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Visual Studio 2010 Desktop Background Images

Last night a couple people asked where I got all the neat VS2010 desktop backgrounds.  I couldn’t remember the URL off the top of my head last night, but the website is http://vs2010wallpapers.com/.  There are a lot of great backgrounds.  My favorite though is the ducky.

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Presenting a TechDays Local Flavours Track Session!

Earlier this morning I got an email from John Bristowe congratulating me on being selected to present a session for the local flavours track at TechDays in Toronto!  This bumps up my count to 2.  Needless to say I am REALLY excited. I was a little disappointed to find out there weren’t any sessions on…

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Presentation: Changing the Identity Game with the Windows Identity Foundation

Rob Windsor and TVBUG are letting me present on November 8th on Claims-Based Authentication and Identification.  Here are the details: Location: Room 1, Library, 2nd floor, North York Public Library Date: Monday, November 8, 2010 Time: 6:30 to 6:50 (Pizza – Meet and Greet) 6:50 to 7:00 (Group Business) 7:00 to 9:00 (Presentation) Topic: Changing…

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Act II: New Opportunities

Sometime last week I sent out an email to quite a few people: As is the way of things in the tech industry, jobs change.  More specifically, mine. Sometime around October 1st this email will be turned off as I am starting a new position with ObjectSharp working with some of the brightest minds in…

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Windows Phone 7 Blogger Night

Earlier this week Microsoft Canada put on an event for the Windows Phone 7 RTM.  Joey Devilla has an excellent post on the event, but here is my take away. Beautiful First off, this interface is amazing.  It is functional, beautiful, and FAST.  Hardware acceleration is a thing of beauty. Developer Friendly Developing on competing…

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Working with Certificates in Code

Just a quick little collection of useful code snippets when dealing with certificates.  Some of these don’t really need to be in their own methods but it helps for clarification. Namespaces for Everything using System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates; using System.Security; Save Certificate to Store // Nothing fancy here. Just a helper method to parse strings. private StoreName parseStoreName(string…

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Upgrade to DasBlog

One of the downsides to using a Blog Engine one wrote while in High School is that you are using a blog engine that someone wrote while in High School.  I got tired of writing a new feature every time I wanted to do anything different.  The logical approach was to upgrade to a bigger…

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Getting the Data to the Phone

A few posts back I started talking about what it would take to create a new application for the new Windows Phone 7.  I’m not a fan of learning from trivial applications that don’t touch on the same technologies that I would be using in the real world, so I thought I would build a…

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Putting the I Back into Infrastructure

Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch of the Infrastructure 2010 project.  Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept or design?  It’s not fun.  As a result, CIPS Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded together to create a massive event…