Craig McMurtry's WebLog

Testing Spark Streaming code ingesting data from Kusto, using ScalaTest

Mr. Marcin Kuthan has a post on testing Spark Streaming code that, in production, would be ingesting...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 05/31/2017

Enable Intel Virtualization Technology under Windows 8 ... and still have a working USB keyboard

This morning, I set about installing the Windows Phone SDK on a Windows 8 64-bit desktop. The...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 08/25/2013

Skyfall

I have to talk to someone about the newest James Bond film, Skyfall. Lacking anyone I know...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 11/15/2012

Jon Duckett's "HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites:" Go from CSS zero to hero in an evening

Whenever I've developed Web applications, which I used to do all the time and now do only...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/03/2012

Displaying a downloaded icon

Let's say that you want your Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) application to display an icon that...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/31/2011

Working around a WebBrowser ActiveX control resize bug of which you may or may not have been aware

If you are hosting the WebBrowser ActiveX control in a native code application (perhaps following...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/31/2011

Steve Jobs ...

... you so changed the world ... thanks for making lives like mine possible. RIP.

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/05/2011

A Windows Communication Foundation JSONP Service

All of the samples I've found that show how to build a JSONP service using the Windows Communication...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 08/13/2011

Integrating a desktop application with Windows Live

If one searches the Web for samples of how to integrate a desktop application with Windows Live,...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 07/15/2011

The Artificial Intelligence Oxymoron

I'm reading Stephen Levy's wonderful book about Google, In the Plex. In the account of the...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 05/21/2011

Two IE 9 Tips

Selecting a Particular Home Page in Internet Explorer 9: I have 5 home pages that I add to Internet...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 03/23/2011

Re-discovering '1984'

I can't listen to Goldfrapp, The Ting Tings, and The Scissor Sisters exclusively. Goldfrapp's art,...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/22/2011

In-Process Transport for the Windows Communication Foundation

I recently had a case where a thread running under one identity would process data periodically...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/21/2011

"Real-World Functional Programming" ...

... is a book by Tomas Petricek and Jon Skeet. It's terrific. It succeeds not just as an...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/19/2011

Who's cryin'? Who's cryin' now?

Everyone. RIP Gerry Rafferty. Done too soon.

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/06/2011

WeatherBug Live Tile is back ...

... Once I added a new location, set that as my Live Tile location, confirmed Live Tile update, and...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/06/2011

WeatherBug Push/"Live Tile" Notification for Windows Phone has been broken for about a week now ...

... which explains why I find myself surprised that it has actually been clear and freezing in...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/02/2011

Selecting a Windows Phone device

Of the very many people I know who have Windows Phones, all of them except one opted for the Samsung...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/02/2011

Controlling the orientation of a Windows Phone (Hacking the accelerometer)

Windows Phones, by definition, are equipped with an accelerometer for detecting the physical...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/02/2011

Santa Cookies: Always my favorite part of the holiday season

After nearly twenty-years, I'm always delighted when my wife treats us to her Santa cookies:

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/18/2010

Forget Patterns ... What matters are software maintenance practices

Software Engineering is Still a Risky Enterprise The problems in being able to produce and maintain...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 02/03/2010

The Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet is terrific

I've been interested, recently, in improving my digital art skills from their current state of being...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/18/2009

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Careful of how you use those question-and-answer gates

One of the features of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" is self-service password re-set....

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/20/2008

Body of Lies

I read a lot of spy fiction. I have observed that the sociology of an espionage organization, as...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/20/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Some definitions you may find useful

Requests In the argot of Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager, a request is a request to perform...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/20/2008

A Fifteenth-Century Dilbert Cartoon

Reading Judith Barker's excellent Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, I came across...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/20/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" What is it about Canadians and identity?

A startling proportion of our team, including myself, are Canadians, either by birth, or, like me,...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/01/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Why am I able to talk about it now?

That I am able to spend time blogging about Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" has nothing to...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/01/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" The Policy User Interface

A previous post introduced you to Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2"'s concept of policy. We...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/01/2008

"EasyCoded.com is a pathetic intellectual property-squat."

Ping that back.

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/01/2008

Goldfrapp at the Seattle Showbox SODO

Goldfrapp played the Showbox SODO here in Seattle two weeks ago: their only general admission gig in...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/30/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifeycycle Manager "2:" Policies

Now that I have explained that the concept of organizing things into sets is the most fundamental...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/29/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Sets, the easy way

In an earlier post, I explained the crucial concept of organizing things into sets, in Microsoft...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/29/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Here's what I'm talking about 2

Here is the schema administration page that I mentioned in an earlier post:

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/29/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Here's what I'm talking about

Here is a screenshot of the Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2" home page:

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/29/2008

Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2:" Sets

The concept of organizing things into sets is the most fundamental idea behind Microsoft Identity...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/29/2008

Introducing Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager "2"

For almost two years, I have been part of the team developing Microsoft Identity Lifecycle Manager...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 09/28/2008

LINQ don't stink

Recently, I had to write a test case that posed an interesting problem. The product that I am...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 05/20/2008

Goldfrapp Rock!

Yes, when I was a teen in the '80s, I was guilty of creating a mix tape, and worse, of giving it to...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 03/06/2008

Getting SharePoint and Exchange Outlook Web Access to play nicely together

Back in November, I added a post about how to get SharePoint and a regular ASP.NET application to...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 03/06/2008

So who knows what to believe?

I subscribe to a bunch of IT industry e-mail newsletters. Yesterdays mail from CIO Insight was...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/08/2008

Real Convergence

Intel's announcement of its Canmore chip at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas seems to me...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 01/08/2008

Sometimes you can get what you need #2

It turns out that if you have an Alienware Area 51 desktop, you need a rather unusual power cable in...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/26/2007

Sometimes you can get what you need #1

One needs to have an Enermax aluminum keyboard. They are not easy to obtain. The one vendor that can...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/26/2007

Can't ping Vista?

Goto Control Panel -> Security -> Windows Firewall -> Allow a Program Through Windows...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 12/26/2007

Exclude a path from WSS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008

In IIS 7, create a new Application under the SharePoint Web Site, and select the Classic .NET...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 11/02/2007

How to add shortcuts to the Send To context menu item on Windows Server 2008

I find it extremely useful to be able to send files to NotePad from Windows Explorer, by...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 10/19/2007

.NET 3.0 finally released.

In case you haven't noticed already, the RTM of .NET 3 is finally available. Runtime:...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 11/07/2006

Identity and Access Webcast Series

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Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 11/05/2006

MIIS 2003 SP2 Early-Adopter Program Now Open!

v:* {behavior:url(#default# Connected Systems Division Summary Early-Adopter Program for MIIS 2003...

Author: Craig McMurtry Date: 11/05/2006

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