Code Camp Info

The first Mid-Atlantic Code Camp will be held on May 7th from 9am to 9pm at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center. Registration is open, and you can register here. The Code Camp will feature 12 hours of community-driven, deeply technical content in 5 tracks. Space is limited, so register soon. Want to know the philosophy…


Active Directory and ASP.NET 2.0 Beta 2

Are you evaluating Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and ASP.NET 2.0? Did you know that we shipped an Active Directory Membership Provider in Beta 2? Until recently, I didn’t either. Apparently we didn’t make too much noise about it because while the team had the time to get the provider in, they didn’t have time…


Stopping BitTorrent distro of SP2…wrong? I don’t think so.

John Dvorak is apparently of the opinion that it was “wrong on so many levels” for Microsoft to tell file-swapper sites to stop distributing XP SP2 via BitTorrent. I heartily disagree. Microsoft is already battling a perception that our software is not secure. SP2 is designed to help address this perception, by substantially increasing the…


Low-privileged accounts and non-Windows platforms

Those of you who’ve read my old blog for any length of time know that one of my particular areas of interest is trying to convince people to stop running their machines on a day-to-day basis using Administrator-level accounts, given that this opens them up to greater risk for their machine being exploited by malicious…


Blog hiatus

Hi all, A quick personal note…I will probably not be posting very much over the next few weeks. My wife and I were blessed this weekend with a new baby boy, our second, and it’s a bad news / good news kinda thing. The bad news is that he was in a bit of a…


Get to Know Action Filters in ASP.NET MVC 3 Using HandleError

Update – for folks who learn best visually, I’ve posted a follow-up screencast of the demo steps discussed below, as a DevNuggets video. You can view the video here. What’s an Action Filter? If you’re just getting started with ASP.NET MVC, you may have heard of something called action filters, but haven’t had the chance…


Oracle to release patches for multiple vulnerabilities

Oracle is preparing to release patches for a number of vulnerabilities, but apparently has delayed their release until a new distribution system is ready. Clearly, it’s a good thing that they’re getting the patches ready, but it seems to me that Microsoft has gotten a lot of grief for delaying patches for a variety of…


Mid-Atlantic MSDN Roadshow – Silverlight

Next week, we’re kicking off a new event series here in Mid-Atlantic called the MSDN Roadshow. Those of you from the New England area are probably familiar with this format from my colleagues Chris Bowen and Bob Familiar, and their Bob & Chris’ MSDN Roadshow. Well, now the roadshow comes to Mid-Atlantic, courtesy of myself…


Zune 2 and Recorded HDTV from Windows Media Center

The recent release of Zune 2 has been sort of a good news / bad news situation for those of us who use Windows Media Center to record TV and/or movies. The original Zune desktop software did not support the dvr-ms format used by Windows Media Player Center (thanks for the correction, David) at all,…


Technological irony

What do the following sites have in common?    –  –  –   They’re all running on Windows Server 2003:   In all fairness, the sites are run by publisher IDG, not by the individual conferences, but it’s still rather ironic.