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Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET December 2007 Entries
Toshiba FlashCards Annoying
I have been dealing with an annoying feature with my Toshiba laptop since I got it back in October. There is a drop down, auto-hide menu at the the top of the screen that doesn't seem to hide very well and covers up you title bar controls when it is active. It didn't even give an indication of what it is called so it took a while to locate the way to turn it of. It is call FlashCards and here is how to turn it off. Run msconfig On the startup tab deselct the Toshiba FlashCards application Click Ok. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 18, 2007 9:57 PM

To Link List Or Not To Link List
In the past I have had an aversion to link list posts. I have picked up a large number of blog subscriptions and most of these lists just contain what I have already seen. Lately my opinion has changed slightly. I am trying to evangelize within the company that I work for. In order to grow awareness of what is going on in the community as a whole I have started sending out emails with a distilled list of blog links. I figure if I have already found what I think are the jewels I can save others the ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:34 PM

Assumptions Kill Projects
Most people have heard the old saying about assumptions. Something about making something out of you and me. Well it is true. I recently got into a crunch situation with a client and experienced this first hand. It doesn't matter if it is requirement or team responsibilities. Anything that is not recorded or communicated is a risk. I know that different methodologies have differing opinions on documentation, but in the end all of them seem to agree that communication is the key. It should be well ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 5:58 AM

Impressive Product Support
This has happened before with but it still impresses me when a company is scanning the blogosphere to see what is being said about there product and help out people with questions. Today I got a comment from the Sr. Product Manager at Corel to give a tip on my previous post. All I can say is that this is the way you gain and keep customers. We can all learn from this example ......

Posted On Friday, December 7, 2007 10:01 PM

VS2008 Express Edition - Round 2
For those of you who read the previous post you will have noticed some of my questions were answered by helpful commenters. The first thing that was mentioned is that you can install as many of the express versions as you wish. What you really give up here is the ability to have just one Visual Studio environment that looks the same for all of your projects. For the moment I can live with that. So I installed the Web Edition and found a couple of surprising items. The toolbox actually included AJAX ......

Posted On Thursday, December 6, 2007 10:20 PM

Deciding On Photo Editing Software
Ok, so if you didn't already know it I am a shutter bug. Everyone who is into photography knows that the big dog on the block is Photoshop CS3. Unfortunately if you don't get paid for your photography or get the "CEO's" approval for such an expenditure it is just way too expensive. So lately I have been looking at alternatives. This post will describe some of the plusses and minuses of a couple of editing packages. So which applications did I look at: Paint.NET, Nikon Capture NX, Paint Shop Pro Photo ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 5, 2007 10:20 PM

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