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I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?

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Setting the Default Printer in a Win App

Sometimes you just can’t get around using old API calls. One of the things (unless I’ve missed it) that is not found in the .NET Framework 2.0 is a Printers class that contains methods for enumerating printer objects, setting properties, etc. You can read 99% of the properties using the PrinterSettings class in System.Drawing.Printing, but you can’t set the properties there. In VB6 we had to call the WriteProfileStringA method in Kernel32. In .NET 1.x or 2.0, we can use WMI script with the System.Managment namespace to make similar calls. One of the tasks I had earlier was to set the default printer using a function. Here is what it would look like using the System.Managment namespace:

```vb Public Shared Function SetDefaultPrinter(ByVal PrinterName As String) As Boolean
    ’Declare WMI Variables
    Dim MgmtObject As ManagementObject
    Dim MgmtCollection As ManagementObjectCollection
    Dim MgmtSearcher As ManagementObjectSearcher
    Dim ReturnBoolean As Boolean = False

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New ASPInsiders.com Website Released

The ASPInsiders have released a new version of their website at aspinsiders.com. Be sure to visit it and provide us with your feedback.

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Windows Live Messenger Beta Released

Microsoft has released the Windows Live Messenger Beta. Some of the new features include new voice and video capabilities, sharing folders, live contact information, and offline messaging. Also, some new phones are Windows Live enabled including a phone by Uniden. Microsoft has worked with Verizon to offer a low cost phone plan of 1.9 cents per minute.

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.NET Valley Meeting Building and Room Announced

Next week’s .NET Valley meeting will be in the Moffat building in computer lab 102 at Johnson College in Scranton, PA. For more information about the event, please visit DotNetValley.com.

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XML Specification Issue

Monday we had an issue with one of our data providers. Our application continually timed out and we couldn’t figure out why. It turns out that they updated the XML spec for the data and never notified us. Because of their unique data structure we had to …

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Job Posting: Position in the Philadelphia Area

Quite frequently I receive emails from companies about job postings. Besides passing these on to our user group, I’ll post these on my blog. Here is one for the Philadelphia Area: Are you looking for a stable, growing company with a record of longevity? …

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Philly.NET Presentation Went Great!

Last night I was in Malvern to present on Membership and Personalization in ASP.NET 2.0. It was amazing to see that a room full of ASP.NET developers had very little experience with this. Many of the presentations at conferences and user groups are about …

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.NET Valley Meeting - May 24th (Johnson College, Scranton PA)

The next .NET Valley meeting will be held on Wednesday May 24th at Johnson College, Scranton PA. A map of the campus can be found here. The building and room will be announced in the upcoming days on the website, DotNetValley.com. The event will begin …

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eCommerce with .NET

I just saw a post come across from Ken Cox on his blog regarding a real eCommerce article. Its definitely something to check out…

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eWeek Spoils Announcement of CodePlex

CodePlex has been announced on eWeek by Mary Jo Foley. CodePlex is considered by many to be the replacement for GotDotNet’s code repository. CodePlex is a hosted version of Team Server. The long term plans is to have this integrated with Visual Studio…

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