Darryl Burling @ Work

Thoughts and musings of the New Zealand Community DE

June, 2005

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    Should Microsoft ditch IE?

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    James A has written a great article on Firefox and Microsofts attitude to open source . I cant help but respond :-) I agree with James that Firefox has added a bunch of features that IE didn't have at the time (tabbed browsing for one), and yes...
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    SQL 2005 Mirroring

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    During a presentation today I discussed the new mirroring functionality of SQL Server 2005 and was asked what editions it will be available in. There are a number (quite a few) changes in terms of replication in SQL Server 2005, including peer to peer...
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    Free .Net Compact framework training

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    If you are interested in compact framework developement, HP and Microsoft have teamed up to give online training over the next two days. Take a look at the offering here
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    What I've learned about IE

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    The IE post that I put up yesterday has generated a bit of discussion. Bruce Morgan from the IE team made a comment and emailed me to let me know that IE is indeed not free as one comment noted. My mistake - I'm better educated now. I remember in...
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    In Queenstown

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    I'm getting ready to leave Queenstown after a few days here with the team from Microsoft New Zealand. Its been a great time - meeting new people and getting to know them. Its also been a lot of fun. I've taken a couple of pictures and done a few things...
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    Longhorn - when?

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    According to one of the MS vice presidents in this article (may dissapear into "free login requied" land soon - I hate really dont like those sites), Longhorn will be released in the second half of next calendar year. I guess it will still be called...
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    I'm removing Visual Studio 2003

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    I was playing with Visual Studio over the weekend and decided that I'm going to remove Visual Studio 2003 from my laptop so that I can have Visual Studio 2005 installed. I know I can have them both installed, but I want to exclusively use VS2005. ...
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    Win stuff (and get your name called out at TechEd NZ)!

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    Today we've launched a new competition open to New Zealanders that rewards you (as long as you are a winner) for getting into Visual Studio 2005. There are a bunch of cool prizes and a couple of different prize pools. In short you can compete as an...
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    Hey - we're getting fast WiFi!

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    Microsoft has got a pretty good WiFi infrastructure, its well configured, secure and seems to be always available. My only complaint with it is that its only 11Mb. Thats about to change though with the annoucement that we're getting 802.11a/b/g soon...
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    I've been assimilated

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    Well, after much deliberation and thought, I've decided to create a MSDN blog. I'm going to miss my old blog. If you haven't already, update your RSS Feed to point to this feed!
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    Horray! Just done my first MS presso!

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    I've just completed my first presentation as a Microsoft employee. I presented Visual Studio Team System to a customer. It seemed to go well, but I'm interested in getting feedback :-) Next - SQL Server 2005 - anyone want a presso done?
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    Refactoring Support in VS2005 for VB

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    I had a question about refactoring last week and I thought I'd shed a little more info on it here. Actually - the best place to get info about refactoring support in VB is here . Suffice to say - there is support for refactoring in Visual Studio...
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    Darren Neimke coming to Wellington tomorrow!

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    Nigel has posted about Darren Niemke talking about IBF tomorrow in Wellington Darren is a MVP in ASP.Net and is a champion of the information bridge framework which is "The Microsoft Office Information Bridge Framework on the other hand offers...
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    Free training!

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    If you are in the market for some SQL Server 2005 training or Visual Studio 2005 training, you'll want to take advantage of some free resources avaialble now on the net. I'm not sure how long they will be free for, but Microsoft Learning has released...
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    Better data entry in Windows Mobile Pocket PC

    When I wrote the input methods section of SPB Tips and Tricks for Pocket PC I tried a bunch of input methods and wrote my impressions of them. Recently I have been running with just the plain old input methods that are default on the Pocket PC. These...
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    Messaging and Security Feature Pack

    The Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging and Security Feature Pack has been announced today. This is big news for enterprise mobile deployments. Key features include: True push email. The device will maintain an always-on connection Remotely managable...
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    Building Office apps in VS2005

    In Visual Studio 2005 we have a component called Visual Studio Tools for Office. Using VSTO, you can build add ins for Excel and Word, but now you can also build add-ins for Microsoft Outlook. If you've tried developing Outlook add ins before, you...
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    Found a bug in Visual Studio 2005?

    If you've tried (for example) installing Visual Studio 2005 on Longhorn you may have found that it did not install correctly (right Mauricio ?) If this is you - or you've found another bug in Visual Studio 2005, you can report it using our online tools...
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    Information Bridge Framework Resources from Darren

    Darren Neimke presented at the Wellington .Net User group on Wednesday night and has since posted a blog post with links to getting the IBF resources from the microsoft website and also links to his presentation resources. Interestingly he's rated...
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    Top secret - but not any more...

    Scoble blogged about it and now so has Somasegar . Microsoft has released a beta of a new graphic design package code named Acrylic. I haven't looked yet, but I'm going to as soon as I get through the next few weeks... You can download it here
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    James gets geeky!

    James Andrews from Gen-i has started blogging ! He's started with a great post about how he got hooked on Pocket PC's. The post is great, but it doesn't tell you about all the great discussions we had along the road. James is a great thinker and...
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    Simplifying life

    SInce I've started at Microsoft, I've found that the work pattern is quite different to any of my previous jobs... I'm struggling to get on top of how much there is to learn, get through all the email, stay up to date with all the happenings in the community...
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    Educate yourself quick links

    There are a couple of good links here if you want to learn more about SQL 2005 or ASP.Net 2.0 Firstly there is a good looking webcast coming up about the hidden benefits of upgrading to SQL Server 2005. You can get all the details here . A full list...
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    Tune up required

    I ran 4.8 km this morning - I needed to - and I feel better for it. Like Chris , I need to tune myself up and lose some weight.... here goes... If you are like me and dont really like running, I recommend an MP3 player - it makes a huge difference...
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    Load Runner and Visual Studio Team System

    Nic alerted me (indirectly) to a great post by Chris Menegay about Team Suite and source control. There are some interesting things there such as: There will be a Visual Studio 2003 plug in for Team Foundation server source control Some observations...
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