Thursday, February 18, 2010

Installing Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services on 64-bit Machines

As many of you may already know, the Visual Studion Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services makes developing custom SharePoint components easier. As some of you have discovered, you can't install on a 64-bit machine...until now.

Harold van de Kamp wrote a nice post in his blog on how to configure the original MSI installer to install on 64-bit machines using Microsoft's Orca tool. If you don't have time to experiment, he provides a link to a version that has already been configured to support installing on a 64-bit machine.

Directions for configuring the MSI for 64-bit support (includes link to download a version that installs on a 64-bit machine)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not technology related: Haiti

As many of you know, one of the worst earthquakes of the past few centuries has struck Haiti. Tens of thousands of people are feared dead, and reports are indicating that the country "looks like a war zone".

Please keep your thoughts for the people in Haiti. If you want to help Haiti by either volunteering your time or by donating money, please do so. Right now, the country needs financial help more than anything.

Unfortunately, a crisis brings out the worst of people. Charity scams pop up like weeds. If you plan on donating money for Haiti, here is a list of valid charities:

  • The American Red Cross -

  • UNICEF -

  • Food for the Poor -

  • WorldVision -

  • CARE -

If you are unsure of a charity soliciting money for Haiti, you can always check them through (, (, or (

Here is a link to a Forbes magazine article on spotting dubious charities:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Mwalimu is back up

Update: The site is back up.

Hello everyone.

My main site,, is currently down. I'm working with the hosting company to get the problem resolved. Thank you for your patience.