I just bought a Toyota and all I want to do is tear it apart to figure it out

That is the nature of a person who has my job, technology is often opened up and the put back together again.  I have owned a 2008 Prius since 2008 and have loved the car.  Now that my Mother in Law needs a replacement for her car, my wife wants to give her my Prius…

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IE 10 Preview, you should read it! and use it

IE 10 Preview, wow, this is a great way to learn more about Modern Design and get into the right mind set for Windows 8 Store Apps.  No kidding. Let’s say you are using one of the trailing edge operating systems like Mountain Lion, and you want to get into the new way of design…

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Free Windows 8 help and software tools

Please click on the links and check out these offers, they cost you nothing and might help you make money! Azure 90-day Free Trial: Get started or learn how to build cloud apps! https://aka.ms/socalacademic_90day_azure VS Express 2012 RC for Windows 8 & Windows 8 Release Preview Downloads on Dev Center This has SDKs, hands on…

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First Prize in Imagine Cup: $50,000

Get signed up at http://www.imaginecup.com NOW.  And it’s THREE, that’s right 3 $50,000 first prizes for Game, Innovation and the World Citizenship.  You don’t get to read the rules till you register, but if you are a real software person, you know how to sign up for things before you sign up if you get…

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Windows 8 Game Design Syllabus: Any comments appreciated

    Instructor: Term: Office: Class Meeting Days: Phone: Class Meeting Hours: E-Mail: Class Location: Website:   Office Hours:   I.1. Course Information University Course Catalog Description At successful completion of this course the student will design, implement and market a game in the Windows 8 store using tools that can also be utilized with…

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SharePoint workspace shows up after installing Office 15 or Office 2013

So, there was groove, the tool that seemed cool but I never really understood.  It would be nice to have a system that simply synched my files between machines.  So groove was ungroovy and others came up with a system that they could own and get others to use.  Groove was unloved.  Then along game…

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Direct2 QuickStart Sample, not for Direct2 with XAML or Win8

The Direct2D QuickStart sample is for use with W32 and not XAML or Win8 .  The sample uses the ID2D1HwndRenderTarget, which is NOT supported in the Windows Modern UI style apps.  I spent a few minutes reading the article and realized that it was relatively useless for the implementation instructions on how to combine Direct2,…

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Changes in Visual Studio 2012: Deployment or installer has significantly changed

If you are NOT building Windows 8 apps, you may want to deploy your app to Windows 7, etc.  Well things have changed. You use the InstallShield and need to sign up when you create the deployment application.  For more information see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/2kt85ked.aspx You should do Windows 8 apps so to prepare your app use…

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30 Days to Launch: Got the call from the MSPE

Ok, you sign up for the 30 days to launch, you get the emails that hopefully you are paying attention to.  Then you get the phone call.  Don’t hang up if you hear this introduction: Hi I am <Name of caller> of Microsoft Solution Partner Experts calling on behalf of Microsoft. DON’T HANG UP!  This…

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Wear a Hat (^) when you do that thing, if that thing is Object References

You weren’t thinking that I was talking about something else were you?  Some people might call the ^ a carat, but in our world, it is a hat.  Use the “Hat” or ^ only if you are using with Windows Runtime Objects or are creating a Windows Runtime component. (Keep in mind that there are…

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