Darryl Burling @ Work

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    Change your MSN Passport email address

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    I just went to a session at Tech Ready on MSN Architecture. After the session I had a chat with the presenter and asked him one of the questions I often get asked: "Why can't I change my Passport/Spaces/MSN email address?". The news is all good...
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    Adding ASP.Net AJAX to existing websites

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    I'm sure this has been posted a thousand times on other blogs, but I thought I'd put it up here anyway. If you want to add Microsoft ASP.Net AJAX (v1.0 RTM) to an existing website assuming you've installed the RTM edition you can do it by adding some...
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    More on the Change email address ability on Passport accounts...

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    I've had a few emails from people who would like to change their email addresses in Passport but dont have the option. I tried looking at the other two passport accounts I've got and found that I couldn't change the email addresses for them either...
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    2008 Summer Road Trip - register now!

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    Register here - details below :-) The NZ community rocks!  As you probably know, we've got three big products coming out in the  new year (Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008) and the community is preparing to do a major...
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    Visual Studio 2008 screen cast #2 - WCF

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    This is the second in my series of screen casts of new features in Visual Studio 2008. WCF has been out since we released .Net 3.0 in October 2006, however, with Visual Studio 2008 we introduce very good tool support for creating, configuring, debugging...
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    Create a ribbon for Office 2007 in three easy steps

    I'm preparing for a demo tomorrow on Office 2007 programability and I've been playing with the RTM version of VSTO SE (or Visual Studio Tools for Office Second Edition ). They've made huge progress forward on this since the beta code that I've been talking...
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    Early IIS7 Documentation now available

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    If you've been interested in some of the details of IIS7, the details are now up on the net. After six hard months of work, the IIS 7 Documentation team has been able to publish the early stages of the IIS 7.0 content to help customers learn...
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    Starting a software company in New Zealand?

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    If you are starting a software company in New Zealand - Microsoft have a heap of resources available for you to get started in that will give you a serious let up in the world. Firstly - the Microsoft NZ Partner page has a heap of resources and links...
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    Host your email using Live Mail and Live Domains

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    Mauricio set up geekzonemail.com last week. In two days he signed up 50 new email accounts - pretty impressive. He's also posted a FAQ about how he did it. I was talking with him about it last week and he pointed out just how easy it is to set up your...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Coming tomorrow

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    Just announced (this was supposed to be announced next week, but...) that Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 will be available for download tomorrow (see below). Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 continues Microsoft’s investment in market leading development...
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    Ever wondered how much managed code Microsoft uses?

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    Dan Fernandez has announced he's changing jobs , which is of course interesting in its own right - but at the bottom of his post he's put up some interesting stats. These stats were published internally a couple of months ago, and Dan got permission...
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    Load Runner and Visual Studio Team System

    Nic alerted me (indirectly) to a great post by Chris Menegay about Team Suite and source control. There are some interesting things there such as: There will be a Visual Studio 2003 plug in for Team Foundation server source control Some observations...
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    New features in VB.Net 9 (Orcas)

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    MSDN has just published an article that gives you a great overview of the new features in the next version of the Visual Basic language (VB9). Except from the conclusion: Visual Basic 9.0 introduces a variety of new features. In this document...
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    This is a cool keyboard

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    This is the second cool keyboard I've seen today.... have a look at http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/
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    Windows Home Server

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    One of the cool things that you'll see in the Microsot Technical Briefings over the last couple of weeks is Windows Home Server . I sometimes get asked where to go to get more information on Windows Home Server. The places you should head to are: Microsoft...
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    SQL 2005 Mirroring

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    During a presentation today I discussed the new mirroring functionality of SQL Server 2005 and was asked what editions it will be available in. There are a number (quite a few) changes in terms of replication in SQL Server 2005, including peer to peer...
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    IE7 - Are you ready?

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    IE7 will be released this month - as in the next couple of weeks! Internet Explorer 7 brings the browser forward considerably in terms of web standards compliance, we've done lots of work to make sure that the browser experience is consistent with what...
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    On Windows Mobile, Media Player 10 and ActiveSync 4.0

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    This morning I synced my Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone with ActiveSync 4.0 and noticed the Media Sync part of ActiveSync which I'd not noticed before on my WM2003 Pocket PC Phone (with AS 4.0). Essentially the Media Sync simply integrates with Windows...
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    Ajax in .Net

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    Tim has started a blogversation in our community about AJAX . While I'm no ASP.Net expert and certainly not a AJAX expert, I thought I'd point out this free library for .Net . It comes with documentation and looks quite simple to use. A big thanks...
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    Expression Web Designer and Master Pages

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    I've been planning on upgrading my own website for a while now. The old site was a DNN site and a recent attempt at upgrading it from DNN 2.1.2 to DNN 4 to take advantage of ASP.Net 2.0 resulted in - er... difficulty and brokeness. So I finally got some...
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    MSN service status

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    I just found the MSN Service status page . You can see the status of the different services - well some of them. Currently there are Search, Passport, Hotmail and Messenger. Cool. I always like service status pages. Its nice to have somewhere to...
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    Tech Ed sessions - top 10

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    I'll I've just got the Evaluation results for Tech Ed, so I thought I'd share the top 10 sessions from Tech Ed before I head out for a weekend. I've got to say that the competition among the top half of the sessions was very tight - you needed to be exceptional...
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    MSDN Subscription - too many disks?

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    If you've been frustrated by the sheer number of DVD's or CD's in your MSDN Subscrition, I've got some interesting news for you. We are taking some products out. As an outcome of the agreement between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft, products containing...
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    Microsoft Silverlight announced

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    We have a number of things coming around WPF/e in the next few weeks, but here is the first. WPF/e is now called Microsoft Silverlight . Key points to take away: Supports IE, Firefox, Safari (cross browser and cross platform) Enables WMV/WMA playback...
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    VS2005 device emulator issues

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    I was getting an error when trying to connect to an emulator on VS2005 that prevented me from using VS2005 without using an actual device for debugging. What a pain. Anyway, whenever I was trying to connect to a emulator image, I got an error: "Connection...
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