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Smashing Magazine September 2010 Windows 7 Theme

September is here (apologies for being late - in all honesty I wasn't inspired by this months' selections)…time for an updated Windows 7 Smashing Magazine theme pack! The September themes seem to be continuing the focus on 'summer' things.  So here is your September 2010 Windows 7 Theme Packs for wallpapers – unfiltered and uncensored – about 75 wallpapers in all. Smashing Magazine September 2010 Windows 7 Theme (calendar) Smashing Magazine September 2010 Windows 7 Theme (no calendar) Smashing Magazine Desktop Wallpaper: September 2010 (original post) For details on these...

Hey Startups – get some BizSpark

Remember DreamSpark, the program for students in higher education to get access to the developer tools and platforms from Microsoft at no charge?  How about some love for individuals in startup organizations trying to create the next great innovation in technology as a service, an application, some Silverlight love perhaps :-)? Done. A new program has just launched for startups.  From the site it is described as: Microsoft® BizSpark™ is a global program designed to help accelerate the success of early stage startups by providing key resources when they need it...

Some Silverlight ecosystem updates

I’ve had a couple things sitting in my inbox for a week or so and rather than call them out individually and take up your precious aggregation space, I’ll summarize them here. 3rd Party Silverlight Controls Got a note from Valentin about the roadmap for the Telerik Silverlight controls.  As they’ve previously noted, they are planning a set of controls: Window, Menu, TreeView, TabControl, PanelBar, Cube, ComboBox, Upload, Calendar, DatePicker, NumericUpDown, MediaPlayer, Range Slider, ProgressBar, WrapPanel, DockPanel, UniformGridPanel.  Right now it looks like they are incorporating the feedback provided and doing some polish work like adding Blend tool support for skinning, etc. ...

ATMs, design and XAML

I’ve been a Wells Fargo customer for a long time.  As a financial institution it has served me well.  I’ve never really put much thought into the services I use and the interactions I have with their systems.  Actually I take that back – I make heavy use of the online banking system and have noticed some likes/dislikes, but overall pleased. Over the past year, the automated teller machines (ATM) have undergone some design changes that, while subtle, have been impressive and welcome additions to the ATM experience for me.  It really made me actually notice a change in...

NY Times Reader on Mac with Silverlight

A while back the team at the New York Times newspaper produced a digital reader for their content, dubbed ‘Times Reader.’  The technology powering that reader experience (“the digital newspaper that reads like the real thing”) is Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), part of the .NET Framework.  It is a remarkable experience for viewing digital news in a traditional format.  It provided online and offline reading capabilities mixed with some new and innovative ways of viewing related stories. Portions of the reader were even transformed into a starter kit framework: Syndicated Client Experiences Starter Kit.  This kit provides the initial...

Foxit PDF Previewer Security Update

Hello readers!  If you are a Foxit user, please update your reader software to the latest version ASAP.  A recent exploit was found by a security research firm and Foxit turned around an update to their reader within 24 hours.  Bravo to the Foxit team for being very agile and getting this rectified. After some further research and discussion with the development team it was found that the ActiveX component used in the PDF Preview Handlers might also be vulnerable.  To reconcile this, Foxit has issued a patched (and updated) version of the ActiveX control for the preview handlers. ...

Foxit Preview Handler for XP

Ever since I released my version of the Foxit PDF Preview Handler, I've been flooded with comments about building a version that works for Windows XP.  You see XP doesn't have the preview host that Vista has built into the operating system. Well, I finally had some time to hunt down some code and get it working, thanks to the help of Ryan Gregg from the Outlook team.  I released the sample code I used as a base for this as a part of our Code Trip project.  You can view my short screencast explaining one of the core pieces here...

Media Center Plugin: MyNetflix

Are you a Netflix customer and have a Media Center PC?  Check out what one of our Media Center MVPs re-birthed.  Anthony Park, a Media Center MVP, has regenerated a project from back in 2004 (originally developed by Ryan Hurst) and released MyNetflix v2.1. I'm not a Media Center nor Netflix user but the user interface is impressive and done very well to look like a part of the overall Media Center experience.  Here's a view of your Netflix queue: You can see other screenshots of browsing 'top' categories, movie details and he's also now incorporated 'watch now' information as well. Great work...

MSDN improves search, breaks my gadget

Ah, the joys of using non-API APIs :-).  I say that in jest because essentially my first stab at the MSDN search gadget wasn't using any *real* API, but rather just formatting queries correctly and hoping that the format would stay the same. Well, when you do this you run the risk of things changing.  For MSDN (and TechNet) search, things have changed 3 times now.  Mike Ormond points out that another change breaks the default MSDN gadget that I had created.  He's posted a fix that works for him (until the next change) and should for others. Thanks Mike for posting...

students can get developer and designer tools for free

bill gates announces on channel8 a program called 'DreamSpark' which is enabling students of higher education to obtain microsoft developer and designer tools for no charge! over at the channel8 downloads page you'll see what is available: visual studio professional, expression studio, windows server 2003 standard, and xna game studio.  wow.  for now this is available in United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Germany, France, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium.  the program looks to bring more countries on in the future so check back. there is a student verification process that you have to go through and some of the...

silverlight: jelly overload

richardz found a place for his awesome silverlight 'jelly' samples...and added another one -- overload. check out the jelly overload! tags: silverlight , jelly graph , jelly overload , jelly pie , jelly bar , expression , xaml

msdn search gadget updated

thanks to mike ormond for prodding me about updating the msdn search sidebar gadget.  i had found this issue as well myself when i realized it wasn't working anymore.  well, it was because msdn went through a redesign and their urls changed...so much for scraping :-) well, i updated mine and i'm sure nikhil is swamped and may not have a chance to update his (and i didn't want to redist his code, but here's what i did). on mine you can just download the new one here: MSDN Search Sidebar Gadget when i say "mine" it is just a...

portland code camp wrap-up

i had a great time at the day i attended at the portland code camp!  i'm sorry for those who couldn't make it, you missed out!  we also had a great time at the kennedy school afterwards on saturday (an old elementary school transformed into a bar, restaurant, movie theater, hotel, etc. -- very cool, all the insides of the school left in tact). i delivered 3 presentations at the saturday session of code camp: virtual earth, sidebar gadgets and popfly.  first and foremost, thank you for those that attended my sessions (i apologize for the room changes again), i...

expression blend training coming to a city near you

i have to say, i'm really excited about this...for a while now i've been talking to customers and communities about wpf and expression blend.  i have to admit though, i'm not a designer, not even a good novice designer :-).  but i "get" expression blend -- the framework is much simpler for me to understand as a novice...and when i see experts open the tool i'm amazed at how quick they understand it and begin to create some compelling visuals/applications. anywhoo, there is a roadtrip happening...expression blend near you!  so check out the city list and register.  you'll learn some...

expression tools available to msdn subscribers

one thing that i really have been liking about microsoft over the past year is the teams that have been listening to feedback.  here's one case in point. previously it was discussed (i'm not sure if was even officially 'announced' or not announced, but there was some discussion at best) that the expression tools (expression web, blend, design, and media) would not be available to premium visual studio subscribers (also known as 'msdn subscriptions').  this caused quite a bit of uproar in the community (and candidly i'll share with you that the uproar internally was ten-fold).  microsoft embarking on...

vista dev: updated sidebar gadget templates

i did a quick refresh on my windows vista sidebar gadget templates for visual studio.  it is a simple refresh that accomplishes the following: puts both the VB and C# web project templates in the same visual studio content installer moves the structure around to demonstrate how to use locale folders within gadgets (see image below) i get questions on the first one (VB/C# templates) a lot.  really there is no difference between the templates, the only reason i created two is so that when you choose "new web site" it will show up under both language options.  that's...

vista dev: msdn search gadget in script#

a while back i posted a gadget i wrote to demonstrate writing vista sidebar gadgets.  this was my msdn search gadget. well, i am giddy that nikhil decided to use that model to improve it and leverage script#, which is something i'm deeply interested in.  check out nikhil's much improved msdn search gadget...installed.  it demonstrates some really cool features and brings script# as a model to develop sidebar gadgets...very very cool. tags: vista, gadget, sidebar gadget, sidebar, windows vista, script#, nikhilk, nikhil kothari, msdn gadget, msdn

wicked wpf/e demonstration

want to see a wicked demo?  well, if you know slovenian, you'll know what it actually says, but check out this demo anyway, using WPF/e -- www.windowsvista.si -- this is all WPF/e baby...check out the "glass" even on the toolbars :-) and yes, just like the real windows, the status tray keeps popping up something! tags: wpfe, wpf/e, windows presentation foundation, atlas, ajax

sample: wcf, wf, wpf and free code

trying to wrap your head around .net 3.0 technologies?  well, here's a free sample to help you see several different aspects of it.   DinnerNow is a sample application that leverages all aspects of .net 3.0 -- and the source is provided!  workflow -- it's there, communication foundation? -- yep.  sprinkle in some cardspace and some wpf and there is a full application with different aspects demonstrated. this sample is a pretty good starting guide (with some advanced features) to learn these technologies. check it out at www.dinnernow.net and download the code! tags: dinnernow, wcf, wpf, workflow, .net, asp.net, asp.net...

wpf/e: plugins and firefox 2

since the ctp of wpf/e became available, there have been some interesting discussions and demos happening in the world.  again, if you haven't seen theWPFBlog.com check it out...one of the latest samples (Microbe) shows what appears to be a single animation, but is actually half WPF/e and Flash.  it is so visually clean, it is hard to tell the difference -- i had to put a mouse over each half to even notice a difference.  very interesting. two other questions have popped up to me.  first, the installation.  yeah, you have to go to a site and download an exe/msi...

developing on vista: sidebar gadgets part 2

i've been playing around with the vista sidebar gadget lately and trying to dabble in developing some gadgets.  i must tell you, i feel with ajax, gadgets, wpf/e event handling, that i'm taking a step back to the good ol' days of 1998.  javascript everywhere.  in part 1 i created some helper templates for the structure...i should modify these a bit on some learnings i had (mainly localization and referencing), but they'll work in most instances. gadgets are no different.  in fact, a sidebar gadget is really nothing more than DHTML content with some flair.  i also must admin, the...

wpfe stuff

for some cool things wpf-related, i highly recommend looking at theWPFblog.com.  some interesting examples being posted there. right now there is a side-by-side wpf/e and flash control: and also there is a cool demonstration of a SWF->XAML converter tool showing the resulting output side-by-side as well. tags: xaml, wpfe, wpf, windows presentation foundation everywhere, windows presentation foundation, winfx, flash

express yourself with avalon in the browser: wpf/e

today, microsoft announced the first preview of the windows presentation foundation (formerly codename "avalon") everywhere framework (aka wpf/e).  so what is it? essentially wpf/e is a strategy of bringing that rich windows presentation foundation (wpf) experience to the web.  oh yeah, but only internet explorer right? wrong.  ie, firefox, safari, opera.  bring it.  the december ctp of wpf/e includes support for windows media technologies, 2d animation, vector graphics, etc.  it is an interesting technology -- check it out. okay, so the other cheesy part of my post title was alluding to the other part of the announcement today...the expression...

developing on vista: sidebar gadgets part 1

i've been experimenting developing windows vista sidebar gadgets lately.  one thing that is lacking is a core template for all things sidebar gadget (or at least i've not found one). i'll save my thoughts on developing a sidebar gadget for a 'part 2' post once i finish the simple one i'm working on (well, not 'simple' but simple enough with some different features). in the meantime, i've cooked up some sidebar gadget templates for visual studio 2005.  now keep in mind that sidebar gadgets don't themselves run c# or vb code, but they are HTML, Javascript, etc. files that interact.  so...

develop an internet explorer addon

microsoft is hosting a contest for ie7 addon development.  all you have to do is create an interesting addon to submit and you could win: $2500 plus some tickets to MIX07 $2000, $1000, $500, Zune to learn how extensible ie7 is and some starting points, check out the ieblog article from ericlaw. here's more information from pete on the contest as well. tags: ie7, internet explorer, addons, contest, mix, mix07

devconnections day 2: who's line is it anyway?

so i've decided that i'm likely not going to see any sessions at devconnections.  i'm doing some major booth duty :-) -- but that's okay, the conferences are for the attendees to hammer on the microsoft guys anyway...i enjoy listening to the questions. today we have Greg Proops (who at least i know from the show who's line is it anyway? running around the conference and harrassing people.  okay, he's not doing much of that, but this guy is funny.  we had a chance to talk with him as well...he was pretty funny and asked us some great questions about...

news flash: windows vista released

it's true...windows vista released to manufacturing! read from the windowsvistablog.com: windows vista releases to manufacturing tags: vista, windows vista

devconnections day 1: big dev announcements

following the rtm announcement of office 2007 (if you hadn't heard), the evening keynote at devconnections had ScottGu give the following announcements: ASP.NET AJAX Beta 2 Visual Studio Tools for Office 2007 note: this is being made as a free download to licensed VS2005 Pro users as well as VSTO2005 licensed users Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET 3.0 (Workflow) Visual Studio 2005 extensions for .NET 3.0 (WCF/WPF) .NET 3.0 Visual Studio 2005 extensions: SharePoint Services 3.0 lots of great stuff and i'm sure more to come this week! tags: visual studio, vsto, office, vista, .net, asp.net, ajax,...

defining your area of experience

i was mocking up a simple vista sidebar gadget to show a colleague of what a gadget is and he complained that it was "too wide" -- after i inquired further, he called me over to show me.  you see in vista, when you have Aero (aka "glass" effects) enabled, the sidebar is really seamless into the desktop (apart from a shadow on the right).  when you hover over the sidebar, it 'defines' itself and makes itself a little more visible...thus a small border/line appears.  see below: ...

AJAX500 - accelerate your web development

                     Interface Technical Training and Microsoft have partnered to present AJAX500, a one-day intense seminar designed to accelerate your web development with ASP.NET AJAX technologies.  In this one-day session you will learn: The simplest, most scalable ways to add AJAX support to your applications When using an AJAX library beats hand-coded JavaScript The reality of cross-browser support (it may surprise you!) Technical concerns of file size, testing and debugging Common AJAX design patterns How and when to extend the ASP.NET AJAX libraries this is a great opportunity to hear from local experts. ...

cool wpf application

just got pointed to 'postitboard' which is a windows presentation foundation (wpf) application using flickr services. check out the result when i searched on one of my tags: very cool. tags: windows presentation foundation, wpf, vista, avalon, .net 3.0, winfx

free .net 3.0 elearning clinics

wow, i just got an email with a great deal on training.  available now are some e-learning clinics around .net 3.0.  and guess what the price is: free.  this will be free until the launch of .NET 3.0 and even after that they will only be $9.99 per collection...but that's beside the point...THEY ARE FREE TODAY. spend some time and register for these...a great way to jumpstart learnings on WPF, WCF and Workflow! the collection is 3 2-hour clinics.  here's the registration link: FREE .NET 3.0 eClinics tags: elearning, microsoft, wpf, wcf, workflow, windows communication foundation, windows presentation foundation, indigo,...

my vista upgrade test and experience

after hosting a developer installfest in phoenix and watching people go through the upgrade process (some easier than others...some very painful), i decided to give it a whirl.  I'm a bit of an operating system snob, that is to say that i'd never upgrade...i just don't believe in that -- operating systems represent the slate to me, and it should be clean. so here i go...here's the specs: Dell Dimension 4400 Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz 1GB RAM 40GB HDD Start time: 21:00 could not get the dvd to work...but i couldn't get any dvd to work...argh..something...

windows deployment services rocks

last friday, we hosted a vista/office installfest in phoenix.  people were invited to bring their machines and upgrade to the latest build of windows vista.  it was an experiment to say the least.  i have to admit, the upgrade experience left me with some questions.  there are many factors involved and as dumb as it sounds, just today i started thinking that it could have been partly the dvd media.  a lot of the issues were due to the time it took to upgrade.  i wonder if better media would have helped. but i digress... the one cool thing we...

antivirus and bloatware

i'm not a fan of bloatware...i don't think anyone is.  when you install something, you expect it to be exactly what you want.  aol recently got nailed for having their latest software install a bunch of other software without the user's knowledge. two chronic violators i think for bloatware: acrobat reader and quicktime.  acrobat reader: to me that means a reader.  so why is it 20MB?  compare to foxit reader which is 3.7MB (which is about 2MB more than the previous version even) and does the same thing (reads PDFs, search, etc.).  yeah, yeah, acrobat reader can do a few...

clearification

i'm not really sure what the goal is here, but it looks like is in partnership with windows vista...my kind of humor, maybe not yours... my favorite part "is it veesta or vista?" check out www.clearification.com tags: windows vista, vista, clearification

readyboost makes it faster -- maybe

one of the new features in windows vista is the concept of readyboost.  readyboost is the part of those demos that you've seen someone stick a usb memory key in their laptop and boom they instantly increased their RAM.  well, kinda. i needed a new usb key (lost mine) and decided to ensure i got one that was readyboost capable.  i opted for the sandisk cruzer micro 2gb.  namely because of the size and i liked the little switch-blade feature.  i decided my first use of it would be to see if could notice a difference in readyboost usage. now,...

visual studio support on vista

some important news came out today regarding visual studio 2005 and visual studio version support on vista.  you can read about it on soma's blog here, but here are some nutshell bullets: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta released today - pending feedback over the next few weeks, this is planned to be released out of beta in the next 3-4 months VS2005 SP1 will run on Vista, but may have some compat issues, teams are working together to find those issues and provide a set of fixes beyond SP1. .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0 applications will work on Vista...

vsto 2005 second edition beta released

sweet...the update to visual studio tools for office (vsto) has been updated and released!  just updated on the office developer center, vsto 2005 second edition is released in beta form. this represents an opportunity for visual studio 2005 developers to do some development on the office 2007 platform now much easier.  what is great is the vsto team also created a tutorial to walk through some examples.  granted the examples are very simple, but it gives you an idea of how to leverage things like add-ins, task panes, integrating with the ribbon UI.  it's 58 pages of goodness to get...

vista rc1/devtools on toshiba m400

i've seen a couple of posts on this, namely pointing to the RAID driver issue, so i thought i'd post my install comments as i have an m400 and have a stable environment. before you instal anything on your toshiba m400, go and grab the RAID driver as pointed out in several posts across the internet.  you can get it from here: RAID_M400.  without this you will not be able to even start the setup on your hard disk.  reason?  let's not go into details -- bottom line: you need it. once you have it here you go... [note: there...

vista has hit RC1 milestone

nick pointed it our here that vista hit the rc1 milestone!  right now it is available for beta and early adopter program customers.  hopefully there will be information in a few weeks (or less) for a broader availability. for developers, be on the lookout in your local area for installfests that may occur and get you running on the latest and greatest! Technorati tags: vista, windows vista, rc1, installfest

command prompt here in vista

tired of hacking around with registry entries on getting the 'command prompt here' on your context menu? in vista, Shift + right click shows the 'Open Command Window here' option: tags: vista, command prompt here, command

hacking windows live writer

i've gotten a few comments privately about some questions and thought i'd offer some opinions here. first, regarding my flickr/tagging plugins.  again, i've chosen codeplex to be my source of distribution/collaboration and i'm just waiting for project approval -- hopefully i'll get it shortly and then the plugins will be up there in no time. now, on to the hacking :-) i should point out that windows live writer is beta right now and they've acknowledged more work to come.  still, it's an awesome tool and kudos to the team, especially joe for championing some of my feedback :-).  because...

vista - virtual pc and iso mounting

i just got a note from jamesb who is an AZGroups.com frequenter.  he reports that he got vista running on a vpc.  while some may have already done this, others have struggled still.  james pointed to a resource that helped him get it running using microsoft virtual pc (now free). he used: vista on virtual pc he noted to me that it is running on 812MB RAM and took >8GB of the drive -- oh yeah, and took about 14 hours to install...yikes. just a reminder that vista on vpc isn't a good experience at all and you aren't getting...

as seen on campus

nice cheesy 'mailbox' on microsoft campus promoting windows live mail... tags: windows+live, live, hotmail

no msde for you, vista

there is an interesting discussion going on over at eric nelson's blog.  why?  simple, here's the title of the post: Time to move on from MSDE to SQL Server 2005 Express (you do want to run on Windows Vista - don't you?) eric has great points about the reasons for sql 2005 express edition (which is still free and has better features), but i have to admit, i winced at the decision myself...the comments are very interesting to read. tags: msde, sql server express, sql server 2005, sse

vista, java and ie

after my third install of vista, i again faced the problem of my IE search bar not working.i installed 2 things prior to it not working: primopdf sun java runtime well, primopdf doesn't even work in vista, so i uninstalled thati then uninstalled the java runtime...lo and behold the ie search bar (and other things) worked again.  apparently there is a known issue with the sun java add-in -- beware...or disable it. tags: vista


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