Visual Studio 2010 Launch – Edinburgh, 16th April

Via Mike Taulty:

If you’re up in Edinburgh then you’re lucky as it’s a great city and it also has the nicest Microsoft office I’ve seen in the UK ( rooftop gardens 🙂 ).

You’re also lucky in that on the 16th April there’s a Visual Studio 2010 launch event happening in our Edinburgh Office and Jason Zander, the General Manager for Visual Studio, will be there.

I imagine, given the size of the office, that this will give you very good access to chat to Jason about whatever you like in Visual Studio.

So…if you’re up in that part of the country then why not drop in? Here’s the blurb for the event:

9.30am – 10.00am Arrival
10.00am – 11.30am Keynote & Q&A – Jason Zander, Global GM for Visual Studio @jlzander
11.30am – 12.00pm
12.00pm – 1.00pm Developer & Tester Collaboration with Visual Studio 2010 – Giles Davies, Technical Specialist
1.00pm – 1.30pm Lunch

Friday, 16th April 2010

Microsoft Edinburgh, Waverley Gate, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

If you would like to attend, please email Nathan Davies on with your name, company and email address – demand for this event will be high, so please register asap.

Mail Nathan to grab a seat and meet up with other Scottish developers interested in Visual Studio.

Pre-order Visual Studio 2010! #VSPreorder

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Professional will launch on April 12 but you can beat the rush and secure your copy today by pre-ordering at the affordable estimated retail price of £484.99.

If you use a previous version of Visual Studio or any other development tool then you are eligible for this upgrade. Along with all the great new features in Visual Studio 2010 (see Visual Studio 2010 Professional includes a 12-month MSDN Essentials subscription which gives you access to core Microsoft platforms: Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

Visit to check out all the new features and sign up for this great offer.

Event – London – 15/04/2010 – Best of Breed Client Applications on Windows 7

Tech Days: A week of free technology events for developers, IT professionals and IT managers. Register here.

Thursday 15th April 2010

Windows 7 adoption is happening at a startling pace. Commodity hardware has unique capabilities in terms of graphics, audio, touch, sensors and multi-core processing power. Windows 7 ships with .NET Framework V3.5 Service Pack 1 to make it the most developer friendly operating system in Microsoft’s history.

In this demo-driven day, we’ll look at the developer landscape around Windows 7 to get you up to speed on the operating system that your applications will run on through the new decade.

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Vue Cinema Fulham Broadway
Fulham Broadway Retail Centre,
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Keep up to date, follow @uktechdays on Twitter!

Register here!

Fake “ – Your Cancellation” e-mail

I received an item of e-mail reporting to be an Amazon order cancellation. It looked fairly authentic: to the untrained eye with some curiosity, you may be fooled into clicking on the ORDER DETAILS link. If you are in the UK, one of the key clues is the fact that this e-mail is reporting itself as originating from – in the UK we would expect such e-mail to come from The same could be said for other editions of the Amazon site.

Closer inspection reveals that the ORDER DETAILS link doesn’t goto an Amazon web-page, but to a completely different site…in this case you’ll be taken to a site that offers you tablets for helping make something bigger! However, there’s nothing to tell you how dangerous the destination site is…a single click can cause a lot of damage.

I use MailWasher Pro as my client-side anti-spam filtering tool, it’s kind enough to expand links in e-mails such that the true destination is revealed, as the screenshot below demonstrates:

The learning experience behind this blog post is that you should never trust links on face value. Always hover the mouse over the link and see where it ultimately leads to: if it’s not going where you expect it to be going, resist the temptation to “just click on it”! If hovering the mouse over the link doesn’t help you, see if you can find the message source (In Outlook right clicking on an e-mail, choosing Message Options lets you look at the “Internet Headers” and the raw message).

FYI, here’s the full body of the original e-mail.

Received: ... from ([])
by with smtp (Exim 4.69)
(envelope-from )
id 1No5Qd-0001Xk-S3
for ...; Sun, 07 Mar 2010 01:37:14 +0000
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 23:59:45 +0400 (UTC)
From: ""
Message-ID: <>
Subject: - Your Cancellation (0713-48571-25595)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Spam-Status: No, score=4.1
X-Spam-Score: 41
X-Spam-Bar: ++++
X-Spam-Flag: NO

<title> - Your Cancellation
<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" link="#0066CC">

Dear Customer,
<br />
Your order has been successfully canceled. For your reference, here`s a summary of your order:<br />

You just canceled order #859-8266172-041110

<br />Status: CANCELED

_____________________________________________________________________<br />

<a href="">ORDER DETAILS</a><br />
Sold by:, LLC
<br />
_____________________________________________________________________<br /><br />

Free Event: Scott Guthrie – Glasgow – 25/03/2010 – Silverlight 4, VS2010, ASP.NET 4

Scott is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform and super star coder.

On the 25th March 2010 in Glasgow, Scott is going to perform a marathon of presentation running through Silverlight 4.0, Visual Studio 2010 and ASP.NET 4.0.

What will you get at Guathon 2010?

  • A preview of technology and functionality which is brand new, maybe even some things which have not been released yet….
  • Time with other web community types – it’s run by the community for the community
  • 5 Hours with the guy who knows everything there is to know about .NET
  • Good content – no fluffiness (or Marketing!)
  • Oh yeah and thanks to Microsoft’s sponsorship the event is TOTALLY free!

This is a hugely popular event! As of 1600 03/03/2010, there were a few places left – please sign up now if you are interested in going. A waitlist system will be in effect very soon.


Announcing ‘Give with Bing’ | Fundraising with Sport Relief

We’re very excited about the campaign we’re launching this week to raise money for Sport Relief 2010 with a virtual fundraising initiative called ‘Give with Bing.’

While Sport Relief drives fundraising by challenging people to do physical activities such as running a mile, we’re introducing the ‘Bing Search Mile,’ which gives people the ability to search using Bing and raise money for charity.

For every 10 searches made, will donate 5p to Sport Relief 2010, enabling you, and your friends and family, to raise money just by searching with Bing until the end of March.

With the average mile taking about 10 minutes to run, in the same time, you can make up to 150 searches online – that’s 75p raised for a good cause per ‘search mile’. And while you’re at it, why not step it up a gear and aim to complete a ‘Search Mile’ each day or even a ‘Search Marathon’ over the 5 week campaign with your colleagues, friends and family?
How to get involved:

  1. Visit and download the Official Sport Relief Bing Counter. Once downloaded, the Sport Relief counter will count all the searches you do on Bing from that point on.
  2. Now that you’re registered (and signed in), invite your friends, family, colleagues or classmates to join in the fundraising with you – automatically generates an email explaining how it works for you to send them – the more people who search with you, the more money you raise. People can also register a school
  3. Run your ‘search mile’ every day and watch how your searches turn into life-changing cash for charity, with every 10 searches equalling 5p for Sport Relief. You can check your progress by visiting your individual page (more info here).

So register on, invite all your friends to join you, and start making a difference with Bing today!