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My ASP.NET news sources

I just posted about the ASP.NET Daily Community Spotlight . I was going to list a bunch of my news sources at the end, but figured this deserves a separate post. I've been following a lot of development blogs for a long time - for a while I subscribed...

Tips for avoiding e-mail disasters

There's something about hitting the send button on an e-mail that remind me of some important detail, such as: That I didn't intend to Reply All That there were other related, important details to add The need to spell check / proofread / add facts /...
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Better ways to watch the MIX11 videos, Part 1: VLC

I'm still catching up on all the great content at MIX 11. There is a ton of great content - 116 videos when I last looked. Scott Hanselman already posted a great summary of ways to get and watch them. With this many videos to watch, though, you might...
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Web Platform Installer bundles for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 - and how you can build your own WebPI bundles

Visual Studio SP1 is  now available via the Web Platform Installer, which means you've got three options: Download the 1.5 GB ISO image Run the 750KB Web Installer (which figures out what you need to download) Install via Web PI Note: I covered some...

Using CDN Hosted jQuery with a Local Fall-back Copy

Update: See Scott Hanselman's post for more info: CDNs fail, but your scripts don't have to - fallback from CDN to local jQuery There are a lot of good reasons to stop hosting your own local copies of common Javascript includes like jQuery and ASP.NET...

Tip: File / Open / URL

As web developers, we’re constantly having to work with files that are provided via URL. The simplest case is a web page source HTML, but there’s also XML config files, images, documents (PDF, PSD, DOCX, etc.). Usually we don’t think about it, because...
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My Boot-to-VHD experiment: found some tips, like it, but still haven’t found VM nirvana

Summary Windows 7’s Boot to VHD works as advertised – native speed, virtual machine flexibility. I came up with some tips and tricks which you might find useful Having to reboot without hibernate to switch to the VHD machine means it’s a lot less useful...

MSDN Low Bandwidth Bookmarklet

a.bookmarklet { border: 1px black dashed; text-decoration: none; padding: 2px; background: #fff9d8; } There’s a semi-hidden feature in the MSDN Library website : Low Bandwidth view. We’ll talk about how to use it, why I like it, and some tips for switching...

Using <body> Classes To Fight CSS Class Explosion

I previously wrote about taking CSS beyond a simple style library by writing HTML that’s easy to style. I’d like to go into one point in a bit more detail – avoiding class explosion by leveraging descendant selectors : You might think that really stylable...

Using Vista Previous Versions to Restore Files You Thought You'd Lost

I'm a big fan of being productive by not losing work. I don't care how optimized your system and development tools are; if you have to do work to get back to where you were at a half hour ago, you're going backwards. I've previously written about using...
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