IEvangelist’s biggest challenge

Sweet, the post about the IE job has been up for two hours, and already the blogsphere is making it clear why it will be a great challenge to tackle. David Betz: Wanted: Technical evangelist who has never tried Firefox Being a Lornhorn evangelist would be awesome as I believe in it’s principles. But IE…

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Non administrator: running with least privilege

A reader emailed me a question about running under a non-administrator account in Windows today, which prompted me to do a little MSNSearch-ing.  That lead me very quickly to Aaron Margosis’s excellent blog.  If you are interested in how you can get by in life without having to run every process as an admin, check…

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XMLHTTP primer on ASP.NET Support Voice

Brian Goldfarb sent me an email pointer to the latest ASP.NET Support Voice posting.  This one covers implementing an AJAX-style experience using XMLHTTP to asynchronously fetch data from a web service. I also just noticed that Brian’s link to Bertrand’s post showing off how ASP.NET provides a simple programming model for these asynchronous callbacks.  Note…

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Web Smart Client in the real world – MSDN Chat Feb 17

In response to my previous posts about the spectrum of smart clients, I got an email from Mark Levison about an upcoming MSDN chat he’s co-hosting: “No Touch Deployment in the real world”, on Feb 17 at 1pm (although 1pm in which time zone the page doesn’t actually say!) Mark has built a real product…

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Fiddler for HTTP inspection/debugging

Via the IE team blog, it’s Fiddler!  This tool looks great. When I worked on the Sharepoint Portal Server client components, I often spent a lot of time with the Windows Newtork Monitor tool, sniffing HTTP packets to see what requests Office XP or other clients were sending, and what responses the server was providing. …

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VSLive Smart Client demo

We had a good time with Soma’s keynote at VSLive, and the folks at Fawcette have made the talk available via streaming media (and the transcript is over here).  Craig Neable represented our evangelism team as the demo jock, walking through our good-better-best smart client story.  Fast forward to minute 40 to see him in action. We…

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Chubby clients

Soma, the VP of our Developer Division, mentioned last month that he’d be talking about Smart Clients at VS Live next week.  I’m one of the lucky few folks in the evangelism team who got to help build the smart client demo that Soma will use during that talk.  As Soma mentions, we’re going to…

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Whidbey MSDN docs

I spent a frustrating few minutes googling (and MSNSearching) for the online class reference and samples for the Whidbey version of WinForms.  I couldn’t get any promising hits from my searches.  But a little manual searching turned up the complete reference, as part of the WinFX SDK on MSDN.  There, alongside docs for Avalon, are…

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InfoWorld Top 100 IT projects of 2004

A colleague sent around a link to InfoWorld’s write-up of their top 100 IT projects for 2004: “As judges, our editors have an explicit bias toward multiple technologies used in innovative ways to serve well-defined business goals.”   The web site links to profiles of 7 of the projects.  4 of those relied on MS…

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Useful, and free: Lookout, XP Backup

Nothing better than finding a couple of free utilities that are actualy useful. Lookout: this is a local search client that integrates with Outlook.  I am quite impressed, it took about 15 minutes to index my exchange content, plus a couple .pst archives, plus everything in My Documents.  Now I can do full text search…

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