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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview: “How To” Find Your Cheese Series

    By now, hopefully you are aware that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29th, 2012.  If you haven’t given a spin, you should.  (Scott Hanselman has a great guide for installing it in an isolated VHD so you don’t mess up your existing OS install.)  Windows 8 represents...
  • Blog Post: OneNote + SkyDrive + Windows Phone == Migraine Cure?!

    I don’t watch TV that often. But when I do, it’s usually via a DVR where I skip through the commercials.  So, I’m normally oblivious to whatever the trendy ads are that people are talking about at the water cooler.  There’s one exception to my advertising avoidance:  Football .  The...
  • Blog Post: How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

    It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just...
  • Blog Post: Customizing a Telligent Community 5.5 Blog - (aka “The New Look of JrzyShr Dev Guy – 2010 Edition”)

    If you don’t use an RSS reader to read my blog, then you probably noticed that things started looking, um… different , a few weeks ago. My JrzyShr Dev Guy blog is currently part of MSDN Blogs , a developer blogging network comprised of folks who work at Microsoft. In May 2010, the system...
  • Blog Post: Searching By Date Range Easier In Windows 7

    On my guest appearance on the Personal Computer Radio Show last week, one of the callers was concerned that he could not search for files in a given date range on Windows Vista.  He claimed this feature was available in XP, but not in Vista. I checked to verify, and you can indeed search for files...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Beta: Come and Get It… Just A Few Days Left!

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard about the beta of the upcoming version of Windows, Windows 7 . No breaking news here (I hope).  However, now that I’ve been running 7 myself the past couple of weeks, I thought I should post some links & thoughts on it. ...
  • Blog Post: Remote Debugging a Silverlight Application on Mac OSX

    Back when Silverlight 1.1 (the predecessor to today’s Silverlight 2 release ) was first announced at the Mix ‘07 keynote , I remember being fascinated by the cross-platform .NET Framework aspect of it. As a cross-platform browser plug-in, Silverlight has the potential to enable web developers to design...
  • Blog Post: NYC Silverlight 2 Fire Starter Content and Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Silverlight 2 Fire Starter event in New York City on September 13th . I had a great time helping organize the event and speaking with many of the attendees about Silverlight. There were over 150 folks who made it out to the Fire Starter in NYC that day. Special thanks...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Talk at Health & Life Science Developer Conference

    Thanks to everyone who attended my talk about the new ASP.NET MVC framework at the Health & Life Sciences Developer Conference in Atlantic City last week!  I've posted my slides for viewing up on SkyDrive: Credit goes to Scott Hanselman as I borrowed heavily from his MVC presentation at Mix...
  • Blog Post: Ed Bott Eliminates My Vista Pet Peeve

    There's been a lot of fuss about the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista.  A recent story even made headlines when a Microsoft manager was quoted as saying Microsoft deliberately deigned UAC to "annoy users".  I've heard all the arguments for and against it. ...
  • Blog Post: The New Look of JrzyShr Dev Guy

    If you read my blog via its actual web site, you probably noticed some changes yesterday.  After a while of planning and slowly putting the pieces into place behind the scenes, I finally completed an upgrade to the look-n-feel of my blog.  For those of you who are following along in your RSS...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Community Ecosystem

    When folks hear that I work for Microsoft, the first question I'm often asked is, "What do you do for them?"  When I tell them that I am a Developer Evangelist, it leads to even more questions.  "Evangelist?!  What type of title is that?"  Depending on who is asking...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Secrets?

    Last year at the Mix conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft surprised the web world with the announcement of Silverlight 1.1 which supports the .NET framework running cross-platform in the browser! Mix 08 is coming up soon during the first week of March. This year, I'm sure there will be some more Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: <Table> vs. <Div>

    "Tables or Divs?" It's a classic question in the web development world, sort of like "boxers or briefs?" There is a mailing list that all of the Microsoft Regional Directors belong to. Regional Directors aren't Microsoft employees--they're independent developers, architects, trainers, and other professionals...
  • Blog Post: Vista Security vs. iTunes

    Last year at the AJAX Experience conference in Boston, all of the attendees received an iPod shuffle as part of the swag package. I have four media players I rotate between: a Zune, the iPod shuffle, an iRiver T30, and an old Creative Nomad Zen. I love the smaller flash devices because they are light...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Resources

    So it's been almost a month since the big Silverlight announcements from Microsoft at Mix 07 in Vegas. My crazy month of travel in May is just about over (one quick short trip with the family to Tech E--, uh, Disney this weekend, and then I should be staying put at the Jersey Shore for a while). I'm...
  • Blog Post: IIS 7 is not your father's IIS!

    Back in the 80's, GM had an advertising campaign for it's Oldsmobile line of cars called "This is not your father's Oldsmobile". Oldsmobile had kind of a stodgy reputation for being the cars that old people drove. Heck, my grandfather had one! GM wanted younger people to check out Oldsmobile, so hence...
  • Blog Post: Rocket Dock and Switcher: Two Cool Add-Ons for Windows

    Okay okay... so for all those Windows users with Mac jealousy, now you can have the fancy icon bar with animations too. Check out Rocket Dock. It's free, and it works well. http://www.punksoftware.com/rocketdock So far, so good. My only complaint is that when a window is open, it appears only on the...
  • Blog Post: .NET 1.1 or 2.0 to .NET 3.0 Migration

    A while back, I wrote about migrating from .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0 . I wrote that post almost a year ago, but it is still one of my highest traffic posts to this date. Well, it's been a good 6 months now since .NET 3.0 has been on the scene, yet I haven't written anything about migrating to it from the...
  • Blog Post: Paste Code into your Blog

    Via Andy ... If you thought it was hard to get nicely formatted code from your favorite IDE into your blog, you'll be pleased to check out the "Paste from Visual Studio" plug-in for Windows Live Writer . Live Writer is a great tool for posting to your blog. It has a great extensibility model with plug...
  • Blog Post: How To Run As and Develop As a Non-Administrator for Security and Protection

    Earlier this month at the Northern NJ User Group (N3UG), Randy Hayes delivered an excellent talk on Developing and Running as a Non-Administrator . You may think that running as a non-administrator won't be pleasant, but it's for you and your application users' own good! As a side benefit, you can...
  • Blog Post: WPF/E Links for Developers

    Via Leon Brown ... Back in December, Microsoft announced the first CTP of "WPF/E", a great new solution from Microsoft for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML (eXtensible Application...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET How To Collection

    Ever wanted to know how to do something specific in ASP.NET? My colleague Asli Bilgin from the Microsoft Industry Services team has put together an amazing collection of ASP.NET resources, chuck-filled of How To links that are just great to have around as a handy reference. Here ya go... ASP.NET Quickstart...
  • Blog Post: Vista Remote Desktop Client Available on XP: Now with Multi-Monitor Support

    Back in October, I wrote about how excited I was to learn that the new Remote Desktop (RDP) client that comes with Windows Vista supports ClearType. With the hack I wrote about, I was able to run the Vista RDP client on my home XP machine to use my work laptop on one of my two flat-panel monitors. This...
  • Blog Post: Dare Obasanjo Discusses Why JSON vs. XML in AJAX Applications

    From the "I learned something new" file today, a very good post today by Dare Obasanjo discussing some key aspects of JSON vs. XML when it comes to AJAX-style applications. It seems JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) has been becoming the data format of choice when it comes to AJAX application development...
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