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  • Blog Post: It's In The Trees

    It’s In The Trees! It’s Coming! Oh goodie.
  • Blog Post: Time for a trim

    Oh, it’s truly a blissful morning. Three 1–hr meetings cancelled within 5 minutes. With my OPML file becoming dangerously Scoblized, it’s time for a haircut. First, save the old OPML file… Have I read the blog entries (read, not just scanned) in the last two weeks? No...
  • Blog Post: Great new MSPress title

    One of the kind folks over in MSPress just dropped off an advance copy of, “ Practical Guidelines and Best Practices for VB and C# Developers ”, and I’m having a great time reading it… I’d highly recommend at least a perusal of this one. My favorite section so far is...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Letter from the Editor, Feb 21, 2005

    Hey ya'll… My wife reminded me that it's time to plan our spring vacation. Little did I know there would be so much going on around the campus that I can't miss that scheduling our family vacation is becoming quite the adventure in reservations, coordinating schedules, and getting ready. I'm going to...
  • Blog Post: Cross-posting - A new trend?

    A lot of us are now running both personal and corporate blogs. Stephen and I started discussing an idea to make this easier - server-side triggers that will post to another blog automatically. I can do this client-side right now - w.bloggar supports this, for instance, but not across servers, so I can...
  • Blog Post: Hiring an Inbox Assistant

    Nothing clarifies the need for help managing the ol' inbox like being out of the country for a week. My inbox got pretty out of control last week, which drove me to search for some help. Don't get me wrong - Outlook is great, and has some interesting tools built in, and with over 1000 pieces of unread...
  • Blog Post: SkypeIn?

    Skype really saved my hiney last week while I was in Copenhagen. It could always tunnel through whatever network I was hung off on, and the reception back to the States was pretty good. I'm absolutely sold. Now I want "SkypeIn". No, it doesn't exist yet, and I still want it. I want to be able to forward...
  • Blog Post: *Bizarre* issue with IRM and WindowBlinds

    Yeah, I do have Mac envy. So I had WindowBlinds, DesktopX, ObjectDock, all fired up and running happily away. Then I tried to open an IRM'ed (Microsoft-speak for DRM) email. Nada. Wouldn't open. I fired up OWA, and I could get the email to open. Weird. Futzed around, and finally (after swallowing what...
  • Blog Post: A real live rock star

    It is so cool to see a real live rock star every now and then. I was headed to my last meeting of the evening, when a panicked Rory swung by, looking for an office to crash in. Luckily, I've got folks from my team slung out all over the green earth right now, so I was able to get Rory plugged back into...
  • Blog Post: Help w/ MCE 2k5

    Now I've done it... I upgraded a prefectly working MCE 2k3 machine to MCE 2k5 (discs from MSDN Subscribers Download), and now I'm horked. Well, kinda horked... I flattened/paved the box, and did a clean install. I updated my nVidia GeForce3 drivers to the 10/15/2004 drivers. I purchased the NVidia MPEG...
  • Blog Post: LapLust - HP zd8K

    Updated now that I have one - see my review here . http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1706540,00.asp Check out this beast. Two tuner cards. Why anyone would call this a "laptop" is beyond me. System weight = 9.5 lbs. Could be a fantastic desktop replacement. 80GB drive, DVD burner (single-side...
  • Blog Post: Home Storage

    This could certainly be interesting... Charlie and I used to work together on OLE technologies in the olden days. Now he's over in BobMu's Storage group, exploring some of the issues I'm running into. Namely, how to keep your hands around hundreds of gig's of "stuff". I've got videos I've sucked into...
  • Blog Post: Seeing Data - A really-should-have book

    I just received a copy of “ Seeing Data – Designing User Interfaces for Database Systems Using .NET ” from the kind folks at Addison-Wesley. The simple explanation – it’s a book about how to create nice UI’s for database-driven Windows apps. Longer explanations – this is one of those books that covers...
  • Blog Post: Managing a small library

    Because of my role in MSDN, I have a LOT of books in my office. I also have a LOT of folks on my team who like to borrow my books. I'm looking for a application to help me manage this process - displaying what I have, displaying who has it, etc. I'd prefer it were written on top of ASP.NET. Does anyone...
  • Blog Post: Read Discover Magazine this month

    This month's Discover magazine focuses exclusively on Einstein - his biggest achievements, his biggest errors, and the impact of his thinking. If you're a theoretical physicist, this content will probably bore you. If you're a fan of the beauty of the theories of special and general relativity, you'll...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: New device(s) for road-warrior wonks

    UPDATE: You knew D-Link couldn't be far behind. I haven't found many detail, and the D-Link DWL-G730AP should be hitting the shelves soon. Here's a link I've found with some of the details - . Yes, it supports WPA. $100. Looks like there's gunna be a showdown.... SMC has released what could be a great...
  • Blog Post: What To Do

    I had a thought yesterday, while frantically trying to figure out how to recall an e-mail. The current menu'ing system for most Windows apps, and Mac apps for that matter, don't scale worth a poop. Microsoft Office is trying something interesting with the "disappearing menu items" work, and for me anyway...
  • Blog Post: Business Idea - Someone do this, please

    I'd love to see a subscription-based service that allows me to dump a bunch of images, via a kiosk, to an Internet site, where I can download them when I get home. Starbuck's or McDonald's should do this. A quick pit stop that would allow me to save some space by not lugging around my laptop on vacations...
  • Blog Post: Back to the Future

    When I was in college, I had a part-time job as a sys-admin for our college's IBM 4361 mainframe . Man, did I love that box. We ran IBM's VM operating system on the thing, and it was connected to the ARPANET. IBM's VM was wonderful - you could bring up just about subsystem OS you could imagine, and VM...
  • Blog Post: Blogging from VS

    Would a VS add-in that allows you to blog directly from VS be interesting? Be able to post code snippets, that kind of thing, w/o having to leave the comfy confines of VS? I haven't done much work on it yet; and I'm just wondering how much interest there would be...
  • Blog Post: I thought it was getting cold around here

    Apparently, with little fanfare north of the Bay area, Hell did in fact freeze over this morning. Congrads to the Apple folk!
  • Blog Post: Micro-ATX with DVI?

    I'm really warming to the idea of building a living-room PC based on VIA's latest EPIA mini-ITX footprint. Unfortunately, I haven't found one yet that has a standard DVI-output on the motherboard, something I'd really want for my media center... The EMIA M comes real close; I might be willing to burn...
  • Blog Post: Windows "Error" Reporting really works

    Every time I go my folk's place, I always check their PC to make sure the latest updates have been applied. Lat time I was there, I finally set the preferences to download and install patches automatically, so I sleep much better at night. If you are your relatives' IT dept, you should think about doing...
  • Blog Post: The Treo Droolbox

    Looks like Laura's going to be the first around here with the latest droolbox . I dunno - with two major carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile, delaying their releases till 11.24, I have a bit of the jitters about ordering this so soon... http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/LauraJ/permalink.aspx/61678c5c-110b-4b42...
  • Blog Post: Limping for a bit

    Looks like I'll be limping a bit till this weekend. Scott's playing around with the backend of this site, and it's temporarily broken the metablog support. So, no w.bloggar, and no posting from Newsgator for a while. Crap, now I have to do real work...B-(
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