The Brain Dump

My brain poured out on paper (or so to speak)

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    Cleaning up my mesh

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    After working with the Live Framework for a while I tended to accumulate a lot of random Mesh Objects as I build little samples to test this or that. I was just leaving these laying around but it was starting to clutter my account. And since the objects...
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    Disowning a mesh folder

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    Small tip: If you have a folder in your mesh that someone else shared to you before the permissions were updated to allow “read only” permissions, you are still an “owner” on the folder. Today I was copying a 1.2GB folder around and accidentally dropped...
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    Note to self: Plane travel

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    Never, never, never sit in front of Angus on a plane. Corollary: If I do have to, make sure to proactively go after the bribe.
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    Meshing in C++ (CLI)

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    I recently was asked about accessing the Live Framework from C++. Taking this from the standpoint of “Hey, I have a regular old C++ application. How can I start putting my stuff into Live Services using Live fx?” there are a couple of options. REST/XML...
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    .NET Extension methods from C++

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    Extension methods are a nice little feature now available in C# and VB.NET. They allow you to tack on new methods to existing classes for which you don’t own the original code. Now C++ does not support this natively and so I recently got bit when I was...
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    Live Framework Webcast: Getting started with Live Framework

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    The Live Services team is having a webcast event for Live Framework (Livefx). During the session, you will have a chance to hear from the Microsoft engineering team which developed Live Framework. The session will be held from 8am PST to 10am PST on Dec...
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    Navigating LiveFX with .NET

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    When first given a new SDK, what I do is immediately try to figure out the object model. This is how I try to understand what the SDK developer’s intent was and how he thinks I will or should use the new tools provided. Since documentation on the object...
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    But what can I *do* with it?

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    If you have expressed confusion about what the Live Framework is about, who can use it, or just plain “What can I do with it?!” then check out Danny Thorpe ’s article How Do I Mesh Thee? Let Me Count The Ways . He breaks it down clearly and concisely...
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    Wallpaper your desktop with Mesh

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    Due to popular demand, yesterday Vikas posted a zip file with a bunch of the various Live Mesh desktop backgrounds. http://dev.live.com/downloads/resources/LiveServicesBackgrounds.zip
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    Keeping the crickets at bay

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    Earlier this year I swore to myself that I was going to make more regular blog entries about the Windows Live Platform stuff that I was working with. Then I got heavily involved with the Live Framework team and so couldn’t write anything about that until...
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    Photosynth released!

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    Last week the Microsoft Live Labs team released the first version of Photosynth that allows you to make your own synths! Just log in and throw a bunch of images at it and they "automatically reconstruct a three-dimensional space from a collection...
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    Mesh continues to expand availability

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    In order to expand testing of the underlying technology, the Mesh team continues to expand the availability of the platform experience preview . You can now sign-up without a wait list in Canada, India and Ireland also (although you still need to run...
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    Live Mesh is now openly available to anyone in the U.S.!

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    As announced in the Live Mesh Forum , anyone in the U.S. can now use Live Mesh. Just sign in to www.mesh.com with a valid Windows Live ID. This is great news as the limited invites available earlier made me think a lot harder about using this to share...
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    Live Mesh update

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    I love that even though its a Tech Preview, they keep rolling out updates with new features . Especially the ones that people keep asking about. My favorite for this release - Sync Live Mesh folders peer-to-peer only, excluding your Live Desktop . This...
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    Silverlight Streaming updates

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    1) One common request I have seen over and over both internally and externally is "How do I get a direct HTTP link to my video?" Well ask and ye shall receive . Just use the following format: http://silverlight.services.live.com/ accountId ...
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    Hitch your domain wagon to our IM!

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    Wilson posted a note with a little more info and screen shots on what the SRV entry really means if you are using Windows Live Admin Center to manage your domain within Windows Live and want our IM federation to work properly. Thanks Wilson! Anyone I...
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    Make money with Silverlight Streaming? Yes. Download it as a desktop app? No.

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    The ads pilot is finally available for Silverlight Streaming . You can fill out the form to indicate interest in taking part in the program. And it looks like they yanked the new deployment mechanism (HTAs) for SLS apps so they can address it properly...
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    Back from Bangkok

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    I made it home from the Windows Live training and stayed awake long enough last night to post some of the pictures from the trip on my space. So for the guys from the class, cheers! http://thegrassynull.spaces.live.com/photos/cns!76F1A650FBDC1801!264...
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    Hello from Thailand!

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    I have spent the last few days in Bangkok training a great group of Microsoft folk and partners on the basic ins and outs of the Windows Live Platform. Its really great to see a bunch or people who get it. We have had some excellent discussion and they...
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    Not just a stick anymore

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    Sweet! The update to Virtual Earth last week has my home town's skyline icon rendered correctly at last. When they first rolled out the 3-D models, Reunion Tower (the distinctive "ball" in the Dallas skyline) was just a stick with no ball. Of...
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    Silverlight Streaming update!

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    Silverlight Streaming has had an update pushed out. You can read the details but the summary is a new invocation method: link to an HTA package of your Silverlight app. performance improvement for the accounts that use a large number of file sets more...
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    Large web site project vs Visual Studio

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    So I discovered a limit in Visual Studio . It apparently doesn't handle 1.4 GB of data in 40,000 files in a web site very well. I killed the process after it was "Validating the web site..." for over an hour. I finally figured out I needed to...
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    Silverlight debugging tip

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    I'm building a Deep Zoom application and have been frustrated when it often has some stupid bug (my own of course) and the whole app just disappears. Eventually I realized a quick and dirty snippet I plan to drop into every future Silverlight app. Its...
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    Response.Write("Hello World!");

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    Well I've finally given in. After numerous smaller starts and stops, I've finally jumped into the deep end of the blogosphere. Sink or swim time. Hello. My name is Ben Williams and I have been an Application Development Consultant in the Microsoft Services...
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