Archives / 2004 / June
  • Irresponsible 'Journalism'

    I'm really pissed off. This comes as news to probably about 3 people, but this time, I have good reason. It's about 11am Europe time and the announcements are all up on the MSDN home page, so I'm finally able to talk about this without breaking all my NDAs (I'm currently under 7 different Microsoft NDAs).

  • More VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 3 Screenshots

    Matt wanted me to post some screenshot of the new Options dialog for VisualBlogger 2004. You'll find this new dialog under "Tools | Options" in the new ToolMenu. I like this method a lot better. It organizes the settings into categories, and is much more scalable. If I need to add more settings, I can just add another node in the TreeView, and its' corresponding panel.

  • The Skype Blog

    Betcha thought this entry was going to talk about Skype getting a blog. Didn't mean to get your hopes up. They don't have one, and they need one. Why? Well, for starters, because I want to know when new builds get released. They launched a new version a few days ago that contains hooks for soon-to-be-released Skype-to-Phone service called SkypeOut. Good to see that they're actually looking to make money on this cool service. I'd pay for it.

  • WinForms PropertyGrid

    I'm probably the last person on earth that didn't know that you could use the PropertyGrid in WinForms apps. Well, I found out today, and I'm liking it so far. It doesn't show up by default in the Toolbox, but you can add it with the "Add Items" dialog.

  • Design Concept for VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 3

    I keep getting all this flak that my UI design skills suck. My only response thus far has been... "DUH!" So I've been working on some new UI, the first of which I showed off last week. I call it the "sexification" of VisualBlogger (sexification being a word I just made up meaning "to make sexy.") My CEO keeps telling me that I should stop using the word "sexy" in relation to software. I told him that if a computer program was 1/10th as sexy as a woman, more people would be happier using their computers.

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 - RC2 Issues

    Alright. I just spent like 3 hours downloading, burning, and installing the latest Release Candidate from the WindowsBeta site. From what I hear, the rest of you will get access to RC2 later today. Anyways, so I'm running the latest build, and I have good news and bad news. First, the good news. RC2 can be installed over RC1 without issue. I was worried about this, because I was expecting to have to uninstall RC1 first.

  • First Look at VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 3

    Lots of people have been complaining at how poor the design of the Blog Configuration dialog for VisualBlogger 2004 is. For the record, I hated it too, it was just in there because it was quick-and-dirty. Well, I just finished the redesign, and posted a screenshot over on my other blog. I'd love your feedback, tell me what you think.

  • WMP10 and the Blogging Plugin

    I've been using the WMP blogging plugin with the latest technical beta, and I've uncovered a bug. The temporary registry key that used to be deleted upon WMP's exit is now not getting deleted. Therefore, if you're using the plugin and VisualBlogger 2004, it will add the information from the key, even if WMP10 is closed.

  • Welcome to Atom.NET

    I have a great deal of respect for Sam Ruby and the work he is doing with Atom. But his C# Atom client is convoluted and a pain to work with. David Stewart, a Microsoft empoyee on the Windows Mobile Devices group, came up with a class library that works with Atom in an intelligent way, using web requests instead of Web Service proxies. Best of all, he has the source code and samples as well. If you're working with Atom at all, this is a must have.

  • Whitehorse in the May CTP?

    Anyone know how to access the application designer in the May CTP bits? It seems to have changed since the March bits, and I can't find it at all. I need to finish a diagram for a client, and I wanted to use it instead of Visio. Any ideas?