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  • Blog Post: Build Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets (and win some cool prizes while you're at it)

    The Code Project is hosting a competition (and offering cool prizes) for the best Windows Vista Sidebar gadgets. Find out more . Pretty cool that you get to play with new technology and maybe earn some swag at the same time, huh?
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Released

    Read about it here . Download it here .
  • Blog Post: What can YOU do with WPF and the Virtual Earth SDK?

    I've had a lot of questions about the technologies behind the Accruent application that I've demonstrated during the keynote of the Developer Track at the recent Office 2007 / Vista Launch Events. The mapping features of this application were built with Windows Presentation Foundation and Virtual Earth...
  • Blog Post: Why doesn't my "update.exe" application work under Windows Vista? (Or, How do I ensure my app is compatible with User Account Control?)

    Since this is the third time I've been asked this question, I feel compelled to share the answer with everyone. Some of you may have to update your application to work with User Account Control in Windows Vista. For instance, if you have an application named "update.exe", then User Account Control...
  • Blog Post: FREE Developer Events (and you might win a Zune)

    Want to learn more about Windows Vista and Office 2007 development? We're hosting some of these dev events in various cities, and you could win a Zune just by registering for one of 'em. And since we're talking about free events, I'll also mention the MSDN Events , the ASP.NET 2.0 Training , and the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista / Office 2007 Launch Event, Dallas, TX, Wrap-Up

    Whew, what an awesome event we had today. I'd like to thank everyone that attended our sessions as we talked about Windows Vista and Office 2007 from the developer's perspective. As promised, here are some links to additional resources related to developing applications for Windows Vista and Office 2007...
  • Blog Post: Virtual PC 2007 Released

    Woo-hoo! Virtual PC 2007 has now been released, and we have virtualization support for Windows Vista as both a guest and a host operating system! I've been using it since Beta 1, and have had no issues with it at all, but now we can all enjoy this very useful, FREE product! Download it here . Read about...
  • Blog Post: I'm headed your way...

    ...if you live in Little Rock or Nashville. On March 6th, I'll be presenting the "Best of Windows Vista Launch" at the Little Rock .NET User Group , and on March 8th, I'll be presenting Windows CardSpace at the Nashville Visual Studio .NET User Group . I hope you'll join me! Who knows, I may bring some...
  • Blog Post: Improve performance in Windows Vista using ReadyBoost

    S ome of my attendees have noticed me using one of the new SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB flash drives during my presentations, and have asked about it. I'm taking advantage of a new feature in Windows Vista: Windows ReadyBoost . This is a cool feature that allows Windows Vista to use flash memory to increase...
  • Blog Post: Make Sure Your Apps Are On Time

    Based on the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 , Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been extended by approximately four weeks. As a result, DST will start three weeks earlier this year, on March 11, 2007, and end one week later on November 4, 2007. Will this affect your applications? To find out, read about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Experience Pack (and Ink Desktop) for Windows Vista

    Here's a set of cool utilities for those of you lucky enough to have a Tablet PC running Vista. This free download includes: Equation Writer - Add mathematical expressions to your papers. Handwrite a math equation, and then convert it into a neatly typewritten image to paste into a report or a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Photo Info Released

    Here's another cool utility that's been released recently, aimed at digital photography buffs (like me). It's an add-in for Windows that allows you to easily modify the "metadata" for digital photographs from directly within Windows Explorer. I love it because it works with my camera's RAW format. And...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista Released

    If you're running Windows Vista, and have a Windows Mobile 2003 (or later) device, then you'll want to download and use the new Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista . This is a very cool utility for synchronizing your device, and includes a lot of enhancements over ActiveSync. Here's a list...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows Vista Development Resources

    I've had a lot of questions relating to finding more information and samples for developing applications for the .NET Framework 3.0, and / or Windows Vista, so I've decided to list some resources that may help. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, but more of a list of resources to get you started...
  • Blog Post: Ready For a New Day

    Somehow, the tag line for the Vista / Office 2007 Launch Tour seems appropriate as I write this blog post. I kind of gave up on this blog a while back, and began focusing on other stuff. But after being asked by several of you, I've decided to resurrect this blog, and get it going again. First of...
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