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So, I got new branded Asus R50A UMPC for test. This ultra mobile machine with 5.6" WSVGA (1024x768) screen, based on Intel US15W chipset, comes with Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 Ghz, 533Mhz) processor, 1Gb of RAM and 20GB SSD. Also it has 3.5G mobile unit, integrated 802.11b/g network card and GPS. First impression was very cool. Slick design, big screen build in fingerprint reader. What in the box? Power adapter (110/220V), compact keyboard, bunch of cables, extra stilus and handling strap. What else this ...
Well, Windows 7 is going to be released by the end of next year. This is great news, because it seemed, that Microsoft finally understand how to get the best of Windows Vista and make it to work not only on monster machines. It even works on new brandy my wife's pinky machine. And if it works there and my wife is happy with it, this OS going to be very impressive. But from the other hand, we, as developers should be ready today to developer Windows 7 ready application (by the way, Vista Battery Saver ...
Three days into playing with the Windows 7 PDC bits, I've already fallen in love with the new OS. Microsoft has come a long way to get things right this time. I know a lot of people hate Windows Vista badly. I do too. But I always think that Windows Vista isn't that bad. What it really lacks is the common sense of software design: convenience for users . I noticed a lot of thoughts have been put into Windows 7, although in this early pre-beta stage it still looks pretty much the same as Vista. But ...
In this issue: Rich Griffin, Martin Mihaylov, Tim Heuer, Jafar Husain, Jeff Prosise, Mike Snow, Jeff Wilcox, Ben Waggoner, Jeff Paries, Jesse Liberty, and Jeff Putz. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Themes 101 Rich Griffin sent me this post about Themes ... very nice tutorial... have it on my list of stuff to read closer ... thanks Rich! Using the DockPanel in Silverlight 2 Martin Mihaylov posted a tutorial in his style we've grown to expect on using the DockPanel... check this out! Using Encoder ...
I have just bought a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop at work for my own use and I thought it would be interesting to write a review about it now that I have used it for a week or so, although my "thing" is not really reviewing equipment. Since I consider myself quite an advanced user, I think I can do this. :) You should know that I'm moving from a Sony Vaio VGN-A215Z, so that's what I'll be comparing it to. First of all, let me say that I prefer Dell to Sony when it comes to laptops and computers in general, ...
Just got back from the PDC 2008 and hereby some notes about installing Windows 7. The plan is to install it side by side (dual boot) on the primary computer that has now Windows Vista Home Premium installed (Dutch version) 1. First step is to backup the disks. The system has 2 disks in a RAID 0 configuration. I tried initially when I just got Vista to use the Vista backup application. Vista backup will skip however some files types: .exe, etc and I just wanted to backup everything in c:\users. I ...
After CLI (Command Line Interface) and GUI, Surface is a NUI (Natural User Interface). Challenges: Multi-user. Multi-Touch. Direct Interaction. Object Recognition. Presenting existing applications developed for Surface: ATT with an application allowing to visualize the coverage for a mobile. Bars such as Harrah with applications for social interaction. Sheraton has Surfaces in the lobby to encourage people to interact. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Aspiring Web Application Developer? Ever wonder: -"What would it take to start writing some websites in ASP.NET?" -"How do I setup and configure IIS[the web server] and set up SQL?" Wonder no more! There is a simple tool that will install IIS7, VWD Express 2008, SQL 2008 and proper .NET framework for you. Just load the tool, pick a scenario and you are ready in a few minutes! This would saved me some time getting and setting up all the products and settings myself. Awesome! Check out Microsoft Web ...
Windows Vista: Pros and Cons I just bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. Since I wasn’t sure if it’s feasible to keep it with this Operating System, I researched to see the advantages and disadvantages of Vista. Here is what I gathered out of personal use and research What I love about Windows Vista: · The increased security, although you can also get this by having Service Pack 3 on Windows XP · The new looks, which in my opinion are way better than those of Windows XP · The side bar is a nice ...
Some months back I bought a HP 6910p laptop which included a HSDPA card, and it even came with a Vodafone SIM. I did look at the data plan from Vodafone; £15 per month for 3Gb of data, with no minimum contract. I liked the idea of a larger data allowance than the 40Mb I currently have with my T-Mobile contract. I’ve never upgraded this original Web’n’Walk contract; I get 200 minutes, free answer phone collection and 40Mb of data for £16.50 per month. If I upgraded to get 1Gb of data (with laptop ...
I was using VPC 2007 on Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit for the first time last week. I was creating some user documentation for my new job. I noticed that even with sharing turned on for my C Drive I could not save any files from the VPC to my C Drive. I heard there was really no Vista and VPC 2007 support, so I decided to start experimenting as per usual (don't try this at home I have broken more VPC's than anyone within the SharePoint Community I bet). So I found this Public area on the C Drive ...
Ok, so I was having an issue with the new Micro SD card I bought for my cell phone. The cell phone manufacturer said it would work since their phone supported SDHC cards. However, after trying to format with every possible format Windows Vista offered still no luck. I decided to Google the issue and I found on the SD site this formatter, with a disclaimer saying generic OS formatters do not format the cards to SD specifications. After using this utility my problems are solved. The card works. You ...
The Columbia Enterprise Developers Guild will be meeting today at Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium at 6:00 pm. Brian Hitney will be presenting on the ASP.NET MVC Framework. Meeting Summary When: September 10th, 2008 @ 6:00 PM Where: Midlands Tech NE Campus Auditorium Who: Brian Hitney What: MVC Framework Technical Sponsor: TEKsystems Agenda 6:00 Pizza and Networking 6:30 Announcements 6:45 Sponsors 7:00 Presentation 8:30 Closing and SWAG Handouts Topic – Model View Controller Framework The ASP.NET ...
If you have received the error "Unable to create the Website...To access local IIS Websites, you must run Visual Studio in the context of an administrator account.", you must be running Windows Vista and trying to create a website in the local IIS. I have been encountering this error often although it is well documented (hard to find?) And time and again, I realize that I need to run Visual Studio under the admin priveleges by elevating it, to create website in the IIS. Hence thought of posting this. ...
O.k., I'll admit, the first time that I used windows Vista backup, I was very underwhelmed, but it's grown on me, and now I'm a huge fan. On Monday, I received a new hard drive from Dell. It's bigger and doesn't make strange clicking and stalling noises like the old drive did. :) I was pretty certain that the old drive was going to go. To swap out the drives, I plugged in a USB drive with sufficient capacity and did a windows backup complete pc backup. Once that was finished, I plopped in the new ...
If you are like me and wanted a comparison on which edition of Windows Vista to buy, you could just visit the following Microsoft.com site http://www.microsoft.com/wi... to get the best idea of the features you would like to have and decide accordingly. Most of the editions today come with SP1. So, many of the compatibility issues with a lot of third party solutions have been fixed now. The Windows Vista Ultimate, needless to say, is the best you could ...
Free, unlimited installation and compatibility support is now available for all worldwide customers using Windows Vista SP1, until March 18, 2009. Telephone support is available worldwide. Chat and Email support in US and Canada only. ---------------------------... Effective dates From now until 18 March 2009. ---------------------------... Location Find out more and access the service at http://support.microsoft.co... ...
When I was at Lucent, everybody on the project was colocated in New Jersey, except one guy who was out in the Chicago area. But he was the most important guy on the project! We made this work, and one of the reasons was NetMeeting. But Microsoft can't leave well enough alone. NetMeeting has been superceded by Windows Meeting Space. That's great except that Windows Meeting Space is available for Windows Vista only and there is no NetMeeting for Windows Vista. In other words, if you want to do peer ...
Open SUSE Installer Resembles Windows Vista Installer

Every other day, something springs up in the Linux world that looks very similar to something Microsoft cooks up. Check out the OpenSuSe 11 installer above that reminds you of the Windows Vista installer. Isn't that particular bout of 'inspiration' also referred to as stealing intellectual property?
I am at the TechPulse 2008 conference brought to us by MyTechPartners (http://www.mytechpartners.... and Success Computing (http://www.sccnet.com/). The website address for the conference is: http://www.techpulse2008.com/. The conference is located at the Marriott off 394 and 169. The location seems to be of good size... the break out rooms hold about 80 people in each of them, which is a good size for a conference. New Horizons of MN did not participate as a vendor at this conference this year, ...
Going thru the various articles on Virtualization / Multi boot machines to support multiple OS. I have started feeling the need to go for a machine + software configuration which can give me best of all the worlds. Following are some of the great articles, which I found & might be using some day to configure my dream machine. Top 10 things you can do with VMWare Fusion and your Mac Triple Boot MacBook Pro (Mac OSX / Windows Vista x64 / Windows Server 2008 x64) So an ideal laptop for this would ...
Did anyone NOT see this coming? http://blogs.msdn.com/somas... Noteworthy quotes: You can start with a known collection of game templates that are already built in and customize and share them, or start with a fresh idea and a clean canvas and build your own game. Casual games created using the Game Creator will have all the same attributes that Mashups and webpages built with Popfly have – they can be rated, shared and embedded as Windows Vista sidebar ...
Witty is a free, open source Twitter client for Windows Vista and XP powered by the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). More on my blog at Open Source Project of the week - Witty Twitter ...
I’m an itinerant developer armed with a laptop which means I have to deal with the issue of keeping my files synchronised with my file server. Source code is easy, it’s under version control. That leaves items such as documentation, Outlook PST files and MSDN downloads which are way too big and way too binary for version control systems. For years I've been synchronising my files with a set of Windows Briefcase folders, when they came in with Windows 95. They worked fairly reliably. I put up with ...
All MIME types needed to support hosting Silverlight applications are implemented by default in Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 and Windows Vista SP1. However, a little manual effort is needed if you want to turn on Silverlight support on IIS 7.0 on Windows Vista RTM (without SP1) or IIS 6.0 on Windows 2003. The following three MIME types are required to host Silverlight applications in IIS. .xap application/x-silverlight-app .xaml application/xaml+xml .xbap application/x-ms-xbap If you are using IIS ...
Michael Washington provides a Hello World SL2/DNN, Karen Corby has part 1 of 2 on SL2 and Networking, Laurent Bugnion talks about SL2/JS/Unit Testing, DeepZoom Composer Forum from Expression BLog, Andy Beaulieu's material from a SL2/Data CodeCamp talk, Adam Kinney on SL2 Sidebar Gadgets on Vista 64, and LeeOnTech with a Silverlight Wizard. From SilverlightCream.com: DotNetNuke Silverlight Hello World Michael Washington decided to start at Hello World with a DNN/Silverlight 2 series... he's been doing ...
What is new in Visual Studio 2008 A quick list of some of the new features are: Multi-Targeting support Web Designer and CSS support ASP.NET AJAX and JavaScript support Project Designer Data LINQ – Language Integrated Query The features listed and explained in this paper are not complete and this document intends to give you a forehand to start off with VS 2008. 1. Multi-Targeting Support Earlier, each Visual Studio release only supported a specific version of the .NET Framework. For example, VS ...
I ran into an interesting survey/blog about XP -v- Vista and I started thinking myself how many times I've switched back and forth between the two. Currently I'm running XP on my host machine with a Windows Server 2003 and a Windows Vista VPC available as I need them for testing, development, etc. I remember when I first loaded Vista on an older laptop that was "Vista Capable" but that laptop grew more sluggish with Vista and I soon switched back to XP while in the process of learning "Vista Capable" ...
I believe it was Joe Levi who was running into vista vs. Visual Studio 2005 memory issues while compiling our latest build of www.lifetime.com . We both run Vista as our development environment (We watched all the sessions at mix07 and vista looked like it worked fine with Visual Studio 2005 + 2 hours of patches). We did some MSDN surfing and found a way to clear the memory within Windows Vista ( basically it kills all idle running applications). Here is how: Create a shortcut: Add Location of Shortcut: ...
One of the great features of Windows Vista is the Snipping tool. It is just about the only redeeming application in Windows Vista. However when I installed Service Pack 1 The Snipping tool was gone. So a digging I went trying to find the root of the snipping tool to reactivate it. Here is the how to: "Go to Control Panel and open Program and Features (you may have to click Programs first). In the task pane on the left, click Turn Windows features on or off. If necessary, click Continue when prompted ...
This one hurt a little bit. Several of our application installs have been rewritten to accommodate Windows Vista support. We use wildcards to add some of the files because they ship sample files and shared resources that change often. One of these shared resources was giving me a problem. We are installing a DLL into our Common Files folder that all of the applications use. The GUID is lined up appropriately between all of the applications to ensure proper reference counting in case a user installs ...
Computers with 64 bit processors are becoming popular, at least in enterprise circles. Also the X64 version of Windows Vista is more popular than Windows XP 64 bit edition. 2 Types of 64 bit architecture Yes, unlike 32 bit (aka X32) there are 2 64 bit architectures: AMD's X64 ; also known as X32-64 & AMD64 Intel's IA-64; also known as Itanium The subject of this post is AMD's 64 bit chip, which is commonly referred to as X64 So, whats the difference ? The X64 architecture is a super set of X32 ...
Microsoft has released a new website specifically tailored for users with Windows Vista Ultimate. www.UltimatePC.com has a collection of stories (case studies), marketing material, etc. around Vista Ultimate...and it clearly is meant to showcase the multimedia capabilities of the product as well as mac-like uses (graphics, arts, etc.). It also has profiles of various hardware that is built to run Ultimate. One other thing it has is an area for extras and exclusives. These are add-ins that are made ...
During the troubles with the device lock code, I have also attempted to reset the device with a few known tricks for that. Look for some support forum postings on how to do it. Will not reveal it here, because it requires you to push an impossible combination of three buttons while switching the device on. After I managed to "break" the N95 interpretation of my device lock code, I noticed that the reset attempt had worked. Note that I was never informed before that the reset attempt had worked. The ...
I was trying to install the .Net Pet Shop 4.0 on Windows Vista and kept getting the error: The source was not found, but some or all event logs could not be searched. Inaccessible logs: Security. There is no right click option, Run as administrator for .msi files. You can, however, run the CMD prompt as Admin, then the following: msiexec /a "Microsoft .NET Pet Shop 4.0.msi" Another useful command to crack open a .msi installer file: msiexec /a "Microsoft .NET Pet Shop 4.0.msi" /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp ...
Ever since the .NET Framework was first release, Microsoft has always recommended that your code be signed. Windows Vista drives this point home even more with UAC and the Windows Error Reporting (WER) features, not to mention the fact that it's a requirement for Vista logo certification. John Robbins from Wintellect provides an excellent explanation of how to sign your code. As it turns out, it's a lot easier than many of you may have thought ...
So with the release of Windows Server 2008 I was really looking forward to some post or announcement from Microsoft with regards to the availability of native Active Directory management tools that can be installed on Windows Vista SP1 without any mods, kludges or scripts. You know, they just work out of the box. Like the good ‘ol days when you copied adminpak.msi from Windows Server 2003 over to Windows XP. Now that I am running Windows Server 2008 as a workstation I don't necessarily have to worry ...
One of the missing things from Windows Vista that most perplexed me (or frustrated the monkey cr*p out of me) was the lack of the RunAs shell extension. Following proper administrative best practices, I don't log in to my laptop with domain administrative privileges, I have a separate account for that. Running something like ADUC was never easy, and UAC in Vista often got in the way. If you turned it off, you could not get prompted to run an application under a different set of credentials. You could ...
Recently, I got a link to The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard. This is an amazingly well done 20-minute video about how stuff is made, sold and disposed. She does a phenomenal job of putting the Story of Stuff together and selling the viewer on the importance of being Green. If you only have 20 minutes, I'd rather you watch her video than read this article, so go do that if you haven't already. Then I got to thinking, as software engineers, what's our responsibility for being green? I did a couple ...
Having trouble making that connection to the console session via RDP? If you have applied SP1 to your Windows Vista installation the switch has changed! Instead of "mstsc /console" it is now "mstsc /admin." Go figure. Personally, I would just add a "console" checkbox as one of the options in the expanded connect configuration on the client. Why do you have to go and be all mysterious Microsoft? Technorati Tags: RDP,Terminal Services,Console Session,/console,Windows Vista,Vista SP1 ...
Phishing attacks are nothing new and you can usually spot them in your email with half of your brain tied behind your back. You've seen them - bad grammar, syntax and spelling. The obvious links to knock-off URLs. The pleas from Nigerian-Kings-in-hiding. Today in my GMail I received a note from Hallmark that I was the recipient of a e-card. Now, Valentines Day was a week ago so this seemed suspicious, but my mother is not above sending these cute little e-cards every once in a while so I took a look. ...
The company always has a substantial incentive to ship. Usually, it's financial. If you don't ship the software, you can't sell it. If it's an internally used tool or a line of business application, then the company's incentive to ship is to increase user productivity (again a financial incentive). To the company, shipping the software affects the bottom line and the incentive to ship is clear. But what's the incentive to ship for the software developers? Those are the guys that control the real ...
Little known(unless your a XP expert) Applications from Microsoft that really never went anywhere. Like the "shplayer" that is or was supposed to be the Shell media player for XP however rumor has it being axed on or before RTM. On a different note another outsourced XP(media player 9)powertoy for having a video screen saver was very cool until Microsoft released Media player 10 and 11 and the app broke. Since the original writer (AnalogX) of the app has not been heard from for a while no more updates ...
There has been a lot of talk around the technical Microsoft blogs about the RTM of Windows Vista SP1. There has been even more chatter around the fact that even though the final, gold bits have been released, Microsoft wasn't going to give any public access to them until some time in March. I understand the reasons, but like many, railed at the logic. However much I disagree with a Microsoft decision, I like that they listen. So beginning immediately they are making it available to the technical ...
Just want to make sure everyone saw this from Scott Gu today One of the things we are trying to do with VS 2008 is to more frequently release public patches that roll-up bug-fixes of commonly reported problems. Today we are shipping a hot-fix roll-up that addresses several issues that we've seen reported with VS 2008 and Visual Web Developer Express 2008 web scenarios. Hot Fix Details You can download this hot-fix roll-up for free here (it is a 2.6MB download). Below is a list of the issues it fixes: ...
System Requirements To view and run the Service Factory assets in your development environment, you need the following software installed on your computer: Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista operating system Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Visual Studio Professional Edition or Visual Studio Team Suite) Guidance Automation Extensions (July 2007 Community Technology Preview) In addition to the preceding requirements, if you want to install the Service Factory source code, ...
When working with Visual Studio 2005 on Windows Vista and create web applications running out of IIS 7, you need to perform a few steps before getting it work. I had blogged about it, in my earlier post However, after performing all the above, you might still get "An authentication error occurred while communicating with the web server. Please see Help for assistance" when trying to create a website / debugging a website created using Visual Studio 2005 running on a Windows Vista with IIS 7. There ...
If you are working with Windows Vista and IIS7 and developing web applications using Visual Studio 2005, you might want to know certain things before you panic on getting issues with creating http://localhost applications running out of the IIS Webserver. With Windows Vista, we ensured that security is the utmost important aspect and anything that needs an administrative privielege (could be running a script, could be creating a website in your webroot or simply could be changing your desktop resolution) ...
In the earlier post, we saw the "Dynamic Data Website" shipped with ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview that can be used for rapid application development of data driven websites using Visual Studio 2008. The ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Preview can be installed from here Once you install the same, you get a few things. One, is that you get the 'Dynamic Data Website' template I talked about earlier. The other thing is that you get the "ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions Website" template that allows you to create an ASP.NET ...
Great new book: "Administrator's Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers". Explore the features, the installation, and the configuration of these seven new servers and gain a conceptual understanding of how your users will be working with them. Forms Server 2007 Groove Server 2007 Communications Server 2007 PerformancePoint Server 2007 Project Portfolio Server 2007 Project Server 2007 SharePointA (R) Server 2007 for Search Along with the release of Windows Vista and the revamped suite of Office 2007 ...