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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

October, 2003

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    Blogs on the PDC Central Site

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    If you haven't seen them, check out the blog feeds visible on the PDC Central site . We've seen a problem where they sometimes show up blank... but it appears to be working fine now!
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    Books, Books, Books...

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    Swing by the Addison Wesley booth at the PDC, in addition to copies of my own sample chapter (which is probably the big reason to drop by there :) ), they have the new C# language specification book... that includes 2.0 features! Amazing stuff, I had...
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    Reading Blogs...

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    I've been catching up on a few blogs, now that I've finally managed to get connected :) ... and I just have one comment (meant in the spirit of helpfulness only) ... It is "ClickOnce" not "OneClick" Anyway, check out my article on ClickOnce if you...
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    My ClickOnce chapter is up on the web

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    View in on the vbasic Developer Center...
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    "New" PDC site is up

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    We updated the PDC site for the week of the event, check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc/ ... Sitting in my first 'real' session of the day... Avalon CLI200...
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    Keynote Fun

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    Well, those demos have certainly floored me... but I must say I'm torn. As a Microsoft guy, I'm pretty pumped about all of the new stuff... but as a developer, I have to admit a feeling of sadness seeing all of this cool code (mostly the Avalon and WinFS...
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    Happy to be in LA

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    Arrived last night, which is sooner than some will be showing up, after flying to Palm Springs and driving up... which worked out quite well. A few moments after arriving, and getting hooked up to the Internet... I put up this letter onto the PDC site...
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    COM Port Programming in .NET

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    Just noticed a post by Chris Johnson, http://weblogs.asp.net/cjohnson/posts/27887.aspx about serial port programming in .NET, he detailed the general lack of options, but I thought I should chime in.... If you get the Visual Basic Resource Kit, it includes...
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    Still in Seattle, but hopeful...

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    I'm still at SeaTac, but I've given up on my flight to LA (which could turn out to be a mistake, but at this point... it isn't a big risk) and I have a seat on a flight to another city in California (Palm Springs)... then it is time to rent a vehicle...
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    Ok... so I'm in the airport, but not moving any closer to LA at this point

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    Flights are all delayed... smoke... hmm... flights to Juneau are still operating...
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    If you are into code samples...

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    I put up a newly updated (updated for VS.NET 2003) set of 101 samples for C# and for VB.NET last night; C# Samples Visual Basic Samples
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    In the airport... drinking coffee... paying for wireless

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    On my way, and I'm realizing that I have a bit of preperation to do... this whole trip has been so last minute, and I've been focused on building the web site that will appear at http://msdn.microsoft.com/pdc tomorrow, that I haven't even looked at the...
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    Hmmm... I hadn't noticed that post

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    Kent and his little sony pda/camera thingy .... hmmm... now where did I put that wma file of him playing his new musical instrument...
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    C# Team section now up on the C# Developer Center

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    It has been a bit of work to get it down, but a team-driven section of the C# Developer Center is now available at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/team ...
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    Changes in GDN Workspaces

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    Robert posted some good info about the new changes in GotDotNet Workspaces , and it was compelling enough that I went out and added aliases for my various workspaces! Visual Studio .NET Bootstrapper Plug-In is now http://workspaces.gotdotnet.com/vsBoot...
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    XML can so easily be abused...

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    I am getting really tired of seeing web services (or RSS feeds, or .NET methods, or anything else) with large blocks of complex, structured data that is exposed as "String". You call the web service, you get back this big string, which you then load into...
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    I think I've found a music service I can use...

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    I'm going to buy an album as download-only today, from www.buymusic.com , and I hope it all works out as good as it sounds (no pun intended!). My biggest worry when downloading music from the various sites is that I won't be able to fit the DRM requirements...
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    Turns out I am going after all...

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    I had planned on missing this year's PDC , because we had been planning on launching a new application during that same week (one of many!!)... but now that particular launch has been postponed a bit so I'm free to attend! That wouldn't have made any...
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    New VB article up from a fellow 'weblogs' author...

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    Darren Neimke , Mr. RegEx himself, has written a cool article that shows you how to create a fairly generic markup system to turn text into marked up HTML based on keyword information stored in XML... cool stuff; http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/default...
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    Pretty cool MSDN TV Topic up..

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    From: Erica Wiechers Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 6:05 PM Subject: New MSDN TV: Validating Business Rules with XPath Assertions, Pt. 1 After a break, while we updated our media publishing system, MSDN TV is back! This episode is Pt. 1 of Aaron Skonnard...
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    New Dancers... but still no 'Master Chief'?

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    Ok, maybe a night of Halo with my coworkers has skewed my perspective on this topic, but come on... wouldn't that just be the coolest... maybe the little alien guys, the chief, Cortona (not sure on the spelling for that one)... Ah well, the update seems...
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    Visual Studio .NET Bootstrapper Plug-In

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    The VS team has produced a 'preview' version of a new plug-in... Setup projects in Visual Studio .NET 2003 can be used to install the .NET Framework with your application, but only if you have installed the optional Visual Studio .NET Framework Bootstrapper...
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    Hmm... interesting side affect of Google AdSense

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    Now, it is helping me to find things! The blog page on my personal site has become stuck in DVI/HDTV/Component Video land after one of my posts, all of the ads are about HDTV related stuff... but, this just appeared and it looks pretty cool. Not the most...
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    Ok, so *now* I'm loading up Halo on my PC

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    I have to learn the keyboard/mouse commands, and quickly. My boss just sent out an invitation to a Halo PC LAN fest... so, while I managed to resist tempation for two days... now I just have no choice.
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    Home Machine is up and "loaded for code..."

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    Kent used a phrase a few days ago "loaded for bear", and while I can't even really explain what it meant (though Google certainly can), it makes me laugh every time I think of it... Anyway, I recently bought a home machine (from Dell, because I realized...
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