Sidebar Gadget Templates

One of the UX technologies I mentioned during my talk for the MSDN Roadshow today was the Sidebar (and in Windows 7, Desktop) gadgets, which are great for surfacing small amounts of information in a a compact space. One of the attendees asked whether Visual Studio has templates for Sidebar Gadgets, and the answer is…


Windows Firestarter Tomorrow

Interested in learning more about Windows from the experts? There’s an all-day firestarter event tomorrow in Redmond, and you can watch live via Microsoft LiveMeeting. My fellow DE Mithun Dar has all the details. Among the many expert presenters will be Mark Russinovich, who has probably forgotten more about Windows than most of us know….


Events This Week – October 6th, 2008

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 6:30 PM: CMAP Main Meeting: ASP.NET MVC – This session will introduce attendees to the new ASP.NET MVC framework while building a real-world application. "Separation of concerns" will be discussed as the Model,…


MSDN Event Resources

[bumped and updated] For folks who attended my MSDN Event yesterday in Reston, covering WPF, Windows Vista Security, and .NET 3.5 SP1, here’s where you can get the decks and some of the code from those talks (I’m seeing if we can get the rest of the code up there, or if there’s another way…


Events this Week – September 15th, 2008

Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next week (or so) for the Mid-Atlantic area…note that the MSDN Events in Reston (9/16) and Richmond (9/18) are being presented by yours truly, as is the presentation on AJAX at the Charlottesville .NET User Group (9/18) and the Geocoding presentation at CapArea.net (9/23). So…

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View antique books with Silverlight (or WPF)

Turning the Pages 2.0 is an amazing example of what can be done with WPF and Silverlight. Using a high-end scanning device, the British Library has taken a number of precious books, which you would normally only be able to see under glass, and open to a single page chosen by a curator, and allowed…

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Windows Home Server Team Blog

Just heard about this: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/ I’m considering adding a Windows Home Server box to my network, as soon as I can get permission for a new hardware acquisition after my recent purchase of a new Windows Vista Media Center machine (Dell Inspiron 531, picked up through the Dell Outlet store), and a new 1080p TV….


Volume Shadow Copy Tip

My colleague Brian Hitney (creator of WorldMaps) offers a great tip on Volume Shadow Copy, and how to get back some of the space it uses for backing up files (the usual caveats about risks of disabling such features apply): I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Vista internals at various groups … and,…


WGA Validation Issue Fix

FYI, in case anyone’s run into this: We’ve been receiving reports on our forum and through customer service starting last night that Windows Vista validations have been failing on genuine systems. It looks now as though the issue has been resolved and validations are being processed successfully. Customers who received an incorrect validation response can…


Ed Bott on Windows Vista Media Center

This looks cool: In June, I recounted my out-of-the-box experience with a new Dell PC running Windows Vista, starting with a failed BIOS upgrade, undergoing a successful repair, and establishing that the basic hardware and software setup was rock-solid. The reason I bought this PC in the first place was to use it as the…