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  • Steve Rowe's Blog

    Next Gen Game Console News

    Some interesting news (rumors are more like it) about the next generation of game consoles: The PS3 is rumored to cost $400 street and nearly $500 to make. Meanwhile, the XBox360 is rumored to cost about $300. If true, that's great news for Microsoft...
  • Quan To's Visual Studio Extensibility blog

    MSXML6 fails during VS Beta 2 install

    I've seen a few failures with MSXML6 on machines with Beta 1 bits on it which weren't fully cleaned up. If you run into this, first, try using the Beta Clean up tool at: If you're still encountering...
  • Quan To's Visual Studio Extensibility blog

    Installing on Windows XP 64 bit

    We have a nasty bug which prevents customers from Installing Visual Studio 2005 on a Windows XP 64 bit machine. This has been fixed recently but didn't make it in for our June CTP. If you're trying to install on an XP 64 bit machine, the work around...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Scorched Earth under Virtual PC

    Scorched Earth is one of the all time classic DOS games. It is a superb implementation of an artillery game where you get to control a tank and try to blow up everyone else. It is a very simple - but quite addictive game. As you progress through the game...
  • Artificial Ignorance - the Anand Iyer chronicles

    the clock stops ticking

    A day before the big birthday, my clock stops ticking… No, literally, check it out : At 4.47pm this afternoon : At 4.48pm this afternoon : At 4.49pm this afternoon : You get the idea… Propitious sign you say?
  • Quan To's Visual Studio Extensibility blog

    NGEN taking up 100% of CPU after setup

    David Notario (one of our developers on the CLR team) has a great explanation of this at: On the setup side, we NGEN several assemblies in the Framework and in VS. NGEN has three...
  • Scott Louvau's Blog

    What is an SDET?

    You might be wondering what exactly an "SDET" is. Microsoft has a few core "disciplines" who participate in software development: Program Managers (PMs), Software Design Engineers (SDEs, or Devs), and Software Design Engineers in Test (SDETs, or Testers...
  • BorisJ's Blog

    GameFest I

    I've spent the past two days at GameFest, presenting some tips and tricks for the Visual C++ IDE and talking to game developers. The conference was based in Bellevue (so no fancy traveling this time) and, as I mentioned before, it is geared mainly towards...
  • Mikhail Arkhipov (MSFT)'s WebLog

    RFC 1925

    RFC 1925 : 2.3 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.
  • Geek Runs Through My Veins

    Visual SourceSafe bug in Whidbey Beta2 + Fix

    An ISV Buddy contacted me regarding a Visual SourceSafe issue his team was experiencing. The issue was described as follows: I'm using the automation interface to pull files from VSS. When I reference the 6.0 version of ssapi, everything works fine...
  • scooblog by josh ledgard

    Doortags with Customer Drawn Logo's Arrived!

    New door tags have arrived featuring our super cool customer drawn logo ! Next stop... full on swag! Since its bad camera phone picture night in the Ledgard house I figured I'd post this shot I snapped today.
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Redmond's Marymoor Park goes wireless!

    After work today, Josh , the boys (our pups – Oliver and Duncan), and I cruised into Marymoor Park to take our usual romp around the dog park . Entering the park, we sped right past a new sign tacked to the side of a softball field. Josh and I looked...
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