Jeff Abraham's WebLog

Pseudo-random posts on Media Center, with occasional flashbacks to Visual Studio.

Netflix in Windows Media Center - Double tiles

If you are seeing two Netflix tiles in Windows Media Center after installing the app, then try going...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/21/2009

Airline food in all its glory

I'm heading to Australia with Katherine for Christmas, and while looking for ways to make travel a...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 12/05/2007

Why don't I have the command/menu in Visual Studio 2005/2008?

VS 2005/2008 have a dialog that shows up on first launch (the first launch dialog if you will) that...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 07/27/2007

Shiny new bits available

Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is available. Go wild....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 07/26/2007

Raymond on helper functions

Working on the Visual Studio Tool Platform team, we do a lot of work on making VS extensible and...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 07/10/2007

Using VS (instead of WinDbg) to debug application startup

This is another one of those things that I forget all the time, so I'm posting here as a way of...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/10/2007

Break on dll load in Visual Studio

Thanks to Kara Ottowell (I think I relearn this trick every two or three years, posting here so I...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/05/2007

Creating Visual C++ wizards

Project types other than C++ use another wizard mechanism, but if you're extending VC, you probably...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 03/07/2007

Are you having issues creating native projects?

If you've tried to create a smart device Win32 project on Windows Vista or after installing IE7, you...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 02/14/2007

CLR addins blog is live

For those of you building applications with significant plugin architectures, this is definitely a...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 01/12/2007

VS2005 SP1 is out the door!

Yes folks, it's ready. Get it while it's still hot from the oven....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 12/15/2006

Rico talks about adding performance data to method signatures

http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2006/12/11/avoiding-coding-pitfalls-with-performance-signatures....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 12/11/2006

Visual Studio hangs while saving files

If you are experiencing slowness with saving files in VS2005, it may be related to opening...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/27/2006

Visual Studio on Windows Vista

I just found this link in email, and thought it would prove handy to you lucky MSDN subscribers who...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/17/2006

More VS2005 keybinding information: Build.BuildOnlyProject and Build.BuildSelection

There are a very large number of commands in Visual Studio 2005, and some of them operate in ways...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/19/2006

Is there a way to change VS 2005 bookmark navigation to restrict it to the current document?

This came up on one of the internal mailing lists. Is there a way to restrict Ctrl+K, Ctrl+P...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/16/2006

Why doesn't Visual Studio respond to keypresses?

Has Visual Studio 2005 stopped responding to arrow keys, do shortcut keys not work anymore? Only...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/05/2006

Does the convenience of your blogging tool make a difference?

Here's hoping that it does. I've been a pretty lazy blogger recently, but I've got what I view as a...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 07/13/2006

What to do if VS crashes without showing the Watson dialog

These steps are modified from instructions sent out by Paul Harrington, a dev lead on the VS Tools...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 06/11/2006

Windows Live Local fun...

http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=47.637604~-122.133257&style=h&lvl=15&scene...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/24/2006

Are you tired of bloated device binaries?

Trent Swanson has a great post in the Smart Devices Native C++ MSDN forum on how to get your VS2005...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/12/2006

Mobile and Embedded DevCon 2006 Europe is coming up in June

Normally I try to avoid putting any sort of marketroid material up here (if you were to look at my...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/28/2006

Debugging "Registration failed with error 0x8973190e"

I've seen a few reports lately of people having issues when they set the "register output" property...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/24/2006

Device JIT debugging

It's inconvenient to have a debugger attached to your device all the time, so why not take advantage...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/04/2006

Static analysis on native device projects (sort of...)

We didn't have time to do a proper implementation of the static analysis tools from Visual Studio...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/04/2006

Debugging a kdmp file retrieved from your device.

I saw a post on one of our development forums asking how to debug a crash dump file (e.g. foo.kdmp)....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 04/04/2006

ActiveSync 4.1 released to the web

I found out via Jason Landridge's blog,...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/18/2005

Interesting new record label: Cordless

I don't have any musical talent, but I've always been interested in the music industry. Jac Holzman...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/10/2005

Visual Studio 2003 and 2005 servicing plans

Scott Wiltamuth (the Product Unit Manager for the C# team) has a post on his blog...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/09/2005

Deploy and debug against a custom embedded device without ActiveSync

Those of you who have been developing for devices for a few years might remember how painful it was...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 11/01/2005

We've shipped...

Well, everyone else was doing it, so I had to add my own post announcing that we've shipped, for...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/31/2005

My new Windows Media Center PC

I'm a huge nerd. This is the reason that I'm compelled to do things like replace my TiVo with a...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/25/2005

Blog weirdness

Apparently there was some default setting causing email notification when comments are left on the...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/10/2005

Why do I need to define _CE_ALLOW_SINGLE_THREADED_OBJECTS_IN_MTA?

Okay, I didn't actually check in the code the checks for this define, but I work next to the guy...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 10/10/2005

Yet another place to check for answers...

I'm not sure that everyone out there is aware of these, so here's a quick plug for the MSDN forums...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 09/15/2005

Insight into Visual C++ for Devices: Design philosophies

Now with 30% more intangibles! Like every other product out there, we need to balance ease of use...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 09/12/2005

Insight into VC++ for Devices - Solution level platforms, settings, deployment toolbar

Given that I helped to ship Visual C++ for Devices (VCD) to an unsuspecting development community,...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 09/12/2005

eVC upgrade wizard for VS 2005 Beta2 is available

NOTE: this add-in/patch is only required for Beta2. If you have a CTP, or the RC build beyond Beta2,...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 06/15/2005

Back in Redmond, MEDC is over

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came out to talk to the VSD team at MEDC in Las Vegas....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/16/2005

ActiveSync 4.0 Developer Preview is now available

Apparently ActiveSync 4.0 Developer Preview is now available as a download:...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/12/2005

Configuring the device emulator for network connectivity inside VPC

Guest blogger VladF takes over for a moment to talk about the device emulator network connectivity...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/10/2005

Using VCBuild.exe with device projects

A very savvy user logged a bug against VS2005 Beta 2 to let us know that VCBuild.exe wasn't working...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/09/2005

VSD in Las Vegas

Just a quick note, about 15 members of the Visual Studio for Devices team are at Mobile and Embedded...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/09/2005

Building ARM assembly source from within VS 2005

This is a little bit ugly, but it does the job. An unfortunate side effect of this build rule is...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 03/31/2005

Visual C++ for Devices changes in Beta 2

First off, sorry for not blogging for an extended period of time, but the good news is that we've...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 03/31/2005

VCD: Code signing is implemented

Well, code signing is implemented and I'm waiting on a code review before checking it in. This...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 07/09/2004

New deployment model for Visual Studio for Devices

So, even though you don't have your hands on the beta yet, we're already addressing your concerns....

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/26/2004

Visual C++ for Devices Beta 1 features (and I'm a bad person who doesn't blog enough)

Okay, so I'm a bad person who doesn't blog enough. This entry has actually been mostly done for a...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 05/26/2004

How should deployment work in VC++ for Devices?

Hey, given the great feedback we got from Josh's new project questions, we're going to pose another...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 02/19/2004

Developing for multiple platforms at the same time...

So, the next version of the IDE will support multiple platforms per project, including Win32 and...

Author: JeffAbraham Date: 02/05/2004

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