New year – new blog or how to migrate Community Server to any other engine, supports XML-RPC

יום חמישי, ינואר 1, 2009

Please update your bookmarks, because the new url of this blog is http://khason.net/ (you have not update RSS feeds, it will be done automatically). Why I did it? Why I decided to go to “stand-alone”… Well. there are some reasons. Generally, I do not want to explain all those here, but trust me, there are some. The main reason is, that there is no responsible person in charge for this blog platform in Microsoft Israel. This why, if your blog is popular and you have a respect to your blog visitors, you cannot host it here… Take a look...

Read and use FM radio (or any other USB HID device) from C#

יום שלישי, דצמבר 30, 2008

Last time we spoke about reading and decoding RDS information from FM receivers. Also we already know how to stream sound from DirectSound compatible devices. However, before we can do it, we should be able to “speak” with such devices. So, today we’ll spoke about detection and reading information from Radio USB adapters (actually from any Human Input Devices). Let’s start. First, if you want to do it, go and buy such device. The are not a...

Asus R50A UMPC review

יום חמישי, נובמבר 13, 2008

So, I got new branded Asus R50A UMPC for test. This ultra mobile machine with 5.6" WSVGA (1024x768) screen, based on Intel US15W chipset, comes with Intel Atom Z520 (1.33 Ghz, 533Mhz) processor, 1Gb of RAM and 20GB SSD. Also it has 3.5G mobile unit, integrated 802.11b/g network card and GPS. First impression was very cool. Slick design, big screen build in fingerprint reader.   What in the box? Power adapter (110/220V), compact keyboard, bunch of cables, extra...

Programming for Windows 7

יום ראשון, נובמבר 9, 2008

Well, Windows 7 is going to be released by the end of next year. This is great news, because it seemed, that Microsoft finally understand how to get the best of Windows Vista and make it to work not only on monster machines. It even works on new brandy my wife's pinky machine. And if it works there and my wife is happy with it, this OS going to be very impressive. But from the other...

The Original Tetris on Windows Vista

יום ראשון, יולי 13, 2008

For last days I’m very busy with Bidi support for Silverlight development. Working a lot of hours in order to finish it until TechEd. So, I’m very tired and need relaxation. What can be better, then Tetris? But, there are millions of Tetrises. What to choose? What’s the question? The original one. This genius game was developed by Vadim Gerasimov, Alexey Pajitnov and Dmitry Pavlovsky about 20 years ago and it still working on Windows PC...
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How to consume WCF or Webservice from Vista Sidebar gadget by using Silverlight?

יום שני, יוני 23, 2008

The challenge today is really simple. All we have to do is to write Silverlight Vista Sidebar Gadget, that consumes either WCF, ASMX or REST based service. Really simple, isn’t it? Let’s start Build server side services We should start from services. This is very straight forward mission. Here the logic I want to implement public string Echo(string input)     {         return string.Format("ACK...

Backup and restore your wireless networks settings by using WirelessMigrator

יום חמישי, יוני 5, 2008

I had to reinstall my working notebook, so I begun to backup all it’s settings. I almost finished, when recognize, that Windows Vista has no tool for backup and restore wireless networks settings (tnx to Daniel Petri). You can manually add or remove it. You can even change the priorities, but you cannot backup or restore it.   What to do? How to save all my passwords for networks and all certificates. Digging a bit deeper I found...
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OpenUp Sidebar gadget

יום שלישי, מאי 20, 2008

OpenUp competition is on the air? Authors of contributed projects are stressed and want to know what’s going on with their pet project on CodePlex. What can they do about stress? To get it under control and download new gadget, I built to help them to relieve stress. Just look on your side bar and see three top rated projects (by CodePlex) Click on it or drag it out of SideBar to see all submitted projects...
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What’s new in MSDN Downloads?

Just look how many new releases those days in MSDN Download web site. Virtual PC 2007 SP1 – download and release notes Scriptomatic 2.0 - download (uses PowerShell 1.0) Windows PowerShell V2 CTP2 - download Office Live Update 1.1 - download .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 beta – download Visual Studio 2008 SP1 beta - download Microsoft Expression Blend 2.5...
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Gas Price Windows Vista SideBar gadget – new version is available for download

יום שישי, מאי 16, 2008

This post is dedicated to some people in Microsoft and it’s subsidiaries. It begun about year ago, when I developed Gas Price information gadget (do not download it there). Before I started, I sent some personal email to those in MSN, who maintains it’s Auto section. I wait two days and got no response, so wrote this post about HTML scrapping and then I finished the gadget, that uses this technology. © Christopher Robbins ...