Help With Outlook Connector Errors (80004005 and 4350)

I use the Outlook Connector for MSN to access my MSN mail, calendar and contacts in Outlook 2010.  I also have a separate SMTP/POP account for my business which I read in Outlook.  It’s nice to have all the email in one place so I don’t miss things.  Windows Live Mail is a good program…

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Distributed Development, or Working Remotely

I’ve come across a good new blog, Coding Horror, written by Jeff Atwood, one of the founders of one of my favorite coding sites, Stack Overflow.  In reading through some of the older posts, I came across one that is close to my heart which is on working remotely, or what we at Microsoft called…

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Using Custom Performance Counters with Windows Azure Services

Windows makes available a wide variety of performance counters which of course are available to your Azure roles and can be accessed using the Azure Diagnostics APIs as I described in my recent MSDN article on Windows Azure Diagnostics. However, it can be useful to create custom performance counters for things specific to your role…

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Leveraging Azure Diagnostics to Troubleshoot Intermittent Problems

One of the practices I advise with Windows Azure services (and really any service) is self-monitoring to find problems that may not be fatal but are indications of serious problems developing. I happened to run across a good example of how to do this on the Azure Miscellany blog. In this case, the writer, Joe,…

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Diagnostics and Logging in Windows Azure

My MSDN Magazine article on diagnostics and logging in Windows Azure is now available in the June 2010 issue and online. There was some material that I didn’t have space to include or that I’ve learned since submitting the final revision of this to MSDN in March.   I’ll use this blog entry to capture some…

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