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Encarta access through IM
I just found this out from Chris Sells and Savas. Add the address as a contact in Microsoft Instant Messenger and then chat away. Some of my favourites are things like the equation editor as well as natural language conversions. Peter says: 2*pi*7=?Encarta® Instant Answers says: Calculator 2*pi *7 = 43.982297 Peter says: convert 150 lb to kgEncarta® Instant Answers says: 150 pounds are 68.038855 kilograms. (150 lb = 68.038855 kg) Peter says: Where are my keys?Encarta® ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:14 AM

Community Launch Event: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005
I wasn't able to make it to the Launch event today here in Vancouver (work always gets in the way :-p) but I did get to got to yesterday's SQL Server 2005 Community Launch Event: Upgrading to SQL Server 2005 hosted by the Vancouver PASS chapter. I (stupidly) forgot to write down the details of who was presenting last night (I'll find out though), but the presentation was very cool. Like the presenter said, it wasn't terribly exciting, but then again the last thing you want when upgrading SQL server ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 3:49 PM

More Digital Blackbelt Webcasts

For those of you who missed the excellent Digital Blackbelt series I wrote about last year there are a bunch of new security related webcasts going on now.

Microsoft Events: Digital Blackbelt

Check them out and get your blackbelt too!

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 3:29 PM

Windows Movie Maker and IFOEdit
Speaking of software that passed the seven day test, here's something that didn't. I was playing with Windows Movie Maker to cut together some home video and was having issues with the app suddenly crashing. I looked around and remembered that I had installed some AVI codecs and IFOEdit a few days ago. Removing the codecs didn't do the trick, but as soon as IFOEdit was uninstalled, Movie Maker was stable as a rock. From there I was easily able to cut together the video, add some music and I'm good ......

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2005 10:45 PM

Windows Live Passes The Seven Day Test
For the past few years I have been using as my home page. This was simply for the fact that it's fast to load About a month ago I decided to give a try and recently I switched to Windows Live. I decided to give it the Sandquist Seven Day test. Windows Live takes a little longer to load but I can have customized, updated information right at my fingertips. My weather and top news headlines as well as a few choice blogs are right there. Plus I have the added bonus of being able ......

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2005 9:09 AM

Remembrance Day
For me, Remembrance Day is a day to stop and think about the sacrifices made and lives given by our soldiers for our freedom. Whatever you think about war in general and specific conflicts, it is always the soldiers who are called to fight as well as innocent civilians who suffer. At this time of year there is always talk against Remembrance Day and against wearing the poppy (link via Darren) and war in general. Especially at times like these where the US is participating in what many (including ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 11:08 PM

Virtual Places Rocks
From Savas' blog: Microsoft coder Nikhil Kothari released Virtual Places which uses Virtual Earth and various web services to display various geographically relevant results. Really cool stuff. Yes it's similar to Google Maps and yes it doesn't work in Firefox but it has tons of potential and I find it really slick for a personal project. Great job Nikhil ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 10:29 PM

Wine Blogging Wednesday 16: Judge A Bottle By Its Cover
Derrick from Obsession with Food is hosting the next Wine Blogging Wednesday event. WBW 16: Judge A Bottle By Its Cover. The objective is to pick up a bottle based on the label alone, try it and write about it. Sounds like fun. You have lots of time (entries due on December 7th), so get out there and pick up a bottle. Oh, and if you're not a blogger but still want to participate Derrick will host your entry for you as well so you have no excuses. All the details over on Obsession With Food ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 9:58 PM

Boeing 777 Going For World Record
I hadn't heard anything about this until this morning but Boeing is flying a 777-200LR non-stop from Hong Kong to London, but instead of following a shorter western route they are flying an eastern path over North America. I haven't been able to find a update on the flight, it should be about half way through the flight by now. According to this BBC article the flight should be about 20,300 km, which is a little more than half the circumference of the earth. Halfway around the world non-stop in about ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 9:50 PM

.NET Presentation Topics

It looks like I'm going to be presenting at a .NET related thing sometime next year and I'm trying to decide what my talk is going to be about. I'm not really sure yet so I thought I'd check with you fine folks. There will be code and examples involved.

Is there anything you would like to see? Security? Performance? SQL Server? The basics? How about VB vs. C#? What would interest you more?

I'll update you all later as things become more finalized.

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 1:20 PM

Authentic Mexican Food in Vancouver
Update: I probably won't be able to make it after all, this week has been way too busy. But I encourage you all try try it out and report back to me. That's an order. Last week's Georgia Straight had an article about Mexican Chef Martín San Román who is currently in Vancouver demonstrating authentic Mexican cuisine. I was planning to hit The Mouse and Bean sometime this week but since work has been rather crazy I didn't get a chance to post this yet. Anyone up for dinner Thursday or Friday ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 8:20 AM

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