Nikon’s RAW (NEF) Vista Codec Updated

Nikon has released an updated version of their RAW (NEF) Codec for Vista that resolves an issue that caused it to suddenly stop working last week. Apparently the problem had something to do with an expired certificate. The new Codec is still labeled version 1.01. However, if you uninstall the old 1.00 or 1.01 codec,…


Adventures in XNA 6: A Wii Flock of Boids

Here’s a flock of butterflies, brought to you in XNA, which can soar around their environment with the help of the Wii controller. By tilting and rolling the Wiimote, you can control the flight of the lead butterfly.  The rest of the flock sticks together, chasing you wherever your accellerometer-fuelled flights of fancy take you….


Tá ocras ar an Orcas: Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 available

I’m working on two projects in the evenings: One is an XNA app (no surprises there), and the other is a Live Messenger bot that is going to integrate the DotMSN bot library, WCF, WF, SQL2005 and more.  I’ve been building that second project with the March CTP of Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas”. Lots…


Valentia Technologies – Microsoft Global Case Study

I wanted to take a moment to congratuate Valentia Technologies, an Ireland-based company and one of our Microsoft Ireland Vista Launch Partners, for the release of their Microsoft Global Case Study. Valentia’s solution for patient-care reporting is used by emergency care personnel during the “golden hour” after an accident.  According to the “golden hour” principle,…


Start++ is a great addition to Vista’s Search functionality

The Vista Team blog tipped me off to a useful utility called Start++ that improves upon the search functionality in the Vista Start Menu.   I already use the Start Menu’s Search box (pictured here) for launching applications, and finding documents and e-mails on my computer. With Start++ I can create shortcuts to perform custom searches and application launches. … Realtime: Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget for property updates in Ireland is Ireland’s biggest property website.  Their listings include properties for sale, letting and sharing.  In fact, I found my Dublin apartment through Daft when I moved here from Canada. Daft has just released Daft Realtime, a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget which receives live updates from their listings directly to your Windows Vista desktop as new…


SQL Server 2005 SP2: Released, and Vista-ready

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released yesterday, and I’ve just downloaded and installed the Express Edition with Advanced Services SP2 onto my Vista PC.  Smooth sailing all the way, and no compatibility warnings.  Hooray! Here’s a link to SQL Server 2005 SP2 on the TechNet site, and you can review this document on…


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…


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,…


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…