Category Archives: Computers and Internet

My Windows 8.1 upgrade and usage experiences

This post describes my experiences with upgrading from Win7 to Win81 and using it for a few days. I hope this will help others to avoid some problems and make them aware of (silently) missing functionality in Win81. I posted … Continue reading

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How to move from Hotmail and Gmail to Office 365 as a Server for Outlook desktop and Windows Phone 8

When moving to Office 365 I found it difficult to stop my Windows Phone syncing its calendar and contacts with Hotmail. Here is how I finally did it. For the reasons I was using Hotmail and Gmail see Synchronize Windows … Continue reading

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Installing Windows 8 on an old X61s ThinkPad

[11 Nov 2012: added Bluetooth support] [25 Feb 2013: Add warning against installing the newer ThinkPad Hotkey Features Integration driver for Win8] Windows 8 installed fine on my old ThinkPad X61s and runs nicely and fast (the little old thing … Continue reading

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A WebCrawler demonstrating the Beauty of TPL Dataflow

[2012-Oct-13 Updated downloadable code to wait for cancel to complete] Für mehr Informationen zu diesem Thema in Deutsch siehe meinen in Heft 6/2013 kommenden Artikel “Gleichzeitig zum Erfolg, Parallele Programmierung und Dataflow mit .NET” im dotnetpro Magazin. This post demonstrates … Continue reading

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WP7 Background Agent Pitfalls and App/Agent Synchronization

To put this post into perspective see Windows Phone 7 App Development Helpers and Time Savers. Background agents are a very important feature for WP7 apps. Agents allow you to run code in background while the app is not running … Continue reading

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Windows Phone 7 App Development Helpers and Time Savers

Für mehr Informationen zu diesem Thema in Deutsch siehe meine kommenden Artikel “Phone, Schweiß und Tränen” und “Aus App-Gründen ans Licht” im dotnetpro Magazin, Ausgaben 9 und 10/2012. The Windows Phone is a fascinating app platform and Microsoft’s Visual Studio … Continue reading

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Managing BLOBs using SQL Server FileStream via EF and WCF streaming

Für mehr Informationen zu diesem Thema in Deutsch siehe meinen Artikel “Stream das BLOB” im dotnetpro Magazin 6/2012. With FileStream SQL Server 2008+ stores BLOBs in the NTFS file system instead of its table store and offers fast streaming access. … Continue reading

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Using Transactional NTFS (TxF) with SQL Server in .NET

I just stumbled across the very new Transactional NTFS (TxF) .NET managed wrapper by Pietro Partescano and gave it a try. TxF offers transactional protection for NTFS operations: Atomic operations on single files. Makes writing files more robust. Transactions for … Continue reading

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Changing the email send address in Office 365 without moving your domain

Using Office 365 Exchange Online for your email while leaving the hosting with your existing hosting provider is not as straightforward as one might expect. Reasons for using Office 365 while staying with my current email hosting provider are: I … Continue reading

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Using Native VHD Boot

Windows 7  and Server 2008 support booting a physical machine from a virtual hard disk (VHD). This post describes the easiest way to create a multi-boot system using native VHD boot and how to use the VHD on multiple machines. … Continue reading

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