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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    New Column Is Up (Laziness .NET)

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    My most recent Coding 4 Fun column was just published... a fairly "fun" example, even if it happens to do something a little 'odd' with Remoting over SOAP. For those of you who read it; using Add Web Reference on the .NET Compact Framework side of things...
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    In case you didn't notice... GotDotNet User Samples has RSS!!

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    Many things on GotDotNet now have RSS feeds, including User Samples! http://www.gotdotnet.com/community/resources/rss.aspx?feed=sample I'm very excited. ( Listening To : Absolute Beginners [ The Jam / Grosse Pointe Blank])
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    Multiple Methods for Auto-Updating, which to choose?

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    My last two posts mentioned two different ways of achieving similar results; deploying and updating an application over the Internet. Not suprisingly, I received a comment asking how do you determine which of the two methods to use, a very good question...
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    Application Updater Block

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    Jamie Cool took the auto-updating technology out of Terrarium and made it into its own component solution for adding application updates to your app , which was pretty cool on its own... but now it is even cooler as PAG (the same MSFT group who brought...
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    No Touch Deployment in Winnipeg

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    I'm on my way to Winnipeg, Manitoba to give a talk on No Touch Deployment with .NET; luckily I managed to find wireless access at the Vancouver airport along the way. If I had to pick one thing about .NET that justifies a move from VB6 windows applications...
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    Punitive User Interfaces

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    A discussion on making web forums into more than just technical support, and avoiding user interface validation that scolds the user for not following your data entry rules....
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    Hmm... did we launch another Developer Center that I didn't know about?

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    Ed Kaim appears to "like" our new Developer Center format... I especially like his architecture model.
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    In case none of you web-heads have noticed....

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    The new ASP.NET developer center has launched at http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net . And yes, having asp.net as a directory name is perfectly "legal", even if it looks a little odd the first time you see it. Kent Sharkey is the Editor/Content Strategist...
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    Better late than never... right?

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    My latest column is up on MSDN, Macro Madness , part of the ongoing Coding 4 Fun experience! Speaking of Coding 4 Fun, or the lack thereof... I'm sitting in a wireless lounge at TechEd, where I have spent most of my trip to Dallas... doing remote troubleshooting...
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    Dinner and Drinks with some local Bloggers

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    A pair of Mr. Smiths ( Eric and Cory ) have invited me and anyone else who is into .NET to come for dinner and drinks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas... 7 pm Tuesday night. I'll be there, and I hope to see a few more folks too!
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    Not about TechEd at all, it is about a fish

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    Skipped out of work on Friday morning to go sea Finding Nemo with my son. He is only 2yrs old, so he probably isn’t really ready for going to movies as a general practice… but he really enjoyed it. About a month ago I was in Las Vegas and I brought him...
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    1st Day

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    Woo Hoo, I got a bag when I registered! Lately, I haven't been getting them, something about the "staff" on my registration at all of these things... so my laptop bag closet was getting a little empty. I give these great bags away to my friends and family...
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    So I'm here, now what?

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    I thought I had better write my first TechEd related post, now that I've joined techedbloggers.net, and especially since I've arrived in Dallas. Nothing much to report except a minor complaint; the Hyatt Regency doesn't have high-speed Internet......
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    MSDN Security Developer Center is up!

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    Yet another Developer Center has been launched, this one is all about Security and is being run by one of my colleagues; Brian Johnson... check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/security Welcome to the Security Developer Center As a leader in...
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    .NET Show and VBTV are on the MSDN DVDs!

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    This might be common knowledge, but when Darren was in town he mentioned that downloading our multi-media presentations like VBTV and the .NET Show was too expensive from Australia due to the price of bandwidth... I had hoped to burn some to disc while...
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    Response to low MSDN pricing

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    DonXML was discussing the various prices he has seen on the web for MSDN subscriptions , and being from MSDN I was a little curious. I asked around, and it turns out we have a canned response to this question that you might find helpful (or not). The...
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    Creating a new account on blogger.com

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    In an earlier post , I mentioned wanting to create a blog for my wife... and based on a variety of great feedback through email and comments I decided to create an account on blogger.com , but I can't get it to work! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong...
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    High-Powered MSFT Blog!

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    I thought it was shocking enough when my grand-boss started blogging, but now the Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Developer Platform and Evangelism Group, Eric Rudder has a blog... I've already learned that he codes at night and I'm sure there will...
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    Wow, leave Kent in front of his computer for a few hours...

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    and look at the stuff he produces . Pretty cool, although I'm still planning to add the GUID and other attributes to the source doc... otherwise we will be creating new GUIDs on every trip (is that a big deal? it isn't like we are going to run out of...
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    Nice plug from Sean Alexander...

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    Sean mentions my last article, which was all about the new WMP 9 "blogging" plug-in. To answer the question asked in his comments , yes... grabbing the dll and regsvr32'ing it will allow it to work on Windows Server 2003... or even on Longhorn if you...
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    Need blogging solution for spouse

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    My wife read my blog for the first time yesterday, and she has decided that she wants to try it for herself... but where to blog? dotnetweblogs is great, but this isn't going to be a tech-focused blog (is there a mommyblogs.com?). I have my own site,...
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    Six Stitches

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    That was what my 2-yr old son received last night... ouch. We were at a birthday party for a friend of ours and there were lots of kids running around... oops, Connor fell and slammed his forehead right into the corner of a wall. Cut right to the bone...
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    Interest Trivia about Duncan...

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    My wife just did a count, and my upcoming move into a house will be my 15th or 16th move between residences (although some of those were within the same city). Hmm... I'm averaging less than 2 yrs per location... I suspect this next move will be for quite...
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    Words I didn't know existed...

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    After going to the movie this morning (movies in the morning just aren't natural, by the way) with Kent , I was reading some reviews of Matrix 2 (follow the link at your own risk... they are full of spoilers...) and I came upon a word that had me visiting...
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    Releasing binaries for my samples

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    Since starting my column , I've received quite a few requests for "just the install" from people who read the article, liked the app I built, but don't have any interest in the code... they just want to run the app! I never really considered that possibility...
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