scooblog by josh ledgard

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January, 2007

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    2006 Microsoft Developer Out of Box Releases

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    So Visual Studio 2005 shipped last year. We shipped a service pack in 2006, but in addition to working onthe service pack and the next version of Visual Studio team's in Developer Division have also shipped a lot of cool stuff "out of box". Here is a...
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    How do I find out what's running when I start windows

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    And furthermore.. how do i turn it off? I was recently asked what application you should use to detect programs and services that run when you start windows. While it's not my area of expertise I would personally recommend Autoruns . It's fairly comprehensive...
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    I don't get the iPhone love

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    I work for Microsoft. So that probably discredits everything I'm about to say despite the fact that our family has 2 iPods and has bought hundreds of dollars worth of music from iTunes. Here are some of the things I would have expected from the iPhone...
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    5 Things You May Not Know About Me

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    I’ve been tagged by Brain Harry in the 5 things you may not know about me meme. 1. I love cooking… and not just because Gretchen leaves the kitchen looking like a tornado hit after producing grilled cheese sandwiches. Her Christmas gifts to me included...
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    The Wii60 Expereince

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    I alluded to my purchase of the Nintendo Wii but I really didn't talk about the system itself. The Wii is the ultimate party box as far as I'm concerned for those of you that still meet people in person. The innovation of the Wiimote controller gives...
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    This might be a bad time to ask for advice about Seattle

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    I was asked recently if I had any advice for people that might be considering the move to Seattle and possibly Microsoft. Given that Tuesday was the 4th day in the last week I've been trapped at the top of a road turned ice-skating rink it might be a...
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    People say a steep driveway is not a selling point... those people don't sled

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    These were taken last night in sammamish where we got a (for us) crazy 5 inches of snow. I know there are those of you that live in Seattle that think it's crazy that 1/4" of snow can shut down a city, but the road leading up to our house is a sheet...
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    This city is crazy big... you want Gucci?

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    You can't capture the enormity of Shanghai in a picture. There really isn't a location that lets you see the "skyline" because the skyline is all around you and extends so far that you can't see the edges of the skyscrapers. The picture here is really...
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    Is HD Video Dead on Arrival?

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    I’m glad that the Xbox team hedged their bets on next generation digital video. I’m not convinced, like Robert , that HD video is going to take off in the next 10 years outside of the TV realm. I’m not even convinced it will be much of a service differentiator...
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    It's currently -53 degrees Celsius

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    And although this entry won't post until possibly Monday I'm currently two and a half hours into a 10 flight to Tokyo. From there it's simply a short hop over to Shanghai where I'll be spending the next week working with the developer support staff that...
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    One Part New England + One Nascar = Shanghai Taxi

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    Made it to my hotel room tonight in Shanghai. The ride from the Airport was an adventure. We started 45 minutes out, but the driver said he was going to "make time". He didn't lie. He flashed more cars with high beams than a Girls Gone Wild TV spot and...
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    So Much for Hotel Food

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    Today we went out for lunch with a few of the team members and leads here. It was actually more than a lunch as it was three team member Birthdays. I made sure to get the bottled soda, but amidst the bowls of food put in front of us ended up eating pig...
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    How do you take your developer support?

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    This is an interesting thread that shows the search habits of folks on C9. What stuck out to me was that it shows that no search should be inclusive by default. Meaning that the forum search should also be searching other relevant content on MSDN like...
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    The Daily Show is on CNN?

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    What would Jon Stewart say? I stumbled upon "The Daily Show" in regular rotation on CNN Global while I was trying to fall asleep last night. A great surprise for this traveler, but I found it strangely ironic when he started bashing the "24 hour news...
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