Slides and Demos from BigDays 2009 are online!

These days I’m travelling around austria with our biggest developer & IT Pro event Big>Days 2009! This year’s theme was "packen wir’s an" – translated "let’s get to work"! Accompanying the theme we built a multi-tier application with .NET 3.5 and Silverlight called "Rent-A-Worker"! You can download the sources at http://www.codeplex.com/BigDays09/! If you’re interested in…

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Enable Instant Answers – in a country outside of the US

IE 8 Searchbar – Instant Answers is really cool (see below).   There’s only one problem: It doesn’t work in Austria (as in many other countries). I suppose it only works in the US 🙂 To make it work, you need to change the regional settings to “English-US”. There are two ways to do it…

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Custom Search Providers for Internet Explorer

I’m sure all of you know the search box in Internet Explorer! You can search ANY searchable site there via pluggable search providers. Per default some of them are installed, but you can add your own! Here’s how to do it: Go to the page you want to search through. Search for “TEST”. Copy the…

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IE 8 Searchbar – Instant Answers

Now that I’m running Windows 7 I’m using the new IE 8 as well. Recently I found a cool new feature called “Instant Answers”. Just enter some queries into the search box and you’ll get the answer in the drop-down box below the search box. There are different possible queries: Calculations (2+2, …) Conversions (75…

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Upgrade TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition to Standard Edition

I’ve had a little playground TFS 2008 installation for a while for use with some “pet-projects”. I used TFS 2008 Workgroup Edition for this, as this is already part of MSDN subscription package. This edition works the same as the full one, but is limited to 5 users. Now that I needed more user accounts…

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WPF Webcast – New Year’s resolutions

I’ve a lot of New Year’s resolutions for 2009 🙂 One of them is to blog more often (we’ll see how this works..) another is to do a series of webcasts around WPF. We’re starting with our first WPF webcast on Friday, January 9th at 10am with an overview over WPF and XAML. Topics we’ll…

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Wake-On-Lan Client with C#

I bought myself an Acer L5100 Media Center PC, running with Windows Vista Media Center for Christmas. What I wanted was some functionality to wake up the media center out of shutdown mode. So I dig into Wake-On-Lan. Almost any modern network interface controller (NIC) supports Wake-On-Lan nowadays. You just send a special packet as…

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IP Address Calculations with C# (Subnetmasks, Networks, …)

Recently I wanted to develop a wake-on-lan application for my media center. For that I needed the broadcast address of my local LAN. So I decided to write a small but interesting library.. (you can leverage it for all kinds of network calculations like subnets, etc..). What it does is do a lot of funny…

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WPF Day in Dublin

Last week I was in Dublin doing two sessions on WPF for Microsoft Ireland. They did a “Client-UI Day”, where they featured WPF and Silverlight. The first session was given by the Irish Developer Evangelist Ronan Geraghty, who did an introduction to the Microsoft Client Platform, showing the differences between AJAX, Silverlight, WPF and when…


Silverlight Toolkit – December Release

The Silverlight Toolkit is a project built by the Silverlight product team, which contains a lot of "out-of-release cycle" controls. These are grouped into three parts: Controls Charts Themes Controls include various nice controls (lots of them already part of WPF): Auto Complete Textbox DockPanel Expander Label NumericUpDown TreeView Viewbox WrapPanel These controls are especially…

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