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Why?

Why aren't there any decent audio libraries for .NET? Don't get me wrong, it's nice that the framework supports some audio features in a very simple way if you want to just play something. However, if you need access to the audio data to manipulate

Presenting tonight at the North Dallas .NET User Group

If your in the Dallas area (or more specifically, the North Dallas area), swing by NDDNUG tonight for my presentation on developing for Windows Vista using Visual Studio 2005. (Of course discussing VS'08 can't be avoided and everything I'm

Technology Avalanche

I have to admit that lately I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of new technology that I need to grok in order to stay ahead of the curve. In a relatively short window of time, we've had Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF),
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Adventures in Windows Vista (x64) - Part 3

I've been running Vista x64 for about a month now. So far it's been a pretty painless experience. Here are a few updates: Software Compatibility I continue to be amazed by the amount of software that continues to be compatible with x64. Counter Strike
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All I can say is "Huh?"

OK, so I took the step forward and decided to live on the uber bleeding edge. As you can see from the image, I decided to go ahead and install Microsoft Visual Studio Codename Orcas Beta 1 on my main machine. Yes, the same machine I'm running Vista

Adventures in Windows Vista (x64) - Part 2

After running Vista x64 on another machine for a few days; installing various pieces of critical software and seeing that everything seemed to be working smoothly... I've made the full leap on my main desktop machine (the one that now has 4GB of memory).

Adventures in Windows Vista (x64) - Part 1

I installed Windows Vista Ultimate (x64) last night and everything went pretty smoothly. This, of course, is on the second machine I have on my desk so I can see what works (and doesn't) before making the full jump on the main machine. Out Of The

Tulsa DNUG - Tonight

I'll be at the Tulsa, OK users group this evening presenting on developing for Windows Vista using Visual Studio 2005... so if you're in the area, be sure to stop by and say "hi".

My.Vista

Caleb has sort of let the cat out of the bag ... Introducing My.Vista. There are over 7,000 new API's in Windows Vista. Some of them are immediately obvious while others are deep beneath the surface. I rather enjoy digging around in Windows API land,

How NOT to do single assembly deployment.

I applaud this guys enthusiasm, however, his discovery/technique is something I would strongly urge you to avoid. There are two major reasons for this: Doesn't work as a "regular user". Will cause you MAJOR support issues as Windows Vista

Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

A couple of days ago a noticed this article, downloaded the code, thought about it for a bit and realized that although he had a great idea... I had a few problems with the implementation. I really distaste the idea of "unsafe" code unless there
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Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

Introduction There are a lot of new features in Windows Vista. In this installment, we’ll explore the WinSAT (Windows System Assessment Tool) API. (The Windows Experience Index in the Vista UI is part of WinSAT.) The Vista SDK defines it as: Windows
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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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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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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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