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I've been setting up and configuring my brand new Toshiba M700 TabletPC, a very nice upgrade from the M200, though lacking in screen resolution. The main reason I went for a larger Tablet was for the performance to run Virtual PC images. This was great until I noticed that the ibeam cursor in all of my virtual machines would disappear. This is extremely disconcerting especially since most of my work is in Visual Studio, where guess what, there is an editor that displays the ibeam cursor. Not good. ...
I recently posted a sample stream interface driver (Windows CE: A Stream Interface Driver Shell) and claimed that I included enough to cause the driver to be loaded by the device manager. The following code is how I know that it loaded. This code enumerates the running drivers using FindFirstDevice() and FindNextDevice() which are included in the device manager functions. There are several options for enumerating the drivers, this example uses DeviceSearchByLegacyName. I include this function in ...
Note: In Windows CE: Stream Interface Driver Power Management I have included a download of the source code for this driver. I thought that it might be useful to have a shell of a stream interface driver that I could use to start developing a driver from. I can’t believe that I never created this before, but here it is. I called this driver “DriverShell” because that is all that it is, a shell of a driver. This is a very basic starting point for creating a new driver. I have tested that this driver ...
Anyone who has used Platform Builder knows that running Sysgen can take 15 minutes, or even more to build the OS. That kind of delay between changing code and testing can be crippling to your development, and can cost your company hundreds or even thousands of dollars a day in lost productivity. There must be a better way. In fact, there are several options available. The following will discuss several of these options. FAST: Build and Makeimg from the Command Line The option that I use most, primarily ...
So yesterday was the day before leaving for Tech Ed, and so I decided that it would be the *perfect* time to finally upgrade my travel laptop to Windows Server 2008. I mean seriously, how hard could it be?! Well...for the most part it wasn't. I actually really like having Server 2008 on my machine, except for one small issue that has become the dealbreaker...but let me just gloss over some things quickly for those thinking of doing the same thing: - When you install Server 2008, just do Standard ...
Platform Builder Help will do a more complete job of documenting much of these terms. This is meant to be a quick start glossary of terms, and will fill in some blanks that Help doesn't cover. Platform Builder - The software development tool used for developing a Windows CE system. This tool is typically used by OEMS who create devices like PDAs, Automated Teller Machines (ATM), medical devices and much more. Board Support Package (BSP) - A BSP is a set of files used to support the chips on a board. ...
"We have very little need for speakers, and we're starving for teachers." "The difference between speaking and teaching is subtle, but the whole point of leading a session is made or lost in that subtlety." "Clear sign you're speaking rather than teaching: you believe that an hour isn't a long enough time to really teach something." - Scott Bellware via Twitter (all of the above) I've had it all wrong. For so many years I looked up to the rock-star speakers that I saw come through events or get up ...
No, it's not another product or a new sales figure or them buying out another company. More importantly, the company has joined OLPC. OLPC is the one laptop per child program that Nicholas Negroponte started in 2005. The mission of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is to empower the children of developing countries to learn by providing one connected laptop to every school-age child. In order to accomplish our goal, we need people who believe in what we’re doing and want to help make education for the ...
Don't be scared o thef Universal Print Driver! Printing is the biggest pain for most XenApp (formerly Presentation Server) administrators. My friends, don’t be afraid of the Universal Print Driver (UPD). Sure, there might be limitations to the UPD. However if you are running PS 4.0 or 4.5 there are few cases where you would need to install native drivers and 3rd party drivers. CITRIX METAFRAME XP (Universal Print Driver) · black and white printing · no advanced functions CITRIX METAFRAME PRESENTATION ...
For a while I have been thinking about building a media center PC but I could not bring myself to purchase a new machine just for home theatre. Then it occurred to me that I already have a server that runs constantly - why not use it for media center as well? I began with a fresh install of Vista Ultimate since it includes media center. The first problem I encountered was that Vista does not support my old AGP graphics card. When building a home theatre PC (HTPC) two important considerations are ...
I finally got a Virtual Server 2005 VM running with my clients entire intranet SPS 2003 portal running. It took a bit of time to restore all 70GB of content data. What I have now is a 120 GB VM that is a great way to test the upgrade. Here are some lessons learned: 1. VPC 2007 to Virtual Sever 2005 Does not always work as advertised - I started off this project with a baseline Windows 2003 VPC built on my laptop. The trick is that the VPC used specific IDE controller drivers based on the hardware ...
While I've read that the audio device which Virtual PC uses is not officially supported under Windows 2003 Server, I did find a blog entry which somewhat explained how to get it working. I offer my version of what worked based on my trial and errors with the original blog. Either mount the ISO or load the Windows XP product CD so you can access it via your Windows 2003 VPC Create a folder on your VPC desktop called "sound" (we just need it for a bit) On the CD, navigate to the i386 directory and ...
A pet hate of mine (one of many :-j) is bloated software, especially device drivers you know the sort of thing installing a printer requiring hundreds of mb disk space and adding system tray applets (HP?), I collectively refer to this stuff as shiteware something needs to be done, it's getting worse. This (http://www.physorg.com/new... sort of thing was inevitable, of course it's easy to sort out but it's just becoming such a pain time wise. Laws need to be put in place and people need ...
So, You've downloaded a video (screencast for example) and you can't hear a thing and you're running Vista? You know that your "setup" is correct because you can play music. You know that the video contains audio because you can see the oscilloscope/spectrum analyzer jump. Yet, there's no sound. If you look at the audio codec (file -> properties), it will probably say that the audio is something "mono"... I bet you have a fancy 8 channel audio card with rear panel: front, rear, side, sub/center, ...
Writing asm code for 32 bit drivers is straightforward. You can embed the code in an __asm { } block. void DemoFunction() { __asm { mov eax, 0x01 ; more assembly } } But writing assembly in 64 bit driver source code requires a bit more work. The 64 bit compiler will not allow inline assembly. The assembly code will have to be moved to a seperate assembly module (an .asm file). Step 1 : Write necessary assembly routines in a seperate .asm file Example : Test.asm ---------------------------... ...
Computers with 64 bit processors are becoming popular, at least in enterprise circles. Also the X64 version of Windows Vista is more popular than Windows XP 64 bit edition. 2 Types of 64 bit architecture Yes, unlike 32 bit (aka X32) there are 2 64 bit architectures: AMD's X64 ; also known as X32-64 & AMD64 Intel's IA-64; also known as Itanium The subject of this post is AMD's 64 bit chip, which is commonly referred to as X64 So, whats the difference ? The X64 architecture is a super set of X32 ...
Well, its not really a Telus fiasco...its a Sierra Wireless fiasco now. So continuing on...I went back and returned the non-compatible card for a USB based one. Now, USB...you plug, you play. Everything should just work properly. Sure, there's an extra little app that needs to run (Sierra Wireless Watcher), but I'm ok with that. Was I ok with the extra price? Not sure...but if it does what I need it to, maybe I'm ok (I'm just on a month to month, so no issue with the contract crap). Unfortunately ...
MSN and CareerBuilder released an article titled "Where the Jobs Are: Top Jobs in 10 Industries". I found it interesting that Information Technology was the first industry listed. Below are the top 5 jobs listed for IT. I also found it interesting that the growth for "computer applications software engineers" was a whopping 45% by 2016, a mere 8 years from now. That's 5% per year. So what exactly is a computer applications software engineer? I'm guessing that it's a software developer / programmer ...
It was only a couple years ago that Microsoft acquired Sysinternals. I think a lot of people were concerned at the time; a lot of very cool utilities were at stake, though I think it was a nice change at the end of the day. Another utility that is well overdue for Windows, and (I think) would really help a guy with his side business, is UltraMon, by RealTimeSoft. My understanding is that it's written by a gentleman called Christian Studer, and that he works on this outside of his primary job. UltraMon ...
This is not a review. This is just me complaining. If you like that sort of thing, keep reading. If you're looking for a review, check back in a month or two. My Radeon 9800 AIW card was serving pretty well under Vista, but I hadn't upgraded in a few years and figured why not... time for a boost. My ASUS mobo isn't PCI-e so I looked around for a high end AGP card. I found the Radeon HD 2600 XT (512MB, AGP 8x) and thought... hey this looks like a good card. It says it supports Vista and DX10 so I ...
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was tearing my hair out trying to meet a really tight timeline and at the same time trying to solve a technical issue which in my opinion is a total waste of time. If anyone of you had ever tried to make SSIS and Oracle work on a 64 bit machine, I am sure you know what I was referring to. Fortunately we have people like Steve McHugh and Greg Galloway, who both wrote some excellent how-to articles addressing this issue. I've now grown so dependent on these articles (especially ...
I have been trying Vista on a corporate Laptop over the holidays in advance of getting hold of the "Approved" corporate image for my laptop and in some ways it's a clunker - so if you know what you're doing and want to "trim" some of those annoying messages and confirmations then this might be just the tool for you? Vista4Experts Current Version: 1.0.0.1 Download Vista4Experts Vista4Experts is kind of a treat for computer experts who don't want security center notifications, User Account Control ...
With the less than estatic response to Vista it struck me that what is needed is a common sense approach to this... Vista in many ways is 'where its at' as a developer there are a lot of features that are already there for you to use - .Net 3 for instance but it feels that unless you have a very good machine of vintage two seconds ago it runs like a dog!! This means to a great extent your productivity takes a bashing! The other issue with Vista with less than cutting edge kit is the problem of drivers ...
Last week, I was joined by consultants from xtraVirt at the World Trade Center in Barcelona to implement an Virtual Farm upgrade for ESX 2.5.2 to the new Vi3 ESX (3.0.2). Be aware of xtraVirt in the marketplace. These guys are not only technically astute virtualistaion experts but also business savy strategist with extreme creative flare and a natual nack for solving issues and overcoming tough challenges. First, know xtraVirt. These guys deserve some marketing as I was sincerely impressed with their ...
So I was looking at woot a while back and I got a two for tuesday.I was excited to get the packages. I opened them up with great anticipation.Read the instructions and grabbed the driver cd and lo and behold it was blank? Surely this cant be on both products right? Sure enough both were blank cd's. So I went to adaptec's support site and there was no drivers ugh. So I googled. I could not find these drivers anywhere. I did however find these on a ftp site that I have lost the link to. Have a look ...
Technorati Tags: Vista,games,NVidia,drivers I have two machines, one is my laptop that I use for WPF development and other development work. It runs Vista and I can't say that I've ever had a problem with it, except when running games. I like a lot of new features of Vista and recommend it to people regularly. My other machine is strictly a gaming machine and today I'm removing Vista from it. Why? Not because of some arcane reason, but because the Nvidia drivers for non-8000 series video cards are ...
USB + Drivers + Vista + x64 + "New Hardware Found" Install + KB941600 = Total USB Destruction... To completely screw up your USB ports/drivers in Vista x64, simply INSTALL this update through Windows Update. It will, in fact, give you plenty of problems including the extremely annoying "New Hardware Found" dialog on every boot. Some may have found a "Hotfix" called KB937187. But the power of KB941600 is overwhelming and very destructive and not even KB937187 can stop it. Update Destruction for Windows ...
Today was travel day to Vancouver for Dev Teach. It started out pretty rough. After our plane was de-iced it was discovered that the computers weren't downloading information properly...so the plane had to be rebooted. Well, the computers did...but to do that, you had to restart the plane. So back to the terminal we went...approx an hour later, we were airborne. We got in to Vancouver at perfect timing actually. Donald Belcham was going to meet us there, and our delay put us at the same arrival time ...
TechEd Developers is really giving us an opportunity to put everybody together – board members, volunteers, the speakers, users who would actually go to meetings, user group leaders – and to relate with Microsoft and vendors as well. Our booth is based next to the MVP and RD booths completing the "TechEd Community Lounge" and allowing us to network with a majority of MVP and RD representatives and program members. Our booth (aka INETA POD) is the place where attendees can come and meet the current ...
I waited like good boy for HP to catch up with Vista drivers, 'cause it has to be some really complicated shit if the XP drivers for HP Laserjet 1022 already work on Vista, for them to actually get a real working Vista driver. So I pulled it down, installed and began using it - including the simple feature of duplex printing. The 1022 did this on XP nicely. You didn't have to worry about which way to flip the paper, just grab it, stick it back in, and press the flashing green light on the top. However, ...
A few years ago I listened in fascination to a radio interview with a highway patrol officer who was describing how she conducted field sobriety tests. In addition to the typical tests of walking in a straight line and of standing on one foot, she would ask the erratic driver to recite the alphabet. One driver slurred, "A. Is that good enough?" "That's all the alphabet you can recite?" she responded. "Yep," he answered. She booked him. She would also ask drivers to count backwards from 100. If a ...
Virtual Machine Additions are such a nice enhancement when using Virtual PC, but apparently one that is not currently compatible with Server Core 2008. I first tried to install normally using VMAdditions.iso, but it comes up to a point where it tries to copy files, and fails, at that point during the MSI setup coming up with the message "Rolling back action:", with a progress bar that goes backwards. Soon the nonsensical screen "Setup Completed" is shown, with the additional information "Setup was ...
Michael Dunn is getting ready to show of his kick ass robot and how he was able to develop interfaces using the Microsoft Robotics SDK. This robot (as you can tell from the picture) is hella-kewl. Chris just informed me its actually "Domo Arigato" (and had to correct me a few times in my typing of that). Chris says Hi. Mike is having some keyboard issues...but OMG...his mouse, monitor, and keyboard is connected to the robot...which is running XP Pro! Very kewl. He has two different batteries...one ...
I've been running Vista on a Toshiba M5 for quite some time. Since the RTM, the drivers for the 3945ABG driver from Intel have been garbage. Tried each one as they came out from Intel's site here: http://downloadcenter.intel... So, back in late August, I was checking Dell's support site on a different machine and noticed that the drivers that Dell was publishing for the Intel ...
Normally this isn’t a problem because you install Windows on a machine and that’s it. Some IT shops will install Windows on a machine, seal it with Sysprep, and then create a ghost image of that machine, take that image and install it on a different model, ghost that; install it again on another model…well, you get the point. The net effect is that you can have a single image for many different configurations because the end installation of Windows has seen and loaded drivers for the hardware once ...
I had to connect to an Oracle database from Crystal Reports 11 (or XI as they like to put it...because, y'know, it just LOOKS more forboding and impressive). We wanted to connect using the Microsoft ODBC connection for Oracle, but I kept getting this error about Syntax wrong or Access issues blah blah blah. What solved it was installing the Crystal Reports data drivers which, for some reason, aren't automatically installed when you install the FULL VERSION of Crystal Reports 11 (XI). Once I had it ...
So there has been all sorts of news coming out regarding Citrix's purchase of XenSource, including the following articles below But what has been really interesting to read this morning is that apparently Novell were wooing XenSource about 9 months ago according to Allessandro's post Novell wanted to acquire XenSource 9 months ago, but so far the two best that do put it all in perspective are: The Truth Behind The Citrix XenSource Deal? from Michel at Thincomputing.net With XenSource, Citrix Sees ...
When given a choice between style and substance in software, I usually opt for what I consider to be substantive qualities such as speed, functionality, usability, and cost. Since I never saw a sentence about Vista without the phrase "eye candy", I casually dismissed Microsoft's long-awaited OS release as fluff when it first came out and was in no hurry to jump aboard the upgrade band-wagon. Well despite my valiant effort at indifference, I am ashamed to admit that I have finally succumbed to the ...
Some folks are lovin their Vista machines while others are cursing as they are having problems (mostly with the drivers and some lockup issues). It really does only depend upon what you are using your machine for. Though, Microsoft has just released some performance and reliability patches out there: http://support.microsoft.co... http://support.microsoft.co... The first one takes care of the following issues: This update resolves the following issues: • The screen may go blank ...
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an app called VersionTracker Pro. At the time, I was trying to determine if my video drivers were up-to-date. I was having some issues and was hoping there was a fix. nVidia doesn't make new drivers for laptops easy to find. They want you to use the laptop manufacturer's website. But Dell doesn't always release new video drivers promptly. And VersionTracker Pro was the answer to this prayer, and to several others I've had. How? What does it do? It checks the versions ...
I own a Creative Zen Vision: M. And I love it. OR...should I say I did love it until yesterday. For some reason, which I have yet to determine, when I link my Zen to my PC, my machine tries to reinstall the drivers including an "MTP device". AND FOR SOME #$#%$%^$ REASON--Its giving me an error I have yet to find a solution to. When the install attempt is complete, Windows responds with: "There was a problem installing this hardware: Creative Zen Vision: M An error occurred during the installation ...
Now this is interesting as it follows on from an earlier post just the other day.... ;-) Technical Overview of the Thinstall Application Virtualization Solution Thinstall has created a white paper to give a technical overview of application virtualization and their product. Thinstall is an Application Virtualization Platform that enables complex software to be delivered as self-contained EXE files which can run instantly with zero installation from any data source. The core of Thinstall VS is the ...
As per normal I was looking for something else entirely but happened upon this little gem. As I don't have a MAC it's not much use to me at the moment, unless of course I start layering way beyond good sense and load Fusion on to the MAC I'm running in VMware under the XP Desktop? Yeah.. it does get knid of messy real quick, best to leave that for another time? ;-)) How to install Longhorn Reloaded using VMWare Fusion in OSX - a complete walkthrough This tutorial is for anyone with an Intel based ...
PC Magazine has a quick article on Windows Home Server - something I've been testing out at home for a bit. I personally like it. The WiFi limitation is more based upon reliability of a link than anything else. WiFi still is not reliable (just do a search on 3945ABG & Vista - which is all Intel's issues). It's Windows 2003 Server underneath it all, which never was meant to be WiFi friendly - so drivers are always the issue. The price is projected at about $500 - which is inline with what I would ...
Microsoft are working on BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Remarkable news was the announcement of a specialist application for RFID, based on BizTalk. The product is called BizTalk RFID, and is included on the installation media of BizTalk Server 2006 R2. Now, what is this? In RFID-terms, I think BizTalk RFID is best described as "edgeware". It is meant to sit close to RFID-hardware and related things like printers, actuators and signal lights. This is the RFID-equipment on the shop floor. BizTalk Server ...
I am noticing that today every product and company has SOA and SAAS in there roadmap in couple years to come! I am hearing this from sometime and am now starting to investigate how Microsoft’s products help its users to align themselves with this. First of all what is this SOA and SAAS? SOA - Service Oriented Architecture In this approach functionalities of applications are exposed as services. This is commonly implemented through standards-based, technology-neutral Web Services In a real time scenario, ...
Full disclosure: While my paycheck and livelihood comes from working for Microsoft, I want to make it clear that the following has nothing to do with that fact. I'm speaking strictly as a technologist trying to make his way in the world. Like a lot of folks in the software biz, I get a lot of e-newsletters each day, and I try to at least peruse each one to keep current with what's happening in the industry. The past week, one specific newsletter has contained so much vitriol about Vista and what ...
One aspect of air-commuting that you get used to fairly quickly is not having access to your own car when you get where you're going. There are typically two ways around this... rent a car each week, or catch the occasional cab and carpool as available. I'm not a big believer in credit cards, so I opt not to rent a car. I typically don't go out during the week other than the grocery store, and work is within walking distance, so it's not a big deal. This means that I'm catching a cab every Sunday ...
Day three of the MVP summit was held at the Microsoft Campus. Things started badly with a long and slow bus ride through heavy traffic leaving me with no time for breakfast when I finally arrived at the conference centre. I boarded the shuttle for building 43 to find most of my fellow BizTalk MVPs (the ones who have been staying in downtown Seattle since the weekend) equally late, and we arrived en masse about 15 minutes into the first session. Jesus Rodriguez was on his feet presenting the forthcoming ...
You might think I'm little behind with this news, believe it or not but until now I was still runing on Windows XP. But no more excuses! This week I want ahead and finally bought Vista for my home computer. To be precise it's Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit version. The fun begins! Why I choose Ultimate edition? The politically correct answer of course is that I use the computer for both work and fun… but hey, the truth, as you all know, is that I'm a geek so I just want the best system I can get! ...