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  • Blog Post: Using Virtual PC 2004 Additions to Enhance the Windows 2000 Guest Experience on Windows Virtual PC

    A helpful tip I figured I would pass along… I keep copies of various older Microsoft operating systems around. Some of them I keep around for fun (occasionally I get a laugh from the old-timers when I pull out a copy of Microsoft Bob on Windows 95), but I try to maintain copies of Windows 2000, Windows...
  • Blog Post: The Secret to Power App Compat Debugging

    If you come to me for advice about how to become a debugger, chances are that I’m going to give you a couple of must-read reference books, an then tell you to start paying attention. Because, unless you’re drastically more lucky than I am, stuff is probably breaking on you all the time. While a lot of...
  • Blog Post: I live in airplanes.

    The end of the year is approaching, and I normally like to do a bit of a review. This year, there was one statistic that really stood out for me. I have a car that is a blast to drive, and I love to drive in general. So, I’m not sure exactly how this happened: Gah! That’s with only 4 international trips...
  • Blog Post: The Windows SDK Breaks the New TR1 Extensions in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (Until you Repair It, That Is)

    One of the main uses for my blog is to share those little annoyances that I spend hours or days solving and spare you the “fun” of going through this yourself. So, even though this isn’t really about application compatibility, which has kind of become the main theme here, it will still hopefully help...
  • Blog Post: Let's (Geek) Motor

    The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Does my geekiness have no bounds? (Apparently not.) Now I just need to find somebody who has WNDPROC plates... Regardless, you can't possibly have forgotten (since I am compelled to remind you) that I'm in the running to participate in the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Conference Review Scores and Broken Keyboards

    I had a bit of a bummer morning back at MMS 2008 . I woke up early (fortunately the conference was in Pacific and my body was in Central, so it was less torturous than getting up early normally is for me) and went down to get set up nice and early. I decided to add a bunch of extra demos at the last...
  • Blog Post: Please Use Reply to All - I Am Not a Member of This Discussion Group

    Every now and then, I see email sent to a discussion list that includes something like the following: "Please use Reply to All I am not a member of this discussion group." And sometimes you see something like this instead: "Please little-R, I am not a member of this discussion group." I think you can...
  • Blog Post: My Worst Travel Day (So Far)

    John Robbins asks, "What's your worst travel day?" Wow, he sure has me beat. I can't top that. My worst travel day so far was returning home from Taipei last year. We had been watching for days as they were reporting a typhoon might be heading towards Taiwan, and as the day of our departure approached...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at 2007

    2007 was really a fun year - I had a blast. I finally started to get some traction documenting the shims provided in Windows - hopefully you like some of the changes Liz made in ACT 5.0.2 to add good documentation here. I've been talking about it all over the world, and there is still more to come. For...
  • Blog Post: Speaking With Authority on Subjects You Are Not Authoritative About

    I've been on vacation for a couple of weeks, which has given me some down-time to do some reading and thinking. Of course, what I have thought about may not always be what the author intended for me to think about, but it tends to be the books with unexpected inspiration that I will remember the longest...
  • Blog Post: Marshaling the U.S. Open Golf Tournament

    I have been somewhat distracted lately, so it has been a while since I posted. I have been knee deep in a number of projects I am working on with one of our customers, and last week, I was volunteering as a Marshal at the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Working as a marshal provided me with a whole new...
  • Blog Post: Random Meetings on the New York City Subway

    When I first moved to New York City, many of my friends asked me how many famous people I have run into. While I did run in to Larry King at FAO Schwartz once, I am not aware of any other famous people that I have run into in the course of my daily wanderings. Of course, the key point is that I would...
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