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Timo Tolkki: Classical Variations 2: CREDO

From: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/timotolkki  

Classical Variations 2: CREDO

Be a part of my NEW DOUBLE SOLO ALBUM! Pledge for amazing exclusives/updates not available anywhere else!

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Change in the music industry and the new ways of releasing quality music are here to stay. After hearing about PledgeMusic, I got really excited! Finally something new and fresh where the artist can be in direct interaction with the fans without any compromises. I want to make music for the people that understand me and my vision. This is my spirit and my mission. Music is waves. Music is energy. It is Universal Language that all humans understand. And music is the reason why I exist.

I have been composing stuff well over a year without knowing what it will become or will it ever be released. The name “Classical Variations” does justice for this double album. I also added the word “Credo”. It means “to believe in something”. And I truly believe this album is the most important and interesting of my entire career.

The album is divided in 2 discs that also have a name. Disc 1 is called “LYRA” and Disc 2 “VEGA”. There will be guest musicians. I want the collective spirit. Those will be announced in the updates later as the project moves along. So far I can announce that Tuomo Lassila (the founder of Stratovarius) will play the drums. For the vocals I will do some singing. Also Mike Vescera (Yngwie) and Michele Luppi (Vision Divine) will be singing. I am in touch with some known people and when those will be confirmed, I will inform all the pledgers in the updates.

I need YOUR help in this. I cannot do this without you. All the funds generated by the pledges will go to recording, mixing and manufacturing costs of the products.

1. PLEDGE
I’ve created a list of exclusives over there on the right →…the album download, incredibly cool Deluxe Boxes, Skype Guitar Lessons and even MY GUITAR! I’ve put a great deal of thought into these, so I hope you see something there that truly excites you! None of these items will ever be available anywhere else. Just here at PledgeMusic.

2. SHARE
Word of mouth is so so important in terms of making this work, so please share this page with your friends, family, colleagues – let’s make sure EVERYONE knows about this. And please share the project link on Facebook and Twitter: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/timotolkki

3. UPDATES
Every pledge, whatever the price, gets access to my exclusive updates…expect new music, video blogs from production and other goodies..even few songs not available on the album.

I am asking for your help so I can make this album exclusively for you. I cannot do this without your help. I pray that the love of music and your understanding of my commitment to be totally independent brings fruition to this album that will be very special.

- Sincerely, Timo
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A Look At ASP.NET MVC 4

ScottGu's presentation online:
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/Techdays-2012-the-Netherlands/2364

And the blog post about ASP.NET MVC 4 beta:
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/02/19/asp-net-mvc-4-beta.aspx

 The ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta release works with VS 2010 and .NET 4.0, and is side-by-side compatible with prior releases of ASP.NET MVC (meaning you can safely install it and not worry about it impacting your existing apps built with earlier releases). It supports a “go-live” license that allows you to build and deploy production apps with it. Click here to download and install it today.

The ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta will also be built-into the upcoming VS11 / .NET 4.5 beta that is coming out shortly. This week’s beta doesn’t work with the previous VS11 developer preview that shipped last September – if you are using the VS11 Developer Preview (or have it installed) you’ll want to wait until the VS 11 beta is released before trying out the new ASP.NET MVC 4 Beta functionality.

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ASP.NET Custom Errors Security Flaw: Please Read!

** NOTE ** 

EDIT 29/9/2010

ASP.NET Security Update is now available. See here.

EDIT 21/9/2010 :

Scott Guthrie has published FAQ on the Security Vulnerability, read it here. Read his original post on the issue here.

** **

See Steve Smith's blog post for details

 http://stevesmithblog.com/blog/asp-net-custom-errors-security-flaw/

Summary: You should have custom errors enabled or HTTP error response codes (in firewall/router) disabled so that attacker can't use the information of error responses.

As Steve said: 

Please share this post and the information in it as widely as possible.  As of this moment, virtually any ASP.NET web site online can potentially be compromised with about a minute’s work.  By working together quickly, we (developers and IT pros) should be able to eliminate this vulnerability quickly, saving our companies and clients from potentially large losses

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Are you aware of .NET Reflector Pro?

I'm sure many of my readers know Reflector, that tool to decompile the assemblies to see what it contains, maybe investigating what Microsoft has done with the base assemblies in .NET or maybe trying to understand 3rd party assemblies (or maybe just trying to recover the lost source code ;-) )

 It's invaluable tool to have in your tool box. One nice scenario where it helps a lot is Sharepoint development in case you are in problems with the API. But are you aware that MS gave the product to Red Gate Software (http://www.red-gate.com) which released a Pro version of Reflector (http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/index.htm) a couple of months ago?

Have a look at the feature set on top of the free version.

  • Full support for .NET 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0
  • Decompile an entire assembly to either C# or VB to view and debug in Visual Studio
  • Step-through debugging of any assembly in Visual Studio (as long as it's not obfuscated):
    • Step into and set breakpoints anywhere in any assembly
    • Watch variables in the decompiled code
    • Use Visual Studio's advanced debugging features in decompiled code: Set Next Statement, modify variable values, and dynamic expression evaluation in the immediate window

 I strongly encourage you to have a look at .NET Reflector in case you haven't done so already.

 

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Book review coming soon...

After a long silence, I will continue blogging on .NET. The becoming post will be a book review (one is confirmed for now). Timeframe is in a few weeks.

Tech tips are still on hold, it's harder to write new tips on ASP.NET anymore, feels as if everything is almost immediately covered after the product launches so planning a writing serie or something beforehand isn't really interesting. I'd love to blog about new things...

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Survey: Ajax usage among .NET developers

Simone has created a survey to better understand Ajax usage among .NET developers. It would be nice if You could also complete it, if you haven't done so yet, as there are also MS people interested in the results. More answers means more understanding there too plus can also help evaluating the future for Ajax techniques.

Here's direct link to the survey.

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What's new in the BCL in .NET 4 Beta 1 (from BCL Team blog)

Interesting stuff : http://blogs.msdn.com/bclteam/archive/2009/05/22/what-s-new-in-the-bcl-in-net-4-beta-1-justin-van-patten.aspx

My favorite features are parallel extensions, code contracts (I was familiarized with them thanks to Peli ), memory mapped files and compression improvements. Hell, any improvement to the current state is great! :-D And wait till you see the list of ASP.NET improvements. Scott Galloway has already blogged about a few of them...

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Kit - May Preview is available

Thanks to Bill Evjen for informing about this.

Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=752cb725-969b-4732-a383-ed5740f02e93

The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features and a variety of framework technologies including:

C# 4.0
Visual Basic 10
F#
Parallel Extensions
Windows Communication Foundation
Windows Workflow
Windows Presentation Foundation
ASP.NET 4
Entity Framework
ADO.NET Data Services
Managed Extensibility Framework
Visual Studio Team System

This version of the Training Kit works with Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 1.

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Do You Want To Give Feedback on ASP.NET 4.0 Beta 1?

If you do, then head to ASP.NET Forums / ASP.NET Beta 1 Forum

And if you look for where to get VS2010 / ASp.NET 4.0 Beta 1, then have a look at here 

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Get Your Copy of Windows 7 RC!

See: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

I've installed Win7 RC on VMWare Server 2 (2.0.1), earlier today, and it went smoothly. There's not yet option for Win7 in VMWare Server, but using Windows Server 2008 as a guest OS when creating the VM worked fine. Nothing mystical here.

 

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Sharepoint Designer is now free!

Late to this game, as usual but still adding here. From: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/04/02/sharepoint-designer-available-as-a-free-download.aspx

Sharepoint Team made Sharepoint Designer available as a free download. I've been using SD for customizing our internal site we use to run our processes, it is invaluable tool.

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