Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

March, 2005


    Microsoft DirectX Slides from the Game Developers Conference 2005

    Get them here:
    Game Developers Conference 2005
    This download includes presentations given by the Windows gaming and graphics team at the Game Developers Conference 2005. Included is the Microsoft DirectX Developer Day content and the High-Level Shader Language (HLSL) Workshop content.
    Lot's of great content in this package, so don't miss this.

    Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy

    The Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy guide was just posted to the TechNet Security site. You can read it online, or you can download it. Here are some details:
    Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policy
    This guide is designed to support a server and domain isolation solution through all stages of the IT lifecycle, starting at the initial evaluation and approval phase and continuing through to deployment, testing, and management of the completed implementation. For this reason, the various chapters that comprise this guide have been written to meet the needs of a variety of readers.
    Here's a link to the download page. The download is a zip file that contains the guide in PDF format. It also includes a Server and Domain Isolation Tools and Templates installer that contains scripts and other information.

    MSTSC and Console

    I was looking for a way to connect to the currently running console session on a Windows Server 2003 box. (This is the default when connecting to a Windows XP machine.) I think I found it. Start terminal services client with /console and that should do it. From the command line: mstsc.exe /console. When you connect to your server the session opened should be the current console session.

    DirectX Developer Center

    It seems like a lot of stuff went down while I was off on vacation. The new DirectX Developer Center is now open for business. When you're looking for that updated DirectX SDK, just keep this link in mind:

    We're also linking to a new case study that's very interesting: Microsoft Simplifies Development of Stunning High-Performance Multimedia Applications. From the article:
    ...Miller saw that exposing DirectX through the .NET Framework could allow him to craft a more elegant API, improve productivity, and open up game development to a variety of programming languages and coders of all skill levels.

    Miller and the DirectX team turned the vision into reality by using Visual C++ .NET 2003 to create a "wrapper" for the DirectX 9.0 library that can be accessed from the .NET Framework.

    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool Updated

    Get the details here:
    Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool
    The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 computers for and helps remove infections by specific, prevalent malicious software—including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom. When the detection and removal process is complete, the tool displays a report describing the outcome, including which, if any, malicious software was detected and removed. The tool creates a log file named mrt.log in the %WINDIR%\debug folder.

    Best small camera?

    I've been on vaction this week, happily snapping photos with my old Canon PowerShot S110. This is a great camera, but I bought it when it first came out a few years ago and at 2.1 megapixels, the camera is starting to show it's age. So I think that I want to find something smaller, higher resolution, and with a really good video capability. Is there anything like that availalbe for under $400? Are the newer PowerShot cameras still as good as the S110?

    Joe Wilcox on Spyware

    Joe Wilcox has some insightful commentary on spyware and he links back into some MS content aroung this subject. Read this if you have young kids or teens using computers in your home.
    Spyware, Kids and Online Commerce
    Apparently, I'm not the only person concerned about the kid security risk. From today's is a graphic of a girl in pigtails and these chilling words: "'I accidentally downloaded what?' Help them learn how to watch for spyware." Click through leads to the Jan. 5 primer, "Spyware and your kids: Are your kids exposing you to spyware?" Related is the primer, "Spyware and your kids: How to help keep your kids from downloading spyware."
    I do a few of things to help keep the kids' computers secure. Auto-update is running on the machines, AV and antispyware is installed, and they're all using their own MSN accounts through MSN Explorer. One of the best things MSN Explorer does is prevent them from opening the wrong sites by mistake. I've got my mom on this also. So far so good.

    Don't Miss this Upcoming Whidbey Chat


    Update: The transcript for this chat is available here.

    Here's a chat you're not going to want to miss. It looks like Eric Rudder will be there to answer some questions. Here are the details:

    What's New in Whidbey?
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, code named Whidbey, will radically improve developer productivity while continuing to provide full access to the Microsoft .NET Framework. How about the opportunity to chat live with the Senior Vice President responsible for this innovative solution? Eric Rudder will join us live on March 18th along with members of the Whidbey team to tackle your Whidbey questions.
    This chat is on March 18th at 10:00 AM PST. Click this link to add a calendar item to Outlook.

    IEBlog Blogging IE 7

    I'm very much looking forward the the release of IE 7. To help understand what's coming, the IEBlog is providing details on the upcoming version of the product. Check it out here.

    You can also get information at the Internet Explorer Developer Center and the ASP.NET Developer Center.

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