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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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    Avoiding memory leak patterns in your IE script

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    Justin Rogers , a dev on IE's object model team, posts about his recent MSDN article on leak patterns in IE . If you're doing serious DHTML development for IE, this article is a must read. Says Justin: let's look at the following patterns...
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    Windows Vista software logo guidelines draft available

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    I just discovered that an early draft (version .5) of the logo guidelines for Windows Vista software is available here . It's only a draft, but it gives you a good idea of the basics you have to implement in order to qualify for the Windows Vista logo...
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    Smart Clients today

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    Trying to address the continuing complaints about too much Longhorn blogging and not enough “what can I do today?” blogging: It looks like there will be some pretty good content at this year's DevDays (Feb 23rd through Mar 24 at various locations...
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    The cost of frequent bits updates

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    Sharing Whidbey interim releases more frequently (Mark Cliggett, via JayBaz , via Scoble ) with our developer community is a great step for MS, I think. I love to see the Whidbey team being more open and engaged with the community On the other hand...
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    When a journalist blogs, is it journalism? or blogging?

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    Random thought that hit me as I was reading Jon Udell's blog entries on Longhorn. What's the difference between his blog entries, and his news analysis pieces or columns in InfoWorld? They seem to be of the same caliber of writing and analysis. Is it...
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    Allocating aligned memory in Windows

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    A question came up on an internal alias about allocating memory blocks along page alignments, and it was harder than I expected to find the answer. So here is the link to _aligned_malloc on MSDN , and now Google can work its magic. http://msdn.microsoft...
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    XMLHTTP primer on ASP.NET Support Voice

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    Brian Goldfarb sent me an email pointer to the latest ASP.NET Support Voice posting. This one covers implementing an AJAX-style experience using XMLHTTP to asynchronously fetch data from a web service . I also just noticed that Brian's link to Bertrand...
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    Non administrator: running with least privilege

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    A reader emailed me a question about running under a non-administrator account in Windows today, which prompted me to do a little MSNSearch-ing. That lead me very quickly to Aaron Margosis's excellent blog . If you are interested in how you can get by...
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    Ralph Reed

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    My wife said that one of her colleagues today asked her why Microsoft would hire Ralph Reed as a lobbyist. How about because given the wonders of our political system, hiring conservative lobbyists is the only way to get your voice heard in DC these days...
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    More hiring, more jobs!

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    My co-worker Jeff also has some open positions on his team to work on Channel9 , if you're interested...
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    Any women evangelist candidates out there?

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    Where are the women evangelists? I’ve gotten some great responses to my open jobs ( here and here ,) all of which have been from men. There are several women on our evangelism team today, and I can’t believe that they make up the entire community of females...
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    PDC updates

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    It’s been a while since I last posted about PDC content planning. Thing suddenly got very busy in the last month, as we got ready to move into the session development phase. One of the things that makes PDC unique among Microsoft conferences is...
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    Mr. Sketch is great!

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    After two grumpy posts, here's a feel-good post. I've had two day-long meeting/training things each of the last two weeks. And at both of them, I was pleasantly surprised that, when it came time to do some team writing excercises on a sketch pad, we got...
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    Survey results coming in

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    Thanks to the 96 of you who took the time to complete the survey . I'm just getting started looking through the results, here are some of things I've noted so far: You spend most of your time on the job doing dev/implementation work, but architecture...
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    Web Smart Client in the real world - MSDN Chat Feb 17

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    In response to my previous posts about the spectrum of smart clients, I got an email from Mark Levison about an upcoming MSDN chat he's co-hosting: " No Touch Deployment in the real world ", on Feb 17 at 1pm (although 1pm in which time zone the page doesn...
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    Pre-emptive strike: What will you show at PDC?

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    Scoble found my PDC post pretty fast, and so in anticipation of an increase in traffic, I figured I'd try to proactively answer a few likely questions: When is PDC : Sep 13-16, in Los Angeles. We usually do a day of pre-conference training as well. When...
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    Useful, and free: Lookout, XP Backup

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    Nothing better than finding a couple of free utilities that are actualy useful. Lookout : this is a local search client that integrates with Outlook. I am quite impressed, it took about 15 minutes to index my exchange content, plus a couple .pst archives...
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    InfoWorld Top 100 IT projects of 2004

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    A colleague sent around a link to InfoWorld’s write-up of their top 100 IT projects for 2004 : “ As judges, our editors have an explicit bias toward multiple technologies used in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals. ” The web site links...
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    Back from vacation

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    My blog has been quiet the past few weeks because of travel, both for work and vacation. If your idea of a nice vacation is spending a week in the sun, with ocean, pool and kitchen only a few steps away from each other, you might enjoy Ocean Palms as...
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    Online geek golfing

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    I'm not the first one to notice, but my teammate Jeff Sandquist has set up an XBox Live! community for the online equivalent of Scoble’s geek dinners. Seems like a neat way to play some online Links while meeting other members of the software community...
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    Setting AutoArchive properties on a folder hierarchy in Outlook 2007

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    Is there anything more fun than writing custom VBA macros to solve a problem you face in your favorite app? Actually, I'm sure there's lots that's more fun. But, since I went through the pain of figuring this out, I figured I'd post here for posterity...
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    PDC mini-guide updates

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    The PDC content team is on site in LA! It's been an intense last month getting ready for the event, which explains the absence of any interesting blog posts from me. If I have some time in the next few days before the show starts, I will try to write...
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    IE 7 security is already making a difference

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    I've been using various beta builds of IE 7 for several months now, and I am really impressed with the new security features and default settings . I've seen gold bar and address bar warnings that highlight real issues with real commercial sites as I...
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    How to build a great Windows Vista app

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    One of the goodies that PDC attendees will find in their swag bag is a poster called "Lighting up on Windows Vista". It lists the top 10 things developers can do to build apps that will run like a dream on our new OS release. We've now posted a short...
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    Another mini-guide update

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    We heard from some attendees that they were having a hard time choosing between DAT209 (WinFS Future Directions: An Overview) and TLN306 (The .NET Language Integreate Query Framework: An Overview) in the Wednesday 1:45pm timeslot. To make it a little...
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