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  • Blog Post: RightSideUp v1.1 now available

    I just fixed up a few minor bugs in RightSideUp that had been reported by a few users over time (mostly avoiding some unhandled exceptions in some corner cases and a few cosmetic things). Not a huge update overall but still probably worth the quick download if you use it somewhat often. If you have a...
  • Blog Post: It's been a while...

    but I am actually still around. There are definite signs of life on my personal blog (which has recently moved from jixal.com to MSN Spaces ) but it's definitely been slow on the work blog. Still piling up a bunch of topics that I should get around to posting someday. Hopefully soon. For now though,...
  • Blog Post: Gmail and another boring update...

    Just got my Gmail account. It's pretty nice overall. I like the labeling system and how threads work in general. I also found the Gmail Notifier application which makes using gmail even better. It doesn't seem to be listed on Google's main labs page or tools page, so I figured I'd point to it as it definitely...
  • Blog Post: Eric moves on...

    Eric has decided to try something new after what I believe has been close to 10 years of compiler land (C++ and then C#). Eric was my first manager at MS when C# was about to go from SafeC to COOL. I've really enjoyed working with him over time and it's certainly going to be a bit strange to not have...
  • Blog Post: I can now type freely...ahhh.

    I installed XP SP2 RC2 a little over a week or so ago. The greatest thing happened as a result though I just realized it was possible. I can now type without any worries in the Address bar in IE that it will not interrupt or move my caret around if my home page loads up in the middle of me typing. No...
  • Blog Post: Folklore.org

    Somehow I came across the Folklore site which has a bunch of interesting early-Apple stories straight from some of the original Macintosh guys like Andy Hertzfeld . Tons of interesting stuff if you enjoy that kind of reading. I sure do .
  • Blog Post: I'm behind...

    The last few weeks have been the definition of busy for me. Getting beta 1 out the door hasn't exactly been a relaxed process and there's a bunch of other stuff going on at the same time. But the beta is finally out. Express SKUs are finally out. The MSDN feedback site is finally out and we're already...
  • Blog Post: Mgmt Training at Mt. Si

    I've been shacked up at the Rainbow Lodge Retreat with about twenty-something other MS managers this week attending one of the many management development courses available to us. It's been very interesting so far and have definitely picked up a few insights along the way that may help in the future...
  • Blog Post: Santosh has a first post...

    Another member of the C# compiler QA team has started blogging recently. Santosh is a very interesting guy. He's the only one on our team with an autographed artificial leg resting on his bookshelf that he brought with him from his previous work where he did research on artificial limbs at the University...
  • Blog Post: Power-save and me just don't get along

    I've got a Samsung Syncmaster 213T flat panel display at home. I love it except for how power save seems to have a mind of its own. At times and definitely on the rare side, a quick mouse click or key press will immediately “wake” the display. Most of the time though, I find myself sitting...
  • Blog Post: Update

    I haven't posted in a while so I figured I'd post a quick update on what's been going on (work and far from work-related): We're definitely getting into ship mode. Tough decisions are being made about what changes can still be made to the beta and every day they get tougher. The good news is that...
  • Blog Post: Keeping docs in Word and not in the browser

    Today, I had one of those moments of minor frustration where a 'feature' bugged me. So I tried to find a way to fix it and it took about 10 minutes to figure out and confirm it worked. That's about 9.5 minutes longer than I would have liked, so I figured I'd post a quick entry on it in case someone else...
  • Blog Post: Grant moves upstairs

    Grant has been my next-(office)door neighbor for a long time now. But tomorrow it comes to an end as he's moving upstairs to the JIT64 team . Grant started full-time about a month after I did almost five years ago now. It's going to be strange not having him on the team any more but it's good to know...
  • Blog Post: New laptop is up and running

    Got my new laptop today around 3pm. After spending ~2-3 hours, it's all ready to go. Got all the tools I use on it (VS, Perl, NUnit, Office, etc.), my enlistments to the dev and test source trees, and all the loving it could get from Windows Update. Overall, it took less than I expected actually. ...
  • Blog Post: Busy, busy, busy

    It's been almost a month since my last real post. Posts about ubercool bulldogs and mice (the furry kind) don't really count. But if anyone's interested it took about 3 days, but we got the first mouse and none since. Hopefully, it was a one hit wonder. Anyway, work's been pretty busy lately. We're...
  • Blog Post: Skateboarding Bulldog

    Far from work-related, but a good break from it, check out the skateboarding bulldog . Be sure to watch the short video of the bulldog skating in a parking lot. It's amazing, especially if you're a fan of dogs. Now, back to work...
  • Blog Post: Done moving...

    We moved into the new house this past weekend. Moving sucks. But we're really happy with the new place. Here are some fun facts from over the last few days: Meg (my wife) screamed last night when she entered the garage to get a drink from the fridge (which is there for a few days till Sears believes...
  • Blog Post: Vacation from IM

    Tomorrow, my first meeting is at 10am and the last one is scheduled to end at 4pm. I'd say there's at least a 50% chance that at least the 4-5 slot or 5-6 slot will be taken up at some point tomorrow as well, if not both. The only empty slot is from 10:30am-11am. That means lunch will be a turkey sandwich...
  • Blog Post: My acting debut

    Yesterday marked the first, and quite possibly last, acting job (unpaid) I've ever had. A friend of ours, Prashant, is a product manager at MS (used to be the C# product manager actually) who has for a long time now worked on movie scripts on the side. He's quite the movie aficionado but it turns out...
  • Blog Post: My Intro

    A friend just pointed out to me that I should probably write up a quick intro post since the people running across the new blog may not have been familiar with my old blog . So here it is: I'm the lead for the C# Compiler QA team in the Visual C# group. My time at Microsoft will soon reach the five...
  • Blog Post: I've decided. I'm making the move...

    Goodbye Movable Type, hello .Text (and Scott ). My old blog will be stopped after my next post to it which will mention my move over to .Text and the blogs.msdn.com gang. Moving weblogs is not fun but I'm pretty convinced it's worth doing at this time. I've been dealing with a pretty painful comment...
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