Noah Coad

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

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    Cool Developer Downloads

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    What's better than free bits to make life better? As in life I'm refering to a developer's life in code. I was just digging around and found these golden nugets to share. The last two are non-Microsoft apps I've used for awhile. XML Notepad 2007 A little...
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    Get a Web Page's Title from a URL (C#)

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    I was creating an app that saves URLs copied to the clipboard into an XML file. This little bit of code came in handy so I thought I'd be worth sharing. This code checks to make sure the URL is to a valid HTML page by first checking the type of request...
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    Good Friends vs True Friends

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    What's the difference between a casual friend or acquaintance and a true friend? Well there were a few e-mail chains that I've combined here. Do you have "true" friends (family doesn't count!)? A good friend will tell you what you want to hear. A true...
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    Bluetooth Headset Review

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    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...
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    Jan 28th - My 28th Birthday

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    Yup, it's 28 yrs as of today. Just thought it'd be fun to drop a quick note on the world that I've survived another year. It's also my grandfather's 78th birthday, Happy Birthday Grandpa! :) What's in a Name? My Mom reminded me that when I was born, she...
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    TFS Work Item Hierarchy

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    Team Foundation Server doesn't natively support work item hierarchy, we all know that. So the question is, how can you create a reasonable workaround to get a work item hierarchy? Of course, all of these techniques require custom reporting, either some...
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    Outlook C# Extensibility: Contacts Without a Photo

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    Gosh I love extensibility. I'd so much rather take the time to write an app to automate a 1min task, if I had to do that task over and over again. MS Office has great extensibility. Here's a quick example of an app to list out all your contacts that don...
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    Real TFS Command Line Help

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    John Lyon-Smith , a developer on my team, put togther this extensive command line help for Team Foundation's TF.exe command. In his own words... After the umpteenth time of typing “tf –?” only to have it launch the MSDN documentation that usually isn...
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    Managing Lots of Work Item Queries

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    At lunch today I was discussing topics to blog about with two peers who are very involved with work item tracking. Dan is the PM of WIs and Jim is the release manager for TFS. Naturally we discussed the aspect of how a blog is one's own personal perspective...
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    Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

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    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...
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    I've Been Tagged - 5 Things About Me

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    I've been tagged by Jeff Beehler & Jim Lamb , so here's 5 things about me you may have not known... - 1- I grew up on a small farm in Texas. Since I was lactose intolerant, but loved cereal, we had a few goats and I milked one twice a day growing...
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    Master Config Your PC

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    All of us geeks know ways to tweak our PC in various ways, but there are just so many entry points that I wanted to do a post on them.  The most popular PC settings, designed for the average user, are of course available through the Control Panel...
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    MSDN Wiki - Top Contributor is David M. Kean

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    If you haven't checked it out yet, check out MSDN Library's Wiki ! It is the full MSDN Library, but allows the community to add comments to the end of each article. Some may argue it's not a "true wiki" in that you can not edit the original article or...
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    What Would Make Debugging Cool?

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    The Visual Studio Debugger is probably one of the most used dev tools in the world, but what could make it cool and exciting again? Visual Studio is the #1 dev tool, and regardless of language, they all use the same debugger. When you hit F5 to run your...
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    Friends? You+Me+Netflix

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    Got a Netflix account? Let's be friends , and share queues / recently watched lists. I'm always looking for good recommendations and perhaps you can find some too. My netflix account is noah@coad.net Please include your real full name when adding. :)...
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    Music I Wrote as a Kid

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    When I was about 14yrs old I was playing around with MIDI on the PC, I didn't have a piano keyboard, long before MP3s were around. I wrote the three little tunes. I recently came across them and thought I'd share. :) Friends , my 1st, a duet for piano...
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    VSTS Book: Professional Team Foundation Server

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    Congratulations to my friends Jean-Luc David, Mickey Gousset, and Erik Gunvaldson on thier recent book! This is the definitive book on TFS out. It is a great companion to Jean-Luc, Erik and my last book Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System . Jean...
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    Rapid Pickup Process

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    Dawn says I'm good at attacking a mess in the house (papers, trinkets, living room, clothing, a messy desk, etc) and very quickly making it look picked up.  Suppose its one of those obsessive compulsive tendencies.  Well I was reading David...
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    Logitech Harmony Remote - The Ultimate Universal Remote

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    The Logitech Harmony Remote Controls have got to be some of the coolest, best TV/VCR/DVD/Audio/MMPC/X-10/XBox/etc remote control ever. They use a USB connection to the PC for programming, can learn from other remotes, support practically every device...
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    Vista: Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Explorer

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    When navigating files in Windows Vista, either in Windows Explorer or a File Dialog (like "Open File"), I just discovered there some new keyboard shortcuts. Here they are: New Vista Commands ALT + Up Arrow Move up a folder (to the parent folder) ALT ...
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    I'm Upgrading to Windows Vista and Office 2007

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    My only work computer (laptop w/ XP Pro) died this morning. Since we just RTMed Windows Vista, I figured it was about time to upgrade! Unfortunately our internal support won’t have Windows Vista RTM ready for network install for another four days, but...
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    Getting a Small Virtual PC Image - WinXP Pro in 550MB

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    I find Virtual PC ( now free !) incredibly useful! VPCs are just so great for testing software, control development environments, trying shareware, training courses, etc. My main system is a laptop with limited HDD space so getting to as small as a VPC...
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    Insert Formatted Clipboard plugin for Window Live Writer

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    Download: Insert Formatted Clipboard for WLW Setup WLW Beta2 Update: WLW Beta2 now support pasting formatted clipboard contents so I was going to pull this tool. But for some reason this tool still produces better results (as far as I can tell). So if...
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    The Multi-Tasking Myth

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    Jeff Atwood has a great post on the cost of context-switching between projects . The results are amazing. There is a huge productivity loss by juggling more than one thing at a time. I can personally identify with the quality loss when trying to "do homework...
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    MS Word Tip: Automatic Bold on Bulleted Lists

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    I was just typing along just now and stumbled on this handy feature of MS Word. As a PM, I practically live in Word, so it is exiting to find a new, quite unexpected, feature that I can use on an almost daily basis. Say you want to create a bulleted list...
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