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September, 2003

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    The Elegant Universe on PBS

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    I saw this in the paper this weekend , and my wife couldn’t understand why I was giggling like a little girl. Mr. Greene’s writing is so elegantly simple – I really hope it translates well into narrative television. Along with Hyperspace...
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    How to Tell If a Microsoft Security-Related Message Is GenuineGood info about...

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    If anyone around knows how to tell a message is genuine, it’s our own Brian. A good read, especially with these pinheads sending out faux emails from MSFT… How to Tell If a Microsoft Security-Related Message Is Genuine Good info about rooting...
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    SimpleTech 256MB CompactFlash Card $32.99

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    Wow… These falling prices are just amazing… Buy.com - SimpleTech 256MB CompactFlash Card $32.99 After Rebate. (repost - price drop) Buy.com has the SimpleTech 256MB CompactFlash Card Item# CM26W2 selling for $42.99 with a $10 rebate (exp...
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    The PDC site has been updated

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    It’s pretty much a fluff piece , and it’s always nice to see us focus on some folks outside of Microsoft. I’m not sure why we aren’t pointing to Chris’s blog on the page – I’ll have to get that fixed…B...
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    Windows Media "weirdness"

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    So I noticed that one of the options during import is to “normalize” the levels of the songs. I thought this would be a good thing to do, since I’m now trying to run all our parties, etc out of WMP. Now I’m finding that about half...
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    Northwind Unplugged

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    Sean and Scott have been good friends of MSDN for some time now, and have written a jewel this time. Of course we had to headline it… If you like their stuff, rumor has it they will be making a guest appearance at the Ask The Experts session at...
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    Neal Stephenson launches a Wiki to explain his new novel

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    Very cool… I found out at the last minute that Mr. Stephenson was on campus yesterday, discussing Quicksilver and signing copies. Guess how bummed I am that I couldn’t get out of a meeting and attend. Tommy was supposed to be there taking...
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    What ever happened to Larry?

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    Frankred and I were just reminiscing about “the good ol’ days”, after finding www.command.com . For some reason, the one thing that popped into my head was “ Leisure Suit Larry ”, one of the true classics of PC Gaming. I...
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    Specs or Stephenson?

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    Here’s the first review I’ve seen of Neil Stephenson’s latest, Quicksilver. It’s going to be interesting to see the audience this book gets – Stephenson’s been stressing that this is a historical, rather than science...
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    Have a Creative Nomad or MuVo? Get Notmad!

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    I couldn’t agree more about Notmad . I love this app. I hacked my Jukebox 1 up to a 40GB drive, and now just about ½ my collection can fit on the Jukebox. I’ve just recently started using it as a standard USB-attached drive. It’s...
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    Stars in your hand

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    This looks interesting – I’m going to have to try it this weekend if the skies and clouds cooperate…
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    Frank got some ants today, so we put together the ant farm. I posted some pics...

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    Who said MSDN was boring? We are now the coolest group on campus, thanks to Frank’s ant farm. If you notice a slight decline in the rate at which we post things, you’ll know why now. Today, we’ll be setting up the Windows Media server...
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    What to do in LAX

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    The sessions for the PDC are now online . Hey – I wonder what all this Avalon, Indigo, and Yukon things are?
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    Keeping up w/ the GDN Joneses

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    I’m probably the only person who wasn’t aware of this, and here’s a cool RSS feed for you. Every time someone creates a workspace on GotDotNet, you get notified – it’s a great way to keep tabs on what’s going on up...
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    My lunch with John

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    A couple weeks ago, I got to have lunch with John Porcaro . I haven’t mentioned it till now, cause I haven’t been able to figure out why I enjoyed John’s time so much. During my brief hospital stay last week, I finally figured it out...
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    Who cares if it rains all winter?

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    My book todo list just got longer. Seattle’s Sunday paper printed a list of books coming out this fall. Here’s what’s already on my Amazon wish list: · Quicksilver, by Neil Stephenson . Due out 9/23/03. The first in a new trilogy...
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    What a day...

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    <personalnote> My dad just called. The Fred Hutch Center has found two bone marrow donors with a perfect match for him. My dad goes into 30 days of preparatory chemotherapy tomorrow to get ready for the transfusion. What a concept – they’re...
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    Barnes and Noble kills e-books

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    Hey, let’s spend ZERO investing in this platform, sells ebooks at the same prices as hardbound copies (and sometimes more expensive than the paperback versions), and see if we can turn the world on its ear! Friggin’ morons – no wonder...
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    ...and speaking of wonderful reading...

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    Tim always writes and speaks with such nice clarity. It’s all about the story…
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    Wandering through a great mind

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    For some reason, I picked up my copy of “ Founding Brothers ” earlier this week, which led me on a cruise through the mind of Thomas Jefferson . I don’t know why I haven’t spent more time with him before – he’s got...
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    Where's Caboose?

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    It’s funny . It’d be funnier with a lot more of Caboose…B-)
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    NewsPage on every folder in NewsGator

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    This is a neat little trick for those of you who have north of 100 feeds like I do…  You can have every folder in your NewsGator tree have its own NewsPage (the summary HTML page you get on your root folder) pretty easily, which is great for me since...
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    Book of the Week at ASPExperts.com

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    Maybe the ASPExperts know something about WinForms that the rest of us don’t, and they certainly know how to pick the good books…    I don't know why ASPExperts.com would designate a WinForms book as "Book of the Week," but I'm honored none-the-less....
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    Ask The Experts at the PDC

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    I wanted to let ya’ll know that I’m responsible for the Ask the Experts session at this year’s PDC.  The session is Tuesday evening, 5:30’ish to 7:30’ish.  Ya’ll will get fed, and it’s before all the good parties start, so you really don’t have an excuse...
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    Congratulations and thanks Kevin and Drew! PDCBloggers.NET is now alive ...

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    I certainly didn’t want to be the only person not mentioning this new addition…B-)  Congratulations and thanks Kevin and Drew!    PDCBloggers.NET is  now alive Subscribe to the master feed today!   [ Jeff Sandquist's Radio Weblog ]
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