WF/WPF Master Class Coming to Reston

My friend and local Regional Director, Brian Noyes, is going to be teaching a Master Class on Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Presentation Foundation the week of December 10th-14th at the Microsoft office in Reston, VA. Anyone who’s met Brian knows that he’s super-smart, and a great presenter. So while this one’s not free, if…


Hearing Line-In input on Vista on Dell laptop

Admittedly, a somewhat esoteric topic/tip, but I ran into this recently, so I figured there may be other folks who can benefit… I’ve got a Dell Latitude D820 laptop, running 64-bit Windows Vista Ultimate, and I’ve occasionally wanted to be able to use my laptop as a speaker system for my Zune when I’m on…


Add Silverlight video to your blog

Brad Abrams notes: Thanks to the folks in Expression Media and the Silverlight Streaming it is now amazingly easy to add video (or other Silverlight content to you blog with Windows Live Writer.  With nearly any blog host, you can write your blog, “Insert Silverlight Video”, have it positioned just where you want it in…


XNA Game Studio 2.0 Beta Released

There’s now a beta available of the next release of XNA Game Studio: XNA Game Studio 2.0 (Beta) The Beta release of XNA Game Studio 2.0 is now available for you to download! Simply select whether you’re new to XNA Game Studio or an existing XNA Game Studio Express user, and follow the instructions to…


Death of a Router

Or…why it sometimes pays to know a little bit about networking. So in two days it will be Thanksgiving. We’re hosting most of the family, so my mom just came home with my brother in tow, on leave from Marine training at Camp Lejeune, NC SC [looks like it’s remedial geography for me – gad]….


IT’s Alive…ALIVE!!!

The wait is over…Visual Studio 2008 has been released…you can download it now from MSDN Subscriber downloads: On Monday, Nov. 19, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released to manufacturing (RTM). With more than 250 new features,Visual Studio 2008 includes significant enhancements in every edition, including Visual Studio Express…


"Earthrise" in hi-def

CNET has some amazing shots of the moon and earth, from the Japanese spacecraft Kaguya: The Japan Space Agency’s (JAXA’s) Kaguya spacecraft re-created one of the most memorable photos from space–an Earth-rise from lunar orbit. But this one was taken for the first time with a high-definition camera. JAXA’s spacecraft is currently orbiting the moon…


A new Day, a New Zune

So I’ve installed the new Zune desktop software, and updated my brown (yes, I have brown and I like it, thank you very much!) Zune 30GB to the new 2.2 firmware, and having had most of a day to use both, I’m pretty pleased, particularly given that the improved functionality and ease-of-use cost me nothing…


Zune 2 Arrives tomorrow. Get Yours Laser-etched…Free

I’m so there. For the first time, consumers also will have the option to customize their Zune player with laser-engraved designs and personal text through a new Web store called Zune Originals. Customers will be able to purchase a Zune player directly from Microsoft at and choose from a collection of laser-engraved artwork designed…


Final Windows Live Wave 2 applications available for download

Excellent news…excuse me, I’m off to grab the release version of Windows Live Writer: Final Windows Live Wave 2 applications available for download Looks like nothing can stay quiet for long – a new installer featuring the final Windows Live Wave 2 programs is available for download thanks to Microsoft’s early preparations. While not much…