Generating Word Documents Server side for Client Viewing

Just had this question from a coworker:    They need to render a word 2000 document on the server with no client side intervention. I have done this in the past using XSL:FO, but I’m sure that there is a better way. I have also found using a COM object, but no reference to using a specific version…


Interop Toolkit Video (Visual Basic .NET to Visual Basic 6.0)

At TechEd I did a presentation on 5 toolkits with 7 demos to help Visual Basic developers extend their Visual Basic 6 applications and skills to Visual Basic .NET. You can watch the whole video but it is pretty low quality -I plan to use media encoder to create much smaller much higher quality versions below…


Web 2.0 meets Windows Meda Center with Xbap

My last couple of presentations i have mentioned how media center enabled content/applications are huge new opportunity.  A couple of interesting data points on that topic: 60% of all PC’s shipped in the US are shipping with Media Center By 2008 there will be more Media Center computers than xbox consoles.  The most interesting data…


TechEd Session Picker by Bill McCarthy

Our very VB MVP and Teched speaker has written a very cool offline teched Session picker and news reader all built on the one click deployment !  I would recomend checking it out! http://www.totalenviro.com/TechEd2006/index.htm If you are running Windows Vista your Browser needs to be running in the Administrator context for this to work.  


Getting Expression Interactive Designer running on later builds of Vista

I am running Vista build 5520 (and loving it finally) but had a problem installing Expression Interactive Designer. The error you would get was: “You Need to have the July 06 CTP of the .NET Framework 3.0 run-time components installed before installing Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer.”   Turns out you can force the setup to ignore…


Teched Session: Visual Studio: Leveraging Your Visual Basic 6 Investments with VB 2005

In my post Teched Session: Visual Studio: Leveraging Your Visual Basic 6 Investments with VB 2005 I mentioned not doing the session on the Interop Toolkit as it wasn’t available.  Well I got a copy from Paul Yuknewicz and I have definitely revised my plans on ditching this unreleased technology.  This for two reasons: the first…


How to perform an FDISK /mbr in Windows XP /Windows 2003

  Playing with Ximage on a bare drive and realized it doesn’t set the Master Boot Record (Fare enough it doesn’t know which partition to set it to) after looking around for a while i found the way to do this in XP and Windows Server 2003 is to:   My Computer >Right Click Choose…


My first Ximage image -almost...

I am so close with my Ximage partitions working i can taste it! I got the WAIK installed onto a computer that didn’t have VS 2005 Ran Ximage.exe /capture g: c:\tfs.wim “TFS Image” (g: is a bootable drive system volume) Two hours later i had my working TFS image Ran ximage.exe /apply c:\tfs.wim d: 1 Recieved error…