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    I Can Read ANY Format. I'm a Mac User.

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    This semester I am only taking one class as it's the only class I need to officially graduate. I had contemplated taking a few other courses, but decided not too as I need to start saving money for the wedding . The class I am taking is CS460 - Management...
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    Who Needs Luck Anyway?

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    Recently I have been contacted by a few companies about possible job opportunities and it's great. What I like best about it is that I am not actually out actively looking for these positions, but yet most of them are finding me one way or another. If...
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    Microsoft Doesn't Matter

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    Recently there was a lot of hype about the success Apple's iPod. People were interested in what Microsoft and its partners might do to get into this market, while others think Microsoft just doesn't get it. Who really cares? Why can't people just be happy...
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    2005-2006 Microsoft Student Ambassadors for the US of A!

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    We're announcing the first group of Microsoft Student Ambassadors for US universities next school year. A full list is below - each individual who was nominated will get an email directly by the end of today with more details. For those not selected...
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    Are you on the naughty or nice list?

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    There is more than one way to get on Santa's nice list as this FoxTrot comic illustrates. -James (Cal. State University, Long Beach)
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    Convert to Linux in 12 Easy Steps

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    Linux doesn't have to be hard for everyone, even you can Linux! Yes, even you! If you are intersted check out this short little tutorial from Ohad's blog . --Eric (Grand Valley State University)
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    Well Rounded People... Who needs them?

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    Today I sat in on a career and internship meeting for students at the university. I thought overall the meeting was very informative to these students and gave them a lot of insights into what an employer may be looking for. After the meeting a student...
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    Apple Please Fix Your Feeds

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    I really wish I could read the Apple Student Blogs via RSS or Atom, but it appears that they have an issue with producing a valid feed . I don't think it's just me and my reader, but maybe it is. Anyone care to give it a try? --Eric (Grand Valley State...
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    String Concatenation vs. StringBuilder.Append

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    I had a question the other day in an interview about the performance of StringBuilder and while I had run performance tests with StringBuilder in the past I had never really looked under the covers to determine why StringBuilder was or wasn't faster then...
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    Have you tried the MSN Messenger Beta?

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    Check out the latest MSN Messenger Beta . I just started running it and it's pretty sweet. --Eric (Grand Valley State University)
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    I have a degree... now where's my job?

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    It appears to me that many students do not like to get involved with extracurricular activities unless a professor or another authoritative figure tells they they should. In this recent article from the ACM Tech News a college degree doesn't guarantee...
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    Where to work after college...

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    According to this article found on Microsoft PressPass it appears that U.S. undergraduate students would most like to work for Microsoft . Where do you want to work and if at Microsoft for which product team? --Eric (Grand Valley State University)
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    Low US finish in the ACM competition

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    The University of Illinois tied for 17th in the ACM's International Collegiate Programming Challenge , the lowest finish by the school in the 29-year history of the competition. The top spots are loaded down with schools from Eastern Europe and Asia ...
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    The Interview

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    I have finally gotten around to writing about my interview experience. I ended up interviewing with the Visual C# and WebDev team. The experience was great and I have written more about it here , here and here . --Eric (Grand Valley State Univesity)
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    How would Slashdot percieve the MSA program?

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    Is the Microsoft Student Ambassador (MSA) program really worth it? I would have to say yes! The program is an excellent program and you can see other companies such as IBM, Apple, and Sun running similar program. One thing that is unique about the program...
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    Running as a Power User

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    This past weekend I re-imaged my Tablet PC and vowed to run strictly as a power user. Thus far I have not had too many problems, but thought I would share the short list of issues I have encountered: Microsoft's AntiSpyware Beta does not appear to perform...
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    Who needs C++ anyway?

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    Eric Gunnerson has an interesting blog entry comparing C# and C++. The Computer Science department at CSULB currently uses C++ for most of the programming courses. I think it would be interesting to switch to C# as the default language. Would you rather...
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    College and High School internships at Microsoft

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    Gretchen from Microsoft Recruiting briefly outlines some links to Microsoft's college and high school internships. We do have high school summer internships , but only for students who already live in the Puget Sound (in Washington State, USA) area. Cool...
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    AOL Instant Messenger, a Better Alternative?

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    I still think ICQ is by far the superior IM client, but unfortunately the rest of the world doesn't agree. It was back in my later high school days that I decided to switch from ICQ to AIM, because that's what all my friends were using and the sole purpose...
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    How Can We (Microsoft) Learn From Others (Apple)?

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    Last night at the Computing and Information Systems Club meeting, I got to chat with our campus's Apple Campus Rep , Alex Patterson. Alex is a good friend of mine and recently became the campus rep for Apple. We are going to begin working together more...
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    Advice for College CS Students by Joel

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    Joel Spolsky from Fog Creek Software ( Joel on Software blog - a great read on an ongoing basis for anyone interested in software development) pens a nice little piece on his advice to college CS majors . A teaser: Without further ado, then, here are...
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    Get Microsoft Office FREE for competing in Imagine Cup

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    Imagine Cup is getting close to cranking up the competition. Thousands of students from around the world have already signed up to learn more about it. Just for signing up for the competition, students already get FREE access to theSpoke Premium, which...
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    Keep in contact all the time

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    If you are stuck in a computer lab, but it does not have Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger what do you do? Since it is important to consult your friends while working you can use MSN Web Messenger . -James (Cal. State University, Long Beach)
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    Looking for .NET books?

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    Join a book club! The .NET Book Club (disclaimer: not a Microsoft site or program) is forming up local chapters now - it's a great way to get discounts on books, see chapter previews, and otherwise get plugged into the community around your favorite ...
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    Getting down to the wire...

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    It has just been one of those days... I am very happy that we are on Thanksgiving break today, because I do not think I could have made it through one more day of classes. Yesterday was the first delivery day for a group project at school and of course...
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