Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

April 2004 - Posts

  • Announcing VisualBlogger 2004 Beta 1

    OK guys, here it is. The moment one or two of you have been waiting for. The VisualBlogger 2004 Beta is finally available for download.

    To make sure we're all on the same page, VisualBlogger 2004 is a blog editing tool for Windows. It doesn't need Visual Studio .NET, only the .NET Framework 1.1 and a .Text blog engine to post to. Sorry guys, you won't be able to post to LiveJournal,, etc until Beta 2. Here are all the features that are working/need to be tested:

    • Full WYSIWYG Editing
    • Raw HTML Editing
    • Blogging ScratchPad
    • Post To Mutliple Weblogs
    • Post To Multiple Weblogs with Categories
    • Blog Credential Hashing in Local Store
    • Save Posts
    • Load Posts
    • Clipboard Access
    • Code Formatting
    • Provider Model-Based
    • 2 BlogProviders
      • .Text Simple (SimpleBlogService.asmx)
      • .Text 0.95 (AspNetWeblog.asmx and BlogContent.asmx)
    • Abstracted object model mapped to provider-specific objects
    • Central Bug Reporting / Feedback System
    For Beta 2, I'm going to finish the reorganization I started on Tuesday. I'm going to move a good deal of the actual posting framework to the VisualBlogger.Framework.dll file, so that I can expose some of the API to the public. Anil Dash (how frickin cool is that?!?) offered to help me implement the AtomAPI. So that will be in there. Plus all of your feedback. So make sure you use the built-in feedback mechanism (last button on the toolbar) and help me make this tool kick BlogJet's butt.
  • Longhorn Network Issues

    Has anyone had problems connecting to an external network on Longhorn? For some reason, my system is not recognizing the Gateway address and won't let me out of my internal network. It's kinda weird, and I'm stumped at the moment. Any ideas?

  • Longhorn Beta in 2005, XP Reloaded Clarified

    In an exclusive interview with today, Jim Allchin, VP of Microsoft's Platform Group, clarified the Windows strategy through the Longhorn release. Unlike some other news today, this one is definitely not an April Fool's joke.

    Microsoft had said it planned to ship the test version of Longhorn, a major update to the company's Windows operating system, this summer. The company has reassigned a large number of developers working on Longhorn to build updates to the existing versions of Windows to bolster security, said Jim Allchin, vice president of Microsoft's platforms group.

    Asked whether the company would make its self-imposed deadline for delivering a Longhorn beta by summer, Allchin said, "I don't believe it will be this year." He also said that some minor features planned for Longhorn will be cut to accelerate development, then rolled into a future Windows release. "If we don't really know how to do something by now, it's probably time that we think about not putting it into the product," Allchin said.

    Underscoring the growing pressure from customers, the company has made the security of Windows its top priority. New security features are planned for updates, or service packs, for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 debuting later this year, Allchin said. Microsoft plans to ship Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) by summer, and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 in the second half of the year. Allchin also said that, despite speculation, there will be no interim releases of Windows before Longhorn. A rumored update to Windows, called XP Reloaded, is just a bundling of existing features and tools intended to drive greater adoption of Windows XP, he said.

    Finally, some much needed clarification on where Windows is headed. I was pretty sure that the XP Reloaded rumors were misinterpreted, but it's good to see all that finally put to rest. Hopefully we'll get an even clearer picture at the MVP Summit next week. Read more about the Windows Timeline here.