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  • Windows Store Apps designing snapped view in VS2013.3

    When you are viewing a XAML file in design mode, there should be a "Device Window" option under the "Design" menu. The Design menu item is only visible in XAML design mode (which is why some things are hard to find, because they're not always there!).


  • Just bought Surface Pro 3 need help with Win8!

    , bondsbw wrote


    The Windows 7 versions of those apps still work fine on Windows 8.  It's just the newer tablet apps that need a login.

    Yup -- I still use Windows Live Mail for email and RSS even though I do actually log in and use my MS Account (Desktop, Surface & Phone all sync contacts and calendars, which I like).

    Don't get fooled by the PR focus on the tablet apps, if you want to use your Surface as a laptop then set it up to boot straight to desktop and set the Start Screen to share the wallpaper of the desktop and it will feel much more like Win7 (just with a full-screen start menu which you can organise to how you like it).  If you're a keyboard-jockey it's even better because most of the basic keyboard shortcuts are the same.



  • New Sherlock!

    @TheJoe: Then why all the fuss about Sherlock? :P

  • I done a extension. Pomodoro anyone?

    So, while playing about with Blend, I ended up creating a Pomodoro timer as a Visual Studio 2013 Extension.  I've published it now (it's free), so if anyone wants to give it a whirl feel free to grab a copy (either direct from the web, or from within Visual Studio by searching for 'pomodoro') and give me constructive feedback, it would be welcome.

    It's a deliberately simple affair -- click to start, get alerted when it's time to rest or restart, click to stop. 

    If you like it, please review and rate it in the gallery.


  • read-​thru/write-​thru cached generic list?

    Sounds like a Repository without the Unit of Work part ... a 'live repository'?

  • rename this place ....

    , figuerres wrote

    new name: Channel Spam - home of drive by spam that fills up the pages every few weeks.
    we have asked for changes to slow it down and MS seems to not care ...

    MS if you will not fix it then just shut the site down and move on.

    Channel9 has changed from an 'interact with us' site to a marketing site, so the Coffeehouse is no longer a priority.  That's OK with me (a smaller forum group is easier to keep track of), but it does mean that is doesn't get much love from the C9 team who are obviously concentrating on the videos.

    I don't mind deleting spam when it occurs (I just deleted about 3 pages worth), but it takes me 4 or 5 seconds per post to delete as spam, so when there are pages and pages I'm just going to give up -- unless I can bill MS for my time ;)

    The team just needs to take the risk and give more admin rights to someone in order to deal with these DoS spam attacks when they (regularly) occur outside of MS working hours.

  • SpamSpamSpam

    I already emailed the team earlier this morning when I woke up and found 25 pages of spam in the Coffeehouse. Now its up to 100 pages of spam and still going strong.

    If I was given the ban-hammer, I would ONLY use it for spammers.


  • Give me your best.

    Maintain your self-respect; look after yourself, exercise appropriately, eat appropriately, dress appropriately, and don't give yourself a hard time.

  • ISIS, a new Mideast nation emerging?

    @TheJoe: Actually, the Pilgrims left Europe because Europe was too liberal and tolerant over religion.  The Pilgrims wanted the "freedom" to be able to kill people over their religion if they wanted to, which is why they left to start their own country.


  • ISIS, a new Mideast nation emerging?

    It occurred to me this morning:

    "ISIS are a group of people who want to found a state based on their interpretation of Islamic religion."

    Replace a couple of words and place in the past-tense:

    "The Pilgrims were a group of people who wanted to found at state based on their interpretation of Christian religion."

    I'm surprised the USA isn't more supportive. :P