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  • Blog Post: Do you know about Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System?

    MAVIS uses speech-recognition to enable searching audio and video content.  You can check it out in action with an amazing way to search through videos from events like PDC .  Check it out!
  • Blog Post: Three ways to interact with SQL Azure …

    There are several different tools that one can use to interact with a SQL Azure database. Each tool has scenerios that it is best for and an audience to whom it will appeal. Here are three along with some thoughts on each. Method #1: Tried and True, SSMS There has been plenty written on this already...
  • Blog Post: Absolutely No Excuse!

    We work in a field populated by brilliant people.  But, like any field, it is also populated by charlatans.  I’m not trying to name call, but when I see a flagrant Security Development Lifecycle violation such as information disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information over a machine and...
  • Blog Post: Do you know about SkyDrive?

    Over the past few days, I have done a completely unscientific survey about SkyDrive.  This test was conducted among three adult males over two days.  Here are the results … Q: Do you know about SkyDrive? Yes: 0 No: 3 Q: Do you know about Live Mesh? Yes: 0 No: 3 SkyDrive is part of Live . ...
  • Blog Post: Set specific port for ASP.NET Development Server …

    Just a quick tip … if you get tired of the ASP.NET Development Server (the HTTP Server formerly known as Cassini ) deciding to start-up on whatever port it feels like using at the time, you can constrain that in the Properties of your Web Application. This is particularly useful when your particular...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Looks Different (Who Moved My Cheese?)

    I’ve recently been having a Who Moved My Cheese issue with MSDN.  Pages seem to have a new look.  For example, I was recently looking up how to do COM Automation (formerly “OLE Automation” and now just “Automation”) in Silverlight and specifically, the AutomationFactory class (which itself...
  • Blog Post: Some tools I highly recommend …

    All are free or relatively inexpensive (the ones with a license fee are well worth it).  Most are excellent learning tools as well as productivity tools. LINQPad : I can’t say enough good things about this gem!  It’s a scratch pad for .NET applications and so much more!  The .Dump() method...
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