Get your Windows SDK Badge at PDC

If you plan on collecting PDC Badges in LA next week, be sure to stop by the Windows SDK booth to grab one of the coolest and check out what’s in store for the next SDK.  My team mate Shawn Henry and I will be handing out swag and badges to attendees who fill out…

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ESENT tips and tricks

ESENT is powerful embedded database engine that is part of Windows. It used by the Active Directory, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Update and several other windows clients. Microsoft Exchange uses a version of the same code, appearing as ese.dll. The Esent API ships in the Windows SDK and is documented in the Windows SDK docs…

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Cool game to understand the federal budget

Budget Hero is an engaging and journalistically sound game that encourages players to think through the complexities and challenges of the federal budget and the major policy issues of the 2008 election. It frames the policy debate as a set of federal budget choices determining how money will be raised and spent. Budget Hero forces…

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What WinSDK files changed in VS2008 SP1?

 Wondering what changed in the WinSDK components that ship in Visual Studio between VS2008 RTM and VS2008 SP1?  Chris Hubbard, an SDET on the Windows SDK team, has posted a list of new files in VS 2008 SP1 and also the files that have changed.  See WinSDK in VS2008 SP1: what changed?  For starters,  only…

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Upcoming Support Transitions for Win 2000 and Win Server 2003

All editions of Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Professional will reach the end of the Extended Support phase on July 13, 2010, according to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Blog.  After this date, Windows 2000 will no longer be publicly supported.  This means that Microsoft will no longer provide any assisted support and will no…

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Electric Car Batteries? Not a problem

Battery capacity might not matter for the future of electric cars if Shai Agassi’s vision is realized.  Agassi is one of Time Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment 2008 and he’s proposed a mashup of the automotive and mobile phone industries known as the Electric Recharge Grid Operator. The proposed ERGO would blanket the country with…

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Best places for information about Windows SDKs

The MSDN Windows SDK Developer Center is the place to find resources and links to Windows SDK products, release notes, technical articles, and more. All other SDK resources can be reached from here, so this is the best place to start if you aren’t sure where to look for information.  The Windows SDK Blog contains…

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Driving the all-electric Tesla Roadster: WOW!

Picture being launched off an aircraft carrier in a high performance glider.  That’s what went through my mind the first time I was mashed back into my seat as the Tesla Roadster zoomed from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds.  There’s nothing new about going fast in a sports car, but subtract the…

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