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Setting my laptop in dual boot with Windows 7

PDC, Technical stuff, Windows 7, Work
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At the last Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, the attendees were given a pre-beta version of Windows 7, Vista’s successor operating system. I installed it on a virtual machine and was very impressed by the performance of Windows 7. Since I just got my new laptop (Alienware m15x) and have been installing stuff anyway, I thought I would give it a try and install Win7 in dual boot on this machine. This is the report of the experience.

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It’s podcast season: Herding code

.NET, Blend, PDC, Personal, Silverlight, Silverlight 2 Unleashed, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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Apparently it’s podcast season… When in Los Angeles, Jon Galloway and I managed to sit down an hour and talk about Silverlight, WPF, Blend, my past work at Siemens and my future work at IdentityMine, and of course about my book Silverlight 2 Unleashed. I was kind of sad that Kevin Dente and Scott Koon didn’t manage to join us, but the conference was so packed with events that we found time only on the very last day (Thursday) and the two had to go back home already. Still, it was nice to meet the whole crew (I had met Jon before but it was the first time for me to meet Scott and Kevin – K Scott, the 4th rider, was not at PDC). The podcast is available at the Herding Code website.

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#PDC08 talk: WPF pixel shaders and WPF graphics future

.NET, PDC, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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David Teitlebaum.

Why move to a new effect system? Old effect system: BitmapEffects. Talks about what was done with BitmapEffects to render to the screen. Doesn’t play well with remoting, because too slow to render on target machine, go back to display machine, etc… Shows the old syntax for BitmapEffect. Software rendered, very slow, especially blur operations (such a glow, drop shadow, etc…)

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#PDC08 talk: Microsoft .NET, CLR Futures

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Joshua Goodman

Joshua recaps the history and structure of .NET. Then talks about the difficulty to keep code compatible. Sometimes, making code faster creates bugs, because the previous slowness was enabling scenarios that speed doesn’t. Of course the CLR gets blamed even though it’s not their fault!

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#PDC08 talk: .NET 4.0 Declarative programming using XAML

.NET, PDC, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work, WPF
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3 XAML vocabularies: UI, Workflow, XPS.

Used in mutliple runtimes: .NET 3,0, 3.5, Silverlight 1 and 2.

Many tools too (Visual Studio, Expression Blend).

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#PDC08 keynote (day 3, part 1)

.NET, PDC, Technical stuff, Work
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Yesterday featured another day packed with sessions and started with a great keynote showing off the new Windows 7, what’s coming onto us with .NET 4 and the new development environments (starring Visual Studio 10) as well as innovations in the field of Office (web office is going to allow editing and synching documents online).

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Book signing: Silverlight 2 Unleashed at #PDC08

PDC, Silverlight, Silverlight 2 Unleashed, Technical stuff, Work
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I will be doing an additional book signing today. I’ll be signing Silverlight 2 Unleashed at the IdentityMine booth (in the expo area) today from 1PM. We are not allowed to sell anything on the floor (even my editor Sams is not allowed either because of MSFT regulations), so if you want me to sign it, stop by at the PDC bookshop today, just next to the registration area. I’ll be happy to sign and to chat about the future of Silverlight!

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New Silverlight controls suite delivered by Microsoft #PDC08

.NET, PDC, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work
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A few minutes ago, Microsoft released a brand new suite of controls for Silverlight. The list is impressive! From now on, you can download these controls, the documentation and samples, and start coding! This post will give you a first insight into these controls based on a preview version of the set. This should make you want to experiment more and to discover more by yourself!

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#PDC08 keynote (day 2, part 5)

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Demo of new Office, including web applications

Web Office is made available, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote.

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#PDC08 keynote (day 2, part 4)

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Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Presentation of Windows Live Services. Windows Live ID is now an Open ID.

Announcing the Live framework, provided as a way to access the Live Services. Works on PC, phone and web.

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