July 2015 Blog Posts
How not to create a universal app remote desktop tool

Um, what if I have multiple accounts with the same name?  Am I missing something here?

It isn’t as bad as creating Universal apps that play music which stop playing when you minimize them, but what the hell? 

Universal apps can be really good, but there’s a problem when you use the same lifecycle for a phone on a non-phone device.  It’s called ‘sucking.’

posted @ Sunday, July 12, 2015 2:15 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 10 Preview 10162 Install Bug

Though I upgraded Windows 10 preview 10158 and 10159 with no issues, I ran into a problem with 10162 where it would fail at 40% with the always obscure message about their being a problem installing Windows components.

Hacking through the various install logs, I was able to guess that it had something to do with WCF Http Activation, and so I turned it off for .NET 3.5 and 4.6 inside of Control Panel –> Programs Features –> Turn Windows Features On and Off, and sure enough, it proceeded past that place on the install.

posted @ Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:28 PM | Feedback (0)
Microsoft broke Outlook 2016 POP access setting?

It’s hard to figure out what happened here, running various combinations of Office 2016 preview, Windows 10 Preview, and Windows 10 Mobile, but I’ve run into an issue with Outlook and I don’t know what the problem is exactly.

I have a POP email account, been using it for 15 years.  I leave messages on the server for 7-14 days, as I access it from many different places.  Suddenly, over the weekend, after various updates of all of the above, it no longer functions as it should.  It will download the messages no matter what the ‘after X days’ setting is at.  At first, I thought someone had hacked the account or something. 

As a workaround, I unchecked it, and just leave messages on the server (I can then manually manage from there if I need to).  Except Outlook now sees random messages as being ‘new’ even though they’ve already been downloaded, so I can end up with 2-6 copies of the same emails repeatedly.


The ‘remove from server after’ should be checked, but then it pulls all of them and so I can’t access from multiple devices, etc.

posted @ Thursday, July 02, 2015 9:16 AM | Feedback (1)
Blend for Visual Studio 2015: Update required, one or more projects require a platform SDK fix

Downloaded some samples involving Windows 10 and all the new Universal Application goodness, but couldn’t open the projects.  They kept saying this sort of thing when I opened a solution.

The way to resolve this is to download the platform SDK, and if it happens not to be the version the project wants, you need to manually edit the project file and adjust these lines:


Since I’m running a more recent SDK, I changed to this:


After saving project file, I could reopen just fine.

There were other issues, but that’s a different story.

posted @ Wednesday, July 01, 2015 3:28 PM | Feedback (3)