Guns to save laptops?

Cryptography and security experts bruce Schneier dug up this little gem: Photographer Matt Brandon was posting a worried blog entry about the future outlook of transporting valuable goods in airplanes. Think expensive photo equipment or laptops. Being forced to put these items into checked baggage usually equates with certain theft or damage. Readers of Matt’s blog quickly…


Need more cool WPF demos…

Heard this a lot recently – in the meantime, ease the pain with Kevin’s Bag-O-Tricks aka Kevin Moore’s collection of WPF controls and samples. Kevin has updated his sample collection so it compiles and runs nicely under .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 (both on Windows Vista RC1 and Windows XP). You find a number of cool…

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Gadget Dept.: Smartphone keyboard made of cloth

I’ve seen flexible rubber USB keyboards before, but this is a true novelty: Based on a British technology called ElekTex fabric, finally we have the rollable keyboard, made of electroconductive cloth. It’s wireless, it has drivers for Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 (PocketPC and Smartphone), and at just £68.95 it seems reasonable priced…

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Vista RC1 + Office B2TR == Happiness

In case you have not seen Jensen Harris’ announcement, you will be able to download Microsoft Office Beta 2 Technical Refresh (B2TR) by the end of this day. Office B2TR is a huge improvement in terms speed and memory consumption. In fact, running on Windows Vista RC1 the combination of Office B2TR and Vista RC1…


Updated ATI and NVidia drivers for Windows Vista RC1

Windows Vista RC1 comes with inbox support for those neat new graphics cards, but if you care for the very latest drivers or exended control panels, both big vendors have released new drivers: ATI: Catalyst Beta Driver for Windows Vista RC1 NVidia: ForceWare Release 95 Version: 96.33 Note: Both links point to drivers for Windows…

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Convert files to XAML, win a Dell XPS laptop

Michael Swanson posted the contest today: If you create and submit a file converter to XAML, you can win one of three Dell XPS M1710 laptops. Here’s the catch: It must be one of the following file formats, and you must submit your entry by October 29th. Valid 2D input formats are: Adobe® Flash® (.SWF), Adobe…


Ways to speed up Vista

Depending on who talk to, people will tell you how happy/unhappy they are with current Windows Vista performance. Like most of my colleagues, I have installed the July 2006 CTP (Build 5472, available from the MSDN subscriber download). On the machines I am using, performance (compared to XP on the same PC) varies wildly. My private…


XL[S|T|A][X|M] or XLSB?

The new Excel File Formats. Like all “new” file formats coming along with Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, these file formats are really ZIP containers. Excel however, offers a choice of XML-based or binary files inside such a container. The XML based formats can be identified by breaking up the extension as follows: Office 2007 will use the…

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.NET Rocks all over TechEd: Developers/Barcelona (and how to win a ticket)

I hope to see many of you at Tech·Ed: Developers Europe Nov 7-10 in Barcelona, Spain. I am one of the people responsible for the content there, taking care of “Windows Desktop and Mobile Development” sessions to be more exact. We’ll cover an exciting mix of WPF(formerly Avalon), WinForms, Mobility features (such as tablet, ink and WPF), Windows Mobile…


On the Internet, everyone knows you’re a dog

According to a famous “New Yorker” cartoon by Peter Steiner, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog”. That’s no longer true. In fact, today we can tell you’re a scotch terrier, live north of London, enjoy chewing up your owner’s shoes (including brand preference), crave for that special dog food, and have that odd obsession…

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