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  • Blog Post: Science Fiction Book Review: Accelerando by Charles Stross

    I recently finished reading Accelerando by Charles Stross and I thought it was a great book… it does exactly what I want from a future-focused science fiction book… it takes plausible advances from today and takes them to their logical extremes.  Bing tells me that “accelerando” means “it indicates...
  • Blog Post: A new generation of programmers begins

    I have started teaching my 6-year old son logo as our summer learning project.  My goal is to help him discover the creativity and logical thinking approach that programming requires. And, of course to share a passion that I have with him, so there is a tiny hope we will have something to talk about...
  • Blog Post: Book Review: Outliers

    I just finished up Outliers: The Story of Success tonight….  Gladwell is a masterful story teller.  You can not walk away from this book without thinking about the world differently.  Rather than seeing success as a "lucky-break” or simply hard work, you realize the truly noteworthy...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten Reasons Why The Most Important Machine Is Unlabeled

    Today is office move day across much of .NET Framework land.. Good folks across building 41 and 42 are doing a little shuffling around… As part of the move, we all had to be out of the office today. Like any good manager, I wanted to keep my team productive even during this “downtime”.. Many of engineers...
  • Blog Post: Need Windows Mobile Phone Recommendation

    I am ready to replace my several year old Verizon XV6700… The 2 nd replacement battery is not keeping me through the day any more, it is way too heavy and my colleagues pick on my for using such old technology ;-) I have a pretty good deal with Verizon, so I’d like to say with them if possible…...
  • Blog Post: A Live Mesh Moment

    While I was out in the bush near Krueger national park in South Africa recently I found a great use for Live Mesh ...  After a full day of seeing some excellent big game I had a ton of photos to show for my effort. Later that night, back in the lodge, I was briefly able to get on the spotty, very...
  • Blog Post: Very Simple .NET Thumbnail Creation Code

    When I was working the update for my Ajax demo , I needed to create thumb nail from a director of photos. There are tons of tools out there to do this, but I thought I'd share the very simple code I used. It takes all the jpgs in the root path and creates 160x120 thumbnails of them. It also copies...
  • Blog Post: I have a theory... help me prove it!

    I have a theory that you can't build amazingly great products if you don't deeply know the customer. An d the best way to get the visceral and lasting impression is to physically go see the customer work in their own environment. This where I need your help. I am looking to get smarter about the way...
  • Blog Post: Ready for Houston TechFest Tomorrow?

    Well, I got into Houston late last night and now all I have to do is talk to a few customers and fix up my demos for tomorrow’s TechFest 2007 ! This is a FREE event, brought to you by the good folks at the Houston .NET Users group (and their generous sponsors).. I will be talking about Silverlight and...
  • Blog Post: Devscovery in Redmond, WA and Silicon Valley

    The good folks at Wintellect are putting on a conference focused on the latest of Microsoft technologies in Redmond and Silicon Valley (both at the Microsoft ft campus). This is a great chance to get some training from industry experts. Devscovery (August 14-16 at the Conference Center on campus; October...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio in Second Life

    Did you know that Microsoft is investing in Second Life? That is right... we recently bought an island and have developed it with some really cool stuff. Check out the details here https://www.visualstudioisland.com/ I am all for new, cutting edge stuff, so I volunteered to do a talk in the...
  • Blog Post: Help! My hard disk crashed

    The kitchen laptop crashed today with a few weeks worth of unbacked up information (including pictures of the kids recent birthday party, and the like…) I tried booting off the XP recovery disk and running chkdsk, but about 60% of the way in I get an error: “The volume contains one or more unrecoverable...
  • Blog Post: Defy All Challenges - Video Posted

    I love the new VS " Defy All Challenges " theme.. One of the thing that gets me up in the morning (ok, more likely staying up at night) is the idea that we are helping development teams across the world create amazingly better solutions to their everyday challenges. I recently shot part of a Red Vs....
  • Blog Post: Reason #73 that JavaScript is mainstream...

    Well, I knew that JavaScript was becoming more mainstream, but I didn't realize it had reached this level.. Wired Al Yankovic's new song White & Nerdy mentions JavaScript right along with Klingon ... What's next? Ajax in a country music song? How might that go?? ;-) Watch the Video ... The reference...
  • Blog Post: A .NET Valentines

    A reader just sent me these two .NET love stores... They are great! .NET - A Love Story .NET Love Story Continues... My wife asked me to write her poetry, but I suspect that is not what she hand in mind... How about you, did you get or give any great .NET valentines yesterday?
  • Blog Post: Are you wearing?

    On the way back from a week of vacation in Europe after Teched Barcelona I finished Rainbows End . In this book Vernor Vinge has influenced my view of what the technology should\can do in the future. A few trends from today that Vernor picks up on and extends: Wearable computing – Will IPod and Zune...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at the Patterns and Practices Conference

    I was honored to be asked to speak at the Patterns and Practices Conference in October here on the Redmond campus. I am still locking down exactly what my content will be, so if you plan to come and you have suggestions please do drop me a line.
  • Blog Post: My team is going to TechEd....

    Unfortunately I can’t make it to TechEd this year, but a fair number of folks from my team are going. If you get a chance please go check out these sessions! I bolded the sessions given by folks directly on my team, so if you make it to any of those sessions, please drop me a line and let me know...
  • Blog Post: Standard Microsoft Icons

    A customer recently asked me if they can use the standard Microsoft explorer icons in their applications. The answer is yes! In fact Soma blogged about the extended set of Icons we have in VS2005 , but basically you can find the VS 2005 Image Library at %vs install path%/common7/ide/vs2005imagelibrary...
  • Blog Post: What's my job?

    Last months Dr. Dobbs has an interesting article on the changing face of software development jobs which rings true to me. As the software development discipline matures you might expect the roles to become better defined and specialized. Just like Eskimos have many words that all mean “snow”, in the...
  • Blog Post: WinForms, Vista and Glass

    TimS does a great post on getting the Vista “glass” look and feel in a WinForms app... http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2006/04/18/578637.aspx This is a cool little “light-up” feature you can do in your WinForms app to make them look even cooler when they run on Vista ... It is also an...
  • Blog Post: Information on Offline Client applications with .NET Framework 2.0

    Steve posts some good information on getting offline client apps developed with VS2005 and .NET Framework 2.0... I’d love to hear feedback or success stories... From Steve’s blog.. Using SQL Server Mobile w/Visual Studio 2005 – 7 minutes A quick walkthrough of building an Order Form including configuring...
  • Blog Post: What customers ultimately buy...

    Amazon has a cool new feature on many of there pages called “ What do customers ultimately buy after viewing items like this?” Seems pretty self-explanatory... After folks view one item, what item do the eventually buy... Joe Wikert noticed this as well and calls it “Wisdom of the masses”... ...
  • Blog Post: Live From Redmond...

    INETA (the .NET User Group People) just created a virtual user group called Live From Redmond … We will have Microsoft folks give Live Meeting talks every week on topics we hope you will find interesting. These are open to anyone. We hope you will come and enjoy… and maybe even join your local INETA...
  • Blog Post: A rare moment in history is passing you by... What were you doing?

    A very rare moment in history is passing you by --- the time is: 01 02 03 04 05 06.... that is the current time is: 01:02:03 04/05/06 To mark this otherwise forgettable occasion, I’d love to find out what you were doing at exactly this time... please comment here
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