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Washington Joke (and it doesn't involve rain!)
God was missing for six days. Eventually, Michael, the archangel, found him, resting on the seventh day. He inquired of God."Where have you been?" God sighed a deep sigh of satisfaction, and proudly pointed downwards through the clouds. "Look, Michael, what I've made." Archangel Michael looked puzzled, and said, "What is it?" "It's a planet," replied God, "and I've put Life on it. I'm going to call it Earth and it's going to be a great place of balance." "Balance?" inquired Michael, still confused. ......

Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2005 11:48 PM

Scoble says a Longhorn announcement is coming.

Scoble says that an announcement is coming tomorrow morning around 6am. 

He says it'll be posted here.

I wonder what it could be?

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:25 PM

Oh dear... Google Maps + HotOrNot = hot people by zip code

Just saw this via Neowin...

http://apps.hotornot.com/jeff/

Who comes up with this stuff?  Seriously?

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 3:59 PM

So where AM I working?
Gretchen over at the JobsBlog posted an entry about the campus I'm working at, what we call “RedWest” campus. The first thing I was told about Red West when I got here was that it has the best cafeteria. http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsb... One little touch specific to Red West that I like is the preponderance of MSN flags (which line the road through our little set of buildings). There's a certain pride to working at MSN nowadays. We're the front line in the ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 3:46 AM

Safest cars in the world.
I'm always talking about how much I love my Audi. One point I often make when people ask me about it is safety. I feel safe knowing that my car was designed to protect me and my passengers. So far this year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given four cars their “Double Best Pick” - meaning perfect scores in both front and side-impact crash testing. Two of them were Audis. From CNN.com: Only four vehicles have earned the "Double best pick" rating from the Institute: Audi ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 1:37 AM

Want to index your Trillian IM logs?
Jeff Schoolcraft wrote in his blog about a problem he had getting WDS to index his Trillian log files, which are text files with a “.log“ extension - an extension we ignore by default. Removing that extension from the ignore list will get the files indexed (assuming you choose to index the appropriate folder), but it then displays some bizarre behavior when returning results. As a fellow Trillian user I sympathized with Jeff's problem, although I hadn't yet tried to index those logs. ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 4:26 PM

Desktop Search SDK FAQ: What column names can I ask for?
So our (beta) SDK sample includes a sizeable list of column names that you can ask for from the indexer (in the QueryBuilder.cs file)... but it's far from a full list. These are the string constants that you pass to ExecuteQuery in the second parameter (and also you pass one of them as the third parameter to sort by). ExecuteQuery works like this: _Recordset resultSet = foo.ExecuteQuery(“a query to search for“, “DocTitle, DocAuthor, Url“, “DocTitle“, null) Let's ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 8:41 PM

Calling the WDS API from VB .NET
Some people in the Aqua-Soft forum had questions about how to call the Windows Desktop Search API from VB .NET. There are two ways to do this right now, using our beta SDK. 1) Download the SDK and Sample (see my post below) files. Reference WDSQuery.dll and include QueryBuilder.cs in your project. Then you can instantiate a QueryBuilder object and use that (the comments in that file, or IntelliSense, will guide you). It's pretty simple. OR 2) Use the COM API directly. Here's what I posted over there: ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 7:29 PM

We have an SDK!
A little over a week ago we released our international version of the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search. As part of that release, we shipped BETA support for our developer API. Actually, CNET and some others found our SDK without us making any fuss about it. The reason we didn't (until today) is that we wanted to fix up a couple things before doing so. So Steve Ickman went back and made a few changes, including seperating the IDL file into two (one for the query interface, and one for ......

Posted On Saturday, July 9, 2005 12:23 AM

Dear Yahoo,
Tonight, going without my music collection (which is on a truck on its way to Washington) finally got too tough. So I decided to try out one of those fancy monthly subscriptions where I can download millions of songs, transfer them to my portable player/phone/car and enjoy that warm feeling that comes from making sure that recording industry executives don't ever have to worry about putting less-than-premium fuel in their private jets ever again. Because of the extremely competitive price, and my ......

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2005 1:47 AM

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