Moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player, Part II

About six months ago I tried as best as I could to document my experiences moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player, and my attempts to preserve as much metadata as I possibly could during the move. I was really the most concerned with my song ratings, which are central to my listening experience, but…

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Idea: "Wiki" Code Snippets at the top of Forum Threads

This is just a short, half-baked idea that I’d love some feedback about.  It’s pretty common in the forums for users to post a code snippet in their question, say “Hey! This isn’t working!” and then having a conversation with the community about how they should fix their code so it works.  The problem is…

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Zune from the POV of a Gadget Junkie

Anybody who’s ever been over my house knew that this was going to happen, and it wasn’t going to take long.  Given that I have a week here of laid-back-ness here in my hometown of Medina, Ohio, it seemed like a perfect time to graduate to joining the hoard of other Microsofties that have been…

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Trouble Getting AJAX Beta 2 to Build Sample Apps

I guess it’s the pain of using beta software, but boy, trying to figure out what CTP works with what sample application can really be a pain.  I recently downloaded Beta 2 of the ASP.NET AJAX Extensions (the extensions formerly known as “Atlas”) to see if I could build a neat little site over Thanksgiving…

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Microsoft Code Snippet Designer – Alpha Release

Wow—looks like I’m going to keep going on the “lazy” theme that I’ve started over the past few weeks, when I blogged about the availability of my team’s Power Toy Pack Installer and Resource Refactoring tools. Everyone wants to be able to write code more quickly, and we all know that from app to app,…

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Zune Questions Answered (For Josh…)

Josh just posted a bunch of questions on his blog about the Zune. I don’t have all of the answers, but he should have known that I was going to jump all over his post. Here you go, boss: About Windows Media Center Integration Q: Can Zune Marketplace purchased songs be streamed through media center…

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Another Power Toy…the Resource Refactoring Tool

If you’re like me, you’re lazy.  You’d rather order out than cook, rather buy a robot vacuum than vacuum yourself, and you don’t like clicking around when you’re writing code.  You know that it’s a good idea to put all of the strings in your program into a resource file–but it’s just easier to type…

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Power Toys for Visual Studio Pack Installer

Recently, I walked past our “Shared Source” poster hanging my team’s hallway, and I saw it was covered in pastel Post-It notes.  Sara, our “Queen of Shared Source”, had hung a Post-It note for every one of the Power Toys that our team has been involved in helping to release.  Some of them were brewed…

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Eye Candy Getting Closer to Prime Time…

I remember when I was back in school and saw some of the demo videos of what was then called Avalon.  At the time, I was becoming a Mac head…bored with Windows, I was in love with the eye candy and application refinement I saw in OS X.  Things just looked…pretty.  I remember seeing some demo of Avalon being used as a front…

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Visual Studio "Orcas" Forums Launched

Has it really been almost a year since Whidbey launched already?  One year later, we’ve started to share out our first CTP of the next version of Visual Studio, codename “Orcas”. Of course, with any new version of a product like Visual Studio, you’re going to have questions when you are trying things out.  That’s…

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