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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: Windows-Live

  • First night with Bing

    I managed to score a trial code for the new Bing service from Microsoft. I was a bit skeptical, but thought I’d give it a try. I really like lots of things that come from Microsoft, but I never cared for Live Search, and the name “Bing” is just, umm, silly. At least it isn’t Windows Live Bing XP 2010 SP3 Crosby Edition or something ;) I assume the name change came for a number of reasons, not ...

  • 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...

  • Problems Uploading Videos to Windows Live Silverlight Streaming when Beta 2 Installed?

    If you have Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Installed and enabled, you will not be able to upload videos to Silverlight streaming. That's because the upload component is written in Silverlight 2 Beta 1 and has not yet been upgraded to Beta 2. The problem manifests itself as a disabled Browse button on the "Upload Videos" page. I was trying to upload some videos for the Silverlight TechFest this...

  • What's up (or down) with Windows Live ID?

    Ok, I've imbibed more Microsoft Kool-aid than most people. I love working with Microsoft tools and with Microsoft employees. However, Windows Live ID (Passport) is starting to really get on my nerves.The other day, right before I was to demo a Silverlight site (www.heroeshappenhere.com) as part of a Silverlight talk for a CIO audience, something at Windows Live ID went down. I couldn't ...