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  • Blog Post: Petzold strikes again!

    (Or, rather, struck again last summer.) I just found Jeff's post about receiving a book from Petzold complete with witty comments . I was also a lucky recipient of an autographed book, so I thought I'd share what Petzold had to say to me: Funny stuff! (He's referring to this discussion , in...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts from the author of cards.dll

    I got an email the other day that I thought I'd share (with permission from the author and with names removed). This is in reference to my post last year: Hey - Don't make fun of cards.dll! I wrote it! Back in the mid 80s (I think - it's been a while) a bunch of guys in the Excel group along...
  • Blog Post: This one's for John...

    John said I need to update my blog . Since he's currently my manager, I guess I should listen to him. Things are a *bit* busy with my day job , my night job , and my late night job , so I think I'll consider this update complete. Mission accomplished!
  • Blog Post: .NET and COM: Available once again in non-electronic form

    As I mentioned in my earlier post , my .NET and COM book is now being printed on-demand and can be purchased only at the following location (and perhaps only for a limited time?): http://www.samspublishing.com/title/067232170X Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: My encounter with another Adam Nathan

    I felt a bit like Dave Gorman when I recently got an e-mail out of the blue from another Adam Nathan. He said, " there's lots of us out there (Adam Nathans) that is, but you are the one who shows up when I google my name, and I'm the other one who shows up when you google your name. " Indeed, this was...
  • Blog Post: This just in: .NET and COM is coming back in print!

    A few months ago I mentioned that my .NET and COM book went out of print . Well, after getting regular streams of e-mail from people who still wanted to get a copy (which I forwarded on to the publisher), I can now happily say that they are planning to print more! I believe it's going to be some kind...
  • Blog Post: WPF Book Update (and SD West 2006)

    Long time no blog, but I’ve got a good excuse. Since my last post, I’ve become a father! This event, of course, made me seriously doubt (even more than usual) the wisdom of writing another book. Here's a quote from my wife: “You wrote a book during our first year of marriage. You’re writing a book...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: More little things in the December CTP

    In August I mentioned some of the little improvements in Windows Vista Beta 1 that made using my computer more enjoyable . Now that I've installed the December CTP (released yesterday), here are some screenshots of a few new things that instantly jump out at me: Finally! A decent calendar and clock...
  • Blog Post: The passing of one book and the birth of another

    It's official... I got a letter informing me that .NET and COM , almost four years after its release, is out of print. Of course, it still lives on in PDF form . Like Luke , I've sometimes been baffled by the apparent lack of supply. I've been told many times about someone that wanted to get a copy of...
  • Blog Post: That mysterious "proprietary" blackout in the PDC keynote webcast...

    ...was a parody video with Napoleon Dynamite and Bill Gates. It's too bad it couldn't be broadcast, because it was very funny! But Joshua Trupin has a blurry photo of it on his blog. Maybe there are more out there... Other highlights from Bill's part of the keyone: http://microsoftgadgets.com...
  • Blog Post: Light up with WPF: The Video

    Now playing on Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=114690 This covers one item on that top 10 list . And the focus is on an existing applications... taking advantage of your existing code rather than rewriting everything from scratch. Enjoy! Tags: PDC , PDC05
  • Blog Post: The best screenshots from the PDC...

    ...come from Mike Hall : this and this . Tags: PDC , PDC05
  • Blog Post: Where I'll be @ PDC

    I don't know my entire schedule yet, but the following are some definite places & times where you can find me: Tuesday: 2:30-3:00PM: Fundamentals Track Lounge 3:00-4:00PM: Tools & Languages Track Lounge ("Meet the SDK Team") 4:00-5:30PM: Fundamentals Track Lounge 6:00-9:00PM: Product Pavilion...
  • Blog Post: The artwork of PDCs through the years

    As you might now, this PDC will be the 11th one. I've put together the logos from PDCs past (courtesy of Steve Cellini and Robert Hess ): Has anyone out there (other than Robert Hess) been to all 10? Do these images bring back any memories? As with Jim Miller's transformation , I've put together...
  • Blog Post: There goes my dream of being a rock star...

    For anyone that was wondering about the fate of my audition , I got the following response today: Hello and thank you so much for your interest in Going Beyond Spotlight 2005!!! The response to our contest was OVERWHELMING with dozens and dozens of talented Microsoft employees. It has been so difficult...
  • Blog Post: SLAR v2 is out!

    Volume 2 of the book that Brad affectionately calls the "SLAR" has been published ! He stopped by my office with a copy last week (since I contributed some annotations to it). It looks like a great book! Congratulations, Brad!
  • Blog Post: Could YOU be the next Microsoft Idol?

    Every year that I've been at Microsoft (except last year!) we've had a huge company meeting in Safeco Field that is unlike anything else I've ever experienced. This year there's a new item on the agenda. From the company meeting website: "Do you have what it takes to entertain 15,000 of your fellow...
  • Blog Post: The transformation of Jim Miller

    Jim Miller, one of the CLR's brilliant architects, has been known to go months being clean shaven and go months being the exact opposite of clean shaven. He just switched modes again, and nobody at work recognizes him. He claims he did this because needed to look the part for Seattle Opera's production...
  • Blog Post: GooglePark

    I came across this on Channel9 and couldn't resist linking to it: http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=104073
  • Blog Post: Poorly-Named Dialog Buttons

    David's comment on my last post made me think about one of my pet peeves that seems to be pretty common: Cancel buttons that don't really mean cancel. For example: Open a text file in Notepad. Do a "Replace" (Ctrl+H): After replacing some text, press the "Cancel" button. What? It didn't cancel...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista: It's the little things...

    …that make all the difference in the world to me. I've been using Beta 1 a lot recently, and although " most of the stuff that we would expect that tech enthusiasts and consumers will be interested in will happen at Beta 2 ," every once in awhile come across a small improvement that makes me much more...
  • Blog Post: Back to Internet Hearts

    Scoble and Ernie Booth stopped by my office today with their camcorder so I could talk about and demo Internet Hearts -- now with the power of WPF! -- for an upcoming Channel 9 video. Look for it during the PDC timeframe. I've been so busy preparing for the PDC that I've been slacking on blogging about...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at the Windows 95 Launch and wondering about the Windows Vista Launch

    Raymond , Craig , and others are talking about Windows 95 today since today is its 10-year anniversary. I had just gotten a new computer a few months prior (since I was heading off to college) and I vividly remember getting Windows 95 in the mail. (Stores were offering a free upgrade so you wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: From the CD Scrapheap

    In the corner of my office, I've got a bunch of CDs: Rather than throwing away CDs that have outlived their usefulness, I started decorating with them. I know, it's a stretch to call a pile of CDs a "decoration," but they give a nice glow to the room when the sun shines through them. After awhile...
  • Blog Post: Bizarre college flashback

    Every once in awhile I come across a blog post that mentions my Interop book or pinvoke.net, but this one is a first: For some reason, someone who goes by " Benzado " recently found and linked to a so-called "artificial intelligence" CS project I did in college whose web page is still alive: Learning...
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