The BizTalk Message Box

Lee from the BizTalk Team (I really have no idea what his last name is!) talks about the BizTalk Message Box SQL Server Database, which is really the heart of BizTalk and what you can/can't do to the database server once you commit it to hosting the MsgBox. Fantastic stuff...

Some Recent Articles

Here are some articles I found interesting that I've read recently: Workflow in Application Integration: Kevin Francis talks a bit about application integration architecture in the enterprise on the Architecture Journal 9. Despite the title, it doesn't really talk much about Workflow, but rather about the whole architectural perspective on...

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...