D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

June 2008 Entries

The Elder on Setting Up Windows Server 2k8 with VMWare

Keith Elder has a great blog post on how to set up a Win 2K8 virtual machine in VMWare, which you can read here.

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Rod Paddock Sheds Some Silverlight On Winnipeg

If you have never had Rod Paddock come and speak at your user group, what the hell are you waiting for?! Rod runs his own company, DashPoint, as well as being editor of Code magazine. He also does a tonne of community work, including taking time out of his schedule to come visit us in Winnipeg (and tonight in Edmonton). Rod presented on Silverlight and creating business applications. The audience was treated to a fantastic presentation and comments from people I talked to after were extremely positive. ......

Microsoft's Entity Framework and "The Petition"

Do you know what I love about the .NET community? DRAMA! Not a day goes by that there isn't some blog post or Twitter discussion that occurs that gets everyone all riled up and motivated to speak their mind, debate, rage, and give us all something to talk about over beers. Sometimes its something that ends up being entertaining, but ultimately trivial or non career altering. But sometimes you get what's happening with Microsoft's Entity Framework. For those who haven't read it yet, or don't know ......

Dev Teach Vancouver Now In June

I was a bit concerned with the announcement that Tech Ed 2009 was going to be held in May instead of the regular June timeframe. Dev Teach, a twice-yearly conference held in Canada, had it's Spring event set for May as well...and as luck would have it, the same week as Tech Ed. I'm really happy to report that Jean-Rene emailed a bunch of us this morning to say that the date for Dev Teach Vancouver was changed to June 8 - 12, 2009! This is great news, as speakers/attendees won't have to choose one ......

Nevermind C-61, ACTA Should Be Our Focus

[Edit: Kent raised a great point in that I may have come accross in this post suggesting we ignore C-61 entirely and focus on ACTA. That was not my intention, and I believe we should be following both motions carefully. I highlighted ACTA only because it will be discussed next month at the G8 summit and possibly accepted, where C-61 will not be resolved until after the summer session break.] There’s something going down behind closed doors. Something that everyone in North America should be outraged, ......

Could We See www.dlussier.gwb Someday?

Interesting article from BBC news about ICANN thinking about relaxing the rules on domain names. Now, the way the article was worded it took me a second read to understand their point. “Domain Names” is a bad choice of term for the article, as we’ve all registered domain names at some point. But what they’re talking about is the extension. Currently its either .com, .net, .org, or some country (as the article points out, .tv wasn’t created for television-based sites…its actually the regional domain ......

This Day 30 Years Ago…(give or take)

It was on this day that two young lovers set in motion events that would change the face of history forever. What those motions were I can’t get into, mainly because this is a PG-rated blog. But nevertheless, we can imagine what the moment before the world changed must have looked like… Happy Birthday Justice Gray! D ......

To Thine Own Self Be True

I get people asking me about going independent all the time. Why I did it, what the experience has been like, etc. One of the key reasons that I've gone off on my own is a strong view that many shops are basically slave/master relationships instead of true emplyee/employer relationships. Obviously not *all* shops are like this, but in my career I have somehow been able to hit every rest stop on the IT Interstate that had a malicious trucker or hobo waiting in the bathroom stall. I bring this up because ......

Help - Iterating Rows Client Side with Infragistics Ultra Web Grid

I'm banging my head on a wall here, and am looking for some insight. I have an Infragistics UltraWebGrid. It allows users to add Widget's to it (well, it doesn't, but we're going with a Widget metaphor here). Each row contains a Widget ID value and a Widget Type ID value. However, no two rows can have the same combination of Widget ID and Widget Type ID...they all must be unique. So I'm using Javascript and the Infragistics client library to try and get this working. Below is the function... You'll ......

Kung Fu Panda - Parallels to Software Development

I saw Kung Fu Panda tonight. It was a great movie, I really enjoyed it. However, as much as the escapades of the animated creatures and the feel-good message was a huge hit for the kids, I kept finding myself drawn to the adult themes in the film...specifically as I compare them to my own career in software development. So I give you the Kung Fu Panda Parallels to Software Development post! So without giving too much of the plot away, let me give some of the movie plot away... Po is a Panda who works ......

Send Text Messages to Cell Phone with Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has launched a new website, http://www.pc2mobile.ca, to show users how they can use Windows Live Messenger to send text messages to contact's cell phones. I want to test it out with some buds to see how it actually works in practice, but if you check out the site it has a great tutorial and a game where you try to text your "friend" into a date with a girl.

Anyway, interesting feature.

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Unit Testing Tools for C++

I hosted a BOF session at Tech Ed Developers 2008 on ‘Creating a Culture of Quality’, and one of the topics that came up was unit testing. One developer talked about how she wanted to get unit testing happening at her company, but because they did embedded applications using C++ she wasn’t sure what the options were…and neither did the rest of the group. I checked with some fellow Western Canadian devs to see if they had any ideas and two products seemed to be at the top of the list: CppUnit and ......

Tech Ed - Post Attendee Party

So after Universal closed down, a bunch of us hit City Walk and headed to the Red Coconut: a local dance club with live music. Random pics of the Twitter Tribe... So this kid at Tech Ed was hanging around with us, and it was his 21st birthday, so we were celebrating with him. Ted orchestrated this little pic... Then things got weird... And odd Tweets were showing up on my Twitter... All in all a great night ......

Tech Ed - Attendee Party

Back to Universal Studios for the Attendee Party, and a good time was had by all! Part of the park was closed off to us (I believe because of another party that seemed to be going on), but we still had a HUGE area to ourselves, and the majority of the attractions. All the food, drinks, and booze were free as well. Unfortunately the hours we had there were cut from 6 - 11 to 8 - 11. Now, you might think that three hours was alot of time...but not when lineups for the more popular rides were between ......

Tech Ed - Working the ARC Area

So instead of trying to do these Tech Ed posts on a day-to-day basis, I'm just going to be doing them topical instead. So let's talk about working the ARC area. As an MVP, we're given an opportunity to attend Tech Ed under a work program. We commit to working 16 hours in one of the TLC areas, and in exchange we get free admission to Tech Ed. I submitted and was selected for the program, being assigned to the Architecture area (or ARC). Now, I had gone to Tech Ed in 2005, and I knew there were people ......

Tech Ed: Tuesday

Tuesday was the first *official* day of Tech Ed, kicking off with a keynote by Bill Gates…and his last keynote in his current role with Microsoft. It was a good keynote, but honestly there was nothing big or surprising announcement wise. This makes sense since PDC is coming up and they’ll wait to make any big announcements there, but you always hope there will be a little something. I worked my first shift at the Architecture booth and it was a great experience (and deserves its own blog post). The ......

Tech Ed: The Last Few Days

So I’ve been a bit all over the place with my Tech Ed posts, not really going in order, jumping around between days and sessions and stuff. So here’s a high level recap of the last 4 days. So after all my travel stuff, Sunday night I hooked up with some INETA peeps and we had dinner and hung out at Howl At the Moon (awesome music bar here in Orlando). Monday was registration/training/Party with Palermo day. The convention center has a very similar layout to my 2005 Tech Ed, although maybe with a ......

Turning On Thumbnails in Server 2008


Tools > Folder Options > View Tab

Uncheck the first box, which says “Always show icons, never thumbnails” and voila: your thumbnails return.



Speaker Idol – Tuesday’s Heat

I’m attending the first heat of Speaker Idol here at Tech Ed...I'm competing in the third heat and want to "scope out the competition". The judges are Steve Smith, Yasir from Austria, Mark Dunn, and Scott Stansfield (winner from last year). Rachel Appel is up first. She’s going to be talking about Dynamic Data. OMG, she’s using Northwind…I just heard Scott Hanselman from accross the convention center scream “NOOOOOOOOOO…”. Honestly I haven’t looked into Dynamic Data much, but I see that its using ......

Tech Ed – Access Developers are Stupid and Not Real Developers

Hey, don’t get mad at me. Don’t go off on how dare I put this blog post out there, because if you’re an Access developer you should know its YOUR people saying this. Let me back up a bit. I’m here at the blog lounge, and its right outside the Tech Ed Online stage where there’s a conversation on ‘Upgrading From Access to SQL Server’. The things I’m hearing are a bit disturbing. Here’s what I’m hearing in a nutshell: “Not all applications require SQL Server and a .NET front end, and Access is perfectly ......

Tech Ed – Day 0, Part 1

So Sunday was “Day 0” for me here at Tech Ed. I figured it would go like this: - Fly in to Orlando - Check into my hotel - Spend the night fixing my Server 2008 - Sleep What happened: - Flew in to Orlando - Checked into my hotel - Spent the night partying with INETA peeps - Worked on my machine - Fell asleep at 1:30ish The flight in was great. Winnipeg to Minneapolis and then to Orlando. Great Northwest Airlines experience. Getting to Orlando, I had purchased a Mears shuttle pass ahead of time to ......

Server 2008 – Happy Ending

My buddy Will posted a great comment on my last post which helped me huge in getting Server 2008 onto my HP laptop. Go read it, but in a nutshell: There’s a folder on the default HP image that contains all the required drivers. You simply need to copy that off, install Server 2008, and then install the drivers. This got me to 99%…the only thing that was missing was wlanapi.dll…or at least that’s what my wireless LAN manager told me. There was *no* way to enable the wireless connection, even with ......

Adventures with Server 2008 and Tech Ed

So yesterday was the day before leaving for Tech Ed, and so I decided that it would be the *perfect* time to finally upgrade my travel laptop to Windows Server 2008. I mean seriously, how hard could it be?! Well...for the most part it wasn't. I actually really like having Server 2008 on my machine, except for one small issue that has become the dealbreaker...but let me just gloss over some things quickly for those thinking of doing the same thing: - When you install Server 2008, just do Standard ......