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  • Gianpaolo's blog

    Executives are the new "Mort" (or at least they will)

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    Not too long ago, executives wanting to communicate with their staff, would press on their big, clunky, beige interphone and tell their secretary: "I need to send a memo". The secretary would promptly enter the executive office, write (in short hand)...
  • Gianpaolo's blog

    The architect greatest trick?!

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    Flipping channels in my hotel room, I caught a re-run of "The Usual Suspects" just when Kevin Spacey (Keyser Soze) was saying that the greatest trick the devil achieved was to make people believe he didn't exist. Without entering in any of the religious...
  • Ben Armstrong

    Skate or Die under Virtual PC

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    This is a fun game - that places you as a skate boarding enthusiast with the option to practice and compete in a variety of skate boarding activities. I used to play this game a lot - though sadly I am now hideously out of practice - and found myself...
  • Sebastien St-Laurent's (AKA Sebby) WebLog

    Practical .NET2 and C#2 has arrived!

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    Finally recieved my copies of Practical .NET2 and C#2 on Monday. Been busy shipping pre-orders and review copies. The book still is shown as pre-order on most online retail sites. Our distributor has recieved the copies but the actual books have to percolate...
  • Sebastien St-Laurent's (AKA Sebby) WebLog

    Farewell Steve Lacey and good luck!

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    Steve Lacey, my boss, mentor and the man at the core of Flight Simulator graphics is leaving the team to attempt his own long-due venture. Here is his post: Well, the time has finally come for me to say adios to Microsoft and hit the startup road....
  • Backstage @ Robotics

    More Old or More New?

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    Part of our content planning process was to decide how many sessions were on new technologies and how many there we on the old. Most of the time, the discussion skewed towards whether we can talk about these new technologies and usually if we can, we...
  • Brian Groth's Life at Microsoft

    Customer-Sensing Capability Systems

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    You may have heard of this as Expert Systems, Decision Support Systems, Customer-Management Systems (CRM), and probably a dozen others. I just read an interesting article on Strategy+Business about “ customer-sensing capability ” , which is the...
  • Brian Jones: Office Solutions

    Custom Defined Schemas

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    I've talked a lot about the value of "Custom Schema" support in Office. Anytime I give talks on the file formats, I make sure to spend some time also talking about the support for custom schema. I don't think I've really given the basic intro though on...
  • go ahead, mac my day

    iTunes University

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    iTunes U offers another way for universities to deliver content online...
  • David's Blog

    Learning to call methods (C++ Reflection, part 2)

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    Ok, last time we got the basics of the system in place. Tonight we'll fix up some of the stuff that we had before (in case you were wondering, I'm figuring this out at the same time as you guys), then get the invocation of some functions. First, our...
  • Owen Allen - The MOSS Garden

    MIX 06

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    If you are a Web Designer, or involved in the construction of web sites, or if you do business on the web , or if you interested in where the next big thing is coming from. (Where was the CSS conference? All of a sudden, CSS was the place to be if you...
  • Tony Schreiner's Blog

    More Micro-optimizations

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    Here's another micro-optimization that I'm not very fond of. I should note that we don't really obsess about these things too much internally - in general we have established coding practices and only occasionally debate a few debatable things, usually...
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