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  • Ravi Rao's Blog

    API model for People Near Me vs Internet/Contacts presence

    The model for presence revolves around contacts. You have a bunch of contacts, and you want to get their presence when you sign in, and if they signed-in after you did, then you get their presence at that point of time. That is, the programming model...
  • The Business of Software

    J + N (JAVA + .NET)

    Checkout Doc Holladay’s interview with Kevin Wittkopf about Microsoft's J+N program (Java plus .Net.). .
  • Windows Installer Team Blog

    Our patches seem to work fine, yet none of the files on the disk are replaced.

    Question I am seeing a very strange issue with patches on msi 2.0, our patches seem to work fine, yet none of the files on the disk are replaced. I tried regenerating the patches with the 2.0 toolset , but that did not help. Answer For MSI20...
  • The Business of Software

    .NET Partner Advisor Council (PAC)

    I’m sitting here working on the final agenda for the .NET Partner Advisor Council (PAC) meetings that will be held later this month. There is SOOOOOOOOOOO much information to cover this time. I feel like I need to do a complete recap of the PDC but will...
  • The Business of Software


    I love the Steve Ballmer Channel 9 interview when he gets that crazed look in his eyes, starts rubbing his hands together and says “it all starts with developers, developers, developers.” That how I feel about my job “it’s all about partners, partners...
  • Dan Crevier's Blog

    Layout to layout animations in WCP (part 1)

    At PDC, I showed a simple version of layout to layout animations, as we do in Microsoft Max .In Max, when you resize the window or change the size of the items being viewed, they animate to their new locations. This not only looks cool, but really helps...
  • Ayman Shoukry's WebLog

    Great MVP Summit

    During the last 2 days (specifically Friday & Saturday), the VC team met with some of the VC++ MVPs in Redmond at the MVP global summit. It was great to meet all such folks from all over the world. The team organized a deep dive day to discuss the...
  • cipherdelic

    Undeleting deleted Outlook 2003 email or "How I Forgot Everything I Needed To Do"

    This was just SO COOL, I had to write about it. Having read portions of Sally McGhee’s book on productivity using Outlook 2003, I’ve been working hard to whittle my Inbox down to 50-odd messages from somewhere in the vicinity of 2000+. I’ve managed...
  • venkatna's (Venkat Narayanan's) WebLog

    Virtual Earth Features

    I like Virtual Earth . The interface is slick, but i really like the ability to do a local search. I have used it to map out some trips in the past. I wanted to go to a bunch of electronics stores today and i tried to create my trip. I found though you...
  • Darryl Burling @ Work

    New Zealand MSDN Pricing

    The New Zealand prices for the new MSDN subscriptions is now available online . This is a US site, but if you go there and select the New Zealand currency, this is the accurate (and formal) New Zealand pricing. I'll put this on the NZ MSDN website...
  • A View from Elsewhere

    Nuts, Bolts, and Fathers-in-Law

    My father-in-law is in town. Ostensibly he's here to spend time with my wife, but when a guy shows up at my door and hands me a DeWalt belt sander, I know that he's really here for some quality tool time. See, that's what happens when you spend too much...
  • Cum Grano Salis

    That annoying c:\windows\assembly folder

    If you are anything like me, you want to tear your hair out and smash your head on a concrete wall with embedded rusty nails everytime you need to use Explorer (and any file-open dialog box) on the c:\windows\assembly directory. While I am still working...
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