Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Update your PC and run IE8, for Newest Security Vulnerability

    As you’re aware, there are new internet vulnerabilities out there that target IE6 and Gmail accounts. I recommend the following steps to avoid these issues: Turn on Automatic Updates. Run IE8, for the latest in browser security. Run Windows 7, for the best PC defense. Download our Microsoft Security...
  • Blog Post: Free real-time anti-virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials

    I’ve got several friends that will run no anti-virus software, or a non-name brand. They sometimes have loaded one of the bad ones, that just load more bad stuff. And I keep telling folks, a solution is on the way. Finally, the time is here. Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection...
  • Blog Post: IE6 No More

    Ran across an interesting AUG 4th 2009 article, Startups unite to drive nail into the coffin of Internet Explorer 6 . It talks about the growing angst of developers against IE6, and that a group of companies have joined together to tell IE6 users to upgrade to a modern browser. This group has created...
  • Blog Post: ESPN’s usage of IE8 is WOW

    After the IE8 release and ESPN’s immediate usage, I’ve had the ESPN Headlines web slice on my browser. Most of my friends know that I’m a Cardinals fan, and that I usually have a Cardinals sidebar gadget on my desktop. But, now I have the ESPN’s Cardinal’s web slice loaded – and I’m ecstatic. It’s exactly...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Battle Against Conficker includes Bounty of $250K

    Many folks have asked me about Microsoft’s reward program to find the authors of the Conficker/Downadup worm. So, I did a little checking into this and here’s the scoop. Back in the fall (2008), Microsoft was made aware of the Conficker virus and provided a patch for servers in October. (I’ll never understand...
  • Blog Post: The Interoperability Principles

    Working in a competitive environment for a successful company, one often hears perceptions of different leaders. Some are intelligent issues, and some are of a different category – myths, lies, FUD, etc. Since I heard one today that was incomprehensible to me and my personal integrity, I had to look...
  • Blog Post: Morro, free A/V for your home PC’s

    Microsoft Announces Plans for No-Cost Consumer Security Offering Consumer Security Strategy Update , from Windows Live OneCare Team Blog In an effort to broaden PC protection and help ensure a positive Windows experience, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to offer a new core anti-malware solution in the...
  • Blog Post: PDC Team announces some valuable swag

    Done in entertaining way, see this video to get the latest on PDC . They also mention unannounced software that will be given out…
  • Blog Post: I'm a PC!

    If you're anywhere near a TV lately, you've probably seen some new ad's from Microsoft. The first two were starring Jerry Seinfield and Bill Gates , and they were certainly curios, humorous, and show a different side of Microsoft than most people see. For some reason, a lot of folks don't understand...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Findings and Good BBQ

    New Windows Blog Just found a new blog that looks interesting since it's about Windows "7". It's called Engineering Windows 7 . Office Labs At It Again I've mentioned before that Office Labs has some cool projects in the Search Commands and Community Clips . Now there are new prototype projects...
  • Blog Post: What is Your Top Feature in .NET 3.5 SP1?

    I was just reading an article in Application Development Trends, titled Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2008 and .NET SP1 . It has a nice walk-through of some of the new capabilities in .NET 3.5 SP1, and they are grouped into logical categories. They start out with WCF, and mention that that " SP1...
  • Blog Post: Summer News Items

    High school football practice has started, the wife is buying school supplies, Microsoft employees are on vacation all over - which means, summer is almost gone. However, just because we're in the summer doldrums, Microsoft is not slowing down. In this post, I want to point out a few things that have...
  • Blog Post: Codename "Mojave", the next Microsoft O/S

    You might start hearing about this and wonder what the scoop is. The early user reviews have been recorded and the commentary has been really good. Check out the Mojave site to see the users' comments on video.
  • Blog Post: Managed GPS on BlackJack II

    This week, I'm leading the Mobility Metro this week in Cincinnati. During one of the labs, I had the opportunity to start looking at querying the GPS on my BlackJack II . And then this evening, I had time to dig in more. This is very cool stuff. Here's what I've done so far. Connect my BlackJack II...
  • Blog Post: Compare Windows vs Linux

    For years, Linux has been formidable competitor to Windows - for some good reasons, but sometimes from folks who speak out of un-education (typically religious positions). In years past, I've pointed out resources to clarify this (from my first blog pushing the Get the Facts campaign back in 2003, last...
  • Blog Post: My New Windows Mobile Phone - Blackjack II

    I've carried Windows Mobile devices for a long time now. When I started at Microsoft back in 2006, I was able to get a Treo (officially known as a Palm Treo 700w) with Verizon. Enjoyed the coverage of Verizon and the Windows Mobile 5 on the Treo. It was a good time but there were a few issues that I...
  • Blog Post: Another device from HTC, Geotagging, and Windows XP SP3

    I was admiring the HTC Diamond on Mike Gannotti's blog (SharePoint guru in North Carolina). Doesn't that phone look cool? He has more details and links to the product reviews.   Geotagging Also saw on Mike's blog about geotagging and some photo related tools to assist in the process. These tools...
  • Blog Post: Why Develop for Windows Vista

    Just ran across this page after the latest MSDN Flash featuring Jennifer's return (welcome back, Mrs. Marsman!).   Titled "Why Develop for Windows Vista" , it's a nice summary of why developing applications for Windows Vista is a smart thing. I think this is a new page - or it's new to...
  • Blog Post: Digital Lifestyle Video - with "Girl From Mars"

    Saw this today on Mel Sampat's blog (which is a good read). But this video is cool, and the song is good. It's an entertaining music video showing a bunch of Microsoft technologies along the way. Professionally done, pretty believable looking story, and funny. 4 minutes. For more details about the video...
  • Blog Post: Vista Gadgets - Not Just For Consumers

    After talking with Christoph Schittko , he pointed out that I should tell this story. As you have probably heard, Windows Vista has this cool feature called Gadgets, which are hosted in the Vista Sidebar . Nothing new in that communication. However, most people that I talk to only view these as consumer...
  • Blog Post: The Value of XAML

    Of the many interesting MIX things that I learned, saw, and brought home, one is a copy of The New Iteration . Subtitled  How XML Transform the Collaboration Between Designers and Developers in Windows  Presentation Foundation , I've found this an interesting read. I'm not an XAML or WPF guru...
  • Blog Post: DinnerNow 2.5 - supports .NET 3.5, Vista, Vista SP1, and Windows Server 2008 RTM

    James Conard blogged this recently. You can download the source code from CodePlex today. Also, read from the man behind DinnerNow, David Aiken . Also note the issues with x64 (with workarounds).
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 have RTM'd

    Good news on Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog , Redmond Developer News , Windows Server Division blog , Vista Team blog . And on PressPass : Approaching the company’s largest enterprise launch in its history, Microsoft reached another important milestone today with the release to manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: Do You Know the Different Ways to implement Virtualization?

    Yesterday, Bob Muglia (Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business) published a letter being sent to customers about our position on virtualization. Mr. Muglia's letter is titled, Harnessing the Power of Virtualization for Dynamic IT . I definitely learned some things from this, because when I usually...
  • Blog Post: The News Reader SDK is waiting for you!

    Tim Sneath reported this, and I think it is very cool. Way back when - when the New York Times reader came out, I loved it. What a great way to read the newspaper. Now, you can build your own application using this SDK as the foundation. Be sure to notice that it's now called the Syndicated Client Experiences...
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