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  • Blog Post: Purchase My Books in the Microsoft Company Store

    I received notification today that Microsoft has decided to carry a small number of non-Microsoft Press books in the Microsoft Company Store in Redmond. One of those books will be mine, most likely my latest book on ASP.NET 3.5 . If you're a Microsoft employee or otherwise have access to the Company...
  • Blog Post: Why don't my .NET Framework patches install?

    I recently worked an issue with a customer who was rolling out some patches to over 50,000 computers across his enterprise using SMS. SMS reported that the patches successfully installed on all workstations, but my customer noticed a strange anomoly that he couldn't explain. Even though SMS reported...
  • Blog Post: Get Hotfixes Without Calling PSS

    You can now get a hotfix from Microsoft without having to call PSS! Just browse the the following site. https://support.microsoft.com/contactus2/emailcontact.aspx?scid=sw;en;1410&WS=hotfix When you get there, enter the requested information and we'll send the hotfix to you automatically...
  • Blog Post: Please listen carefully as our menus have changed.

    I recently had to call Samsung customer service due to a broken TV set. (It's actually a very long story that involved many calls over a 2-month period, but I won't bore you.) Shortly after that debacle, my Xbox went belly up with the dreaded three-red-light syndrome. That prompted a call to Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: WPF Provides the Best of Times

    New York Times publisher Pinchy Suzberger recently told Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel, "I don't know if we will be printing in five years, and you know what, I don't care." My dad was in the newspaper business for many decades and worked for a few very large papers. I have a little experience with the...
  • Blog Post: Love, Hate, and Barenaked Ladies

    I hate DRM. Absolutely hate it. I love Barenaked Ladies. (It's a music group, Mom. I'm not opening any closets.) Barenaked Ladies have always been great about making their music available for download without being burdened by DRM. A buddy at work recently pointed me to this article regarding Barenaked...
  • Blog Post: Apple FUD

    Apple has launched a campaign of FUD against Windows Vista. You know what FUD is, right? F ear, u ncertainty, and d oubt, and that's just what Apple relies on in their "you need a new computer for Vista" campaign. While Apple's commercials show the same cool factor and quality of production that they...
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