How to record/capture Windows Vista demos

Grant, working for the Platform Adoption Center, has come up with a method to capture Windows demos. Several people discovered the hard way that software-based methods can no longer capture all the GPU powered graphical greatness of the UI. Also, most capture utilities simply no longer work for that reason. Grant has come up with…

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The Robots are Loose!

Something completely different: Did you know there is actually a Microsoft Robotics Group?Today, at the RoboBusiness 2006 conference they announced Microsoft Robotics Studio. Microsoft Robotics Studio makes it possible to program both real world robots or hobbyist hardware (such as Lego Mindstorms NXT or Fischertechnik) in .NET. A list of third party hardware featured at…

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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…


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…


ScreenSpaceLines3D for WPF

Daniel Lehenbauer has posted an update for his 3D tools for WPF on GotDotNet. This version is compatible with WinFX Beta 2 and Windows Vista Beta 2 and adds a community-owned implementation of “ScreenSpaceLines3D”. ScreenSpaceLines3D are 3D line primitives for lines with a constant thickness when projected on your 2D screen. WPF does not contain…


.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…


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…


Script# to tame the JavaScript beast?

10 years ago, JavaWorld was wondering if JavaScript has a future. Today, JavaScript has emerged as the most widely deployed form of a “runtime” available. Nevertheless, most of the of the criticism raised a decade ago still applies. Despite the ECMAScript standard (a common, portable subset of JavaScript implementations) existing implementations and side-effects are tied to Browsers. Developing…


Don’t be chicken: fix your apps for (Windows) Vista

Bookmark this page: Here you are going to find a wealth of webcasts on WinFX and Windows Vista development. The one I have noted is the level 400 session on modifying your application for Windows Vista.  As for the chicken: Our marketing folks are pretty hardcore about making everyone properly pronounce it “Windows Vista” and not…