store and waiting for...
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    SQL Server Modeling November 09 CTP

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    The latest CTP from my team is now public on the web! Here are a few of the “M” language updates you’ll find in these bits: The ability to reference labeled entity instances in expressions and across compilation episodes. Entities and collections now...
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    Living in Seattle (a.k.a. Win Free Stuff)

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    I moved 2800 miles to take the job with Microsoft. To some that might fall in the "cons" side of the yellow legal pad, but for me it was a huge plus. The Pacific Northwest is an unbelievable place to live and play. The city is vibrant and full...
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    Models Remixed

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    From www.modelsremixed.com ...
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    MSDN Tester Center

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    The Tester Center team has been hard at work since launch day coming up with new content and adding features to the site. If you head over to the site now, you'll see an RSS feed containing all the content from the site. New content should appear in the...
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    GraphWise

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    The beta version of GraphWise is now available to the public. A 10,000 foot view of the app is that they are a search engine for numerical data. In fact, their home page currently states that they have created over 150 million data tables. Now that they...
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    Getting Started with Power Query for Excel

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    Power Query v1 launched a few months ago. Power Query is part of the Microsoft Power BI suite. If you’re interested in getting started with Power Query, here are some helpful resources: Help page – This includes helpful topics such as the Introduction...
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    Removing Errors In Data Explorer

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    If you step through my previous post about Netflix + Rotten Tomatoes and try to recreate it, you might notice a couple things that I skipped. In my particular queue, I have some TV series. Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t return any search results. This results...
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