Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

November, 2004


    KB Article: Migrating a Custom AppWizard

    Freshly updated and just what I needed for a little project that I'm working on. :)
    How to migrate a Visual C++ 6.0 custom AppWizard to a Visual C++ .NET custom wizard
    This step-by-step article describes how to migrate a Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 custom AppWizard to a Microsoft Visual C++ .NET custom wizard. The custom wizard technology in Visual C++ .NET is significantly different from the custom AppWizard technology in Visual C++ 6.0. You cannot port a custom AppWizard project that was created in Visual C++ 6.0 directly to the new technology. However, you can reuse the existing template files and modify the existing directives to the new syntax.

    Slashdot Picks up on Visual C++ 2005 Express

    Slashdot is linking to the Visual C++ 2005 Express page in a new entry. I'm finding the comments rather interesting. Take a look here:
    Microsoft Offers Beta of Visual Studio 2005
    nanodude writes "According to DimensionXC, Microsoft is offering a free beta version of Visual C++ Express 2005 among other programs in the Visual Studio 2005 Express Suite. Seems like a good deal to me!"

    MSDN Smart Client Developer Center: Rebooted

    The MSDN Smart Client Developer Center has been reloaded with Chris Sells as it's new content strategist. This is a great resource for people building Smart Client applications.
    MSDN Smart Client Developer Center: Rebooted
    Jonathan Wells and Chris Sells introduce the new and improved Smart Client Developer Center. They discuss its goals, what's new, and how to take the best advantage of this budding resource.

    Halo 2 Recent Games

    So I've added my recent Halo 2 games to my blog page. It's pretty cool that you can acually get an RSS feed of your Halo 2 stats, and it's even more interesting that you can use something like Newsgator to get them to show up on your blog page.

    Greg Reinacker has the details of how to set this up here.

    Steve Makofsky: How Many Gadgets Do You Carry?


    The other day, Steve asked, "How Many Gadgets Do You Carry?" Since I carry a few things and I use a lot of computers, I decided to put together a little Visio picture that shows the major computers that I use in my work and my personal life. (I'll let you draw in the connecting lines. I think that might have detracted from the overall picture.) In addition to these, I use about 5 or 10 other computers less frequently. Here's what I carry with approximate weights:

    Sony TR3 Laptop 3.2 Lbs.

    HP Ipaq 5 oz.

    Qtek Smartphone 4 oz.

    Suunto Spot Watch 3 oz.

    The cool thing about all this is that these devices are connected wirelessly. I use Bluetooth between the laptop, the Pocket PC, and the smartphone. I'm using GPRS for the smartphone, wifi on the laptop and the Pocket PC, and the watch syncs through the MSN Direct network. I depend on three main servers at work, and I depend on MSN for all my personal information and preferences. I've sort of optimized my gadget carrying so that I can drop almost any of these items, and still get to important information. My typical usage scenario has me checking my phone for messages and then responding using the laptop or the Pocket PC. I could also respond using the phone in a pinch. (And I have to say, that the Smartphone really ties all this together.)

    So what does all this stuff get me? I think it's giving me a lot of freedom and free time. It's working well enough that I can go to any building on the Microsoft campus, in my house, or even a Starbucks, and get things done. I don't spend a lot of time anymore looking for things. I don't need to go out of my way to check my mail. I remember a few years ago hearing some efficiency expert say that execs/information workers spend more than half their time looking for stuff, mostly notes, papers, and other information. This technology makes it easier for me to work with my information, and I really think it's saving me a lot of time.


    64-Bit Computing Webcasts

    I just noticed that there's a nice new page up for the 64-bit computing Webcast series that took place a couple of weeks ago. Check it out here:
    Gearing Up for 64-Bit Computing on Windows Server
    Tune in to this webcast series and take advantage of the sweeping change in technology offered by 64-bit computing.
    Run existing 32-bit code without modification on 64-bit Windows. Write native 64-bit code (managed and unmanaged). Learn about the next generation of development tools. Find out about 64-bit processor architectures.

    Dam Security

    This is funny....
    Beavers Weave Stolen Cash Into Dam
    Beavers found a bag of bills stolen from a video poker casino last week, tore it open and wove the money into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek north of Louisiana Highway 48.
    (via the Drudge Report)

    Halo 2 Guide to Multiplayer Medals

    Check this guide out for the medals you can earn this weekend playing Halo 2 online. My gamer tag is Brize if anybody wants to say hi. :)

    Security Chat November 18th


    Update: I'm taking this off the security feed so the new one shows up on the Security Developer Center home page.

    Update: Chat is over. Lots of good info from Mike and great questions. I'll post a link to the transcript when I get it.

    Update: This chat is starting now. Go here to enter the chat room.

    The next Mike Nash Security Chat is Thursday, November 18th at 9:00 AM (PST). These chats take place monthly and they provide an excellent chance to mix with the security experts at Microsoft. We really had a good time with the last chat, and I would encourage everyone interested in security to attend. Here's a link and a description:

    Security in Microsoft Products
    Join Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts each month. Microsoft is working hard to improve security and Mike and his team invite you to join them in a candid Q&A session. Ask us your tough questions; share with us what is going well and what needs improvement. This is your chance to talk up front with the leading security minds at Microsoft.
    Click here to add the chat to your Outlook calendar. This page links to past chat transcripts.

    MSN Search on David Letterman Last Night

    This was on Letterman last night. Pretty funny:
    Have you heard that Microsoft is launching a new search engine to compete with Google? They've come out with this commercial.
    "Microsoft if proud to announce a new, comprehensive Internet search engine that is far superior to Google. And using the Microsoft search engine couldn't be easier: simply go to, click the sign-in button, register to create a .net password, complete the registration check, read the terms of use and statement of privacy and confirm your agreement, return to the homepage, click, stipulate how your search words are to be interpreted, then adjust how the results are to be displayed, indicate the file types your search should cover, then specify the content to be found on those sites, type, enter the desire topic, and click the search button. It's just that easy. The new Microsoft search engine --- Try it today!" This piece cost us $40.
    I'm actually using MSN for most of my searches now anyway. I use the MSN Explorer browser most of the time and I use the MSN Toolbar on machines where I don't have the MSN software installed. All this integration is just too convenient for me.
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