• Tim Sneath

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1 Now Available

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    Following on from the discussion earlier in the month about Windows XP Service Pack 2 changes, we've now posted the first Release Candidate on the web for download. The good news is that it's available to everyone, MSDN subscriber or not, so you've now...
  • Tim Sneath

    Microsoft Folklore

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    Rick describes this great story from the annals of the Word team. Have you ever come across a company like this before?
  • Tim Sneath

    Details of Changes in Windows XP Service Pack 2

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    There's been alarm expressed in certain quarters following reports like this one suggesting that Windows XP Service Pack 2 could break some existing applications. I wanted to counter this somewhat, or at least provide some potential remedies for those...
  • Tim Sneath

    Worldwide Media Exchange

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    This is cool - don't know why I haven't come across it before... From the website: The World-Wide Media eXchange (WWMX) is a centralized index of digital photos, where photos are tagged by the geographic location where they were shot. It's an experimental...
  • Tim Sneath

    SPOT Watches

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    I've managed to get my hands on a SPOT watch , which is the latest geek toy doing the rounds in Redmond. These watches can pull down Outlook appointments, instant messages, news updates and so on using MSN and some FM subcarrier technology. Unfortunately...
  • Tim Sneath

    How to Write a Compelling Mission Statement...

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    Thanks to Private Eye for pointing out this fantastic mission statement on the Lake Geneva Forum website. See how many words you can read before it blurs into incomprehensibility! Our Challenge: Providing a neutral platform of discourse to capture...
  • Tim Sneath

    Life on Mars?

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    I've been following the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity with great interest since they arrived on the surface of Mars. The complexities of managing two robots and the associated software from millions of miles away intrigue me, particularly the way...
  • Tim Sneath

    DevWeek 2004 - An Independent Keynote

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    I'm speaking at the largest independent Microsoft developer conference this week: European DevWeek in London, delivering one of my first large-scale public talks on Longhorn . I've been focusing mainly on Yukon up to this point, as it's much closer to...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free .NET Code Coverage Tool

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    I'm not a heavy Visual FoxPro user - although it is installed on my development machine - but I've often admired some of its capabilities. Although it doesn't mesh desperately closely with the general .NET architecture, it is a relatively powerful database...
  • Tim Sneath

    Using Terminal Services for Multi-User VS.NET

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    Not sure how long this has been around, but I just stumbled across this set of guidelines and tools to support multi-user access to a full Visual Studio .NET development environment via Terminal Services. The material was originally designed for the purpose...
  • Tim Sneath

    .NET for IT Professionals

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    I delivered a three-session marathon at the Belux Developer & IT Pro conference on Tuesday, covering .NET for IT Professionals. As I've mentioned previously in my blog, I'm on a one-man mission to improve the dearth of information available for system...
  • Tim Sneath

    MSDN Flash: Improving .NET Code Quality

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    Welcome back! My name is Tim Sneath , and I work in the Developer & Platform group in Microsoft UK. In the last issue of the new MSDN Flash, we looked at a number of helpful third-party utilities that can help you get the most out of the .NET Framework...
  • Tim Sneath

    The "All New" MSDN Flash Is Here

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    We finally launched an all new MSDN Flash newsletter in the UK today. This is the culmination of a lot of work taking a long hard look at the existing MSDN Flash newsletter and trying to identify all the things we can do to make it more interesting and...
  • Tim Sneath

    OneNote Birth and Adolescence

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    And whilst talking about smart client apps, this entry from new blogger Chris Pratley describes how OneNote came about. I use this product an awful lot, although I've never understood why it's not just an extension for Word rather than a separate product...
  • Tim Sneath

    Free Books and Training for Smart Client ISVs

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    If you're a UK- or US-based ISV starting to build smart client applications with .NET, you might want to take advantage of this programme to get a free starter kit containing books and software ( US version here ). Thanks to Paul for the link.
  • Tim Sneath

    UK .NET Bloggers

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    It would be great to build a community of British-based bloggers who are writing about .NET and related technology. So I've started the ball rolling by creating a list of all the bloggers known to me who fall into that category. So - who am I missing...
  • Tim Sneath

    UK .NET Bloggers

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    A list of .NET-related blogs written by UK authors. You can download this list in OPML format for use in your favourite RSS aggregator. Richard Acton : TechEd Europe adventures and Smartphone apps Tim Anderson : Freelance journalist (for PCW amongst others...
  • Tim Sneath

    TechEd Europe Call for Papers

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    One of the responsibilities I've recently taken on is that of planning the content for TechEd Europe 2004 . This year should be the biggest TechEd yet in Europe, with 300 sessions across nine tracks. The European TechEd has always had a slightly greater...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon On-Demand Webcast Available

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    I recently delivered a webcast on SQL Server "Yukon" using the new Microsoft LiveMeeting technology for a UK developer audience. The webcast covered the integration of the CLR into the Yukon engine, and also briefly covered some of the new T-SQL enhancements...
  • Tim Sneath

    Would You Swap Your Boss?

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    I don't get to watch much television these days (a combination of a young family, work and church), but I happened to come across an interesting programme on Channel 4 last night called Boss Swap . The programme takes an interesting premise...
  • Tim Sneath

    Yukon Engine: CLR Integration IV

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    After a brief break for Christmas and New Year, it's time to continue our overview of the integration of the Common Language Runtime into SQL Server "Yukon". Previous articles: Part I: Overview of CLR Integration Part II: Creating...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Return of the King - Alternative Version

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    These guys have come up with a hilarious spoof of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. If you haven't seen the Hand Puppet Movie Theatre before, they've also had a go at the Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars and Harry Potter amongst others. Definitely something...
  • Tim Sneath

    On the Move...

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    This is my new blog home (was http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/tims ). Just waiting for the furniture to arrive...
  • Tim Sneath

    .NET Framework Class Library Posters

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    I'm often asked why we don't make the glossy .NET Framework Class Library Posters (included in the VS.NET box) available for download from the website. Actually, they're already all available in PDF format, it's just that we've buried them so deep within...
  • Tim Sneath

    Another Excel Feature I Missed...

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    I've just found a really cool feature in Excel 2003 that I didn't know existed. To be fair, I don't for a moment consider myself an Office expert, so it's probably been around for years, but nevertheless I'm still impressed. I often find myself...
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