Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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  • Blog Post: Garmin Nuvi 260 GPS

    I love my Garmin Nuvi!  It is simple, elegant, easy to use, helpful, and effective.  The roads in Seattle are laid out far differently from what I was used to in Texas, and this makes navigating them a breeze.  When we're on trips, it finds us food quick & easy along our route. ...
  • Blog Post: Boycott Starbucks, Support Tully's

    Simply put, Starbucks charges for their wireless Internet access, Tully's is completely free.  I'm not a big coffee drinker (my drink: grande soy mocha 1-shot decaf w/ whip) but I hear from my Seattlites that Tully's coffee is better too.  If you're not familiar with Tully's, they are probably...
  • Blog Post: My Moo Cards

    My Moo MiniCards arrived!  I've been eyeing these little things for over a year now.  They're like a 'hip' little full color business card replacement.  A coworker gave me one to keep in touch and I was surprised by the impressive high quality, so I bit the bullet and ordered some.  ...
  • Blog Post: I Want an iPhone! But Can't

    I've been ticked off with my Smartphone lately and love my iPod Nano so was totally stoked about the new iPhone, until I went and spent and hour with it in the Apple Store. I was sorely disappointed. :( Here's why... The iPhone Pros Beautiful UI! Love the zoom in the browser Automatic rotating screen...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt + VSTS = Integration Love

    TechSmith created a plugin for SnagIt that lets you take a screen capture and real quick create a new work item or update a work item with the image attached, cool. They did some nice stuff around it too, check it out... Download the SnagIt Output for VSTS The Team System menu lets you create a new work...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Profiler

    The Visual Studio Team System Profiler is a tool that helps find resource bottle necks in your application. Like slow code (CPU bottleneck), disk thrashing, memory allocation, etc. I'm on the team that builds the Profiler, so here are some Profiler goodies. I've recorded a quick ~5min demo of how to...
  • Blog Post: What I'm Listening to: Santana

    Carlos Santana's music is simply awesome! I'm addicted to these CDs. Okay, I admit, I'm way behind in leading edge music, but seriously, if you haven't checked out these albums, your missing out on some of the best music out there. Santana's old stuff is good for sure, but these collaborative albums...
  • Blog Post: SnagIt - Top Notch Screen Capturing

    In my quest to blog a little review of most of my favorite apps, I come to SnagIt by TechSmith. SnagIt is a fantastic screen capture tool that lets you do two key things very well: Capture Just What You Want Annotate the Capture Capture Just What You Want In SnagIt's main form you can select to capture...
  • Blog Post: Swift To-Do List

    To Do List management on the PC has been a long time struggle for me to find the right app. A few weeks ago I posted what's proven to by my #1 most popular post yet (and it isn't even "technical"), Task Management Software . Well I'm happy to say I think I've found the answer! Out of the dozens of apps...
  • Blog Post: Bluetooth Headset Review

    My Motorola H850 was lost, so I've tried three of the latest & greatest headsets, here's my review... Plantronics Discovery 640E Motorola H700 LG HBM-730 Pictures Online Price $65 @ PriceGrabber.com $66 @ PriceGrabber.com $63 @ PriceGrabber.com CNET Review 8.0 Consumer 8.0 Editor , 5.8 Consumer n...
  • Blog Post: Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

    I'm an action-oriented fella.  I like my lists, particularly if they say "To Do", "Action Items", or some similar verb.  This way what needs to happen next is already partially thought out, you can see at a glance what actions to take, and stuff doesn't fall off the table...
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