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Microsoft Surface - A Multi-Touch Screen to hit the market soon?
Kudos to liorz for beating me to it (link to post in Hebrew). Veteran readers of Tidbits might recall my fascination with the "Multi-Touch Screen" technology developed by Jeff Han of NYU and how it might revolutionize the way we interact with our computers. Microsoft Surface promises to be a commercial implementation of a Multi-Touch Screen that will hit the market this winter (according to their PR site). See Bill introduce the product at the Wall Street Journal's D conference: It's very surprising ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:10 AM

FIX: Google Toolbar resets/breaks/messes up IE7 toolbars
Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7. Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" but with the "Benevolent Google"'s beloved Google Toolbar(!). I've learned here that the Google Toolbar uses some evil voodoo ("hijacks ITBarLayout ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:42 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Freebies from Microsoft Learning

Don't ask me how I ended up there, but "Dig Deep and Go Further with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005" has some nice freebie book chapters on VS2005 plus discounts on the actual books (mostly for US residents).

Posted On Wednesday, April 4, 2007 5:59 PM

ADO.Net SqlTransactions vs Transactions in SQL
This is a rewrite of a post to microsoft.public.dotnet.fra... I'm having a discussion with my team leader concerning the use of SqlTransactions. We work on an ASP.Net 1.1 website. Up until now we've been using ADO.Net SqlTransactions in our business logic layer to combine several data access layer method calls into one coherent, atomic action. I am in favor of this approach as it supports isolating the business logic from the database and provides for greater code readability. My team ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:44 PM

IIS 7.0 is here. Isn't it?
I'm not 100% sure but it seems Microsoft has silently (?) launched IIS version 7.0. This is said to be a part of Windows Vista. Oddly enough I've not seen any launch announcement from MS. Maybe I just missed it? The new version of IIS is said to implement a lesson from the Apache Web Server - modularity. Functionality previously embedded in older version of IIS has been relocated to modules that can optionally be installed alongside a core IIS server. This would allow for better security as administrators ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 3:15 PM

Team Foundation Source Control won’t Get Latest when you Check Out
In a recent post, Leon Langleyben described a Team Foundation Source Control "feature" that is giving users a hard time. The "feature" is that the Check Out command in TFSC no longer performs a Get Latest on the file checked out, as we were accustomed to in VSS. In the older Visual SourceSafe, when you checked out a file VSS would get the latest version of the file to your local machine and only then open the file for you to work on. This is critical when working in Exclusive Checkout Mode, which ......

Posted On Thursday, November 23, 2006 2:54 PM

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