Hirlpoo West

Notes (technical and not so technical) from the Microsoft Field.

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    KEXP video

    Even though I don't live in Seattle I love KEXP (almost as much as WMSE , but then again having spent four year on the air there, I am biased). Nice to see them get some love on the new on10.net web site - one of the things I love about KEXP is their...
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    Stale

    Pretty stale posts here, if I don't say so myself. Can't say I've really been inspired by anything as of late - mainly plugging away supporting customers. I can breifly say this much, after finally getting a chance to kick the tires on Visual Studio...
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    HOWTO: Not have an unpublished number and still pay for it

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    I start this post off by saying I've been a TDS Metrocom customer for almost five years now. When we first moved to Madison from Chicago, I chose them since it was the only DSL option at the time, and when combined with their voice service, it was a very...
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    Mmmm Coffee

    Though it has been open since April, I’ve only just discovered the new Dunn Bros. Coffee shop on Capitol in Pewaukee. Those from the Minneapolis area will know this place for sure. For the initiated Dunn Bros claim to fame is how freshly roasted the coffee...
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    Razor sharp code

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    While researching an issue for a customer, I came across this older post by Jonathan Hardwick regarding font choices. Most are stuff I already knew, but while Jonathan prefers Verdana for his code window, I’ve never been able to handle proportional...
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    BlogJet Test

    Someone steered me toward BlogJet as a posting client, and this is the obligatory test post (at least I’m not subjecting my single-digit throngs of fans to the canned one that comes with BlogJet). The feature I think looks pretty cool is the...
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    Dealing with a WMP10 Hang when syncing

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    Since I'm busting hump to try get get all the work done that I need to before the extended weekend (which I super-sized by taking vacation Friday and Tuesday), I need to keep this short, but given about 30 minutes of scouring newgroups turned this up...
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    Google sightseeing

    I'm late to the game on this, but I'll give a shout out to Google Sightseeing as one of the better time sinks as of late. I've been particularly intrigued on the discussion of several strange points found on the aerial photos. They first were found in...
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    New customer

    I just got assigned a new customer yesterday, which is pretty cool. My account load has been less than full time as of late, so some additional work is definitely welcome these days. Since Channel 9 isn’t planning on stopping by anytime soon, I’ve...
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    One more reason I like Target

    I grew up in the Minneapolis area and have watched two local retailers grow to be huge national chains, namely Best Buy and Target. (I remember when Best Buy was "The Sound of Music" and most of the stores were the size of an average two car garage.)...
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    Now on MSN...

    I took the plunge and set up a "space" on MSN. I've always felt a little reluctant to post non-technical stuff here. Here is the link . I can't say I'll be updating it a whole lot more than here, but who knows. Only time will tell.
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    The lengths spammers go to

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    I got an ad from Time Warner Cable in my road runner account asking me to switch to their phone service for "as low as $39.95 a month!" Given Vonage is around a sawbuck cheaper adn Lingo is half of that price, I though it should read "as low as twice...
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    Sadly, my town is on the map

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    I'm surprised to see my town in international news now, especially for such a sad reason.  My wife and I were actually watching the Big Ten tournament when the local CBS affiliate ran a scroller with the news during the game.  I remember us both uttering...
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    Changes to authentication in XPSP2

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    One of my customers ran into an interesting issue when upgrading their developer workstations to Windows XP SP2 - they stopped being able to debug ASP.NET applications running on the local IIS5.1 webserver. They went through the standard steps of ensuring...
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    Alton Brown in Milwaukee tonight!

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    According to his web site , Alton Brown of Good Eats fame (the nerd's chef) is going to be in the Milwaukee area this evening at Harry Schwartz books in Brookfield.  I'm definitely going to try and make it there, if the snow doesn't keep me away.
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    What happened to the dual categories in Money 2005?

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    Another one on the MS Money front - the default for Money 2005 is one categories field that has sub categories delimited by a colon.  One cool thing is if you start typing the name of a sub category, it will resolve it.  But what if you liked the old...
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    Cool MS Money 2005 trick

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    I was an avid Quicken devotee going all the way back to the old DOS version, but in an effort to be a "company man" I switched to MS Money when I joined Microsoft (which is going on 4 1/2 years now). Say what you want about MS Money 2005, I haven't experienced...
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    Dang

    I feel a little like Jim Anchower in saying this, but really haven't written anything here in a while. To be honest, I haven't had the time to dedicate to this project that I would have liked to have had. I'm not closing thing down, just admitting updates...
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    Disabling the animated CallerID on the Audiovox SMT5600

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    As I've mentioned earlier, I've traded my Samsung SPH-i600 Smartphone for the hot new Audiovox SMT5600 from AT&T Wireless Cingular. A co-worker of mine was determined to disable the animated caller-id application and finally determined how to take...
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    Its going to be a long night

    Waiting up following election returns is going to pale in comparison to the late night next Tuesday ...
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    Bose SoundDock review

    What I find interesting in this Engaget review (or is it really a review of a review – I can’t tell) of the Bose SoundDock that pretty much rips on it, yet the very same SoundDock sponsors their RSS feed. How ironic. At least you can say they...
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    Yet another phone

    I've been going through phones like nobody's business lately, but finally landed with one that I have the feeling is going to be in my pocket for a while. Up until last June, I've had exactly three mobile phones in 6 years. Since June, I've had four....
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    Transparency in the airline industry

    I’m back from a long weekend in Albuquerque for a wedding and the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta and slowly getting back into the swing of work. If you saw the news reports, one balloon got hung up on a fairly high radio tower last Sunday. I got the following...
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    Whoops

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0929043limeade1.html
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    Hold music

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    Color me easily amused - I was on the phone today handing off one of our customers to the support organization of one of our third party tool vendors and ran into something interest - you got to pick from six music options while you were on hold. “Press...
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