Thursday, December 17, 2015

“Fixing” Windows Live Writer’s NotFound - Open Live Writer…

TLDR; Windows Live Writer Blogger user? Go get Open Live Writer 

Are you a Windows Live Writer user with a Blogger blog?

Tried to post recently?

Then you’ve seen this;
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Windows Live Writer
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Blogger returned the following error:

NotFound: Not Found
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OK  
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Windows Live Writer (WLW) used an old authentication API AND old Blogger API. Google has been wanting to deactivate both for a while now, but kept them available for Windows Live Writer users.

With last week’s release of Open Live Writer (OLW), the open source fork of Windows Live Writer, Google killed both.

The problem is is that OLW wasn’t/isn’t done. On day one, it was v0.5.0.0, i.e. a preview or early release. And that version wasn’t yet ready with Blogger support. So in short, we were kind of between a rock and a hard case… :/

Then… Showing the power of open source, dev’s stepped up and added initial Blogger support to OLW. If you download the latest version (which is SO nice and fast to install now), v0.5.1.2, you get Blogger support. Woot!

Matter of fact, I’m using it now to write this post Smile

That said, there’s still work to be done, like adding full label support, etc. What’s awesome is you can watch and contribute to the project now! It’s all open and on GitHub (for the record, I’m actually the latest code, compiled and run from within Visual Studio ;)

Summary:
If you’re a Blogger blogger and used to love Windows Live. Writer, there’s hope for you! Check out Open Live Writer… now…

Friday, December 04, 2015

Vote Early, Vote Often... Only a couple days left for the Bytes that Rock 2015 Awards!

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There's only a few days left to vote. Remember to vote early and vote often... :)

Please Vote: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/cool-thing-of-the-day

See the entire Software Blog nominee list: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/blog-awards/software-blogs

Last, but not least, check out Bytes that Rock!

 

RadioTFS #102, Mass Hysteria, Git and TFVC living together

Mass Hysteria Git and TFVC living together

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Martin and I had a great RadioTFS show this week, chatting about VS 2015 Update 1, TFS 2015 Update 1 and most importantly how to carve a turkey... :/

Seriously, we had a great talk about a number of cool features in VS 2015.1 and a YouTube webcast neither one of us had heard of before, but now that we KNOW of it... :)

See the show notes and listen in; 102, Mass Hysteria, Git and TFVC living together

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Windows 10, Intel HD Graphics Driver & "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered"? Try turning off 3D Settings...

TLDR;

If you are seeing Display driver stopped responding issues and have an Intel card, try turning off your 3D settings, reboot and see if that helps.

Since upgrading to Windows 10 I've been getting "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" every so often. SnagIt would trigger it, but other apps too.

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Yet sometimes it would go away, and stop happening.... grrr. I thought it was my Intel 4600 HD driver versions, that updating would fix it and that the issue would come back in later versions.

NOPE!

It was the 3D Settings! A problem I've run into before, sigh, Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...

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Problem: Intel Video Driver, Windows 10 "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" when using SnagIt and other apps.

Environment: GS60 (Gold), Windows 10 Pro (x64) [upgraded from Windows 8.1), Intel HD 4600 (Driver version 15.40.10.64.4300)]

Fix: Change the Intel 3D settings in the Intel Graphics Control Panel to:

  • Application Optimal Mode: Disable
  • Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • General Settings: Balanced Mode

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Woot! Nominated for THE BEST SOFTWARE BLOG in the Bytes that Rock Awards 2015

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How cool is that? My blog has been nominated in the Best Software Blog category for the 2015 Bytes that Rock Awards. It's just an honor to be included in this list, I mean check out the other nominees... yeah, wow. :)

Please Vote: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/cool-thing-of-the-day

See the entire Software Blog nominee list: http://www.rockybytes.com/bytes-that-rock/blog-awards/software-blogs

last, but not least, check out Bytes that Rock!

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

What I'm on Channel 9... again? Yep! This Week on Channel 9 @ MVP Summit

For the second time this week I was in the Channel 9 Studio recording a show, this time hosting This Week on Channel 9. The best part was that I suckered (um... errr... um... invited... yeah that) co-VS ALM MVP Brian Randell to be my co-host.

TWC9: MVP Global Summit 2015

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This was only my third time on TWC9 (well 5th if you count the Skype ones), my second on campus (first was last year at the Summit, TWC9: Two Geeks and a Cube) and first recording ever in the Channel 9 Studio. Yeah, I've been doing Channel 9 stuff for nearly 5 years and this is the first time I've done anything in the Studio. That has to be a record... LOL

Thanks again to Brian, Golnaz, Kaitlin and @ch9

Thursday, November 05, 2015

RadioTFS #100 (with video!)

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While the whole RadioTFS crew was on the Microsoft Campus for the MVP Summit 2015, we took over the Channel 9 Studio to record our 100th episode. How cool is that! Yes, now you can see what we all (currently) look like and put the voices to faces...

Channel 9: RadioTFS Channel 9 Studio Takeover (aka RadioTFS #100 @CH9!)

RadioTFS: 100 // The Channel 9 Studio Takeover

 

Yeah, my hair is a mess... lol

Friday, October 16, 2015

Surface Book 1TB and Surface Pro 4 1TB Versions now available (for preorder)...

My son gets the credit for pointing this out to me... Looks like the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 1TB versions are now available for preorder (at least in the US)

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/Surface-Pro-4/productID.325711500/config.true

(Make sure you select i7m 16GB Memory, then you select 1TB storage...)

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http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.325716000?icid=en_US_SurfaceBk_cat_modG_100615

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$2,699 for the SP4 and $3,199 for the SB with with TB...

Friday, September 25, 2015

You are listening to RadioTFS, right?

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You all are listening to the RadioTFS podcast right? You know, the one that I host with Martin Woodward and Paul Hacker? The one where every two weeks we talk all things TFS, VSO and ALM? And we interview many of the TFS/ALM influencers, MVP's and Microsoft team members?

And guess what? Episode #98, "Pocket Dialing Paul" is just out! Woot!

Well, if you're not... it's not to late!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Never Forget

Don't forget, but don't let the past overshadow the future...

We will never forget, but we will live for today...

Today is a day to remember, to celebrate our hero's...

Those that serve, served and will serve...

Don't forget, yet live for today...

Make today the best day of your life, and tomorrow better...

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...

Problem: Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and too dark to read. Edge Favorites Bar background color is dark. Action Center Text to dark to read.

Environment: GS60 (Gold), Windows 10 Pro (x64) [upgraded from Windows 8.1), Intel HD 4600 (Driver version 10.18.15.4256)

Fix: Change the Intel 3D settings in the Intel Graphics Control Panel:

  • Application Optimal Mode: Disable
  • Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing:: Turn Off
  • General Settings: Balanced Mode

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Before:

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After:

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Full Story...

Like tens of millions of others, I upgraded my main machine last week from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Sure, I've been an Insider for forever and running Win10 on a number of machines, but for my main, I wanted to wait for Day One and experience what everyone else did.

Wednesday night I upgrade. The Get Windows 10 process didn't work for me, so grabbed the ISO, mounted and installed it from there, which worked great.

Thursday everything seems to be okay (once I upgraded a couple drivers...lol) but the text on my Start Menu looked funky. Same with the Action Center. Same with Edge. Funny as in changing colors and becoming so dark I couldn't read it. Check out these screenshots...

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See what I mean? Funky.

I updated the video driver, tried contrast settings, color, accent, etc. etc., and nothing worked.

A few others had the problem too (so it wasn't just me going crazy) Windows 10 Start Menu Text too dark to read

Last night RASTX posted how he had the issue and how he fixed it. Which also worked for me too! Woot!

The problem? Intel 3D settings! WWWHHHHaaaattttt? Yeah, 3D settings.

With my Intel HD 4600 3D settings set like this (and a reboot, don't forget that)...

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... my Start Menu/Action Center and Edge were back and now normal!

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I am now a very happy Windows 10 Camper!