February 2007 - Posts

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.

Sample Vista Wallpapers from Hamad Darwish

See the full set on his Flickr gallery :

You can download his High Resolution Windows Vista Desktop Wallpaper Pack:

Also Michael Ott made his own nice Vista Wallpaper and share it :

Michael Ott Vista Wallpaper

Finally you can download the Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack on deviantART :

deviantART Windows Vista Wallpaper Pack
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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.

MapVisitors on my blog

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!

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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
  • Gadgets
  • RSS
  • WPF /E

At this location:

Have fun!

Note: If you plan to go there lucky you, each attendee will get a Windows Vista Ultimate!


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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.

Get it there :

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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:

  1. Close all open programs
  2. Run Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller
  3. Reinstall the Flash player

[From http://blog.deconcept.com/2006/12/08/corrupt-flash-player-install-after-ie-7-upgrade/]

If this do not work you can also try :

[From http://weblogs.asp.net/derekh/archive/2005/08/16/422743.aspx]

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
  • Performance

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

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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
  • IIS7
  • ASP.NET Ajax Extensions
  • Virtual Earth
  • Gadgets
  • Linq
  • .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...) :

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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.

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