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  • Watching recorded TV with Windows Media Player

    I “cut the cord” years ago and have been using Windows Media Center to record television for ages.  It is with great sadness to see Microsoft drop Windows Media Center from Windows; however, that doesn’t change the fact that I literally have years (several seasons) of content to catch up on… I used to be able to just launch Windows Media ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on February 16, 2017
  • What happened to “What U Hear”?

    Back in the day, Windows used to have an “audio input” that would be whatever was currently playing… also known as a “loop back”.  Beginning with Windows 7, this “input” appears to have been removed.  As it turns out, it hasn’t been removed; this is even true as of Windows 10.  It’s just not available by default.  To enable: ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on February 15, 2017
  • Transition Physical Machine To Virtual

    I'm writing more so as a reminder to myself... What I am trying to do is transition an older machine, one that is "semi-retired" but still contains some stuff that I need every once and a while for work purposes and I'd rather not muck up my new installation with these tools. So enter virtualization ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on June 27, 2014
  • Further Adventures in WinRT - Part 1

    Working with WinRT, well, I'm just going to say it... sucks!  I'm past the "who moved my cheese" phase; so that's not why I'm making that statement.  It sucks because it is not completely thought out, requires that you have to jump through hoops that were solved by many other API stacks many years ago, and ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on February 3, 2013
  • WinForms ComboBox -> DevExpress ComboBoxEdit (migration)

    I found a couple of solutions on the DevExpress website for how to use the ComboBoxEdit component the way I wanted, however, none of them seemed to provide a smooth transition from the WinForms databound ComboBox to the DevExpress counterpart.  So using some fo the examples that I found, reading through the help and reflecting ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 29, 2009
  • Console Event Handling

    Someone sent me an IM asking if I knew of a way to handle the pressing of the close button on a console application.  After a bit of research, I found a way (and some limitations).  This required stepping outside of the Microsoft .NET Framework utilizing P/Invoke.  This allowed me to capture the application close event (which ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 23, 2007
  • Console Event Handling

    IntroductionAt one point or another, most software developers have written a console application.  It might have been while you were learning how to write software or, even more recently, as a way to create a simple tool that doesn't require the extra effort involved in creating a robust user interface.  At Tech-Ed 2007, I actually ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 23, 2007
  • 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 speaking on works in VS'08).  Meeting starts at 6:00pm, so I'll need to head ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on July 11, 2007
  • 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). Some interesting "facts":Windows Experience Index reports my processor running ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on May 24, 2007
  • 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. 4. Scroll down and find the "Run command" checkbox.  5. Check it ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 22, 2006
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