Windows 8 Consumer Preview: “How To” Find Your Cheese Series

By now, hopefully you are aware that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29th, 2012.  If you haven’t given a spin, you should.  (Scott Hanselman has a great guide for installing it in an isolated VHD so you don’t mess up your existing OS install.)  Windows 8 represents an entirely new way…

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OneNote + SkyDrive + Windows Phone == Migraine Cure?!

I don’t watch TV that often. But when I do, it’s usually via a DVR where I skip through the commercials.  So, I’m normally oblivious to whatever the trendy ads are that people are talking about at the water cooler.  There’s one exception to my advertising avoidance:  Football.  The only ads I ever see on…

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How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just going to be “one of…

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Windows 7 Beta: Come and Get It… Just A Few Days Left!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, you’ve probably heard about the beta of the upcoming version of Windows, Windows 7. No breaking news here (I hope).  However, now that I’ve been running 7 myself the past couple of weeks, I thought I should post some links & thoughts on it.  First off, if…

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Searching By Date Range Easier In Windows 7

On my guest appearance on the Personal Computer Radio Show last week, one of the callers was concerned that he could not search for files in a given date range on Windows Vista.  He claimed this feature was available in XP, but not in Vista. I checked to verify, and you can indeed search for…

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Remote Debugging a Silverlight Application on Mac OSX

Back when Silverlight 1.1 (the predecessor to today’s Silverlight 2 release) was first announced at the Mix ‘07 keynote, I remember being fascinated by the cross-platform .NET Framework aspect of it. As a cross-platform browser plug-in, Silverlight has the potential to enable web developers to design and develop an application with .NET and have it…

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NYC Silverlight 2 Fire Starter Content and Links

Thanks to everyone who attended the Silverlight 2 Fire Starter event in New York City on September 13th.  I had a great time helping organize the event and speaking with many of the attendees about Silverlight.  There were over 150 folks who made it out to the Fire Starter in NYC that day.  Special thanks…

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ASP.NET MVC Talk at Health & Life Science Developer Conference

Thanks to everyone who attended my talk about the new ASP.NET MVC framework at the Health & Life Sciences Developer Conference in Atlantic City last week!  I’ve posted my slides for viewing up on SkyDrive: Credit goes to Scott Hanselman as I borrowed heavily from his MVC presentation at Mix 08 earlier this year.  I…

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Ed Bott Eliminates My Vista Pet Peeve

There’s been a lot of fuss about the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista.  A recent story even made headlines when a Microsoft manager was quoted as saying Microsoft deliberately deigned UAC to "annoy users".  I’ve heard all the arguments for and against it.  However, I think UAC is one of the BEST…

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