Still here, will be writing again!

September 27th, 2012 1 comment

Wow, hard to believe it’s been over a year since I last wrote something on this blog, most of my time has been micro-blogging on the twitters. But never fear, with Windows 8 being released, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows Phone 8 on the horizon there’s lots of content coming!

In other news, I’ve gone Mac but I’m still a PC user at heart (though Mac’s are still PCs!). So you’ll see some Mac posts from me too.

Till then, I leave you with a picture of our little guy Neo who claims not to have any idea of how the bag of Oat Bran ended up on the floor next to his couch.

Neo is a suspect but is co-operating with investigations.

(His ears go like that when he knows he’s done something naughty)

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Microsoft releases VS2010 SP1 & TFS 2010 SP1

March 9th, 2011 1 comment

The moment most of us have been waiting for, Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 is finally out (right now for MSDN Subscribers), read what the changes are in VS2010 Service Pack 1 (or TFS 2010 SP1 Changes) and grab it from MSDN – once the links become public will update this post.

File Name: mu_visual_studio_2010_sp1_x86_x64_dvd_651704.iso [MSDN Download Link]
Size: 1.56Gb
SHA1: 61C2088850185EDE8E18001D1EF3E6D12DAA5692
ISO/CRC: C77C2A14
Date Published (UTC): 3/8/2011 9:13:36 AM
Last Updated (UTC): 3/8/2011 10:20:52 AM

There’s also the TFS Project Server Integration Feature Pack that’s been released.

Support for Silverlight 4 and Razor, SQL CE4, IIS Express and 64bit IntelliTrace are amongst the finer things in SP1. For C++ folks, the support for Intel AVX and AMD Bulldozer instruction sets are going to be interesting :D

Some notable bugfixes:

Enjoy!

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Microsoft releases new WP7 Tools & IE9 RC!

February 11th, 2011 No comments

I’m a little late on this one, but Microsoft has released Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 update recently. From their own list

The Windows Phone Developer Tools January 2011 Update includes:

  • Windows Phone Emulator Update – Exposes copy/paste functionality in the Windows Phone 7 emulator. For more information, see How to: Test Copy and Paste in Windows Phone Emulator. End users can use the copy and paste functionality only after receiving the corresponding update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system.
  • Windows Phone Developer Resources Update – Fixes a text selection bug in pivot and panorama controls. In applications that have pivot or panorama controls that contain text boxes, users can unintentionally change panes when trying to copy text. To prevent this problem, open your application, recompile it, and then resubmit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace.
  • Windows Phone Capability Detection Tool – Detects the phone capabilities used by your application. When you submit your application to Windows Phone Marketplace , Microsoft performs a code analysis to detect the phone capabilities required by your application and then replaces the list of capabilities in the application manifest with the result of this detection process. This tool performs the same detection process and allows you to test your application using the same list of phone capabilities generated during the certification process. For more information, see How to: Use the Capability Detection Tool.
  • Windows Phone Connect Tool – Allows you to connect your phone to a PC when Zune® software is not running and debug applications that use media APIs. For more information, see How to: Use the Connect Tool.
  • Updated Bing Maps Silverlight Control – Includes improvements to gesture performance when using Bing™ Maps Silverlight® Control.

WPDT Fix includes:

  • Windows Phone Developer Tools Fix allowing deployment of XAP files over 64 MB in size to physical phone devices for testing and debugging.

The BingMap updates were quite welcome too! There are two bits to this update, first grab the Windows Phone 7 January Patch, then install the Visual Studio 2010 tooling update.

Today also marked the release of Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate which brings a nice bunch of (much needed) updates to IE9 and standards in general with a cool smooth UI.  Ars has a great write up on IE9 RC too which will be far better than what I can write up.

Windows 7 x86 | x64 for the lazy few!

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QuickTip: Mapping your GAC folder in Windows with Subst

December 30th, 2010 1 comment

Here’s a quick tip if you want to browse the files in your GAC easily without messing about with commands all the time. Map the folder  containing the assemblies with the Subst command.

To do that, bring up a console window (Windows Key + R or Start > Run), then:

subst G: C:\windows\Assembly

This will map the Global Assembly Cache folder to your G drive in Windows Explorer. You can also peek around and see how the GAC works.

The folders you’ll find in the mapped drive include – on a 64bit system *:

  • GAC – Non-native assemblies used by .NET 1.x
  • GAC_32 – Non-native 32bit assemblies
  • *GAC_64 – Non-native 64bit assemblies visible only on 64bit Windows.
  • GAC_MSIL – Non-native MSIL (AnyCPU) assemblies.
  • NativeImages_v* – Native assemblies for the framework version and the architecture (Eg. NativeImages_v4.0.30319_64 is for the .NET 4.0 64bit native Assemblies)
  • temp / tmp – Temporary directories (duh!)

To remove the binding, use the Subst command with the -D option.

subst G: /D

That’s it! Have a safe & happy New Year!

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Some people are so lucky…

December 8th, 2010 No comments
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DOOM: Bill Gates introduces DirectX in 1995.

November 17th, 2010 No comments

Here’s something you wouldn’t see every day. Bill Gates introducing the world to DirectX in 1995.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JokM_fExpI

Don’t interrupt him! My how things have changed.

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Windows Phone 7 Resources

November 15th, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been busy hacking away the past month or so with Windows Phone 7 and Android. They’re both very different when it comes to the out of box developer experience – with Microsoft tools being supremo right now. Thought I’d contribute some resources when it comes to (on this post) writing Windows Phone 7 Applications. I’ll try and keep this up to date with new things I find.

Feel free to comment with other great resources.

Last Updated: 16th November, 2010

Books/eBooks

Online Resources

Developer

Developer Frameworks/Tools

Developer Components/Controls

Designer/UX

Hardware

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Richard Will Wanket, is your real-estate agent working as hard as this guy?

October 2nd, 2010 1 comment

There are somethings on the internet that make you realise anything’s possible. This is one of those moments, the lengths agents will goto to get your business.

Real Estate Richard Will Wanket

Have a great weekend.

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Microsoft updates ASP.NET Flaw CVE-2010-333 with fix

September 29th, 2010 No comments

As mentioned earlier, the ASP.NET Session Security flaw has been keeping all .NET developers and Microsoft on the ball about possible exploits with their applications. Microsoft have updated their security advisory CVE-2010-333 with more information about the severity of the flaw – its taking Exchange and Sharepoint down with it too.

See Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-070 for affected products and download the update fix for your setup :)

For ease of downloading, some configurations for you:

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Gymkhana 3.2 – Ken Block + Ford Fiesta

September 25th, 2010 1 comment

No words can describe what you’re about to see, its not your usual Gymkhana either (it never is), this has a slight tilt to it.

Pure skillz and lots of money/sponsors – see the priors on the road!?!

If you like those, you’ll like the other Ken Block videos :D

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