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PDC has come to an end and I’m sitting here reflecting on what I've experienced over the last few days. The PDC experience has been quite different than the Tech Ed or Dev Teach events I've attended in the past. There's a different vibe to PDC, and a different message that Microsoft is trying to get across. Where Tech Ed is all about teaching, PDC is all about telling. At PDC, Microsoft is describing the direction they're heading in for the next few years. They're giving us a glimpse into where they're ...
If in the past you have had the problem where the contacts in your personal outlook contact folder do not appear in the list of address folders when you click the "To..." button when sending an email, here is a solution. (Thanks to Burton White of Excella Consulting) Tools -> Email Accounts Select "Add a new directory or address book" Select "Additional address books" Select "Outlook Address book" When you do a search for an address by clicking "To..." in an email, it defaults to show your addresses ...
PDC seems to be all about .NET 4.0 and beyond How to make use of all the cores in our machines How to make use of the cloud Windows 7 Touch screens The added features in .NET 4.0 I could use now - so it's sort of useful that they've given us a VPC with VS2010 on it. That's enough to play with, but personally I would have prefered to get a image so I could install it on a existing system. Recycling seems to be much more important this year - which is good. Bit of warning regarding the bag would have ...
I was checking out the Stack Overflow site recently and stumbled upon a question concerning what a programmer should look for in a new position. The post’s accepted and best rated solution was to refer to a test posted to the Joel on Software blog entitled The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code. After I perused this link which I had not personally seen before, I had to agree that most of these items would, in general, improve the status of my work environment. I have given myself the task of seeing ...
*Moved to: Unlikely bloggers…I always like to see people for whom it is traditionally unlikely to blog to start contributing to that big knowledgebase in the either that is the blogosphere. I would like to call attention to Eric McCarthy who started blogging today and call out to all other helpdesk Hero’s to join the fray… Technorati Tags: Personal Fail *Moved to: Unlikely bloggers…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Another email to share with you, “A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution” : During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the way we experience the world and share our experiences with others. It's a transformation in which the barriers between technologies will fall away so we can connect to people and information no matter where we are. It's a transformation where new innovations will ...
Difference between TFT and LCD Monitors: This is a question which I have been asked about several times by people who are thinking on upgrading their TV or computer monitors, so I figured out I should answer this online for anyone who has doubts. TFT, which stands for Thin Film Transistor, is not really different from LCD. TFT, comes from the family of the LCD technology. It is a variant of LCD, it is a modern version of the LCD technology. TFT, has a very well improved image quality and makes use ...
Being the Type A personality I am, one of the hardest things for me to do is to “Let Go”. Why is letting go such an important thing? For the small business owner, if you don’t let go, you’ll never grow your business. For the parent, if you don’t let go, your child will never learn, grow, mature, or be independent. For the software developer, if you don’t let go, you’ll never finish your product. But most importantly, if you don’t let go, you’ll never move on, stuck in the same spot. The following ...
I got this email from Steve Ballmer. Okay I know if was more than likely a marketing person from Microsoft that came up with this not Steve, but I thought I would share it as it had some good information in it. I basically got this email because of some newsletter I signed up for on Microsoft's site. A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the ...
Show – Off always Shown up in Showdown This was my fortune cookie the other day. It was attributed to Confucius. Now, I doubt that Confucius actually said it. The humor shines through only in English, I think. For the sake of not plagiarizing, let’s continue attributing it to Confucius. It reminds me of another quote that I heard a while back. This one attributed to a Buddhist monk “What I am I am and say not. Being is the great explainer”. We will get to this quote in a moment. But first … If you ...
I occasionally receive letters sent out to the Industry Executives from the top dogs at Microsoft. Here’s the one I just received outlining their newest initiative called Windows Azure, which was just announced at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the way we experience the world and share our experiences with others. It's a transformation ...
In this issue: Mike Snow, Jeff Handley, James Bacon, and Alex Knight. If you are NOTAtPDC, a few people have lists of the posts you may be interested in. Most notably is Silverlight @ PDC! by Karen Corby, and for general information Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008 Virtual Pressroom. I have been collecting links to PDC2008 sessions in my MSDN Social Bookmarks and also my personal bookmarks. Devexpress has a timely Silverlight Controls Preview, and they've got some coolness going ...
Hey guys, I’m going to recap day 1 of CISD’s Annual Tech Conference and Expo, which targets the IT field in Louisiana. Overall I found the majority of the presentations enjoyable, but here goes what I took home from the conference personally. The Keynote by Ed Driesse The keynote speaker was the new CIO of the state of Louisiana. The man is passionate about what he does and it comes across in how he speaks. His vision is of a unified state system that has the necessary branches of information per ...
Using “Update to a local variable” to calculate running totals in SQL. Recently I was looking at an existing view on a client's SQL server 2005 database. This view calculated the running total for a transaction amount from a table, but was performing very poorly. I had always believed there were three different methods for calculating a running total using TSQL: 1. Use a nested sub-query 2. Use a self join 3. Use Cursors My own personal preference was to use the cursors option. If the cursor guidelines ...
So, as a thousand bloggers have probably already blogged.... Today at PDC was all about the cloud: Windows Azure. Not sure where MS is going with this, but it is interesting. I've got a couple of ideas for things I might want to try out with it on my personal time... More interesting to me and my immediate development projects was ASP.NET MVC. This is what my project wanted a year and a half ago and on ASP.NET 2.0... Oh well, better late than never. Also interesting was MS's support of jQuery. Why ...
ONET.XML Part 4 is the real difference in the site definition we are creating and those offered in many books and blogs. Except for the methodology I am presenting, I haven’t really offered anything new! Today we will start to deviate. The ONET.xml file is fairly simple when you get to using it a few times! The ONET.XML file I am proposing is very simple and not much in it except for some OOTB xml and the only thing that will change in this instance is adding all the features we have created and ...
I looked at the DataObjects.NET (http://www.x-tensive.com) website like i always do, and noticed that they have change their licensing model and their product is actually cheaper and very well broken down into internal, personal, small business and enterprise. After going through the presentations for v3.9, i should say i fell in love with the idea of not having to think about the database side of thing, but to rather concentrate of the business layer and the business rules and interface of the application. ...
*Moved to: WakoopaI am having a little bit of fun with this application and I though I would share. it logs all of the applications that you are using and gives you stats on it. How about joining the Microsoft MVP (MVP’s only please) team, or creating your own… Here is my usage, which will be exactly the same as the MVP one at the moment as I am the only one there :(Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Difficult task: Choosing the sessions I am interested in for PDC08... Difficult because there are really many session that are very attractive to me, and also because I need to include side activities and meetings with members of the WPF and Silverlight community.

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Here are some links to help you get started with the Microsoft Parallel Extensions to the .Net Framework (PFX). Starting Out PFX CTP – Here are the latest CTP bits from June 2008. They come with a whole lot of good examples and good documentation to get you started. MSDN Parallel Computing Dev Center – Plenty of white papers, videos, podcasts, and articles to get you started. Channel 9 Back to Basics Series (RSS) – This series is just getting started but looks very promising as a resource for developers ...
Hi all, Welcome on my personal blog. I've just started as a self-employed contractor in Microsoft technology, focusing on BizTalk, .NET and architecture. Check back often for I will be posting again in the near future. Regards Jasper
The Twin Cities' premier tech demo and networking event is happening again on November 12. This time, we've rented Intermedia Arts, Uptown's coolest art gallery/performance space. This means the demos will be in a REAL THEATER! Also, we'll have kegs of really good beer. What: 6-10 demos of local tech projects and startups When: Demos start at 7pm Where: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408 (map: http://tinyurl.com/68jptu) Who: Everyone is invited! Please RSVP at http://minnedemo.org ...
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 for Dummies by Vanessa L. Williams As soon as I got my job as a SharePoint programmer, I was given a couple of books to get familiar with SharePoint as a server. One of the books is Vanessa L. Williams’ “Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies”. Most of the book focuses on: Tips and features of the server Detailed step by step information to configure a SharePoint Server Set up sites Granting access to users Creating personal sites Data and business management Ways on how ...
After talking more and more with my classmates at University of Phoenix, it has become clear that many of them do not know the first thing about programming, but they are eager to learn more. When I was asked what’s a good book for beginners, I really do not have the answer. Personally, programming didn’t make sense to me until I had my first course in C. I had tried to learn from books prior to that point, but I was never successful. The books always made ridiculous assumptions about the individual’s ...
I decided to completely redesign my website www.galasoft.ch (yes, it's about time, I know). For this process, I decided to inspire myself (loosely) from my good friend Robby Ingebretsen's site, which is both simple and beautiful. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Poverty is a big issue today in the blog-o-sphere. We in America are trained to not let the problems show. A close friend or neighbor could be living beneath the poverty line, and you would never know it. For Blog Action Day, I wanted to share a personal story with all of you about what health insurance can cost. For my husband and I it almost cost us everything. For many years, my husband and I ran our own business. For most of that time, that meant carrying our own insurance policy. When we started ...
The GWB Staff is here! We arrived at the HDC Omaha this morning after a few hours in the car. The trip was fun, but trying to take photos of the leaves changing wasn’t going to happen with the down pour we drove through the whole way. Joe Olsen, founder of Phenomblue, was gracious enough to give us a personal demo of a Microsoft Surface, big o’ table. That thing is freaking cool. If they had a version that was half the price and kid proof, I would definitely be replacing my living room table today. ...
First of all, since my last post indicated I would be gone a while because of Huricane Ike, I guess it wouldn't hurt to provide an update. Well, I still have a little bit of work to do on the house, but things are mostly back to normal for me. There are still a lot of people in the Houston area recovering from the storm. I've personally helped clean up two homes that had water 4-5 feet high on the first floor. This makes me all the more glad that I am on the north side away from the storm surge. ...
Windows Vista: Pros and Cons I just bought a laptop which has Windows Vista. Since I wasn’t sure if it’s feasible to keep it with this Operating System, I researched to see the advantages and disadvantages of Vista. Here is what I gathered out of personal use and research What I love about Windows Vista: · The increased security, although you can also get this by having Service Pack 3 on Windows XP · The new looks, which in my opinion are way better than those of Windows XP · The side bar is a nice ...
In this issue: Andrea Boschin, Jeff Handley, Mike Snow, Laurence Moroney, Terence Tsang, and Jesse Liberty. John Papa has Updated Sep 2008 MSDN Article Code for Silverlight 2 RC0. Devexpress announced their AgDataGrid supports RC0 Alex Golesh reported Silverlight TreeView and String-To-PathGeometry Converter projects updated to RC0 syntax, plus he has some updates in them... this tree is very cool! From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Library 1.0 Andrea Boschin has a project up on CodePlex called ...
So I’m looking to make a purchase to learn more about design patterns. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell makes mention of design patterns very briefly, and I think it would be beneficial for me to go into more depth of my understanding. Currently I’m considering either Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by the GOF or Head First Design Patterns. Amazingly both books have 249 reviews and 4.5 stars on Amazon. Personally, I think that I might benefit more from the in depth ...
To Download the SQL Server Express Management Studio Express 2008 for SQL Express 2008 R2: (Begin June 2011 Update) Database Only Management Tools Database with Management Tools Database with Advanced Services SQL Server Database Engine SQL Server Management Studio Express Full-Text Search Reporting Services Download Size ( 32-bit | 64-bit ) 58.1 MB | 74 MB 154 MB | 163 MB 235 MB | 247 MB 727 MB | 795 MB Install (End June 2011 Update) I was recently doing a personal site and wanted to use VWD and ...
SharePoint Permissions... Part 1 SharePoint Services 3.0 has five permission levels by default. Particular permissions are associated with these permission levels. The site owner has the privilege to assign these permission levels with different users and/or groups, modify which permissions are associated with these permission levels and add new permission levels according to his needs. Note: Limited and Full Control levels cannot be modified. Default Permission Levels in Windows SharePoint Permission ...
Well folks, I've made it through the first week and am charging ahead in the second week. First week was just acclimating to the new job. First two days were HR orientations etc. Policy discussions etc. Now, I get to jump head first into the fray and start sinking my teeth into what they hired me for. Good news is I get to get back to automation which I was forced to wander away from at my previous job. YAY Automation...bad news is that they had about two dozen existing scripts written against an ...
Continuing on from what I started in the Part 1 post, I’m going to show you how to get set up with Windows Live mail for your domain (assuming GoDaddy, but correlations will be present). It’s easy, relatively quick, and will result in a free service that ought to minimize your mail frustration. Step 1: Get an account started on domains.live.com To get started, browse over to http://domains.live.com. Towards the bottom of the page, click get started and then enter in your domain information. Leave ...
So you’re running your fancy blog, and you bought a domain from somewhere that you’re using to point to that blog. Next step? You’re really wishing you had a consistent solution (or even any solution) for mail, so that you can have that admin@yoursuperawesomedomai... address to impress your friends and colleagues. Well, Windows Live has a powerful option for you, and best of all it is completely free! Here are some of the great features of getting Windows Live Hotmail to host your domain’s mail: ...
Yes folks, we're finally back after a slightly longer than intended break. I've known George for years, and he's one of my closest and also farthest away friends. We get to hang out about once or twice a year for the MVP Summit and my birthday jam. George is a very busy dude between work and his XNA Development website, but I'll let him tell you all about both of those, and everything else, in these NINE Questions with George Clingerman: 1. Where are you from? (How did you end up there?) I’m from ...
I’ve just set up WLW at work to take advantage of blogging in a very nice interface and to make the best use of the new WTFNext. I do apologize to those of you who are getting this content and being generally disappointed by the lack of context, but I’m getting myself familiar with GWB and how I can make the most of it. The hope with this post is that I’ll get my tag cloud started, just by incorporating Technorati tags at the bottom. From what I understand thanks to JJulian, the tag cloud should ...
*Moved to: Team System MVPWell, I have just joined the auspicious ranks of Team System MVP’s, now numbering 73 worldwide. You can see my profile on the MVP site. My name will now appear along side Mitch Denny and Tiago Pascoal. Wow… I have a lot to aspire to… I should really thank Tiago Pascoal as I have a sneaky suspicion that he was the one that nominated me :) Thanks Tiago…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I just received this email from my contact at JetBrains: A quick update on the JetBrains User Group Giveaway program... 1) We’re happy to extend this giveaway for another year – at least until the end of 2009. Your work in the community is something we all admire, and we’d like to thank you for your efforts. 2) We are expanding the program to support a lot more User Groups – .NET, Java, Groovy, Ruby, Google, and Agile. If you want us to support any other groups, let me know! 3) We’re also expanding ...
Hey all, So here I go, to make my blog more effective, less costly, and overall updated more frequently, I am relocating. You don't have to relocate so much, the website still has the same address. Just in the background I'll be fueled by geekswithblogs, providing myself a free blog hosting service that focuses on operability and overall freedom, without me having to write it all personally. There will be some changes to how the blog operates because of this. 1. No more specific sectioning for tutorials. ...
Last year I logged an issue on the connect site around deploying from BIDS and renamed databases. https://connect.microsoft.c... I got a couple of messages relating to this issue, one saying that it was being closed as it was a duplicate issue and then another one recently where it was updated to indicate that the issue has been fixed in SQL Server 2008. I think it is really great to get this sort of feedback that something is being done, unfortunately ...
I recently heard a question stating something along the lines of: "What is Boxing?" My initial thoughts were the classic example using an ArrayList, whereby storing a value type (int etc) is 'boxed' into an object so the ArrayList can contain it. But the question was followed up with: "Ok, so is this how you think passing a value by ref to a method works?" Personally I hadn't thought about that, I've used 'ref' on numerous occasions, but hadn't really considered how the CLR does this.... So. How ...
Using Pronouns This may not be very technical, but hopefully it may generate some discussion and provide some insight. Pronouns can be very enlightening about our attitudes towards work. How long do you work for a company before you start thinking of the company as “we” instead of “they?” Consider: We are the number 1 producer of product X. Vs. They are the number 1 producer of X. Do you ever make that pronoun switch? What does it mean if you switch back from “we” to “they?” What does it mean if ...
A product of Google labs called "trends" is usefull to investigate search trends. What happes if we compare the search terms "C#" and "Ruby"? c# 2.02 ruby 1.00 What do we see in the graph, the Ruby line (red) stays pretty constant during the whole week, but the C# line (blue) drops during the weekend. Interesting isn't it? What conclusion can we make up with this info: Ruby is used by people that don’t have a personal life and spend the weekend developing stuff? C# is used by people that develop ...
I'm joining RAYA Software starting next month (October), part of RAYA IT, a business line of 3 main business lines that form RAYA Crop., a well known name in the IT industry over the Middleeast. My role is very interesting. The entire company is interesting to me, not just for the size and brand, but for the nature of how things are going in there nowadays, which makes RAYA the perfect place to join at this specific time. About the role I'm joining RAYA with the same title I hold current, a senior ...
Mission: Abandoned Mill Debrief: About a month ago, we did some quick recon on a local mill. You can read about that right here. We went back last night, but before I get to that part of the story, there were a few other things that happened first. I was sitting at home watching TV last night (around 8pm) and the phone rings. My buddy wants to do a mission and wants to know if I'm in. We agree to meet up around 10:30pm at our usual spot. Before I get off the phone, he asks if I would have a problem ...
After re-introducing my blog, the real topic I wanted to expound upon this evening is mentorship and its importance to both personal and professional development. First I would like to define mentorship in my own words and then distinguish it from simply teaching. I would define mentorship as a collaborative learning process, whereby one individual provides guidance, leadership, and knowledge to someone of lesser knowledge and/or experience for the common good of both individuals. Teaching is simply ...
*Moved to: My first ALM and second VSTS presentaton!It seams as if they went well! The plan of under preparing and over delivering worked a treat... Because I know the topics the lack of a prepared script allowed me to concentrate more on emparting knowlage and less on keeping to a set of arbitrary notes the go to pot as soon as the first question is asked.Yes the presentations were a little disjointed, but the content was delivered without too much hesitation and none of the stage fright that mared ...
A while ago (while still at Microsoft), I created a diagram that provided a functional breakout of the various versions and feature of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. I presented this diagram to customers, user goups, etc. Eventually, I posted it to the internal Microsoft document library (ICE) thinking that someone may want to use it. This morning, I was reading some research from Gartner about Portals and discovered something interesting... They're using my diagram in Microsoft's 2007 SharePoint ...