January 2006 MSDN Magazine now online

The January 2006 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/01. The January installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters, is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/06/01/NETMatters. And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/htmlhelp.aspx. Enjoy,Steve


December 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

The December 2005 issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/12. The December installment of my favorite column, .NET Matters, is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/12/NETMatters. And for those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/12/MSDNMag0512.chm. Enjoy,Steve


DevConnections

Heading to Las Vegas today for DevConnections.  If you’re attending the conference and are interested in some of the new reliability features in the .NET Framework 2.0, come to my talk VSY352 at 2pm on Wednesday.  Hope to see you there!


Position Changer Add-In updated for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2

Today, the Media Center team released Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (you may have heard of the update referred to previously as “Emerald”). Update Rollup 2 includes a plethora of modifications to improve the stability, reliability, and functionality of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.  A new SDK to match was…


Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Update Rollup 2

Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 was released today!  Get it while it’s hot.  In addition, for all you developers out there, a new SDK was released and can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D836C29-ABD5-4FDD-90C5-5C5ABAE97DB4&displaylang=en.


November 2005 MSDN Magazine now online

Interested in security? Of course you are! The November 2005 special security issue of MSDN Magazine is now available online at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/11. For those of you on the go, a downloadable CHM file of the entire issue is available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/11/MSDNMag0511.chm. Enjoy,Steve


Donate To American Red Cross Hurricane Relief To Enter Raffle…

Charlie Owen from the Media Center team is raffling off a bunch of prizes (Visual Studio 2005, Windows XP, Office 2003) in exchange for donations to American Red Cross Hurricane Relief: http://blog.retrosight.com/PermaLink,guid,615c3873-ec2c-4869-9d8a-c4bec36042ba.aspx. I have a shrinkwrapped copy of Visual Basic .NET 2003 Standard that I’m adding to the prize pool. You know you want it! …


Safely hosting untrusted add-ins with the .NET Framework 2.0

Shawn Farkas wrote a great article for the November 2005 security issue of MSDN Magazine in which he discusses techniques for safely hosting untrusted add-ins with the .NET Framework 2.0.  We’ve posted it as a preview of the issue.  Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/11/HostingAddIns/.


Using MediaState.dll with GAC’d Add-Ins

Update (10/14/2005): MediaState.dll in the new SDK released today is signed.  You can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D836C29-ABD5-4FDD-90C5-5C5ABAE97DB4&displaylang=en. The Media State Aggregation Service (MSAS) in Windows XP Media Center 2005 provides media event information about the current state of the Media Center. This includes information such as track or channel number changes and time elapsed. The MSAS service…