Outlook 2013 Text Turned Garbled and Jumbled and Washed Out and….

I swear ma, I didn’t break it. There I was, happily using my Outlook 2013, doing my way too many hours of email each day, and it happened. It might have been after a Windows update, cause I swear I didn’t change a thing, but one day it just happened. I had been checking email…

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Get-AzureVM: Your Azure credentials have not been set up or have expired, please run Add-AzureAccount to set up your Azure credentials

Azure is a pretty sweet cloud environment, with a powerful management portal to help you drive ops.  But the management portal isn’t enough when it comes to quickly scaling up operations. PowerShell is available from a DevOps perspective to script a large variety of tasks. Sometimes though, you get some strange errors out of PowerShell…

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Upgrading My Dell Venue Pro to 32gb – Joey did a bad, bad thing

Joey did a bad, bad thing. I violated the warranty on my Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone. But sometimes good comes with bad. From my take, the “bad thing” was voiding the warranty on this particular Dell Venue Pro. But so far I think its worth it. The good thing I did was take my…

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Set date and time error unlocking a Windows Phone

Scenario – local phone dev in Tampa has a Nokia 520. He’s developed an automation type system using the Windows Phone APIs and wants to developer unlock his 520 so he can deploy his app. When he runs the Windows Phone Developer Registration tool, he gets a message that he must -set the correct date…

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Metro UI – Off the Phone, Onto the Web

On day 2 of the recent Front End Design Conference in St Petersburg, FL, I was privileged to present “Metro UI”. Windows Phone has been a solid example of Metro UI in action, but I intentionally avoided doing a pure phone focused session. Probably a good thing as I was the only presenter to NOT…

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Easy Blog with BlogEngine.NET, Azure Web Apps and Azure Gallery Video

Azure plus Web Apps plus the Azure Marketplace offer an easy route to spin up solutions quickly and efficiently in the cloud. The provisioning process takes care of Web App initialization, databases, resource groups and more. For one of my engagements I was asked to come up ways to spin up online properties like blogs…

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From Florida? Publish any Windows or Phone Apps to the store this past 12 Months?

Each year, on June 30 our fiscal rolls over and a new year starts.  So I’m in my ‘reflective’ mood.  I know there were a bunch of apps produced from Florida.  But who and what?  That’s really not public.  So I’m asking for a “role call”.  In Florida and published apps?  Post a comment with…

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CustomCursors in Windows 8 CSharp Metro Applications

Recently I came across the question: “I want to change the cursor in my Windows 8 Metro style application to a custom cursor I’ve designed. So, how can I use the custom cursor in metro app ? The Windows.UI.Core.CoreCursorType.Custom parameter for the Windows.UI.Core.CoreCursor constructor seems to indicate I can do this but how can it…

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Are you SLAT Compatible? WP8 SDK Tip 01

Windows Phone 8 SDK has some new requirements you might not be aware of. Firstly, it requires Windows 8 64-bit version.  I’ve already run into a few folks who had the 32-bit version of Windows 8 installed and were unable to run the phone tools.  Make sure you have Windows 8 64-bit edition. The emulator…

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Unable to activate Windows Store app – Dev Eye for Azure Client VMs

SUMMARY As documented here [  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/devfish/archive/2014/05/19/visual-studio-wpf-app-in-win81-dev-eye-for-azure-client-vms.aspx ] I recently setup a Windows 8.1 with Visual Studio 2013 Client Virtual Machine in Windows Azure. The second thing I did after creating the VM ( creating a WPF app being first )execute Windows 8 app using Visual Studio inside the cloud. After a successful build and install,…

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