more gifts.. sidebar gadgets for Office

this one went live last week,  the office team released their Tasks and Calendar sidebar gadget …   been using these for a week.. they are sooo usefu tha: yesterday I sent trip reports (had been in my task list for a month)…  today I might do expense reports …  Management, if you want stuff done,…

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Christmas gifts came early this year

 The WPF 3D team started a blog a few days ago … and today they released some code to be host interactive 2D controls in a 3D surface..   You can find all about that at their new blog hereAmazing stuff that could have saved a few of my projects ( e.g. OTTO Store ) a…

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transparent windows in WPF.. please make them small :)

A feature that the WPF team added late to WPF was the ability to allow transparent windows ( property is Window.AllowsTransparency). This feature was requested by customers because it allows you to create cool non-rectangular or semi transparent windows..  Lauren has sample for creating one here When we first released the feature, it was not…

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installing WPF/E SDK in my Vista machine…

Mike Harsh has a link to  known issues with WPF/E sdk .. here   This does not touch on Vista though … and my first attempt to install did not work.. I am told, the trick is to run the installer as “Administrator” ….     [ I guess for devs (who I hope are advanced/power users)  “Run as admin” is…

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Running a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF/Indigo) service in Windows Vista..

Tried installing an existing WCF .svc to my Vista RTM machine…    did the usual stuff (create application in iIS manager, set perms, etc.. ) …  ran it and BOOM! HTTP 500   —  Handler svc-Integrated has a bad module “ManagedPipelineHandler” in its module list So I spent 20 mins looking at IIS configuration manager — which…

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