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Steps to Install the Silverlight Client for Facebook

Facebook LogoThis application brings together the many compelling platform capabilities of Silverlight 4 into a rich out-of-browser application in the familiar context of Facebook. In order to install Silverlight Client for Facebook, you will need to install the Silverlight 4 beta first.

To install the Silverlight 4 beta for Developers, Select the appropriate Operating System below,

Windows Runtime or Mac Runtime
If you installed the tools above, you will get the developer runtime and there is no need to install again. These downloads are being made available for test machines for the Windows and Mac platforms for your applications.

Once the installation is complete, Click here to install the Silverlight Client for Facebook. You will see the below dialog,

Silverlight Client for Facebook Install Instructions

Once you agree the license agreement and click on install, The installation progress bar will reach its 100% and then show the below dialog. This defines the entry point (shortcuts) for the application. You can choose Desktop Shortcut, if you need.

Once the installation completes and you launch the application shortcut, you will need to authorize this Client to fetch your Facebook feeds and images. You can enter your credentials and authorize.

Authorizing the Facebook client to recieve your News feeds

Once the Authorization is done, the home screen of the Facebook client Appears. You will see the Silverlight Ui richness. This is a typical Silverlight app, which gives this client an Out of Browser Xperience.

Silverlight 4 Client for Facebook

Updating the status is real simple, just click on the “Whats on your mind”, you will see the below dialog

Silverlight Client for Facebook - whats on your mind?

The photo album looks more attractive, and it immediate pulls out a collage of pics. You can choose one and view it as well.


When you select Events tab, now you have an option to sort the events upon dates, sort by month, and even the past events. I loved the calender view in this client. Also when you click on the People/Friends tab, it now gives you a alphabetical order of all your friends. You can select a friend, and his feed will appear on the right side. This is one of the Sooper Cool feature of this client.

Events Page - Silverlight Client for Facebook Friends - Silverlight Client for Facebook

The last funntasstic feature is the inbox., The messages in this client looks quite similar to that of an email chain. More good, the live feeds of the other person who had messaged you, appears in the right side. This is an amazing feature.

Facebook Siliverlight Client - Message Inbox

Silverlight Client for Facebook is a Silverlight 4 developer preview application. When Silverlight 4 is finally released you may be required to uninstall and re-install the plugin!

Enjoy the photos, feeds, events, friends’ walls, and inbox mail from your Facebook account in an appealing and user-friendly environment!

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Download Ebook – The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration

The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint AdministrationMicrosoft SharePoint has emerged as a market leader in satisfying corporate needs for data storage, archiving, collaboration, and delivery due in part to its scalability and customization potential. But SharePoint’s scalability and customizability can be a double-edged swords, despite the best of deployment or governance plans. As in most organic systems, lack of content control can lead to data sprawl, endangering network resources and thwarting your company’s ability to make timely strategic decisions. In large enterprises the overhead of SharePoint’s native decentralized administration tools can quickly undermine scaling advantages.

In The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration, you will learn how to implement reliable data management policies across scaled SharePoint environments with the least amount of administrative overhead. Author Wendy Henry will explore data deployment and migration methods as well as content compliance and availability strategies, both native and third party. You will gain a deep understanding of the SharePoint administration hierarchy and how it applies to Microsoft’s three-tiered administration model for SharePoint. You will also learn how to manage access security and data across multiple SharePoint locations. The eBook concludes with an informative set of best practices for archiving and reporting on SharePoint data.

Chapters in this complete Realtime eBook include:

Chapter 1: Common Challenges in SharePoint Administration
Chapter 2: Understanding SharePoint Administration Hierarchy
Chapter 3: Managing Multiple SharePoint Locations
Chapter 4: SharePoint Archiving and Reporting Best Practices

You can download this Complete eBook on Centralized SharePoint Administration!!

Note: You will need to create a profile in Realtime Nexus (The Digital Library for IT Pros) when you click the above link.

More from the Author….“Today’s information workers and business analysts demand immediate, reliable access to critical information.  Microsoft SharePoint is touted as a collaborative solution for all networks, large and small, thanks to its componentized design and scalable architecture,” explains author Wendy Henry.  “The Shortcut Guide to Centralized SharePoint Administration examines challenges faced when using the native administration tools and offers solutions for mitigating administrative overhead to get the most out of your SharePoint investment.”

Courtesy: Realtime Nexus Windows Administration

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Download ebook – High Performance Computing for Dummies

Whether your business works in engineering, financial services, design, geosciences, computer-aided graphics, biosciences or a wide range of other sectors, High Performance Computing (HPC) could help you to gain a competitive advantage. Expensive, specialist supercomputers are no longer required. Instead, commodity hardware that’s commonplace for Web servers and desktop workstations can be used with open-source software to provide affordable, scalable HPC solutions.

However, selecting the right products, technologies and partners can be critical to success. This free guide gives a brief introduction to HPC and explains how HPC helps enterprises to gain a competitive edge.

High Performance Computing for Dummies bookWhat the eBook includes:

  • Practical advice on how to get started with HPC
  • Three key advantages to choosing open source for HPC
  • Tips for success, plus pitfalls to avoid
  • Choosing the right hardware and software, plus a supportive vendor

Fill the form and download the ebook here!!

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Microsoft “How do I” videos available for Viewing and Download

Microsoft has recently assembled a list of “how do I” videos for customers to learn how to accomplish specific tasks with Microsoft products.  These videos provide step-by-step instructions to help you further develop your skillset.

how do IThe MS team currently offer videos for the following list of Microsoft products: 

Silverlight, Azure, Deployment, Internet Explorer, Exchange, Exchange Online, Forefront, Microsoft Online, Office Communications Server, Script Center, Security, SharePoint Server, SQL Server, System Center, Virtualization, Windows Client, Windows Mobile, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server Terminal Services and Windows SharePoint Services.

TechNet has assembled these short videos for customers to learn how to accomplish specific tasks with Microsoft products: step-by-step. You can also subscribe to the TechNet videos RSS feed to learn about new videos as they are released!

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Free Giveaway – Download Special edition of WinX DVD to iPod Ripper

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition is advanced version of WinX Free DVD to iPod Ripper. It enables you to easily rip and convert copy protected DVD movies to iPod supported video & audio formats.

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special EditionThis DVD to iPod ripper is fully compatible with iPod touch 3G, iPod nano, iPod classic, etc. Its intuitive interface lets you convert DVD to iPod in super fast speed with high output quality.

WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition is only for personal use under the concept of Fair Use. It is illegal to rip protected DVDs for any commercial usage.

Supported DVD Normal DVD, CSS protected DVD, Region 1 – 6, Sony ArccOS, Commercial DVD
Output video formats 320×240 AVC, 320×240 MPEG4, 640×480 AVC, 640×480 MPEG4, iPod Video2 For TV (MPEG4), iPod Video2 For TV (AVC)
Platforms Windows 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista (32 & 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Key Features of WinX DVD to iPod Ripper Special Edition

Remove All Kinds of Protections
Support all commercial DVDs and remove all the restrictions, including CSS protected DVDs, all region 1-6 DVDs and commercial DVDs.

Backup Latest DVD Copy Protections
Support DVDs of the latest copy protection technology. Thus you can backup newly released DVD movies, like Transformers 2, Star Trek 2009, etc.

Convert DVD to iPod Video & Audio
This DVD to iPod converter allows you to convert DVD to iPod video MP4 formats and extract audio from DVD to iPod MP3.

Rip DVD to All iPods
Perfect solution to rip DVD to all iPods, including iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod touch, etc.

Video Editing
It enables you to trim video segment you favor, customize video size, adjust parameter settings for better performance.

Easy and Fast
Ripping DVD to iPod with this software is very easy. It converts DVD movies with fast ripping speed yet without quality loss.

Download the Special Edition of WinX DVD to iPOD Ripper here.

Any suggestion or question regarding the giveaway version, please feel free to email the team at:

Enjoy your favorite DVD movies anytime and anywhere!


Download Ebook – The Essentials Series: Making High Availability Pay For Itself

Not only has technology changed the way we do business, it has changed the way we view the ability to do business. Users and clients expect unprecedented levels of availability from applications and services, forcing businesses to contend with growing requirements to keep availability at its highest levels. But providing this level of availability doesn’t have to break the bank.

The Essential Series: Making High Availability Pay For Itself provides IT decision makers with metrics, solutions and the vision to present high availability as a business value.

Article 1: High Availability’s Spectrum of Cost and Capabilities

High Availability (HA) is no longer an all or nothing technology. In this first article, you will gain an understanding of the trends that have transformed HA into an essential part of the business model. You will also learn about the core metrics used to evaluate HA solutions, as well as some of the HA technologies available to you.

Article 2: Matching High Availability Technology with Business Needs

The second article concentrates on the concepts of availability, beginning with a discussion of the various levels of availability. The article constructs a matrix of availability vs. affordability, and closes with a look at how to match the various levels of availability to business needs.

Article 3: Relating High Availability Metrics to Business Value

In the final article of this series, you will learn how to effectively present the business value of high availability. With a deeper look into the metrics introduced in article 1, you will gain a solid understanding of what these metrics teach us about our environment. The article finishes with some suggestions on how to align the metrics, technology and business needs to create an effective high availability solution for your organization.

Download this Complete eBook here!!!

Note: You will need to create a profile in Realtime Nexus (The Digital Library for IT Pros) when you click the above link.

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Webinar – Unleash the power of Project and Portfolio Management

All of us recognize the need for sharing information across departments in projects today. Yet managing work requests in an IT organisation like yours requires constant collaboration between developers and project managers.

Project Portfolio Management and Application Lifecycle Management are often seen as being disconnected from each other with project manages being concerned with resource allocation, deadlines and budgets while developers ask for frameworks, components and the right tools.

See how we can connect these two worlds with an easy-to-use automatic framework which is beneficial for both. Attend the Webcast conducted by Shobha B H, Product Marketing Manager from Microsoft to find out how you can help:

  1. Align IT projects with business strategy
  2. Maximize productivity across the organisation
  3. Executing projects efficiently
  4. Enhancing teamwork across your project and developer teams

Register for the Webinar Here

January 8, 2009, 3 PM to 5 PM IST

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a first-hand experience of using Project and Porftolio Management in your IT work environment.

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Top Ten Articles of the year 2009

As the year 2009 comes to an end in about 48 hours, these posts would just bring back some of the best 10 articles which were posted this year on the blog. Posts of all categories are included in this list. The selection was primarily on the visits and how much impact has this had to ease the day to day challenges.

Kindly check the same and let me know your comments. Wish you a wonderful 2010 ahead!    

Is your Photo Editing software FREE?? 

This article briefs about the Paint.NET software, which is a free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.     

Did you know what happens to your emails when you die?

In a digital world your deepest secrets no longer die with you. If you die, your family and others could end up reading them. This article explains the policies and the procedures of popular email services like gmail, hotmail & yahoo mail and social networking sites.        

What is Email Phishing and how can you avoid email hacks? 

This article briefs about the Email Phishing which is an industry-wide problem and ways with which you can identify a phishing email. It will also brief on how to avoid these attacks on our personal email accounts like Gmail and Hotmail.

Command Line Switches for MSI and MSP Installations  

In this article, we focus on the command line arguments and the silent switches for software installations which can be used for msi and msp (un-installable patches) installers.    

Did you know these Windows Installer File Types?

This post defines the several files type which can be created for the Windows Installer technology like .msi, .msm, .cub, .mst, .idt and .pcp files.

How to troubleshoot the error 1603 “Fatal Error during Installation”?

1603 is an error message which is displayed by the Windows Installer engine and is a general error code that indicates a problem occurred during the installation. Read this article to know the scenarios and various ways to fix the error code 1603 which occurs during installation.

Windows Installer FAQs

Well, sometime back I was planning to write a series of posts covering some key discussions, topics and FAQs in the stream of windows installer and application packaging. I reckon this post would help, when some of you look at a change in your careers or when stuck up with an issue. 

AppCompat Series – Demystifying the Windows 7 Virtual XP Mode 

Windows XP Mode is a virtual machine package for Windows Virtual PC containing a pre-installed, licensed copy of Windows XP SP3 as its guest OS. XP Mode provides an additional layer of application compatibility in windows 7, which means that, you will have additional time to migrate your existing applications to the new operating system. In this article, you will find detailed information on XP Mode. 

How to create a Virtual Machine using Sun VirtualBoX 3.0

This article will showcase the features of the Sun VirtualBox 3.0 and will explain the step-by step procedures to create a Virtual machine using VirtualBoX. It is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software.

How to use Google Chrome Browser Extensions on Windows?

An extension system has been one of the most requested features for Google Chrome. One important note for the Google team was to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome’s speed and stability (Speed of access being Chrome’s Unique Selling Point). In this article, you will find information on how to use a Google Chrome Extension on a Windows machine.

Wish you a wonderful year ahead.! Happy new year 2010..!

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Want to install Office 2010? – Use this Assessment Tool (OEAT)

This is a comprehensive Environment scanning tool (OEAT) for use in deploying Microsoft Office 2010.  This tool (along with documentation) assists a customer in the assessment phase of deployment. It identifies:

  • Currently installed applications and installation environment
  • Add-ins currently in use by Office clients
  • Programs that are not registered as add-ins but still interact with Office programs
  • Provides a report on the Environmental assessment (potential upgrade issues)
  • Also reports the  Add-ins assessment–list of third party programs and information about the compatibility of those programs with Microsoft Office 2010

You can download this Assesment Tool (OEAT) here!!!

When you execute the downloaded exe, it wil show a dialog to extract the files. (Select a folder, where the application has permission to write the files into)

Once extracted, there will be 2 files in the folder (OEAT.exe and Readme). On executing the OEAT.exe, you will see the Assesment Tool,

Use the option 1, if you are running it for an individual machine. Administrators can choose Option 2, to run a Wizard for advanced configuration like passive scan, UNC Path, Hidden execution options.  Invoking this button, will first scan your machine and create a XML file report and create it in the same location of the executable. Check a sample xml file below.

Once the scan is complete (either by Option 1 or 2)., you can compile the report. This will compress the collected data, compile them into readable format and gives the output in a excel file. On clicking the button “Compile Results”

You can Review the excel sheet (which is present in the same folder of the OEAT.exe), to analyze the follow different parameters,

  1. Machine Summary Report
  2. All Installed Addin
  3. Installed Addins which were not shipped with Office
  4. Disk Space
  5. 32bit vs. 64bit
  6. Antivirus State

For information on getting started, please see OEAT Quick Start Guide and OEAT User Manual

I would also recommend you download and use the Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector to check the Code Compatibility for Office 2010.

The key features of the Office Code Compatibility Inspector include the following:

  • It consists of four add-ins that load, one add-in per application, in Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, and Visual Studio 2008.
  • It runs on a per-user or a per-document basis. For VBA, users open a document and run the tool from the Developer tab. For Visual Studio projects, the developer runs the tool from the Tools menu.
  • It adds comments in the code where it finds other potential issues.
  • It displays a summary and a detailed report of its findings after it completes its inspection.
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An excellent ebook on Applications for Developers and Solution Architects

Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition is intended to help developers and solution architects design and build effective, high quality applications.

The guide will helps you to:

  • Understand the underlying architecture and design principles and patterns for developing successful solutions on the Microsoft platform and the .NET Framework.
  • Identify appropriate strategies and design patterns that will help you design your solution’s layers, components, and services.
  • Identify and address the key engineering decision points for your solution.
  • Identify and address the key quality attributes and crosscutting concerns for your solution.
  • Create a candidate baseline architecture for your solution.
  • Choose the right technologies for your solution.
  • Identify patterns & practices solution assets and further guidance that will help you to implement your solution.

Download the Ebook here!!!

Brief Contents

  • What is Software Architecture?
  • Key Principles of Software Architecture
  • Architectural Patterns and Styles
  • A technique for Architecture and Design
  • Layered Application Guidelines – Presentation, Business, Data layer and Service layer Guidelines
  • Component Guidelines – Presentation, Business, Workflow and Data Components
  • Communication and Messaging
  • Physical Tiers and Deployment
  • Choosing an Application Type
  • Designing Web Applications, Rich Client Apps, Rich Internet, Mobile and Service Applications
  • Designing Hosted and Cloud Services
  • Designing Office Business Apps and SharePoint LOB Applications

Download the Ebook here!!!