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  • Blog Post: Hitting the WPF Curve (a.k.a. Falling off the WPF Cliff)

    Learning WPF can be hard. Even if you have experience with Windows Forms or SWING, many concepts in WPF/XAML are very different and require a total brainwash before you can even put a button on a form. In his blog, Karsten calls this the WPF Curve and offers several resources to help. Being on...
  • Blog Post: SPARK UX 1 - 3 Oct, Half Moon Bay, CA

    SPARK UX the two faces of design A FORUM TO EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF ARCHITECTURE AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN Too often today, software products and interactive experiences fall short of their potential because the user experience does not serve the interests of its users. The engineering...
  • Blog Post: Launching Applications in Vista 5472

    Scott has a great post about replacing “start/run” to launch applications quickly – I’ve used a number of the tools he lists in the past to find optimal ways of launching applications. One of the options he does miss however is the new start menu in Vista, which now contains a field for entering search...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista 5472 - First Impressions

    I took the leap yesterday and installed Vista (5472) and Office 12 (4228) on my main machine (a Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet). Although it's still been less than 24 hours, I've been very impressed so far. Both builds seem very stable and already I'm seeing some gains over my old setup. My initial impressions...
  • Blog Post: Implementing Getting Things Done using Outlook 2007

    Last week, I made the switch from Office 2003 to Office 2007 Beta 2. Prior to the upgrade I was organizing my “stuff to do” using David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and using the NetCentrics GTD Add In for Outlook. Unfortunately, as I discovered after the upgrade was complete, the NetCentrics...
  • Blog Post: Putting the User back into SOA - my first ARCast!

    After the US NAF (National Architect Forum) last month, I sat down with Ron Jacobs to record my very first ARCast . The topic was "Putting the User back into SOA" - you can listen to it here .
  • Blog Post: Architecture Journal - now in 8 languages!

    Issue #7 of the Architecture Journal is now available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Simplifed Chinese, Japanese and Korean). To access these in PDF format, visit http://www.architecturejournal.net and select the lanuage from the top menu. Enjoy.
  • Blog Post: Cliff Atkinson / Beyond Bullet Points

    Cliff Atkinson is my new hero. For those that don't know, Cliff put together an MS Press book called Beyond Bullet Points . In the book, he describes a new way of compiling and putting together presentations using PowerPoint (without bullet points!). I used this style in a recent keynote I did at the...
  • Blog Post: T-Mobile MDA

    A couple of weeks ago I switched from Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile, and at the same time had the opportunity to pick up a new cell phone. After a lot of deliberation I went with the T-Mobile MDA Vario . This is the first PocketPC phone I've owned since the Samsung i700. The Samsung was a bulky phone...
  • Blog Post: "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API"

    I have a Toshiba Tecra M4 with 2Gb of RAM. I've had the machine for a while now and every so often, when I went to hibernate I would see a message saying "Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API" (and the machine would only go into standby). On a couple of occasions I've failed to notice...
  • Blog Post: 5 Options for Backing Up My Home PC - Part II

    I would like to say thanks to everyone that submitted comments to my previous post. This is what I ended up with over the weekend: 1. I went out and found an external Maxtor USB 300Gb Hard Disk at Fry's for $229. At the rate we are adding photos and videos to the machine I calculated this gives me...
  • Blog Post: 5 Options for Backing Up My Home PC

    I'm recovering from losing both the power-supply and hard disk of my home PC after we just moved house. I'll cut a long story short by saying that there was a loud bang and smoke coming out of my Shuttle XPC after I unpacked it from moving. After a couple of relatively expensive trips to Fry's, the...
  • Blog Post: Is this what they mean by being "Service Oriented"?

    Wes (formerly from webMethods) forwarded me this snapshot from a shopping mall in TX. (Apparently "Simon" is a retail management company :-)
  • Blog Post: Beta of Scrum Add-In for VSTS available

    A few guys at Conchango (for whom I used to work :-) have created a Scrum plug-in for VSTS. Good reading if you are interested in agile development. http://blogs.conchango.com/howardvanrooijen/default.aspx
  • Blog Post: Creating Word documents on IBM WebSphere and BEA WebLogic

    Running IBM WebSphere, BEA WebLogic or another J2EE application server? Wish you could generate server-side Microsoft Word documents without any third party add-ins? With Microsoft Office 2003 and an XML reference schema called WordML, you can do this today. Here's the first part in a series that...
  • Blog Post: New Version of WSE Trace Tool

    I caught up with Benjamin Mitchell at TechEd Europe this year and we chatted briefly about WSE Trace - a small tool that I put together to help with viewing of traces generated by WSE . Given that there is still some interest in this I thought it was overdue for a little update. As a result, I...
  • Blog Post: MTOM Blogcast

    For those that didn't get to attend my session at JavaOne or TechEd Europe this year, here is a 5 minute "blog cast" of my MTOM interop demo - as I described in this earlier post . See how easy it is to use WSE 3.0 CTP and JAX-WS to send a binary attachment between Java and .NET. (...oh, and apologies...
  • Blog Post: Screen Clipping in OneNote

    I may be the last person to realize this, but OneNote has an awesome screen clipping function. With the OneNote Quick Launch running in the background, simply hit {Windows Key} and S. Select the screen region you want and click to paste into OneNote. You even get the title of the window and the date...
  • Blog Post: Custom Exception Handling in Indigo

    One question I frequently get asked is "how do I handle exceptions over Web Services?" If you've ever tried passing exceptions using Web Services you'll likely be able to relate to the issues. The main problem is that the majority of toolkits don't have a great way to deserialize generated SOAP Faults...
  • Blog Post: VOIP Move Complete!

    After a successful couple of months I've now switched our main home phone number to VOIP. Goodbye landline! Overall, it's been a very good experience. I take my hat off to the guys at SunRocket for excellent service so far. For those thinking about a similar move, here's a run down of the pro's and con...
  • Blog Post: Using WSH Scripts with MSN Desktop Search

    * Update - minor correction to @find shortcut posted * I'm a great believer in "re-use but not repetition" and an avid fan of shortcuts that help me in my day-to-day work in front of the screen. Recently I've been looking at how WSH scripts combined with MSN Desktop Search can be used to save even...
  • Blog Post: Scott's Ultimate List of Developer Tools

    I've been tracking Scott Hanselman's list of developer and power user tools for a few months now. Watching Scott in his session at TechEd was awesome - not only for the content he delivered ;-), but the myriad of tools and shortcuts he was using in his demos. In this post , Scott has created the ...
  • Blog Post: Groktalks at TechEd

    Now, these are my kind of sessions! 10 minutes and to the point. Not to be missed!
  • Blog Post: VOIP update

    It's been a few weeks now since getting VOIP installed through SunRocket and things are going well. The package was delivered as planned, incoming phone calls were enabled when they said they would be (10 days after connection), and I've found call quality to be generally good. I've really only had a...
  • Blog Post: MSN Desktop Search Clip

    A few months back I blogged about a clip utility that I'd put together for MSN Desktop Search . This tool copies MSN Desktop shortcuts to the clipboard - for pasting into other applications. For those that use MSN Desktop Search, let's imagine I've defined a shortcut called "myblog": @myblog, http...
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