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    Andrew Photos

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    Need a headshot for your user group site, or other purposes? Use the links below to download the size and format you prefer: Large size, high-quality (TIF Format) Large size, medium-quality (JPG Format) Medium size, medium-quality (JPG Format...
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    Configuring ASP.NET Membership to use Active Directory Provider

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    A while back I posted about using the Active Directory Membership Provider in Visual Studio 2005, Beta 2 . I finally got around to testing my code and configuration against the RTM bits, and wanted to let folks know that the steps I outline should still...
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    Disclaimer

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    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this weblog are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer. All postings are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confer no rights.
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    Name ActiveX Control

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    Ever seen the above pop up as a requested install when browsing a website? Well, if so, it’s probably related to the following KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931509 The short version is that there’s an ActiveX control used by Office 2007...
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    Design Templates and Starter Kits for ASP.NET 2.0

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    If, like me, you are hopeless with web design, but still need to get a sharp-looking, standards-compliant web site put together, and don't want to go to the expense of hiring a professional graphics team, I've got good news for you. The folks at the...
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    XBOX Achievement Generator

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    OK, so maybe I'm the only one who thinks that being able to make your own custom XBOX Achievement graphic is very cool...but if I'm wrong about that, and you want to let your geek flag fly...here you go: Hat tip to Josh Holmes , who used this in a recent...
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    Demo problem solved

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    Thursday night, I had the pleasure of presenting to the Hampton Roads SQL Server User Group . During my talk I showed how you can use the new ObjectDataSource control in ASP.NET 2.0, specifically, how you can add a new DataSet object to the App_Code folder...
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    Fixing ASP.NET MVC 3 Install Error Code 0x80070643

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    While preparing to record a video walkthrough of the action filters tutorial I recently published , I noticed that I was having some issues with syntax coloring and Intellisense in my Razor views. Now, given the number of CTP, beta, and RC releases of...
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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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    Oracle to release patches for multiple vulnerabilities

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    Oracle is preparing to release patches for a number of vulnerabilities, but apparently has delayed their release until a new distribution system is ready. Clearly, it’s a good thing that they’re getting the patches ready, but it seems to me...
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    Stuff that Works: Momento Digital Picture Frame

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    I recently received a surprise package, something that was sent out by the head of my organization at Microsoft as a "thank you" for our most recent fiscal year. It's turned out to be one of the coolest gadgets I own. What I received was the Momento Model...
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    Halo 3 How-to on Bungie.NET

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    http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/content.aspx?link=h3howto Great set of how-tos for things like Saved Films, using Forge mode, Networking, Matchmaking, and more. Technorati Tags: Halo 3 , Tips and Tricks Bungie.net : Projects : Halo 3 : Content
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    WPF Sample: Convert HTML to XAML (and Back)

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    I haven’t had a chance to play with this , but it looks pretty cool…a sample that converts HTML to XAML and vice-versa. (h/t Jon Galloway via Brian Henderson )
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    Need to get Hotmail on your SmartPhone?

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    This question came up on a forum I belong to, so I thought I'd pass along a couple of options for getting Hotmail on your Smartphone (note that both of these are subscription-based services): Pocket MSN (SmartPhone 2003 only): http://mobile...
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    Calling Web Services in an ASP.NET 2.0 File System Web Site

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    One of the neat new features of ASP.NET 2.0 is the ability to develop web sites that exist simply as a folder within the file system...no IIS vdir, no admin privileges required, very simple. Browsing and debugging are accomplished using a local-only web...
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    Zune Clock Has Arrived!

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    You know you've wanted it, you know you've been waiting for it. So...BEHOLD...I GIVE YOU...The ZUNE CLOCK!!! Thanks to the magic that is XNA Game Studio Express 3.0 CTP, we can now put a clock on the Zune. Personally, I've always just relied on my watch...
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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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    New DevNugget: Using jQuery UI in ASP.NET

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    I’ve published a new DevNugget screencast on Channel 9, and linked below. In it, I demonstrate how you can easily add pizzazz and a consistent, themeable look and feel to your ASP.NET-based website using the widgets provided as part of the jQuery...
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    MAD Code Camp 1 is in the books!

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    Bagels and pastries: hundreds Developers: 200 Sessions: 29 Pizzas: 25 Hours: 12 Tracks: 5 The experience: Priceless I'm finally recovered enough from Mid-Atlantic Code Camp 1 to blog about it. What a day. I arrived at 7:40am to find that several...
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    New AJAX Control Toolkit Tutorials

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    Bunch of new tutorials available for using the controls in the ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit . If you're not using these controls, you're missing out on a great resource for speeding up your AJAX development: Welcome to a series of tutorials that will...
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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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    Visual Studio 2010 Tip: Scroll to Zoom

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    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...
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    Nifty ASP.NET 2.0 Custom Control Tip

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    From Steve Smith : One very cool feature of Visual Studio 2005 is that you no longer need to build your controls into separate assemblies. You still *can* and of course if you're a control vendor or if you want to share them, you probably should...
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    View antique books with Silverlight (or WPF)

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    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...
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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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