Richard Seroter Leaves MS

Richard Seroter announced yesterday he'll soon be leaving Microsoft and starting a new job with one of his former customers in the LA area as an architect. Fortunately, he already has the "OK" from his new employeer to keep blogging and opened up a new blog. Already subscribed and hope...

Virtual PC 2007 RC

Scott Woodgate announced today the release of the Release Candidate of Virtual PC 2007. Already downloaded and installed on Vista Ultimate without issues; except for a minor complain during the upgrade about windows explorer having some files locked; which I'll be honest and say I just ignored :-) Seems to...

HIPAA Support in BizTalk Server 2006 R2

Tony Bernard, a senior program manager on the BizTalk Team revealed today on the BizTalk/EDI blog that HIPAA support is getting rolled into the new "native" EDI engine in R2; meaning there will  no longer be a separate HIPAA accelerator package for R2. This can only be good news for...

Intellipoint and scrolling

I mentioned a few weeks ago that Microsoft had released the latest Intellipoint software for the MS mice that finally supported Vista, and mentioned a few issues with the magnifier support in it. Well, there's another, more annoying problem: Scrolling with the mouse wheel doesn't work correctly. To be honexst...

Wii are here

I got a Nintendo Wii for christmas today. Now, I've always loved gaming and consoles, but for some reason, my last console was a NES (yep, that long ago!). I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the new Wii controller, but I have to admit it is actually...

Publishing Open Source Projects

I've collaborated or contributed to a few community projects over the year (most notably Nant a few years back).  I haven't been active in any big projects recently, with the most recent contribution being the WCF support in QuickCounters, but I've posted a number of useful libraries and utilities over the...

Vista, Modems and COM Ports

Last week I installed again my cellphone's PC drivers and software on my repaved Vista Laptop. I wasn't too confident it would work, but it was worth trying. The drivers installed right away without issues and Vista recognized the phone as an USB modem right away and configured it on...

Instrumenting Unmatched Message Handlers

One pretty cool feature in WCF Service Contracts are Unmatched Message Handlers, which can catch any call made to an operation with an arbitrary SOAPAction value not already handled explicitly by other operations in the contract. An unmatched message handler is defined by specifying the SOAP Action for the operation...

Project, Activation and Uninstalling

As I commented a while ago, when I repaved my machine with Vista and Office 2007 I didn't install the whole suite thanks to the whole product keys mess MSDN create;. in particular, I left Project and InfoPath uninstalled until the problem was resolved and I had time to deal...

IClientMessageInspector and OneWay Operations

A while ago I talked a bit about Windows Communication Foundation's IParameterInspector extensibility and how it was affected by One-Way operations on the server and client side. Just so you're aware, the IClientMessageInspector has the same issues as IParameterInspector on the client side; that is, the AfterReceiveReply() method will never...