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Windows 7 DVD Maker
I'm playing with the Windows 7 beta. It includes a DVD Maker program. There is no Movie Maker in the beta, but Windows Live has a Movie Maker beta for download (more Internet/cloud features, but not the same as Movie Maker for XP). The DVD Maker too is limited. You can add movies to a project, adjust a few options (4:3 vs. 16:9, etc.), select a menu style and go. A major problem I have is that many of my movies from my Sony HDD Handycam are short segments. I may have 10 short segments of soccer game, ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 27, 2009 8:29 AM

Soft Skills
I attended a Microsoft ArcReady presentation by Clint Edmonson entitled Professional Patterns on the Job. I remember hearing a great quote while listening to DNR - "an architect's job is to help keep software projects from failing." It's easy and fun to go heads down on a project and code. It's harder to look around at what is missing and what is needed and where the gaps are. As architects we need to take the time to improve our soft skills. There will always be developers on your team that are ......

Posted On Monday, January 26, 2009 7:11 AM

Vista - unable to activate - DNS error finding Key Services

I got this error message after I upgraded my laptop hard drive.   I use Vista Enterprise in our corporate environment.  The resolution was:

  1. VPN in to corporate network
  2. Run Vista's licensing manager utility - C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

Posted On Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:25 AM

The quest for a better mouse
I picked up a Microsoft Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack Technology for my wife for Christmas (really, it's for her). It lists at $80 but I got it for $50. The big selling feature is the ability to track over any surface. It works great! You've had it happen. Your on the road, the hotel desk is too plastic and your mouse pointer is jumping all over the place. You put a piece of paper under the mouse but it slides too. Arrrrr. Two other things I like is the NiMH battery charger (the mouse sits on top ......

Posted On Saturday, January 17, 2009 10:13 AM

Security in the Cloud
I was impressed with my first taste of ADFS on my last project. Specifically solving for Web SSO. Geneva, (aka Zermatt) is now the single federated identity platform. And it sits in the Cloud. At the PDC 1 Day (MSDN Dev Con) the presentation on Azure noted this. This is wonderful. It may be new to us at this point, but it will be the same framework in the enterprise as in the cloud. A Security Token Service (STS) will exist in the cloud, a portal to manage the access control rules will exist in the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 14, 2009 6:08 PM

$99 PDC in 1 day

I had no chance to be at the PDC or Tech-Ed this year, so when I heard that MSDN Dev Con is putting on a road show, I jumped on it.  Especially at the $99 price.  The info page is here and sessions are still being held in Washington, NY, Boston, Detroit, Dallas, and San Fran.  Windows 7 beta DVD for all attendees.

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 8:21 AM

Reboot the Timex

We got a kids Timex iron-kiddie watch for my daughter for Christmas.  1 week into it, the watch failed to move off of 11:39.  I'm somewhat saddened by the fact that the first thought I had was to pop the batter out and reboot the watch.  Which worked, of course.

Posted On Monday, January 12, 2009 8:13 AM

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