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Giants in our midst.
Well, I heard today that all the little problems have been taken care of, so here it is, Patrick Hynds has a blog. This to me is the equivalent of someone inventing bread (blogs) and then someone else inventing the butter (Patrick's blog). An awesome addition to the blogshpere this is. (<--didn't mean to sound like Yoda but oh well. ) This is something I have been waiting on for a while now. I just know this blog will be a wealth of great information for all. I still think he's one of the best ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 30, 2004 12:22 PM

Scott, ninjas, me and the spell checker.
As Scott Hanselman's post Code, and Ninjas you can see... came over my intraVnews to my Outlook, and the little toast popped up with the title, I freaked out. I had a little episode today, after my bad morning I decided to stay away from code for most of the day, and I wanted to get caught up on some non coded documentation and correspondences. I had to write up a little diddy for the bosses and admins as to why the *huge* truckload of handheld devices, that they picked up on auction somewhere from ......

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2004 12:45 PM

Lazy Coder Day
I know a lot of bloggers and writers and speakers have been condemming the lazy coder. Today I will be he. I just found out via a cell call ( I think ALL management around here thinks they have EVERY Friday in the summer off just because) that I am to start a new project today, and inheriting another half finished half assed project next week, do be done by mid July. Both projects are to be done in VB6. Great. How long has .NET been out? Just because the other developers I work with (whom I actually ......

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2004 5:59 AM

Get PDFs from all your chums.
I am a huge fan of the ebook. I love ebooks. Sure all the books on the bookshelf make you look all smart and cool and stuff, but I like having all the ebooks to search, right at my fingertips. The only problem I have is some books come with e versions in the .chm format, and the publishers name some of them like 41324987Book_Version_2.3.chm. When I pull the .chm to my laptop and dump it into the ebook folder, 41324987Book_Version_2.3.chm means nothing to me when there's 200 documents and a third ......

Posted On Friday, June 25, 2004 5:29 AM

Slave Released
Just finished up with Bob Reselman's Coding Slave. Being a coder from a smaller shop, this shed a little light onto hot topics that seem to be all the buzz in our industry like off-shoring and massive coding projects. Not the best fiction, but I've read a lot worse too; he does the job getting the point across. There were some good points and great ideas in the book. Too bad the Guild would be almost impossible to achieve today, it was a though provoking concept. Maybe it isn't as hard as I think. ......

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2004 2:30 PM

Extensive in an understatement
Just finished reading an article on 4GuysFromRolla called “An Extensive Examination of the DataGrid Web Control”. Wow. A great article from start to finish with all the downloads needed to follow along. If this is something you're interested in or need to get caught up on quickly, this is the article to take you through it all. Take the time to go through it, and while you're at it, check out the rest of the site. ......

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2004 2:22 PM

Does having a sidekick make me a superhero?
OK, it may look or seem a little teenage-girlie, but I finally gave in to needs and got myself a T-mobile Sidekick. 2 network admins we contract from time to time had them, and since I first saw them checking their email on it, I knew I *needed* one. I picked mine up over the web from OnTheGo. The email function is straight forward enough, easy to use and it can snag a few POP accounts if you want it to. One of my biggest contract gigs relies on AOL IM to communicate, so that feature works great ......

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2004 8:40 AM

got Gmail?
I have to give *huge* thanks to Marcie. This weekend she spread a little more gmail love, going to the runners-up of her Gmail contest. I will do my best to get enough traffic to produce a couple invites. Dunno how long it takes or how it works, but I will be exclusively using my Gmail account for all my communications. So far it works great. I'm sure by now everyone knows all the features, but I have to say, the conversation feature of grouping emails is “BRILLIANT!”. I will post as ......

Posted On Monday, June 21, 2004 6:20 AM

Extension Junction what's your function?
I saw on Channel 9 someone asking what the .MSPX file extension was all about. From what I know, it's an XML based web page. I looked it up at my favourite Extension-Looker-Upper-Thingie and sure enough, that's about all they say too. Oh and that it's owned by MS. Filext is a pretty good extension reference page usually. Now you can ask your slower co-workers “Hey Billy-Bob betcha a six pack of PBR ya don't know what MSPX is” and maybe come home with a nice surprise for your spouse/partner/lover/roomma... ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 11:15 AM

ASP.NET 2.0... Can you say *sweet*?
Check out the June 04 MSDN Magazine online. There are loads of ASP.NET 2.0 info jam packed into this issue. I also noticed if you go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/m... alone you get the current issue, with one small glitch. If you go to http://msdn.microsoft.com/m... you have two additional options to the right of the magazine cover image. The download all code and download the chum for this issue. Download the complete code from this issue: MSDNMag0406.exe (461 KB) Download this ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2004 6:19 AM

Yahoo's Gettin' Better
Well someone must have woke up at Yahoo. They announced today that they will be providing more storage for both the free users and the pay users. There are a few great changes, 10MB attachments, 100MB (or 2GB pay) in boxes and an improved mail search function. Now if they would only stop making me pay for the POP access. I love the little “DING” Outlook gets new mail for me. I like being able to get at my mail anywhere and not have to change when I change jobs or ISP's. If only POP access ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2004 7:17 AM

Spam belongs between two slices of bread with some ketchup
I wonder what SPAM did to deserve having the annoying email plague being named after them? We all get spam, we all hate spam. What's worse is when there's an app or something you want or need and they make you fill out a little form with an email address and you put in something like GO-DRY-HUMP@YOUR-MOTHER.COM and then hit submit and they tell you to go check your email right now for the link to the download site for your file. Makes you feel like Link in the old Legend of Zelda. So now you're faced ......

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2004 10:07 AM

As expected, great book
OK for the most part, I am a VB6 maintainer / VB.NET and VB ASP.NET Developer. I recently inherited a bunch of C# apps at work, some complete, some not. Two little whines here. First, I guess this is my 'reward' for shipping my latest solution like 2 months early on a 12 month cycle. No 'good job', just OK now we can cut that consultant and you can finish/maintain his work now. Second whine, all his work is in C#. I have *no* problem with C#, I like it, I am not as productive with it as I am in VB, ......

Posted On Friday, June 11, 2004 7:56 AM

The day the music died = (
It might not be as big as the death of Ronald Reagan, but a *huge* loss nonetheless. From AP - Ray Charles, the Grammy-winning crooner who blended gospel and blues in such crowd-pleasers as "What'd I Say" and heartfelt ballads like "Georgia on My Mind," died Thursday, a spokesman said. He was 73. I saw him at the Litchfield Jazz Fest in 2000, and he was absolutely indescribable. What a man, what a voice, what a musician. If you love his music, check this out: Ray Charles 50th. I own it and if it's ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 12:53 PM

OK so I acted like I was 6 again
<digression> My wife is a 3rd grade teacher, but I have to confess, I think I had more fun with this than she or her kids did. If you have little kids or just like to act like one sometime, check this out: The Toymaker. I have a couple of nieces and nephews that will eat this stuff up. If you liked that page, click through the links on her nav bar, there's a Holiday section and a colour your own section. Very very nice. Big thanks to Fishbucket for this link. Anne always has cool stuff over ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 9:12 AM

Smooth(ingMode) Criminal
Scott needs help!  No, really Scott Hanselman needs help resizing / scaling an image in ASP.NET and not having it come out looking like ass.  One of you porn daddies out there has to be able to help him.  Drop him a line!  Thanks. 

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 5:35 AM

I Object!
So, I was listening to this week's DotNetRocks with Rocky Lhotka, and I have to beg you, check it out. They get into a talk about Business Objects right at the beginning. When someone asks me if I know Business Objects and OOP, I *do* know what they are, but if I were asked this on an interview, I might sound like a bumbling idiot right off the bat (it usually takes a lot longer for people to find that out). Nice descriptions of Business Logic and other concepts that we might know but not know that ......

Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 5:26 AM

Goin Mobile...
Here is another great opportunity for some *free* information. Who doesn't like free information? This time Thom and the folks at the Waltham MA office are dishing out heaping helpings of free MOBILE DEVELOPMENT information. I know Avonelle has a lot to say about free events, and I agree with her. I have been to a few crappy free events. I haven't been to any crappy events at Waltham tho. I do know that Duane Laflotte is one heck of a great presenter. He, Patrick, and the guys from CriticalSites ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2004 10:03 AM

Express yourself
I downloaded Microsoft Expression last night and played with it for a bit today. It is a pretty cool vector based drawing program. I know, I know, we have so many drawing programs, who needs another? So far, I have to say I like it. I am unsure what the final deal will be with the software, as far as purchasing / distribution, etc. I was able to download the app and play with it. For those who won't / can't dish out the $$$ for Photoshop, I say go check it out. There is also a somewhat useful forum ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2004 9:49 AM

Arragghhh!
There's fifteen minutes of my life I will not get back. Wow, go to your nearest Starbucks and get 3 Quad Venti Lattes and then follow this link. Thanks a lot to Melissa for posting this. Brings you back to the days of yore and then traps you there. Cool little diversion. I like to think of the balls as little programmers and the paddles as confused managers running around. Would that make the obstacles our customers? ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2004 5:04 AM

Almost Free!
Who doesn't like free stuff? Dunno if you missed this, but MSDN Magazine is giving away CDs with 4 years of archived issues, *and* all the code samples. For the cost of shipping, you get a search able CD with all the info from all the issues 2000 - 2003. Pretty neat. I know the stuff's online, but this is just easier, and you get all the code. As soon as I got it, I copied the contents to my development laptop. The whole ball of wax takes up 375 meg. Not bad for tons of useful info at your virtual ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 12:18 PM

So many toys, so little time.
WOW. I had no idea there were this many tools, add-ins, and toys made for Visual Studio.net. Check this out, the site is rich with categorized, searchable listings. I wish I could take a week off and just download them all and try them. If you find something you love, or already use something in this list that either rocks your world or ruined your life, pass the news on here or wherever else you want. Also, Fabrice is looking to interview users to help spread the word about these cool tools. ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 7:07 PM

Want MoreGoogle?
Here's a neat little add-in for Google that adds thumbnail views and the option to 'open page in another window'. Cool, now you can make Google look more like your favourite shopping site. MoreGoogle also adds links to archived versions of the site. It adds cool features like letting you rank the site and they adhere to Google's Privacy Policy and don't spy on you. Like they say, you don't need it, but you know you want it ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 7:02 PM

All the scoop on Win XP SP 2 TP
If you're thinking “so what, not interested“, you better be. There's quite a bit in here affecting developers. So there are probably some of us who still have not taken a look at XP SP2. From a great post at Channel 9, here are some other resources on Windows XP SP2 Technical Preview:1) Download it.2) Learn what it means for developers.3) Get more information.Watch the Video Thanks Rebecca for all the juice! Looks like a lot to digest. If you need more information than this, check out ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2004 8:10 AM

I spy with my FREE eye... FREE XMLSPY home edition.
Thanks Sam, for this awesome post. I don't know who does or doesn't know about this, but there is a FREE version of Altova's XMLSPY. Yes, for home use, you can download a free copy. I didn't check my calendar, but somewhere in the world, somehow, today must be a kick ass holiday! Free XMLSPY for home is the best thing since, um ah, XMLSPY the original? Yeah, Thanks again Sam. and thank you Altova, for a great product and a great deal. ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2004 6:40 AM

O(qo) Boy!!! and, and, AND: a stereo headphone.
Oh boy, I cannot wait. I often said to myself that I'd love something 1/2 the size of a tablet, or 2x the size of my iPaq. Low and behold, oqo. This little baby seems to have it all. WinXP means no more trying to find the WinCE version of my favorite software, everything just works. Add in a tablet style screen with an input stylus, some USB and 802.11 connectivity, among other features found in laptops that you need yet another different expansion card to get on your PocketPC, and you have my next ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 10:48 AM

Got my Slave today!!!
Coding Slave that is... After hearing Carl and Rory talk about this book on DotNetRocks, I decided I had to get it. I am really looking forward to reading it. Head over to Bob's site, and buy “ The novel that the software industry does not want you to read!”. Also make sure you take the short quiz, pretty enlightening and depressing and fun all at the same time! Good stuff ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 7:31 AM

Code Camp Updates
For those of us lucky enough to be able to attend Microsoft's Code Camp in Waltham last month, Thom posted some more materials to download. For those who missed it, Code Camp was a weekend event at Microsoft in Waltham MA, May 15 & 16. That's a Saturday ( 900 to 2100 ) and Sunday (900 to 1630 ) It was an AWESOME weekend. The day was jam packed with useful information presented by the likes of Pat Hynds, Thom Robbins, Duane Laflotte, and Chris Pels among others. I thought the weekend was a huge ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 6:59 AM

Movies to Go AND free VB.
The first think I thought when I saw the VB at the Movies section of MSDN was, “wow, if only I could download these”. They are pretty informative little clips that might actually teach even the experienced developer a little tip or tidbit. Well here they are, and now you can download all the clips by section. Also I noticed this on the page a little warning saying something about the FREE copies of VB were going fast. If you haven't checked this out yet, you better hurry! ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 11:33 AM

I can see clearly now
Found a great new tool this weekend, the QuickWatch for a Data Set Project on Code Project. This little time saver easily gives you the contents of a data set to help with debugging with a mere right click. I only got a quick chance to play with this so far, but it definitely looks like something I will use on a regular basis. Definitely a clever add-in to VS.NET. Great Job to mohammed barqawi ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 9:24 AM

Something's Missing
So I might be the last to know, and you've probably heard by now, but in case you haven't, Rob Howard is leaving Microsoft. I saw him at the ASP.NET Roadshow, and a couple random conferences, and he was great. I also enjoyed the book he contributed to ASP.NET Coding Strategies. Keep an eye on his new site to see what he's up to. http://www.telligentsystems... Good Luck Rob! p.s. He's still speaking at DevTeach. ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 6:38 AM

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