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    Using the yield pattern with HealthVault on Windows Phone 7 (part 2)

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    In part 1 , I described the overall design of the HealthVaultTask class. Now, I’ll go through the implementation. First, I’ll get some of the helper classes. Out of the way. The first is the exception type for errors from HealthVault that captures the...
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    Using the yield pattern with HealthVault on Windows Phone 7 (part 1)

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    I’ve written a Windows Phone 7 application called Weight4Me that lets you track your weight, syncing the data to HealthVault. The first version just fetched all of the weight data from HealthVault on each launch. I’m one of the developers Eric Gunnerson...
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    Resetting the Live Tile in Windows Phone 7

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    The ability to update the Live Tile in Mango is a really great feature. I have an application where I’m generating dynamic images and setting the live tile to an isostore:/Shared/ShellContent url. But, I have a setting that the user can use to turn on...
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    Windows Phone 7 WebBrowser control and target=”_blank”

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    I recently ran into a problem where I was hosting some content in a WebBrowser in a Windows Phone 7 app and found that some of the links on the page didn’t work. After a bit of debugging and binging, I found that it was because the links had target=”_blank...
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    Hello World

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    Is this thing on? I am going to pick up blogging again. It’s been a while! First off, I want to give an update on what I’ve been up to for the last few years since my last post. I was the development lead on SkyDrive from its initial release up through...
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    News on the upcoming SkyDrive release

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    We’ve posted some details of our upcoming SkyDrive release here . I’m really excited about what���s coming all across Windows Live with our wave 3 release and how well everything works together. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately There are a bunch...
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    Font Smoothing with Remote Desktop and Windows Server 2003

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    I spend a lot of time time connected to Windows 2003 Server. I was really happy to come across this post which describes a KB article to turn on font smoothing to Windows 2003 Server. This makes a huge difference with Consolas Helge Klein » Blog Archive...
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    Disappearing disk space on Vista

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    The hard drive space on my Vista machine recently dropped to almost nothing, and I was really confused what was going on. I used my favorite disk space visualizer ( WinDirStat ). However, I couldn’t figure it out. Finally, I found that the following steps...
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    New updates to SkyDrive!

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    We’ve made some more updates to SkyDrive including some features like comments, captions and better iteration through items in a folder. For details, check out our team blog post: Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog: Hot new updates to SkyDrive!
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    Bootcamp 2.1 update available

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    Apple has an update of Bootcamp available, fixing some stability issues. I’ve had more than my fair share of crashes on my MacBook Pro, so I’m hoping it will help out. It was offered to me via Apple Software Update, but you can also grab it here: Apple...
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    Implications of the just in time nature of LINQ

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    I love LINQ! I’ve found that much of the code I write involves manipulating collections in ways that can be very naturally expressed in LINQ. One interesting aspect of LINQ is that things are evaluated just in time as you enumerate over them. This can...
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    Why does my computer need to tell me when I plug into the headphone jack?

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    And, why is the icon so ugly?
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    mstsc /console is now /admin in Vista SP1

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    I find it kind of annoying that Vista SP1 switches the /console switch to /admin. I don't understand why they had to break this and couldn't keep the old switch working. There's a bit more info at: Nick MacKechnie : MSTSC /console switch in Windows Server...
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    Yield and usings - your Dispose may not be called!

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    We ran into an interesting bug recently where a resource was being leaked because we weren't disposing of an IDisposable in some cases. Before I go any further I should state that the root bug is that the IDisposable hanging onto the resource should have...
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    Josh Zana's perf blog

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    One of my coworkers, Josh Zana, has started a perf blog . Josh has been the perf champion for the SkyDrive and FolderShare websites, and I've been really impressed by his passion about perf and the results. I hope to see lots of good posts coming up....
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    FolderShare updates

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    Yesterday, we released a new version of the FolderShare web site and client. My team worked on the web site, which you might guess from the similarity to SkyDrive. In case you aren't familiar with FolderShare, it's an application that lets you sync files...
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    SkyDrive is out of beta

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    We released SkyDrive to 38 more regions, we're out of beta, and we now give everyone 5 GB of free storage. See the team post for details. We also made some significant performance enhancements that hopefully everyone should notice.
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    Why do iTunes updates keep making me reboot?

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    Very annoying...
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    A WPF Framework

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    Rob Eisenberg posted a new WPF Framework here . I haven't looked at it in detail, but it looks pretty interesting!
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    More SkyDrive goodness

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    We've updated SkyDrive with some nice new features. One of the biggest hassles with SkyDrive before that was that it was hard to invite new people or add new contacts to the list. We now allow you to add new contacts (whether or not they have Live IDs...
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    Frustrating error using Remote Desktop

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    Recently I've started hitting the error below when trying to connect to one of my Windows 2003 Server machines with the /console option: (Error connecting to existing session for dancre (Id 0). The operation completed successfully.) You've got to love...
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    Tafiti

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    Tafiti is an interesting search experience built on top of Windows Live Search and SilverLight. Be sure to click the tree view. It's pretty cool stuff, from some people I used to work with .
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    Windows Live SkyDrive/Spaces integration

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    Another feature that went live today is the ability to add a "Files" module to Spaces that shows the visitors to your Space the folders they have access to. LiveSide blogs about it here . Scott also has a nice plugin for Windows Live Writer that makes...
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    Windows Live Folders is now Windows Live SkyDrive!

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    We have updated Windows Live Folders and rebranded it as Windows Live SkyDrive . There are lots of cool new features. One of my favorites is the rich upload experience that lets you easily upload lots of files at once, including drag and drop. You can...
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    A pattern for unit testable Asp.net pages: Part 4

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    Okay, now for unit tests of the code from part 3 . The goal is to completely cover RenamePageModel. First we need mock implementations of IPageContext and IDataAccess. For IPageContext, we are going to use special exception types for page not found and...
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