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Announcing the ASP.NET 2.0 Webcast Series! and free stuff!!!
Announcing the ASP.NET 2.0 Webcast Series! From the site: Welcome to the Microsoft® ASP.NET 2.0 Webcast Series, sponsored by Microsoft, Dr. Dobb’s, and O’Reilly. Choose from 45 webcasts organized by track—JSP, PHP, and ColdFusion. Each track has been designed to take advantage of your existing Web development skills and includes insightful content contributed by Dr. Dobb’s and O’Reilly. Select the track you’re most familiar with, and then pick the webcast ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 21, 2006 7:34 AM

Announcing the CTDOTNET MCSD MCAD Study Group
Announcing the CTDOTNET Study Group:* I am please to announce the beginnings of somethingnew and great for developers in CT, the CTDOTNET Study Group. CTDOTNET will be offering another great service to its membersstarting in Spring of 2006. Are you working on getting your MCSD, MCAD certifications? Just want to take a couple exams? Why not get together with fellow CTDOTNET members and work together onstudying and preparing for the exams? This study group is *brand new*, so we're looking for good ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:26 AM

Windows Defender install on Windows 2000 error fix
<DISCLAIMER> Follow these instructions AT YOUR OWN RISK. We had no problems at all doing this, but if you are playing with GDI+ on your Win 2000 machine, you better know what you are doing! If you are not careful, you run the risk of breaking any other GDI+ applications you have on your machine. BUT, if you ARE CAREFUL, it worked for us, so good luck to you. I am no way, shape, or form responsible for anything you do to your machine by following (or not correctly following) these directions. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:16 AM

Convert Visual Basic 6 UI controls into Visual Basic 2005
Great new article up on MSDN today. Convert Visual Basic 6 UI controls into Visual Basic 2005. From the article: In the world of conversion of Visual Basic 6 applications, little causes more concern than controls that just won't convert. Between in-project controls that you have the source code for, custom ActiveX controls that you bought back in 1997, and the built-in Microsoft controls that have no real conversion path, the task is not easy. There is hope, however. Code in Visual Basic 6 user controls ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:53 AM

Microsoft Anti-Spy is now Windows Defender get beta 2 today!
Microsoft Anti-Spy is now Windows Defender get beta 2 today! Windows Defender (Beta 2) is a free program that helps protect your computer against pop-ups, slow performance, and security threats caused by spyware and other unwanted software. It features Real-Time Protection, a monitoring system that recommends actions against spyware when it's detected, and a new streamlined interface that minimizes interruptions and helps you stay productive. Here's the link to the product page: ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:52 AM

It's that time of year again New England
Nooo, not springtime, springtime Code Camp Time!!! Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy! Hold the date for Code Camp 5: Code Frenzy! On May 6/7 in the Microsoft Waltham office. More details including the call for speakers and registration coming soon. Keep your eyes on Thom's blog for more info. I'll post here when registration is announced ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 4:53 PM


Well, I guess I waited long enough to do this, but can't hold off any more. 

Meet my beautiful son, Ryan Daniel Krhla.  Here he is at 6 months:


Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 6:53 PM

LUA follow-up *a must read*
As a follow up to yesterday's LUA post, I want to point you to a post from Wintellog on LUA. John points to an article on and eWeek. The eWeek article is interesting because they took 3 logins (admin, power user and user) and did some surfing and, well, here's a quick quote: Look at the results table from a eWeek article where their test labs ran as an Administrator, Power User, and User and "visited a series of less-than-savory Web sites in an effort to install various types of adware ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 9:03 AM

What's in your wallet? A cool guide on what to carry with you from 43 Folders
Here's a neat tip I found on the 43Folders Wiki: Every 6 months or so, I photocopy anything essential in my wallet and file it away. I photocopy my credit cards, ID, HMO membership, llibrary card, etc. (I skip the burrito punch cards.) Copy both sides. This way, if my wallet is lost, I know what is missing, and I've photocopied the phone numbers I need to call to cancel the credit cards, etc. They have a great wiki for Useful Lists (of things to carry) In your wallet In your pocket In your bag Tied ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 11:00 AM

TechEd coming to Boston in 2006!!
TechEd coming to Boston in 2006!! I know it's not breaking news, but it seems to have slipped through the cracks, TechEd is coming to Boston in 2006. Important Dates: • January 31, 2006: Registration opens • March 15, 2006: Last chance for VIP Sweepstakes • April 14, 2006: Early Bird registration ends • June 11–16, 2006: Tech·Ed 2006 Just a friendly reminder I guess, get all the info at : ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 10:44 AM

Free SQL Server 2005 E-Learning for 90 Days from Microsoft
Microsoft is offering (for a limited time I guess) some free SQL 2005 training. It looks like they have a pretty good selection, content wise. Check it out today: https://www.microsoftelearn... ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 8:08 AM

I ain't got no permissions! LUA for you, try it today!!!
There's an excellent whitepaper released by Microsoft on the practice of running with LUA in Windows XP. I try to be as security conscientious as I can, and I started running as 'user' for my day to day tasks after a New England Code Camp with Robert Hurlbut. It makes a lot of sense on so many different levels. For those not familiar with LUA, I *strongly* suggest you give the article a read. The basic gist of LUA is to use an account with the least privileges as possible for your day to day computing. ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 7:44 AM

Write Articles for MSDN Magazine
Ever wonder how you can get your article published in MSDN magazine? I found this great post on Stephen Toub's blog about writing for MSDN magazine: Write Articles for MSDN Magazine MSDN Magazine is always on the look out for talented developers and writers looking to get their quality ideas and content published in the magazine. If you've got a great idea for an article relating to development with Microsoft technologies, by all means, let us know! It might take a bit of time for me to respond, ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:18 PM

I just downloaded SQL Server Express…now what?
While checking out the SQLExpress Advanced Tools Beta from my previous post, I found some gold. I've heard this question asked a few times by customers and people at user groups, and lo' and behold, this is what I found: There are a lot of people downloading and installing SQL Server Express. One of the common questions we get is “What should I do next?” We’ve worked hard creating a great product that easy to use, free to download and distribute, and bundled with good guidance and ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 6:02 AM

SQl Express Advanced Services Beta
Microsoft is looking for beta testers for the new SQL Express with Advanced Services. From the SQLExpress weblog: Announcing: SQL Express with Advanced Services Beta Are you using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and want to contribute to helping us continue to improve it? Now is your chance. We are about to start a beta program for the next update to SQL Express and are looking for beta testers who have experience working with MSDE or SQL Express and who are interested in testing out the next update ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 5:56 AM

Just one more reason why .Net Rocks
If there weren't enough reasons out there to make the switch to .Net, check this out from CNN Money: Two tech jobs in high demand these days are .NET (dot net) developers and quality assurance analysts. Developers who are expert users of Microsoft's software programming language .NET can make between $75,000 and $85,000 a year in major cities when they're starting out. If they pursue a job at a company that seeks someone with a background in a given field (say, a firm looking for a .NET developer ......

Posted On Saturday, February 4, 2006 1:23 PM

Blogging from VB 2005 with new my.blogs
Add blogging capability to your VB 2005 apps with My.blogs: There's a great new article on MSDN about adding blogging to your VB 2005 applications. There's a video demo with Chris Mayo and all the source code here: They go over adding both reading and publishing blogs in win forms and web forms in this demo. They also include a blogging VS snippet and add-in as well as the dll they are using and the source ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 6:46 AM

Firefox patch fixes security issues
If you're using the Firefox browser and haven't upgraded to yet, what are you waiting for? There is a new update out for the best browser ever, fixing some potential security holes. From PC World: Mozilla has released a new version of its Firefox browser containing critical security updates. Version of the browser, released Wednesday, also contains a number of "stability" fixes to address problems that cause the browser to gum up the performance of some systems. If you have at least ......

Posted On Friday, February 3, 2006 6:26 AM

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