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First blog post from Surface RT using Microsoft Word 2013

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One of the concerns I had in using a Surface RT was the need I have to be able to post.
Recently, and not so recently, I have stopped posting. Between getting busy, carrying different devices. Well, it has been hard to do. Tried doing that with an iPad, and I can't say it didn't work, it just didn't work for me. Again, back to the concern with the Surface RT. But, looking at the App Store I started getting that same frustration I had with other platforms that left me with a feeling of "I have to compromise because I
am on a SubText platform". So, I stuck to posting from Windows Live Writer (great tool!). This whole situation made me think and rethink my strategy, and then … a big DUH! What about using Microsoft Word 2013 for that? Would it work? So, here is the test!
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How to Configure Microsoft Word 2013 to Connect to Geekswithblogs

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The first step in this process is to open Word 2013. Once there, you will have the different templates available. You will select Blog Post.  Once the template for Blog Post opens, you will have a dialog popup with the option to Register a Blog Account. And click on Register Now.  The next part of the dialog will prompt you to provide the New Blog Account details, starting with the type of Blog you have (SharePoint, WordPress, TypePad and others are listed). In our case for GeeksWithBlogs, we will select Other.  Now come the juicy details! Under the New Account dialog, you will have
the API set to MetaWebLog.
Then provide the Blog Post URL, this needs to be (remember to change the part with your info).
Then, enter your User Name and Password, click OK and you should be set (you will receive a dialog letting you know information will be transferred).  Hope it works for you!
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Wrapping ASP.NET Client Callbacks

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Client Callbacks are probably the less known (and I dare say, less loved) of all the AJAX options in ASP.NET, which also include the UpdatePanel, Page Methods and Web Services. The reason for that, I believe, is it’s relative complexity:
Get a reference to a JavaScript function;
Dynamically register function that calls the above reference;
Have a
JavaScript handler call the registered function.
However, it has some the nice advantage of being self-contained, that is, doesn’t need additional files, such as web services, JavaScript libraries, etc, or static methods declared on a page, or any kind of attributes. So, here’s what I want to do:
Have a DOM element which exposes a method that is executed server side, passing it a string and returning a string;

Windows Azure portal got renewed

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I just opened the Preview portal and was welcomed by a small guidance wizard with a quick tour. After that I noticed that there were some new icons and that the +NEW menu got an upgrade as well. So in the main menu there’s a new add-ons item: And in the +NEW button on the lower left there’s also the new feature “Store”: However when clicking it I got the message: That’s a bit of a bummer so I guess I’ll have to wait before I can make use off the new things being provided here. I have a good
feeling that next week Microsoft will reveal a lot more about this during the BUILD conference. Grz, Kris. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Step by Step to adding Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro.

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Introduction I’m a big fan of Windows Media Center and have wrote a couple of applications for it back in the day called W7 Video Playlist Creator and W7 Auto Playlist Generator. It is no surprise that when I heard you can install it on Windows 8 that I immediately installed it. I’ve already seen several blog post on “How to play DVDs on Windows 8” and now you don’t have to do all of that. I’ve created a simple step-by-step guide on how to get it up and running on your box. Step 1:
Visit the Windows 8 feature pack page on Microsoft’s site and request your key by providing a valid email address. A few things to note here before moving on: It is 1 key per email address. It is only valid October 26th 2012 through January 31st 2013. You will need to activate the product key by January 31st 2013. The regular pricing of this add-on will be $9.99 USD. Step 2: Wait and it should arrive in your...(Read whole news on source site)

Do Not Optimize Without Measuring

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Recently I had to do some performance work which included reading a lot of code. It is fascinating with what ideas people come up to solve a problem. Especially when there is no problem. When you look at other peoples code you will not be able to tell if it is well performing or not by reading it. You need to execute it with some sort of tracing or even better under a profiler. The first rule of the performance club is not to think and then to optimize but to measure, think and then optimize. The second rule is
to do this do this in a loop to prevent slipping in bad things for too long into your code base. If you skip for some reason the measure step and optimize directly it is like changing the wave function in quantum mechanics. This has no observable effect in our world since it does represent only a probability distribution of all possible values. In quantum mechanics you need to let the wave function collapse to a single value. A collapsed wave function has therefore not many but one distinct value. This is what we physicists call a measurement. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Windows 8, Azure ACS and TFS Preview Part I

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TFS Preview is another flavor of famous Developer Collaboration Solution of Microsoft on Azure (still in preview). In past opportunities I needed to integrate external solutions or extend it’s behavior by using TFS Web Services. In this post I will show you how you can interop with TFS Preview in Azure Web Services in order to develop custom Apps, particularly Windows 8 Store Apps. TFS Preview uses Windows Azure ACS and passive Windows Live ID Identity Provider. Check out this great article about the subject. Passive Identity Providers are meant to be
used interactively by a user authenticating into a Web Site. That’s were WIF might be used in a Web Site in order to support this kind of Authentication Providers. The workflow overview is as follows (sorry for no having a nice picture): When the user hits your Web Site, she is redirected to Azure ACS ACS then replies back with the list of Identity Providers configured (i.e. Live ID, Yahoo, GMail, etc.), then she can choose one of them. The user is then redirected to...(Read whole news on source site)