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  • Blog Post: Weekly East Region Roundup: Vol. 9

    Here are some resources and blog posts from my fellow Technical Evangelists here in East Region: Developer Jim O'Neil has a couple of apps you should check out, Word Guesser and Tablet Letter Pro . He's also got a reminder that Boston Code Camp is just around the corner . Last, but not least, he's opened...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – March 15th, 2011

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar : .NET Security - A to Z Tuesday, March 15, 2011 6:30 PM, Washington, DC Security is never a topic that...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – March 7th, 2011

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar : Microsoft Web Camp Tuesday, March 08, 2011 9:00 AM, Malvern, PA ASP.NET MVC 3 – Introduction and Core...
  • Blog Post: IMPORTANT! Patch now available for ASP.NET POET Vulnerability

    Scott Guthrie has all the details, and links to manual installs for the patches if you don’t want to wait until they show up on Windows Update. If your site is hosted remotely, you should check with your web host to find out when they plan to install the patch.
  • Blog Post: UPDATED - IMPORTANT: ASP.NET Security Issue – Workaround and FAQ Available

    UPDATE : Scott Guthrie just announced that the patch for this issue will be released tomorrow (Tuesday, Sep. 28th) at approximately 10:00am PDT. The patch will appear first on the Microsoft Download Center, and will be released to Windows Update and the Windows Server Update Service over the next few...
  • Blog Post: Solving Confusing Browser Security Prompts with Protocol-Relative Hyperlinks

    If you’ve ever been in the situation where you’re visiting a site where some of the content is delivered via http, and some via https, you may have seen the following security dialog (this is the IE version, but Firefox has a similar dialog): It’s not immediately intuitive whether the right answer is...
  • Blog Post: New Windows 7 Blog Series

    Denny Boynton , a fellow Microsoft Evangelist, has started a new blog series on Windows 7 that looks interesting, starting with a post on locking down which apps can be installed on your PC : I’ve been running Windows 7 Beta on all of my machines, work and personal, for about seven weeks now and have...
  • Blog Post: Managing SSL Transitions

    While getting ready to roll out some new functionality for Community Megaphone , I decided to go ahead and add an SSL cert to the site to support SSL encryption of credentials used by event approvers and other site features. Although it had been almost a decade since the last time I’d dealt with installing...
  • Blog Post: Don’t use Delete Links

    So says Stephen Walther (who recently keynoted the Reston MSDN Developer Conference ). Why not use Delete links in an MVC app? I’ll let Stephen tell you : I created a sample ASP.NET MVC application that I plan to post at the http://www.ASP.net/mvc website. While the application was being code reviewed...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Event Resources

    [bumped and updated] For folks who attended my MSDN Event yesterday in Reston, covering WPF, Windows Vista Security, and .NET 3.5 SP1, here’s where you can get the decks and some of the code from those talks ( I’m seeing if we can get the rest of the code up there, or if there’s another way I can get...
  • Blog Post: Events this Week – September 22nd, 2008

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Monday, September 22, 2008 7:00 PM: DC-MD-VA Microsoft Robotics Studio Group - MRDS Workshop 2. We all know there is some complexity using Microsoft Robotic Developer Studio (MRDS). However, once you...
  • Blog Post: Events this Week – September 15th, 2008

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…note that the MSDN Events in Reston (9/16) and Richmond (9/18) are being presented by yours truly, as is the presentation on AJAX at the Charlottesville .NET User Group (9/18) and the Geocoding presentation...
  • Blog Post: Identity Blogger's Blog Hacked

    Sounds like one of those stories with a predictable punchline. But there's a surprise and I won't spoil it: My blog was hacked over the weekend. ... ZDNet broke the news on Monday - I was awakened by PR people. The headline read, “Microsoft privacy guru’s site hacked”. One thing I will say...the comments...
  • Blog Post: Download the XSSDetect Public Beta

    This is definitely one tool you should be trying if you're writing web apps with Visual Studio. Cross-site scripting bugs are one of the most frequent classes of security issues in web apps, and as such any tool that can help you identify and remove these before you take your code into production is...
  • Blog Post: "A la Vista" : Windows Live ID Web Authentication and the ASP.NET Development Server

    Catherine Heller has posted a very detailed how-to on implementing the new web-auth for Windows Live ID ...as soon as I have a little extra time, I'm going to play around with this, in case I need it for http://www.madcodecamp.com/ . Windows Live ID Web Authentication By now, I hope you've heard about...
  • Blog Post: ars technica on Windows Live ID

    Some interesting info on the what, how and why of the Windows Live ID SDK : Microsoft recently opened up its Windows Live ID service to third-party web developers. Windows Live ID—formerly known as Microsoft Passport—is a web-based authentication service that allows applications such as Microsoft Hotmail...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live ID - Platform Neutral

    I know there are probably some folks who roll their eyes when Microsoft uses the term "platform-neutral" : Windows Live ID Web Authentication 1.0 SDK Brief Description The Windows Live™ ID Web Authentication 1.0 software development kit (SDK) gives you a platform-neutral way to bring the power of the...
  • Blog Post: New version of Anti-XSS library for ASP.NET

    There's an updated version of the Anti-XSS (cross-site scripting) library that I blogged about a while back. Check it out here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/security/aa973814.aspx
  • Blog Post: Interesting Security Article

    It only covers a six-month snapshot, but the conclusions run counter to popular wisdom: http://www.internetnews.com/security/article.php/3667201
  • Blog Post: P&P Security WIKI

    Looking for developer security info? Check out the Patterns & Practices Security WIKI on Channel 9 .
  • Blog Post: FAQ Friday tomorrow with Special Guest Randy Hayes

    Join us for the next FAQ Fridays devBrainPick event tomorrow at noon eastern time, when we'll have special guest Randy Hayes joining us to discuss Least Privilege and software development. Randy Hayes is the President of the Central Maryland Association of .net Professionals , and has presented at...
  • Blog Post: NoVaSQL October Meeting

    From my friends at NoVaSQL : Everyone, The Northern Virginia SQL Server Users Group ( www.novasql.com ) is announcing its next session for 2006 to benefit IT Professionals (DBAs, Developers, Admins, etc.) in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland areas interested in SQL Server. ...
  • Blog Post: Have kids or family members on the web?

    Help them stay safe ...
  • Blog Post: Who are you?

    More importantly, who is that accessing your site? Want to find out more easily? Check out the new MSDN Identity and Access Management developer center .
  • Blog Post: Reducing UAC prompts

    I've been somewhat lax in my postings on least privilege of late, in part because I've been pretty pleased with what I've been seeing in Windows Vista for low privilege, which we call the User Access Control (UAC) feature. UAC allows you to run as either a low-privileged user or as what's called protected...
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