Why I Think ALL Technical User Groups Should be on Meetup

This post may well come out sounding like an ad for Meetup.com. Not my intent, but so be it if that’s how it comes across. I’ll also state clearly that I don’t have any formal connection with Meetup, although I am a co-organizer of the DC/Baltimore Windows App Developers Meetup, and I’ve also written a…

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Protocol Activation: What Is It, What Apps Offer It, and How Can I use It in My Apps?

TL:DR Protocol activation is a cool feature you can add to your Windows Store apps, and allows you to make your app more useful as well as more discoverable. For a video demonstration of how easy it is to add protocol activation to your app, skip to the end of the post. Otherwise, read on……

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FREE Download - Windows Phone 8 Book

Paul Thurrott, of Supersite for Windows fame, has finished the first edition of his Windows Phone 8 book, which he’s making available for FREE download via his WindowsPhoneBook.com website. Better still, you can influence future editions of the book by sharing your feedback. Just download the PDF, and drop Paul an email via his About…

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Productivity Tip: Dry Erase Markers and Mirrors

Folks who have seen me recently have remarked on the fact that I’ve lost a bit of weight over the last 6 months (30 lbs., or so), and often wonder what I’m doing. Diet (low-carb) and exercise are part of it, but I believe a big part of my success is having an explicit goal…

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Settings Change in Visual Studio 2010 SP1 for Windows XP Users

Jason Zander has posted an article detailing a change that’s coming in the soon-to-be-released SP1 for Visual Studio 2010 with respect to how Visual Studio 2010 behaves on Windows XP with hardware acceleration. The short version is that for Windows XP users, SP1 will turn off hardware graphics acceleration in Visual Studio 2010, as Windows…

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The Windows Phone 7 Emulator and Multi-Touch

At the Orlando Visual Studio 2010 Launch event, I did the session on Windows Phone 7, and one of the questions that came up was whether the emulator supported multi-touch. At the time, I answered that it only supported a single touch, but that is incorrect. If you have a monitor that supports multi-touch, the…

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Quick bit.ly API tip – Usernames are Case-Sensitive

I was playing around with some updates I was making to Community Megaphone to add some simple features like a link to share each event via twitter, and one of the things I was trying out was dynamically turning the full URL for a given event’s details page into a bit.ly link, both to save…

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devhammer’s Adventures in SSD

The Machine In preparation for some upcoming events, I recently got a new laptop, and had decided on a fairly heavy-duty machine, an HP 8530w, with a large screen, and plenty of RAM (8GB). It’s a very nice machine, but I was a bit disappointed that even with all that RAM it maxed out at…

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View Zune Content By Content Type

If you’re a Zune user, by now you’ve probably installed the Zune 4.2.x client software. There are a lot of cool new features in this release, including the Smart DJ feature, which I use fairly often. But there’s a lesser-known feature that I ran across that I thought I’d share, which is the ability to…

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Visual Studio 2010 Tip: Scroll to Zoom

Just accidentally discovered a nifty shortcut to quickly increase the text size in the Visual Studio 2010 code editor…just hold down Ctrl, and use the mouse scroll wheel to quickly increase or decrease the size of the text. I’m definitely gonna use this in my next demo. And because the code editor is now vector-based,…

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