Can Microsoft win against this?

After seeing this, I think I also want the “Apple 5”; supposedly this lady is true and has been waiting in line for 2 days. {Credit: wmpoweruser.com }

October 1, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

On Windows 8

August 30, 2012 · 0 min · Amit Bahree

Large collection of Free eBooks from MS

Microsoft folks have released a large collection of free eBooks including Visual Studio, WP, Win 8, Office 365, SQL, Azure, CRM, etc. You can get more details from the following two posts where not only you can browse the catalogue but also download them. First post with free books Second post with free books Happy Leeching!

August 4, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Metro Apps in C++ anyone?

In Visual Studio “11” when I try and create a new C++ Metro app using the built-in template, I get the following error: “Can’t find localized resources”. I wonder if anyone else has managed to get around this? I am running the Consumer Preview Build of Win 8 (Build 8250).

May 19, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

SkyDrive, Windows 8 and Domain Account

I am running Windows 8 on my primary work machine now, which is domain joined. When I try and use the SkyDrive metro app (which ships with Windows 8), it does not like that fact I am domain joined and wants me to switch accounts, which is something I don’t want to do. This of course works great for those who are not domain joined and essentially are personal machines. For many of us who will be using this on ‘work’ machines, this seems like we will be ignored....

April 25, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Enabling Win 8 Metro on a Netbook

When you install Win 8 on a Netbook the screen resolution would be too low for Metro apps to run which is a bummer. One way to get around this and “fix” this is to update the registry (and you thought that was so XP!) 😄. Run Regedit and search for “display1_downscalingsupported” (without quotes). Find all occurrences of this entry and change its value from 0 to 1. Reboot when finished and you should have more options on your Screen Resolution choosing which will allow you to run Metro....

March 6, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Productivity Future Vision

Microsoft’s productivity future - how cool is this?

November 1, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Kinect SDK

Microsoft recently release the Kinect SDK which allows you to implement a Natural User Interface and program against it! There is a lot of interest around including claims on how Robotics will change to how you can integrate a light sensor. You can use Visual Studio (C++, C# and VB.NET supported) and get quite interesting results. Here are a series of links below which will help you get started. Download and install the Kinect SDK Download and install Quickstart Samples and Slides (zip file) Understanding the Kinect hardware Setting up your Dev Environment Understanding the basics of skeletal tracking using the Kinect sensor Understanding camera fundamentals Understanding the audio fundamentals Playing with the Coding4Fun Kinect toolkit and seeing how one can build cool apps such as: Kinect Paint (which uses skeleton tracking) Kinect Mouse which uses your hands as the mouse cursor Keep and eye out on the Coding4Fun Kinect blog ....

June 17, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Debugger Canvas - Quick Tour

Debugger Canvas is a new user experience for the debugger in Visual Studio Ultimate. It pulls together the code you’re exploring onto a single pan-and-zoom display. As you hit breakpoints or step into code, Debugger Canvas shows just the methods that you’re debugging, with call lines and local variables, to help you see the bigger picture. Check out the quick demo below to see what it is capable of and read up on the guide on how to use it ....

June 14, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Windows 8 Demo

One word - WOW!

June 3, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Using cached domain (active directory) credentials or not?

If you are ever in a situation where you want to find out if you logged into using cached domain credentials (AD) or authenticated against the domain controller then the easiest way is to open Event Viewer and look for the entry where the source is NETLOGON and Event ID 5719. The description would be something like: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Log Name: System Source: NETLOGON Date: 27/05/2011 08:53:17 Event ID: 5719 Task Category: None Level: Error Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: YOUR-Full-Qualified-Computer-Name Description: This computer was not able to set up a secure session with a domain controller in domain YOUR-DOMAIN-NAME due to the following: There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request....

May 27, 2011 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

How to create a Mini Dump?

If you ever want to get a Mini Dump of a process (of course for debugging purposes) the easiest way to do so is to use Task Manager (or use Sys Explorer ). Just find the process you are interested in, right click and select “Create Dump File” and voila. One thing to be careful – make sure you are using the same version of the Task Manager (or Sys Explorer) as the process....

May 26, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Troubleshooting WCF Performance - Part 1

More related details on Dustin’s post - WCF scales up slowly with bursts of work .

May 26, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Upgrading through every version of Windows

Upgrading through *all* versions of Windows from v1 thru to Win7.

March 2, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

BizTalk 2010

I was wondering what new features of BizTalk 2010 do you like the most? Also are they any must have tools now? I am interested in the following: Automated deployment (of interfaces) Automated testing (regression and functional where possible) Automated configuration management (across various environments – development, various testing, pre-prod and of course prod). Coordination with AppFabric?

February 7, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Free (technical) Microsoft Courses

Channel 9 has a number of free technical courses on a number of emerging MS technologies covering a wide range such as Azure , Win7 , Identity, SQL Server 2008 R2, Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0 , Silverlight 4 , MOSS 2010 , Office 2010 , etc. These cover a number of the features and essentially have everything to get a developer quite comfortable with the stack. In some areas they go a little deep as well....

April 8, 2010 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Bing Maps adding Flickr images, live video, stars

Bing Maps adding Flickr images, live video and stars - very cool. Update: The official TED video below is quite cool and in addition to the one above, also adds more interesting features such as video – check it out.

February 14, 2010 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Extending WCF Adapters in BizTalk

I know a little bit about WCF :) but never really used it in anger in BizTalk and also did not get an opportunity to extend the adapter. I was looking for something else and came across this post form Paolo which explains in a lot of detail how does one go about extending and customizing WCF adapters. If you don’t know anything about WCF the first part explains that in general before going in to the BizTalk specific things....

December 11, 2009 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

BizTalk Flat File schema optional attribute issue

I encountered this interesting issue and thanks to Colin we were able to resolve it. There will be situations you will encounter when adding additional optional attributes to a Flat File (FF) schema in BizTalk will cause problems. To get around this you basically will need to set the following properties to relax the parsing of the attributes which break. 1 2 3 - parser_optimization="complexity" - allow_early_termination="true" - early_terminate_optional_fields="true" This got me thinking more and wanting to understand what does changing these attributes mean under the covers....

December 6, 2009 · 3 min · Amit Bahree

Win 7 and loading ISO’s

If you are on Win 7 (any build) you will find quickly that Daemon tools don’t work on that. Even if it was working, I would in any case recommend ditching Daemon tools and recommend using Virtual Clone Drive which not only is free but also works like a champ. I use it on Vista as well.

March 19, 2009 · 1 min · Amit Bahree