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    "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API"

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    I have a Toshiba Tecra M4 with 2Gb of RAM. I've had the machine for a while now and every so often, when I went to hibernate I would see a message saying "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API" (and the machine would only go into standby...
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    WSCF 0.6 Released!

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    Congratulations to Christian and the guys over at Thinktecture on their v0.6 release of WSCF! New features include support for .NET Fx 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005, together with partial classes, nullable types, SOAP 1.2, generics and a host of other...
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    5 Tips for running Windows Vista 5270 on a Virtual PC

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    I’ve recently setup Vista 5270 as a VPC on my Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet. I was going to install it on a separate partition, but discovered that the Vista LDDM drivers for the M4 are still under development (which at this time makes switching to an external...
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    New Forum for Architect Events

    Are you involved in running or supporting architect-related events? Would you like a place to share information about upcoming events in your area – or maybe to discuss public topics after the event has happened? We are experimenting with a new...
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    Moving Beyond SOA

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    John DeVadoss (my manager and the guy who runs the architecture team at Microsoft) has been on the road talking about "Moving Beyond SOA", the latest of which was a session at VSLive. His messages appear to be generating some buzz - including reports...
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    Move to Vonage

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    A couple of weeks ago I switched from my current VOIP provider, SunRocket, to Vonage. The reason to do so was fuelled by: My SunRocket annual contract expires soon Vonage offers an international virtual number - which means for $4.99 a month...
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    Call for Abstracts: Issue 8 of the Architecture Journal

    Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription...
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    How can you tell if a “Web Service” really is a Web Service?

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    I was asked the question "How can you tell if a Web Service really is a Web Service?". If someone says that they have a Web Service (or more importantly is trying to sell you one!) what are the questions you should ask? I decided to put together this...
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    JNBridge releases an Interop Blog

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    Given my new role, I seem to have less and less time recently to keep up with the latest interoperability-related posts and sites. I did however notice that Wayne from JNBridge has started a blog . Aside from product information he has an interesting...
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    5 Options for Backing Up My Home PC - Part II

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    I would like to say thanks to everyone that submitted comments to my previous post. This is what I ended up with over the weekend: 1. I went out and found an external Maxtor USB 300Gb Hard Disk at Fry's for $229. At the rate we are adding photos and...
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    5 Options for Backing Up My Home PC

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    I'm recovering from losing both the power-supply and hard disk of my home PC after we just moved house. I'll cut a long story short by saying that there was a loud bang and smoke coming out of my Shuttle XPC after I unpacked it from moving. After a...
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    TechEd 2006 – Call for Speakers!

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    Would you like to shape the future by presenting a session in the Architecture track at TechEd 06 (June 11 th – 16 th in Boston )? We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic speakers to talk on a range of architectural topics as part of our track...
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    Announcing Microsoft's Architecture Forums

    I’ve been a fan of Internet Newsgroups and Forums for many years – it still amazes me how these bring people together on subjects that they are very passionate about. As I’ve been looking into resources for our community however, it’s clear that we need...
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    Holiday Web Casts!

    Have some spare time during the holidays to catch up on new technologies? Mohammad Akif, an Architect Evangelist in Canada, has recorded two new webcasts that are worth checking out... Using Visual Studio for Deployment Modeling The new modeling...
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    Open Postion in My Team

    Would you like to work with the best architects in Microsoft, capturing their ideas and sharing them with the world? My team is looking for an experienced and self-motivated content strategist who can drive a strategy to create, synthesize, and...
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    Architect Personas

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    I’ve sat through many architect events over the past few years and one thing that always strikes me is how different one self claimed “architect” attendee can be from another. For example, I saw two architects sitting together at a recent event – one...
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    Is this what they mean by being "Service Oriented"?

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    Wes (formerly from webMethods) forwarded me this snapshot from a shopping mall in TX. (Apparently "Simon" is a retail management company :-)
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    Ron's PodCast with Steve Cook

    In the first of his "ArcTalk" series, Ron Jacobs interviews Steve Cook about DSLs and Software Factories. You can check it out here !
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    Would you like to write for the Architecture Journal?

    Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is a quarterly magazine, providing a world-class forum for the publication of unique articles on how good architecture can help create great implementations. Microsoft’s Architecture Journal is available as a printed subscription...
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    Beta of Scrum Add-In for VSTS available

    A few guys at Conchango (for whom I used to work :-) have created a Scrum plug-in for VSTS. Good reading if you are interested in agile development. http://blogs.conchango.com/howardvanrooijen/default.aspx
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    JavaOne 2005 Speaker Award

    I came back from vacation today to find I had won a "JavaOne 2005 Speaker Award" for being in the top 20 of speakers at JavaOne this year :-). Here's a list of the top 20 sessions, and if you'd like to watch the session (I co-presented with Raghavan...
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    Ron's Webcast on Windows Workflow Foundation

    Ron sat down with John Evdemon (Architecture team) and Paul Andrew (Windows Workflow Foundation) in his Webcast today. Well worth a listen to understand how Windows Workflow Foundation can affect your architectural decisions, although to be honest my...
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    Microsoft acquires FolderShare

    I'm a big fan of FolderShare , so I'm very pleased to see this .
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    My New Role

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    Working on interoperability at Microsoft over the past few years has been a phenomenal experience. I have had the opportunity to publish many articles, create videos, write a book, publish sample code, interact with many fine people, speak at events across...
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    PDC Debrief

    Kirill has a great debrief of our Web Services interoperability session at PDC last month. Also, you may want to checkout the interoperability plugfest that his group is running.
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