Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

July, 2008

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    Unplugging for a few weeks...


    I'm getting ready to head off on vacation for a few weeks. I'll be backpacking through Patagonia with some friends.

    But while I'll be off the grid for a few weeks, I won't be without some cool tech gadgets. I just installed the newly free TrueSpace 7.6 on my laptop to play with on the loooong plane ride and while I have some other downtime. My Zune is literally FILLED with video podcasts that I found on Zune Marketplace. And I'm stocked up on rechargeable batteries. What can I say... I'm a geek? But I'll also be hiking a few hundred miles over the next few weeks, so at least I won't be stuck at a desk!

    Here's an interview I did for Channel 10 last week showing off some of the gadgets we're taking on the trip. See you in late August!

    High Tech Hiking in South America
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    Use Live Mesh to sync your Visual Studio settings


    This is a great idea! Nice write-up, Laurent.

    For more great ideas on how to get the most from Live Mesh check out the Live Mesh Scenarios Directory.

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    XNA Community Games


    Today the XNA team delivered some much-anticipated details regarding the forthcoming XNA Community Games which will allow XNA game developers to upload and even make money selling their games via Xbox LIVE.

    For more details check out:

    I'm especially excited about this announcement since in my part time I've been brushing up on my XNA skillz by reviewing this upcoming book on XNA. Now to just come up with the next big thing!

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    Search for Microsoft EULA's Online


    From time to time I routinely field questions from customers wanting to see the End-User Licensing Agreement for a particular product. Luckily I have access to the product "boneyard" (an internal Microsoft share) where legacy Microsoft products get put out to pasture, and from there I can pull up the EULA. But I always thought it would be nice if we had this information online.

    As it turns out, it is. Maybe this is new, or maybe it's been there for a while and I didn't read the memo, but it's pretty nice. Check out:


    While this certainly doesn't contain every piece of software that Microsoft has ever released, I'd be hard pressed to think of a release from the past few years that's not on that list. I planned on linking to the Microsoft Bob EULA, but upon inspecting the files at the boneyard share it appears that Bob didn't have a EULA.

    Side note: Trying to install Microsoft Bob on my Vista x64 machine crashed during setup. I should probably file a bug about that... does anybody have any contacts on the Microsoft Bob team? :-)

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    Getting Started with Project Server


    Mickey Gousset and I were recently looking for some resources on getting started with Microsoft Project Server. So I emailed my friend Ameya Bhatawdekar on the Team Foundation Server program management team. Ameya is not only working on the out-of-the-box integration between Visual Studio Team System code name "Rosario" and Project Server, but he also used to work on the Project Server team. Here's what Ameya suggested to get started with Project Server:

    Gary Chefetz’s books are a good read (book 1, book 2) as is the one from the one from Quantum PM to get a good overall understanding of the EPM solution. Have a go through the role guides to learn about the EPM system from a roles perspective.

    Administrator role guide
    Project manager role guide
    Executive role guide
    Resource manager role guide
    Team member role guide


    Thanks, Ameya! I'll have to add this to my ever-growing tech reading list.

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    "It burns!"


    Dan and I delivered a special edition of This Week on Channel 9 to help celebrate America's Independence Day. As my blog title suggests, things didn't quite go as planned during one of the test runs.

    Oh, and there's some great software development-related content in this episode as well, not just fun & games. :-)

    This Week on C9: Fireworks, Powerset, Equipt, Pex, and cool downloads

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    Pex interview on Channel 9


    I recently visited Nikolai Tillmann and Peli de Halleux on the Pex team to talk about how Pex can really bolster the effectiveness of unit testing. I've got to say that out of all of the Channel 9 videos I've filmed this was one of my favorites. I stuck around for another 30 minutes after the interview talking to Nikolai and Peli about some of their plans for the future of Pex. But I'll have to save those details for another interview... :-) I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.

    Pex - Automated Exploratory Testing for .NET
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