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I see that there is now offical talk of a Code Camp in Christchurch, New Zealand in November 2007 which is good to see. I hope for some confirmed dates soon.
This is great news as the Mainland as we call it (the South Island of New Zealand) has never had a Code Camp before.
For pre-registrations and more details see http://dot.net.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=108
The theme of the code camp is Next generation, back to basics.
New releases of C#, VB, .Net, ASP and SQL are iminent. This code camp will focus on getting up to speed with all of this, plus cover migration stratigies and many non-technology specific topics such as Architecture and Development Life Cycle. Hopefully something for everyone - noobs, gurus, youg and old.
I have been asked to speak on IIS 7 and will be providing a session on this somewhere over the two day event.
I also spoke to Daniel Wissa ( at TechEd 2007) who runs the Christchurch .NET user group with Peter Jones [MVP] about running a shared session some time this year on Windows Vista Gadget Development. The code camp may be a good time for this session as well.
I am trying to get some sponser support as well - but I will keep it quiet until I know the result.
How many of you who have forked out the extra bucks for the Windows Vista Ultimate version of Windows have got very use to seeing the following image?
I thought that I have only seen this message for ages so I took a look and this is the last ultimate extra I got:
Checkout that date - March 21, 2007
Well today is August 25, 2007 so that is only 5 months with no updates.
What a complete and utter waste of time Microsoft for wasting everyones time with this package of nothing!
When are you going to realise that people get pissed this with this stupid policy that you run, as if you don't have simple tools you could just throw in each week or two to keep people happy who paid the extra $
Quote from Paul Thurrott back in Febraury 2007 - http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_ultimate_extras.asp
Given the paucity of Extras, and the overwhelming feeling that some of these should have simply been included in more Vista versions, the Windows Ultimate Extras aren't exactly a slam dunk: I don't see anything absolutely essential here, though the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool is certainly useful (and GroupShot is, of course, a winner, assuming it's ever released - not yet Paul). We'll see if anything more compelling turns up over time, as Microsoft has pledged to ship more Extras in the months ahead. Let's hope some of them help justify Vista Ultimate's high price: Until then, this package of Extras is decidedly mediocre. What a disappointing start.
Disapointing start, well add 6 months to that statement Paul and there is nothing new going on, infact nothing really since you posted your comments.
I saw a very interesting Key Note speech while at TechEd 2007 - http://www.microsoft.com/nz/teched07/keynote.aspx and http://www.microsoft.com/nz/teched07/live/knv1.aspx
The main thing that Lou Carbone shared with the audience was leaving indeliable marks that make a difference in the world we live in. The main topic what Lou was wanting to get across was we should move from making and selling to sensing and responding.
So what does this mean - well it means understanding your customers and not just selling to them, we are all customers at the end of the day, and we all want to be treated with respect and dignity.
Come on Microsoft, play the game and sort this program out for your customers, remember those little people who actually pay your wages!
I am working on some Active Directory tools for work so we can automate account creation, home directories, exchange mailboxes and other things.
As part of this I needed to create Exchange Mail boxes.
Now Microsoft has this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313114 that is titled "How to create a mailbox-enabled recipient by using Visual C#" perfect, exactly what I needed.
But the article is a bit old but in general it is OK, the requirement is that the following must be installed.
Microsoft Exchange 2000 System Management Tools on the computer on which this code runs
We can assume that this also can mean the Microsoft Exchange 2003 System Management Tools?
I am trying to develop my code on Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit.
So I need the Exchange Management tools, so I go and find the Exchange Server CD and pop it in the drive, but when I want to install the tools I get a message saying it is not compatible with Windows Vista and I can not install, I can't even ignore the message and continue.
So Vista has been as far as I am concerned out since November 2006 ( to the coporate community at least), it is now almost September 2007.
So I should go back to Windows XP - wasn't that released in 2002, or maybe 2003 Server or 2003 Server R2 to do my development work?
This is a stupid problem for Microsoft - how hard is it to make their own products Vista Compatible or should I just want until we install Exchange 2007 at work and tell them no go until then!
No wonder the driver support from 3rd party vendors is so terrible when Microsoft do not even make their management tools compatible with Windows Vista.
I came across a forum that has a special topic on reproducable bugs in the Windows Vista Sidebar.
Most of the bugs have a work around so well worth a look if you are experiencing some strange issues with Vista Gadget development.
Here is a current list of bugs
Bug# 1: The bottom and right are incorrectly cropped when rotation is applied to <g:background>
Here is a very simple gadget that shows how to play a stream from an ASX file that is in the Gadget folder for the current gadget.
It is very basic
font-family: Segoe UI, Tahoma, Sans-Serif;
border: ridge 2px
<title>ASX Player< FONT>title>\
<link href="css/Radio.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
This is a simple sample of how to play an ASX file
<OBJECT id="mediaPlayer" width="0" height="0" style="position:absolute; left:0;top:0;" CLASSID="CLSID:6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6"
mediaPlayer.url = System.Gadget.path+\\asx.asx;
<ref href="http://ac1.streaming.net.nz/trn-zmonline-chc?MSWMExt=.asf" />
Basically this gadget just loads Windows Media Player and when you click on the link in the html file it will start streaming.
The reason this was written was to help answer a forum question http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1442023&SiteID=1&mode=1
AIR NEW ZEALAND have made their RSS feed unusable as it contains no details any more of the prices, flights etc and hence this gadgetno longer has any value unless you want to see the source code!
With the flyout open it looks like this:
You can download it from my Windows Live Gallery profile:
What you need to know: These fares are only available online for one day only or until sold out. Seats are strictly limited - see the online 'counter' for the number of seats left. Travel periods are strictly limited and fares may not be available on all flights or days during stated travel period. Flight restrictions and routing restrictions apply. Prices are per person, child discounts do not apply. General terms and conditions and Smart Saver and/or Global Saver Max terms and conditions apply.
I came across an interesting message in a forum and tried it out and it works.
I have created a simple example of a Windows Vista Gadget that will talk to SQL Server using OLEDB with ADO.
This code is very similar to code that one would have used in the past with writing code for ASP pages.
Basicall the code works like this:
<body scroll="no" onload="loadMain()">
Our simple code in the loadMain event is as follows:
var serverName = "server";
var database = "northwind";
var username = "sa";
var password = "-";
if (password == "-")
This code shows a simple way to to talk to SQL Server, run a query and then render the results to an HTML tag.
You can download this code from here
For you to run this code there are a few things you will need to do first.
This is just an example and is really up to you how you may use it. I hope it helps with your gadget development.
I have been playing aroung with Windows Vista Gagets lately and have currently written about 10. Some are for my work - simple things like who is on Helpdesk duty today, and another for our IS Severity system that will show up planned outages and unplanned outages, colour coded based on the rating of the problem. This is similar to an RSS feed except the data is always live and not cached so that when a job is closed it is removed from the list.
Another is the Weather Gadget for http://weather.cobbnz.com, a collegue at works owns the site and I have written the Web Site UI and a few tools. This has become quite popular in the last few days since it was uploaded to http://gallery.live.com
The weather and the radio station gadgets are all available from live.com and clicking on my profile link will take you to a page where they all are.
For those looking into writing your own gadgets see these resources
Hint: If you want to see the source for any gadget, download it, and then rename from .gadget to .zip and you have all the source code.
I came accross this posting on www.iis.net this morning and thought I should post it here as it could be relevant to someone in the near future.
When using Failed Request Tracing, you are unable to configure or use the ASP.Net trace provider (it does not show up in the list of providers to select when creating a new trace rule) even after ensuring that ASP.net & .Net extensibility are installed.
This is a known setup timing issue that causes the ASP.net provider definition to get accidentally deleted. It has been fixed in current Longhorn Server & Vista SP1 builds.
Workaround is to do the following:
Hope this helps you out in the mean time.
Program Manager - IIS
Release/Proj Mgmt & Support/Health/Instr/Tracing/Logging
Eric Woersching, the IIS Product Manager, had the wild idea of putting these together as a way to get the message out about IIS7. Developer Evangelist Asli Bilgin stepped up to do the presentation and the rest is history. If you want to learn more about IIS7, check out these cool videos:
What ever happened to the IIS Evangelist Brett Hill?, he keeps pretty quiet for an Evangelist!
We all know there is a lot of Weather Gadgets out there for Windows Vista Side Bar. Well I have written one as well and it utilizes the data from Weather Display users. These users are mainly private indiviuals who have an interest in Weather and provide this data to users on the Internet through there web sites.
The Vista Gadget that I have written reads a file that these Weather Display users expose to the Internet called clientraw.txt and clientrawextra.txt.
Some of the features of my gadget is:
I would be interested in any comments anyone has on the gadget.....
The gadget can be downloaded from my friends web site http://weather.cobbnz.com/vistaGadget.aspx
The list of sites that you can display the weather from is limited at this time as we want each site owner to add them selves to the list. We expect the list to grow when the gadget is known to more people.
It was only released last week and we are currently at version 22.214.171.124
Here is a couple of screen snaps of the gadget...
When you try to download a Microsoft Vista Gadget on IIS 6 you will by default get a 404 error if you have not configured a mime type for .gadget
The correct mime type is:
Note: There is a “.” before the gadget above in the extension
Well not the best outcome - so I wonder how many people are going to have this issue?
I found this little page on Microsoft's site http://www.microsoft.com/spain/windowsmobile/about/tours/ppc/2002/upgradable.mspx
I highlighted the interesting section!
Keep it longer but for what reason when I need to throw it away since it won't play with Vista!
I have a problem with Microsoft Vista Ultimate. I have been running the RTM version for a couple of months now.
I am going to create a set of blog entries for everything that is causing me a headacke or just simply something I do not like.
#1 - Product Activiation
Normally product activation is a simple process, and since I have a MSDN Team System subscription I am allowed to install 10 copies of Microsoft Vista and most products on different computers for test and development.
I installed Vista Ultimate on an old computer that I have, I installed it in its new mode where you do not give it a key during setup and you can install basically any version for 30 days. So I installed Ultimate and did nothing for the 30 days. On the 30th day where it told me it was going to stop working if I did not activate it.
I then decided I better activate it so I logged on to MSDN Subscriber Downloads and got my activiation key.
I entered the key and set to activate over the Internet and got an error saying that my key had already been used. I thought this odd since I can have 10 activations and I only previously had used one. I tried again and got the same error.
I then telephoned the Microsoft product activation people ( 5:30 am in New Zealand ) and got a nice friendly Indian lady... she said that I needed to read the 90 digit key to her and then she would give me the activation key. OK I thought not too bad, so I gave here the 90 digits and she tried to activate it only to get an error that she could not activate it.
She left to discuss this issue with her manager and came back to me and said I would have to re-install the Operating System and then activate it again. You can guess I said no way - I had it installed for 30 days and had installed a number of apps including Visual Studio 2005 + Office 2007.
She was adamint that I must reinstall and I continued to say no way. I thought I would try to activate it over the Internet again and guess what - it worked!
So is this an issue for MSDN subscribers or maybe all people who will activate their OS? Who knows if you will have a problem or not!