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Don't Tell Me How To Run My Laptop

Posted in General | Live Writer | Vista at Thursday, April 24, 2008 6:51 AM Pacific Daylight Time

I went to install Live Mesh on my Windows Server 2008 Laptop just now and got this lovely message:


I had run with UAC enabled for some time but finally got tired of all the flashing and waiting that goes on whenever I start Hyper-V manager, want to change a network setting, or even when I just want to switch power plans. So I was already quite annoyed at UAC and then I read this article.

"The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," said Cross.

After reading that I decided that I would turn UAC off, and wow what a difference. Everything was faster. I would click the Hyper-V manager and it would actually open instead of wait, wait, flash, hit ok, wait, flash, wait, wait, open. I could change my power plan just by clicking on the power icon in my tray. It was almost as if I was using Windows Server 2008 as it was designed.

So now I've been a happy non-UAC user for a few weeks and was excited to install Live Mesh but no. Microsoft has decided for me that I can't use it unless I turn on UAC. This is just as bad as when I try to install the Windows Live applications and get this message:


This message is a bunch of BS because if I extract out of actual MSI packages, every single one of the applications will run just fine on my Windows Server 2008 machine (or Windows Server 2003 for that matter), but someone has tried to decide for me where I can run it.

Hey Live Team, just tell me what you support and don't support, but don't make me hack your installers just because you don't like what or how I'm running my machine.

Live Writer - x64 Support Added

Posted in Live Writer | Vista at Friday, November 9, 2007 4:29 AM Pacific Standard Time

A little late, but I'm behind in my blog reading (and posting). From the Writer DevZone:

We have heard from many of you about the pain and frustration in the last beta release when support for installing on x64 systems was not supported.  We're happy to share that this has also been fixed and now installation on Windows Vista x64 is fully supported.

Very nice! Now I can actually install and run it (posting from it now). I really like the new installer and also installed the Live Photo Gallery app on my desktop. The app allows you to upload photos to spaces and also has support for uploading to Flickr. I really would like to extend this for my own custom photo service that I wrote for my family to share photos, anyone know if this is possible?

Clipboard Paste Live Writer Plugin

Posted in .NET | Live Writer at Thursday, August 17, 2006 11:55 AM Pacific Daylight Time

If you copy source as html (or have any html in the clipboard), hitting paste in Windows Live Writer pastes the text without the markup. So since there is an SDK and some great samples, I went ahead and wrote a simple plugin to paste the clipboard contents as html (in about 10 minutes).

public override DialogResult CreateContent(IWin32Window dialogOwner, ref string newContent)
            DialogResult result = DialogResult.OK;
            if (Clipboard.ContainsText() == true)
                newContent = Clipboard.GetText();
                result = MessageBox.Show(dialogOwner, "Copy your HTML to the clipboard.", "Paste as Html", MessageBoxButtons.OKCancel);
                if (result == DialogResult.OK && Clipboard.ContainsText() == true)
                    newContent = Clipboard.GetText();
            return result;

I've applied to join the CodePlex project so maybe my humble contribution will get added, but for now you can download it here.

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Technorati Tags in Live Writer

Posted in General | Live Writer at Thursday, August 17, 2006 10:56 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Via Greg:

Feeds.com - Write a Windows Live Writer plugin using C#

However I didn't want to sleep without writing a plugin and tried to write a more useful plugin to add Technorati tags to blog posts.  Here I write about the process I followed to let others start coding for Live Writer.  I created a workspace on CodePlex to write plugins for fun and share them with others.

Very cool! Although I think I discovered a bug with trying to put spaces into a tag. I think I'll writer a plugin to add source code (so you don't have to change to HTML view). 

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Update: Testing out the WMP now playing. Note: if you want to use this you must install the Blogging Plug-in for Windows Media Player 9 Series. You can get the WMP live plug-in from the CodePlex workspace.

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