Windows Fax and Scan

Very ocasionally, I find the need to scan a simple document or fax a page or two. I don't own a fax machine (and have no plans on getting one), and my computer has a perfectly good modem and scanner capable of doing these things. Now, Windows Vista includes Windows...

BizTalk Services, Cardspace and Console

I've spent some time playing with the recent BizTalk Services CTP SDK (way cool stuff!), and ran into a weird error that perhaps others might run into: Sometimes, but not always, I would get an error when trying to use any of the BizTalk Services WCF extensions, like the relay...

Visual Studio Moria Alternate

This is yet another dark color scheme for Visual Studio 2005. This one is based (loosely) on the excellent Moria color scheme created by Georg Dahn that I use for Vim. There are obviously a lot of differences, as Vim's syntax highlighting is a bit more flexible (and a bit more...

Kubuntu Feisty Fawn

A few weeks ago, just before the MVP summit, I got a new Dell Latitude D820 laptop, which is now my main development machine. It runs far, far better than my previous laptop and overall I'm very happy with it. After waiting for a while and making sure I had...

Vista Hang with DVD

Today hasn't been a very good day. First, I wasted several hours on the phone trying to get an account set up and then trying to be able to access an application created by Colombia's Department of Commerce (thank goodness I'm a developer and know my way around things, otherwise...

BizTalk Services Public CTP

Last month I mentioned briefly that the Connected Systems Division was working on some interesting "cloud" services, starting with Relay and STS services. The picture is now starting to unveil, and now they have been publicly announced as "BizTalk Services", with a new home at http://labs.biztalk.net/! The Relay Service is...

Certificate Token

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Colombia's department of commerce was changing the rules on how to register declarations of exported services with them (which is something needed in Colombia to be avoid having to charge VAT as well as being able to receive payment in foreign currency without getting into trouble)....

PrimoPDF on Vista

I noticed last week that PrimoPDF v3.1 was released, which now (finally) works on vista. I tried v3.0 (which I had used in XP before) on Vista after RTM, and it just didn't work because it kept trying to create temporary files in the installation folder. I installed v3.1 and...

wsa:To and Output Channels

Here's one tip I discovered while building a Windows Communication Foundation output channel: The client channel can rewrite the URI sent in the wsa:To WS-Addressing header on the request message to the server. Normally, the URI sent in wsa:To matches the destination URI passed in by the user when the client...

BizTalkHotRod Newsletter

There's a new BizTalk newsletter/website on the web: BizTalkHotRod (found through Richard Seroter), created by some Microsoft Technology Specialist and other members of the community. The first issue can be found here. I find the layout and overall design of the website and newsletter to be pretty awful (my opinion), but suffering...