• New Google Reader!

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  • Documents and Settings still exists in Vista...

    If you’ve seen some of the Vista screenshots lately or even installed the RC1 for Vista, you will undoubtedly have noticed that Windows Vista makes use of the C:\Users directory instead of C:\Documents and Settings that Windows XP had previously used.

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  • The New and Improved Method for getting the title/caption from an image

    Last month (almost two months ago!), I posted on how to programmatically get the caption for an image in C#. I haven’t posted much more on the subject lately, because I’ve been busy with other things like playing with Vista RC1 and different unit testing frameworks. I also have learned a lot more about the different methods for storing metadata in images. My previous method ONLY works for images where the metadata is in the EXIF format. There are a variety of different metadata formats available and I discovered that not all of my digital pictures use EXIF. In other words, my previous post DOES NOT WORK for those images. I also discovered that there is no reason to use my previous method, because Omar Shahine has already done all of the hard work here.

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  • Windows Vista Secrets!

    As some of you may know, I recently installed RC1 of Vista on my home PC. For the most part, it has been a great experience. I had some early problems because I took the upgrade path instead of a clean install. That lasted about two nights, because though most of my programs still worked, they didn’t behave as expected. My memory usage was sky high, too. After the clean install, it has smooth sailing ever since (except for Windows One Care and my HP 2600 All-in-One Printer…).

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  • Source Outliner

    Recently, Microsoft released version 3.0 of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK, so I thought I’d download it because I like downloading stuff.

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  • Keep Firefox 2.0 Beta Tabs

    I recently upgraded Firefox to the 2.0 beta version. It has some nice features built in and it seems a lot more stable than the previous beta version. One complaint I had with it was the lack of support for extensions, though Mike Gunderloy pointed out the Nightly Tester Tools that will attempt to make extensions compatible - and for me, 99% of the time, the Nightly Tester Tools works. In fact, it worked for 100% of my extensions, but Tab Mix Plus didn’t pull all its functionality along with it to 2.0. The extension shows as working correctly, but it doesn’t actually work correctly and really, it only states compatability with 1.6+ so I shouldn’t be surprised. However, as Colin pointed out, Tab Mix Plus has some really great functionality, and I was missing it in Firefox 2.0, like the ability to keep sessions for the next load of Firefox.

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  • Windows One Care doesn't work in Vista RC1...

    Windows One Care doesn’t work in RC1, but they’ve still included it in the “Offers from Microsoft” section of Vista’s welcome center. That’s sort of annoying, because I’ve already signed up for Windows One Care, but now I can’t use it in the system that actually is trying to get me to use it!

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  • Some thoughts on User Account Control (UAC) in Vista RC1

    Last night, I finally completed my install of Vista on my home machine. I sort of wish I had taken the clean install route instead of the upgrade path, because it took forever! One of my coworkers did the clean install and he was finished in half an hour - it took me two nights! Now, those two nights were really because I started it and went to sleep and was greeted with an “End task” dialog on a program that had hung the first morning. I let it continue through the next work day and was greeted with another dialog when I got back the next evening. I did successfully install it, though, and I like it quite a bit. My biggest complaint so far is that Windows One Care isn’t currently supported in Vista yet. It’s even a Microsoft product for crying out loud!

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  • Simple tip to change your PowerShell Script Execution Policy in Vista

    Having trouble changing your PowerShell Script Execution Policy in Vista because of access problems? This whole limited user thing will take some time to get used to, but it certainly is a good idea for security. What I did to fix this problem was I ran the command prompt as an admin. If you go under your start menu and accessories, you’ll see a link to the command prompt. If you right click on it, you’ll see an option to run as administrator. Here’s a screenshot:

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  • Notes on the BrowsableAttribute

    When you’re creating a GUI control in Visual Studio, your public properties will be displayed in the Property Grid and you can customize this by using attributes such as the Category attribute or the DisplayName attribute. Another nice attribute to use sometimes is the Browsable attribute. If you set the Browsable attribute to false (i.e. <Browsable(False)> in VB.NET), it won’t be displayed in the property grid. I typically use this to hide properties that really have no function from the GUI side.

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