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Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.

Archive for tag: Vista

  • Samson C01U microphone and Windows 7 (and Vista)

    Today I picked up a Samson C01U mic so that I can have better audio in my WindowsClient.net videos than I had in some previous screencasts. The mic is the same one that Scott Hanselman has used when recording podcasts from his setup. I spent the better part of the afternoon messing around with the mic, trying to get something with usable audio. The gain just seemed way too low, barely...

  • I Hope this Goes Away Some Day

    I completely get why this happens, but installing just an IM client (I opted out of all the other apps the installer listed *) shouldn’t require me to shut down 3/4 of the programs running on my machine. I hope future versions of Windows come up with a better solution to this annoyance. It was different when installing apps was a single-tasking activity and installers threw up full-screen ugl...

  • Awesome 3d Spatial Navigation in Silverlight 2

    I love this UI. The navigation with the video cloud is just sweet. Move your mouse around, and use the mousewheel to zoom in and out. http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/ The previous version of this site was in another technology, and had pretty neat 3d UI. This one is even more immersive and invites exploration of the video content. Kudos to the team!

  • It’s the Little Things – UI Nit in Vista

    I like Windows Vista. I’ve been running it since the beta period, and it has been my primary operating system since it was released. Despite some of the common hearsay, Vista is very stable. I typically leave my machine on for weeks on end, rebooting only if I have to install a service pack to a tool or something (like the .NET SP1 and VS2008 SP1 sp). I run all sorts of beta stuff, dev tools, g...

  • Tip: Path Variable Expansion in Vista

    I was just installing some beta bits and it required removing some files from my temp folder %temp%. I didn't realize until this weekend that you could type a path variable, like %temp% into the Vista address bar and it will just work. I never tried that in XP, but it probably works there as well. Prior to discovering this, I used to hop out to a command prompt when I wanted to know what ...

  • Vista and Local Administrator

    After trying to work for months as a normal user on my Vista Ultimate install at home, I finally got tired of the problems and decided to run as an administrator like I did in previous operating systems. I gave it a good go, but have just found that environment unsuitable for a developer. Main issues: UAC prompt every time you install something. Annoying, but not fatal. Apps that for som...