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Productive Procrastination

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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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    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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    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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    Fun with VBScript in InfoPath

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    Say you want to pop-up a dialog to the user to get some information. You could use the XDocument.UI.ShowModalDialog method, but this is Level 3, meaning you can only call it from Fully Trusted forms. You could also use managed code business logic and...
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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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    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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    Debugging Fully Trusted InfoPath Forms with Managed Code Business Logic

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    That's a mouthful, isn't it? First of all, you know what I mean by managed code business logic in InfoPath , right? Also, you know what a Fully Trusted InfoPath Form is, right? If not, here's a refresher . Let's say you're a form developer, and...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    XBox Live: On the Road

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    Over the holidays, I went back home to visit my family. My little sister has an XBox, Halo 2, and DSL, as well as a free trial to XBox Live that came with Halo 2. However, the XBox is located in a part of the house that doesn't have any phone jacks nearby...
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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 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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    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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    Halo 2 Sales in Japan

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    For the week of 11/8 - 11/14, Master Chief worked his way into 37,507 Japanese homes, placing Halo 2 in 3rd place on the all console charts. Not bad, considering that the XBox console market share is....shall we say, a bit small. English: http://www.m...
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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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    NGEN in Whidbey - Overview

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    Here's Reid Wilkes' post about his article in MSDN magazine on NGEN in Whidbey: http://blogs.msdn.com/reidlw/archive/2005/02/19/376800.aspx ...and here's the article itself: http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/05/04/NGen/default.aspx This is an EXCELLENT...
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    I think I'm blogging Japanese...

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    I'm trying out the new MSN blogging service at http://spaces.msn.com . It's only in Japanese, though you can look at the spatterings of English in there and wonder what exactly I'm talking about. (Those of you that do speak Japanese, feel free to correct...
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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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    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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    .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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    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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    InfoPath SP1 SDK released

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    Get it here...before it gets you!!! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=351F0616-93AA-4FE8-9238-D702F1BFBAB4&displaylang=en
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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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