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Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

Windows Phone 7

Tomorrow is a big day for the Windows Phone Launch. It is the developers launch in Chicago. I am heading down to it. Here are the links to register and attend:

Day 1

19-Oct

Chicago

IL

Registration Link: Swissôtel Chicago

Day 2

20-Oct

Chicago

IL

Registration Link: Swissôtel Chicago

If you can’t make it – no worries. Coding for Windows Phone is as easy! Just like Visual Basic 4 was for coding to Windows. Here is how to get started. Now go grab the tools and see what you can build. Enjoy!

Install the Developer Tools
Easy. Download the tools and follow the wizard. The install / bootstrapper takes care of everything. The tools are free! If you don’t have Visual Studio 2010, it’ll bootstrap in the Express version of the product.

Want to get your Windows Phone App available to others? Just register for the marketplace and you can submit the applications you build for the world to use. You can make your apps available for free or for purchase. Good luck to you becoming wealthy from your app.

Students post apps and code for Free! 
If you are a student you and register for DreamSpark (all you need to do is be a student at a verifiable high school, college, or university) you get access to professional-level tools and products at no charge. I’m talking about Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, SQL Server, Windows Server and more. But the best part is that students can build and publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace at no cost – even the $99 registration fee is waived.

Windows Phone 7

Tomorrow is a big day for the Windows Phone Launch. It is the developers launch in Chicago. I am heading down to it. Here are the links to register and attend:

Day 1

19-Oct

Chicago

IL

Registration Link: Swissôtel Chicago

Day 2

20-Oct

Chicago

IL

Registration Link: Swissôtel Chicago

If you can’t make it – no worries. Coding for Windows Phone is as easy! Just like Visual Basic 4 was for coding to Windows. Here is how to get started. Now go grab the tools and see what you can build. Enjoy!

Install the Developer Tools
Easy. Download the tools and follow the wizard. The install / bootstrapper takes care of everything. The tools are free! If you don’t have Visual Studio 2010, it’ll bootstrap in the Express version of the product.

Want to get your Windows Phone App available to others? Just register for the marketplace and you can submit the applications you build for the world to use. You can make your apps available for free or for purchase. Good luck to you becoming wealthy from your app.

Students post apps and code for Free! 
If you are a student you and register for DreamSpark (all you need to do is be a student at a verifiable high school, college, or university) you get access to professional-level tools and products at no charge. I’m talking about Visual Studio 2010 Professional, Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, SQL Server, Windows Server and more. But the best part is that students can build and publish applications to the Windows Phone Marketplace at no cost – even the $99 registration fee is waived.

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I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Do you see the phone on the left? It’s a Dell! I am on T-Mobile so I have to decide between the Dell and the HTC… Choices, choices – I need to go play with these and figure out which I want! I know your saying heck – go get both… Now that would be cool but I doubt my budget can afford more than one.

If you want to see the phones that are available this Christmas season along with the carrier who offers them then here is the link for you! Check it out!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx

I know what I am doing on November 8th 2010 – Do you?

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I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these. Do you see the phone on the left? It’s a Dell! I am on T-Mobile so I have to decide between the Dell and the HTC… Choices, choices – I need to go play with these and figure out which I want! I know your saying heck – go get both… Now that would be cool but I doubt my budget can afford more than one.

If you want to see the phones that are available this Christmas season along with the carrier who offers them then here is the link for you! Check it out!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx

I know what I am doing on November 8th 2010 – Do you?

Windows Live Essentials 2011

Windows Live essentials includes:

  • Windows Live Family Safety
  • Windows Live Mesh
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Windows Live Messenger
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Mail
Download it today!

Get started and download Windows Live Essentials 2011 today!

Windows Live Essentials 2011 is available for free download. I have been testing it for a little over a week. I love these tools! They are extremely useful and the price is right!

When the Windows Team streamlined Windows 7 they moved some of the apps to Windows Live Essentials. One of these apps is the Windows Photo Gallery. Now it is in the essentials pack and works better than ever. You have to try this program. It is an awesome tool for managing and manipulating your photos.

My 3 favorite features in Windows Live Photo Gallery are:

  1. Facial Recognition – It will recognize faces and categorize them.
  2. Plugins to Skydrive, Facebook, Flicker – with one click you can upload your photo to the web!
  3. Photo Fuse – Take two or more photos and “fuse” them together to make one photo where everyone looks good or everything is in focus – i.e. near and far. Play with it and have fun!

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Yes, I just returned from an awesome vacation-honeymoon to Rome Italy. Rome was beautiful and romantic. I recommend you visit with someone you love. I think the only time I drove her crazy was when I keep trying to understand how they built those huge amazing buildings over 2000 years ago… That’s what she gets for marrying a geek!

Well things haven’t just been on hold the last two weeks and I now I am catching up on all the email and news. One of the first things I did was to install the IE9 beta. No, there were not more important things on my list – email replies can wait the 3 minutes it took to install… and then the 30 minutes I spent browsing the web after I installed it. It released on September 15th. It totally rocks – give it a try yourself and let me know what you think!

Download it here:
http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/

You can also check out these reviews:

I see posts all over the web for how to create a bootable USB stick to install Windows 7 but there is an easier way. Microsoft has made available an open source tool to do this. It is the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.  All you need is an ISO image of Windows 7 and a USB stick that is 4GB or more. Then download and run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.

The tool is available from the two locations below:

 

Here are the steps to use this tool…

1. download, install, and run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.
2. Select the ISO image (This is the Windows 7 Install DVD ISO image)
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3. Choose USB key (This tool can also burn a DVD)
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4. Choose USB key (This USB key must be at least 4GB)
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5. It will warn you that you are about to erase the data on the USB stick.
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6. Watch the progress until it is finished. Close the app.
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That is the process – you are finished and you have a USB key ready to boot off of and install Windows 7. Compare it to the manual process I have listed below and you can see this is much easier to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.

Enjoy!

 

For fun I have also listed the manual way to setup your USB Key.

The 11 steps for manually preparing a USB Disk to be a bootable Win 7 Install.
1. Diskpart (Run from a CMD prompt)
2. List Disk
3. Select Disk # (Where # is the number of your USB disk)
4. Clean (removes any partitions on the USB disk, including any hidden sectors)
5. Create Partition Primary (Creates a new primary partition with default parameters)
6. Select Partition 1 (Focus on the newly created partition)
7. Active (Sets the selected partition to an active valid system partition state)
8. Format FS=NTFS (Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of your USB key.)
9. Assign (Assigns the USB drive a drive letter)
10. Exit
11. Copy all the files from the Windows 7 DVD to the USB Stick.

I see posts all over the web for how to create a bootable USB stick to install Windows 7 but there is an easier way. Microsoft has made available an open source tool to do this. It is the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.  All you need is an ISO image of Windows 7 and a USB stick that is 4GB or more. Then download and run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.

The tool is available from the two locations below:

 

Here are the steps to use this tool…

1. download, install, and run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.
2. Select the ISO image (This is the Windows 7 Install DVD ISO image)
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3. Choose USB key (This tool can also burn a DVD)
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4. Choose USB key (This USB key must be at least 4GB)
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5. It will warn you that you are about to erase the data on the USB stick.
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6. Watch the progress until it is finished. Close the app.
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That is the process – you are finished and you have a USB key ready to boot off of and install Windows 7. Compare it to the manual process I have listed below and you can see this is much easier to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.

Enjoy!

 

For fun I have also listed the manual way to setup your USB Key.

The 11 steps for manually preparing a USB Disk to be a bootable Win 7 Install.
1. Diskpart (Run from a CMD prompt)
2. List Disk
3. Select Disk # (Where # is the number of your USB disk)
4. Clean (removes any partitions on the USB disk, including any hidden sectors)
5. Create Partition Primary (Creates a new primary partition with default parameters)
6. Select Partition 1 (Focus on the newly created partition)
7. Active (Sets the selected partition to an active valid system partition state)
8. Format FS=NTFS (Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of your USB key.)
9. Assign (Assigns the USB drive a drive letter)
10. Exit
11. Copy all the files from the Windows 7 DVD to the USB Stick.

MSDN and TechNet Subscribers who installed Office Professional Plus 2010 or Visio Professional 2010 before May 1, 2010 may not have all product features enabled. For details check this kb article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/983473

I thought this might be of intgerest to some of you… Our MSDN group is going to host a Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp in Waukesha WI at the Microsoft Office. This will be on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 8am to 5pm.

Get more details and register here:

https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032456043&Culture=en-US