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  • Gamerscore Blog

    Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

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    ...finally! We've been waiting for word from the team certifying the original Xbox 360 titles. They finally handed over the list , we got an interview with Todd Holmdahl , and Xbox.com posted them both! But wait, that's not all! More titles are coming...
  • Being a new PM at Microsoft

    Windows Vista - Why wait?

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    Zdnet has an article titled Gartner: Ignore Vista until 2008 . It was an interesting read in the sense it made me write after a long hiatus. It talks about Vista being evolutionarily better that XP. Very little was mentioned about the features that are...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    H2.0 and 'the party to end all parties'

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    It is with dubious pride that I announce that this blog has joined the new Hack 2.0 Workgroup . The Hack 2.0 Workgroup is a network of sub-premium weblogs that hack content exclusively about the new generation of the Web. Other illustrious...
  • Satisfy Me

    "But I work for MS" doesn't get me anywhere

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    (I say that tongue in cheek.) F or all those who are awaiting the release of the new Xbox 360, take heart in knowing that you're not alone and that there are many people in Redmond waiting along side you... or more likely, behind you in the queue. From...
  • Peter Marcu's Blog

    VS Fails to Launch after Vista Build-to-Build Upgrades

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    Currently, VS fails to launch after Vista build to build upgrades. A message box is displayed that says: "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" This is caused because the upgrade does not yet handle the...
  • fontblog

    Why is Courier New so Thin?

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    The Courier typeface , designed by Howard “Bud” Kettler , has an interesting history which has been discussed in other places so I won’t cover that here. But, a question that sometimes gets asked is why the Courier New font that ships with Windows is...
  • Johan Stenberg's blog

    Supporting multiple set of values for your settings class

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    A common scenario is trying to maintain different values for settings when deploying for test vs the "real" release of your project. In beta1 of Visual Studio 2005, the settings designer had the concept of a "Settings profile" that was intended to at...
  • Chetan Chudasama's Weblog

    Automatically qualifying class names

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    Have you ever wondered if it was possible to just go on coding without having to always first go and write the using or the Imports statement in C# or VB or J# or how about just fully qualifying the class names in place by using a keyboard shortcut. Well...
  • Craig Skibo's WebLog

    Managed Satellite DLLs for Extensibility

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    As you may know, some extensibility (both Add-in and VSIP Packages) features now support storing resources in managed Satellite DLLs. But we have had a few comments that people have not been able to get this to work. In all cases it turned out that the...
  • SQL Server 2005: CLR Integration

    Best Week Ever

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    SQL Server provides the ability to find the week of the year in which a given date lies. For example: declare @d datetime set @d = '13 november 2005' select datepart(ww, @d) The result of this is 47. Now, the problem with this is that the...
  • Pedro Silva's Blog

    Customization: Create a Shape with Collapsed Compartments

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    In DSL Tools, a CompartmentShape has a set of compartments in it. By default, when a CompartmentShape is placed on the Diagram, all of its compartments are expanded. There have been a few questions about how to create the shape with its compartments closed...
  • craigrow

    Technology over product

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    One of the cardinal sins of product development is creating a product to take advantage of the latest wiz-bang technology and ending up with a product that is really cool and really technologically advanced but a product that nobody wants. I just found...
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