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    Maytag Neptune Washer Lawsuit?

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    Well, well. After doing all the research, we learned yesterday that there's a class-action lawsuit against Maytag for problems with the Neptune washers -- evidently they develop mold in the door gasket, the motors break, and other things go wrong. So...
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    How to Paint a Room: What Your Mother Never Told You

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    Someone today asked me how to paint a room. About once a month, someone asks me how to paint a room because they think I'm "handy." I'm not a professional painter. I don't even like painting much. But I have gotten pretty fast at it over the years. I...
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    Comcast DVR

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    Locally in Seattle, thanks to a Comcast/Microsoft deal, Comcast has begun a broad trial of a digital cable receiver that's also a DVR (a la Tivo). I'd always wanted a Tivo, but the addition of another remote control, the cost of the service, and the fact...
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    Learning How to Spray Paint

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    Now that I've had my HVLP sprayer for a month or so and used it on a few projects, I have some observations. To those who use spray painters all the time, I'm sure they are of the "duh" nature. To those who, like me, are just learning the benefits of...
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    Windows Forms and Avalon

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    When do I use which?...
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    Oil vs. Latex Paint

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    90% of the time, I use latex paint because it's easier to clean up and dries much faster. But every once in a while, I haul out some oil paint and remember why oil is still superior for some tasks. Last weekend, I primed my wife's chaise lounge with oil...
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    WinFX Runtime Components and Windows Vista Beta 1 Available

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    http://msdn.microsoft.com/windowsvista...
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    Lesson: Don't Clean the Coffee Pot

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    Is it the coffee or is it the coffee maker? I posed that question to a group of coworkers the other day in relation to the office coffee we have here at Microsoft. Our coffee is Farmer Brothers French Roast. Our coffee makers are Brewmatic one gallon...
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    Building Sandwich Boards for Fun and Not-for-Profits

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    About a month ago, my wife told me that someone had stolen the sandwich boards for the Wallingford Senior Center. (Sandwich boards are the signs that many companies and realtors put out on the streetcorners to attract attention.) The Wallingford Senior...
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    Building a Platform Bed and Renting an Industrial Space

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    For several months (ahem, maybe a year) I've been meaning to build a platform bed. Right now our mattress is on the floor which, while convenient for the cats, is less than stellar for getting in and out. So yesterday I took to the shop and built the...
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    A "Live" Version of Visual Studio?

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    After seven years in developer division marketing, I'm making a transition into the product team to work as a program manager to help define what a "Live" version of Visual Studio might look like. If you think about Office Live and Windows Live , you...
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    Titanic 2

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    If you haven't already seen it , you should. Not the funniest trailer-recut I've seen, but there's something there for everyone.
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    Maytag and Mold

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    My last post about my new Maytag Neptune washer and the class action suit against Maytag yielded a lot of comments. Like most folks on this thread, I can't say that Maytag has been really responsive to my requests for information. In a way, this is a...
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    How to Make a Popfly Application a Full Facebook Application

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    In this short screencast , I'll show you how to take a Popfly application (in this case, a mashup) and turn it into a full Facebook application using the ".facebook" feature of Popfly. Technorati Tags: Popfly , Silverlight , Facebook , Screencast
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    Interesting Conversation at Home Depot

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    Managers rewarded for being out of stock? Only carrying Ryobi and Rigid?? What's going on here?...
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    Writing Secure Code

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    One of the things that my team is responsible for is helping developers understand the importance of writing secure code and how to do it. Rick Samona has joined my team and is working with security experts like Jeff Cooperstein and Michael Howard to...
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    Ducks

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    Celebrating "ZEB"

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    At Microsoft there is a stage of the development called ZBB or "zero bug bounce." ZBB basically means that the software teams have taken care of all their open bugs for the current milestone and are ready to transition to the next milestone. ZBB is a...
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    Amaze Me

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    This came up in the context of the development experience we’re working on. One of the objects we supply to work with is a maze – you can create a new maze, take a step in the maze, check to see if the direction you’re facing is a valid move, turn, and...
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    Building a Shop

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    For many years I've wanted a larger wood shop. I have a couple hundred square feet in the basement that I share with the furnace, water heater, and a host of other stuff. In order to cut a 4x8 sheet of plywood on the table saw, I need to stop midway and...
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    Home Depot: Restoring My Faith in Humanity?

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    A positive story about Home Depot customer service....
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    Are You Dumb?

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    A game to play with the sound turned low so nobody can hear whether you're dumb or not.
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    After HTML and Javascript, C++

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    Surprising factoid: after HTML and Javascript, C++ is the language most used by non-professional developers (including students, hobbyists, etc.). This based on some of our internal research over the past 4 years (statistically significant sample, but...
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    The 1.3oz Bag of Coffee

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    When does 0.2oz of coffee really make a difference?...
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    Adam Nathan Joins Non-Pro Tools Team

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    We have our first developer. Adam Nathan has joined us. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the soul behind Pinvoke.net , a community site dedicated to getting good coverage of .NET’s Pinvoke functionality (which he largely wrote). I knew...
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