PDC Session on Office Development with VS “Whidbey”

If you’re going to the PDC in LA this year and you’re interested in Office development, you should add Reza Chitsaz’s session to your calendar (TLS346). He has some great content and some really cool demos showing the new stuff that will be coming out in the future. And we only just released VSTO 1.0…

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Watch out, there’s a Kiwi about

So Michael Howard (of “Writing Secure Code” fame) has got a blog. He’s using WordBlogX, but unfortunately he’s encountered the weird problem where Word converts double spaces into accented “A” characters. We’re trying to get rid of these bugs, but Rob got stuck trying to get stylesheet selectors working in a reasonable way.

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LiveJournal.com

I check my referrers page most days (well, most hours to be exact 😉 ) and I always seem to have one or two from www.livejournal.com, so I decided to check it out. It appears to be a public every-man-for-himself blogging site, and it has some insane stats, like receiving 153 posts a minute! Argh!…

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Mitigating Code Repurposing Attacks

As I mentioned in a previous blog, there are some pretty creative (and destructive) things people can do with your code if you’re not careful. Just as a kitchen knife can be used to cut cheese or to kill someone, so your code can be used to increase productivity or wreak digital havoc. It’s not…

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Running scared

So here’s something really silly. As you probably know, I run my machine pretty well locked down. Then I get nervous whenever I do one of these things: 1)     Lower my IE security settings to the default level (“Medium” for the Internet Zone) so that I can view a web site or download something 2)    …

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See also…

Eric has a blog that makes my ActiveX Control of Ultimate Destruction look like Sunday School Picnic Sing-along. Read more…

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Influencing Hollywood

The other day, I went to see Lost in Translation with a friend at the Bellevue Galleria cinemas. It’s a very good movie, by the way, but I’m not really going to talk about that. Upon entering the theatre, my friend and I were waived down by someone who was doing research into trailers for…

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Part ][ is coming…

So the other day I wrote an entry about code repurposing, and how it was the end of the world. Hopefully this weekend I will finish off the other side of the story, where I will talk about some of the mitigation strategies you can use to protect your users from these kinds of problems.

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Why is the VSTO project folder named Project_bin?

I just received some e-mail from someone who was not sure why we chose Project_bin as the output directory of our VSTO solutions. They ended up changing the output location to bin, presumably to make it look more like a normal project. Well, we chose that name instead of just bin because we expect people…

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Unfinished songs

Don’t you hate it when you’re in your car with a really cool song on the stereo and you reach your final destination before the song finishes? This morning I was listening to Sasha’s 11-minute masterpiece Xpander while driving to work. I was about 9 minutes into the song when I pulled into a parking…

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