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  • Spat's WebLog (Steve Patrick)

    Crypt* calls failing?

    Common crypto issue.. I have seen this more than once so I thought I would mention it here. Calls to CryptProtectData or CryptUnprotectData fail with ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND or other crypto calls fail either in context of the user or the system...
  • Windows Embedded Standard (Standard 7, Standard 2009, XPe...)

    BillG keynote webcast tonight

    Tonight in Las Vegas, BillG will deliver the opening keynote for CES 2006, the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow. The keynote begins at 6:30 p.m. PST and will be Webcast here .. Among other things there will be a demo of Windows Vista...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    Books and social data mining

    Tom Owad's Data Mining 101: Finding Subversives with Amazon Wishlists is superb read (via Boing Boing ): "Using a pair of 5-year-old computers, two home DSL connections, 42 hours of computer time, and 5 man hours, I now had documents describing...
  • Microsoft's JobsBlog

    Toronto bound

    For Christmas, I got a sassy little gold leather passport cover; it makes me look like a famous world traveler. I’m glad I found it under my tree since it looks as 2006 is bringing with it many recruiting trips. The tr ip I am planning now is to Toronto...
  • DDITDev

    Estimating Project Costs - Not a Black Art

    How do you estimate the resources required for a software project? I’m guessing most readers use the tried and [not so] true method of “Taking a WAG”. Wild-ass-guesses aren’t always bad; for small work items they can be surprisingly accurate. But the...
  • Virtual Varia

    Running Vista under Virtual PC

    Just like the topic says, this post is dedicated to getting Vista going under Virtual PC. I've divided it into two sections, just to make it a bit more readable. Getting Vista Installed The first issue that Virtual PC users are likely to run into...
  • Keith Richie

    SharePoint User Migration Training

    Ok, so I set out to do this training a few months back, but due to my previous role, I could not get it taken care of. With my new career change, I'm going to start pummeling away at the following training soon. Give the items a look at, and let me...
  • Rob Caron

    Visual Studio Start Page Customization

    For those who use the Visual Studio Start Page, you may find this customization tip useful (if you don’t already know about it). Here’s how my startup page looks: The news section that appears on the Start Page is determined by the RSS feed specified...
  • Derek Tan's Blog

    BAM without BizTalk configuration (Part 1)

    In BizTalk 2006, if you do not want to create a BizTalk group, yet would still like to use BAM. You can create the BAM infrastructure is supported without having to configure BizTalk. The steps are as follows: Define a Bam Configuration file. The...
  • Michael Yeager's MSDN Blog

    Software as Systemic Core

    Developers/architects of software applications generally think of those applications as tools. Tools to be used by individuals, teams, and corporations in the achievement of their individual, team and corporate goals. Office is the classic example...
  • mstehle: The CDOs and CDONTS of Messaging Development

    FYI: Exchange 5.5 has Retired

    Well all good things must come to an end, on December 31, 2005 Exchange 5.5 reached the end of its lifecycle.  For me it is the server that started it all, I started my career in Messaging Development against Exchange 5.5 in the consulting world...
  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    When do you need an APPID in your COM registration?

    I recently received this question from a reader: When Does ATL component need to register a AppId for it to work( Our component is an IE plug-on)? There is a macro:DECLARE_REGISTRY_APPID_RESOURCEID. It will triger three registry entries for AppId...
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