Getting started videos for Silverlight and Expression

Just ran across these getting started training videos. They’re all between 10 and 20 minutes long. Easy to consume and digest during lunch! What is Silverlight? An Overview Understanding and Working with XAML Code in Expression Blend Creating Vector-Based Artwork with Expression Design Organizing Your Project using Layout Containers in Expression Blend Applying Color and…

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VHDTool – special sauce for VHD disks

Dear Reader, have you ever wished you could resize – grow – a fixed-sized VHD disk? Earlier today I sure did. A couple of months ago I created a smallish fixed-size VHD file that I boot native into, to use as the “host” for running Hyper-V images. That’s all I used it for. Just to…

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Question of the day…

When you tell Hyper-V Manager to “Delete Snapshot Subtree…” how do you know if it’s started doing anything? Or if it’s still doing anything? Or if it’s done doing anything? (I guess that’s more than one question. but they’re all related.) I’m trying to collapse a huge snapshot subtree that I created as I was…

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Welcome back (to me)

Hi Dear Reader. Eons ago I kept my blog over here on http://blogs.msdn.com/jblizzard, but then moved to my own site, http://snowstormlife.com/blogs/bliz. This evening, on a lark, I looked back here and yes, my old blog is still working, and I was even able to retrieve my old password. And just over six years later I’m…

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My new blog home at www.snowstormlife.com/blog

I must be crazy.  I’ve left the safety and warmth of http://weblogs.asp.net to move out on my own.  No longer will my posts be displayed on that central page, ready to be viewed by the masses.  Nope, I’m now on my own, but using .Text as my blog engine. Why?  Just for kicks.  I created…

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See you at the Boise NETDUG meeting Thursday evening…

During the general meeting, Cory Isakson and I will be talking about state management for web sites.  After the general meeting the MCAD SIG will meet.  See you there!

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Cool shirt….

Last month I though I saw a cool geek shirt with the slogan “got msil”.  Turns out that the shirt didn’t say that.  But now David Scott has created a real version of the shirt.  Be the first geek in your user group to get one!  Very cool…

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Finding things…

Heh.  Someone out there needs to know what to do in a snowstorm.  How do I know?  Well, weblogs.asp.net now has a cool stats section that shows referrers (thanks Scott!).  Someone did a Yahoo! search for “what to do in a snowstorm” which returned one of my posts: “Do that newsgroup thing…”  So remember, the…

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Agility…

Scott Stanfield from Vertigo Software gave a talk last night at the Portland Area Dot Net User Group (PADNUG). He made an interesting comment, with the net of:  If you’re going to fail, you want to fail fast.  That way you can figure out what went wrong, make changes, and try out something else.  If…

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Now that’s the way a Pocket PC Phone should work!

I upgraded my sorry Pocket PC phone’s operating system to Pocket PC 2003 and a new radio stack.  Bingo!  Home run! Connectivity issues are a thing of the past.  I can finally use IM on the thing.  And it synch’s with Exchange automatically every 10 minutes (I set the schedule).  And I can confidently reply to…

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