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November 2006 - Posts

Concerning Windows Vista "Upgrades"

For the first time in history, upgrading from a previous release of Windows (Windows XP) to Windows Vista (any edition) actually "works". I found this to be true, but honestly didn't trust it 100% since history has shown me that this was
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Microsoft + Advertising + Crack = Hmmmmm

Yeah, someone at the Microsoft Campus has been smoking something to have come up with this idea. Don't get me wrong. This is very amusing; a bit twisted... but funny nonetheless. It's an interesting way to start building some buzz surrounding
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WPF Development with Visual Studio 2005

Apparently the November 2006 CTP extensions for Visual Studio 2005 will be the last release will be the last of the WPF development tools that target Visual Studio 2005; but it has been updated to support the released version of .NET 3.0 so I suppose
Posted by CorySmith | 1 Comments

Windows Vista - Windows Explorer Folder Options

This one has been bothering me every time I run Windows Vista; but just haven't taken the time to dig around to find the solution. I like to see my file extensions when browsing through files. Windows Vista, just as other Windows prior, "hides"
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Choices, Choices, Choices

Man, what to choose? What to choose? Beer, a man in tights , PS3, choice of a left testicle or kidney, a beautiful Romanian woman, a rare mp3 ?, another beer AND lapdance , Mongo's gamertag, a flea tattoo named after yours truly, a marriage proposal?!?!?!?,
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And the winner is...

Unfortunately I got called to work all this afternoon, so haven't had a chance to read through all the submissions. I have to tell you there are some really good ones and I'll only be considering those submitted prior to today at 12:00pm central
Posted by CorySmith | 9 Comments

You snooze, you lose.

Don't miss your opportunity to get your hands on your very own license to Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite and MSDN license. I'll be selecting one lucky creative individual tomorrow at noon (central time).
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Get back your "Run" command (Windows Vista)

By default, Windows Vista does not have the "Run" command on the start menu. It's easy to get this back. 1. Open the start menu. 2. Right click on a non-icon area and select "Properties". 3. Press the "Customize" button.
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Installing "old" stuff on Windows Vista

Apparently some software installations aren't very happy when running on Windows Vista. It turned out that the solution to one of them was to disable the UAC functionality so that its key validation routines would work. I do not recommend running
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Comparing Apples To Apples (Revisited)

Like I stated, don't trust someone elses benchmarks. ;-) Don't get me wrong, in my testing, VB still seems to be a hair faster; but now only by a very slim margin (less than 400ms across all tests). Please keep in mind that I did not come up with
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Comparing Apples To Apples (The Myth Of Benchmarks)

I so love benchmarks. There supposed to give us an idea, albiet rough sometimes, about the differences in choosing one thing over another. By looking at the comparitive numbers, we should be able to make an intelligent decision regarding raw performance.
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Cingular Wireless Customer Service Application = STUPID!!!

The past two days I've received several phone calls where the recording states that they wish for me to contact them regarding my Cingular Wireless account. I don't have a Cingular account?!?!? So I call the phone number provided. Here's the
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What would you do for a Visual Studio 2005 (Team System Suite) and MSDN license?

What would you do to get your hands on a fully licensed copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005? I got the little metal cards a while back and still have one that I can give to anyone I wish. If I'm not mistaken, I pretty sure it's a license to a
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Windows Media Player 11

In the line of... EVEN MORE STUFF... Windows Media Player 11 has been released as well (apparently on October 30th, so I'm a little late). No matter what your oppinion of the previous media player versions has been, you owe it to yourself to check
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Stuff, stuff and more stuff....

A lot of new stuff available today. You have the next .NET Framework available . I also see that the official announcement from Telligent regarding BlogMailr , a free tool that allows you to utilize email to post your blog entries. Talking with Rob, this
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.NET Framework 3.0 Available Today!

It appears that .NET 3.0 has officially been released today... all we need now is Windows Vista and a Visual Studio to go with it. ;-) But, if you really want to dig into it today and start building applications utiling Windows Presentation/Communication/Workflow
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XboxFriends + Community Server

OK, it's more of a proof of concept right now, but as you can see utilizing the HTTP Notifications feature in XboxFriends for the Desktop I am able to display my Xbox Live friends list on the right hand side. It does use caching so it is a little
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Visual Studio 2005 SP1 available this December

Well it's official. The VS2005 SP1 beta has ended and the release is set for sometime in December. The Beta Program closed on October 30, 2006. More than 10,000 users participated in this program and we have reviewed over 350 bugs and suggestions.
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Microsoft + Novell

What does this mean for projects like Mono ? For those that don't understand the question, Mono is "sponsored by Novell". Additionally, "For fast response to specific issues related to the Mono runtime, APIs and tools, developers can
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Twin Cities Code Camp

The Twin Cities Code Camp (Minneapolis, MN) is just around the corner (November 11, 2006). Jason Bock has done a great job organizing this thing the sessions look great! I suspect that it will go off without any hitches; and no, I'm not just saying
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Community Server - Running *another* application in the CS folder

After browsing (over and over again) through the CS forums and guessing as to what the meaning of the various answer were, I think I've found the *actual* answer to running another ASP.NET 2.0 application within an existing CS application folder.
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Community Server Solution to "Can't Create Users"

After posting the entry regarding the problems I'm having with Community Server, what I had written had a moment to sink in and it hit me... I wonder if having two different connection strings might be the cause of the user creation problem. Sure
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C# to VB Conversion/Translation

(OK, since I lost this post due to other circumstances... here it goes again. - Here's your chance to answer it again.) I can't remember exactly what my questions were, so here goes... Have you used any of the C# to VB conversion utilities available
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Grrrr... Community Server

Community Server migration is still kicking me in the ***... I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and push the CS files to the root folder so that I can take advantage of some of the other features of the product while also allowing me to
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Migration to Community Server 2.1

I'm in the process (as if you haven't noticed) of migrating from .TEXT v0.95 circa 2003 to Community Server v2.1. I still have a ways to go, but at least the initial work is finished. The guys at Telligent have been extremely helpful throughout
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