• Tim Sneath

    Heading Off to TechEd US

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    OK, so I'm heading off to TechEd US in San Diego tomorrow. Obviously this conference will be but a pale imitation of the main event - call it a dress rehearsal, if you will! There's a pre-conference press workshop on Whidbey to which I'll be accompanying...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft UK Website Revamped

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    You might have noticed that the Microsoft UK site has had a bit of a make-over. The intentions behind this reworking are all good: to take full advantage of ASP.NET and to provide personalised information relevant to the profile you choose (for example...
  • Tim Sneath

    An Xbox Box?

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    After someone posted a question internally about getting hold of the limited edition Xbox Crystal Clear Edition, someone replied with an amusing link to an Ebay auction that made wildly more than the seller had possibly imagined. Read the advert then...
  • Tim Sneath

    Keeping ActiveSync Up To Date

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    If you've got a Windows Mobile device such as a Pocket PC or Smartphone attached to your computer, you might want to take a moment or two out to check that you've got the latest version of ActiveSync installed. I thought mine was up to date, but it seems...
  • Tim Sneath

    A New Arrival!

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    We're delighted to announce the arrival of Esther Alice Sneath, born at 9:50pm BST, 9th May 2004 by Caesarean section. She weighs 8lb 7.5ozs, and is beautiful! Louise and Esther are doing very well and all of us are very thankful to God for the second...
  • Tim Sneath

    Longhorn WinHEC Build: What's New?

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    As I'm sure most people know by now, we've made an updated build of Windows "Longhorn" (build 4074) available. My colleague Mike Taulty pointed to a webcast from Dave Massy that highlights the progress that's been made since the bits we handed out at...
  • Tim Sneath

    New Features in Windows XP Service Pack 2: Again!

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    I posted a little while back about the changes to Windows XP Service Pack 2 . At the time we shipped a document that described those changes in great detail. Yesterday a new version of this document was released that added a ton of updates and extra details...
  • Tim Sneath

    What's New in ADO.NET 2.0?

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    Amidst all the hype around Whidbey and Yukon, one area that's been perhaps neglected is the fairly significant changes that have been made to ADO.NET. Having spent a fair amount of time working with customers on data-driven applications, there are a number...
  • Tim Sneath

    Virtual PC in Europe - Fix for the Dreaded Sticky Ctrl Key Bug!

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    I know many developers who rely on Virtual PC 2004 these days, both for application compatibility testing purposes and also for beta testing releases of Visual Studio 2005 ("Whidbey") and SQL Server 2005 ("Yukon"). A few colleagues and I have been trying...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe Birds of a Feather

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    If you're attending TechEd Europe this year, you may be interested to know that we're running a series of "birds of a feather" (BOF) sessions throughout the conference. The idea is simple - if you want to host an interactive discussion with other attendees...
  • Tim Sneath

    Making Progress in Security? A Personal View

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    I don't normally comment on security issues, mostly because it's not my specialist subject. It's fair to say though that our record hasn't always been admirable in years gone by, as Slashdot and others gleefully point out. But sometimes perception starts...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe Data Track: Request for Peer Feedback

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    I want to do something which I don't think has ever happened before: invite open peer feedback on one of the TechEd 2004 Europe tracks before it's completely finalised. We've been working hard to come up with the best sessions we can create or find on...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe 2004 Data Track

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    [Updated: This is the final list of sessions, based on some of the suggestions in the comments below...] I want to do something which I don't think has ever happened before: invite open peer feedback on one of the TechEd Europe tracks before it's completely...
  • Tim Sneath

    Regular Expressions for UK Formats

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    It's often hard to find good UK-aware regular expressions (for use with the ASP.NET RegularExpressionValidator or the .NET RegEx class). I was therefore delighted to come across RegExLib.com , which contains a most comprehensive listing of commonly used...
  • Tim Sneath

    Sun / Microsoft Settlement Webcast Live

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    Just watching the webcast following on from the Sun / Microsoft settlement. I can't tell you how odd it feels as a Microsoft employee to see Scott McNealy (Sun CEO) and Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) sitting next to each other on a press conference stage...
  • Tim Sneath

    How do you convert a string into an enum?

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    I've come across the situation on a number of occasions when coding where I've wanted to convert from a string to an enum . In the Media Catalog sample, I resorted to one giant switch statement that has a case block for each string that returns an enum...
  • Tim Sneath

    Digging inside Windows Media Files

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    I've been scratching an itch - of the coding variety. For some while now, I've wanted to catalogue all the Windows Media files that I've (legally) ripped over the last year or so, but documentation on MSDN or the broader Internet was scant. So I've...
  • Tim Sneath

    Ten Reasons for Developers to Attend TechEd Europe 2004

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    The one where Tim sells out to the marketing droids... OK, so this is more of a sales pitch than I would normally include in my blog, but I've heard a couple of people over the last week say that they thought TechEd was primarily aimed at IT Pros rather...
  • Tim Sneath

    Extracting Metadata from Windows Media files

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    In this article, I'll describe how to use the Windows Media Format SDK to access the metadata embedded in Windows Media files for cataloguing purposes. Also included is two managed classes written in C# that vastly simplify the usage of this SDK. Download...
  • Tim Sneath

    Passing Strings to Unmanaged Code

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    I've just come across a nasty bug in some sample code (from us, I'm ashamed to say), that highlights the pitfalls of passing string buffers between managed and unmanaged code. To go back a step or two, I've been trying to create a small application...
  • Tim Sneath

    Around the World in 30 Years

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    I love this site - I've been wanting to create something similar for a couple of years: Which countries in the world have you visited? Here's the link you can use to create your own "visited country" map. (Thanks to Paul Bartlett for the link.)
  • Tim Sneath

    Getting a Job with Microsoft

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    From time to time people ask me what it takes to get employed by Microsoft, usually after having been rebuffed by our recruitment consultants. It sometimes feels like no matter how many skills you have, it's impossible to get considered for a role. It...
  • Tim Sneath

    How do Microsoft Email Addresses Work?

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    Dave Verwer asks the question that's on everyone's lips :-)
  • Tim Sneath

    UK Technical Roadshow Registration Open

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    We've just opened registrations for the new format UK technical roadshow , taking place between April and June in four locations across the country. This should be a pretty good event, actually - we've got three tracks running concurrently across two...
  • Tim Sneath

    Presentations: Balancing Slides and Code

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    At Microsoft UK we run at least one free developer event a week on average, catering for all levels of skill from novice to expert. Over several years of delivering presentations at these events, I've built up an array of presentations on different aspects...
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