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    Good news for developers

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    Good news...Longhorn client is officially targeted for 2006, with the server to follow in 2007. Even better, Avalon (graphics subsystem) and Indigo (communication subsystem) will also be available on both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, meaning that...
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    Free SOA demo DVD available

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    The Connected Systems Business Kit is now available for order. This free DVD contains: Presentations and videos describing connected systems for business decision makers, architects, developers, and IT professionals. Generico, an extensive SOA-blueprints...
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    Register your Beta 2...get a free book!

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    Register Visual Studio Beta 2 for a free online book from MS Press Register your copy of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 today, and receive access to a free developer book from Microsoft Press. Chose from online versions of Introducing ASP.NET 2.0, Introducing...
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    Using ldp.exe to work with AD

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    I'm getting a few questions from my post on using the AD Membership provider in ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2, so I thought I'd share a little more info. Specifically, one of the suggestions from the dev team that was very helpful in overcoming my inexperience with...
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    Reston Code Camp - June 10th, 2006!

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    It's time to officially announce the next Reston Code Camp. Another code camp is coming to Microsoft's Reston Technology Center on June 10th, 2006. The two Microsoft Regional Directors for Mid-Atlantic, Vishwas Lele and Brian Noyes, have taken on the...
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    Creating custom application types in the Visual Studio Team System Application Designer

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    One of the questions that often comes up during presentations on our upcoming Visual Studio 2005 Team System, when demoing the Application Designer that's built into the Team Edition for Software Architects, is whether it's possible to create your own...
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    Richmond.NET User Group

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    I want to take a minute to thank everyone who came out to see my talk on ASP.NET 2.0 at the Richmond.NET User Group last night. The good news is that even with all the (good-natured) heckling I got for my mental misfires (I had some trouble remembering...
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    Need an animated loading icon?

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    You can get one here: http://www.ajaxload.info/ Lots of choices available, and you can customize to suit your site’s look and feel. Here’s an example, using the background and foreground colors from my blog, along with a transparent background. Neat!
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    Announcing: The Mid-Atlantic Code Camp!

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    It's finally time to announce the first Mid-Atlantic Code Camp. The MAD Code Camp will be held on Saturday May 7th, from 9am-9pm, and will consist of the following tracks: Web Development Smart Client Development Data Free-for-All (chalk talks, panels...
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    Zune Media Collection Reset Tool

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    If you have been seeing issues with your song/album metadata after upgrading to the V2 Zune software, you may want to try the Zune Media Collection Reset Tool . I was able to resolve the few issues I had with my collection by wiping and re-syncing my...
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    Community Server 1.0 Released!

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    Telligent Systems , the company founded by former Microsoftie (and ASP.NET whiz kid) Rob Howard, has finally released Community Server 1.0 . Community Server combines the functionality of forums (based on the ASP.NET forums engine Rob worked on while...
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    Creating Custom Check-in Policies in VSTS

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    One of the neat features of Visual Studio Team System 2005 is the ability to set check-in policies at the team project level. You can, for example, require that each check-in be associated with a work item (for tracking requirements to code, or code fixes...
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    David Chappell on Indigo

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    Folks, I have a very exciting event to share with you...we're fortunate to have David Chappell * , a world-renowned author and speaker, coming to the DC area to discuss Microsoft's upcoming Indigo communications stack: Mid-Atlantic Indigo Developer...
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    Zune 2 and Recorded HDTV from Windows Media Center

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    The recent release of Zune 2 has been sort of a good news / bad news situation for those of us who use Windows Media Center to record TV and/or movies. The original Zune desktop software did not support the dvr-ms format used by Windows Media Player Center...
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    Zune as e-book reader?

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    I was intrigued enough by this post detailing a means for reading e-books (albeit only asciii text ones) on the Zune to give it a try. YMMV, but I found it to be OK, but nothing to write home about. The software the post recommends converts a plain text...
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    Creating Add-ins for Visual Studio 2005 using C#

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    Ever wanted to create an add-in for Visual Studio? Well, this KB article walks you through the process of creating a simple add-in that inserts the current date and time at the insertion point in the editor. You can expand on this to create your own custom...
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    Windows Anywhere Conference

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    From one of my colleagues on the Tablet team: Microsoft is excited to inform you that the Inaugural Microsoft® Windows Anywhere conference focusing on Tablet and Mobile PC Applications development will debut in February 2005 co-located with Fawcette Technical...
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    Hidden Gem for Least Privilege Development

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    I was reading through a recent Keith Brown article on security in the .net Framework 2.0, and noticed this little gem: System.Diagnostics Besides a whole boatload of new tracing and debugging features, better event log support and even a Stopwatch, there...
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    Password Memorability

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    My good friend, Anil , has some interesting observations on passwords, our capacity to remember them, and validation. But as I've noted before , validation and password complexity, even using mnemonics to make them easier to remember, doesn't always serve...
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    Attempting Delegation in ASP.NET?

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    You may want to check out a two-part Webcast series tomorrow and Friday that discusses the subject: MSDN Webcast: Getting Delegation to Work with IIS and ASP.NET: Ins and Outs of Protocol Transition (Part 1 of 2) (Level 300) (Thursday, Feb. 10th, 1-2pm...
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    ASP.NET 2.0 vs. classic ASP productivity study

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    Just published this week...a productivity study that demonstrates the dramatic improvements in ASP.NET 2.0 over classic ASP. Among the highlights: ASP.NET 2.0 developers accomplished 113% more tasks in the same amount of time as ASP developers....
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    Want to test drive Windows Sharepoint Services?

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    Interested in trying out Windows Sharepoint Services, but not ready to set it up on your own server? You can try it out online for 30 days for free at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/sharepoint/trial.mspx When you're ready, you can...
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    Think when using public terminals

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    This story from the Associated Press is good reason for anyone who uses a public computer regularly to take notice. It notes the recent beta release of the Google Desktop Search program, and the fact that on shared computers it has the potential to expose...
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    There is no "Spang"

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    It has come to my attention that certain individuals are taunting their compatriots with something supposedly called "Spang". There is no such thing. It's all an elaborate hoax designed to annoy others. Ignore these people. UPDATE : At the risk...
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    UPDATED: Information on reported ASP.NET vulnerability

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    Recently, Microsoft received information about a vulnerability in ASP.NET. The ASP.NET team has been working hard to confirm and identify the scope of this vulnerability, and Microsoft has posted the following page containing information about the vulnerability...
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