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Vongo Back on 64-bit

Wed, 19 Dec 2007 19:25:02 GMT

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Vongo has published an update to it's client software that works on 64-bit Vista again.  Apparently, this was a hot topic based on the number of views and comments I got on my post Vongo is a Mess.

You can get the updated software from Vongo's home page.


Do You Use a Web Component Suite?

Wed, 05 Dec 2007 13:49:13 GMT

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We're considering purchasing a component suite for web development to spice up our interface and make the UI side if things a little faster.

My question is, have any of you used any of these suites and what was your experience?

The ones we are looking at are telerik, ComponentArt and ComponentOne.


Windows Live Installer x64 is Back

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 13:49:15 GMT

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With the latest release of Windows Live Installer you can now install all the Windows Live applications to 64 bit versions of Windows again.  Thank goodness.

Update: This is for Vista x64 only.  Not XP or server versions of Windows.




TargetProcess 2.6

Wed, 03 Oct 2007 15:02:37 GMT

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If you are using agile development at all, you need to check out TargetProcess.  I have used several different tools for project management and this is the one I keep coming back too.  Yes, even you FogCreek lovers should check it out.

Version 2.6 is dropping and it includes Visual SourceSafe integration and a new customizable dashboard.

Version 2.7 should be out sometime around January and I've been told it will have some new features centered around messaging and blogging.  A feature that disappeared in version 2.0.

TargetProcess v.2.6 is Coming


Code Snippet Manager Missing

Thu, 30 Aug 2007 08:30:30 GMT

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By default the Code Snippet Manager in Visual Studio 2005 should appear directly under the Tools menu.

This is the second install I have noticed that it wasn't there.  Not sure what the combination is that is keeping it from being there by default, but if this happens to you restoring it is simple.

  1. Go to Tools -> Customize
  2. Select the Commands tab
  3. Select Tools
  4. Drag the Code Snippets Manager.. from Command up to the Tools menu.

Linspire + Microsoft = Love

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 05:35:15 GMT

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(image) Is Linspire getting desperate?  They just struck a deal with Microsoft to license code for Windows Live Messenger, Windows Media, and TrueType fonts.  Okay, that seems like a good thing.

But they agreed to make Live Search the default on their Linux based OS!  Linspire has always billed itself as the super easy Linux distro for everyone.  I guess they are going to find out if they can make in the mainstream market, because I just think they alienated a lot of Linux geeks, assuming they had some left.

I signed up as a lifetime subscriber to Linspire back when it was Lindows, and personally I hope they have success.  But man, is this a risk.

Microsoft Signs Another Linux Deal


Windows Live x64 Update - Microsoft Support

Wed, 12 Sep 2007 06:16:42 GMT

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Hello Scott,

Thank you for writing to Windows Live Beta Technical Support.  My name is Tom and I will be addressing your concerns with installing Windows Live Writer on a 64 Bit System.  I have contacted the product team about this issue and they have provided the following response:

We are working diligently on providing Vista x64-bit support.  As stated in the release notes we are not supporting any 64-bit installations for this beta release, but this has always been in our plans for the final release. Due to overwhelming feedback from our 64 Bit customers, we are working hard to release a version of the installer that supports 64-bit even sooner than previously planned. So please check back periodically to the Windows Live Services Beta Installation site to look for this updated version of Windows Live Writer.

We appreciate your continued support as we strive to provide you with the highest quality service available. Thank you for using Windows Live Services Beta.





Michael Robertson vs Microsoft - Take 2

Mon, 10 Sep 2007 17:29:20 GMT

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Michael Robertson will not give up his fight against Microsoft.  Remember back when he took on Windows by creating a more "Windows friendly" version of Linux called Lindows, got sued, and changed the name to Linspire?

Well, now he is taking them on with an entirely web based OS.  And I guess there must be a really attractive lawyer on the Microsoft team he is just dying to see again, because he is calling it ajaxWindows.


Microsoft must be his ultimate target.  This is from Michael's Minute announcement:

In the mid-90s Microsoft was threatened by the emergence of Netscape. The Netscape Navigator browser garnered a place on 70% of PCs nearly overnight. In response Microsoft went for the jugular by giving away their browser free of cost. This effectively "cut off Netscape's air supply", while simultaneously strong arming PC manufacturers to stop preloading the Netscape product. Microsoft denied this but Bill Gates admitted that Navigator could have turned Microsoft Windows into mere "plumbing". Microsoft was later found guilty of anti-trust violationsin their battle with Netscape and settled the dispute for $750 million. I think Microsoft's concerns about developers building browser applications instead of desktop applications was valid, but a decade too early. Only now are browsers getting sophisticated enough that truly web-based programs can compete from a usability standpoint with their desktop competitors. One of the key advances to make this possible is the inclusion of AJAX technology in all major web browsers.

Someone might want to reserve the domain name now.


New Windows Live Installer Doesn't Work on Vista x64

Sat, 08 Sep 2007 23:24:30 GMT

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I just rebuilt one of my machines to run the 64 bit version of Windows Vista.  When I tried to install Live Writer I needed to use the new single installer package released last week.  Well, it doesn't work on x64.  I sent an e-mail to Microsoft, and they said a lot of people have reported the problem and they are working on it.  They gave me a work around but it just launched the same installer with different options, so it crapped out too.

The odd thing is, all the individual packages should work on x64, but the installer is doing some sort of a compatible OS check and it's not even trying to install it.  Someone screwed up the config options on the installer.

If anyone has the old install package for Windows Live Writer and could get me a copy, I would greatly appreciate it.