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  • Blog Post: Sidebar Gadget Templates

    One of the UX technologies I mentioned during my talk for the MSDN Roadshow today was the Sidebar (and in Windows 7, Desktop) gadgets, which are great for surfacing small amounts of information in a a compact space. One of the attendees asked whether Visual Studio has templates for Sidebar Gadgets, and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Firestarter Tomorrow

    Interested in learning more about Windows from the experts? There’s an all-day firestarter event tomorrow in Redmond, and you can watch live via Microsoft LiveMeeting. My fellow DE Mithun Dar has all the details . Among the many expert presenters will be Mark Russinovich , who has probably forgotten...
  • Blog Post: Events This Week – October 6th, 2008

    Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:30 PM: CMAP Main Meeting: ASP.NET MVC - This session will introduce attendees to the new ASP.NET MVC framework while building a real-world application. "Separation of...
  • 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 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: View antique books with Silverlight (or WPF)

    Turning the Pages 2.0 is an amazing example of what can be done with WPF and Silverlight. Using a high-end scanning device, the British Library has taken a number of precious books, which you would normally only be able to see under glass, and open to a single page chosen by a curator, and allowed the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Team Blog

    Just heard about this: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/ I'm considering adding a Windows Home Server box to my network, as soon as I can get permission for a new hardware acquisition after my recent purchase of a new Windows Vista Media Center machine (Dell Inspiron 531, picked up through the Dell...
  • Blog Post: Volume Shadow Copy Tip

    My colleague Brian Hitney (creator of WorldMaps ) offers a great tip on Volume Shadow Copy , and how to get back some of the space it uses for backing up files (the usual caveats about risks of disabling such features apply): I've spent a lot of time talking about Vista internals at various groups ....
  • Blog Post: WGA Validation Issue Fix

    FYI, in case anyone's run into this : We've been receiving reports on our forum and through customer service starting last night that Windows Vista validations have been failing on genuine systems. It looks now as though the issue has been resolved and validations are being processed successfully. Customers...
  • Blog Post: Ed Bott on Windows Vista Media Center

    This looks cool: In June, I recounted my out-of-the-box experience with a new Dell PC running Windows Vista, starting with a failed BIOS upgrade , undergoing a successful repair , and establishing that the basic hardware and software setup was rock-solid . The reason I bought this PC in the first place...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Platform tidbits

    Here's some great Windows Live info from Catherine Heller , including a nice shout-out to my brother DE from Florida, Joe Healy : I was out of the office last week on vacation (check out our awesome seaplane ride to Victoria !), and a number of things were released that I want to be sure and call out...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Add-ons

    Okay okay... so for all those Windows users with Mac jealousy, now you can have the fancy icon bar with animations too. Check out Rocket Dock. It's free, and it works well. So begins a post by my colleague Peter Laudati , in which he describes Rocket Dock and Switcher, a couple of add-ons for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Useful WCF Tools

    This week, I'm in a class on .NET 3.0, and already getting some useful tidbits. For example, there are a couple of very useful tools for building services in WCF. One is the Service Configuration Editor, which provides a visual editor for .config files for WCF services, allowing you to edit your WCF...
  • Blog Post: Attend 3 Webcasts, get free software

    http://www.powertogether.com/ - not a bad deal at all, IMO.
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista

    Links to some FAQs and a list of known issues when running as admin, or as a standard user can be found at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/windowsvista/
  • Blog Post: Vista is released to manufacturing

    RTM! A big milestone, and one that will provide developers with the ability to comfortably move forward with .net 3.0 projects. Next up... Orcas ! See here for Windows Vista availability dates.
  • Blog Post: Blogging from Windows Vista RC2!

    Well, I finally decided to take the plunge and upgrade my day-to-day work machine to Windows Vista. I've run a number of builds from Beta 1 on as dual-boot OSes, or on secondary machines, but this is my first leap to full-time Vista use. As expected, upgrading from Windows XP takes a bit longer than...
  • Blog Post: Design information for the Microsoft Dev Platform

    Nifty new site for designers targeting Windows applications (or Web applications targeting Windows Server): http://www.nextdesignnow.com/ Topics from Windows Vista, Windows Presentation Foundation, Expression, etc.
  • Blog Post: Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets!

    Learn how to build 'em for Live.com and the Windows Vista Sidebar .
  • Blog Post: Recovering from my own stupidity in a Vista install

    I recently installed a new build of Windows Vista on my day-to-day laptop using a network install, which is very cool. Just boot to the network, point to an image server, kick off the install, and you're good. The problem I had was that I didn't think about the fact that I wanted to keep the ability...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Want Windows Vista Beta 2?

    If you're interested in test-driving Windows Vista Beta 2, but don't have an MSDN subscription, don't fret. You can now order a DVD or download the beta . Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: The Beta Experience

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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Vista Development tips

    Learn how to make your apps shine on Windows Vista: http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista/top10/
  • Blog Post: Who says Microsoft doesn't love script developers?

    Soon you won't be able to swing a dead cat without hitting a copy of the February CTP (Community Tech Preview) of Windows Vista (you can get it on MSDN subscriber downloads now). I've installed it on a couple of machines already, and so far the experience has been pretty good. One of the cool things...
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