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Guy Barrette



Microsoft Regional Director, Montreal, Canada



 



Outlook hangs caused by recent PayPal messages

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:24:24 GMT

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For so strange reasons, Outlook has been hanging trying to open emails from PayPal recently. 

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Well, looks like an invalid picture reference in the message.  A full explanation and a workaround can be found on the HowTo-Outlook Website.




Book Review: Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook

Sun, 02 Oct 2011 20:56:58 GMT

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Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook is a book targeted at developers with at least some basic experience of Windows Azure. You won’t find long chapters explaining how the Cloud works so this should not be your first Azure book. Instead you’ll find 80 recipes covering a wide range of Azure technologies like: table storage, blobs, queues, roles, diagnostics and the management API, SQL Azure and the Azure AppFabric.

Each recipe starts with a goal, a description of the goal and how to reach that goal. If any preparation needs to be done, the author lists it a Getting Ready section. Then, an How to do it… section goes into detail explaining how to reach the goal with code. Lastly, each recipe ends with an How it works… section where the author explains how the code seen in the previous section works.

Sure you can find most of these recipes online by using your favourite search engine but what I like about this book is that each recipe has clear and detailed explanations. Basically, it adds meat into the bone and you end up getting a better understanding of the Azure API.

If you’re new to Azure, you should try to get a basic understanding of the platform before opening this book but once you get the basics, Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook is a must to get you up to speed with the Azure platform. Highly recommended.

More info: http://www.packtpub.com/microsoft-windows-azure-development-cookbook/book

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Montreal event: Back from //Build/

Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:35:57 GMT

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Curious about last week’s announcements at the Microsoft //Build/ conference? Want to learn more about Windows 8, WinRT and Metro?  Want to see Windows 8 running on the Samsung tablet?  Tonight (Monday Sept 19, 2011), the Montreal .NET Community is having a “Back from //Build/” event with Laurent Duveau, Mario Cardinal and me.

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More info and registration here




Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 11:40:05 GMT

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Wade Wegner announced yesterday the availability of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android.  This is on top of the toolkits for Windows Phone and iOS.

Head to Wade’s blog for more info.

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Montreal Event: Samedi .NET Azure

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:55:17 GMT

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The Montreal .NET Community next “.NET Saturday” will be on Azure and the Cloud and will take place on Saturday Oct 15th 2011 from 9AM to 4:30PM.  Both Canadian Azure MVPs will be present (me and Cory Fowler) for a full day of hands-on demonstrations.

For more info and to register: http://www.dotnetmontreal.com/events/25706911/

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TechDays Canada 2011–Registration Open

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:30:00 GMT

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Registration is now open for TechDays Canada 2011.

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/techdays/2011/register-now.aspx




The unofficial BUILD precon

Tue, 30 Aug 2011 11:27:38 GMT

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If you planned your Build trip so that you can attend the Monday pre-cons, well you know now that they have been cancelled.  I guess that MS feared that they would steal thunder from their keynotes.  Anyway, your previous option was to go to Disneyland.  Now you have a second option: “Creating User Experiences: An Interactive Workshop for Developers”, a workshop by Billy Hollis.

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More info: http://slmasters.net/build/




TechDays 2011 Session Submissions Now Open!

Fri, 19 Aug 2011 12:49:56 GMT

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New for TechDays 2011, a wider “Call for Speakers”.  If you’re interested in speaking, Damir posted all the info on the MSDN Canada Dev connection blog.




Quest for a better Wi-Fi backyard coverage

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 13:10:20 GMT

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I recently purchased a new antenna for my router trying to get a better Wi-Fi signal when in my backyard.  It worked but still, I wanted an even better signal so I started to investigate other hardware options:

  • External antenna
  • Wi-Fi repeater
  • PowerLine devices

External antennas require that you connect them to the router so you need to find a way to get that cable out of the house.  This is a more permanent setup and to my surprise, the cables are very expensive and this adds to the overall cost of this solution.  Oh, and drilling a hole in the outside wall had a WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) of 0.

Wi-Fi repeaters can extend the coverage by grabbing the Wi-Fi signal and repeating it.  Sounds interesting but the downside is that you need to place the device in the coverage of your main signal so it can get a good signal to repeat.  This would mean placing it inside the house so no real improvement for me.  Also, reading customers comments online, looks like there are many issues with this kind of device.

I then looked at PowerLine devices.  These devices use your home electrical wiring to create a network and turn every power outlet into a possible network connection.  Yeah sure, I was very sceptic even after reading great customer comments online.  Never the less, I decided to give it a shot, prepared to run back to the store to return the units.  To achieve my goal, I needed 2 units: one that would be hard-wired to my router and a second unit that would output Wi-Fi signal right in my backyard.  I bought a D-Link DHP-306AV and placed it beside my router and I also bought a DHP-W306AV that I plugged outside.

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At first, I couldn’t get the inside device to see the outside one.  I tried the outside device in different electrical plugs and nothing worked except when I plugged it in the same power bar as the inside device.  Reading the manual, D-Link suggest plugging the devices directly in the wall so I thought that the problem might be my power bar because it’s a very good one with some kind of electrical noise filtering.  So I plugged both devices in standard power bars and victory, both devices could see each other.

When I’m outside, all I have to do is plug the Wi-Fi device in the outside wall, select the network and enjoy great Wi-Fi signal streaming music using AirPlay and iTunes and reading on my iPad.  Highly recommended!

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Build is sold out!

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 11:25:03 GMT

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The Microsoft Build conference is now sold out!  If you can’t attend, don’t despair.  Looks like the keynotes will be streamed live and all the sessions will be available 48 hours after the conference for free online viewing.  Yep, free.




Better Wi-Fi coverage with the D-Link ANT24-0230 Antenna

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:45:18 GMT

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I was getting a somewhat OK wireless signal from my D-Link DIR-655 router in my backyard but I wanted a stronger signal.  I looked at a few possibilities and ended up trying the D-Link Xtreme N 2.4GHz ANT24-0230 Antenna.

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It’s easy to install, just unscrew the router’s antennas and screw the cable in.

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The antenna doesn’t boost the signal but let you locate it in a better place.  I was able to get a far better signal.  On the downside, the antenna cable is not very long at just over a meter long.




DevTeach for the 1st time in Ottawa

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:33:32 GMT

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DevTeach recently announced that their next conference will be held for the first time in Ottawa on Nov 2-4 2011.

From the Website:

For the first time, DevTeach will be presenting a conference in Ottawa (November 2nd to 4th). This event will include Pre-Conference workshops and 2 days of main conference.
The venue (Ottawa Convention Center) will have three main themes:
ITProTeach will present 12 sessions for IT Pro, SQLTeach will present 12 sessions for DBA and DevTeach will have 24 sessions for developers. All the track’s content will be announced soon.
 
Take advantage right now of our low prices. If you register to the main conference before August 1st , the price is $349.00. That’s only $174 per day. This event is limited to 350 attendees. Register early!

Compared to the larger conferences, it’s easier to meet, talk and even have a beer with the expert speakers.




Build

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:40:55 GMT

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Microsoft will unveil it’s Windows 8 development strategy at the Build conference this September in Anaheim.  Microsoft already said that HTML5 and JavaScript will be used for developing apps but I don’t believe this is the whole story and more will be announced prior or at the conference.  See you there!

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http://www.buildwindows.com




3 Screens

Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:29:58 GMT

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Looking at the Windows Phone 7, Windows 8 and Xbox screens, it’s now clear that we have an unified UI strategy.

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Microsoft to aquire Skype: impressed by the press coverage

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:58:56 GMT

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So now every in the world knows about Microsoft intention to acquire Skype.  It’s huge but what impressed me was the coverage in the non technical medias.  The local newspaper has a front page feature plus extensive coverage.

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BTW, it has begun…

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Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS, Android and Windows Phone

Wed, 11 May 2011 11:48:17 GMT

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Microsoft announced the release of Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Official MS Blog announcement

Windows Phone info
Wade Wegner’s blog
Windows Azure team blog

iOS info
Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Windows Azure team blog: NOW AVAILABLE: Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS
Wade Wegner’s blog: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS
Screencast: Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS

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Try Windows Azure for free, no credit card

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:25:50 GMT

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If you’d like to test Windows Azure and don’t want to use your credit card, Microsoft has created a free 30 day pass that does not require a credit card.

Head here and use Canada as you country and CDNDEVS as the promo code.




AzureFest Montreal

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:14:53 GMT

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What's AzureFest About?
Welcome to AzureFest! Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud operating system. Developing for Azure leverages your existing ASP.NET Development Experience and provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web applications in the cloud through Microsoft® datacenters or even hybrid off/on premises hosting models.

Come to AzureFest and let us show you how developing and deploying Azure Applications is fast and easy. You will learn how to set up your Azure account and how to take a traditional ASP.NET application and convert it for Azure. Publishing Applications to the Azure Developer Portal is a breeze. You'll learn how to set up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio.

What You'll Learn
How to setup your Azure Account
How to take a traditional on-premise ASP.NET applications and deploy it to Azure
Publishing Applications to Azure Developer Portal
Setting up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio

We Provide
The tools you will need on your machine to prepare yourself for Azure
Hands on instruction and expert assistance
Power and network access
Snacks and refreshments
Post event technical resources so you can take your skills to the next level

You Provide
Your own laptop
Your experience in building ASP.NET Applications and Services

Note that the event will be in French.  For more info and to register,  click here.




Solving a corrupt .OST Outlook file

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:16:36 GMT

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I had a problem with my .OST Outlook folder last week.  First, Outlook reported a problem with that folder and asked me to run the repair tool (SCANPST.EXE).

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I ran the tool and was able to access the folder again but that folder wouldn’t synch while all the others are fine.  When that folder was selected, Outlook showed me this in the status bar:

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All the other ones showed this:

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Now what?  My .OST file is corrupt and running the repair tool doesn’t solve the problem.  A quick search in the InterTubes lead me to this article and a simple solution: quit Outlook, delete/rename the file and restart Outlook.  Since everything reside on the Exchange server, Outlook will simply create a new .OST file and download all the emails again.  Note that this only works for if you use Exchange ant for .PST files.




IE10 Platform Preview

Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:18:03 GMT

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Announced yesterday at Mix11, the IE10 Platform Preview is now available for download.  This faster release cycle is a change for MS and it’s understandable because of the moving sands that is HTML5.