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  • Blog Post: Why I Think ALL Technical User Groups Should be on Meetup

    This post may well come out sounding like an ad for Meetup.com . Not my intent, but so be it if that's how it comes across. I'll also state clearly that I don't have any formal connection with Meetup, although I am a co-organizer of the DC/Baltimore Windows App Developers Meetup , and I've also written...
  • Blog Post: Protocol Activation: What Is It, What Apps Offer It, and How Can I use It in My Apps?

    TL:DR Protocol activation is a cool feature you can add to your Windows Store apps, and allows you to make your app more useful as well as more discoverable. For a video demonstration of how easy it is to add protocol activation to your app, skip to the end of the post. Otherwise, read on... Helping...
  • Blog Post: FREE Download - Windows Phone 8 Book

    Paul Thurrott , of Supersite for Windows fame, has finished the first edition of his Windows Phone 8 book, which he's making available for FREE download via his WindowsPhoneBook.com website. Better still, you can influence future editions of the book by sharing your feedback. Just download the PDF...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Tip: Dry Erase Markers and Mirrors

    Folks who have seen me recently have remarked on the fact that I’ve lost a bit of weight over the last 6 months (30 lbs., or so), and often wonder what I’m doing. Diet (low-carb) and exercise are part of it, but I believe a big part of my success is having an explicit goal and having it in my face on...
  • Blog Post: Settings Change in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 for Windows XP Users

    Jason Zander has posted an article detailing a change that’s coming in the soon-to-be-released SP1 for Visual Studio 2010 with respect to how Visual Studio 2010 behaves on Windows XP with hardware acceleration. The short version is that for Windows XP users, SP1 will turn off hardware graphics acceleration...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Phone 7 Emulator and Multi-Touch

    At the Orlando Visual Studio 2010 Launch event, I did the session on Windows Phone 7, and one of the questions that came up was whether the emulator supported multi-touch. At the time, I answered that it only supported a single touch, but that is incorrect. If you have a monitor that supports multi-touch...
  • Blog Post: Quick bit.ly API tip – Usernames are Case-Sensitive

    I was playing around with some updates I was making to Community Megaphone to add some simple features like a link to share each event via twitter, and one of the things I was trying out was dynamically turning the full URL for a given event’s details page into a bit.ly link, both to save characters...
  • Blog Post: devhammer’s Adventures in SSD

    The Machine In preparation for some upcoming events, I recently got a new laptop, and had decided on a fairly heavy-duty machine, an HP 8530w, with a large screen, and plenty of RAM (8GB). It’s a very nice machine, but I was a bit disappointed that even with all that RAM it maxed out at a Windows Experience...
  • Blog Post: View Zune Content By Content Type

    If you’re a Zune user, by now you’ve probably installed the Zune 4.2.x client software. There are a lot of cool new features in this release, including the Smart DJ feature, which I use fairly often. But there’s a lesser-known feature that I ran across that I thought I’d share, which is the ability to...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Tip: Scroll to Zoom

    Just accidentally discovered a nifty shortcut to quickly increase the text size in the Visual Studio 2010 code editor…just hold down Ctrl, and use the mouse scroll wheel to quickly increase or decrease the size of the text. I’m definitely gonna use this in my next demo. And because the code editor is...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC, Strongly-Typed Views, LINQ to SQL, and IDENTITY_INSERT

    Given some of the recent discussions and debates over the value of ASP.NET Web Forms (with which I have deep experience) and ASP.NET MVC , I thought I would immerse myself more deeply into MVC. To that end, I’m doing some prototyping with the ASP.NET MVC 2 release that shipped with Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: My Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 is Crashing…Help!

    I’ve run into this, and just helped a fellow Microsoftie with the same issue…apparently there’s an issue with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 that can cause it to crash on startup if a particular setting is in place from your last session…I’ll dig deeper to see if I can find information on which specific setting...
  • Blog Post: Rescuing a Window that’s Stuck Off-Screen

    Last week, during the MSDN Roadshow stop in Reston, VA, I helped my fellow presenter Dani Diaz get a wayward Fiddler window back on-screen, after it appeared off-screen when he opened the app during a demo. Folks on hand wanted to know what keyboard shortcut I used, and I just realized that I misspoke...
  • 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: Events This Week – Tech-Ed 2009 Edition (May 11th, 2009)

    As you might be able to guess from the title, I’m at Tech-Ed 2009 this week in sunny (well, actually somewhat cloudy) Los Angeles, CA. If you weren’t able to make it in person, you can still catch a number of sessions online, and of course you can follow the buzz on twitter , if you’re so inclined. Without...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – May 4th, 2009

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area (plus online events you can view from anywhere)…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also now automatically synced to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Animation Tip

    I mentioned in my previous post that I’m working on a cool application (will be revealed in less than 2 weeks) that’s finally giving me the opportunity to spend some quality time with Silverlight 2. In addition to the aforementioned web service interaction, the application naturally makes use of the...
  • Blog Post: Gotchas for Web Services in Silverlight

    Recently, I’ve been working on a Silverlight application that grabs some data via web services, and up until the last day or so, those services were on a different domain, and the service domain had a clientaccesspolicy.xml file in place allowing access to the service. Good enough so far. A couple...
  • Blog Post: More on IE 7 Compatibility Mode

    I’ve mentioned a couple of workarounds for a specific issue with the ASP.NET Menu control in Internet Explorer 8 in past posts . This one’s a little more general, in terms of how you can set the IE 7 compatible mode for specific pages on your site, or for your entire site. Note that using compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – February 23rd, 2009

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also now automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: Monday, February 23,...
  • 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: Events This Week – February 17th, 2009

    A day late this week, but here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…this list now includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar , and all events entered in Community Megaphone are also now synced to the UGSS event calendar: Tuesday,...
  • 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: The 0 Dark 30 Experiment – A Month In

    I mentioned in a previous post that I’d been getting up earlier lately, as an experiment to see what being an early bird could do for this former night owl. I’m about a month into the experiment, and the results are quite promising. I have: been getting up at 5am consistently over this period, enough...
  • Blog Post: Drag and Drop in Silverlight 2

    Shawn Wildermuth has posted a nice simple example of drag and drop in Silverlight 2. If you’ve been intimidated by drag and drop, Shawn’s example will show you how easy it can be. I've been trolling the Silverlight .NET forums again and there seems to be a lot of questions about Drag-n-Drop again. There...
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