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    HDCP Primer

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    HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. It is the encryption and handshaking protocol used by DVI and HDMI connections to allow transmission of high definition video content between devices. In the future, this is the protocol that...
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    Why I'm Not Buying an HDTV Yet

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    Working with video all the time, I should be an obvious owner of an HDTV set. Alas, I'm not. I've many times considered purchasing one but I just haven't been able to bring myself to pull the trigger yet. Why not? Let me explain why I'm not jumping in...
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    Apple Stories

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    I've long been fascinated with the history of computing. I've read many books and watched what few movies/tv shows exist on the subject. It is for this reason that I found this week's "This Week In Tech" so interesting. In honor of the 30th anniversary...
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    Pranks at Microsoft

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    Microsoft, like many technology companies, has been the site for many pranks over the years. In this video , Larry Osterman and Dave Norris relate many of the pranks that have been seen on the Microsoft campus during their tenure. On his blog , Larry...
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    Podcasts I'm Listening to Now

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    Here's what I'm listening to this month. If you have any suggestions for things I might like, especially tech/programming podcasts, send them my way. I listen to these regularly: Major Nelson - Covers the world of the XBox360. News, reviews, interviews...
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    Naked Conversations - Live

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    Yesterday I went to see Robert Scoble and Shel Israel talk on campus. It was a stop on their book tour. It was an enjoyable hour. Their presentation was better than many book tours I've attended. First, it was on topic. They discussed what they talked...
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    Blogosphere Gets Taken

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    There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about how it it replacing old media. The response of old media seems to be that the blogosphere is uncontrolled and therefore inaccurate. The response back has been that the blogosphere is self-policing...
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    The Dangers of Test Automation

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    One of my favorite TV shows right now is House . In it a brilliant but antisocial doctor and his staff try to solve medical mysteries. If you don't watch it, you should. The writing is great. Earlier this season, there was an episode where a journalist...
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    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 4 - We Not I

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    Another aspect of becoming a lead/manager that takes some time to wrap one's head around is what your role is now. You are no longer judged based on your own actions, but rather the collective actions of your team. With all of the time you will likely...
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    HDTV Primer Podcast

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    Another interesting podcast I've found, this time giving a lot of detail about HDTV. This comes from Major Nelson who is interviewing someone from Microsoft Studios. The interview composes the majority of the podcast. It is quite informative. This covers...
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    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 3 - Delegating

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    I've noticed that people new to leadership roles often struggle with the concept of delegating. Learning to delegate is imperative for a leader. When you become a lead, you gain responsibility for more than one person can do. Without delegating, you'll...
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    Geek Camping Tricks

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    This past weekend I went camping with some friends in a cabin near Chehalis, WA. Unfortunately for us, we didn't fully consider the implications of going camping on this particular weekend. You see, Friday was the season finale of Battlestar Galactica...
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    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 2 – Learning To Trust

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    When I became a lead, one of the first real changes I noticed was the necessity of trusting those who worked for me. When you are no longer doing all of the work directly, you have to report what others tell you. This is very different from reporting...
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    Becoming a Lead, Pt. 1

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    At Microsoft, there are two classifications of people: Individual Contributors and Managers/Leads. Individual contributors are those who spend most of their time doing the work that makes software spring into existence. These are the programmers, testers...
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    Understanding Networking

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    In my recent foray into podcasting , I ran across a gem. It is a 4-part series which explains most of the basics of networking in easy-to-understand terms. The series is part of what is called Security Now from the guys who do This Week In Tech . It covers...
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    HD-DVD Fighting Back

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    A few months ago, HD-DVD was written off by many. There were no exclusive studios and most vendors seemed to have joined the Blu-Ray camp. Then something changed. HP decided it would take a more neutral stance. Microsoft and Intel came out strongly backing...
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    February Vista CTP Is Out

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    I won't be the first to mention it but I thought I would add my $0.02 about it. The February CTP release of Vista, build 5308 is now out. It should be available to you if you are a registered beta user. If you aren't, there are lots of reviews and lots...
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    Dependent Test Cases

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    As most of my blog posts do, this one stems from a conversation I had recently. The conversation revolved around whether all test cases should be independent or if it was acceptable to have one rely upon another. It is my contention that not only are...
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    Effective Text Editing

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    I ran across this article I thought I'd share: Seven habits of effective text editing . It's written by the author of VIM (Vi Improved) but the techniques apply to all good text editors. The techiques are: Move Around Quickly - Use the editor to jump...
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    Catching the Podcast Bug

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    With the new year, I decided to take advantage of my health club benefit. For the past couple of weeks, I've been going to the gym several times a week. It's been a few years since I last made a go of it. So far, I'm being more successful. Part of that...
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    Friendly Reminder: Utilize Source Control

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    I just finished talking to someone who lost 1 1/2 weeks of work due to an inadvertent key stroke. It's not only hard drive failure that may get you. With hardware stability quite high these days, we sometimes feel invincible. It is easy to get complacent...
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    Lisp and Ruby

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    I recently came across Paul Graham's essay, Beating the Averages where he talks glowingly about Lisp. It piqued my interest in this language. Another language I've been toying with learning is Ruby. Lisp is compiled (at least it can be) and Ruby is purely...
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    Experimenting With Scrum Part 4

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    This is the last post in my "experimenting with scrum" series. After our bug smash time, we went into a period of more serious product development. Recall that we were not implementing all of scrum but rather just the scrum meetings portion. This works...
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    Experimenting With Scrum Part 3

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    Our first attempt at using scrum came during what we call a bug smash. That is a time when we focus solely on fixing bugs. No work is being done on new features. This seemed like a logical time to implement scrum meetings. I chose to meet once a day for...
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    A Few Points Of Interest

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    A few interesting articles I've found on the web recently: Advice for those thinking about starting a company. From someone who did it and came back to the corporate world. If you want to read more about startups, I suggest you check out Paul Graham...
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