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Where is Canada, anyway? Is my SPOT watch there?
Rob pointed me to this great deal at TigerDirect.ca for a Abacus SPOT watch for $30. I wouldn't spend $150 for one of these things, but at $30, I couldn't resist. I've been able to play with it for just over a day, and I must say, it is really cool. I would love to be able to push my own content and code to it, but no SDK as of yet. When I was waiting for it to charge, I thought I would read the Reference Guide. I came across this: “Regardless of where you travel in North America or Canada, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 28, 2004 5:09 AM

10-Seconds of Corporate Fame
The company I work for is creating a corporate video to advertise at a trade show. It's about this BizTalk-based project that I've been going on about lately. The reason that they are making this video is because it, as anyone who as ever made a workflow product can verify, is not very demonstrable. They asked me if I would be willing to be taped, as they needed some sound bites (from a propeller head, I guess) to put in this video. At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to do this, but I have always ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2004 2:48 AM

A BizTalk Breakfast
Well, it's really official now, I'm going to presenting at ObjectSharp's Architect's Breakfast in December. I've been working on a project involving BizTalk 2004, SharePoint, and InfoPath for some time now. We hired a couple guys from ObjectSharp (Dave, Rob and Matt) to shore up some resource shortfalls. I guess Dave liked what he saw as he asked me to be a big part of this breakfast. My part of the presentation is talking about the software we used, and the things we learned along the way. This ......

Posted On Friday, November 19, 2004 3:20 AM

lock(typeof(MyClass))

I was in a code review this week, and we came across the mistake of locking the type of a static class for thread sychronization (probably because it was documented in MSDN to do it this way).

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/archive/en-us/dnaraskdr/html/askgui06032003.asp

Posted On Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:48 PM

MSDE
I've heard, from time to time, that MSDE cannot be used for distributed applications. This is not true! I wasn't able to find any Microsoft Knowledge Base articles specifically for this, but I was able to find bits and pieces here and there, which I have combined here. To enable the network libraries of your choice, run (TCP/IP and/or Named Pipes are a good choices): Installation Drive/Program Files/Microsoft SQL Server/80/Tools/BINN/svrnet... If you have access to SQL Server client tools, you ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 2, 2004 9:21 PM

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