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  • Blog Post: Problem solved - mounting a VHD backup file

    I’m sure this is documented somewhere but as I’ve just run into it I thought I would share. As I’m sure you know, Windows 7 (and IIRC Windows Vista) will generate a backup for you in a VHD format. When I was rebuilding my machine earlier this week, I decided to do a full machine backup and simply mount...
  • Blog Post: Trouble connecting to the Visual Studio webserver this week?

    Quite a few people started reporting having issues connecting to Cassini earlier in the week. I’ve seen blog posts , tweets and internal mail threads as people who had a working environment one day found the could no longer connect the next. The solution is to re-add: 127.0.0.1 localhost to your hosts...
  • Blog Post: Media Center Upgrade

    Given the success of my “new” Media Center I thought it deserved a little more money spending on it to avoid the “Media Center would like to change channel to record xxxx” scenario. Prescribed: Dual tuners. Dual tuners allow you to either watch one channel and record another or record two different channels...
  • Blog Post: Twitter Script – Who’s following you (or not following you)?

    Find out who your friends really are with this handy PowerShell script! Essentially it will go through your friends and followers and produce two “difference” lists; people who follow you that you’re not following and people you follow but don’t follow you back. [Update 20/2/09: Made a minor change...
  • Blog Post: Today’s Event – Catching Up on Rich Clients

    Thanks to everyone who turned up for a very busy event today at Cardinal Place. The slides are now available on SlideShare and the originals will be on the MSDN Events Website in a few days. Catching up on Rich Clients Part 1 of 2 View more presentations from ukdpe . (tags: wpf xaml ) Catching up on...
  • Blog Post: Bring on the Media Center

    My Media Center is old. Very old in fact. It pre-dates Media Center 2005 and was supplied as part of a company scheme (even mentioned on the Carrera web page ). Let’s just say that, from the outset, the hardware wasn’t great. It was noisy and smelly and you wouldn’t want it in your house. So Carrera...
  • Blog Post: Macs, Viruses and the Gadget Show

    Love it or loathe it (and I do both at times), I regularly indulge myself by watching a bit of The Gadget Show . It's hardly Top Gear / Fifth Gear / any other car show on TV which I can watch all day on Dave and would do if only my wife would let me (and sometimes Microsoft expects me to log on etc at...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008 SP 2 Preview

    I see we've announced broader availability of SP2 Beta on the Windows team blog . With immediate effect, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can access Service Pack 2 Beta and from 4th December it will be available to everyone via the Customer Preview Program on TechNet. For details of the improvements in...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Developer Guide

    If you haven't seen it, the Windows 7 Developer Guide gives a nice summary of what's to come in Windows 7 (or at least some of what's to come - there could well be more :-)) from a developer's perspective. Download it from MSDN Code Gallery - Windows 7 Developer Guide Technorati Tags: windows , windows...
  • Blog Post: MIX 09 Announced

    PDC's just out of the way and it's already time to start thinking about MIX. I saw this logo on the website and thought we were going to be expected to run a 10K in the desert. Fortunately it's 10K of storage and a challenge to do as much as you can with only 10k. There's also the traditional restyle...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 2)

    KYN02 Day Two Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell Better than Day 1's keynote this one covers things more from a UI perspective with Windows 7, Office Web Application in Office 14, Visual Studio and Live Services. KYN03 Day Two Keynote - Chris Anderson and Don Box...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Windows Azure

    The first in a very short series of posts where I try and distil some of the key announcements we made at PDC into something I can make sense of. First up, Windows Azure. Azure consists of both an operating system and a set of services. Windows Azure is our operating system in the cloud which enables...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Session Video Downloads

    If you want to watch any of the PDC 2008 sessions, you can simple peruse the session list at: http://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/timeline.aspx select the session you want to watch and click the "Watch Session Recording" icon. On the other hand, if you want to download sessions, you might...
  • Blog Post: VS2008 Sp1 Event Resources

    Eric and I have published the full set of resources links from yesterday's event on What's New in Visual Studio 2008 Sp1. http://blogs.msdn.com/ukdevevents/archive/2008/10/02/2008-10-02-whats-new-in-visual-studio-2008-sp1.aspx Technorati Tags: vs2008 , visual studio , wpf , asp.net , ado.net , entity...
  • Blog Post: Things that are sent to try us

    I spent many frustrating hours yesterday trying to get 2 demos to work for today's Visual Studio 2008 Sp1 event at TVP. What was very odd was that both demos (or similar) worked fine on MikeT's machine but neither worked on mine and in both cases the solution was very simple but not so obvious... Issue...
  • Blog Post: ReMix UK 08 Developer Track

    Things are starting to shape up nicely on the developer track so I thought I'd try and give you a flavour of what you'll see if (surely "when"?) you join us in Brighton in September for ReMix UK. There'll be a big focus on rich client with Silverlight, WPF and IE8 featuring prominently. You...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth - Finding a Postcode

    I'm a big fan of Virtual Earth and often try and sneak it into demos as many people seem unaware of its existence or unaware of just how good it is. A common question I get is "Do I need to use lat / lon or can I plot a postcode?". Absolutely you can plot a postcode - the big advantage of having lat...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Registration Open

    October 27-30th in the Los Angeles Conference Center, LA is where you want to be. Registration for the Professional Developers Conference 2008 has just opened. You know the deal by now: "The PDC is designed for leading-edge developers and software architects. If you’re interested in the future...
  • Blog Post: Zip File Extension Association in Vista (again)

    A long time ago, I wrote about my self-inflicted woes when I accidentally associated winword.exe as my zip file handler in Vista. Then last night I got a mail from Rob (sorry Rob, haven't got a link for you) saying that my post ranks fairly high in the Google results and there was an easy solution so...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Search Gadget

    If you use Tim Heuer's MSDN Search Gadget as I do, you'll probably have noticed that it recently stopped returning results. Again, it seems, due to improvements to MSDN & TechNet Search . I made some minor changes to the script to get things working again and thought I'd share. The script you need...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

    If you have an MSDN Subscription you can now download Vista SP1 from the subscriber downloads centre . You can find the related announcements on the Windows Vista Blog here and here . You can also download an Overview of Windows Vista SP1 , Notable Changes in Windows Vista SP1 and, of course, the release...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search Maps Vista Gadget

    if any of you happen to use my Windows Live Search Maps Gadget then I recommend you update it to v1.14.0.0 (the current version posted a couple of days ago). This version takes up less space on your Sidebar but more importantly fixes a couple of issues with parsing more complex routes (there was a limit...
  • Blog Post: Fiddler: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it

    If you use Fiddler and you're running Vista (or IE7 on XP / WS2003), you're probably already aware that requests for localhost will not be sent through a proxy (and Fiddler runs as a proxy to intercept requests). There are various workarounds for this . However every time I rebuild my machine I always...
  • Blog Post: New Lenovo T61p

    I've just got a shiny new Lenovo T61p to replace my Dell D820 but it hasn't been an entirely smooth ride so far. I thoroughly recommend reading Keith Combes blog post on installing Vista x64 on the T61p (I've installed Windows Vista Enterprise x64 Edition). If I'd found this before I started I'd have...
  • Blog Post: More Nuggets - Building a Vista Gadget

    I've made a few nuggets about building the Technorati gadget . I'm just about to publish these to the MSDN nuggets site . Here are the additional information links and a link to the source code: Gadget Development Overview on MSDN http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms723694.aspx Sidebar Reference...
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