Franci Penov

Notes from the Microsoft campus

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    MathWorld - the web's most extensive mathematics resource...

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    ... - at least that's what the site claims. :-) But I am inclined to believe it, given the fact that the site sponsors Wolfram Research make Mathematica - probably the best mathematics system out there. Anyway, if you're interested in mathematics,...
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    Are blogs worth advertisements in them?

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    I use RSS so that I can avoid all the clutter of the HTML overhead. Including the advertisements. So imagine my dissapointment when clicking on the last post from one of the blogs I used to read showed a full-page advertisement in my browser. I realize...
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    Bloggers influence?

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    While reading this interesting (as in not-the-usual-rant-against-microsoft-world-dominance-or-how-this-or-that-system-is-inherently-more-secure-than-windows-just-because) story, I could help but notice the following: You can sit naked at your desk...
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    The Ten Rules of Performance

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    Check out Paul Vick's ten rules of performance . It's very interesting read, even though it won't tell you how exactly to speed up a particular chunk of code.
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    Mars in 3D

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    If you are geeky enough, you most probably have those colored stereo glasses that would help you see the NASA's 3D images of Spirit . If you are not geeky enough (or you are cheapskate like me :-)), MS Research can help you here ...
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    Paid drivers?

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    If you have Pocket PC or Palm, chances are you've seen the Pocketop wireless foldable keyboard. At a very reasonable price you get a great product. If you use your PDA everyday to enter a lot of information, you will find it probably the best $79 bucks...
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    Security Readiness Kit

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    Another great tool to have handy - Security Readiness Kit. Here's what TechNet says about the tool: “The Security Readiness Kit (SRK) CD and its companion web site at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/readiness are designed to give you...
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    Foldable displays

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    Boston.com reports: Philips have foldable displays ready for production . (via JD on MX )
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    net send * HEY!

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    With schools like this one, I shouldn't be worried about my job anytime soon. Read the whole story straight from the source...
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    The Power of Scoble

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    [ Update : John's site was back up about half an hour after I posted this. I guess I have healing..., errr, fixing powers...] [ Update 2 : Exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes after I posted this, Scoble himself showed up for comment. Apparently, there is...
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    Bite the bullet and give us full text

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    Blogging was supposed to be that great medium that will help us transition from the web world where the design and the presentation so often dictate what we see and where individuals and companies are judged by how they look to a world where the ideas...
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    Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser (MBSA) V1.2

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    Check out the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser site . There is new version available for download - MBSA v1.2. The tool is now localized in couple other languages, support for additional products was added, IE custom zones support and few other things...
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    Can a printer be a security threat for your computer?

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    Everybody has printer at home. Well, mostly everybody. Chances are if you have computer at home, you most probably have a printer as well. It is just sitting there on the shelf or on your desk and silently (or not so - depending on the model) waits for...
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    Welcome to the Internet Helpdesk

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    This is hilarious. Everytime I hear it, I laugh out loud. Ok, sir, did you boot it up? No sir, do not kick it! Is it started yet? Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie: Welcome to the Internet Helpdesk
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    Whidbey configuration APIs

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    Here's an article on some of the upcoming features in Whidbey. Although most of the features are ASP.Net specific, burried close to the end you can find info on the new configuration API. Some of the things supported by the new API: Strong-typed...
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    Airport security

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    My wife and I spent the holidays in L.A. Turns out after three years, the place we lived is exactly the same. It's like we left yesterday... Anyway, the post is not about this. It's about the airport security. You know, all the lines and the endless...
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    Rory's visit to MS

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    Rory 's account of his visit to MS campus : Immediately upon my arrival, I was stripped naked, cavity-searched, and interrogated. My blood was replaced with a synthetic compound that would blow me sky-high if I attempted to leave the premises without...
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    Visualizing blogs

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    Ever wondered what a blog looks like? Steve Makofsky has implemented small tool to visualize blogs . It would be interesting to add the feature to show a map of the links between the posts in the various blogs. Let's see if I can find the time and...
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    Authentication and authorization

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    [Disclaimer: I am not a security expert. 'Nuf said...] Ivan Medvedev (test lead on CLR security team) has a great article about the security and psychology . Its main topic - people as the weakest link in any security system. In the article Ivan...
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    When did the software grow up so much?

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    [Disclaimer: If your kids are smarter than the average installer, I didn't know that, so no offense, huh?] The latest software strongly reminds me of kids. It's cunning, intelligent and will use every possible trick to make you do what it wants you...
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    Florin Lazar in the house

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    Hm, it looks like Florin Lazar - one of the guys responsible for the transactions testing at our team, is in the blogging house... I have to subscribe once I am back from LA.
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    Three reasons to keep pushing a bug...

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    Often when filing a new bug based on convoluted scenario, I get the same answers again and again from the PM and devs. Here are the reasons I have to keep pushing: 1. If you can think of it, your customers will think of it. The usual first answer...
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    The future of the software testing

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    Harry Robinson predictions about the future of the software testing - http://www.stickyminds.com/sitewide.asp?Function=WEEKLYCOLUMN&ObjectId=6887 The model-based testing is picking up speed here at Microsoft. There is increased participations of...
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    Introduction

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    I was trying to start new blog for about few months now. Unfortunately, my website host offers very limited environment, so no blog engine works. Thus, I finally gave up and joined the hordes of other Microsoft employees on ASP.Net weblogs. Here's...
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