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    Windows 7 – VHD Boot – Setup Guideline

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    Windows 7 has a really useful feature called “VHD Boot”. With that you can boot your entire Windows out of a Virtual Hard Disk file (as those used with Virtual PC or Virtual Server). This VHD file is mounted as a virtual disk, you can use it as a normal...
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    SQL Server User Provisioning Tool for Vista

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    After installing SQL Server 2005 or Express on Windows Vista you may have noticed, that your user accounts (even though being in the local computer's administrators group) are not allowed to connect to the SQL Server. Which is bad if you're not running...
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    WPF Control Development - 3 Ways to build an ImageButton

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    During a WPF workshop last week I was asked to do an ImageButton control. *Huh* I thought, this is going to be an easy task (as probably most of you think right now). 1st Way: Use Buttons Content Property directly: And it was easy: Thanks to the concept...
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    Free mail with Windows Live - Custom Domains

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    Recently I came across a really cool live server called "Custom Domains". This service is currently evolving into " Windows Live Admin Center ". What does it do?! You get an e-mail server for your custom domain for free! You can then create up to 500...
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    LINQ-To-Everywhere – List of LINQ Providers

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    This weekend I’ve built a small application, which queries the “Simpsons” seasons guide data and updates the filenames/descriptions. To do this I needed to query a CSV file. While searching for a LINQ to CSV file implementation I’ve found an interesting...
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    A Must Have Tool - VS 2008 Snippet Designer

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    Mathew Manela from the Online Tools Group at Microsoft has written a really cool tool, which adds a feature missing for a long time in Visual Studio: Code Snippet Creation. The tool, which is available at http://www.codeplex.com/SnippetDesigner allows...
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    Visual Studio Templates - Composite WPF Guidance - Installation

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    First of all download the template package from here. For an overview of the functionality see another post.   Extract the zip file and move to the Bin folder. In the bin folder three files are located: install.bat does all the work to setup the...
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    "Hacking" System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient

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    In .NET 2.0 there is a cool class called SmtpClient within System.Net.Mail . With this class you can send mail (at least I thought). The requirement was to send an email over a server of one of our agencies. The mail server was secured by username/password...
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    Slides and Demos from BigDays 2009 are online!

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    These days I'm travelling around austria with our biggest developer & IT Pro event Big>Days 2009! This year's theme was "packen wir's an" - translated "let's get to work"! Accompanying the theme we built a multi-tier application...
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    Behind the Scenes of LINQ - Part 1

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    Now it's getting confusing :-) As a prequel to my LINQ-To-Sql Article, I'd like to digg into the details of LINQ in generel! Language Integrated Queries is a new feature of C# 3.0 in conjunction with .NET 3.5. This means LINQ is purely solved at a...
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    .NET Roadshow - Demo Solution

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    The demo solution from our .NET Beginners Roadshow is no ready for download for attendees and all others. The scenario is event management. The solution consists of 4 parts: *) Data Access layer using ADO.NET Entity Framework *) Business Logic...
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    Anders Hejlsberg about C# 3.0 / LINQ at TechEd:Europe in Barcelona

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    Having been to TechEd:Europe in Barcelona last week, I've seen a lot of cool sessions about Office 2007, Sharepoint, ASP.Net Ajax, XNA and WPF. But one of the most interesting one was a session from Anders Hejlsberg about the future of C#. As "father...
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    Vista Command Link Control with C# / Windows Forms

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    How to write a wrapper control for Windows Vista command links in Windows Forms / C#....
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    Clean Up the Vista Networks

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    In my last post I wrote about the Vista Network List Manager! If you ran the sample, I attached you might see a lot of "old" networks still stored on your machine! (like some WLANs at hotels, ...) I was wondering how to clean up the list of networks and...
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    XNA Session @ TechEd Europe

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    On Tuesday I'll be doing a session about the XNA Framework at TechEd Europe together with my colleague Andreas Schabus. TLA314 Microsoft XNA Studio Express - Developing 2D-Games for Windows and Xbox 360 at 9am in Room 123. Huh.. That's gonna be an early...
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    IP Address Calculations with C# (Subnetmasks, Networks, …)

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    Recently I wanted to develop a wake-on-lan application for my media center. For that I needed the broadcast address of my local LAN. So I decided to write a small but interesting library.. (you can leverage it for all kinds of network calculations like...
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    Wake-On-Lan Client with C#

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    I bought myself an Acer L5100 Media Center PC, running with Windows Vista Media Center for Christmas. What I wanted was some functionality to wake up the media center out of shutdown mode. So I dig into Wake-On-Lan. Almost any modern network interface...
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    A Valuable Tool for WPF and Silverlight

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    Working with WPF & Silverlight is really great! The only problem if you use it in production is how you quickly generate new views. They don't need any animations or other stuff, just plain details views. You could do it with Expression Blend or the...
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    IE 8 Searchbar – Instant Answers

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    Now that I’m running Windows 7 I’m using the new IE 8 as well. Recently I found a cool new feature called “Instant Answers”. Just enter some queries into the search box and you’ll get the answer in the drop-down box below the search box. There are different...
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    Are male Tech-Geeks more corpulent?!

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    What made me think about this topic, was a combobox of shirt-sizes I came across during my speaker registration for TechEd 2007 in Barcelona, last November. Why are there T-Shirts in sizes until X-X-X-X-X (5!) L ?? Well.. one possible reason: all shirts...
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    Whitepaper - "InfoScreen App with Silverlight 1.0"

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    One of our mail goals in the Developer & Platform Evangelism is driving adoption of new technologies. To do so we're working with strategic customers which are interested in our stuff and help them implementing projects. A few months ago we started...
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    MSDN Subscription - Restrict DVD delivery language

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    If you have an MSDN subscription, I suppose you get a lot of DVDs in different languages like Italian, German, Swedish, etc... every month. Je ne parle pas français? - Non parlo italiano? - No hablo español? Good news for all Europeans: You can restrict...
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    WPF: Tired of xmlns="clr-namespace ..." ?!

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    I'm sure you all know the problem: When using custom objects or controls in XAML you need to add a xmlns:bla="clr-namespace:MyDotNetSpace" declaration to each XAML file (which can be thought of as the C# using statement). Although this is now comfortabely...
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    Silverlight 1.1 updates on Vista Gadgets

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    In my previous post I wrote about "Transparent Silverlight Sidebar Gadgets"! Now a reader sent me a comment about the new Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh, and the gadget not working there. So I updated the example and replaced the Silverlight.js files with...
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    Workflow Foundation Basics Slides

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    Last month I did a basic session on Windows Workflow Foundation at the Global Knowledge .NET Takeoff event! Here are the slides, for everyone, who is interested!
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