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    Code Camp Info

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    The first Mid-Atlantic Code Camp will be held on May 7th from 9am to 9pm at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center . Registration is open, and you can register here . The Code Camp will feature 12 hours of community-driven, deeply technical content...
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    Active Directory and ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2

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    Are you evaluating Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and ASP.NET 2.0? Did you know that we shipped an Active Directory Membership Provider in Beta 2? Until recently, I didn't either. Apparently we didn't make too much noise about it because while the team had...
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    Stopping BitTorrent distro of SP2...wrong? I don't think so.

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    John Dvorak is apparently of the opinion that it was “wrong on so many levels” for Microsoft to tell file-swapper sites to stop distributing XP SP2 via BitTorrent. I heartily disagree. Microsoft is already battling a perception that our software...
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    Low-privileged accounts and non-Windows platforms

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    Those of you who’ve read my old blog for any length of time know that one of my particular areas of interest is trying to convince people to stop running their machines on a day-to-day basis using Administrator-level accounts, given that this opens them...
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    Blog hiatus

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    Hi all, A quick personal note...I will probably not be posting very much over the next few weeks. My wife and I were blessed this weekend with a new baby boy, our second, and it's a bad news / good news kinda thing. The bad news is that he was in a...
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    Get to Know Action Filters in ASP.NET MVC 3 Using HandleError

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    Update – for folks who learn best visually, I’ve posted a follow-up screencast of the demo steps discussed below, as a DevNuggets video. You can view the video here.

    What’s an Action Filter?

    If you’re just getting started with ASP.NET MVC, you may have heard of something called action filters, but haven’t had the chance to use them yet. Action filters provide a convenient mechanism for attaching code to your controllers and/or action methods that implements what are referred to as cross-cutting concerns, that is, functionality that isn’t specific to one particular action method, but rather is something you’d want to re-use across multiple actions.

    An action filter is a .NET class that inherits from FilterAttribute or one of its subclasses, usually ActionFilterAttribute, which adds the OnActionExecuting, OnActionExecuted, OnResultExecuting, and OnResultExecuted methods, providing hooks for code to be executed both before and after the action and result are processed.

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    Mid-Atlantic MSDN Roadshow - Silverlight

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    Next week, we're kicking off a new event series here in Mid-Atlantic called the MSDN Roadshow. Those of you from the New England area are probably familiar with this format from my colleagues Chris Bowen and Bob Familiar , and their Bob & Chris' MSDN...
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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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    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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    Technological irony

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    What do the following sites have in common?    - http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/  - http://www.macworldexpo.com/  - http://lighthouse-partners.com/linux/home.htm   They're all running on Windows Server 2003:   http://news.netcraft.com/archives...
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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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    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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    Hearing Line-In input on Vista on Dell laptop

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    Admittedly, a somewhat esoteric topic/tip, but I ran into this recently, so I figured there may be other folks who can benefit... I've got a Dell Latitude D820 laptop, running 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate, and I've occasionally wanted to be able to use...
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    The Ultimate Steal

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    Peter points out a fantastic deal for students : Are you a college student? Do you have kids in college? Know someone who's in college? If so, you'll want to check out this steal ! I know when I was in college, I was looking for any way to save a buck...
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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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    The 0 Dark 30 Experiment

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    This post is more productivity-related than technical, so if you’re not into that kind of thing, look away now… Still here? OK, then, here goes. I’ve been spending some time thinking about different ways to get more productivity out of my days. Email...
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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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    ASP.NET 2.0 Security Content

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    Brian Goldfarb was kind enough to pass along the following: J.D. Meier and team have been busy at work building awesome ASP.NET 2.0 security content -- I posted some links earlier on my blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/bgold/ ) , but here is an excellent...
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    Making the leap with Windows Vista Beta 1

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    So I'm on my third install of Windows Vista Beta 1 (fourth, if you include installing on Virtual PC), and I figured it's probably a good time to share some of my experiences. On VPC : If your goal is to get the full Aero Glass experience (window...
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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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    Jam Sessions at Tech-Ed 2005

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    As in previous years, this year's Tech-Ed has Jam Sessions scheduled for the first several nights of the conference ( see Agenda ). As I recall, they'll have a room set up somewhere with PA equipment, a drum kit, and I believe some instruments as well...
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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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    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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    Piggybacking on wireless networks...probably not a good idea

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    While I don't want to start a debate on the topic, I've always been of the opinion that taking advantage of an open wireless network that doesn't belong to you, and isn't explicitly provided for the purpose of public access, is wrong. Apparently, I...
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    Rob Howard: Great Mind in Development

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    Rob Howard, current Microsoft Regional Director, president of Telligent Systems (creator of Community Server ), and former member of the Microsoft ASP.NET team (not to mention a really nice guy) has contributed a video to the Great Minds in Development...
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