Get and get rid of stuff at Freecycle

I just discovered a great resource for keeping the environment green and getting rid of old stuff (and maybe getting some old stuff too…)  It’s the Freecycle Network, made up of 4,171 groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their…

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Uninstalling SDK components

The Windows SDK installs both SDK-core components and “shared” applications created by other teams at Microsoft as separate MSI files (see below for more on MSIs). When you select to uninstall the SDK through Add/Remove Programs (Programs and Features on Vista), most of the SDK will be uninstalled automatically.  However, a few components might need…

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Setting build environment to target Windows Vista Sp1

You can use the switches shown below to target different operating systems from within the SDK build environment.  To target Windows Vista you should use the /vista switch.  To target Windows Vista Sp1 (or Windows 2008) you should use the /2008 switch.  Launch the Windows SDK build environment (Start, All Programs, Microsoft Windows SDK, CMD…

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Sample missing msime.h?

Some Windows SDK samples fail to build because the file msime.h is not found.  Msime.h is not shipped with the Windows SDK.  Msime.h is for use by developers when customizing applications for the 2007 Microsoft Office System.  Affected samples:winui\Input\tsf\TSFApps\ImmPad-Interimwinui\Input\tsf\TSFApps\ImmPad-Level3-Step3winui\Input\tsf\TSFApps\TsfPad-Hybrid Workaround: download msime.h and copy to the Windows SDK \include directory.  Download the file from here  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=FE8A149B-D9ED-45B1-9D99-61BB462AA4A3&displaylang=en

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Some SDK samples require VS2005, not VS2008

Some unmanaged samples rely on mspbase.h, mtype.h, or mfc80ud.lib.  These files are included with Visual Studio 2005 and do not ship with Visual Studio 2008.  Require Mspbase.h:netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\Msp\MSPBasenetds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\Msp\Samplenetds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\pluggable Require Mtype.h:netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\tapirecv netds\Tapi\Tapi3\Cpp\tapisend Require mfc80ud.lib Sysmgmt\Wmi\VC\AdvClient

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How to: donate old computers (safely) to a good cause

InterConnection refurbishes old computer equipment and sends it to developing countries to help enable computer literacy.  Recycling an unwanted computer may be shortsighted considering the many benefits of reuse. When you choose to reuse, you give your computer equipment a second life and give opportunity to someone.   Reusing is more earth-friendly than recycling. Reuse…

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Free Electronics Recycling Event (Seattle area)

This Saturday, November 17, 2007, from 9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M., Microsoft, Dell, and Intechra are joining together to offer greater Seattle-area residents free recycling of home electronic devices in celebration of America Recycles Day. The event will be located across from Safeco Field at the Safeco Parking Plaza on the corner of Occidental Drive…

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How to: stop unwanted junk mail

If  your mailbox gets packed with unwanted catalogs around this time of year, go to http://catalogchoice.org and opt out of all those you don’t want.  It only takes a few minutes and think of the paper you’ll save.   Over eight million tons of trees are consumed each year in the production of paper catalogs….

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Bill and Hillary Clinton at Microsoft – what an inspiration

Bill Clinton is an inspiring speaker that makes you feel good about America and the world as he talks of the power each and every person has to make a difference.  His passion for giving and civic duty is infectious and the crowd at the Microsoft Conference Center this morning was alternately awed and animated…

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I want to be a pirate…

I want to be Jack Sparrow.  Being Jack means you can be as outrageous as you like, the rules are all off.  I spent one day as Captain Jack when Developer Division had a pirate theme for Halloween, and it was a blast.  Can’t wait for my next chance to pull out my costume and…

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