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My Christmas Message to the world

Like the Queen, I have recorded a Christmas message this year. Now I have no prior knowledge of what her Majesty will speak about this year, but I will lay good odds it is not about using Typemock Isolator.

On the Typemock site you will find a short video on how we at Black Marble make use of Isolator to tackle testing problems that do no lean themselves to traditional mocking patterns.

So if you are at a loose end over the holidays why not curl up with your loved ones and partake in this festive IT video.

Final Part of the BM Brigade’s Yule Time Adventure!

PartVI

BlechleyPark The Black Marble Brigade have finally foiled Professor iNfamy’s nefarious schemes … time to kick back and relax!

We at Black Marble wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year!

This year, Black Marble are making a donation The Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing for every card sent … these organisations need your support to maintain our industry’s heritage.

Virtual Labs for AppFabric and .Net 4

 

Ten labs for AppFabric and .Net 4 are available on MSDN virtual labs.

These labs cover .Net 4 Beta 2 and AppFabric Beta 1.

Simple Console Workflow

Introduction to Workflow Services and AppFabric

Implementing More Complex Control Flow and Logic with WF4

Activity Designers and Designer Re Hosting in WF4

Building a Complex Workflow Service-based Business Process

Managing Your Workflow Service with AppFabric

Introduction to the Windows Server AppFabric Cache

Simplifying WCF Configuration

How to use Service Discovery to Locate Services

How to use Service Routing

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Making a TFS2010 Beta2 server use SSL Ports

There any many good document on how to migrate a TFS server from it’s default ports of 8080 (tfs) and 80 (Sharepoint/Reports) to 8443 and 443, usuall to allow Internet access. A good place to start is Aaron Block’s post on the subject

I did find a problem whist sorting this on a system today, this was that although we had modified all the services to operate on the SSL secured ports the vaious TFS team project WSS sites were still trying to access reports on http://servername/reports not the new https://tfs.mydoman.com/reports url. The reason for this was that the tfsredirect.aspx cache needed to be cleared, WSS did not know we had updated the server.

Again I found a few posts on this, but they all seem to date from the Beta1 era and had the same problems i.e. an error was returned. Turns out that the URL to clear the cache is

http://servrname/sites/MyCollection/Project1/_layouts/TfsRedirect.aspx?tf:Type=ReportList&tf:ClearCache=1&tf:Test=1

Note the tf:Type parameter is ReportList and not ReportLists as most blog posts state. Once this clear cache was run the WSS Reports leapt into life.

Yule Time Travel Part V – How can Professor iNfamy’s nefarious schemes be undone?

PartV

BlechleyParkEpisode Five of Yule Time Travel is now available … can the Black Marble Brigade stop Professor iNfamy from wiping out Operating Systems as we know them?

This year, Black Marble are making a donation The Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing for every card sent … these organisations need your support to maintain our industry’s heritage.  

Xmas Adventure Part IV – Can the Black Marble Brigade save Desktop Software as we know it?

PartIV

Now the Black Marble Brigade have saved computing in the 1940s … can they save it in the 1980s??

Part IV of the Black Marble Brigade Yule Time Travel Adventure is now live … find out what nefarious plans Professor iNfamy has in store for desktop operating systems, and can our heroes thwart his scheme?

Part V coming this Thursday (17 December).

BlechleyParkThis year, Black Marble are making a donation The Bletchley Park Trust and The National Museum of Computing for every card sent … this organisations need your support to maintain our industry’s heritage.

Windows 7 and Office 2010 Overview and Tips

VJ has released a free book with hints and tips for Windows 7, it is full of useful information and a must read for any windows 7 geek user.

Microsoft Press have made First Look: Microsoft Office 2010, by Katherine Murray free for a LIMITED time get it Here 

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When in Edinburgh

Over the weekend the family where in Edinburgh we stumbled into an extraordinary Kurdish and Iranian restaurant called Hanams it just off the royal mile near the castle.

if you are near, just go in and try it, my recommendation is the Kulicha

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