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Adventures into the world of amateurgramming. I'll leave the programming to the professionals.

Broken theme in Windows Live Writer? You can fix it!

One of the nice things about Windows Live Writer is that lets you edit your blog in the same style...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/16/2009

It is helpful to know what success is before you can accomplish it.

Last weekend I took a safety class to get my motorcycle license.  At the end of the class you...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/29/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #11 – Insert Image from Web on Windows 7

During the very late stages of development for the last version of Windows Live Writer we found a...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/20/2009

Windows Live Writer Tips #10 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Sometimes, you can be just in the groove when typing your blog entry, and the last thing you want to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/20/2009

How to enable verbose logging in Windows Live Writer

Users can enable verbose logging in Windows Live Writer which will cause the application to log some...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/19/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #9 – Quickly Inserting Videos

So you’ve found a great video on YouTube (or SoapBox) and you want to share that video with your...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/04/2009

Windows Live Writer Tips #8 – Add Features to Live Writer Using Plug-ins

Like a lot of programs, there are always some things that Live Writer doesn’t do that you’d like it...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/01/2009

Windows Live Writer Tips #7 – Blog This

Sometimes you can be on a webpage and think, this is great, I’d like to blog about this. Well, if...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/27/2009

The most successful shared components used internally at Microsoft.

Recently, I reflected on all the cross team components we depend on for Windows Live Writer. ...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/22/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #6 – Inserting Quotes

Today starts a mini series within the Windows Live Writer Tip series where the tips are written by...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/22/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #5 – Linking to old posts.

Its pretty common that bloggers want to link back to an old post. Instead of going to the browser...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/20/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #4 – © and ® Characters

From inside of Windows Live Writer you can easily add a copyright or registered symbol using...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/19/2009

Why doesn’t Windows Live Writer have ‘find and replace’?

One of the most requested features of Windows Live Writer is ‘find and replace’.  This is the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/16/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #3 – Turn on real time word count

Many users have found the word count feature until the “Tools” menu.  It is possible to turn on...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/09/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #2 – Force Category Refresh

It is possible the categories on your blog can get out of sync with your blog.  This will most...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/08/2009

Preview for content that doesn’t exist should be outlawed.

Michigan State, my alma mater, beat University of Connecticut to advance to the NCAA championship...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/04/2009

Windows Live Writer Tip #1 – Auto-save

Windows Live Writer has an automatic save feature.  This is different then “Auto-Recover” which...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/02/2009

Courier New hates me! - Font 'Courier New' does not support style 'Regular'

In the past month there have been 3 reports from users that Windows Live Writer will not start...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/31/2009

Seating Charts are Important

In grade school, classroom seating charts always felt so restrictive.  It always bothered me...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 01/30/2009

Anatomy of a Tech Pundit’s Blog Post

I like to find out what people are saying about Windows Live Writer, I guess it is a guilty pleasure...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/31/2008

Earlier today I grabbed some of the Apple Usage App Store data from Charles Teague. I wanted to see...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/19/2008

Blog This in Windows Live Writer :: Firefox Add-ons

We have released an updated extension for Firefox that lets you launch Windows Live Writer from the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 12/12/2008

Windows Live Writer and YouTube a match made in… well not Heaven

With our last beta release of Windows Live Writer we included a new feature to upload videos...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 11/18/2008

Only Microsoft can make something so simple this complex.

By the end of reading this post you will either think: Wow, Microsoft really wants a great...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 09/18/2008

That’s the Reason Not the Solution

I have seen this come up a lot in in my lifetime, long before I got into computers and software...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/25/2008

Zemanta – Well That's a Fun Little Tool

Image via Wikipedia Zemanta recently released a new plugin for Windows Live Writer.  It opens...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 08/20/2008

Windows Live Writer – Technical Preview Available

http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/default.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0   We just shipped our...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 06/02/2008

Windows 7 – First Demo Video

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/28/2008

Plain text just doesn’t cut it sometimes – Windows Live Writer

In the past month I have seen a few blogs discuss that Windows Live Writer sends credentials to the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 05/22/2008

A little early, but who is keeping score? Timers!

I ran into a problem the other day at work where I had put in an assert to verify that a timer I was...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/28/2008

Winform Boy in a WPF World - Window Handle

I was fiddling with some WPF stuff the other day and I needed the handle to the form.  Windows...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 04/11/2008

Test Post With Picture

      Just trying a test post with a picture, most people can ignore.  Though,...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/28/2008

Data Portability – I Guess It Wasn’t All Paperwork After All

Windows Live has teamed with Facebook, Bebo, Tagged, LinkedIn, and Hi5 to share contact information...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/25/2008

.NET Is NOT Magic But It Is Darn Close - Integer Overflows

Integer overflows happen when an operation is performed on an numeric type that causes it to go over...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/24/2008

GetType() or 'is' keyword?

Sometimes you might run into a case where you want to know the type of an object you are dealing...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/17/2008

Not All Code Render Blocks Are Created Equal - Part 1

There are 2 types main types of render blocks.  On one hand there are <%= %> style render...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/14/2008

Wow, That's Pretty and Easy - AutoUpgradeEnabled for Open File Dialog

When you use the OpenFileDialog to allow your users to select files there are actually different...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/13/2008

Assembly Version - Odds and Ends

  What's the Assembly Version Good For? Using assembly version is a wonderful way for someone...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/11/2008

PathInfo - Url Rewriting for the Simple

Request.PathInfo gives you what is past the file name but before '?' which starts the query...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/10/2008

Lazy Loading for the Lazy Coder

Lazy loading in properties is very common.  It is a relativity simple concept of only loading...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/07/2008

Url Encoding, It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

I overheard two of my coworkers the other day talking about it and I actually ran into it myself the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/06/2008

Singularity Is Now Shared Source!

Singularity the C# operating system with many new and cool ideas.  And it has finally gone...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/05/2008

The Dangers Of Exception Based Logic Part 2 - Filesystem Interaction

I have often time seen filesystem interaction code that heavily depends on exception handling. ...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/04/2008

The Dangers Of Exception Based Logic Part 1 - Parsing Integers

Exception based logic is one of those things that actually makes me cringe when I see it. ...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 03/03/2008

'Alt Tab' for Visual Studio

Alt+tab is a common operation for Windows users.  Once a user masters the skill they can...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/29/2008

Get Your Windows Live Hotmail In Outlook

If you have a Windows Live Hotmail Account you can actually check your email in Outlook with the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/28/2008

Checking Return Values Without Saving Them

Often times I will be debugging some code and I want to see a return value of a function; but the...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/27/2008

It Is Nice To Be At The Top Of The Food Chain

The Back Story A very long time ago, maybe it was even as much as 2 years ago now, I wanted to...

Author: MSDN Archive Date: 02/26/2008