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Small Basic Challenges for September - Traffic Light, Array from CSV, and a Stick Fighting Game!

Special thanks to LitDev for hosting these challenges!These monthly challenges are intended for people who are learning to program for the first time or for those returning to programming who want to start using Small Basic. Some will be easy, some will be hard - but they will all make you think, and more importantly be GREAT FUN! Please post your solutions / partial solutions / questions

Accessing Dynamics Marketing OData feeds from .Net code.

The typical usage of the Dynamics Marketing feeds is through Power BI. A user would use Excel Pro and with the Power Query plugin he would connect to the OData endpoint of Dynamics Marketing.e.g. “”But before the OData endpoint needs to be enabled in the Site Settings – look all at the bottom on that page._“But is Power Query really the o

Transform the Datacenter MVP Roadshow Event Series: Coming to a City Near YOU!

There’s just 44 weeks left until End-of-Support for Windows Server 2003 and many organizations are getting started planning for server migrations … And our team of awesome Microsoft MVPs are here to help! This month, a series of Transform more...(read more)

3 possible future scenarios for information technology’s role in health & healthcare

Microsoft recently released a blog post on the company’s Security Blog that details three possible scenarios or views of the world and cyberspace in 2025. The three possible scenarios are; Peak, Plateau, and Canyon. Here’s how each scenario is defined: PEAK – the Peak scenario represents a world of innovation, where information and communications technology (ICT) fulfills its potential to strength

Issues with Social recognition 09/02 -Mitigated

Final Update: 09/02/2014 07:57 PM UTCThe issue is now resolved and customer impact is fully mitigated.We sincerely thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.-MSDN Service Delivery Team---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Initial update: 09/02/2014 07:45 PM UTCCustomers may see zero/incorrect points ac

Maintenance Tuesday, 2 September - Friday, 5 September - Scheduled

Update: 2 September 21:11 UTCThe maintenance for today has started.  -----------------------------------------------------------------We will be shipping an update to Visual Studio Online.  We are planning on having maintenance windows from Tuesday, 2 September, 19:00 UTC through Friday, 5 September, 23:00 UTC.  In this deployment, we will the roll out the next phase of updates to en

More on audio buffer alignment requirements

I chatted in the past about how audio device alignment requirements impact the buffer size and the WASAPI alignment dance.There are three alignment requirements on audio buffers:*The buffer size must be a multiple of WAVEFORMATEX.nBlockAlign. This allows individual audio frames to be copied around without worrying about them being cut in half and then having to glue them together at the en

Ranger Flash – August 2014 … Planets are aligned

_You can find the latest flight plan snapshot at on Azure IaaS v1.4.1 revision has been posted to include performance testing and feedback from ChalkTalk discussions. Find v1.4.1 HERE. The team is working on a v1.4.2 update to improve the Active Domain (AD) domain guidance.Pirates ship ALM Readiness Treasure Map v3 release for Windows 8.1 which continues t

Friday Five - August 29, 2014

1. Enabling New Columns in Remote Access Management Console     By Enterprise Security MVP Jordan Krause2. SCOM 2012 Daily Health Check Script     By System Center MVP Scott Moss3. More New Stuff in PowerShell V5: Extra PowerShell Auditing     By PowerShell MVP Boe Prox4. Content Types Workflows Associations in SharePoint Online/Office 365     By SharePoint Server MVP Serge

Build An App AND Your Biz!

Joshua Drew come at us today with another amazing tutorial. In this tutorial he talks to us about using app Studio to promote your small business.He starts out by saying "It is easy when you are a large company to employ a technology department or hire an outside consulting firm to build you a mobile app. It is more difficult if you are a startup or small business. At times, the startups a

Gearing Up For a Career in Tech: Why Justin Wunder Became a Microsoft Student Partner

_Editor’s note: This article was originally written by s.t. johnson for the Student Developer blog.  Additionally any MSPs or other students can seek guidance from an MVP Mentor by filling out the Mentor request form ____This post is part of an ongoing series on preparing for a career in technology by the Microsoft Student Partner Program. For more career advice and to learn how you can ge

Congratulations! You’ve won $800,000!!

Well, maybe not.But that’s just one of the many ploys that scammers have sent in their relentless efforts to part people from their money or sensitive personal information like passwords and account numbers.Microsoft is asking people to take a survey of their experience with online fraud—what kinds of scams they’ve experienced (including those on mobile devices and Facebook), how concerned

Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Tuesday, September 2, 2014

*Brian Harry: Stakeholder licensing                               *Joab Jackson, Developer World: Microsoft frees Visual Studio Online for occasional contributors *Mike Jones: Porting a Windows Store App using HTML to Cordova *Willy-P. Schaub: Fun of PM.2 … Energi[s|z]ing the team                                   *Andrew Zhou: Announcing the Release Candidates for Web API OData 5.3 *D

ERROR 500.0 | Internal Server Error | AuthenticateRequest | StaticFile | 0x80070542

Symptoms: *When browsing to the site without specifying the default page name in the browser, we received a 500 error: HTTP ERROR 500.0 - Internal Server Error The page cannot be displayed because an internal server error has occurred AuthenticateRequest StaticFile 0x80070542 *Failed request tracing for the http 500 response further elaborated the problem with this: Eith

How to interoperate between SSPI and the .NET NegotiateStream Class

Win32 Desktop Applications can take advantage of SSPI to authenticate Windows Users.  In .NET, Windows Authentication can be done using the NegotiateStream Class. have had several questions in the past on how you can get a Win32 Desktop Client/Server Application using SSPI to authenticate with a .NE

A new tool to correct DNA sequencing errors using consensus and context

A new tool to correct DNA sequencing errors using consensus and context Guest contributor Paul Greenfield of CIRO, Australia’s national science agency, discusses the problem of DNA sequencing errors and how a new correction tool, written in C#, has proven faster and more accurate than other available tools....(read more)

Continuous Value Delivery the Agile Way

Continuous Value Delivery helps businesses realize the benefits from their technology investments in a continuous fashion.Businesses these days expect at least quarterly results from their technology investments.  The beauty is, with Continuous Value Delivery they can get it, too.   Continuous Value Delivery is a practice that makes delivering user value and business value a rapid, reliabl

eBook deal of the week: Exam Ref 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012 R2

List price: $31.99   Sale price: $16.00 You save 50% BuyPrepare for Microsoft Exam 70-411 - and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of administering Windows Server infrastructure in an enterprise environment. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSA or

Windows 8 アプリとデータベース/サービスとの連携 - ①

皆様、こんにちは!今期(7月以降)初めての投稿となります。今年もよろしくお願いします!9/2(火) タッチ/ペン対応アプリの開発とクラウドを活用した既存サービスとの接続方法のセミナーにご参加いただきました皆様、お忙しいところありがとうございました。今後も、皆様の関心のあるテーマを中心にセミナーの企画とセッションのご提供をして行きたいと考えていますので、今後ともよろしくお願いします。さて、早速、お約束した通り、私が担当しましたこのセッションの詳細情報とコードにつき、ご紹介していきたいと思います。概要Windows ストアアプリからデータベースへの連携を行う場合には、直接のデータ連携はできず、Web サービス経由で行う必要があります。ここでは、SQL Server Express Edition 上に生成されたデータベースを、ASP.NET Web APIから、RE

Enable Debugging and set custom errors off in SharePoint

Posting this snippet so that I can always find it when I need it.To debug a SharePoint solution you need to set following values in web.config* 1. Turn on the call stack (CallStack="true")* 2. Disable custom errors (<customErrors mode="Off" />)* 3. Enable debugging (<compilation debug="true">)Go to \\Inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\ Port_NumberThis web.config de

How to Export Data to Microsoft Word with the LightSwitch HTML Client – Part 2 (Elizabeth Maher)

The last article covered how to add a web controller to the LightSwitch server project to create and return a generated report in a Word document using the Open XML SDK for Office. However, the report we created is not one that would be considered pleasing to the eye. In this article, we will fix that.   We will also cover how to call the web controller from a client page in a LightSwitch projec

Whitepaper zum Download: Protecting Data in Microsoft Azure

Für alle, die sich mit Datensicherheit in der Public Cloud beschäftigen, hat Microsoft ein neues Whitepaper zum Download veröffentlicht:Protecting Data in Microsoft AzureDarin gibt es umfangreiche Infos zu den Optionen zur Datenspeicherung in Microsoft Azure und den Möglichkeiten, die Speicherung in den einzelnen Speichern sicher zu gestalten. Dabei spielen Fragen zur Zugriffskontrolle, Be

Lean Manufacturing -Eventos Kanban y Actividades de Picking

Hola buen dia, en el equipo de soporte hemos tenido algunos casos relacionados con eventos Kanban, es decir aquellos que generan otro Kanban, y actividades de Picking en los que se hace picking de algún material para producir un producto terminado o semi terminado. La clave para que este tipo de flujos de producción funcionen correctamente está en especificar el/los ítems a seleccionar durante e

$PSModuleAutoLoadingPreference and You

This is a very simple onelner.  The problem statement is a more complicated. PSH 3 and 4 treat PSModules in a very funny way.  These versions have a default module path, and will return any cmdlet that happens to be in any module that happens to be in any directory in the default module path, no matter if you’ve Imported the Module or not.  While this is handy, it can cause a distracting Write-Pro

Enabling the new Call Center Channel User Functionality in AX 2012 R3

The release of AX 2012 R3 added a new Call Center module which utilizes Channel Users.  These users are set up in the Call Center Channel in the Retail module (Retail >> Common >> Retail channels >> Call centers).  The purpose of these specified users is to enable certain feature sets within the sales orders form that enable functionality such as ordering from catalogs and extending customer pay

Who wrote the text for the Ctrl+Alt+Del dialog in Windows 3.1?

One of the differences between standard-mode Windows and enhanced-mode Windows was what happened when you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del. Since 16-bit Windows applications are co-operatively multi-tasked, it is easy to determine whether the system is responding, and if not, it is also easy to identify the application which is responsible. In that case, Windows gave you options to close the non-responsive app

How Microsoft buys Green Energy

Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral.  Our approach continues to evolve and recently we are announced another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for wind energy in Illinois that will be funded in part by proce

Microsoft Azure Backups - notes from the field

Резервирование - тема важная и очень горячая в современном мире уже повзрослевшего хостинга и активно развивающихся облачных провайдеров, предлагающих размещать на своих ресурсах инфраструктуру и данные. Потеря данных и инфраструктуры в разной степени может повлиять на карьерные перспективы, поэтому до возникновения проблем надо максимально озаботиться разработкой стратегии резервирования.Mic

Outillage Azure dans Visual Studio (Cloud Cover Show épisode 146)

Voici un résumé en français de l’épisode 146 du cloud cover Show, publié le 25 juillet 2014, que je vous engage à regarder en vous rendant sur tous les résumés du Cloud Cover Show ( à Dans cet

Getting Started with Unity3d/Construct2 – Using a Game Template

We all love gamejams or hackathons but sometimes not all the participants have any prior knowledge of middleware or where to start with a game.Over the past year we have done lots of work with unity3d and construct2 would like to share some game templates to help you get started building amazing gamejam games on Windows Phone and Windows 8.Windows Game Starter KitsHere a selection of Unit

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