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  • Blog Post: Primal Development Methodology

    I am going to tell you something that will disturb you. You might laugh, but it will be a cold uncertain laugh that will haunt you as you read on, because somewhere deep down you'll know it to be true. You might brush it off, get on with your day, yet sometime later, a week or a year, it will seep back...
  • Blog Post: The Blue Screen of Mort

    It happened just the other day when I least expected it. No one would have expected it. Not me, not you, not your cousin, your grand-father or your grand-father’s cousin’s dog; no one. Because there was no warning, not even a hint, not a glint or glimmer of possibility. It didn’t even register. It couldn...
  • Blog Post: Agile at Microsoft

    Disclaimer: The following material is not advised for those who clicked on this link thinking it was something else. Do not operate heavy machinery or drink hot coffee while reading. Remain seated please; Permanecer sentados por favor. I wasn’t always a proponent of Agile development practices. To...
  • Blog Post: Titans of Transparency

    There seems to be a lot of controversy over the degree or level of transparency shown by internet era corporations. The discussion is over more than just the sound-bites of corporate big-wigs on top of the financial food-chain, it’s about the amount of communication in general from the troops at the...
  • Blog Post: Earth Renamed 'Hades'

    Apparently Xena was not the only solar body renamed this week by the International Astronomical Union. In an attempt to align all planet and dwarf planet names along the Greek pantheon theme, a group of rather overzealous and somewhat tipsy astronomers packed into the conference's overflow area within...
  • Blog Post: LINQ Designer Receives Prestigious Award at PDC

    In the wake and fanfare of the disclosure of the LINQ technology preview at the PDC 2005 in Los Angeles this last week, a member of the LINQ design team was presented with a prestigious award for outstanding achievement above and beyond his peers. Erik Meijer, most known for his antics as "Head in the...
  • Blog Post: N-Tier development with C# 4.0

    Now that the PDC announcement has been made revealing sessions covering the new C# 3.0 features causing speculation to run rampant, I figured it was time to go ahead and start outlining features of the next product. No reason to be stay focused on the past. It's time to move on and discover what lies...
  • Blog Post: Outliers

    It was there today, again, waiting, watching, sitting idly by while I worked. Sinister. I try to ignore it, hoping it will go away, but it doesn't. It just stays there, flittering away, doing what it does, day in day out. It's anoying. I'd ask for an office without one, but I know what kind of reply...
  • Blog Post: No Cowboy Haiku For You

    Everything always happens when I'm on vacation. I can't take a few weeks off to go snorkelling in the tropics without whidbey beta 2 sneaking out the door and into the eager hands of thousands of awaiting customers, end-users, pointy-haired managers and a flock of P2P traders that have seemingly confused...
  • Blog Post: Seeking Wayward

    I thought I'd let you all know about the project I've been working on for the last few months that has unfortunately kept me away from what I like to do best. It's the eve of the MSN Search engine release and soon all the world will know what I've been up to. Yes, the engine has been improved, and all...
  • Blog Post: The Great Big Lie

    Now I'm not one to spread conspiracy theories, but I just can't get over the feeling that the people of the USA are being lied too. And its not just by the administration this time, its by a wide body of industrialists, economists, politicians and even scientists working in concert to keep the truth...
  • Blog Post: Refashioning Software

    In our never ending quest to provide you with better, faster, more powerful products and tools, we some time find it necessary to redo a little of what was done before, to revamp it so-to-speak, to spruce it up, to splash on a new coat of paint and add new life to the old tried-and-true features that...
  • Blog Post: Techmongers Unite!

    With the political 'hard-bloggers' getting all the press these days (or should I say 'making' the press), it high time we high-techers got our fair shake. I mean, really, who wants to hear anymore about this nonsense. It has become mind-numbingly repetetive. Still, all the action on the web seems to...
  • Blog Post: Stern Resolve

    There's been a lot of hubbub lately over which style of sales and marketing will prevail in the ever expanding hyperbole of internet music retail. With sites like Apple's and MSN's new music service offering individual downloads for mere pennies, it makes you wonder how a subscription service will compete...
  • Blog Post: Style is Serious

    It's been difficult to focus on work lately, let alone find the time to contemplate something worthy of a blog post. The distraction of the presidential race is too compelling. My wife and I are glued to the television, CNN, FOX, MSNBC. I'm starting to have lucid dreams about dastardly swifti-boat word...
  • Blog Post: The Truth about Longhorn

    This was supposed to be another "truth about" post, but I haven't had the time to finish it due to the turmoil caused by last weeks announcement. Up until that point a statistically enormous percentage of the company was working on or around features that were supposedly shipping in Longhorn. From that...
  • Blog Post: Hacking the Planet

    Since the Hubble Space Telescope was having so many problems recently, I decided it was my duty to take up some of the slack. So I got the scope out last night, plugged in the GPS unit and flipped the switch. The telescope automatically aligns itself, finding the correct level, determining north, accessing...
  • Blog Post: Travelling on Business

    I suppose you are wondering why the posts have been coming more infrequent, put up at irregulars hours, especially after that burst of activity in June. I suppose you are thinking that I'm losing my touch, or I just don't care as much as I once did. I suppose you might think that life is just getting...
  • Blog Post: The Anti-Hoax

    I saw this article on blog hoaxes ; fake sites where writers pretend to be someone else, a celebrity or fictional character. Many readers can't tell the difference, wanting to believe that blogger is as claimed. It made me start thinking about this Wayward site and some of the posts I've had, some of...
  • Blog Post: Focused on the Customer

    The top level management at Microsoft spend a lot of time keeping the rest of us focused on the mission, making sure that we never lose sight of the end goal, and that its all about the 'customer', not the fantastical whims of a few developers. Still, being one of those fantasy led whimsical developers...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Polarity

    Sometimes scientific discoveries are not made in the lab, sometimes they are born out of conjecture and backed up by observation alone. Thank goodness for that or I'd have never discovered the truth. I suppose many of you have thoughts on occasion that traverse the wide open possibilities of our reality...
  • Blog Post: Chicken Scratches

    You can tell when I'm really deep into my work, writing code that is more than just boiler plate, that has something new and unique, a special approach or optimization. But don't look at the screen, you won't necessarily see it there, unless you are good at scouring over thousands of lines at a glance...
  • Blog Post: C# Super Heroes

    Now that the news about Express is out everyone is extremely giddy. Well, aren't you? A fabulous piece of software lands in to your lap at the same time a major new motion picture releases at the box office? If I were you I'd be torn between what I was going to do next. Download, install and party on...
  • Blog Post: Wayward Ho!

    There will soon be available a 'light' version of the Wayward Weblog, target marketed for students and amateur blog readers. It will come available coinciding with the shipment of VS2005 and be titled Wayward Express. There will be a menu option (and a link if I remember the screen shots correctly) that...
  • Blog Post: Treasure Hunt

    While you were sleeping, eating, working, playing and doing those other things that you do and don't tell people, the Wayward was busy plotting and planning a grand scheme that would be unleashed on the world at a moment of his choosing. That moment is now. Over the last few months (maybe even more)...
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