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  • Heath Stewart's blog

    64-bit Windows is Here

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    Yesterday was a truly remarkable day. Not since Windows NT 3.1 released in 1993 have we seen such a shift in computing on Windows to another architecture. Windows Server 2003 SP1 for x64 and Windows XP Professional for x64 were released to manufacturing...
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    Thawte Notary

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    I'm now a Thawte Web of Trust (WOT) notrary and am able to make assertions in person of your identity in order to get your own name on a free Thawte Freemail S/MIME certificate. This is a certificate that allows you to encrypt and sign email message using...
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    We're Hiring

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    The Customer Product-Lifecycle Experience team - part of the Developer Division of Microsoft - is hiring full time software design engineers (SDEs). We're the team responsible for continuing support for products Developer Division has shipped, as well...
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    Guidelines for COM Interoperability from .NET

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    In developer forums in which I participate I often read and respond to questions asking about COM interoperability (interop) and my reply is almost always the same. There are guidelines - if not rules - for exposing .NET Framework components to COM and...
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    The Dangers of RunOnce and Run Registry Keys

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    A recent project I worked on was to replace functionality for part of our patching process that runs commands after reboot, a task not too uncommon for installers - most notably because files were in use when the installers ran. Typically when files are...
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    New Locale-dependent C Runtime Functions

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    In "POSIX" style locale support on Windows? , Michael Kaplan, the Technical Lead for Windows Globalization, describes the existing locale-dependent functions in the C Runtime (CRT) as "unwieldy". To compare strings, for example, using a different locale...
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    Fighting SPAM and HIV

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    Microsoft researchers announced on Wednesday that the same technology used to effectively fight SPAM is now being used to fight HIV. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have already given over $1 billion in grants to help fight HIV, TB, and reproductive...
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    Security Improved...then Destroyed

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    Michael Howard - our Sr. Security Program Manager here at Microsoft - blogs about how the improved security features in XP SP2 were effectively destroyed in an article in PC Magazine, " Making Windows XP Start Faster ", by turning off the Automatic Updates...
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    x86 and ia64 and x64, oh my!

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    With the .NET Framework 2.0 now supporting 64-bit platforms, I have begun work on upgrading our patch build system to handle 64-bit patches. It's been quite an adventure down the yellow-brick road of 64 bitness that I think is worth sharing. Why does...
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    The Differences between Locales and Languages

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    In a recent change - while we were still known as Developer Division Sustained Engineering - I addressed a functional change that relied on locales instead of languages for MUI support. I see this mistake a lot in developer forums and so I wanted to address...
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    Windows Media Center 2005

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    We received our Windows Media Center 2005 from Dell yesterday and I'm quite pleased. Not only is the machine a nice configuration but the capabilities of Media Center are great. There's nothing like kicking back on the home office couch and listening...
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    New MVP: Nick Parker

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    It's official : an old acquaintance of mine from DevHood that became my intern and then a close friend is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Visual C#, a member of the community that has shown outstanding commitment to helping developers (for...
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    Featured blog: Developernotes.com

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    My buddy and former employee (intern) of mine, Nick Parker, has his blog http://developernotes.com featured on the Visual C# Development Center: Blogs page, along side the C# team's own blog; our wonderful Microsoft Developer Network blogs you're reading...
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    Featured Visual C# MVPs

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    As I was routinely perusing the Microsoft Developer Network today I ran across a novel idea: a list of featured Visual C# MVPs. As a former Visual C# MVP myself (before coming to work for Microsoft), I think this is an excellent idea. MVPs are like the...
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    Wireless Gaming

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    In preparation for the biggest release in entertainment history - Halo 2 - I finally decided to buy a wireless bridge. The Linksys Wireless-G Game Adapter (WGA54G) seemed a little pricey at first glance, but after using it tonight I think it's well worth...
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    The Smart Client Revolution

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    MSDN TV has posted a video about .NET Smart Client Applications and "the buzz around the .NET Smart Client Application Revolution." Well, call me a revolutionary then since having architected such a large-scale solution during the .NET 1.0 RC2 I was doing...
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    Improvements to Localization in Visual Studio 2005

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    Designing and developing applications for the global economy can often be difficult, but the .NET Framework made globalization and localization much more simple. In Visual Studio 2005 resources are handled a little bit differently, providing you - the...
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    Now Blogging on MSDN

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    For almost as many years as I can remember, I've spent my days on the outside looking in. But now I'm here at Microsoft and with my very own blog associated with my most favorite site on the 'net: the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) . Before coming...
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