Jun 072010
 

I’m pleased to announce that the June 2010 release of Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio is now available for free download! New features in this release: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM .NET 4 support – You can now build your Windows Azure web apps and services using either .NET 3.5 or the [...]

Nov 242009
 

Mike Wickstrand of the Windows Azure team has created a Windows Azure Feedback Forum to solicit feedback from you about what sorts of things/features/services you would like to see Windows Azure provide.  You can enter your own suggestions and vote for the features that you want the most.  This feedback will go directly to the [...]

Windows Azure at PDC09

 Posted by at 2:26 pm  Work
Nov 172009
 

Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for cloud-based applications, just rolled out a major update to sync with PDC09. We of course also rolled out a major update of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio in the same push. Jim Nakashima and others will be showing our latest tools at PDC09 this week. Windows Azure Tools [...]

Oct 202009
 
Using SecureCard and other devices with VirtualPC Virtual Machines

One of the great things about using VirtualPC in software development and testing is that the VirtualPC “virtual machine” really only has one hardware configuration.  The virtual machine defines a virtual hard disk, virtual display, virtual network, and even its own virtual BIOS for booting up the virtual machine. The downside to that uniformity is [...]

Oct 192009
 

Microsoft announced today the release of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 beta 2!  It will be available immediately for download by MSDN subscribers and for general release towards the end of this month. I can’t begin to describe all the stuff that is new and improved in this beta 2, so [...]

Oct 142009
 

Thawte has announced it will discontinue its “Web of Trust” peer to peer identity assertion program later this year. Web Of Trust enables individuals to obtain personal digital certificates without having to go through costly corporate or government paperwork. The idea is that if several trusted WoT members (notaries) assert that they have met the [...]

Oct 022009
 

Dion Almer and Ben Galbraith, cofounders of the Ajaxian web development news portal, have left their digs at Mozilla to head up the developer relations team for Palm‘s webOS.  Dion and Ben moved to Mozilla just short of a year ago to work on Bespin, a project to develop tools for building cloud applications.

Oct 022009
 

When you’re writing a rich Internet application (RIA) in HTML and JavaScript, sometimes you need to programatically place a DOM element relative to the right or bottom edge of the visible browser window. For example, if you want to popup a help balloon near an item of interest, you probably want to make sure that [...]

Jun 292009
 

If software programming logic and statements were viewed as literature, what form of literature would yours be? Novel: multiple independent story lines that you hope will eventually converge to make a point. Short story: a limited number of characters with only one point to make Essay: tell ‘em what you’re going to say, say it, [...]

Apr 152009
 

Have you ever run into a situation where you need to bridge between code that uses the old custom EventHandler pattern for events and code that wants to use the new parameterized EventHandler<> code style? EventHandler style delegates are not assignment compatible with EventHandler<> delegates.  You’ll run into this if you’re writing a new API [...]

Mar 192009
 

Amidst the fanfare and excitement of Mix09 this week, we’ve received reports on the discussion forum from a few folks that were having trouble with the Live Framework SDK and Tools April CTP released last week.  Here’s an update on that issue. Issue: Visual Studio closes unexpectedly when launching Help: About or when creating or [...]

Mar 122009
 

I’m pleased to announce that we have released our April CTP release of the Live Framwork SDK and Tools in preparation for MIX09 next week.  For full details see the official announcement on the Live Framework blog, but here are the highlights: You can now run the local client for mesh.com side by side with [...]

Joy of Unclear Writing

 Posted by at 7:16 pm  Misc
Feb 262009
 

I’ve been chipping away at processing and archiving family papers lately.  Tonight I came across a folder of papers from when my mother was a full time instructor in the LSU English Department, circa 1979. Among the exams and worksheets she used in class was this little gem: THE FOLLOWING ARE EXAMPLES OF UNCLEAR WRITING.  [...]

Feb 122009
 

Congratulations to Miguel de Icaza and his team at Novell for the completion and release of Moonlight 1.0!  Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight for the Linux platform developed in a joint effort between Novell and Microsoft. Silverlight was the primary deployment vehicle for live online video coverage of the Olympics last summer, [...]

Jan 152009
 

Adrian Bateman of the IE8 team has posted a video showing how to use IE8′s new XDomanRequest object to request data from a URL that is not in the current HTML page’s domain. He also shows how to make an (almost) equivalent cross-domain call in a beta build of Firefox 3.1. This makes use of [...]

Jan 122009
 

Microsoft’s Live Mesh was awarded top honors in the “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” category at the Crunchies Awards on Jan 10, beating out other nominees in the category including Facebook Connect and Google Chrome.  Live Mesh is a file sharing application that enables users to access their data from a variety of devices, while online or [...]

Jan 092009
 
New Consumer Product Safety Testing Law Set To Destroy Home Crafts Industry

The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) set to go into effect February 10, 2009 will require all products for children to be tested for lead and other toxins.  Protecting children from toxins is a noble cause, but this law is poorly written.  It requires that manufacturers submit every model of their products for toxicity [...]

Dec 302008
 

Microsoft’s Live Mesh platform has been nominated for the 2008 Crunchies “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” award!  The winner will be determined by public vote, so get yourself over to http://crunchies2008.techcrunch.com/votes/ to cast your vote for your favorite technologies of 2008. The Crunchies competition and award ceremony recognizes and celebrates the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations [...]