Donkblog

Adventures into the world of amateurgramming. I'll leave the programming to the professionals.

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About Donkblog

Brandon Turner graduated from Michigan State University in December of 2007 and started work at Microsoft on the Windows Live Writer Team in February of 2008.  His personal website is http://blogs.msdn.com/ControlPanel/Blogs/www.brandonturner.org

 

Q: What does your blog's name derive from?
A: That is a really good question. 

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    Blog This in Windows Live Writer :: Firefox Add-ons

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    We have released an updated extension for Firefox that lets you launch Windows Live Writer from the browser. We are still in the ‘experimental’ category which means you will have to log into addons.mozilla.org to download the add-on until we get more...
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    Broken theme in Windows Live Writer? You can fix it!

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    One of the nice things about Windows Live Writer is that lets you edit your blog in the same style your readers will actually see.  However, often times, Windows Live Writer cannot detect a blog theme or it incorrectly detects a user’s theme. ...
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    Courier New hates me! - Font 'Courier New' does not support style 'Regular'

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    In the past month there have been 3 reports from users that Windows Live Writer will not start up.  After looking in the Windows Live Writer log file , the following exception was seen: An unexpected error has occurred within the application. System...
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    Wow, That's Pretty and Easy - AutoUpgradeEnabled for Open File Dialog

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    When you use the OpenFileDialog to allow your users to select files there are actually different styles the window might look like.  When using .NET and running on Vista you can see there is quite a difference.  The picture on the left is a...
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    It is helpful to know what success is before you can accomplish it.

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    Last weekend I took a safety class to get my motorcycle license.  At the end of the class you must take a multiple choice test and a riding test.  The class instructors held back the bar of success in both tests even when asked by other students...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #11 – Insert Image from Web on Windows 7

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    During the very late stages of development for the last version of Windows Live Writer we found a bug on our 'Insert from Web Image' dialog.  Specifically there was a bug that prevented users from inserting images that that were part of libraries...
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    Winform Boy in a WPF World - Window Handle

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    I was fiddling with some WPF stuff the other day and I needed the handle to the form.  Windows in WPF do not have a property to get this like in WinForms, though there is a simple solution.  I have bundled the solution into a property to make...
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    'Alt Tab' for Visual Studio

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    Alt+tab is a common operation for Windows users.  Once a user masters the skill they can navigate between windows quickly.  Visual Studio has something similar but not with the same shortcut keys.  Crtl+Tab will bring up the window I show...
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    GetType() or 'is' keyword?

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    Sometimes you might run into a case where you want to know the type of an object you are dealing with.  When someone first faces this situation they find two ways to solve this problem.  They can use GetType() or they can use the 'is' keyword...
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    How to enable verbose logging in Windows Live Writer

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    Users can enable verbose logging in Windows Live Writer which will cause the application to log some extra things that it would normally not.  This is often an important step for debugging problems with blog services because it will log all the traffic...
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    Zemanta – Well That's a Fun Little Tool

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    Image via Wikipedia Zemanta recently released a new plugin for Windows Live Writer .  It opens it own sidebar and finds relevant media for your post based on the text you have entered so far.  Zemanta really seems to be trying to please their...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #6 – Inserting Quotes

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    Today starts a mini series within the Windows Live Writer Tip series where the tips are written by Scott Lovegrove .  Scott is a Windows Live MVP as well as the creator of many plugins you can find on his blog. As a blogger, you will sometimes find...
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    Windows Live Writer Tips #10 – Keyboard Shortcuts

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    Sometimes, you can be just in the groove when typing your blog entry, and the last thing you want to do is disrupt your flow by having to use your mouse to do something. Fortunately, Writer has a lot of keyboard shortcuts that make this really easy to...
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    Why doesn’t Windows Live Writer have ‘find and replace’?

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    One of the most requested features of Windows Live Writer is ‘find and replace’.  This is the ability to quickly change one string to another string in a document.  Its found in the most complex programs like Visual Studio and Microsoft Word...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #3 – Turn on real time word count

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    Many users have found the word count feature until the “Tools” menu.  It is possible to turn on word count so it will continue to update in the status bar, just as it would in Microsoft Word: This feature can be turned on though: Tools > Options...
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    Windows Live Writer Tips #7 – Blog This

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    Sometimes you can be on a webpage and think, this is great, I’d like to blog about this. Well, if you’re using Internet Explorer then when Windows Live Writer is installed, a new button appears on the toolbar . Clicking this button will load up Live Writer...
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    Only Microsoft can make something so simple this complex.

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    By the end of reading this post you will either think: Wow, Microsoft really wants a great experience for their users. or Wow, Microsoft just can’t make anything as simple as it really is. I really hope that you think the former, but it appears that some...
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    Windows Live Writer Tips #8 – Add Features to Live Writer Using Plug-ins

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    Like a lot of programs, there are always some things that Live Writer doesn’t do that you’d like it to do. However, Live Writer has it’s own way of allowing other developers to create those missing features and bits of functionality, and create plug-ins...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #2 – Force Category Refresh

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    It is possible the categories on your blog can get out of sync with your blog.  This will most likely happen if you use a different blogging client then Windows Live Writer, WLW on a different computer, or post through the admin control panel. ...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #1 – Auto-save

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    Windows Live Writer has an automatic save feature.  This is different then “Auto-Recover” which is what you find in Microsoft Word.  In Windows Live Writer, there is a timer that triggers every X number of minutes.  When the time triggers...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #4 – © and ® Characters

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    From inside of Windows Live Writer you can easily add a copyright or registered symbol using typographic replacement.  To insert a © type a (c) and then press space . To insert a ® type a (r) and then press space . If you actually want to type those...
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    Windows Live Writer and YouTube a match made in… well not Heaven

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    With our last beta release of Windows Live Writer we included a new feature to upload videos directly to YouTube from WLW. This should improve the workflow for many bloggers that create videos and publish them to their blog using YouTube as the distribution...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #9 – Quickly Inserting Videos

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    So you’ve found a great video on YouTube (or SoapBox ) and you want to share that video with your readers. We all know about the option that’s there in Live Writer under the insert section on the right hand side, which will give you the familiar screen...
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    Windows Live Writer Tip #5 – Linking to old posts.

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    Its pretty common that bloggers want to link back to an old post. Instead of going to the browser and finding the link to the post, you can find it from inside of Windows Live Writer. Click “Hyperlink…” from the sidebar to bring up the modal dialog. Then...
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    Not All Code Render Blocks Are Created Equal - Part 1

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    There are 2 types main types of render blocks .  On one hand there are <%= %> style render blocks that are the more general type and allow the coder to print out directly to the html.  And on the other hand there is the <%# %> style...
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