First Irish web hoster offering ASP.NET AJAX!

I asked earlier this week if any of the web hosting companies in Ireland are offering ASP.NET AJAX as part of a dedicated or shared hosting package. Blacknight solutions are first to the gate informing me that they are ready to go! They created a standard shared hosting account for me, and I configured it…

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Web Hosters are offering ASP.NET AJAX

Brad Abrams blogged a list of web hosters offering ASP.NET AJAX (formerly “Atlas”), including one in France, and a slew of write-in hosters are included in the comments of his post. You definitely want a hoster that supports ASP.NET AJAX. Even if all you use is the UpdatePanel control for partial page updates. Hosters: Are any of…

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Outlook 2007: 3 Tips and Tricks (plus one bonus for the Vista-nated)

Here are 3 tips and tricks for Outlook 2007, plus a bonus tip for those running Outlook 2007 on Vista. You can enlarge the screenshots by clicking on the images.   #1. Quickly add Calendar and Availability information to an e-mail message. In conjunction with Exchange 2007, Outlook does an amazing job of helping selectively…

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SQL Server Management Studio Tip: Show Execution Plan

If you’re looking to better understand what’s happening under the hood when you execute a query against SQL Server 2005, here’s a really cool feature of SQL Server Management Studio (and SQL Server Management Studio Express) that I only just discovered: the ability to inspect the execution plan of a query. Here’s how: Click this button…

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Podge and Rodge Vista-nated?

My job here is done. I’m going to get these lads to do my Vista demos in future, or maybe even apply for the open Evangelist role. For my out-of-Ireland readers, Podge and Rodge are local celebs that host an irreverent late-night talk show.  Which I watch religiously.   (Some people might find this offensive,…

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Windows Vista Developer Tip: Add Administrative Tools to the Start Menu

If you’re a developer or IT Professional, you might want to add the Administrative Tools shortcut to your Start Menu in Windows Vista.  Here’s how:  Right-click on the Taskbar (or the Start menu pearl) and select “Properties”.  On the Start Menu tab, click “Customize…”  Towards the bottom of the list of available options, make a…

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Virtual Server R2: Compatible or what? (bonus: Hypervisors)

I was told yesterday I can’t possibly overestimate the importance of virtualization to the Enterprise.  We’re talking about scenarios like production server consolidation, business continuity management, enabling a dynamic datacenter, and of course, test and development. Check this out. http://vpc.visualwin.com This is a list of over 1000 operating systems that work on Virtual Server 2005…


Windows Live SDK for Developers

My first breakout session yesterday was with the Windows Live team, where they discussed their developer offerings and pipeline.  There is huge potential here for developers.  What does Windows Live have to offer Developers?  Have you ever wanted to… … add Virtual Earth to a website? … use the Live platform to build Messenger activities?… build Search on…

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TechReady4 Kicks off in Seattle – Caption this photo of Steve Ballmer on fire.

The TechReady conference is off to a great start.  I’ve shaken off the jetlag and am overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of sessions. Here’s a photo of Steve Ballmer firing us up during this morning’s keynote.  He’s still got it!! TechReady is an internal technical readiness conference, so despite my (characteristic) enthusiasm, I have to be…

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NLarge – quick bugfix, and a CodePlex release of 1.02

NLarge is my little utility for technical presentations.  It magnifies the screen through a smooth animation, allows you to pan and zoom around the magnified screen, and annotate with the mouse or tablet PC pen.   I made a little tweak to NLarge to address a bug I’ve seen where version 1.01 doesn’t zoom in properly…

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