The next MSDev podcast is out, and this time Nick speaks with Andrew Coates, and Paul Stubbs and they discuss the ins and outs of building applications that integrate with the Office platform.
Grab some and and tune in
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Last week I mentioned I was doing an interview on Windows Vista
Well, I spoke to Adam Turner (who also runs the Seeking Nerdvana blog) who is doing a piece for Next, which is the Business tech section of The Age and the SMH.
The interview went well, but I didn't get a chance to mention some specific things.
I didn't get to refer him to the Windows Vista Developer Center or the Windows Vista Developer FAQ.
I didn't tell him about the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 community site (aka NetFx3), with sections about Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Cardspace.
I didn't get to tell him that Paul Stovell will be doing a session on Windows Presentation Foundation for Application Developers at SDNUG on Thursday 5th October
I didn't tell him about Deepak Kapoor's blog or the Learn WPF community site.
I neglected to mention the New York Times Reader, as an example of an awesome app which demonstrates the future of dynamic publishing for large paper-based publishers, like the one Adam is working for.
It's a good thing I can blog about all this stuff which I forgot to mention
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Hugo "The Tablet Guy" Ortega was in the office last week and he was sporting a new toy - RaonDigital Vega 512 - Ultra Portable PC
Oh Hugo, you are such a tease
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I am doing an interview this week for an article on Windows Vista and what is available for developers.
I think I will refer the journo to the Windows Vista Developer Center, specifically the reference section
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We are all getting together to do a debrief on TechEd.
I've been scouring the blogosphere and have found candid feedback, such as the one by Craig Bailey and his most recent one this weekend. Even members of my team have been giving their opinion
We will be going over as much feedback as we can find, which includes comments from evals and anecdotes from the volunteers.
If you have an opinion, suggestion or other feedback feel free to leave a comment - positive , negative , constructive , destructive all greatly accepted.
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This week I went out to Harris Technology and got myself a 2GB USB Key. It was a good price so I couldn't resist.
My intention was to get it plugged into my Windows Vista system and see what ReadyBoost could do for me.
I plugged it in and got the "Speed Up My System" option
But after I selected that option, the device failed the test (said the device was too slow) and I didn't get my boost.
What The? I thought I bought a high speed USB device.
I went looking on the web for some information
I found Tom Archer's blog, in which he had a few posts on ReadyBoost - ReadyBoost - Using Your USB Key to Speed Up Windows Vista and ReadyBoost Q&A
Q: What perf do you need on your device?A: 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec throughput for 512K random writesQ: My device says 12MB/sec (or 133x or something else) on the package but windows says that it isn't fast enough to use as a ReadyBoost device... why?A: Two possible reasons: The numbers measure sequential performance and we measure random. We've seen devices that have great sequential perf, but horrible random The performance isn't consistantly fast across the entire device. Some devices have 128M of lightning fast flash and the rest of the device is really slow. This is fine for some applications but not ReadyBoost.
Q: What perf do you need on your device?A: 2.5MB/sec throughput for 4K random reads and 1.75MB/sec throughput for 512K random writesQ: My device says 12MB/sec (or 133x or something else) on the package but windows says that it isn't fast enough to use as a ReadyBoost device... why?A: Two possible reasons:
Hmm - informative but doesn't solve my problem.
Then I spotted the article, USB Flash Memory for Windows Vista ReadyBoost in which they road test a number of USB Flash Memory keys.
The tests didnt include the one I had, but they did test one which I considered buying, Sandisk Cruzer Titanium, and it passed the test. It's speed specs are 15MB/s read speed and 9MB/s write speed. The one I got has the specs of 10MByte/s read speed and 5Mbytes/s write speed. It seems like it would be fast enought, but my system rejected it. (from Sandisk's comparison page)
Did I buy a dude? Maybe for ReadyBoost. On the plus side, It's still handy have a 2GB USB Flash Drive.
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Following on from my previous post, how's this for an explaination of RSS, the Oprah Way
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