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  • Blog Post: Fixing Word 2007 Crash on Exit & Broken Mouse Support!

    I love Office 2007, but recently I've had big problems with Word. 1.) I can't select text..... It seems this is a common problem with a number of add-ins. In this case it was the Word plug-in for Snag-It 8 from TechSmith - when I uninstalled it, mouse support came back. Note that this is not JUST a Snag...
  • Blog Post: Hire Andrew !

    Do you know this guy ? Hire him. His name is Andrew Stopford. I met him years ago after reading a book he wrote. And we've stayed in touch. He's been to Redmond for some of the "private" events we've had. Anyway, changes at his company (outsourcing or something) have made him AVAILABLE. He...
  • Blog Post: Contribute and Win stuff at DotNetSlackers

    Have a chance to win stuff like this just by posting at DotNetSlackers.   Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET - Worth 799US$ XBox 360 Elite - Worth 449US$ Second Prize The second prize winner will receive a redgate ANTS Profiler Pro license and a book of "The ASP .NET 2.0 Anthology: 101 Essential...
  • Blog Post: Assembly for .NET Programmers

    For us old timers that miss ASM, now we can code assembly for .NET. Check it out here. http://www.viksoe.dk/code/asmil.htm
  • Blog Post: Open Source does NOT exclude Windows !

    eWeek.com has publoished an article / slide show: 10 Things You Should Know About Open Source. Especially check out slide 5 and 7 !!!!
  • Blog Post: Maturing .NET Code Base

    I saw my first preview of .NET in 1999 and that means to me that the code base of the .NET development community includes code that is approaching a decade old (not considering code that was pulled forward from pre .NET code.) In the post DOT COM era where fiscal responsibility continues to increase...
  • Blog Post: Why are the How-Do-I Videos in Visual Basic ?

    I get asked this question ALLOT ! Actually, the question usually comes wrapped in explicatives, or phrased less as a question and more as a command. We actually do the recordings in VB for a few reasons. 1.) There are more VB programmers than C# developers (though the gap is narrowing.) If...
  • Blog Post: I'm asked: "Can you separate M$ lip service from fact for us? "

    I’ve received a great number of emails in response to my “Scoble Gap” post. The first that has prompted me to white included this question. “Can you separate M$ lip service from fact for us? That has to be the toughest part of your future.” By this I assume...
  • Blog Post: Why would anyone Scrum?

    I just read “The Enterprise and Scrum” by Ken Schwaber and I’m left with a single burning question. WHY WOULD ANYONE DO IT ? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about starting a new company or product unit and basing that new entity on Scrum practices. To the contrary...
  • Blog Post: You gotta give Miguel de Icaza credit.

    As a Microsoft shareholder I’ve been opposed to Mono . Not as technology, but as theft of Microsoft’s Technology. [Personal opinion, not a statement of Microsoft’s Position.] Now, before the attack start – just Google Me. I’m as active in Open Source Developer Technologies...
  • Blog Post: Extending the Windows Vista Trial Period

    I’ve been building a VPC (Virtual PC Hard Drive) for the Microsoft Developer Evangelists in the field. It’s a Windows Vista Ultimate installation with a reasonably complex collection of PHP demos. When you install Widows Vista you have 30 days before you have to Activate Windows. I...
  • Blog Post: Getting Tech Support is like getting a divorce !

    Every conversation is excruciatingly painful. You even wanna strangle the people that are on YOUR SIDE. When it’s over you’re left with less than you started with !!!!! I know tech support is a hard job. I know it’s hard to communicate from the other side of the world when my first language...
  • Blog Post: Giving T-Mobile and Windows Mobile 6 a Try.

    After 10 years with Verizon Wireless I’ve changed cell phone providers to T-Mobile. My experience in the store was great. They guys were friendly and really interested in providing good service. I selected these 2 devices. The T- Mobile Wing as a PDA/Phone and a Wireless Broad-Band card the...
  • Blog Post: Free at Last, Free at Last (Or Verizon Wireless You Still Suck, Part FINAL)

    Just use a search engine and search for Verizon Wireless Sucks and see what you get. I wrote a blog post few years ago titles “Verizon Wireless You Suck”. Since then I’ve received several HUNDRED email and comments with people sharing similar customer service nightmares with me about...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Those Guys at Ektron !

    2 Days ago I posted about my woes trying to contact Ektron . Well, the folks ar Ektron are REALLY connected to the developer ecosystem. It think I’ve recieved an email from almost EVERYONE at Extron. I have a demo next week (that even the CTO is going to join). I’m excited about...
  • Blog Post: When Technology Hurts the Business !

    I’ve met the Ektron guys several times at various events and they make a super product ( CMS400 ) – not to mention have some very cool stuff on their site. I wanted to take a closer look at the product (ad discuss some other opportunities) so I went to their web site and used the sales...
  • Blog Post: Netcraft says IIS up 2.6 Million Sites while Apache Down 991K Sites

    I place VERY tempered confidence in statistics and have never been a huge fan of the Netcraft numbers as I think they are often used to make arguments that their predicate data does not support. Still, this is interesting. NetCraft web server survey says ….. Microsoft continues to increase...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Beta 2 is Here

    I’ve been working with VPC’s lately. I’m working on complex multi-machine demos and will need to bae able to do them on a single machine and so VPC is the way to go. This new app will let you create a VPC from a working hard drive image. I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll...
  • Blog Post: The Impact of the Web & Social Networking.

    Are you considering Social Networking as you design your applications ? Interesting Fact : 1 of every 8 couples married in the USA last year met on-line.
  • Blog Post: Codswallop » The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need

    Codswallop » The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need . Cool web appls collection, check it out.
  • Blog Post: Slick(Edit) Blog

    I’m a SlickEdit Fan …… The team over at SlickEdit have started a blog and begun posting some interesting stuff. The blog is located here: http://blog.slickedit.com/ Here is a sampling of some of the initial posts. * VSIP: Detecting code window switches in VS 2005 * do {...
  • Blog Post: FACTIOD : The USA's poor Internet Access !

    The USA is only 20th in the world in broadband penetration. (Luxembourg just surpassed us.)
  • Blog Post: Sharing Your Outlook Calendar

    I got this today from my former team mate and IT Guru Chris Avis I do a lot of traveling in my role. As such, it has always been a little cumbersome to let me friends and family know when I am free and not free. In preparation for a session I am delivering tomorrow I made a blog post about the new...
  • Blog Post: After a weekend with Vista

    Vista was driving me nuts and I posted some of my frustrations at the end of last week. The response was interesting. There were a couple ignorant slashdotters who chimed in with the used sore looser crap. Mostly though, I got reminded how smart my blog readers. There were answers or explanations...
  • Blog Post: And While I'm complaining about Vista Security.

    This really puzzled me. How can MY OWN pictures file be access denied. (Especially since in an admin on the box.) I asked my peers who quickly suggested that it was a parental controls thing because I’d put something naughty in my pictures folder (Not True) Turns out that Vista creates...
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