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    Rockets on Prisoner Award

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    /. mentions the "Academy Awards of Halo Videos," the first annual Rockets on Prisoner award , including categories like: Best Movie Best Cinematography Best Screenplay Best Musical Score Best Editing, Sounds...
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    Coder or Cannibal?

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    I'm currently in sleep deprivation mode, which always reminds me of how Henry Rollins begins his spoken word Boxed Life tapes: [Henry Rollins screaming] "OPEN YOUR EYES! YOUR EYES, WIDE, YOU IDIOT!" [In a much calmer tone] ...
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    C# Samples & Your Ideas

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    C# Samples We recently posted 23 C# Code Samples on MSDN for your development pleasure.  The samples answer some popular questions and should "just work".  Here are just some of the topics covered to wet your appetite...
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    Great tech discussion

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    As Eric points out, on Wednesday Bruce Eckel  and Bill Venners came on campus to talk to members of the C# team.  They interviewed Anders  for a recently published  article  (Bill) as well as a series of interviews with...
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    Beep

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    Brad Abram's has been posting some killer design guidelines on his blog which you should check out, and I also noticed he posted a useful  sample with different message beep types.  Scott Hanselman also included his sample from the ...
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    Practice Safe Computing

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    I received an email today from admin @ Microsoft dotcom saying my password has expired with a zip attachment indicating instructions.  Not being gullible, but still being curious, I virus scanned the attachment and saw that it was...
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    PSA: J2EE and .NET Reloaded

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    The latest version of the .NET & J2EE Petstore is now available from The Middleware Company .  You can discuss  on the ServerSide .  I won't give a long rant here, other then to say that TMC, by now, have probably the best...
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    MS Product Roadmap Released

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    If you do any .NET development, you absolutely have to see our officially released Product Roadmap .  There's a section on C# futures that should interest developers and  EricR did a keynote at VS Live NY with Bix showing off the new...
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    Microsoft search supports the "#" symbol!

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    Reading Korby's blog today, I saw that Microsoft recently updated their search page and you can now successfully enter "C#" and find C#!  What * used * to happen is that the "#" symbol got ignored and a search for "C# samples" returned "C samples...
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    Me versus 520

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    I have bad luck driving into work lately, on Wednesday there was a truck that had engine problems on 520 (the bridge that connects Seattle to MSHQ and which already killed one of my computers ) and my commute was about an hour.  On the way home...
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    MGB Part 2

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    Another great part of MGB is that I got to catch up with my old co-workers from DC who are all doing well.  Shout outs to everybody, especially since some read my blog!  I also got to play Rise of Nations , a game that I thought was...
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    You down with MGB? Yeah you know me Part 1

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    Please forgive me for not blogging more, but I've been horribly sick, really busy and travelling.  I'm only now *starting* to catch up on e-mail and remove my DayQuil dependency.  Keller is also sick, and he was nice enough to pick me...
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    JLCA 2.0 and JSP to ASP.NET Portal

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    Today we officially made available for download the   Java Language Conversion Assistant (JLCA) version 2.0.  The JLCA is a conversion tool that automatically converts existing java language source files to C# code. This...
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    80's Renaissance Continues...

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    First it was Mr. T doing 1-800-COLLECT commercials, then Alf, now the Boston Globe is reporting that Garbage Pail Kids, the must-have collectors cards from the 80's, are making a  comeback. Quote from the article: " Topps plans to launch a Web...
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    Work hard, play hard

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    "Work hard, play hard" is my mantra (and the mantra of most people at MS), but it's pretty damn exhausting after a while. I haven't been able to blog since last week, and it's simply because I've been busy * all* the time. This weekend, for example...
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    "Comical Ali" Captured?

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    [Note: Any political commentary, pro or con, has been removed] The Mirror is reporting that " Comical Ali " has been captured .  He's become quite the internet icon, on par with AllYourBase , Mahir , and even the HampterDance . The...
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    Ed Kaim's Engaged

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    Our very own Ed Kaim  got engaged Friday in a rather unique way, it's a cute story and, in reading it, I noticed that Ed really captured the stress and preparation that goes into an  EricR review .  Congrats to Ed and Lan!! 
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    Googlism

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    While in a co-worker's office discussing the merits (or lack therof) of the word "blog", Googlism came up in conversation. Googlism searches Google and based on the results, creates a meta-description for who you are, when something took place, or what...
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    PSA - EricGu's blog is up

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    Eric Gunnerson , Program Manager for C#, has jumped into the blogosphere. Welcome Eric!  I'm adding his RSS feed as I write this :)
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    Code Samples on GotDotNet

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    The code samples I demoed during my TechEd Middle-Tier apps with C# session have finally been uploaded onto GotDotNet.  Each sample has a readme.txt file which should give you more information for how to setup and run the samples.  Demo...
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    Cut the BS with Bullfighter

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    My favorite new piece of software is Bullfighter from Deloite Touche Consulting . It's a Microsoft Word add-in (2000 or XP) which searches your documents for terms like "synergy", "value proposition", and "paradigm" that managers and consultants use...
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    C# SDR

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    We are holding our C# SDR meetings this week in Redmond with some of our best customers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The discussion is great and the feedback we're getting will help us build better products that help solve real-world...
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    Webby Awards announced

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    The 2003 Webby Awards were announced recently.  Let's recap my picks for Reader's Choice: Technical Achievement - I said Google, Winner: Google Services - NetFlix , Winner eBay Film - Metacritic , Winner: RottenTomatoes Net...
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    Meeting with EricR

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    After two months on the job, today I had my first meeting with our Senior Vice President (and blogger ) Eric Rudder [Note: Chris Sells also blogged about his first Eric Rudder meeting] . We reviewed what the developer experience will be with...
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    Halo, H4x0rs, and the life of a Blogosphere story

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    Semi-random stream of consciousness... Halo EricGu turned me onto Red vs. Blue while we were at the speaker lounge at TechEd and I started having uncontrollable fits of laughter in what was a quiet room.  They're making 22 episodes...
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