March, 2005

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    Free Ebooks...


    Apress has decided to make some of their back catalog available as free downloadable e-books. This includes Troelson's "COM and .NET Interoperability", a book I used to have until it went walkabout.

    Andrew obviously doesn't get any revenue from this, so if you like his work, you might consider buying C# and the .NET Platform.

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    Generics and CLS compliance...


    This is dated news by now, but since I missed it, you might have as well. It was decided back in December that Generics would be CLS-compliant for Whidbey.

    This is very good news. While I fully expected customers to use generics in Whidbey regardless of whether it was included in the CLS, not having it in the CLS would have required that library designers who wanted to follow the rules would either have had to avoid using generics or provide both generic and non-generic constructs. Neither of those approaches are very good.

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    PowerCollections Video


    Gus points to a nice video with Peter Golde (ex C# language designer and compiler dev lead) about the Power Collections project.

    Peter has a nice blog where he talks and asks questions about how things should work.

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    Twilight Zone Mods


    I was going to call this "Pimp Your Pin", but decided on a more descriptive title.

    A week or so ago, I spent a few hours installing some mods to my Twilight Zone.

    The first one was the backboard decal. Easy to install, though the decal needed to be trimmed a bit to fit. A nice improvement to the look of the machine.

    The next one was the door flasher kit. This replaces a feature that was cut to reduce the cost of the machine. An easy enough install, but frankly, it really doesn't make much of a difference.

    Next was the gumballs, a set of 60 small plastic gumballs that fill in the outer clear part of the gumball machine. You can either take the gumball machine apart (a lot of work), or you can do it more simply, and squeeze them in the space between the between the outer shell and the inner section. To do this, you have to press them in really hard (ie so hard your thumbs hurt), but it's worth the effort. This is definitely a nice upgrade.

    I also added a Gumball flasher from PinGizmos. This adds few white LEDs to light up the gumball machine when the load light is flashing. The mod requires a small mod to the plastic divider, easily accomplished with a diamond wheel in the Dremel. This is a good mod, and really adds something to the machine. 

    The biggest upgrade was a set of new speakers. If you've ever pulled factory speakers out of a car, you've already seen the quality of the stock speakers in the pinball. Williams pins actually have 3-way speaker systems, with a separate woofer, midrange, and tweeter. This set has a bigger woofer and upgraded mid and tweeter, and the sound difference is pretty impressive. Much better on the music, and the deep bass sounds actually make the pin vibrate.

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    Job openings on the MovieMaker team

    The Windows Movie Maker team has a couple of job openings right now. If you're interested in working on a great team using cool technology, please follow these links for more information:


    I read this after I posted it, and it seemed really blah. The Movie Maker Team (referred to as the "Video Memories Group" in one of the listings) is a great team to work on. Dev, PM, and QA work well together, and the people have a lot of passion towards what they're doing. And there tends to be a lot of cool technology floating around the team.

    I thought about adding "work with me" to the post, but decided that that was probably a liability rather than an asset.

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