Stephen Toub

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    November 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

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    Interested in security? Of course you are! The November 2005 special security issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/11 . For those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue...
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    Donate To American Red Cross Hurricane Relief To Enter Raffle...

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    Charlie Owen from the Media Center team is raffling off a bunch of prizes (Visual Studio 2005, Windows XP, Office 2003) in exchange for donations to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief: http://blog.retrosight.com/PermaLink,guid,615c3873-ec2c-4869-9d8a...
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    Safely hosting untrusted add-ins with the .NET Framework 2.0

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    Shawn Farkas wrote a great article for the November 2005 security issue of MSDN Magazine in which he discusses techniques for safely hosting untrusted add-ins with the .NET Framework 2.0. We've posted it as a preview of the issue. Check it out at http...
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    Using MediaState.dll with GAC'd Add-Ins

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    Update (10/14/2005): MediaState.dll in the new SDK released today is signed. You can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D836C29-ABD5-4FDD-90C5-5C5ABAE97DB4&displaylang=en . The Media State Aggregation Service...
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    Want to write for MSDN Magazine?

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    Interested in writing an article for MSDN Magazine ? We're always looking for new and interesting top-notch developer content, so if you have a good article you'd like to see published, or if you have a good idea for one, email mmsubmit@microsoft.com...
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    DVR-MS: Adventures in Closed Captioning

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    I finished the code for this project months and months ago, and I had every intention of writing a full MSDN article describing the ins and outs of what I’d accomplished, but time seems to have gotten away from me. Rather than let the code languish any...
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    October 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The October 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/10 . The October installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/10/NETMatters...
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    Reliability in the .NET Framework

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    Last week, we put the finishing touches on the October 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine , now at the printer. As a preview of the issue , we just put online an article from it about some of the new reliability features in the .NET Framework 2.0 (constrained...
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    September 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The September 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/09 . The September installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/09...
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    Urinetown

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    For anyone living or vacationing near Lake Michigan this summer and looking to see a great show, Tamara is there performing in the first regional production of Urinetown, playing for the next several weeks at Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck. Some...
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    Having trouble viewing MSDN Magazine CHM files?

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    A few readers have commented to me that they've been having trouble recently viewing the CHM files available from the MSDN Magazine Web site . This is due to a recent security update . But not to fear, Rob has already written a blog entry demonstrating...
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    August 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine now online

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    The August 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/08 . And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/htmlhelp...
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    July 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The July 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/07 . The July installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/07/NETMatters...
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    Edit DVR-MS Metadata

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    I was asked earlier this week if I knew of any tools that would let one easily edit the metadata associated with a DVR-MS file. Specifically, the person wanted to edit the title and description of a recorded show. There may very well be such a tool out...
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    June 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

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    The June 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/06 . For those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/htmlhelp.aspx...
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    MSDN Magazine 2004 CD

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    Forgot to mention this earlier, but for those of you who like to take the magazine with you wherever you go, the MSDN Magazine 2004 CD is available.
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    TechNet Magazine Spring 2005 Now Online!

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    The Spring 2005 issue of TechNet Magazine is now online. Check it out! The previous issue is still available online, too. If you're interested in writing for future issues of the TechNet Magazine, information on the article submission process is...
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    Time Travel with Media Center

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    One of the features I've wanted for a while now in Media Center is the ability to easily jump around within media. I have a bunch of family home videos on my machine, and it can be frustrating to navigate to particular moments that I want to show to family...
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    May 2005 MSDN Magazine now online!

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    The May 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/05 . The May installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/05/NETMatters ...
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    Want to work for Microsoft in NYC?

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    My team, which creates MSDN Magazine and TechNet Magazine, is looking for a Developmental Editor and a Media Production Specialist . If you're interested in applying for either position, both of which are located in New York, see http://www.microsoft...
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    April 2005 MSDN Magazine now online!

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    The April 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine (the 20th anniversary edition) is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/04 . The April installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters , is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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    Fun with DVR-MS Follow-up

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    I've received some very nice feedback on my DVR-MS article ... I'm glad people are finding it so informative! I did want to call out one thing about the sample code. Buried in the middle of the article (when discussing WmvConverter) is a sentence:...
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    Fun with DVR-MS

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    My latest article for MSDN Online is now available at Fun with DVR-MS ! A bit on the long side, but in it I delve into working with DirectShow and DVR-MS files (the recorded television files generated by Windows Media Center) from managed code, and I...
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    When (a+b)+c != a+(b+c)...

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    In a discussion of C# this weekend, someone said (a+(b+c)) is the same as ((a+b)+c) when a,b,c are all primitive data types, like int, float, double, etc. In pure math, sure. In code, not necessarily. First consider System.Int32 and the following example...
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    John Keefe

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    I try to keep this blog about Microsoft, MSDN Magazine, and .NET (when I remember to post to it at all) , however every once in a while I have something personal to share. John Keefe , my college roommate and best friend, decided to pursue acting professionally...
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