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  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    Setting volume on audio CDs with MCI

    So I got an email from a reader yesterday asking: How do you set the volume of an audio stream coming from a CD? I found an old piece of code that used mciSendCommand with some parameters to do so, but my compiler cannot find the "MCI_SET_VOLUME...
  • craigrow

    XBox 360

    As I said after the company meeting, the XBox 360 is an awesome product. Here is a great Q and A. I feel compelled to say, if they only put PVR capability into this box everyone would have one.
  • The Feedback Loop

    Connect on Connect?

    One of the things I'm working on is a Connect Beta site on Connect itself. We've been so busy trying to get our customers, both internal and external, taken care of, that the obvious move of having a Connect Beta on our own site has been taking a back...
  • .NET Security Blog

    New Security Features in Visual Studio 2005

    Brian Johnson has a new article on MSDN about New Security Features in Visual Studio 2005 . Definitely worth a read -- he covers a lot of area, from Application Verifier, to ClickOnce, to PermCalc, right on down to unit testing.
  • Calvin Hsia's WebLog

    Find out when your password expires

    I didn’t like to get the warning that my password expires 14 days before. I like to wait til the last minute, cuz then I’ll have to change it less often. Thus I’d like to make the warning come up later. Just change this registry value: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE...
  • Larry Osterman's WebLog

    Sorry for the lack of technical stuff recently...

    I've been swamped with work, and all the reviewers for the Vista audio posts haven't gotten back to me (you know who you are :)) so I've lagged behind (yes, the Vista audio stuff is being reviewed by others, it's important that the posts be accurate)...
  • Outside The Cube

    Microsoft Client Protection...

    Microsoft today announced Microsoft Client Protection, a new security product that protects business desktops, laptops and file servers from emerging threats such as spyware and rootkits, as well as viruses and other traditional attacks. Microsoft Client...
  • MSBuild Team Blog

    How To: Change the name of embedded .resources

    Another interesting question came across the internal Visual Studio conversion mailing list yesterday: Say I have assembly foo.dll, and in .csproj file I have <ItemGroup> <EmbeddedResource Include="bar.resx" /> </ItemGroup>...
  • Satisfy Me

    Sinofsky's TechTalk, and How Agile is MS?

    If you haven't found it yet, you should click over to Steven Sinofsky's Techtalk - he's a senior vice president at Microsoft in the Office group. (more info available here) . Today in his posting on "Bureaucracy. Threat or menace?" he talks about a class...
  • Microsoft Excel 2010

    We now return to conditional formatting - what’s a colour scale?

    The second new visualization that we have added to Excel 12 is something we are calling “colour scales” (again, that may change later when we finish official feature naming). It shares a lot with data bars as described in a previous post – it is a comparison...
  • De los medios y de lo digital

    Bertelsmann Group sustituye un mainframe para su club de lectores

    Los clubs de lectores del Grupo Bertelsmann funcionaba en varios países de Europa sobre un conjunto de aplicaciones Cobol en un mainframe. Las aplicaciones, funcionando en el típico entorno centralizado, permitían el intercambio de datos entre los diferentes...
  • Anthony Bloesch's Web Log

    Sqlcmd's cool new facilities

    Sqlcmd is the SQL Server 2005 replacement for osql which in turn is being deprecated in SQL Server 2005. An irritating aspect of osql is that it lacks basic macro facilities. A macro processor like M4 could be used to preprocess the script but that required deploying M4. So I was excited when I learnt that sqlcmd had macro like features built-in....
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