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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software Vista
A request to anybody who is bored on a Friday afternoon
If there is anybody who has some spare time and wants to build some killer TFS tools, I have some ideas for you. I would love a Vista gadget with a search box that searches all work items from a predetermined Team Project. This gadget should also have a button that allows me to create a predetermined work item in a predetermined Team Project with a predetermined iteration path. I would also love a script that would merge my dev branch into my main branch, check in the changes (overriding any policy ......

Posted On Friday, September 14, 2007 1:23 PM

Help installing CF 2.0 SP1 on my device
I'm having trouble installing .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1 on my PPC6700. I want to play with the new version of NavXS, but when I try to download the framework from here, the installer tells me: Any ideas on how to load the framework on my PPC? I haven't been able to find a cab file anywhere. Is it a Vista thing? Technorati tags: NavXS, Compact Framework, Vista ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 7:52 AM

Vista New Email shortcut
Typing mailto: in the search box in the Vista start menu will open a new mail message in Outlook. It is much faster for me to hit the Win key on my keyboard and type mailto: than it is for me to hunt through the 15 open applications, find Outlook and click "New". Plus I don't have to transition between my mouse and keyboard. It's really not a new Vista thing since you could have typed WinKey + R, then mailto: before, but it's still cool. Technorati tags: Vista, mailto: ......

Posted On Monday, March 19, 2007 12:47 PM

.NET MonthCalendar control on Vista
The MonthCalendar control is wider on Vista for some reason. The control is 227 pixels wide instead of 182 pixels on XP. If you have a form that only hosts this control, use this code to make it look better in Vista: private void FormDateSelector_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) { if (Environment.OSVersion.Vers... == 6) { this.Width = 227; } } Technorati tags: .NET, Vista, MonthCalendar ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 7:30 AM

Installing Adobe Reader on Vista
Kyle blogs about his issues (and resolution) with installing Adobe Reader 8 on his Vista machine. For more of his thoughts on Vista and how Access 2007 sucks, see this post. Technorati tags: Vista, Adobe, Kyle Archer ......

Posted On Thursday, February 1, 2007 7:12 PM

C# .NET code to load MapInfo
This code will load the MapInfo.Application object into a listbox and display the sample US County data. It assumes your form has a listbox called listBox1 and a "using System.Reflection;". It also works in Vista! string mapName = "C:\\Program Files\\MapInfo\\Professiona... System.Type oType = System.Type.GetTypeFromProg... object o = System.Activator.CreateInst... oType.InvokeMember("do... ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12:03 PM

I'm ready, where's the boost?
I picked up a SanDisk 4gb usb key this weekend hoping to take advantage of the Vista ReadyBoost feature. I plugged it in, selected ReadyBoost and waited for greatness. I'm still waiting, it doesn't seem to be speeding up my system, but I haven't really been pushing it too hard either. Tom Archer has a great post about ReadyBoost, but I didn't see an answer to "at what performance level does ReadyBoost make a noticeable difference?" Technorati tags: SanDisk, ReadyBoost, Vista, Tom Archer ......

Posted On Sunday, January 14, 2007 11:51 AM

Full Trust ClickOnce and Vista UAC
Clarification - The specific program I am working with here has the word "updater" in the name. This flags the UAC that it needs admin rights. Full Trust ClickOnce plays nicely with UAC otherwise. I've been battling all day with how one of our ClickOnce applications works with the UAC in Vista. I've found two ways to get past the "Cannot Start Application" message: Run IE as an administrator The first way is very painful and not useful for a repeatable process, but it works. Assume your ClickOnce ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 2:52 PM

Run, Mozilla, Run
Dear Firefox, You're fast and light-weight. You're pretty much everything I want in a browser. However, my browsing heart is not satisfied by you alone. See, I'm a developer, so I download a lot of tools that are wrapped in .exe and .msi files. When I want to use one of these tools, you make me download the file to the desktop before I can run it. I don't understand why you must clutter my desktop so much. I don't need the file on my computer, if I want it later, I'll just re-download it. I appreciate ......

Posted On Monday, January 15, 2007 1:32 PM

VPC 2007 rocks on Vista
Virtual PC 2007 runs so well on Vista. VPC 2004 always worked, but it was buggy and slow. VPC 2007 is clean and crisp. You can still sign up for the beta here. Technorati tags: Virtual PC, Vista ......

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 11:30 AM

Nice Glass!
I installed Vista on my main development computer today and am proud to report my score: .score, { font-weight:bold; font-decoration:none; font-size: x-large; cursor: hand; background-image: url(http://www.shareyoursco... color: #ffffff; font-family: verdana, arial; width: 80px; height: 80px; background-position: center center; vertical-align: middle; background-repeat: no-repeat; text-align: center; } 2.6 Honestly, I'm just happy to have glass, unlike my laptop. P.S. ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 11:08 AM

Migrating to Active Directory Part 2 - DNS what?
I added my main workstation to our new Active Directory domain last night with out a hitch. This morning, I added my Vista laptop and ran into a bit of a problem. So I added a DNS role to the server and was able to add the laptop to the domain. Then we started in on Kyle's laptop. When attempting to log on, we got "The system cannot log you on now because the domain engraph is not available". After much googling, I discovered that the DNS role was incorrectly set up. I thought that just removing ......

Posted On Thursday, January 4, 2007 12:56 PM

Windows Mobility Center
Try WinKey + X on your Vista laptop for this bad boy: Handy software, awful name. Technorati tags: Windows Mobility Center, Vista ......

Posted On Saturday, December 23, 2006 11:16 PM

Remote Desktop Connection warning on Vista
When remotely connecting to a computer that is not running Vista, you will get a message saying that it cannot verify the identify of the computer you want to connect to like this: To automatically override this warning, change the Authentication options like this: 1) Open Remote Desktop Connection2) Click "Options"3) Click "Advanced"4) Select "Always connect, even if authentication fails" from the Authentication options drop down box. Technorati tags: Vista, Remote Desktop Connection, Authentication ......

Posted On Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:43 AM

New Vista short cut keys
Rolvin Pagunsan talks about some new Win key combinations. My favorites are Win-Space (show sidebar) and Win-Number to launch applications in your quick launch toolbar. Like Win-3 to launch VS 2005 since that is the 3rd application in my quick launch toolbar. Technorati tags: Vista, Short cut keys, Rolvin Pagunsan, DevPinoy ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:53 PM

Changing your hosts file in Vista
By default, if you try to modify your hosts file in Vista, it will not let you save it. It tells you that you don't have permission. To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator and open the file. 1) Browse to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories 2) Right click "Notepad" and select "Run as administrator" 3) Click "Continue" on the UAC prompt 4) Click File -> Open 5) Browse to "C:\Windows\System32\Driver... 6) Change the file filter drop down box from "Text ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 6:00 PM

Vista license plate
Kyle is heading to Philly today. He has been helping them set up a transit company from the ground up. Literally. They didn't have office space two weeks ago. He talks a bit about it on his blog. Anyways, he is heading to the airport now and sent me this picture. Technorati tags: Vista, license plate, kansas, Kyle Archer, EnGraph ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 9:28 AM

All about UAC
UAC (User Account Control) is the new security model for Vista. Basically, it tries to run everything with the least expected permissions, even if you are running as an admin. Based on file type, file name and other parameters, it tries to figure out what permissions the application is going to need. If it thinks the application will need extended permissions, it will ask to continue (if you are an admin) and attach administrative permissions to the application. Daniel Moth has posted a collection ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:54 AM

So close

I can almost taste it.


Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 4:59 PM

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