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Eric Hammersley <insert impressive list of technology to blog about here> September 2005 Entries
A Katrina Victim tells his story
It has been almost a month since Hurricane Katrina and nearly as long since I posted the article, “Financial Assistance for Katrina Victims is… sent by mail?”. Since then I have received numerous responses to my article from displaced Katrina victims who are having all sorts of problems with FEMA and emergency assistance. I want to share one of the responses with you that I received this morning. ———— To whom it may concern: On September 6th, 2005 I applied ......

Posted On Saturday, September 24, 2005 3:14 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Beta 3 is up on MSDN Downloads

Everyone has been talking about it for days.  As of now Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server Beta 3 is available for download from MSDN downloads.

Posted On Friday, September 23, 2005 8:01 PM

Hmmm... Having fun Jeff?

I just found this funny.  My guess is Jeff is playing with the front page again.  :-)

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 8:03 PM

Race to Linux Contest at The Code Project
Continuing on my posts about contests check out the Race to Linux contest from the guys over at The Code Project. The contest will challenge developers to port existing ASP.NET applications to Linux using their cross-platform tool of choice (Mono, Grasshopper, etc.). The winners get an XBox 360! Break out your bookmarks, the contest starts this coming Monday (September 19th) ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 1:00 PM

The Code Master Challenge - Windows Vista coding contest announced

Granted this doesn’t open until 2006 but I found it interesting.  Bookmarks people!

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 12:31 PM

Initial Observations - Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite RC1
One of the first places I went was unit testing. I really like what Microsoft has done by pushing the unit testing framework into the IDE and providing the tightly coupled code coverage tools along with it. This is probably my top “most-used” feature of the new Visual Studio 2005 product. First off the namespace of the UnitTesting framework has been changed in RC1 so any testing you’ve written in Beta 2 or earlier will not compile. They have also changed the stub and methods for ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 3:00 PM

Visual Studio 2005 - Post-RTM updates to be fed from Microsoft Update
Remember the “Check for updates” link in the Visual Studio 2003 installer that never worked? Well, after installing the new Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite RC this morning I decided to click the “Check for Service Releases” link in the installer to see what happened. The link redirected me to the “Microsoft Update” site. Now mind you this is NOT Windows Update but in fact Microsoft’s solution to a unified update site for all Microsoft products. I myself don’t ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:53 PM

Bill Gates's Keynote at PDC05 - Initial Gripe

Well, I thought I’d watch the keynote this morning.  About 10 minutes into the address he started a video to show everyone.  I leaned up onto the edge of my seat and here’s what I got to watch.

Damnit, popcorn would have went nice with this.

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 10:56 AM

Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite RC (Release Candidate) posted on MSDN Downloads

Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite RC1 has been released to MSDN downloads.

NOTE: If you are developing against the Beta 2 Go-Live license you are not covered by this RC. (Read: You’ll have to wait)

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:58 AM

VMware announces VMware Workstation 5.5 Beta
VMware announced today the availability of VMware Workstation v5.5 Beta (Link to press release). Here are the new “key” features of the 5.5 Beta. Full support for select 64–bit guest operating systems Experimental support for 2–way Virtual SMP New guest OS, host OS, and 32– and 64–bit hardware support Ability to open and convert Microsoft VMs or Norton Ghost 9 images Toolbar customization capabilities New wireless networking capabilities for Linux hosts Improved ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 4:34 PM

China may ban unregulated VoIP services - Could be a bad turn for VoIP
An article in Forbes today “China may ban unregulated VoIP services” is an unpleasant turn for VoIP. Of course a lot, if not all, of this is just China politics because they are boasting the use of their “select” telecom providers and ousting the competition. The bad turn here is the use of the term “unregulated” which could pave the way of VoIP regulation and control. I don’t actually believe this will cause huge ripples in the VoIP pond but it does stop ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 1:12 PM

FEMA Director Michael Brown's background in question?
Ok, I’m reading the news about how everyone (I’ve only included one example but there are more) is questioning Under Secretary Michael Brown’s background and ability to lead FEMA. Apparently his biography posted on the FEMA web site is, well… skewed to look good. Now, I don’t want to get into a political battle here but I have one very important question. Why didn’t this come out during the Senate Nomination Hearing? Isn’t that what they are for? You can ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 12:38 PM

Financial assistance for Katrina victims is... Sent by mail?
In the Reuters article this morning “White House faces new questions on Katrina relief” they discuss the much debated FEMA Debit Card program. This article suggests, or states I guess, that FEMA has suspended this program and will now issue the $2000 in emergency disaster relief by direct deposit or CHECKS SENT BY MAIL!?!?! Present day, an over crowded disaster relief station in Louisiana filled with people who have nothing but the clothes on their back, in a strange city, tired, hungry ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 7:30 AM

Atlanta gas prices are how high?
Ok, at least 3 times today I’ve had someone come up to me and say “Did you see where gas was up to $6.00 / gallon in Atlanta GA?” While I did see a brief news story on this last week I also know the Governor of Georgia stepped in and throttled the prices. I believe it happened the same day even. The interesting thing to me is how it took a week for this story to trickle into the gossip chain. Never the less on all three occasions today I pointed them to this site: ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:13 PM

Aerial photos of the New Orleans flooding
Ok, I’m not trying to dupe Slashdot here but it is some very interesting stuff. Google Maps has posted updated (August 31st) aerial photos of the New Orleans area post hurricane Katrina. The NOAA has also posted a set of very detailed aerial shots. I suggest you check out both sets but if you want some really detailed views of the damage spend your time with the NOAA shots. You can view the new google aerial shots here or you can go to and search for New Orleans then click the ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 9:03 PM

Why do people believe they are entitled to everything?
Check out this suggestion posted over on MSDN Product Feedback (LadyBug). What I don’t understand is why people think they are entitled to the most current bits. It amazes me that people actually believe they should be plugged into the build process at Microsoft. People actually have the nerve to demand current bits because they can’t get VSTS to perform stable enough for them to use it. Come on people, it’s a beta… deal with it. You have zero recourse if it doesn’t ......

Posted On Sunday, September 4, 2005 1:26 AM

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