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    Update: Response to BlueJ Patent Issues

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    * Update: fixed wrong hyperlink On Friday, an alert reader emailed me about a new article by Michael K ö lling , the creator of BlueJ, about a patent issued by Microsoft for features in Object Test Bench that are comparable to BlueJ's Object Bench...
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    Stored Procedure Utility - Count Lines of Code and Search Contents

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    <backstory to get motivation on why I did this> It's review time here for Microsoft employees, and I won't bore you with my thoughts on the review process as many in the blogosphere have written about it. I need to start writing my review and I...
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    BlueJacking and Hacker Emblem

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    Bluetooth is the other 802.11 spectrum technology, which  VerySoonNow will be *the* way for PAN (Personal Area Networks) communication. It's also apparently being used in cell phones and being hijacked by script kiddies to...
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    Disabling Win 2003 Shutdown Event Tracker

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    Mark Michaelis discusses how to disable the often annoying, at least from a developers perspective, Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows Server 2003. Its basically a prompt that makes you explain why the machine is being shut down and won...
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    My Top 10 Visual C# 2005 IDE Enhancements

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    My article on VSLive! is now up on the web with my " Top 10 Visual C# 2005 IDE Enhancements ". The toughest part was making the call on whether to include Visual Studio Team System features or not. I decided against adding them as they deserve their own...
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    Visual Studio Express February CTP Now Available

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    A new set of Express Community Tech Preview (CTP) SKUs are now available for download. Besides new features which may or may not be stable, we also have a new product activation model where you can use Express for 30 days without having to register. After...
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    The Superficial Poll: Blonde or Brunette

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    Margaret Rouse from the Overheard blog calls me out for dying my hair blonde: I’m a big Dan Fernandez fan — but I had a hard time watching this video because I kept thinking “why did you bleach your hair?” Now Margaret has nice...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Cheat Sheet

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    Hey folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for the world to download and here's your cheat sheet of links you'll want to know about Download: Visual Studio Team System Beta 1, Web installer , VSTS Beta 1 ISO , .NET Framework 4.0 Beta...
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    Visual Studio 2005 = "Whidbey"

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    I'm probably the last person to blog about this, but in case you didn't know, Whidbey will officially be Visual Studio 2005. Date Slip I wanted to take a second to respond to Frans Bouma and other bloggers who are “hooked“ on Whidbey and...
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    Cha-Cha-Changes

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    At Microsoft, the only constant is change... It's been a wild ride as the C# Product Manager, but I'm officially changing jobs and to become the Lead Product Manager for the Visual Studio Express product line . Leaving C# was a hard decision, especially...
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    Disclaimer

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    Disclaimer The information in this weblog is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer. It is solely my opinion. Inappropriate comments will...
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    The Seattle Air Conditioning Lie

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    **Updated with Crime Links I believe the majority of the residents in the Greater Seattle Metro area during the summer live a lie. The lie in question is that Seattle is temperate enough to not require air conditioning. It’s a complete and...
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    "Comical Ali" Captured?

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    [Note: Any political commentary, pro or con, has been removed] The Mirror is reporting that " Comical Ali " has been captured .  He's become quite the internet icon, on par with AllYourBase , Mahir , and even the HampterDance . The...
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    Delphi to C# conversion tool

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    Source: http://www.netcoole.com/delphi2cs.htm “Delphi2CS is an assistant tool that converts Delphi code to C#. Delphi2CS creates a new project, converts each file from the original project(.dpr) into the new project(.csproj), and generates a...
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    Google Math, and Pascal's triangle

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    Google recently added a cool calulator feature . Simply enter a math formula like " 5 * 5 " into Google and it will return a results page with the answer.   Asking Google: " The answer to life, the universe and everything " returns...
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    Candy Corn is *the worst* Halloween candy

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    In our team meeting this week, Jay Roxe , the beloved VB Product Manager was nice enough to bring in some Halloween candy. But alas poor Jay brought what is, in my opinion , the absolute worst Halloween candy there is - candy corn . The nice and well...
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    Samples for C# Whidbey

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    Shaykat from the C# team sent me an email earlier today about what C# samples we should include for Whidbey.  I thought it would be a good idea to ask the blogosphere what samples you would like to see for C# Whidbey.  This can range...
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    TestDriven.NET and Express - Technical Information

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    I quickly wanted to respond to questions or misconceptions raised in the comments of my previous blog post . A common question or misconception in the comments is saying that if didn’t want extensibility we should have provided technical limitations...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is out!!

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    Woohoo! Get the Bits MSDN Subscribers can download Visual Studio Team System and Team Foundation You can also Order Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 Download Visual C# 2005 Express Beta 2 for Windows/Console Development Download Visual Web...
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    Microsoft search supports the "#" symbol!

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    Reading Korby's blog today, I saw that Microsoft recently updated their search page and you can now successfully enter "C#" and find C#!  What * used * to happen is that the "#" symbol got ignored and a search for "C# samples" returned "C samples...
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    More Music for Developers!

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    DJ Bolivia , whom I blogged about earlier , has released the final volume of the three part series Music To Code By . "Exception Handler" (Music To Code By, Volume 3 of 3) 60 minutes of Progressive/Tribal House Download the MP3 or listen to the stream...
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    Space Invaders

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    Gus wrote Space Invaders in C#  ( source ). Sweet! Speaking of Space Invaders, there is a Space Invader urban invasion  art project that lists "invaded" cities (cities with Space Invader graffiti).  Seattle has yet to be invaded...
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    P'wned at 30,000 feet

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    Did I mention I love Scandinavian airlines (SAS)? I *LOVE* them. I plan to fly them any time I travel across the atlantic Why? Besides being good airline, their fleet has been equipped with wireless internet access throughout the plane (and the entire...
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    Music - Seattle and on the Web

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    Ouch, this morning I experienced the pain Cyrus felt recently, I had to listen to 80's music for the drive into work on C89.5 FM. Painful. I only listen to C89.5 when Howard Stern is on commercial (which last approx 10 minutes and happen every twenty...
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    Googlism

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    While in a co-worker's office discussing the merits (or lack therof) of the word "blog", Googlism came up in conversation. Googlism searches Google and based on the results, creates a meta-description for who you are, when something took place, or what...
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