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Phil Winstanley - British .NET chap based in Lancashire. Enjoys tea and tech. Working for Microsoft.

August 2005 - Posts

Manchester .NET Usergroup - Windows Mobile 5.0 - 14 September 2005

If you are in the north west and would like to come to this event I'd be more than happy to have you along.

Realising the Potential of the Windows Mobile 5.0 Managed APIs

This session will show how the new Managed APIs in Windows Mobile 5.0 can be used with Visual Basic 2005 to easily develop highly functional PDA and Smartphone applications that really exploit the potential of the latest generation devices. The session will demonstrate how Visual Basic developers can now easily overcome a number of traditional problem areas, such as richly interacting with Outlook Mobile PIM data, using the camera to capture pictures and video, interception and processing of SMS messages, placing phone calls, dealing with system level events, programmatically sending email and SMS messages and more!

Drop me an e-mail to or register directly with VBUG by mailing


Posted: Aug 29 2005, 06:28 PM by Plip | with 1 comment(s)
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Brits at the PDC 2005

Mike Taulty has created a Wiki for Brits attending the PDC, if you're going to be there why not add yourself to the wiki.

Cool C#/VB.NET Comparison Page


Posted: Aug 25 2005, 11:52 AM by Plip | with no comments
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Do we need more IM protocols?

MSN, Yahoo, AOL, ICQ, IRC and now Google.

I have three MSN Accounts and use Trillian to connect to all three at the same time, but why are google creating their own, yet again, more fragmentation is going to occur - we need more people on systems like trillian so we can bridge the gap between the seperate IM Networks, not more protocols.

Well done google on fragmenting the internet even more.

Edit: Okay, I said protocol, what I really meant was "contact list". What gets me is that I can't use my MSN contacts to talk to Yahoo contacts, or to ICQ contacts, I need to keep loads of seperate accounts, the Google Talk thing is the same, I need a Gmail acocunt to speak to other Google Talk users ... I don't want that, my e-mails can be sent from my address to ANYONE else with an e-mail address, my IM should be the same.

Posted: Aug 24 2005, 10:39 AM by Plip | with 7 comment(s)
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Go Ape

A gang of us went to Go Ape yesterday, it was fantastic.

I could not take part due to my stupid thumb injury, but take a peek at the photo's I took.

As soon as I'm better I will be going and doing it - looked like such good fun.

Posted: Aug 21 2005, 06:43 PM by Plip | with 3 comment(s)
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UK VS.NET 2005 Launch Dates


17th/18th October – MSDN downloads

Due in the ‘December; update CD’s, which goes out end of November



1st week of November


RETAIL STORE PRODUCT (off the shelf)

1st week of December



Posted: Aug 18 2005, 04:15 PM by Plip
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Getting at the Session - Safely.

I found out today from one of my list members at that if you try and acces the session, even if you're just checking to see if a paticular item is null or not, when enableSessionState has been set to false or if the web.config entry has been changed to read it throws a whopping great exception up (obvious really ... but messy).

Session state can only be used when enableSessionState is set to true, either in a configuration file or in the Page directive

To help combat that nice exception, I delivered this little snippet of code.

 using System;
using System.Web;
namespace Code
public class SessionHelper
public static object Get(string Key)
if (HttpContext.Current.Session != null)
if (HttpContext.Current.Session.Mode != System.Web.SessionState.SessionStateMode.Off)
return HttpContext.Current.Session[Key];
return null;
return null;
public SessionHelper()

Hopefully others will find it useful.

Posted: Aug 16 2005, 10:52 PM by Plip | with 1 comment(s)
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Are you ready for IE 7?

MSN aren't.

Posted: Aug 11 2005, 01:15 PM by Plip | with 2 comment(s)
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Thumbs Up!

I've dislocated my thumb, and put it back in myself (how hard am I?).

Now I am in pain and cannot type much or use a mouse or drive! :-(

Here is me doing my best to smile and not look like I'm in too much pain.

Posted: Aug 07 2005, 10:29 PM by Plip | with 15 comment(s)
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Running ASP.NET 2.0 on Windows Vista

It's not as easy as you might think!

  1. Start IIS, do this by going to the control panel, switching it to classic view, open 'Administrative Tools', open 'Computer Management'. Open 'Services and Application', then open IIS and start the site.
  2. Go to c:\Windows\\Framework\v2.0.50215\ and run aspnet_regiis -i
  3. Go to Web Service Extensions and Allow ASP.NET 2.0
  4. Be Merry!

If you get stuck, just shout and I'll see what I can do.

Posted: Aug 03 2005, 08:57 PM by Plip | with 6 comment(s)
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