Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Coda

    Over 15 years ago, I joined Microsoft and I have worked in and around Visual Studio ever since. It seems like eons ago given how much things have changed in this industry, this company, my life, and the world over the past 5716 days. It amuses me that my earliest projects live on in MSDN Library: the...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Thursday, August 2nd

    Steven Sinofsky: Releasing Windows 8 David Isbitski: New Screencast: Accessing the camera in a Windows 8 Metro Style App using HTML and JavaScript Jim O'Neil: Windows 8 Notifications: Overview Michael Stroh: 10 money-making secrets of top apps (part 1) Infragistics, Brent Schooley: What is Metro Design...
  • Blog Post: Why This Blog Sucks

    Reading this list on What Makes a Good Blog , serves to remind me just how much my blog sucks these days. Once upon a time, I think most of the listed attributes applied to this blog. Ah, well. I'm still hoping to get back into the swing of it. 1371
  • Blog Post: TED: Simply John Maeda

    Earlier this year ( Managing Complexity ) I blogged about John Maeda's book, The Laws of Simplicity (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life) . Now you can watch a presentation he did around the same time at TED . The MIT Media Lab's John Maeda lives at the intersection of technology and art ...
  • Blog Post: Etiquette Rule #1 - Don't be a Sycophant

    Today's edition of the Redmond Channel Partner newsletter links to a piece titled Minding Your Microsoft Manners , which is an interview with some companies who advise Microsoft partners on how to work with Microsoft. As I was reading it, I thought it was written as a piece of satire. Unfortunately,...
  • Blog Post: Coining a New Acronym

    Just a passing thought that came up during a conversation with J.D. Meier today: Aggregated Human Aggregation (AHA) - The notion that we choose to collect information for our own personal knowledge base is merely an aggregation of information aggregated by others. Usually, when you find something worthy...
  • Blog Post: Steph Graduates Today!

    Today is one of those special milestone dates for our family as our daughter, Stephanie, graduates from high school today. I'm quite proud that she's graduating with Honors from Redmond High School, and she'll be attending Washington State University later this summer (they start in mid-August). Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 7.0

    There's time to kill before boarding (redeye JetBlue flight to JFK, and then on to MCO) with decent wireless in one of the newer terminals at SeaTac, so I thought I'd post something. This is TechEd #7 for me. The early days of this blog started with posts leading up to TechEd 2004 in San Diego ( Time...
  • Blog Post: Party with Palermo

    Unless my redeye flight on Saturday night saps my energy, I plan to attend the TechEd 2007 edition of Party with Palermo on Sunday, June 3rd at the Glo Lounge. 1304
  • Blog Post: Test Post with Video from Soapbox

    I have a few really cool videos to post very soon. I thought I should try a test post with a video I have sitting on my laptop that I shot last year of the Blue Angels when they were in Seattle. Video: Blue Angels in Seattle - August 2006 1258
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Didn't Know About Me

    Thanks, Martin . I need a mental break, so I'll play along. Here are five things you didn't know about me: When I was about a year old, I reached and pulled the cord of a coffee percolator from my high chair, which came crashing down on me resulting in a number of severe burns. To this day (almost forty...
  • Blog Post: My Bloglebrity

    After reading David Lemphers blog ( I'm Only Middle-Class! Bloglebrity That is! ), I was curious to see which list my blog is on according to Kineda . Like Frank Arrigo , Hey, I'm a B-Lister . 1190
  • Blog Post: Mary Jo Foley, Journalist Blogger

    In an interesting move (to go from blogging journalist to journalist blogger?), Mary Jo Foley says good-bye to Microsoft-Watch to launch a new blog ( All about Microsoft ) on ZDnet . Yep, this is my new gig. No more Microsoft-Watch for this Microsoft watcher. I decided it was time to move to a place...
  • Blog Post: Wikipedia Featured Article: Rush

    I just went out to Wikipedia to look something up and I see my favorite Canadian trio is Today's featured article . Rush is a Canadian progressive rock band comprising bassist , keyboardist and vocalist Geddy Lee , guitarist Alex Lifeson , and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart . Rush was formed...
  • Blog Post: Mary Jo Foley's Microsoft Bloggers: A Who's Who

    Like Eileen Brown ( Blowing my own trumpet ), I was flattered to see that Mary Jo included my blog in her Foley on Microsoft column for the September issue of Redmond ( Microsoft Bloggers: A Who's Who ). Rob Caron ( ): Focusing on things happening behind the...
  • Blog Post: Try

    I have to agree with Joel Semeniuk ( Joel From Canada: ) on this one, is pretty cool! Despite the simple URL, I'm posting it so I don't forget about it. 1035
  • Blog Post: Dave Glover's Mini ITX Team Foundation Server

    I've wanted to build a Mini ITX computer for a long time 'cause it looks like a lot of fun. Dave Glover blogs about the Mini ITX system he built to run Team Foundation Server. If you surf the Mini ITX site, you'll find pics of projects where people have built Mini ITX systems using a wide assortment...
  • Blog Post: ClustrMap for this Blog

    For those who read this blog by RSS only, you may not have seen that I recently added a ClustrMap to my blog. I was really curious to see where in the world this blog is read, and it appears to be read more broadly than I anticipated. Thanks! 990
  • Blog Post: Post Counting Adjustment

    I just noticed that I botched my post counting back in April with post #833, which was numbered #832. Ironically, that post was titled, Practice Makes Perfect . So much for perfection. I'm numbering this post as #987 to compensate. 987
  • Blog Post: How I Work: Bill Gates

    An article by Bill Gates for Fortune on , How I Work: Bill Gates , talks about he works day-to-day. He mentions that he only gets about 100 e-mails per day that he personally reads. Wow, something I have more of than Bill (other than debt) – e-mail to read. He mentions that he tracks...
  • Blog Post: Second Annual "The Shield" Day

    Welcome to the Second Annual "The Shield" Day . Tonight's episode was a reminder of why I enjoy this show so much. The Shield rocks.
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Posts for 2005

    For the curious (me), these are the ten most popular posts on this blog in 2005, which I determiend using an arbitrary system based on Web hits, aggregator hits, and comments. Also, I didn't count the "New Team System Stuff" posts I used to do. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Visual Studio 2005 Team System...
  • Blog Post: Fun with Search Terms

    Just having some fun reviewing a day’s worth of searches (using ) that have led people to my blog: Yahoo Search: 525,600 minutes Google (Canada) Search: carpet cleaning MSN Search: wolfie’s grill sydney Yahoo Search: geddy lee surgery Google Search: essential unified process...
  • Blog Post: A .NET Developer Christmas List

    One of the items Paul Ballard thinks .NET Developer's want for Christmas this year...I think we’re almost there. A Team Foundation Server... that doesn't require a PhD to Install. Humor: A .NET Developer Christmas List .
  • Blog Post: LaCie - Brick Desktop Hard Drives

    These came out while I was in Australia, but I want a few of these! I wish the drives were 10,000 rpm for some great VPC performance, but I can live with 7200 rpm, I think. They even sell mobile versions and a 2 TB external drive . Crafted by the world-famous designer Ora-Ïto, the new Brick expresses...
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