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Windows Vista's ActiveX Installer Service not working yet
I have been playing around with the latest Windows Vista builds and I have written an article on the ActiveX Installer Service but I am not able to complete the article because apparently it doesn't work yet. My guess is that the problem lies within Internet Explorer as it needs some adjustments to work correctly with the ActiveX Installer Service. I really hope that this feature makes RC1 but chances are odd.What is the ActiveX Installer Service in a nutshell? Everytime Internet Explorer needs ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:33 PM

Which of the 3 timer types in the BCL do you need?
In case that you need a timer you can choose between 3 types in the Base Class Library:System.Timers.Timer... timer you should use to solve your problem depends on the problem you are trying to solve. I have found an article on the MSDN Magazine of February 2004 written by Alex Calvo which compares the 3 timers and outlines when to use which timer: Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:59 PM

Windows Vista RC1 Build 5552 leaked
Microsoft, it is time to call a plumber! After the leaking of the prices for the retail versions of Windows Vista it seems now that build 5552 which is the RC1 build is being widely spread on the world wide web as we speak. Normally this build should undergo some testing to make sure it is ready to be made publicly available but apparently somebody couldn't wait to let the world enjoy Vista. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 6:34 PM

Windows Vista prices leaked
It started with Microsoft Canada leaking the prices on the internet (by accident) including the launch date of 30th January 2007. Robert McLaws from Longhornblogs has summarized it and converted it to US Dollar:EditionRegular PriceAdditional LicenseUpgrade PriceAdditional LicenseUltimate$399.00$359.... Premium$239.00$215.00$159.0... Basic$199.00$179.00$99.95$8... one acronym: OMFG!!!! Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:57 AM

Write a WPF/XAML Conversion tool and win a Dell XPS M1710 laptop
Michael Swanson, a WPF Technical Evangelist, announced on his blog the start of the WPF Conversion contest and you can win one of the three Dell XPS M1710 laptops. A Flash to WPF conversion tool is maybe a big challenge enough for Stéphane 'Shaoken' Bebrone to take? Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:38 AM

Download Windows Vista Pre-RC1 (Build 5536) for free
Microsoft has made Windows Vista Pre-RC1 available for download for free. This is offer is limited to the first 100,000 downloaders so you must be fast. Thanks to Gill Cleeren for keeping me up-to-date.Here is the download link:http://download.window... Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:33 AM

Missing Windows XP Taskbar Notification Area icons
This is a problem that people have reported previously and it seems like this one is a bug in Windows XP. So far Microsoft has acknowledged this problem but hasn't offered yet a solution of fix since it doesn't seem "reproducable". The problem I am referring to are the missing icons in the Taskbar Notifcation Area. Like the volume control icon that is missing or the network connection icon and so on.Since the cause is not known for sure there are several speculations of which the ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:27 AM

Schrödinger's cat
At the moment I am reading the excellent book "The Pragmatic Programmer" written by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. Although I have only reached page 50 I can by now definitely recommend this book. There is one paragraph on page 47 that I would like to share with you. Erwin Schrödinger, who was an Austrian pshysicist and expert in Quantum Mechanics, proposed in 1935 the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment to illustrate a paradox. In the book "The Pragmatic Programmer" the Schrödinger's ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 10:12 AM

Sandcastle - August 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP)
Thanks to Stéphane who has let me know that Microsoft released the August CTP of Project "Sandcastle" which is Microsoft's documentation compiler which was introduced around the same time the NDoc project was officially announced dead by its creator. There are a lot of speculations floating around the world wide web on whether or not "Sandcastle" contributed to this. To get started with "Sandcastle" download the August CTP and subscribe to the Sandcastle team ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 6:57 AM

Windows Vista 5536 Pre-RC1 installation pains
After being so frustrated about the previous Windows Vista build I decided to give the Pre-RC1 build (build # 5536) another shot especially after reading so many positive comments on many blogs considering the performance of Microsoft newest Windows platform. I wish that I could say that Windows Vista rocks but instead I got even more frustrated about it than before. First of all the installation was indeed pretty fast. From inserting the DVD to the first real boot of Windows it took about 20 minutes, ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 10:11 PM

No HD-DVD or BluRay support in Windows Vista 32-bit!
According to an article on BetaNews you will never ever be able to play HD-DVD or BluRay movies on a Windows Vista 32-bit edition. The reason is simple: in the 32-bit editions of Vista it is possible to install unsigned drivers at the Kernel level and this could allow a smart developer to create a workaround to copy these protected movies. In the 64-bit edition of Vista every driver has to be signed.This is imho a stupid move of Microsoft because I estimate that it will take less than 2 weeks after ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 8:00 PM

Help needed: Master Server Query protocol definitions and more resources
A couple of days ago I have started the plans to work on a library completely written in C# (2.0) that ultimately can be used to create clients that will query Game Servers and retrieve player information. At the moment I am gathering all the information I will need including protocol definitions.In the first version I will mainly focus on games using the Half-Life, Doom3 and Quake engines. With this library it should be easy to create for example a Gadget that will show you which players are playing ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 5:46 PM

Internet Explorer 7 Quick Reference Sheet
I got this from the blog of the Internet Explorer team. They have created a document with all the IE 7 shortcuts which you can view and print here.
Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 5:33 PM

Microsoft Habu - Laser Gaming Mouse
A couple of weeks ago the site went live. It showed a television with the company logo's of Microsoft and Razer. The first couple of days after the launch nobody could confirm whether or not this was a bogus site collecting email addresses since you could register to be notified when the site went live. So a couple of days later Microsoft employees confirmed that the site was legit so what big announced did Microsoft had for us? Rumours were that they would finally release a PSP ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 4:47 PM

How to: open the Active Directory Search dialog in Windows XP
In Windows XP when you try to do a search for people or computers you see a different dialog box then you would normally see when you try to do a search in for example Windows Server 2003. This is how the dialog box looks in Windows XP: There is however a way to open the more detailed Active Directory search dialog in Windows XP: Start -> Run -> rundll32 dsquery,OpenQueryWindow Which will open the following dialog: Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:40 AM

ReSharper EAP Build 259 available (2.0.1 RC2)
JetBrains has released the second release candidate of version 2.0.1 of the ReSharper refactoring add-in for Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Visual Studio 2005. As usual you can download EAP Build 259 from the ReSharper EAP download page. Here are the download links:ReSharper EAP 259 for Visual Studio .NET 2003 (24.8MB-ReSharper EAP 259 for Visual Studio 2005 (42.6MB) Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 8:24 PM

Locked Files found during installation of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1
After receiving a new desktop for my daily duties I had to install the Developer Edition of SQL Server 2005. Once that was done the first thing I do is install the first Service Pack for SQL Server 2005 that was release not long after the release of SQL Server 2005. Anyway during the installation I received a very "user-friendly" dialog box notifying me that some locked files were found: Apparently the setup bootstrapper of the SQL Server 2005 Service Pack installer does not check for running services ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 7:57 AM

CTP5 of Data Dude available
The team behind Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals have released the fifth CTP of "Data Dude". It was scheduled for monday but apparently they couldn't wait that long :-) so dowload the bits here (120MB). Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Saturday, August 19, 2006 1:27 PM

Code Highlight plug-in for Windows Live Writer
Christoph De Baene is currently working on a plugin for Windows Live Writer that will enable you to add syntax colored blocks of code. This post is me testing this plugin and I must say that this is a must have plugin, you will definitely like it! public class TagContentSource : ContentSource { public override DialogResult CreateContent(IWin32Window dialogOwner, ref string newContent) { using (InsertTags tagForm = new InsertTags(new TagContext(base.Options))) { DialogResult formResult = tagForm.ShowDialog(); ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 9:13 PM

ReSharper EAP Build 258 available (2.0.1 RC1)
Oleg Stepanov, the project manager of ReSharper at JetBrains, announced today the availability of ReSharper EAP Build 258 which is also the first Release Candidate for ReSharper v2.0.1. This is the major bugfix we have been waiting for. It contains an approximate of 202 resolved issues according to the JIRA issue tracker. Download links:ReSharper2.0-VS2003-b... (24.8MB)ReSharper2.0-VS2005... (42.6MB)Buy a ReSharper 2.0 Commercial license Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:18 PM

Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 available
Two months after the planned release date Microsoft has finally released the first Service Pack for Visual Studio .NET 2003. The downloadable executable is 156MB large and can be downloade from here. The release notes were already published earlier. When you install the SP you will notice some delays between dialogs and get the false impression that the installer has frozen. This is a known issue as outlined in the release notes. Now we have to wait for the first Service Pack for Visual Studio 2005 ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 11:28 AM

XP planning vs Scrum planning
I am new to Extreme Programming (XP) so lately I have been doing quite some reading on XP. I am very familiar to the Scrum framework and I want to outline the resemblance between planning in XP and planning in Scrum. There are 12 practices in XP and planning is part of the practice called "The Planning Game". Like Scrum, XP also uses a form of simple planning to steer the project. In XP a customer is added to the team to complete the team. Every contributor to the team is part of this "Whole Team". ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 5:46 AM

Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 (coming soon)
The first Service Pack for The Visual Studio .NET 2003 will be released very soon. Initially scheduled for June but now expected about 2 months later. Today Microsoft released the Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 Release Notes. The download size of the service pack is about 160MB and will be available in 10 languages. Once the SP is available and you have installed it you cannot uninstall it without uninstalling Visual Studio .NET 2003 first so take this in mind when you install it on your ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:54 AM

ADO.NET vNext August 2006 CTP
Microsoft has released today the first CTP of the ADO.NET vNext with a preview build of the ADO.NET Entity Framework including samples and white papers. If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 this CTP might not work correctly. Also since this is a very early CTP install it in a virtual machine and don't mess up your production machine.Download ADO.NET vNext August 2006 CTP Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:22 AM

Microsoft launches SaaS web site
Microsoft has launched the new web site for SaaS (Software as a Service). This site should be in the near future your number one resource on SaaS Architecture and customer case studies. Watch the video where Gianpaolo Carraro discusses the architecture of SaaS with the Microsoft platform. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 1:07 AM

August 2006 Security Releases ISO Image

No doubt that you know that [Microsoft] released a bunch of security updates on the 8th August. These security updates have been made available as a downloadable ISO image. This ISO image contains all these localized security updates for all Windows platforms.

Download it here

Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:12 AM

Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Installation Guide updated
It looks like the technical writers of Team Foundation Server have updated the Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Installation Guide. The updated version is available for download since yesterday by clicking on this link. Also take note that when you download this CHM file you need to unblock it first as I have outlined in an old blog post here. Cross-posted from The .NET Aficionado ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 10:08 AM

How to: Google Analytics power your Community Server 2.1

Months ago I received an account for Google Analytics and I forgot about it. Two days ago someone reminded me indirectly that I still had an account so yesterday I decided to give it a try. If you want to Google Analytics empower your site you need to embed a javascript block (called the conversion code) into all the pages you want stats on. In CS instead of modifying all the master pages there is an easier way and propably the correct way to inject the conversion code into all the ASPX pages

Posted On Sunday, August 13, 2006 1:11 PM

How to: restore the Windows XP bootloader after dual booting with Windows Vista
Assume that you have a dual boot system with Windows XP and Windows Vista and you have gotten sick and tired of Windows Vista (like myself) and you want to restore the Windows XP bootloader. Now there is an easy way to accomplish this, well actually there are several ways to do this but I will focus on the utility bootsect.exe that you can find on the Windows Vista installation DVD in the folder Boot. About bootsect Bootsect.exe is a Boot Sector Restoration Tool. It updates the master boot code for ......

Posted On Sunday, August 13, 2006 8:32 AM

IBM PC 25th anniversary
25 years ago on the 12th August 1981, IBM announced the first personal computer (PC) or at least the first Personal Computer compatible with IBM's specs. The first real PC was the in 1973 introduced Xerox Alto which had a graphical user interface and the characteristics of a desktop computer. The Apple I was introduced in 1976 and about a year later the more popular Apple II was introduced. So the first IBM Personal Computer that was introduced 25 years ago was the IBM 5150: You could by one for ......

Posted On Saturday, August 12, 2006 11:28 AM

New build of Windows Live Messenger (8.0.0812.00)
It looks like the current build of Windows Live Messenger (8.0.0792.00) will be replaced soon by a new build versioned 8.0.0812.00. The update is not available yet through the automatic update feature built-in to the Windows Live Messenger application. By the time you read this this build should be available too through the official channels.Some important changes (source):Less crashes (which I personally find a great feature)Better audio & video qualityFixed a whole bunch of connectivity issuesHere ......

Posted On Saturday, August 12, 2006 4:01 AM

MSDN TV: Geo-targeting used for the globalisation of the MSDN web site
[Microsoft] released a new [MSDNTV] episode where Victus Wong and John Serna. Victus Wong currently works for Microsoft as one of the Program Manager on [MSDN] & [TechNet] where he works on components for globalisation and personalisation. John Serna also works for Microsoft and he is the Product Manager of Terra which is the project name for the globalisation of [MSDN] and [TechNet]. They explain in the video the motivations and the how's behind the globalisation of the [MSDN] web site.Download ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 1:57 PM

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