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  • Vista and "Local Only" Network Access

    I still occasionally (i.e. it's not as frequent as in the betas) have a problem where Vista won't connect to my wireless network. I had it today. I have my Vista desktop and my Vista laptop. Both are on my wireless network. The desktop goes to sleep. Later...
  • Grrr. Windows Update

    I get this screen; and then I get this screen; I think this is pretty poor to be honest; No cancel button whilst "Checking for updates..." No visual indication (other than an animated progress bar) of what on Earth is going on whilst it's actually "Checking...
  • blog.Suspend()

    This blog is going to be a little quiet for a few weeks whilst I'm out on holiday. Once the old batteries have been recharged I'm hoping to start doing some things with the Entity Framework as I feel like it's looming on the horizon and demanding attention...
  • Expression Blend Tutorials

    I watched the Blend tutorials from http://www.lynda.com the other day - they're free and they're really good. There weren't that many things in there that I didn't already know about Blend but I just found the style and the structure a pleasure to watch. On...
  • MIXUK

    "That Internet thing will never take off". But...just in case it does....it might be a good idea to be at MIXUK later in the year to see what's going on in the world of web technologies. Ian's post will get you started in getting signed up for further details...
  • Print to XPS

    Fairly obvious one this but I'm finding "Print to XPS" particulaly useful for saving web pages offline (especially those kinds of web pages where I've booked a ticket and I want to keep some kind of record). It's a lot more useful (to me) than saving the web...
  • Alienware Barebones

    Wow, I see Alienware are offering their really quite nifty case as a "barebones". I'd like to dress up my existing desktop in one of these and was just about to do it when I realised that they're quite pricey for a case (albeit with a 700W PSU in it). Nice...
  • Presentation Tips

    Couple of (pretty specific) presentation tips. Use A Desktop Manager I've started doing this and it's working pretty well for me. In some places you might be lucky enough to have both a "Slide" and a "Demo" machine (or maybe more than 1 demo machine) but, generally...
  • Why's the LINQ Query Expression Pattern "Backwards"?

    I was chatting to MikeO today and he was saying "How come the LINQ query expression syntax is backwards". That is, why is it; from c in <Something> select c.<Property> rather than; select c.<Property> from c in <Something> like we would...
  • Paging Data in LINQ to SQL

    I saw a question over here about "How do I implement paging of data in LINQ to SQL". For me, this is one of the nice things about LINQ to SQL so I thought I'd drop it into a post (it's pretty intuitive). We can do something like; NorthwindDataContext ctx =...
  • Ian Posts a Video about Silverlight Streaming

    I've only had the one little play around with Silverlight Streaming but I noticed that IanM has made a video on using it . Mine was a custom app whereas Ian is taking the results from Expression Media Encoder straight up to Silverlight Streaming as far as I...
  • Want LINQ to (Anything But) SQL?

    Then, this should be of interest; Database Vendors Discuss the Entity Framework and LINQ at TechEd
  • More Dynamic Queries

    Took this slightly further (which you could definitely describe as making it worse :-)) by adding a limited form of an OrElse; namespace MyExtensions { public enum Operand { Equal, NotEqual, LessThan, LessThanEqual, GreaterThan, GreaterThanEqual } public static...
  • Bit More on Dynamic Queries

    I took this a little bit further and ended up with; namespace MyExtensions { public enum Operand { Equal, NotEqual, LessThan, LessThanEqual, GreaterThan, GreaterThanEqual } public static class Extensions { public static IQueryable<T> AddClause<T, V>...
  • LINQ and Dynamic Queries

    After quite a few LINQ talks, people have asked me about dynamic queries and I always feel a bit of a headache coming on as it's an order of magnitude harder than what I've been talking about. Now, when people ask for dynamic queries they're not talking about;...
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