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    Thoughts on Apple on Intel rumors

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    Rumors are flying that Apple will announce a switch to Intel processors on Monday. This wouldn't surprise me much. I think Apple hates being dependent on IBM for processor advances, which are critical for them to be competitive. Apple has successfully...
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    Avalon and Indigo Beta1 RC is now available

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    Avalon and Indigo Beta 1 RC is now available here . Both teams have been solidifying the programming models and have made a lot of improvements. I've been using both of these technologies daily and really love them. I plan to blog more about using...
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    Analyze your netflix rental statistics

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    There is a Netflix rental analysis tool available here . It has instructions on how to get your rental history emailed to you. You then save it to a text file and submit it in a form. It shows you a bunch of interesting statistics. It's interesting (but...
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    Patents

    Wow, I got slashdotted on my patent post. I'm not entirely happy with how I handled comments in that thread, but I am not at all interested in arguing about the patent. It looks like there are a lot of people that want to argue about it on slashdot, so...
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    MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search has been released

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    Why does Microsoft always choose big long names for everything? Anyway, the MSN Search Toolbar, blah blah blah has been updated and is available here . I really love this software and it saves me time every day. They've made lots of improvements, especially...
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    The difference in wildcard expansion between Windows and unix/Macintosh

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    This one took a little getting used to when switching from the Macintosh to Windows. On unix (including Mac OS X shells) wildcard expansion is done by the shell, and then the expanded list of files is passed on to the program being run. On Windows, the...
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    Ouch, my Tivo died

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    The hard drive on my Tivo was making some bad sounds. Finally I saw this: Ouch! I have one of the first generation Tivos, so it's almost 5 years old. It's not too suprising that the hard drive would die after all that time. I was able to easily...
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    Visual Studio expansions

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    Mitch Denny describes Visual Studio expansions . This is a really nice feature in VS 2005 that lets you quickly insert templated code where you can fill in key information quickly. For example, you can type prop <TAB> <TAB> and then type in...
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    I've upgraded to a Dell Inspiron 9300

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    I just upgraded from a Dell Inspiron 8600 to the 9300. I got the 8600 shortly after leaving the Macintosh Business Unit, just a little over a year ago. I was switching from a 15" TiBook. If I'd still been doing Macintosh development I would have definitely...
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    Another ex-MacBU Development Manager is blogging

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    Kenny Wolf is now blogging here . Kenny was the Development Manager in Redmond while I was Development Manager in Mountain View for a couple of years. He moved over to the Indigo team a couple of years ago. Read all about it on his blog :-)
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    How Google maps works

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    Joel Webber analyzed how Google maps works and posted about it here . They did an awesome job doing building on DHTML without needing ActiveX, Java, etc.
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    Process Explorer 9.0 is out

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    I wrote about the previous release here . Here's what's new in 9.0: System information dialog has per-CPU graph option with hyperthreaded and NUMA processor information A Users menu duplicates the functionality of Task Manager's Users tab, showing Terminal...
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    Amazon Prime

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    I went to Amazon today and they have a new " Amazon Prime " service where you pay $79/year and get 2-day shipping on all of your orders. Seems a bit steep to me. I usually go for the free shipping, although that can take forever.
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    Extending MSN desktop search

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    MSN desktop search leverages existing Windows content indexing technologies. In particular, developers can add support for cracking metadata and content from other file types through the IFilter COM interface (MSDN documentation here ). There are many...
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    Microsoft Antispyware beta is out!

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    You can download it here . Wow! The product was just acquired from GIANT 3 weeks ago. In that time they've rebranded the application, fixed lots of bugs, and tweaked the feature set - all over the holidays. Nice work!
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    My favorite x-box games of 2004

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    Note: These are my favorites that I actually played. It's not meant to be any sort of comprehensive best-of list. You can see I'm a fan of RPGs. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II : The game mechanics are almost identical to the first game released...
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    64-bit support in Tiger

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    Apple recently posted an article on 64-bit support in Tiger. It looks like only a few libraries are available in 64-bit, so you can't make GUI apps that use a 64-bit address space. However, you can make a 32-bit GUI app that uses your favorite form of...
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    Microsoft acquires anti-spyware company Giant

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    Press release here . A beta is supposed to be released within a month. This is great news, spyware is such a nasty problem. It's unfortunate that we have to spend time thinking about problems like this...
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    Error handling in Microsoft SQL stored procedures is gross!

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    I'm doing some SQL stored procedure programming for the first time. The error handling is really, really primitive. T-SQL uses lots of global variables, which makes things really complex. For example, if you do an UPDATE, @@ROWCOUNT has the number of...
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    Generating an RSS feed with XmlSerializer, ASP.NET and C#

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    I wanted to play around with creating a simple RSS feed from an ASP.NET page. I looked around for existing solutions. Any searches involving RSS are a bit hopeless, but I found Jason Salas’ RSS server control . It’s nice because you can easily hook it...
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    New MSN Toolbar including Desktop search now available!

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    Read more and watch the video at channel9 or just download it from http://beta.toolbar.msn.com/ . I've been dogfooding it for a while and it works great!
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    The best UI for reading blogs

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    Dare Obasajo recently posted about the drawbacks of Outlook style UI for reading blogs . He says it's because Outlook has the assumption that you want to read every message. I have a slightly different take on it. I get plenty of email I don't read :...
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    My first patent!

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    Speaking of auto complete , I got my first patent! It's some email address autocomplete stuff from my MacOE days. You can read it here if you have nothing better to do.
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    Google Suggest is cool!

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    Google labs released Google Suggest today. It basically does auto complete as you type in your search, showing you different options and how many results each has. It looks like it'll be useful when you don't know the best terms to use, or how to spell...
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    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II gets a good review

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    IGN gives KOTOR II a good review . I really enjoyed the first one. I was almost hoping the sequel would suck since it's so addicting! :-) Dang! Gamespot likes it too !
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