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  • Ben Armstrong

    A quick way to exit Virtual PC 2004

    A little known feature of Virtual PC is that if you have a couple of virtual machines open and want to quickly exit Virtual PC all together - you can hold down the control key and click the 'X' on the Virtual PC Console. This will automatically save state...
  • Somasegar's blog

    Unit Testing

    Customer visits are one of the more fun parts of my job. Last week, Scott Wiltamuth and I visited three large enterprise customers to understand how they are using (or not using) our tools and technologies, what works well for them, what doesn’t work...
  • Aali's blog

    Is building DSLs fast, cheap and easy?

    Steven wonders if building DSLs with Visual Studio DSL Tools is fast, cheap and easy (as they should be if they were to be of good value). First of all, the current versions (DSL Tools March release + VS Beta 1) are a very early look of things to come...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    New Blog: Designers Love .NET

    One of our designers has started a new blog that focuses on Avalon from a designer's perspective. I've seen some of the demos he's worked on internally, and they're very impressive. As someone who works so close to the technology, I'd expect some great...
  • when setup isn't just xcopy

    Stephen Walli on the inside from the outside

    When Stephen Walli left Microsoft a few months ago I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Stephen was the best mentor, guide and support system that I could have ever asked for when the WiX toolset was released publicly . Without Stephen the WiX toolset...
  • Eric Gunnerson's Compendium


    Who makes sure that all the cows' wishes come true? The Dairy Godmother
  • Visual ActiveKent Sharkey .NET SE 3.11

    Moving this blog -- need opinions

    To move the comments, or not to move the comments? Whether tis nobler to leave every URL intact or by moving them break them? I'm pretty certain I can move all the posts without egregious problems, but the comments may be another matter. Would anyone...
  • Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

    Dogs at Microsoft

    And no, I am not talking about the discontinued “Microsoft Dogs” product, of which I actually bought a copy at our company store when we used to sell it. This is about life at Microsoft. I had my dog (Ripley) at work today, but unfortunately in the car...
  • Being Scott Densmore

    Enterprise Library Configuration Console Module Generator

    I know the authoring experience for Enterprise Library can be better. We are already working on that for V2. ThisBytes5 has created a cool tool to help. Everyone drop by and say hi and give him (and us) how we can make this better for you. Check it out...
  • Il blog di Giulio Vian

    VPC Tip

    You can redirect the My Virtual Machines folder (usually in My Documents ) by setting the environment variable myvirtualmachines to the desired path.
  • Cyrus' Blather

    Code that's old enough to drink

    I heard a great expression today when talking with another team here: "Code that's old enough to drink." In other words, code that's been around for more than 21 years. Now if that were teens, i'd make some joke about it be temperamental and "trying to...
  • Live Search

    On RSS & RSS Bandit

    When I was at etech last week checking out all the wonderful things that people are building on the web and with machines I had a number of people ask me about our RSS feeds and what was permissible. As we said in a previous post they are for end-user...
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