Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

UPDATE: Don’t do this! It breaks stuff (like the Tungle Outlook Connector) and may have negative security implications. A second workaround I found was disabling automatic proxy detection.

Found a fix for the annoying issue with Office 2010 and Sharepoint 2007 that prevented me from opening files.

Office 2010 and Shareporint 2007: The Issue – Missing “path to file” « Achugh’s Blog.

Thanks Achugh!


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Look what I just found…

Today I’m pleased to announce we have shipped the RC for Visual Studio 2010 / .NET Framework 4! MSDN subscribers can download the bits immediately from this location. The RC will be made available to the public on Wednesday February 10.

via Jason Zander’s WebLog : Announcing VS2010 / .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC).

The RC’s include a Go Live license which means they can be used in production. On a closely related note, ReSharper has a nightly build available that supports the new RC’s.


Time to make good use of Comcast’s overpriced bandwidth and start the 2.3GB VS2010 Ultimate download!

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From the picture Julie painted it sounds like the Entity Framework is finally coming together. While I’m sure it’s far from perfect the latest version would seem to have addressed MANY of the issues I ran into the first time I used it. With EF being such a strong contender, it would seem my decision has come down to nHibernate and EF. Microsoft safety versus the guys that have been doing it right for a lot longer… tough call!

Julie Lerman on Entity Framework 4.0Julie is back to talk about the improvements to the Entity Framework in version 4.0.

via .NET Rocks!.

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Still haven’t decided if I prefer the Amazon or Google/Microsoft cloud paradigm, but it’s hard to argue with the ease of transition to Amazon’s solution!

Amazon EC2 Now Offers Windows Server 2008
Starting today, Amazon EC2 now offers Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server® Standard 2008 instances in all Amazon EC2 Regions. This new announcement extends Amazon EC2’s existing Microsoft-based offerings that include Windows Server 2003 and SQL Server 2005 instances. Like all services offered by AWS, Amazon EC2 running Windows Server or SQL Server offers a low-cost, pay-as-you-go model with no long-term commitments and no minimum fees. Please visit the Amazon EC2 service page for more information on using Amazon EC2 running Windows.

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I’ve been a fan (and user) of VirtualBox for several years now for desktop virtualization, so it’s great to keep seeing updates with exciting new features added.

The latest version of VirtualBox delivers some compelling new features, including support for live migration and branched snapshots. Migration capabilities reflect VirtualBox's potential for ascending into the enterprise arena.

via VirtualBox 3.1 adds live migration and branched snapshots.

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Another excellent podcast in which .NET Rocks! interviews Dean Gou about Project Trident. Project Trident was created for the real/near-time monitoring of thousands of oceanic sensors, in short it helps to crunch large quantities of data.

The boys talk to Dean Gou about Project Trident, a scientific workflow workbench. With Project Trident, you can author workflows visually by using a catalog of existing activities and complete workflows. The workflow workbench provides a tiered library that hides the complexity of different workflow activities and services for ease of use.

While the project sounds very interesting in its own right I have to wonder at what other possible applications there are for Project Trident.

Trident is part of a collaborative project between The University of Washington, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Microsoft, to provide Project NEPTUNE with a scientific workflow workbench for Oceanography. Trident, implemented on top of Windows Workflow Foundation, allows scientists to explore and visualize oceanographic data in real-time and provides an environment to visually compose, run and catalog workflows.

If Trident is used by oceanographic scientists then it should also be useful to educational researchers, while enhancing the fidelity of their work.

Other features in Trident for data-intensive research include: automatic provenance capture, “smart” re-running of different versions of a workflow, on-the-fly updatable parameters, cost estimation of the resources a workflow will require, monitoring of long-running tasks, and support for fault-tolerance and recovery from failures.

Trident Screenshot

Fascinating stuff!

via .NET Rocks!.

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Decent overview of wikis at work, the ways in which they can be used, and an overview of typical concerns before implementing them with rebuttal.

The wiki crops up in many companies’ internal discussions about process improvements and efficient collaboration, but it is often shot down because so few people have exposure to good models of what a really successful business wiki can do. Ars is here to help with a practical introduction based on real-world examples.

In general, wiki’s would be a great addition to work but I worry that the editing environment might not be quite rich enough. Our various Word documents often contain simple diagrams, and the Microsoft-Project style add-on we purchased for Sharepoint also gets a lot of use. Maybe there’s some feature-rich wiki’s available?

via Wikis in the workplace: a practical introduction – Ars Technica.

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