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Productive Procrastination

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    Halo 2 and XBox Live

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    With the release of Halo 2 on Nov. 9th, I'm looking forward to breaking out my XBox Live Communicator once again, and joining the ranks of the online warriors. (Actually, my dog chewed up my Communicator, so I've got this cell phone adapter headset that...
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    InfoPath 2003 SP1 and Active Directory

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    I figured I'd be the only one in the developer division not blogging about Beta 1 ! When I was on the InfoPath team, I wrote a hands on lab ( Lab 15 )which talked about using managed code with InfoPath. Excercise 3 of the lab talked about using managed...
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    Japanese parking lots

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    So, just got back from my 4 week vacation to Japan, so I'll probably have a few more Japan themed posts coming up. Here's something I noticed when I first went over there, and it struck me as odd again this time around. Everyone does back-in parking ...
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    Status Reports in InfoPath

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    When I transitioned from the InfoPath team to the CLR team, I wanted to take some of my knowledge of InfoPath and put it to good use here. After browsing the intranet sites, I noticed that there had been several different attempts at designing a status...
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    Status Reports in InfoPath (Part II)

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    Due to the overwhelming number of requests (3+) for screenshots and code for the Status Report described in a previous post , I've decided to make them publicly available. My only request is that you let me know how I can improve the form. Here is the...
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    Pairwise Testing for Dummies

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    So, imagine that you're a tester, and your job is to test a pogo stick. Yes, a pogo stick. So, you sit down, and brainstorm (like I did just now) a list of things that you might try to do to break the pogo stick, while still within bounds of “normal”...
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    Super Tuesday

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    Sure, electing the leader of the free world may seem important, but I think this is the day that the "Youth Vote" has been waiting for. (Good idea having the election BEFORE Halo 2's launch date, rather than ON launch day!) Yes, my friends, it's time...
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    Lazy Mail

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    Have you ever sent out an email saying: "Hey, check out the new Britney Spears video <hypothetical link/>! It's HOT HOT HOT!" Only instead of sending the mail to your buddy Alan, you sent it to the "All Employees" alias? Then you frantically send...
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    Bungie.net website revamped for Halo 2

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    With all the excitement surrounding Halo 2's release, it seems that the new features added to Bungie.net's website have been overlooked. A co-worker told me about it, and I am now in awe. Once you finish a game over XBox live, all your stats are uploaded...
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    Passing First Grade shouldn't be this hard!

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    I'm currently studying for the Japanese Langauge Proficiency Test, Level 1.. There are 4 levels, 1 being the most difficult. The test is only offered once a year (in December), and this year I'll be able to take the test in Seattle. Here's a brief overview...
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    InfoPath SP1 Security

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    Note: This post doesn't go over the SP-1 deployment model. If you want to learn about that, read this post from the InfoPath Team blog. InfoPath has a rather unique security model. It borrows a bit from IE, a bit of its own, and with SP1, it adds a...
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    Repeating, Multiply-Cascading, Dropdown Listboxes with Unique Entries in InfoPath

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    First, a few definitions: Repeating : Inside of a Repeating Section or Repeating Table control Cascading Dropdown Listboxes: This is where the selection in one dropdown listbox causes the available items in another dropdown listbox to be updated...
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    Know the bugs in your area

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    This is a simple one, but easy to overlook. I'm going to make the assumption that you are familiar with bug reporting, and that you have some sort of bug tracking database. Bugs (as in the bug reports, not the actual product mis-behavior itself) are...
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    XBox Live: 1.4 million strong

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    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jan05/01-20XboxLive04BenchmarkPR.asp Some other interesting stats from the press release: There are now more than 200 Xbox Live -enabled titles, making it the richest library of online console games available...
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    Microsoft signs 3 Japanese developers for XBox 2 exclusive content

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    This is probably the most exciting bit of news I've heard about XBox 2 yet. While I love Halo as much as the next guy, I sometimes prefer to play a nice epic RPG like Final Fantasy. In fact, the sole reason that I own a PS2 is because of Final Fantasy...
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    XBox 360 Japan Plan

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    Here's an interview with Yoshihiro Maruyama and Mike Fischer, some of the big wigs for the XBox in Japan, about what efforts they are doing to make the XBox 360 more competetive in Japan. Having been in many a game store in Japan, and seeing the lack...
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    Moving to Japan

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    So, it's been a long time since I've blogged, and I figured it's time for an update. First of all, I no longer work on the CLR team. It was a great year and a half, but an opportunity came up that I just couldn't resist. I have transitioned to the...
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    The Wacky World of Japanese Ice Cream

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    http://mdn.mainichi.co.jp/photospecials/0406/ice-cream04/00.html Mmmm, can't wait to try the Spinach ice cream...
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    Vacation, all I ever wanted...

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    I'm off to Japan next monday for 4 weeks, so I most likely won't be blogging much, if at all. I'm sorry to both of my readers for the inconvenience. :)
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    .NET vs. J2EE WebSphere Study

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    I just found this on the web today: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1645550,00.asp Apparently .NET did pretty well against WebSphere. Disclaimer : Now, I'm as skeptical as the next guy when it comes to studies, but and I have virtually no knowlege...
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    You want a shake with those fries?

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    Another interesting thing I've discovered about Japan is the rigidity of their set menus. One day while I was in Japan, I go into McDonald's with my parents, and ask what everyone wants so that I can order for them. My mom tells me that she wants a Teriyaki...
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    XBox Live traffic quintuples after Halo 2 launch

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    Here's an graphical look at XBox Live traffic after Halo 2 launched. Source: http://www.sandvine.co.uk/solutions/pdfs/Gaming_trend_analysis_haloII_traffic.pdf Not like this is something we didn't know was going to happen, but interesting nonetheless....
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    Jason Zander and the CLR Tour on Channel 9

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    My favorite quote: "Your testers must be amazing developers." http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=30187
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    Halo 2 stats in Excel

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    I just saw this in the Seattle PI today. "Microsoft Notebook: Tool connects 'Halo 2' with ... Excel?" Using the RSS feed that http://www.bungie.net provides, Microsoft Excel Program Manager Sam Radakovitz was able to create a better way to check out your...
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    Office 2003 SP1 Released! (Including InfoPath)

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    Download it here . Instructions for SP1 Preview users here . Random monkeys dancing here .
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