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  • Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

    A couple of days ago a noticed this article, downloaded the code, thought about it for a bit and realized that although he had a great idea... I had a few problems with the implementation.  I really distaste the idea of "unsafe" code unless there is absolutely no way around using it... and even then I'd probably choose to ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on December 13, 2006
  • Leveraging Windows Vista's Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) API in Visual Basic

    IntroductionThere are a lot of new features in Windows Vista.  In this installment, we’ll explore the WinSAT (Windows System Assessment Tool) API.  (The Windows Experience Index in the Vista UI is part of WinSAT.) The Vista SDK defines it as: Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) assesses the performance characteristics and ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on December 13, 2006
  • Concerning Windows Vista "Upgrades"

    For the first time in history, upgrading from a previous release of Windows (Windows XP) to Windows Vista (any edition) actually "works".  I found this to be true, but honestly didn't trust it 100% since history has shown me that this was a bad idea.  However, according to someone in the know, the way Windows Vista ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 27, 2006
  • Windows Vista - Windows Explorer Folder Options

    This one has been bothering me every time I run Windows Vista; but just haven't taken the time to dig around to find the solution.  I like to see my file extensions when browsing through files.  Windows Vista, just as other Windows prior, "hides" known file extensions by default.  What makes Vista a little different ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 25, 2006
  • Get back your "Run" command (Windows Vista)

    By default, Windows Vista does not have the "Run" command on the start menu.  It's easy to get this back.  1. Open the start menu. 2. Right click on a non-icon area and select "Properties". 3. Press the "Customize" button. 4. Scroll down and find the "Run command" checkbox.  5. Check it ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 22, 2006
  • Installing "old" stuff on Windows Vista

    Apparently some software installations aren't very happy when running on Windows Vista.  It turned out that the solution to one of them was to disable the UAC functionality so that its key validation routines would work.  I do not recommend running Windows Vista with this disabled as most of your users will be running with it ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 22, 2006
  • Microsoft + Novell

    What does this mean for projects like Mono? For those that don't understand the question, Mono is "sponsored by Novell".  Additionally, "For fast response to specific issues related to the Mono runtime, APIs and tools, developers can take advantage of the Mono Developer Support Service Requests from Novell that can be ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on November 4, 2006
  • Windows Forms + Vista

    Now that I'm running Vista (Beta 2), I'm obviously doing development in that environment as well.  A couple of things that I've noticed (and, honestly, haven't dug too deeply just yet... so these are initial impressions) is the following: 1. To get the cool “glowing” active command button effect, you need to set the FlatStyle of ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on June 14, 2006
  • Windows Vista...

    Windows Vista Beta 2 was released last week and I am just now getting some free time to spend with migrating to it.  I already installed it on a Toshiba laptop last week, but was less than impressed since all the bells and whistles GUI wouldn't work on it even though it had an ATI 6100 series video card.  But not giving up just yet... ...
    Posted to AddressOf.com (Weblog) by CorySmith on June 9, 2006