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  • Aaron Stebner's WebLog

    How to specify the exact time for Media Center guide downloads

    I received a question from a customer today asking how they could update their Media Center television guide download time. It had been set for 4:50am and they wanted to change it to some other time in order to not be woken up by a dialing modem sound...
  • Windows Embedded Blog

    TrueType - how does it work ?

    Ever wondered how TrueType scaling and hinting works? - Over on the MSDN FontBlog there's a pretty neat video that explains/shows how this works. - Mike
  • Ben Armstrong

    Rebel Assault under Virtual PC

    Ahh.. Rebel Assault. This classic star wars game was one of my favorites. It had you playing 'rookie 1' - a young rebel fighter who is remarkably like, yet not quite like, Luke Skywalker. This game presents you with many varied missions in different types...
  • Michael Zammuto: Connected Systems, disconnected thoughts

    Windows Live Rocks

    I am a Beta user of Windows Live mail service. So when I sign into my Hotmail account I am redirected to the Windows Live Mail interface. Love it. Lots of great features a la AJAX technology. Drag and drop, context menus, lightning fast search. I can...
  • Gamerscore Blog

    Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

    ...finally! We've been waiting for word from the team certifying the original Xbox 360 titles. They finally handed over the list , we got an interview with Todd Holmdahl , and posted them both! But wait, that's not all! More titles are coming...
  • Being a new PM at Microsoft

    Windows Vista - Why wait?

    Zdnet has an article titled Gartner: Ignore Vista until 2008 . It was an interesting read in the sense it made me write after a long hiatus. It talks about Vista being evolutionarily better that XP. Very little was mentioned about the features that are...
  • Alex Barnett's blog

    H2.0 and 'the party to end all parties'

    It is with dubious pride that I announce that this blog has joined the new Hack 2.0 Workgroup . The Hack 2.0 Workgroup is a network of sub-premium weblogs that hack content exclusively about the new generation of the Web. Other illustrious...
  • Satisfy Me

    "But I work for MS" doesn't get me anywhere

    (I say that tongue in cheek.) F or all those who are awaiting the release of the new Xbox 360, take heart in knowing that you're not alone and that there are many people in Redmond waiting along side you... or more likely, behind you in the queue. From...
  • Peter Marcu's Blog

    VS Fails to Launch after Vista Build-to-Build Upgrades

    Currently, VS fails to launch after Vista build to build upgrades. A message box is displayed that says: "The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" This is caused because the upgrade does not yet handle the...
  • fontblog

    Why is Courier New so Thin?

    The Courier typeface , designed by Howard “Bud” Kettler , has an interesting history which has been discussed in other places so I won’t cover that here. But, a question that sometimes gets asked is why the Courier New font that ships with Windows is...
  • Johan Stenberg's blog

    Supporting multiple set of values for your settings class

    A common scenario is trying to maintain different values for settings when deploying for test vs the "real" release of your project. In beta1 of Visual Studio 2005, the settings designer had the concept of a "Settings profile" that was intended to at...
  • Chetan Chudasama's Weblog

    Automatically qualifying class names

    Have you ever wondered if it was possible to just go on coding without having to always first go and write the using or the Imports statement in C# or VB or J# or how about just fully qualifying the class names in place by using a keyboard shortcut. Well...
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