Oct 2005 CTP Woes for VS.NET 2005

Well, I went ahead and installed the Oct 2004 CTP's of SQL Server 2005 and VS.NET 2005. SQL went great. VS.NET - not so great. Two main problems (one fixed, one in Product Feedback pending review from Redmond):

1) The ASPNET_ADMIN.EXE Registry entries were not updated by the install, so the service failed on boot. Reason? Simple - they were still pointing to an exe located in the 2.0.40901 folder, and the new correct version folder is 2.0.40903.

So, manually changed the registry entries and everything is fine.

2) Installation of the Virtual PC (VPC) Network driver failed on first install. Second time around, it appeared to take, but when you go to debug a Compact Framework app in the emulator, you get a nasty popup to the effect that its not installed. Tried every fix out there including Amit Chopra's blog stuff (From MS - see link above) and no dice. Boo - Hoo!

I did have EVC++ installed and Chopra indicated that could be a possible cause, but its not installed now. I even tried installing Virtual Server 2005 trial to update the driver, and it did, but it didn't help.


RE: Microsoft Delivers a New Visual Studio 2005 Beta

Microsoft recently released a new "community technology preview" (CTP) beta build of Visual Studio 2005 "Whidbey," as numerous Microsoft bloggers have noted. It includes "edit and continue" support for Visual C#.

[Via Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley]

So how many times do we need to reinstall this to get to first base? I think I'll pass for now. Eh, on second thought, maybe I'll just download the bits and get around to it...

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Presidential Debates and Communications

O'Reilly had a communications specialist on tonite, the night after the first Presidential debate. She reminded me of something very interesting about human communication (they were talking about how Dubya was looking annoyed, etc. when Kerry was running him down):

Communications is:
55 % Body Language
38 % Tone of Voice
7 % words

Your body language and tone of voice account for NINETY THREE PERCENT of what you communicate. Your words - what you are actually saying - only 7%. Think about it.