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Visual Studio 2005 Express Beta Products
That's right! Launched at TechEd Europe just hours ago. Go to the VS 2005 Express Homepage for all the details. You can also read the Express Team's Blog. You can also check out the C# RSS Reader sample application that comes with the C# Express Edition. How about an Express Edition of SQL Server 2005? You got it! Oh, and did I mention that these are available to ANYONE! No MSDN subscriptions required. Also announced at TechEd is the MSDN Product Feedback Center. Now that's cool! Wow! What an exciting ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 29, 2004 4:32 AM

It's not always Windows' and Microsoft's Fault...
Here's a notice from one of my vendors alerting us to a problem with third party memory shipped with some HP/Compaq notebooks. Take special note of the paragraph I've highlighted in red. I wonder just how often BSOD's are attributable to faulty hardware from some vendor that doesn't care to announce the problem. THANK YOU HP for being up front and acknowledging it! <ANNOUNCEMENT> Dear Insight Client: HP today announced that during routine testing of notebook PCs, the company identified a design ......

Posted On Monday, June 28, 2004 7:04 AM

GMail is just too creepy...

Really, really creepy.

Dave
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Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 8:53 PM

Microsoft Research Feeds

Three new RSS feeds available on the MSR site.  Subscibed!

Dave
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Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 3:17 PM

Another corporate boondoggle lost...

Comdex has cancelled their show for 2004.  Bummer...

Dave
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Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 11:47 AM

Blogging is...
Web Logging (or 'blogging') is a masturbatory inbred-hit-counting stroke-off. And the people that disagree with this are insane. At least, that's what I used to think. I was at the MVP Summit a while back talking with fellow MVP Bruce Johnson about blogging and he told me that he uses his blog as a place to record things that he didn't want to forget. Like something that took you ages to debug or figure out and you wanted to record the process so you could refer back to it. Keep it all in one place ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 11:07 AM

Scobleizer knows something...

And he ain't tellin'.  He has alluded to the launch of something really cool.  Best we keep an eye on this guy.  Subscribed.

[Update]

And according to a comment here from thomas woelfer, so does the Scobelizer's Boss.  Subscribed!

Dave
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Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2004 7:16 AM

Death of the Windows API
Joel Spolsky has created quite a stir with his recent ravings about the demise of the desktop and how Microsoft has lost the API war. First, I didn't even know there was an API war going on. Second, I see the coming of .NET and the CLR as a technology that ensures Microsoft's survival rather than a prescient indicator of its eventual demise. The biggest concern that I see with browser-based application, beyond the obvious user interface issues, is the fact that they don't work offline. There are ......

Posted On Sunday, June 20, 2004 11:55 AM

HOWTO: IFormatProvider, Culture and ToString()

I've moved this over into the Articles under the HOWTO category.

Dave
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Posted On Friday, June 18, 2004 11:33 AM

An eerie calm settles over the web...
It's weird. I usually have a steady steam of email into my InBox all day long from the 5 email accounts that I have for various purposes.. Some junk. Some not. But for the last couple of days, it's been really really quiet. Almost...too quiet. I send myself test emails to make sure that it's still working and they get through. As annoying as email can be some days, I'm finding it rather unsettling now that it's not pouring in. Hey, is that Rod Serling over there... DaveJust because I can ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 11:57 AM

HOWTO: Install the May VS.NET 2005 Community Tech Preview

For those of you having some trouble with this, I have updated my previous post with my experience.  I have the tech preview installed and working fine now. 

Dave
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Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 9:29 AM

Humour - SellsBrother Style
I'm thinking the good folks over at Sells Brothers have way too much time on their hands. Then again, I've got time to read stuff like this: First, the poem itself (there are many versions, this is just one): <> ! * ' ' #^ " ` $ $ -! * = @ $ _% * <> ~ # 4& [ ] . . / | { , , system halted In English, this reads: waka waka bang splat tick tick hashcaret quote back-tick dollar dollar dashbang splat equal at dollar under-scorepercent splat waka waka tilda number fourampersand bracket ......

Posted On Sunday, June 13, 2004 8:48 AM

This may just be the most heinous misuse of HTML EVER!!

Brace yourself:

http://www.somethingawful.com/angelgurl/index.htm

It's not dirty or sick or anything so it's work safe.

Dave
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Posted On Thursday, June 10, 2004 3:19 PM

Ongoing Community Debate
If you're following (or simply couldn't avoid) the ongoing debate I've been having with my new cave-dwelling aquaintance XENO, you'll know that he has been touting the open source and Java communities saying how much better they are than the Microsoft versions. As I don't spend a lot of time in that space, I am really ill equiped to comment with any real authority. Ted Neward, Java cognoscenti and Editor-in-Chief of TheServerSide.NET has an interesting post that gives some insight into the Java community. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2004 8:18 AM

Installing the May Community Preview of Whidbey
**NOTICE** What Whidbey meant to say was that it did install but that ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WILL FRICKIN' WORK!! We now return to our regularly scheduled program. Time for bed. Success at last! While not as tedious as the March install it was still a big PITA. See my previous post for the blow-by-blow commentary. [UPDATE 2004-06-14] The final key to a successful install for me was to burn the ISO image to a DVD and then use that in the VPC. I was trying to install from a network share within the VPC ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 8:15 PM

Point Your Toes; We're Going in Deep
I just started installation of the Visual Studio .NET 2005 May Communuty Preview. So far things are looking a lot better than the March release. Wish me luck! UPDATE: “The installer has encountered an unexpected error installing this package. This may indicate a problem with this package. The error code is 2337.“ The file displayed in the progress window is CppCodeProvider.dll. How helpful... The Saga Continues: I decided not to screw with the default typical install choices and “The ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 4:36 PM

Thinking of Visiting Canada?
Depending on what type of fun you are into you could spend a couple of weeks in the Toronto area and never get bored. There is the Royal Ontario Museum, The Ontario Science Center, SkyDome, the CN Tower, Canada's Wonderland Amusement Park, The Toronto Zoo, Ontario Place, or Harbourfront Center for a little culture. Downtown Toronto has lots of great shopping etc and a huge mall called The Eaton Center. There's lot's more big city stuff like the fashion district and stage shows etc... Oooh and let's ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 9:47 AM

More Crying from the Crackbaby
XENO is still at it: Oh wait... I see how Microsoft is creating community. By creating tons of blog sites for it's developers to try and deluge the web with so it looks like an open forum for discussion of technology but in fact it's just a Microsoft forum to spout it's FUD.Geekswithblogs.net, sqljunkies.com, etc. Sad... truly sad. It's like paying people to talk about how great you are in hopes that others will buy into it. <yawn> More of the same tired old rhetoric (that means loud and confused ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 10:58 AM

Ellison and McNealy - I knew they were arrogant...
...but this is ridiculous. Check out these excerpts from this article on Wired News WN: "You (Jeffrey Rosen) relate a disturbing conversation with Larry Ellison in which he proposed aligning America's national security strategy with the Oracle business plan by building a national database that would include fingerprints. Ellison got testy when you raised privacy concerns. What's good for Oracle and Larry Ellison should be good for America, he seemed to say. Are the corporate market's needs driving ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2004 7:01 AM

Chance at a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate

The good folks at Wintellect need your help with a little research they are conducting.  If you choose to give them your contact info, you'll be entered into a draw for one of five $100 Amazon gift certificates.

Dave
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Posted On Sunday, June 6, 2004 6:59 PM

Crying Crackbaby...
Some person named Xeno from www.crackbaby.com (which is about all I should have to say) writes: Oh please... uif Microsoft gave a shit about community, it would start making it's products cross platform. Uh, don't get the connection between cross platform and community. Community can evolve around anything. - does Oracle work on various platforms? Yes. Does SQL Server? No. Sure Oracle runs on various platforms. Know how they do it? It's interpreted code. That means it's S-L-O-W. That's why it needs ......

Posted On Saturday, June 5, 2004 8:49 PM

Microsoft's Commitment to Community

If there was ever any doubt in your mind about Microsoft's commitment to community, this ought to clear it up for you.

Bill Gates also calls out the importance of community during his keynote address at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2004.

Dave
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Posted On Saturday, June 5, 2004 4:36 PM

Refactoring support for VB in VS.NET 2005

Here is a leaked screen shot of the new refactoring context menu in VB 8.  Finally they are simplifying things for the vb guys and gals. 

http://www.secretgeek.net/refactvb.asp

Cool..

Dave
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Posted On Saturday, June 5, 2004 10:25 AM

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