(Meenakshi forwarded this to me via one of chain emails that she got)
Come on guys, why are you acting like a 5-person development shop who just started does not know how to make software?
It seems Dilbert can get a lot of “fodder” from this.
CNNMoney has an interesting read on Google and how they operate in Chaos by design. It also lays out the challenges for Google on with a 2nd act – right now it is a one-trick pony (albeit a very good trick one).
The author for Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, works for Google as a Sr. VP of Business Operations. I have not heard of her or this book, but it seems interesting. Has anyone else read it? What are your thoughts on it?
(Thanks to Megha for sending this one)
IE7 is still new and while there are many sites it will just work without any issues there are many that it will just not work and you will get a “I don’t know what the heck that browser is” error. (There are a few who handle this quite gracefully – e.g. I am on the Yahoo Mail Beta and they say they don’t support it, but if you want to give it a shot – go ahead).
If some of these sites who do not want to party with IE 7 are on your must have and you cannot live without them, then I would recommend to check out the User Agent String utility from Microsoft. This opens a new IE 7 instance that reports to being as IE 6.0. And it runs on most of the flavors of Windows (XP, 2003 and Vista).
Vista Build 5728 (which is of course after RC1) can be downloaded from here for a limited time. As per Microsoft, this build has improvements from RC1 but has not gone through the same regression testing as a RC or Beta, and it might not work in some situations.
Furthermore, Microsoft also highlights:
This build may not have the same level of support or servicing via Windows Update, and you may not be able to upgrade to the final version of Windows Vista.
(Thanks to fellow Avanut Ken Scahefer for pointing out the link for this one.)
Update: This build has some new backgrounds and a new start up animation (if that interests you). Matt has been running this build for a few days without any issues. Below is how the branching is working internally within Microsoft for Vista; you can read more about what this means here.
After my initial feedback and having using Windows Live Writer more I have found a critical bug. I have not kept an eye on the groups to see if someone else has reported this (or if there is a work around), but I wanted to capture it here.
If you are modifying a post that was originally created with Live Writer and contains images which are uploaded to a FTP server, when you add another image and try and publish it then Live Writer will crash.
On the other hand, same scenario as above – except you are modifying the post without adding any new images – then it will be fine.
Hopefully there will be a new build fixing this as there is no work around other than manually editing the post directly on the site. I found this the hard way when updating the Call A Contact post.
|I am Mario.
I like to jump around, and would lead a fairly serene and aimless existence if it weren’t for my friends always getting into trouble. I love to help out, even when it puts me at risk. I seem to make friends with people who just can’t stay out of trouble. What Video Game Character Are You?
(via Lap’s distraction)
MS has released the Second Edition Beta of VSTO 2007 which works with VS.NET 2005. This is updated to be in sync with Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh. This can be installed on VS.NET 2005 Professional, Team System or Tools for Office System edition only. Here are the highlights quoted from MS:
Update: Microsoft has now publicly released the Beta 3 version of WMDC which you can get from here and you do not need to use the hack detailed below in this post. This beta 3 also supports Windows Mobile 2003!
WMDC (Windows Mobile Device Centre), is the new software in Vista that replaces ActiveSync and you cannot even install ActiveSync on Vista.
If you installed Vista RC1 and plugged in your Windows Mobile Phone (either Pocket PC or Smart Phone) and expected Outlook to start syncing you would be in for a rude shock. All Vista does is open the device in Explorer so you can browse it and get to explore files – but nothing to sync up. This is because the WMDC bits are not publicly released yet but are being dogfood’ed internally.
If you are like me and cannot wait then below are the steps you need to do to get your mobile sync between the device and Outlook / Exchange using WMDC (make sure you also read warning before you do anything):
Windows Update should detect that you have a new update and download and install the WMDC bits. After which you can setup a new partnership to get this running with Outlook.
Below are some screen shots of this working on my machine. I also show the Control Panel and the Sync Centre.
Currently this is exposed via a MSI which essentially adds this key. Best of Luck!
My colleague Stuart Stocking pointed out this wiki which has a list of RC1 compatible software – quite helpful if you are in doubt, or if you need to find something that will work.
If you have been trying to use Mobile 5.0 SDK on Vista and have been having some issues, then check out Fernando’s tips on how to get around these issues on Vista.
Which one is better, between a PC and a Mac? Well, why don’t you decide on your own.
Office 2007 Beta 2 TR is available here. Irrespective of the sizes of the download, this is an update and you still need to have the Beta 2 bits already installed.
I am sure you must have come across Microsoft Max and it is a shame that Max cannot run on a Vista at this point of time – I mean come on guys, you certainly can do better?
However, there is a work around (till Microsoft fixes this), if you want to get Max to run on Vista. The only downside is that you need to have a Win XP machine handy – which might be an issue for some people out there. Basically there are two things you need to do, to get this working on Vista – fudge the registry and use xcopy.
There are some new TFS Power Toys available – check them out.