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  • TipTalk: from Microsoft At Home & At Work

    Let's just cut to the shortcut...

    Articles about shortcuts are popular on At Home and At Work. And, judging by your feedback, a lot of you are much wiser about using them then I am. In fact, I’ve come to realize that I really only know one or two shortcuts, such as "CTL-V" for pasting...
  • Andy Pennell's Blog

    Failures on IDirect3DDevice9::ColorFill

    I am only a few months into DirectX programming, but this one just burned me so I thought I would share it: IDirect3DDevice9::ColorFill will return D3DERR_INVALIDCALL if the rectangle falls outside the surface at all. If you are expecting GDI-type...
  • Head in the Clouds

    Hello World

    Hello out there. I am, as you can see by my profile, as Software Architect at Microsoft. That title can imply many things, for me it means I get to work on complicated software and I don't have to manage anyone. Just the way I like it. I still get to...
  • Mark Schmidt's Abode

    Playing with Avalon and 3D Models

    I recently decided to hone up on some of the foundation technologies within WinFX . Being a person that is drawn to UI work, I immediately targeted Windows Presentation Foundation (previously Avalon). After installing the SDK , I opened up a build...
  • Adam Nathan's Old Blog

    Back to Internet Hearts

    Scoble and Ernie Booth stopped by my office today with their camcorder so I could talk about and demo Internet Hearts -- now with the power of WPF! -- for an upcoming Channel 9 video. Look for it during the PDC timeframe. I've been so busy preparing for...

    OK ... who wants my job?

    Now that I have your attention ... not exactly my job (I'm not going anywhere), but the same job that I do (Developer Evangelist). Interested? Let me tell you more first. As a Developer Evangelist on the Central Region DE team, you'd be a member of the...
  • Adam Nathan's Old Blog

    Looking back at the Windows 95 Launch and wondering about the Windows Vista Launch

    Raymond , Craig , and others are talking about Windows 95 today since today is its 10-year anniversary. I had just gotten a new computer a few months prior (since I was heading off to college) and I vividly remember getting Windows 95 in the mail. (Stores...
  • David Kline

    T+10 years: Windows 95

    Ten years ago, as Raymond has mentioned , the Windows 95 team was hiding backstage at the launch event. While memory has faded a little, I believe I was in the red quadrant (the team members were given either a red, green, blue or yellow shirt) listening...
  • TS Tidbits

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit now available

    The SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit includes a series of discovery labs that go beyond learning about a particular component of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to understanding how to build a divisional portal site solution, how to deploy Web...
  • Thom Robbins .NET Weblog

    Some great free training on Security

    I ran across these and thought they were pretty good. Clinic 2806: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training for Developers Summary : This online clinic provides students with knowledge and skills essential for the creation of applications with enhanced...
  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Worlds Ugliest Dog ? (don't read just before lunch!)

    This mornings TV news had a segment on the "Worlds Ugliest Dog", apparently this pooch has won the title three years running - here's a link to the dogs web site , and a rather fetching photo of the dog . What has this got to do with Embedded software...
  • Windows Security Logging and Other Esoterica

    Delegating Access to the Security Log

    I often get the question, how do I allow a group of auditors read access to my security logs without making them admins and without letting them clear the logs? To answer this, first you need to know, for what version of Windows? Prior to Windows Server...
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