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Michael lives in sunny Mountain View, California. He started programming with an Apple //e in 4th grade, graduated from UCLA with a math degree in 1994, and immediately landed a job as a QA engineer at Symantec, working on the Norton AntiVirus team. He pretty much taught himself Windows and MFC programming, and in 1999 he designed and coded a new interface for Norton AntiVirus 2000.
Mike has been a a developer at Napster and at his own lil' startup, Zabersoft, a development company he co-founded with offices in Los Angeles and Odense, Denmark. Mike is now a senior engineer at VMware.

He also enjoys his hobbies of playing pinball, bike riding, photography, and Domion on Friday nights (current favorite combo: Village + double Pirate Ship). He would get his own snooker table too if they weren't so darn big! He is also sad that he's forgotten the languages he's studied: French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.
Mike was a VC MVP from 2005 to 2009.
  • 25 Mar 2011: Best C++/MFC article of February 2011
  • 31 Dec 2009: CodeProject MVP 2010
  • 31 Dec 2007: CodeProject MVP 2008
  • 19 Mar 2007: Best C++/MFC article of Feb 2007
  • 25 Feb 2007: All Topics Jan 2007
  • 31 Dec 2006: CodeProject MVP 2007
  • 31 Jan 2006: MFC/C++ Jan 2006
  • 31 Dec 2004: CodeProject MVP 2005
  • 29 Sep 2003: MFC/C++ Aug 2003
  • 29 Mar 2003: MFC/C++ Feb 2003
  • 30 Oct 2002: MFC/C++ Sep 2002

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GeneralYou're on notice PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn1-Jan-07 22:22 
GeneralHelp PinmemberMiss_F5-Feb-09 2:22 
GeneralReady... set... Boost! PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn25-Dec-06 17:58 
GeneralThe cure for FF2 tab blowieness PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn14-Dec-06 22:21 
GeneralInstalling Visual Studio 6 on Vista PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn10-Dec-06 20:08 
As one of the few, the proud, the VC6 users, I figured I'd post my experience installing it on Vista for posterity. Welcome to all of you viewing this from the future (or 2007, as I am calling it currently).

I started with:
Vista RTM Ultimate
Visual Studio 6 Enterprise
October 2001 MSDN
February 2003 Platform SDK (all CAB files unzipped and burned to CD)
Before we start: Vista will show some warnings about programs having compatibility problems with Vista. Since I use VC6 for work, I threw caution to the wind and ignored the warnings. I've had no troubles yet. Wink | ;)
  1. Run the VS6 installer. The first thing it will do is update the Java VM. Once that's done, let it reboot the machine.
  2. Once you've rebooted and relogged, the install wizard will come up automatically. Close the wizard right away. The wizard is not running elevated, so it won't be able to do its job.
  3. Rerun the wizard and install the VS components you want.
  4. When you get to the part where it prompts you to install MSDN, I said no because I'll install it later. Continue on with the wizard (I don't install any of the additional stuff) and finish the process.
  5. Put in your Oct 2001 MSDN disc and run the installer on the disc. I had no hiccups at all installing this.
  6. Run VS6 once and close it right away. I got in the habit of doing this because years and years ago, the Platform SDK wouldn't install if you had not run VS once yet.
  7. Install VS6 SP6. Again, I had no troubles here. Run VS once and close it just to be sure.
  8. Install the Platform SDK. Because the installer uses an ActiveX control, you'll be stuck if IE is not your default browser. If this is the case, either make IE the default temporarily, or drag default.htm from the root of the disc into IE. IE will ask you if it's OK to run active content to run from the local machine, say yes.
  9. Use the PlatSDK Visual Studio Registration tool to add the PSDK dirs to the VS include and lib paths.
  10. Optional: Create a shortcut to msdev (I pin it to the Start menu) and set the shortcut properties to always run the app elevated. I need to do this because otherwise I can't build DLL COM servers; regsvr32 needs write access to HKCR and HKLM, which it won't have unless the IDE is running elevated.
  11. Run VS6 and enjoy your IDE! In beta 2, MSDN didn't run unless it was elevated, but this has been fixed in RTM.
I also use the WMP 10 Player SDK and that too installed without a hitch.
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GeneralRe: Installing Visual Studio 6 on Vista PinmemberMike Dimmick11-Dec-06 0:58 
GeneralRe: Installing Visual Studio 6 on Vista Pinmemberklauswiesel18-Sep-08 10:56 
GeneralGriffith Observatory pictures PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn4-Nov-06 11:41 
GeneralSimplified Chinese translations of my WTL series PinsitebuilderMichael Dunn9-Apr-06 7:55 
GeneralRe: Simplified Chinese translations of my WTL series [modified] PinmemberDandy Cheung3-Aug-06 5:15 

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