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    Andrew's Bio

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    G. Andrew Duthie, aka devhammer, is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic States district, where he provides support and education for developers working with the .net development platform. In addition to his work with Microsoft...
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    Free Anti-virus protection for Microsoft users from CA

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    H a p p y H o l i d a y s ! For those of you who haven't already gotten enough presents, here's one that can help you stay secure...Computer Associates is offering a free one-year subscription to their eTrust EZ Armor LE product which combines their anti...
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    Upcoming MSDN Chats - VSTS and Security

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    For those of you who are interested in finding out more about Visual Studio Team System, in particular the code analysis and testing tools included, you can join members of the Enterprise Development and Test team for an MSDN chat next month. There are...
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    What's a Developer Evangelist?

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    Just in case some of my readers were wondering, I thought I'd post a quick overview of what I do here at Microsoft. My official title is .net Developer Evangelist for the Mid-Atlantic district, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West...
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    Quick browser tip

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    This comes from one of the technical lists I'm on... Have you ever wanted to resize your browser to a specific size, either for testing purposes, or just because that's how you like your browser sized? Well, there's a quick and easy way to do it with...
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    Do you like Membership in ASP.NET 2.0, but don't want to wait?

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    Now you don't have to...the ASP.NET team has announced the release of a prototype component that provides an implementation of the Membership, Roles, and Profile functionality from ASP.NET 2.0. Following is the announcement: Today we have made available...
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    Help Microsoft develop a better data platform...and win prizes

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    From a colleague on the SQL Server team, the following request/opportunity: This is an invitation given by Microsoft to leading edge application developers to participate in a research survey that seeks feedback on improving the application development...
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    Critical Update for Internet Explorer - MS04-040

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    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-040.mspx contains information on a Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer. If you are running Internet Explorer, you should apply this update as soon as possible. Please note that Windows...
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    Behold...THE FUTURE!!!

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    Just had to pass this along: The Home Computer of 2004, as seen from 1954 They were right about scientific progress, that's for sure! UPDATE : OK, OK! I've been had...it's a hoax . So it's not true, but I still think it's pretty funny. And a good photoshop...
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    Upcoming changes in ASP.NET 2.0

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    Heads up on a couple of significant changes coming between Beta 1 and Beta 2 of ASP.NET 2.0...based on customer feedback, the ASP.NET team will be introducing two major breaking changes between the betas, one being the names of the special directories...
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    Microsoft Product Lifecycle Dates

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    Ever wanted to know how long a given Microsoft product will continue to be supported? Well, wonder no more. This Microsoft Knowledge Base article can tell you. Contained within is a list of the availability and support dates for the Windows product family...
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    SQL Server 2005 Webcasts

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    Interested in learning more about the upcoming version of SQL Server (aka the database formerly known as Yukon)? Starting in December, there will be a series of webcasts covering everything from T-SQL enhancements, to .NET programming in SQL Server 2005...
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    GDI+ vulnerability clearinghouse

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    In response to the difficulty that customers have been facing in patching/mitigating the recently discovered vulnerability in GDI+, Microsoft has created a central site for information on this vulnerability, and the tools Microsoft is providing to help...
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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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    Roanoke .NET User Group

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    Somewhat last minute, but I wanted to let folks know that I'll be presenting tonight, November 4th, at the Roanoke .NET User Group in Roanoke, Virginia tonight. I'll be sharing the duties with my local Developer Community Champion, Geoff Snowman , and...
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    More on Chris Kinsman

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    Chris Kinsman presented Tuesday night at the Capital Area .NET User Group on team development, covering both current tools and technologies, as well as Visual Studio Team System. Chris discussed everything from setting up the development environment,...
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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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    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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    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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    It's not technical, but...

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    ...it's simply too good not to blog. NOAA tell us why it would be a bad idea to try nuking a hurricane: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/C5c.html I'm not surprised that someone, somewhere out there thinks it would be a good idea...I'm just amused that...
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    Security Resources

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    I just posted a new article containing a list of available online security resources from Microsoft. It's not the end-all, be-all list of security URLs, but it does contain a large number of resources, some of which you may already be familiar with, and...
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    Security Resources

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    Tools Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) http://www.microsoft.com/mbsa Use this tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates. MBSA runs on the Windows Server™ 2003, Windows® 2000, and Windows XP operating systems...
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    ISV Community Days

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    My colleague Stan Spotts recently blogged about the recent ISV Community Days events in Arlington, VA and Philadelphia, PA. As Stan notes, more events are coming, this time built around enhancing applications with Windows Server 2003. You can see the...
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    Chris Kinsman on Team Development

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    The Capital Area .NET user group will be featuring Chris Kinsman this month, talking about team development. Chris is a terrific speaker, and often appears at conferences like VSLive!, so you should definitely take advantage of the opportunity to see...
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    Security for home users

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    Do you have friends or relatives who need help with security, but who don't have your level of computer savvy? Would you like to provide them with a resource for their security questions other than your email address? Well, here's your chance. Microsoft...
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