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  • Loosely Coupled Thinking

    Powerful new search tool

    A beta of the new MSN Search tool is now available . The current index is over 5 billion pages. Cached search results (much like you may have seen at Google) are also provided. So what's different? Check out the "Near Me" button. The Near Me button enables...
  • I know the answer (it's 42)

    Steve Ballmer visiting India

    The CEO of Microsoft Corporation, Steve Balmer is visiting Hyderabad on the 15th (next Monday). There's a lot of excitement around this. He is supposed to inaugurate a part of the new Microsoft Campus and also to lay foundation stone for the second phase...
  • Reckless


    I forgot, I wear my Thinktecture swag too even though I swim in it. A baby blue soccer jersey. Now that was a great design!
  • Live Search

    MSN Search Service Beta Now Available

    On behalf of the MSN Search team I'm very pleased to announce that we've begun the worldwide rollout of our new algorithmic search service Beta release. I invite you to check it out at and send us feedback via the "help us improve...
  • Ben Armstrong

    X-COM: Terror from the deep under Virtual PC

    The next game in the X-COM series is 'X-COM: Terror from the deep'. This game is the direct sequel to UFO - Enemy unknown - and uses the same game engine (with a few minor tweaks). The result is that it behaves largely like UFO - Enemy Unknown when run...
  • Reckless

    APAC here I come - And yes it is one track

    Random Thoughts: * We listened, we asked, we responded, the tracks from last year will be merged into one. Watch out for the call for papers for the Connected Systems Infrastructure (CSI) track. Get scientific and break out those .NET Framework 2.0, Commerce...
  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    Embarrassing Music

    About 15 years ago, I lived with a musically inclined roommate who actually built a full audio studio in the basement of the house we lived in. Yes, it was a full studio . It had sound-proof walls, large glass windows between the different rooms, high...
  • Visual Studio Product Feedback Blog

    Fixed Ranking

    Ranking bugs/suggestions by average score*number of votes is wrong and we finally fixed it! I apologize for not following up on this sooner. This fix has been in the works for sometime and unfortunately the bug was not updated for those of you that added...
  • Josh Lee's Financial Services Blog

    A Whole Batch of .....

    I'm finally done with the seasons of standards meetings. I just wrapped up the ACORD Subcommittee meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. I have to say that I'm glad that I'm done with all that. One thing that strikes me about standards and application design is how...
  • hongmeig's WebLog

    Private Key is not available

    When you use X509Certificate to encrypt a message, sometime you will see an error like "Private Key is not available". Here is the list you want to check first: 1. Permission problem: The running thread must have permission to access the public/private...
  • Sara Ford's Weblog

    And yet another post about Halo 2... but at least this time it comes from a girl ::shrugs::

    Halo 2 kicks butt. Yep, I was one of those waiting in line an hour before the company store opened to ensure I would be playing Halo 2 when I got home from work.  Alas, I was only able to play an hour last night. ::sobs:: Things I like about Halo...
  • Johan Lindfors

    Best practices for accessing data!

    I've just listened to Jimmy Nilsson ( ) talking about some of his recommendations regarding accessing data. Very impressive, and motivating to hear someone who loves what he does. Jimmy discussed O/R-mapping, design-patterns, transactions...
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