Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie, here at Mix07, have announced the addition of a cross-platform .NET runtime within Silverlight, Microsoft’s browser plug-in for streaming video and rich internet applications.
I’m not sure this counts as a major announcement – after all, this very thing was talked about here at Mix last year. What is
…continue reading Silverlight with cross-platform .NET runtime announced, alpha download available
Nobody likes product activation, but it is used increasingly by software vendors in search of more effective anti-piracy measures. Microsoft is the most prominent example, but many smaller vendors do the same. Codegear, for instance, use activation for Delphi. Even if you have a valid registration key, you cannot use the product until it has checked in
…continue reading AppForge: a product activation nightmare
I’ll be at Mix07 this year and looking for stuff that’s new and interesting – by all means contact me if you are attending and would like a chat.
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David Berlind has a series of interesting posts about Google apps versus Microsoft Office; the series starts here, more or less. Today there’s a related post from Dan Farber, who reports Microsoft’s claim (from Jeff Raikes) that there is little demand for Microsoft Office in the cloud.
Cloud-based applications have huge advantages – easy collaboration, zero install
…continue reading Do you want Office in the cloud?
Google Web History has two main benefits. First, it enables smarter search. Google can take account of which pages you visited, presumably giving greater weight to sites where you viewed numerous pages rather than diving in and out quickly. Second, you get a nice Google-ised search of pages you’ve viewed, instead of attempting to find what
…continue reading Why I’m not using Google Web History
I’ve had four successive emails of increasing urgency from someone using my simple sqlite wrapper.
It’s sometimes difficult to handle such requests – the code is free and there is a limit to how much time you can give away – but in this case I’m unable to reply. The sender is using an email
…continue reading How not to get support
A couple of days ago I posted about programmatically detecting whether UAC is enabled. I was proposing to read a registry entry. Thanks to the power of blogs, my post drew a comment from Andrei Belogortseff, who has posted C++ code that does this properly. His library has functions for detecting whether the current process
…continue reading C# code to detect UAC elevation on Vista
People who should know say not to use managed code custom actions in your Windows Installer setups. Like Rob Mensching of Wix fame who says:
…today the Windows Installer does not support managed code CustomActions and the general direction appears to be to try to reduce the need for CustomActions overall.
Read the blog entry
…continue reading More Windows Installer confusion: managed code custom actions a no-no
An application may sometimes need to know whether or not the current user has administrative rights. This is complicated in Windows Vista by User Account Control (UAC) – the user may be in the Adminstrators group on the local machine, but nevertheless running with limited rights. When I came across this blog entry on COM elevation by
…continue reading Programmatically detecting whether UAC is enabled