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    Is the Internet Really That Powerful?

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    About 2 weeks ago Serenity won a Hugo award. If you haven't seen this movie or watched the TV series that inspired it, Firefly , you should. It's arguably some of the best TV of recent years. It's certainly some of the best sci-fi to come down the pipe...
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    What does "RC1" really mean?

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    With the recent release of Windows Vista RC1, I have seen many comments on places like Slashdot and various blogs which demonstrate there is a lack of understanding of what we mean when we say we have "Release Candidate 1". I will attempt to explain what...
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    Management Styles

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    Joel Spolsky, of Joel On Software, has a series on management styles. He details three styles of management: Command and Control , Econ 101 , and Identity . Command and Control is where management dictates everything that happens. Econ 101 is where management...
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    Cool Live.com Search Feature

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    I was watching an internal presentation about Live Search today and ran across this really cool feature. Live and Google have supported searching within a particular domain for quite some time. However, it has always required remembering the correct syntax...
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    Interview with Clayton Christensen

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    The Innovator's Dilemma is an eye-opening book that everyone in the technology industry should read and understand. I recently ran across an audio interview with the author, Clayton Christensen. In it he gives a brief explanation of the main thesis of...
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    LSharp Discussion Group

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    I've been playing a little with Lisp lately. Unlike many other single-sourced languages these days (Python, Ruby, to a large extent C# and Java), Lisp comes in a myriad of flavors and implementations. Even with the Ansi Common Lisp standard, each one...
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    Back From Vacation

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    I spent the past few weeks on my Grandparents' farm in upstate New York. When I think of New York I always think of the city and suburbia. After spending 2 weeks in the upper part of the state, I'm amazed how wrong that view is. There are hundreds of...
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    HD-DVD Looks Better Than BluRay

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    I was in Circuit City the other day and they had a beautiful Sony SXRD television set up playing some BluRay content. I thought I was going to be blown away. I wasn't. The disc playing was a demo disc featuring snippets of lots of movies. Each one was...
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    HD-DVD Podcast

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    Our Vice President, Amir Majidimehr, gave an interview to XBox Live's Major Nelson . He and one of the program managers for HD-DVD talk about the market, the discs themselves, scripting, interactivity, codecs, and what makes HD-DVD better than BluRay...
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    June Monthly Podcast Update

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    It's been a busy month (thus the last listing and the sparse postings in June). No new podcasts were added for the month of June. The regularly-scheduled programming is the same as it was in May . I tried a few new podcasts but didn't get into them. ...
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    DX10 Interview

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    The ExtremeTech Podcast for last week was an interview with one of the DirectX 10 architects, David Blythe, and Chris Donahue who is on the Biz Dev side of the house. The interview covers the new graphics architecture in Vista as well as what has changed...
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    Welcome the Audio Fool

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    I'd like to welcome a member of my team to the world of blogging. His blog is called The Audio Fool . He works on measuring the fidelity of audio devices for Windows. If you have interest in audio and want to learn about it from a technical standpoint...
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    VOIP - Ready for Prime Time?

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    About two months ago my wife and I decided to take the plunge and try out VOIP. Economically it made a lot of sense. The pricing at SunRocket is just so much better than the price of our local baby bell. The question was, would the service be comparable...
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    Prescriptive Advice For Successful Unit Testing

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    At the beginning of the Vista (then Longhorn) project our team decided that we would implement unit tests. This was the first attempt in our locale to try to use them. We had some successes and some failures. Out of that I have learned several things...
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    Introductory Lisp Books

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    I've been doing a little reading about Lisp lately. In particular, I've read two books on the subject. ANSI Common Lisp by Paul Graham and Practical Common Lisp by Peter Siebel. I haven't finished either book but I've read enough to give an assessment...
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    Making Hard Choices - Which Bugs Do We Fix?

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    We just shipped Vista Beta 2 and we are now on the march toward shipping what we call RCs or Release Candidates. During this time, we are forced to make many hard choices about what bugs to fix and what bugs we can live with. There are those who believe...
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    May Monthly Podcast Update

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    Another month, another list of podcasts. A few new ones this month, nothing really fell off of the list. I think I'm about at my limit. My commute isn't long enough to support any more than this. Here is what I listened to regularly this month: ...
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    Real Estate Finally Goes 2.0

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    Just a few weeks ago I was searching some real estate listings and it struck me how poor the mapping experience was. It is still very much a "web 1.0" experience. Everything on the page is static. Mapping tools have come a long way in the past few years...
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    Testing Systems

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    This is the third in my series on test harnesses. In this post, I'll talk about systems that do much more than simple test harnesses. Test harnesses provide a framework for writing and executing test cases. Test harnesses focus on the actual execution...
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    I used a Dremel to upgrade my PC

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    As you might recall, about 5 months ago I built a pretty cool Media Center PC. I have been experiencing some times where the lip sync is off. This seems to be something in the recording because if I play it back, the lip sync is off every time. Stopping...
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    Advanced Test Harness Features

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    In a past post I talked about the basic functionality of a test harness. That is, it should be something that provides a reusable framework for an application, for running and reporting the results of test cases. There is much more that a test harness...
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    Cryptography Podcast Series

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    Security Now just concluded an amazing podcast series on the subject of cryptography. Steve Gibson does an excellent job of making the world of crypto accessible. No serious math is needed to understand it. He covers everything from stream ciphers, to...
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    Test Harness Basics

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    A short while back one of my readers asked what a test harness was. I will answer that in a pair of posts. This first post will describe the basics of a test harness. The second post will talk about more advanced features that a test harness might have...
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    Monthly Podcast Update

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    It's nearing the end of the month so I thought I'd update you on what podcasts are filling my Zen Nano these days. Here are the ones I'm listening to regularly. Major Nelson - Covers the world of the XBox360. News, reviews, interviews with insiders...
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    Software Engineering - A Valid Aspiration?

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    I was listening to an interview with Alistair Cockburn tonight on my way home and thought he had some interesting insights into the subject of whether we should aspire to the concept of "Software Engineering." He had three basic points which I'll relate...
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