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Using Ink Presenter in Windows Phone

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source: windowsphone7developerguide Paint is a classic finger-painting app, but with several powerful options: You can paint on top of any color canvas or a photo from your pictures library and paint with multiple fingers simultaneously (naturally). In addition to using the rich color picker shared by many apps in this book, Paint provides many options for customizing the brush strokes. You can undo and redo your strokes to get them just right. A "stroke straightening" feature can help you create more
precise artwork, either by straightening your diagonal lines or by snapping your lines to be completely vertical/horizontal. Save your masterpieces to your phone's pictures library. The Palette Page The palette page exposes a way to change each of the four properties on DrawingAttributes. Paint's palette page,  enables changing each of the properties on the DrawingAttributes object. It links to this book's shared color picker for the main color as well as the optional outline color, and exposes two sliders for independently controlling a stroke's width and height. The page...(Read whole news on source site)

What I’m Up To: November 2012

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   This is a short personal post to let any regular readers know what I’m up to (and why I’ll be in reduced blogging mode for a bit). Writing 2 chapters for a SharePoint 2013 book (more to announce closer to publish date) Doing research, proof of concepts, and testing for above said writing Developing a SharePoint PowerShell diagnostic script to clean up issues found by the Health Analyzer Prepping for teaching SharePoint 2013 content to customers    There are some
other community and personal commitments taking up my time (in addition to normal work responsibilities).  Since the number of hours in a day is limited to 24 hours I’m making a late addition to my goals for 2012 for the year of learning and adopting more personal productivity practices.  Before the end of this year I’ll be posting a couple that I’ve already adopted that are working well for me.  Scott Hanselman posted a great video recently that sparked me down this path.  I highly recommend you watch.   “It’s not what you read it’s what...(Read whole news on source site)

How to create Power Shortcuts for Windows 8 Start Screen?

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You might be aware that, we don’t have any Start button in Windows 8 RTM. As you are not comfortable with the new Start Screen, hence sometime it is difficult to Shutdown, Restart or Hibernate your PC.   In this post, we will create Start Screen shortcut icons to these power options for easy access. Continue for further step-by-step process.   Though we don’t have the start button in Windows 8, but we can achieve this by installing some 3rd party software. We are all comfortable to go to
the Start menu to do the power operations of our computers. In Windows 8, it is little different and to do this, you have to go to the right corner of the screen to bring back the Chrome Bar. You can also use the Windows 8 shortcut keys to bring the chrome bar.     From the Chrome Bar, you have to go to Settings and then “Power” to do this operation. By default, the hibernate menu is not available there. If you want to activate it, this this blog post:

Windows 8 – Start Menu Button

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Quite amusing to read pros and cons of not having a start menu button in Windows 8. Debates from how great it is to how poor the decision was to remove it are all over the web. I know people want to be able to navigate to their apps quickly through a single point. But for the love of simplicity, is THIS simple? Yes, I am talking about that monster hiding behind little cute as button button… Start Menu. Not only you had to click through multiple times, but also you had to master multiple cascading
menus that where chaotically expanding all over the screen, unless you never installed applications and had it nice and tidy. Is this what people are complaining about? Hmmm, interesting. For myself this was not even relevant. I have stopped using this “useful” button along with the spaghetti menu long time ago (from Windows XP) thanks to David (ex-coworker) who has introduced me to Object Dock Plus. That got rid of the start button along with the unnecessary task bar (you may say I copied Mac – so it be, they also “borrowed” the idea from somewhere, good software...(Read whole news on source site)

The Boy Scout Rule

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My friend Dom “Knave of Nottingham” Finn’s wrote a post To Fix Or Not To Fix. This is something I’ve thought about quite a lot as, lets be honest, everyone is maintaining a legacy codebase to some degree. The Boy Scout (or Girl Guide) Rule is to leave the campsite tidier than you found it. This helps avoid making the problem any worse and the propagation of Broken Windows. What motivates refactoring? The question Dom raised is how much is too much and when should you refactor? Firstly, this is being done as part of a change with a business
motivation isn’t it? If you are refactoring for the sake of refactoring, without some wider goal, you are wasting time that could be spent adding value. Refactoring should be in service of a change, not the change itself. You revisit important sections of code frequently. If all you do is make a small improvement each time you alter a section of code, if that really is an important area of the code you’ll be back soon enough and those little improvements will compound over time. Also, each time you revisit the code you’ll know a bit more about the domain and...(Read whole news on source site)

Telerik Products Nominated for Community Choice Awards

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Introduction I have worked at Telerik for almost one year now and I’ve had the pleasure of working on a variety of products. Not only our XAML products, but others as well. It is that time of the year when you get to cast a vote on our products. Both DevProConnections and Windows IT Pro opens up the polls to let the community decide what their favorite products are. We have been nominated in 25 categories and would appreciate it if you voted for us. If you are not happy with our products, then feel free to
send me an email at michael.crump[at] or leave a comment below on what we can improve on. Thanks so much for your support! We are competing in the following categories: Click here to vote DevPro Connections Click here to vote Windows IT Pro  DevPro Connections Category ...(Read whole news on source site) Mvc and the Nightmare of Dates and Time Zones

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Who never suffered because of Time zones problems in his application? I am speaking of dates that returns changed to the server without being modified by the user! This is just one of the two nightmares connected to the dates handling in web applications, the other one being the different formats of dates in different cultures. I aready discussed the second nightmare in this post about globalization, so in this post I will focus just on how to handle properly Time zones in web applications. Someone, might say: “I am not interested in this subject because in my
applications both the browser and the server share the same Time zone!”. Unluckly this is not the case! If you don’t care of Time zone related issues you might have problems also in this case! The point is that all json serializer try to send the date to the client in UTC format(The 0 Time zone date), so they may transform the date by adding the Time zone offset. Now when the json date reaches the client a javascript date is created using the UTC format, but it shows up in the Time zone of the Borwser, so if...(Read whole news on source site)

Tarik Soulami: Anatomy of a debugging investigation - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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Tarik Soulami: Anatomy of a debugging investigation - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

author of Inside Windows Debugging: A Practical Guide to Debugging and Tracing Strategies in Windows

1. Isolate a good repro case
2. Pick the debugging environment that you’ll use to examine the scenario
3. Understand the code paths that you’re dealing with
4. Determine possible bug fixes

690 Million Windows 7 Installations

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Estimates are that there are over 690 million Windows 7 installations. If they convert to Windows 8 at one per second, day and night, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, it will take over 20 years.  Better hurry … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at