Out Of The Box

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

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    Enhancing Consumer Mobility with 2D Barcodes

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    <Complaint> The US is always behind in mobility. Asia is always 1+ years ahead. For example, watching TV on a cell phone is normal over there, and it's a dream here. </Complaint> So, while the US networks are being enhanced to support video...
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    Microsoft by the numbers

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    Ok, I need to vent for a moment. As a Microsoft evangelist, you have to develop “thick skin”. And with all the competitive loving going on, and all the news going on, people come to the conclusion that Microsoft is not doing well. At a local university...
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    Removing the IE9 Compatibility Button, and HTML1115 warning

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      In IE9, the presence of the compatibility button means that a site is defaulting to IE9 Standards mode , and has not indicated what standards mode to run under. FYI – the compatibility button is the broken page image that appears in the address...
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    Installing Windows XP after Vista?

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    Recently, some teammates and I received new hardware as part of a refresh program. It was like Christmas time! The first thing that I did was to install Vista on the built-in hard drive, and start living the high life with Vista and Office 2007! One of...
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    Error 29506 While Installing SQL Server 2005 SSMSEE x64

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    Simple solution to this - install as administrator. Since I downloaded an MSI, I had to start a CMD prompt (as Administrator) and launch sqlserver2005_ssmsee_x64.msi from there.
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    Create A Simple IE8 Search Provider

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    IE8 is cool. Sure, laugh at me, but know your facts and be open minded – just for a minute. There are many new features and improvements in IE8. One of them is the updated search experience, and specifically the visual search and suggestions capabilities...
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    Microsoft Mobile Device Platforms

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    <<Updated JAN 22, added another point on ASP.NET note on bottom>> I want to point out some learning’s that I experienced recently after being challenged by a customer to verbalize which Microsoft mobile device platform to utilize. I...
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    Reasons for using WM6 and WM6.1

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    I was reading the Windows Mobile Newsletter , the newly renovated March edition. There's so much information, tips, guidance, and free downloads on the Windows Mobile sites that I usually don't visit until I really have to - looking at a new device, or...
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    Windows 7 Features by Version

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      Windows 7 Home site Windows 7 Home Premium In addition to the features of Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, this edition includes: Aero Glass & advanced Window navigation Windows Touch (Multi-touch and handwriting support) Video demo...
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    Domino’s Demonstrates Tomcat Site on Windows Azure

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    With today’s announcements at the Microsoft PDC and our team’s efforts with several customers being announced there, I am posting a blog post for my teammate John Gilmour (Senior Platform Strategy Advisor), so that he can announce our work with Domino...
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    Managed GPS on BlackJack II

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    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...
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    Why doesn't this CHM work on Windows Vista?

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    I recently downloaded the Silverlight 1.1 SDK. I wanted to start reading the doc's which come in Compiled HTML Help files - you know those *.CHM files. I drag some out of the downloaded ZIP, confirm to Windows Vista that I really want to open this file...
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    Ripping music in Windows 8

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    Since I have a Surface RT in my house, I’m learning to see how far Windows 8 can take me with out 3rd party desktop applications. And thus, today’s dilemma -  how do I RIP music from a newly purchased CD, like I used to do with Zune software? At...
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    40 Million Licenses sold of Windows 8

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    Yesterday, Tami Reller brought some enlightenment about Windows 8 at a technology conference in Arizona. You can see the Microsoft post here .  Everyone is talking about the 40M licenses sold, and attempting to correlate to our performance. That...
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    VS 2010 Adds Support for HTML5 and CSS3

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      Check out the Visual Studio Web Standards Update which brings a ton of HTML5 & CSS3 support to Visual Studio 2010 SP1 .   VS Web Standards Update is a free extension available for anyone who is using Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and it...
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    Dolly Parton talks IE8, Web Slices, and Microsoft

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    The Story One of the most-honored female country performers of all time, the ageless Dolly Parton is an international music icon.  In conjunction with this week’s international release of Dolly’s new CD/DVD set, Live From London, Dolly has added...
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    XCOPY is deprecated on Windows Vista

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    Another learning. Working at Microsoft in the field (like way out in the sticks, in other words - the life of RAS), I frequently get the occasion to download files from our corporate network. Yeah! I was doing some drag-n-drop in Windows Explorer, and...
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    Silverlight 3: Out of the Browser

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    Session: MIX 09, T45F, video Mike Harsh , Silverlight Program Manager Notes: Before Silverlight was called WPF/E, it was call ShizXaml… I had to figure out a way to make this presentation a little splahshier, so my solution was to basically do what the...
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    IE9 Beta Launch And Pinned Sites

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    Yesterday was another milestone for the IE team. The Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) Beta launch has received some very nice coverage , and the presentation was well done. The launch partners’ work looks great – this can be seen at the Beauty Of...
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    Jeff Blankenburg gives 10 factors of Zune vs. iPod

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    Jeff’s blog looks fantastic these days. He’s using Silverlight. The content is dynamic. The design is eye pleasing. Moreover, he’s got some great posts, on a variety of topics – spam filtering, his 2009 goals, cloud computing, etc. While he’s busy working...
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    .NET 1.1 Support coming to an end

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    Oh, those glorious days of the beginning of .NET. But, that’s all in the rear view mirror. And now, the end comes for real. On OCT 14, mainstream support for .NET 1.1 ended. Now the 5 year clock for extended support starts to count down…
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    Just upgraded to WM 6.1, and I Like It

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    I know that I just posted on my new Windows Mobile 6 device, but I had been using it for a few months. Another reason that I was glad about choosing the Blackjack was that a WM6.1 upgrade is supposed to happen for this device (and others carriers will...
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    Microsoft submits code to Linux, and Linus talks OSS Hypocrisy

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    Background On July 20th, Microsoft announced and submitted 20K lines of code to the Linux source machine. Here’s a quote in PressPass from Tom Hanrahan, Director, Open Source Technology Center (OSTC): Today we’re releasing Linux device driver code to...
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    LAMP, WAMP, and WIMP

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    I have had several of my Linux friends lately come to me about their unhappiness with their world, and if they could move their apps to Windows. I keep telling folks that this is possible, but I haven’t tried it myself. But now, here’s a resource. Keith...
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    Case Study: Bargainland builds Bidtopia.Com

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    Last year, John and I ran across a new company that had moved to town (thanks Diana for the intro). Several things caught my attention about them. First, they were hard at work with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 Beta, and second, their business model of "reverse...
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