ActiveSync 4.1 released to the web

I found out via Jason Landridge’s blog, http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2005/11/18/494600.aspx. Here’s the link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/downloads/activesync41.mspx. There are apparently fixes for synchronization through firewalls, and some new WM5.0 features. Still no WiFi ActiveSync though 🙁

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Interesting new record label: Cordless

I don’t have any musical talent, but I’ve always been interested in the music industry. Jac Holzman (who started Elektra, which released The Doors’ first album) has a new record label that won’t be releasing any physical CDs, but instead will rely on the internet as a distribution mechanism. This is apparently the first all digital label under…

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Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 servicing plans

Scott Wiltamuth (the Product Unit Manager for the C# team) has a post on his blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/scottwil/archive/2005/11/07/490007.aspx) describing the servicing plans for VS2003 and VS2005. I’m not sure what will actually get into either of them, but it’s nice to see that we’re communicating this to customers. I find it funny that the first two…

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Deploy and debug against a custom embedded device without ActiveSync

Those of you who have been developing for devices for a few years might remember how painful it was to deploy and debug your app in eVC and VS2003 if you didn’t have an ActiveSync connection to the device. I was just over in Mike Hall’s office running through a couple of VS2005 demos with…

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We’ve shipped…

Well, everyone else was doing it, so I had to add my own post announcing that we’ve shipped, for those of you who missed it earlier. I’ve been off for the last few days flyfishing in the wilds of BC, and recharging after the last two or three years. Enjoy the release, we’ve put a…

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My new Windows Media Center PC

I’m a huge nerd. This is the reason that I’m compelled to do things like replace my TiVo with a Windows Media Center PC. I recently donated my old computer to some friends who were relocated out of New Orleans, and decided to take the plunge into MC. The more cynical of you out there might…

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Blog weirdness

Apparently there was some default setting causing email notification when comments are left on the blog not to get sent, so I wasn’t aware that I had unmoderated comments. Unmoderated comments will now show up immediately, but I’ll continue to delete off-topic, etc. posts. As well, I’ve discovered that posts are time-stamped as of when…

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Why do I need to define _CE_ALLOW_SINGLE_THREADED_OBJECTS_IN_MTA?

Okay, I didn’t actually check in the code the checks for this define, but I work next to the guy that did, so the osmotic property of random VSD knowledge guarantees that I can answer this question. First off, this compile error isn’t really intended as an error, because you might not have done anything wrong (“It’s not…

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Yet another place to check for answers…

I’m not sure that everyone out there is aware of these, so here’s a quick plug for the MSDN forums (http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn). For those of you reading this on my VC++ for Devices oriented blog, I typically post to Smart Devices Native C++ Development (http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=35). There are RSS feeds for the forums (well hidden, look at…

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Insight into Visual C++ for Devices: Design philosophies

Now with 30% more intangibles! Like every other product out there, we need to balance ease of use and power. Sometimes there were easy decisions that resulted in both ease of use and power. On the tough ones, sometimes we succeeded, and sometimes we… were less than totally successful in coming up with designs that…

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