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    Interested in Indigo?

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    I've been posting some comments about Indigo on my other blog - feel free to subscribe if you're interested in Indigo. Here are some of the Indigo entries I've written: http://galactic-patrol.blogspot.com/2005/02/indigo-is-re-released-into-wild.html http...
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    new blog feed at http://galactic-patrol.blogspot.com/atom.xml

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    To answer a question from my comments, the subscription feed for my moved blog is: http://galactic-patrol.blogspot.com/atom.xml
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    this blog is moving to http://galactic-patrol.blogspot.com

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    I find that (a) I don’t tend to write very many technical entries on this blog (which offends some readers), and (b) I feel constrained about posting on possibly-controversial topics, like politics or religion. Not that my thoughts are * that *...
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    Our hearts are with you, Pat

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    Pat Helland just posted some terrible (and terribly personal) news on his blog – my heart goes out to him! http://blogs.msdn.com/PatHelland/archive/2004/10/28/249133.aspx
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    Microsoft Garage Band

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    Reason #193 why I like working for Microsoft: I’m leaving work today, and as usual I take the elevator down to the lowest level of the underground parking (there are four underground levels). I get off the elevator and there, in the elevator entry...
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    kudos to Home Depot as well

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    It seems like the week for good customer service on the blogs I read – here we see an example of Home Depot doing right by their customers .
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    Kudos to BankOne

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    You so often hear about crappy service from credit card and financial services companies; it was a delight to read this very positive report by Chris Sells on BankOne’s actions in response to credit card fraud on one of his accounts: “Apparently...
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    Cool GUI for editing parameters in visual studio - vote for it!

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    Mitch Denny proposes a very cool idea for popping up in-place GUI when you need to edit a formatted string or other parameter in source code . He has posted his idea up on the Ladybug site ; I’ve voted for it, and you should too!
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    There are only two kinds of developer...

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    Mark Pilgrim explains how there are only two kinds of developer: assholes and morons.
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    Microsoft and Indian Academia: Progress, Problems, and Opportunities

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    A friend of mine recently posted about the Microsoft presence in Indian schools . He points out the great progress that Microsoft has made at Indian universities, and also points out some key areas for improvement. I hope Microsoft India is reading…
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    treasured blogger comes to Microsoft

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    I read here that Rory is coming to work at Microsoft. Outstanding! I have to admit that when I do my daily blog reading, I often skip over Rory’s, perhaps just admiring the titles, but leaving them unread on my to-do list – because I’m...
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    avoid dialog boxes while refactoring

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    I was reading a post about Visual Studio refactoring support in the next version , and I noticed that it described the process of refactoring the order of parameters for a function as something like this: 1. click on a function name 2. select refactor...
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    Its like playing 'Quake', but in the real world

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    Despite my skepticism about head-mounted displays, I remain enthusiastic about the possibilities of ‘augmented reality’ – it is just too cool for words! Here you see a research project that lets folks run around a (real not virtual)...
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    Think the product feedback rating system is wrong? go vote!

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    If you think the MSDN Product Feedback Center rating equation isn’t right, go vote for this bug: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/viewfeedback.aspx?feedbackid=00bf32ec-50e7-4def-8464-7e19cc4812ba
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    TiVo should support external hard drives

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    I noticed a post recently that commented on TiVo’s upcoming support for larger hard drives. This reminded me of another idea I had – TiVo should support additional external hard drives. After all, when I see something like La Cie’s new...
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    fetching you a bottle of water does *not* motivate me

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    This is the story of an inspirational speech that, well – wasn’t. I went to a divisional meeting recently – lots of people, lots of powerpoint. The topics were a bit dry, and the last speaker was clearly trying to drum up some excitement...
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    How well do you know your Microsoft acronyms?

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    I made the following challenge over on Channel 9 – anyone care to take up the gauntlet? “That takes me back - when I started at Microsoft eight years ago, I worked in the Windows build lab. This was back when we were working on SUR, and...
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    obfuscated C code, for fun and profit (ok, just for fun)

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    If you’ve ever coded in C, you owe it to yourself to check out the (fully functional) programs at this link: http://remus.rutgers.edu/~rhoads/Obfuscated_C/obfuscate.html Here is one of the programs presented: char*lie; double time, me= !0XFACE...
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    amazing new antenna technology

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    Apparently a professor (and ham radio enthusiast) from the University of Rhode Island has invented a new kind of radio antenna that performs as well as antennae three to nine times larger. The article mentions walkie-talkies as a possible application...
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    managed COM+ objects that don't derive from ServicedComponent?

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    I notice Sam Gentile references a tool for registering managed objects in the COM+ catalog even if they don’t derive from Serviced Component. Oddly, I have recently read an internal mail thread on a similar customer issue. The upshot of the mail...
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    who is Bipin?

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    I was just doing some ego-surfing on technorati, and I ran across a link to http://bipinv.blogspot.com/ . Looking there, I don’t actually see any links to my blog, but I do notice several of my blog entries have been copied verbatim into that site...
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    page 23

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    I’m joining the current blog meme… “But worship was not on the docket that night, let me tell you.” The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, page 23 Instructions: Grab the nearest book, open it to page 23, find the 5th sentence...
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    The Bugatti Veyron - an incredible 250 MPH roadster

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    Wow, this car is incredible. Its price tag is a few orders of magnitude out of my league, but a man can dream, can’t he? http://auto.howstuffworks.com/bugatti.htm · A W-16 engine that can produce 1,001 horsepower · A top speed of 250...
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    WS-Eventing and WS-Addressing

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    Hank Wallace posted a question recently about the <NotifyTo> element in a WS-Eventing subscription request, and whether it really needed to contain an <Address> element or not. You can read my response in the comments, but while I was looking...
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    The real reason to get a tablet PC - TextTwist!

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    My wife recently needed a new laptop, so we splurged and got her a TabletPC. At first, I have to admit I was somewhat underwhelmed – it was a convertible model, and I noticed that she was always using it in laptop mode, not tablet mode. However...
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