Windows Live Writer Beta 3

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Windows Live Writer Beta 3 has been released. I'm using it to post this blog entry.

A couple of nice new features.

The installer caught my eye - it installs Writer, but also lets you dynamically choose to install other programs from the Windows Live stable.

windows live installer

It also adds the ability to upload images to picasaweb when posting to blogger. So assuming that feature actually works, the above image should be hosted in picasaweb.

Microsoft Update Catalog

Friday, 17 August 2007

Ben showed me this yesterday - Microsoft have a searchable catalogue of all the updates they push out via Microsoft Update.

It lists the versions which is nice, but for some reason it refuses to run in Firefox which is a bit silly.

Latest Ralink driver refuses to install

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I downloaded the latest driver for my wireless PCI card (a Minitar MN54GPC-RC) from the Ralink site.

However when I went to install the driver, it would crash

First I tried uninstalled the old driver, but this didn't help.

The next thought was "that has to be about the longest filename I've ever seen" - IS_AP_STA_6x_D-1.2.3.0_VA-2.0.7.0_2500_D-3.2.0.0_VA-3.2.0.0_RU-2.0.3.0_VA-1.0.15.0_AU_1.2.0.0_080207_0.1.0.24.exe

So I renamed the file, and guess what, the installer worked!

The new driver includes some extra features, though the included help file doesn't actually bother to explain what they are.

WPS doesn't seem to be relevant to me at home, and WMM looks like also requires Access Point support too. A quick search against my Billion 7402GL doesn't indicate that it supports this feature though.

Refactor!" Pro 2.5

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Developer Express have just released an updated version of their Refactor!Pro Visual Studio add-in.

I've installed the eval, and it does seem to be behaving better than the previous version (eg. it hasn't crashed Visual Studio yet!)

They've also released new versions of the free versions too:

I still can't decide between Resharper and Refactor! :-(

Tech-Ed 2007 Reflections

Monday, 13 August 2007

Back at work today after spending last week on the Gold Coast attending Microsoft's TechEd 2007 conference.

Generally the event lived up to my expectations that the Gold Coast is a really good venue and they know how to hold events for large numbers (all 2,500 of us).

The meals were all really nice - some very nice caramel slices for afternoon tea on Friday. Sometimes you had to hunt around, but they generally had multiple places to serve yourself from. Fortunately the weather was fine, so people could wander outside and spread out during the breaks.

We stayed at Broadbeach Pacific Resort, which was in easy walking distance to the Convention Centre. It's not the swishest place I've ever stayed in (that would be the Sydney Hilton), but it was just fine for our purposes.

The opening keynote was really interesting - a fascinating overview of digital movie and animation. I do like the idea that the keynotes can be a chance for someone from a bit outside the main conference demographic to present something that will interest or challenge people.

I wish I could say the same for the closing keynote (locknote) - it had potential, but unfortunately the presenter wasn't very engaging.

I also thought the complete lack of reaction (disappointed silence?) to the announcement that next year's event is back in Sydney was interesting. I was very disappointed with last year's event, and I'm not convinced that Sydney can match the Gold Coast for quality of venue.

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