Did you know that more than 10,000 images were evaluated during the Vista wallpapers selection process ? Some of them was from amateur photographers recruited from Flickr, and even Microsoft employees who enjoy photography! You can read more on these wallpapers here and here.
A user at Flickr has posted a full album of Windows Home Server:
I've just installed MapVisitors on my blog, you can see a button on the left column here to show the map. Don't know yet how efficient is it, I installed ClustrMaps also to compare maps.
Anyway give it a try, it's free and it nicely uses Microsoft Virtual Earth API and pushpins.
As it is Virtual Earth you can navigate on the map, zoom and switch to aerial or hybrid views. Also the guys at MapVisitors are still working on it and plan to add new features like geographic grouping and use differently colored pushpins.
Usually I set Google Analytics for stats but no way to make it work on this Community Server blog... If you have a solution, thanks to share!
Here is a cool link to a .NET Framework 3.0 training kit for WorkFlow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and CardSpace including a set of hands-on-labs, demos, and presentations.
For my training (and for fun) I made a Vista Sidebar Gadget.
It is dedicated to MVP as it displays a countdown to the MVP Global Summit event in Seattle on March 12-15, 2007.
So it's very simple, quite useless and will have a pretty short life, but so geeky ;-)
I have to credit Abhishek Kant for the original idea. I made a totally new version and added some features :
Maybe your are experiencing this like me: Your IE7 do not show flash content from some websites, even with Flash Player 9 installed on your system, and everything working fine with IE6 or Firefox.
The fact is for some reasons IE7 corrupt Flash Plugin, in result flash detection on websites do not work. And if you try to click on one of the "upgrade Flash plugin" button the browser consider it is already installed.
Here is a solution:
If this do not work you can also try :
Anyone in Montreal could be interested by this.
Go to DinnerNow !!!
This is a great sample application which use the latest Microsoft technologies !
"DinnerNow is a fictious marketplace where customers can order food from local restaurants for delivery to their home or office. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a connected application using several new Microsoft technologies."
And the list of technologies used is amazing :
Found an interesting one today on this old topic.
As you know you can skin your custom controls by adding a <%@ Register tag in your skin file.
This works great.
But today I made a new company template and no way to make it work!
As soon as I add one of my custom control definition in the skin file I get an error :
"Type FooCompany.Agile.Web.UI.WebControls.XYZ is not defined".
After 30min of headache I managed to make it work.
The problem was the Namespace containing my controls is FooCompany.Agile.Web.UI.WebControls and the Theme containing the skin is named FooCompany.
So I renamed my theme FooCompany_Design and everything is fine.
Just after that I googled and (of course!) found that the problem was already solved 1 year before there :
Information is power, that's why Google rules the world.
Early this year, Sascha Corti from Microsoft Switzerland created and made available a great AJAX Hands-On Labs in French and German.
These HOL has been translated in english by Ken Cox.
Moreover Ken also updated the HOL material from AJAX RC to RTM !!
Then Sascha did the same for the French and German versions.
Now you have the choice of languages and full updated content available in Sascha's blog.
I like these new viral marketing sites, like many companies Microsoft use this new promotion tool as part of their marketing strategy for the new products.
Some are better than others, check them out:
To celebrate the consumer launch of Windows Vista on January 30 2007, Microsoft Canada built a Digital Ice House in Toronto.
Sorry not really a tech-related post.
But I'm a huge Lost fan and I saw that they did a 20 sec Lost promo tie-in with Windows Vista!