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    Recent Projects in Visual Studio 2005

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    If, like I do, you do a lot of demos, sample projects, or just things that you tinker with, you may find that your Recent Projects list on the Visual Studio 2005 start page gets pretty full and cluttered. If so, you may have wondered if you can clear...
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    Really smart people go to Code Camps!

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    Frank LaVigne, one of the smart folks planning the upcoming Richmond Code Camp , sent me the following, which demonstrates conclusively that really smart people know that Code Camps are the place to get even smarter:
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    Is Spyware an IE-only problem?

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    Recently, I had someone make the following comment on a post announcing IE 7 : Hahahaha....dude we don't need it! I'm a Microsoft person 100%, but creating something we already have is useless! We have Firefox! The FLAWLESS web suite. It's awesome enough...
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    Interesting (and remarkably simple) solution for hidden root kit files

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    Microsoft Research has a short but sweet paper on using hackers' tricks against them, including using differential file system scans (using WinDiff) from infected vs. clean OS boots to detect hidden files. A good read if you're determined to attempt cleanup...
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    Passwords, Passphrases, and validation

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    In my old blog , I wrote about a post by one of my Microsoft colleagues recommending the use of passphrases rather than passwords for Windows security. One problem that I've run into with using passphrases (or long/complex passwords) is that some applications...
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    New MSDN = REALLY cool

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    This is great news: When I was searching for some MSDN links for Whidbey stuff in http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/library last night, I was redirected to http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/default.aspx . I am really impressed by the new site. Now you can...
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    Dvorak on patching

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    John Dvorak has a rant on patching and the state of IE that has a statement that is somewhat misleading in my opinion. In speaking of the announcement this week of 10 security updates for Windows and IE, Dvorak said: It would be nice if there were more...
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    Another article on Least Privilege

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    This time on TechNet: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/secnews/articles/lpuseacc.mspx Will 2005 be the year of Least Privilege? Perhaps a bit optimistic, but I'd love to see it happen. Perhaps if I could get Scoble , and Julie Lerman to start...
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    Misconceptions about Least Privilege

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    I found a trackback to my recent post wishing for 2005 to be the Year of Least Privilege, and unfortunately, the response repeats one of the major misconceptions of Least Privilege user accounts: G. Andrew Duthie asks: " Will 2005 be the year of Least...
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    TIP: Least Privilege and ASP.NET Debugging

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    A best practice for developer security (and end-user security, for that matter) is to develop and run software using the least privilege necessary to get the job done, and no more (see Writing Secure Code, 2nd Edition for more information on Least Privilege...
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    Date set for MAD Security Code Camp

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    Announcing...the next Mid-Atlantic Code Camp! We'll be holding the next MAD Code Camp on Saturday, October 29th. The overall topic will be Security. Still to be determined is what the tracks will be...we'll have three tracks, and here are some ideas...
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    WinFS Beta 1 now available to MSDN subscribers!

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    WinFS Beta 1, the new relational file system for Windows, has been released on MSDN Subscriber Downloads . This release is designed to offer developers a preview of WinFS capabilities. WinFS will be in beta when Windows Vista ships and will RTM afterwards...
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    Don’t forget to map the xap!

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    Was just updating one of my sites to the latest release of Graffiti CMS , in order to take advantage of Kevin Harder’s updated Slide.Show2 plug-in , using Silverlight 2, when I found that the site that worked perfectly on my local machine would no longer...
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    Community Megaphone and UGSS

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    Two great apps that work great together: “Hey, you got your event in my UGSS!” “No, you got your event in my Community Megaphone !” If you’re a developer looking for events, or a community leader looking to get your events promoted, one challenge you...
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    I Love Code Camps!

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    Here's a free preview of what folks will be reading in the next MSDN Flash newsletter for Mid-Atlantic: Over the weekend, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the third code camp put on by the folks at the Columbia Central Maryland Association...
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    New DevNugget: Silverlight Styling 101

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    Pete Brown returns with another installment of Silverlight expertise: You can view episode 1 here .
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    Moving to WorldMaps

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    One thing that's interesting about blogging is the fact that it allows you to instantly reach people around the world. Anywhere that someone has an Internet connection, they can find and read what you've written. It's a very powerful concept. But it can...
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    Popular Mechanics On Microsoft Surface

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    I'd seen prototypes of this technology , but the demos are just awesome: And if you look carefully, you can see a Zune in the title screen and at 2:04...wonder what that could mean? Here's part of PM's take: The product behind the Milan project is called...
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    Blister packs are EVIL!

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    SO I recently got a new gadget, the Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000 , which is very cool, but it reminded me of a truism that is unescapable. That is, that the blister packs that this and many other products come packaged in are completely...
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    FREE ASP.NET hosting until January 2010

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    Marc Schweigert from the Federal Developer team shares a cool-sounding offer : Verio is offering a sweet little free hosting deal to developers and designers to promote Microsoft-based hosting for products and technologies like Expression, Visual Studio...
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    Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Available March 8th for MSDN Subscribers, general availability March 10th

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    Great news! Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 will be available tomorrow for download for MSDN Subscribers , and will be generally available for download on March 10th, 2011. While the Service Pack is mostly focused on improvements in response to feedback...
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    The Internet is an Interruption System

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    The title of this post is a quote from a story in Wired, which was passed along to me by one of my peers. He sent the link in response to my sending an interesting story from the NY Times, which draws similar conclusions about the impact of technology...
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    devhammer’s Adventures in SSD

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    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...
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    Rescuing a Window that’s Stuck Off-Screen

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    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...
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    HTML5: What Is It, Why Should I Care, and What’s Microsoft Doing About It?

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    HTML5. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably at least heard of it. But what is HTML 5, really? Background HTML5 is a bit of an overloaded term at the moment, which unfortunately leads to no small amount of confusion. Wikipedia has a...
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