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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General January 2005 Entries
Control how much network bandwidth Automatic Updates will use

Thanks to Raymond Chen for posting this great tip.

Control how much network bandwidth Automatic Updates will use. There's lots of good info in the comments as well.


Currently listening to: Mecano - Aire - (05:32)

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 4:20 PM

MSDN Events Online - Debugging and Tweaking Week
Dave Waddleton is presenting a series of webcasts related to debugging in .NET. MSDN Events Online - Debugging and Tweaking Week Excellent! I find that I'm always debugging, tweaking or troubleshooting in one way or another and I can always use more tips and tricks from the pros. Currently listening to: Hasta Que Te Conoci [Popurri] - (25:56)Juan Gabriel; Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, Juan Gabriel en el Palacio de Bellas Artes Disc 2 ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 11:09 AM

Tablet PCs and Meetings
Man. I had to take the minutes of a technical meeting yesterday and all I know is that if I had to sit in meetings all day long, I'd buy a Tablet PC tout frickin' suite. Actually the only thing that's stopping me right now is the money (actually the lack thereof). But jeez! It took me almost twice as long to transcribe my hand written notes into electronic form afterwards.than the meeting lasted. Just the fact that you can take notes electronically (and unobtrusively) on the fly is worth it. Why, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:06 AM

Internal Training
I'm in internal training course for the next few days for the new version of our flagship product, but so far it looks great. I'm really happy with the improvements that have been put into this version and I think that our clients will really benefit from it. And best of all it has been re-written in C# so it's chock-full of .NET goodness. Currently listening to: Il Mare Calmo Della Sera (The Calm Evening Sea) - (04:42)Andrea Bocelli, Romanza [English Version] ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 25, 2005 12:58 PM

IT Conversations Favourites
Over the past few days I was listening to some of my favourite IT Conversations broadcasts and I decided to put together a list for your enjoyment. So, in no particular order, here they are: Thanks to Doug for all the great content. Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times Technology ColumnistLink to Andy's blog, Colossal Waste of Bandwidth Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple ComputerPart 1Part 2 Wil Wheaton, actor, author, geekPart 1Part 2Link to Wil's blog, WWDN Malcolm Gladwell, author and journalist, The ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2005 2:31 PM

Check Out The Big Brain on Eric
I'm not a math or algorithm geek by far (although I've done quite a bit of both in my life), but I really enjoy reading Eric Lippert's blog. This week Eric wrote two great posts about Benford's Law and Floating Point Calculations. So get that mug of hot chocolate, put on some classical music and just geek out in the mathness if that's your thing. Currently listening to: La Cienega Just Smiled - (05:03)Ryan Adams, Gold [Bonus Disc] (1 of 2) ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 3:19 PM

The Five Fundamentals of Occupational Adventure
Curt Rosengren, from The Occupational Adventure has recently released two new e-books, one of which is a free e-book, The Five Fundamentals of Occupational Adventure. I have not had a chance yet to give it a good read but I think that I'll tackle it this weekend. Check it out if you're looking for some career inspiration. Currently listening to: Sullivan Street - (04:30)Counting Crows, August and Everything After ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 3:17 PM

Tom Peters - Re-Imagine Your Value Added Proposition
Tom Peters recently continue his series an 100 WAYS TO SUCCEED and #38 is Re-visit/Re-imagine Your VA Proposition. He challenges readers to do the following: examine-challenge-evaluate your Value-added Proposition. Is it ... Compelling? Does it represent ... Dramatic Difference? And remember: "If you can't state your position in eight words or less, you don't have a position"—Seth Godin. So, my VAP for 2005 is:Deliver top quality code and service to clients. Very hard to condense it down to ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 2:45 PM

Studying for the MCSD Certification
Also along the lines of ongoing training, as Elisa wrote today the Montreal Visual Studio Users Group (GUVSM) is doing something similar with a study group for the MCAD/MCSD certifications. Thanks to Microsoft for giving out 20 copies of the study guides to our user group! I have begun to study for this as well and hope to get my MCSD. Good luck to Elisa. Currently listening to: Wicked Game - (04:49)Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped World ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 2:36 PM

Is Elaine's Rabbi neighbour doing voice-overs for CBT's?
I've been spending some time this week finishing up some computer based training courses at work that I had started during the holiday lag. The courses are informative to a point and they're a good refresher but MAN, that text to speech engine gets me. At times the voice is really bad, like 1980's text to speech on my old C64. At other times it's not so bad, but it still sounds like Elaine's Rabbi neighbour from Seinfeld. Currently listening to: Kings of the Highway - (04:47)Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 2:29 PM

CES Keynote - Bill Gates and Conan O'Brien

I just finished watching the CES keynote speech featuring Bill Gates and Conan O'Brien, looks like some great consumer devices coming down the pipe.

Links to the 100K and 300K streams.

Thanks to Michael Swanson for the heads up.

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 1:32 PM

The "Higher Security Mindset"
Dana Epp has a great post concerning “The Higher Security Mindset". Dana's post is based on the book Inside the Security Mind by Kevin Day. Again, most of the discussion concerns layering security and creating zones and bottlenecks. The more and different types of security you can throw up against a potential attacker the better the security will work. I suggest you check out Dana's full post. I think I'll be picking up a copy of Kevin's book once I get past the backlog of other technical books ......

Posted On Friday, January 7, 2005 5:01 PM

Schumacher to donate $10 Million to tsunami victims
Seven time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is donating $10 Million dollars to the tsunami victims in Asia. Wow. Schumacher's bodyguard and friend Burkhard Cramer and Cramer's two young sons were killed in Phuket. Imagine the lives that will be changed by the donation of just this one man. Currently listening to: Move Along - (04:03)Chris Isaak, San Francisco Days ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 5, 2005 2:27 PM

Back To Work

Back to work again after a couple of four day long weekends. Things as usual are really busy with alot of cleaning up to do of various issues that came up just before or during the holidays, so not much time to post.

Lots of things on my ToDo list for 2005, I'll be talking about that shortly....

Currently listening to: Two Hearts - (03:35)
Chris Isaak, San Francisco Days

Posted On Wednesday, January 5, 2005 2:14 PM

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