Strange Refresh Problems with Vista

I noticed several days ago when I had downloaded a file that it didn’t show up on my desktop where I had saved it.  I thought I maybe inadvertently saved it somewhere else, so I proceeded to download again, selected the Desktop as the save to location, and clicked Save. “Do you want to overwrite the file?”  I thought that was weird.  It’s there, but I can’t see it.  I went back to my desktop,

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Date Tracker Sidebar Gadget

I’ve changed my mind and decided that a Date Tracker will be the Vista Sidebar Gadget that will be the subject of my series on gadget development. Yes, again the concept is simple.  The goal is show people how simple gadget development can be and encourage others to make their own creations and submit them to the Windows Live Gallery. I have mocked up what the gadget will look like in Photoshop.  We will be

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Changes to Windows Live Maps

They are doing some cool stuff over at local.live.com.  These changes seem to have went live in the last day or so.  They have simplified the interface and added some new functionality. How about the ability to have a traffic-based route?  Like take me the way the traffic isn’t?  It gives you the route with any notes on congestion or accidents as well as the time to get to the destination figuring any of the

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Developing Sidebar Gadgets: Part 1 – Introduction

One of the cool new features of Windows Vista, is the Windows Sidebar.  The Sidebar is an application that runs as part of the Windows shell on the right portion of the screen.  This Sidebar contains different mini web applications known as gadgets.  These web applications contain HTML and scripting language either in the form of Javascript or VBScript. A Sidebar gadget may consist of a very simple design and function like displaying the date

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Insert iTunes Currently Playing Plugin

Just finished up building another plugin for Windows Live Writer.  The “iTunes Currently Playing” plugin allows you to insert customizable text from whatever it is you are listening to at any given time in iTunes. Insert the currently playing song including track, artist, and album information via iTunes. Customizable output formatting allows you to create your own text output.  This submission is currently pending approval in the Windows Live Gallery.  Once it is approved, you

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