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Today Microsoft announced an even more generous program designed to help non-profit organisations !! http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoftupblog/archive/2011/07/26/expanding-microsoft-software-donations-to-more-nonprofits.aspx   Kudos guys!!!!  ...
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Cory Smith has a set of posts on some of the differences between VB6 and VB10. There’s one which I think needs a bit further clarification: Private Class Variables. In VB7 and later, you can access private class variables from another instance of the...
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I’ve had my HTC Mozart for about 6 months now, so I thought I’d give an update of my thoughts about it and Windows Phone 7. The first set of WP7 updates were really slow to roll-out here in Australia to Telstra: Telstra was the 2nd last mobile operator...
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Last week I was in Seattle for the MVP summit. Whilst there I saw a brief presentation from Joe Kunk on Memory Mapped files in .NET 4. I suggested to Joe that perhaps pointers might give a performance boost. Then someone from Microsoft ( not to mention...
I had one of those weird bugs on my windows phone 7 where the phone would report an error 800C0069 and would fail to synchronize on the primary account. This can be a major headache as there is no way to remove the primary account on Windows Phone 7 without...
In the emulator in the tools SDK that is   Still waiting on the actual phone update, but for developers the tools update is now available from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=49b9d0c5-6597-4313-912a-f0cca9c7d277&displaylang...
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Windows Phone 7 comes with about 57 different input scopes you can use (there’s actually 62 or so, but 5 of them give an exception when loaded).  The two most important scopes are Text and TelephoneNumber. TelephoneNumber gives you the numeric keypad...
As much as I like Windows Phone 7, there’s some really key areas that are missing. The following is my xmas wish list : 1.  Give me my compass back. When I bought my HTC Mozart, I did so with the understanding it had a gps and compass.  On the...
Wow, seems Windows Phone 7 supports COM inside !  Chris Walsh has been doing some “investigating” into the inners of Windows Phone 7 .  Interesting, but also totally not usable in any production application.
If you’re like me and like to open reflector from the Visual Studio Tools menu, you’ll probably have noticed that you need to have a different configuration (or list) of assemblies when developing with Windows Phone 7. To make it simple to...
The HTC Mozart has an 8 mega-pixel camera built in. The following are some of the photos I have taken with it. All in all, I would say it is okay as a camera, but really it is a phone doubling as a camera.  Zoom is generally terrible and should be...
Yesterday I noticed that the Windows Phone content had been updated online, but my local help library didn’t have the new content. So I thought I’d just open up Help Library Manager and update my local content. Sadly it wasn’t that simple. Help Library...
If you are editing XAML code in Visual Studio and seeing a lot of the code underlined as a hyperlink, the problem is you most likely have the “Enable single-click URL navigation” option selected.  It is best if you uncheck that option:
You can view PDC 2010 sessions online at microsoftpdc.com , but you can also download sessions to view later or copy over to your windows 7 phone The sessions info is all online in one nice big XML file : http://videoak.microsoftpdc.com/pdc_schedule/Schedule...
So with the recent hype about “KittyHawk”, comes the product: LightSwitch. Jason Sanders has an introducing light switch blog entry up now. It looks good/promising.  The name however is terrible. Searching for it with Google will be a needle in a...
I was having a quiet coffee this Sunday morning, catching up on some emails, when some strange feline contexts took over my email. The first was a “MEEEEOOOW. LOL” post someone had posted on my facebook page. The next was something about Kitty talk. ...
I’ve been testing out upgrading some VS 2008 applications to 2010, but hit some MAJOR issues with projects that use Microsoft Reporting. I had reports that usually took seconds now take over a minute; and navigating via the document map was painfully...
If you are looking to improve the performance of your PC, Solid State Drives (SSD’s), although still costly provide fantastic performance gains for the price.  Last month I put in a Corsair V128GB2 and the performance difference on my aging Quad...
Despite the age of the .NET framework library, there’s still no straight forward way to make a font bigger. You can’t modify the Size property of a font, instead you have to create a new font and specify the new size and font styles etc.   I...
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In case you’ve missed it, Lucian Wishick from the VB team is doing a set of blog posts about feature ideas for future versions of VB (VB11 and later).  Lucian assures me **ALL** of the ideas in my previous wish list for VB10 are on the list !!!!...
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