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Firefox whole hog....
So I changed my browser defaults to Firefox and I'm giving it a whirl full time.... I've been Firefox user for a while now, but it's always been a limited thing for specific tasks, now with correct configuration of IE Tabs plug in and a few others I've decided to give it a go full time and use nothing but Firefox and see what happens... One thing I've already noticed that I didn't in my more limited use was I really prefer IE's Favorites handling to Firefox's Bookmarks. IE in may ways is playing ......

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 11:57 AM

Outsourcing quickie

Hands down winner of the Best Use of term "Outsourcing" award:

From dooce

"I still can’t pee without another human being in the room, and rarely is she not there to hand me a wad of toilet paper or to flush the potty for me, sometimes offering to do the wiping. Um, thanks, how nice of you, but that’s not really a task I like to outsource."

-A

Posted On Monday, August 28, 2006 10:15 AM

Technology cannot replace skills
Reading this daily WTF: The Customer-Friendly System I'm struck with how much wasted money companies pour into systems designed so "non-technical" employees can update/alter/re-engineer technical systems.... I propose that 90% of the time is easier, cheaper, and faster to simply bring in people with real skills to actually maintain real systems.... (and if your IT/DEV department is not skilled enough? Find people who are!) Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying hard-code every web page and screw ......

Posted On Friday, August 18, 2006 10:04 AM

Sourcesafe is evil
Good post over at coding horror re: Sourcesafe http://www.codinghorror.com... Personally I like Subversion, but my current project is making the move to TFS... unfortunately from what I've seen so far (for the TFS features we're using) TFS is a large, more complicated, very expensive, weak version of Subversion.... Granted we're still early on in the process, but for simplicity and power it's hard to beat the Subversion/TortoiseSVN/Crui... triple play.... -Andy ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 9:38 AM

Israel, Lebanon and Hezbollah
I was recently refered to a technical blog about an article discussing the new .Net 3.0/Vista seperation and I found had trouble reading the article because of a banner at the top of the page that read "Stop Israeli agression in Lebanon!".... Now, I'm not one of those super-pro-Israel people. Israel is a country like any other, it has pros and cons. It is in an area rich in history and in strife. And I generally try and stay away from any strong feelings one way or another about the conflict there. ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 8, 2006 6:32 AM

Sandbar, ToolStrips and design time....
My current application used Sandbar for menuing and toolbars because it was originally constructed in .NET v1.1 and Sandbar gave us some great functionality that the basic menus/toolbars in .Net v1.1 did not..... For the most part with our conversion to .Net v2.0 we have the attitude of "if it works, don't update". Basically there are many areas of the application that did not need any change when we migrated to .Net 2.0 several months ago. Toolbars, specifically Sandbar, was one of these, until ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 7:31 AM

Death of NDoc
I was just reading over on Hanselman's Computer Zen about the death of NDoc. That's really too bad. I didn't use NDoc extensively, but in past projects I had toyed with it a bit and we set it up in continuous integration project once. It was solid and simple. Two things to strive for in software development.... Too often "Open Source" and "Free Software" are synonymous, we forget that people work on open source projects on their own time and depend on donations for support.... Take a moment right ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 6:44 AM

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