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.
Photographer Hamad Darwish provide on his website a photo collection of images taken during Microsoft's Windows Vista photoshoot and did not make the cut into Vista's Wallpaper Collection.
See the full set on his Flickr gallery :
You can download his High Resolution Windows Vista Desktop Wallpaper Pack:
Finally you can download the Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack on deviantART :
A user at Flickr has posted a full album of Windows Home Server:
Windows Home Server is an upcoming operating system from Microsoft. This solution out of the box is a really easy way to backup and restore your home computers, share your pictures and musics. Access from anywhere in the world to any computer in your home!
That looks awesome, can't wait to get this!!
You can participate to the beta test program:
Also check the viral marketing website:
Stop Digital Amnesia
Links to more Windows Home Server content:
Windows Home Server videos:
Home Server with Valeri Liborski
Windows Home Server will live in your closet, simplify your life
Windows Home Server blog :
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!
As you know MIX07 will be at Las Vegas on April 30 - May 2nd this year.
I'm sure this would be the best conference for me, but can't afford to go there, bouuuuhhh :-(
If you feel like me, you'll be happy to know that you'll find lots of free content to download (Videos, Powerpoint, Demos, Hands-On Lab) about these topics :
- Windows Presentation Foundation
- ASP.NET AJAX
- WPF /E
At this location:
Note: If you plan to go there lucky you, each attendee will get a Windows Vista Ultimate!
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.
It has 13 presentations, 10 labs, and 16 Demos in it.
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 :
- Settings to change Summit date, or reset it to march 12, 2007, 13:00 PDT (default)
- 2 layouts depending of the docking state (try the undock one !!)
- Cool design!?
It's available on Windows Live Gallery :
Give it a try and tell me what you think !
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 :
- Download the Flash Player standalone installer for Internet Explorer
- Then right-click on the installer and choose "Run as Administrator".
Anyone in Montreal could be interested by this.
The Montreal .NET User Group (GUVSM) is running a day long Team Foundation Server training session in French on Saturday, March 24th at the Marriott Château Champlain in Montreal. My friends Guy Barrette (Regional Director / ASP.NET MVP) and Etienne Tremblay (Team System MVP) will be presenting - over 35 people have signed up so far (with a maximum capacity of 70). This is essentially a non-for-profit community event - the $25 entry fee is used to pay the location and equipment costs. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a deep insight of Team System and Team Foundation Server. The event is both a workshop and a hands-on-labs.
Note that the event will be presented in French. However, the speakers are glad to answer questions in English and the content itself is in English.
Here is a description of the sessions:
- Team Foundation Server Architecture
- Team Foundation Server Planning and Installation\
- Source Management: Best practices - branch, merge, code review strategies
- Work Item creation and assignments - creating custom work items and base methodologies
- Creating Unit Tests
- Team Build Server configuration
If you are interested, check out the following link:
This event may be a good way of preparing for Exam 71-510: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server
Also you can have a look at the following book Professional Team Foundation Server
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 :
- Windows Communication Foundation
- Windows Workflow Foundation
- Windows Presentation Foundation
- Windows CardSpace
- Windows Powershell
- ASP.NET Ajax Extensions
- Virtual Earth
- .NET Compact Framework
The entire DinnerNow sample application can be downloaded from CodePlex :
There is also a cool video (but it breaks before the end...) :
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.
Good job guys!
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:
- The Enchanted Office (Office 2007)
- Stop Digital Amnesia (Windows Home Server)
- Stationery Is Bad (OneNote 2003)
- Vanishing Point (Windows Vista)
- Origami Project (Ultra-Mobile PC)
- On The Office Couch (Office 2007)
- Clearification (Windows Vista)
- The Difference Is Obvious (Visual Studio 2005)
- Source Fource (MSDN)
- Defy All Challenges (Visual Studio)
- Easy easier (Forefront)
- Stay at Home Server (Home Server)
- Server Unleashed (Windows Server 2008)
Do you know others ??
Drop a comment !!
[update] added Source Fource and Defy All Challenges
[update] added Easy easier
[update] added Stay at Home Server
[update] added Server Unleashed
To celebrate the consumer launch of Windows Vista on January 30 2007, Microsoft Canada built a Digital Ice House in Toronto.
A 100% free event where you had a chance to meet the Canadian IT Pro and Developer Advisor teams, drink Windows Live Water and explore Windows Vista in a very cool setting!
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!
See the video there : http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/video/playerjs.asp?videoID=57
[From seattlepi.com: This "Lost" promotion and other network television previews will double as Windows Vista advertisements, showing the new operating system's "Flip 3D" feature.]
[update: replaced embedded player by a link to the video]