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Tim Murphy

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 Rant
Windows 10 – Going Backwards
I’m not sure how, but I seem to be an outlier in this point of view. I am finding that almost everything they are doing to Windows 10 to make it more acceptable to the masses is taking away features that I preferred in Windows 8. It isn’t that I thought everything was great and didn’t need to be improved, but these are features that I found at the very least useful and in most cases efficient. I’m just going to hit on the big ones here. Let’s start with the left swipe gesture. In Windows 8 this gave ......

Posted On Thursday, January 29, 2015 1:11 PM

Why Is Windows Phone The Best Camera Phone
I recently went on vacation and over the week was switching back and forth between taking pictures with my Lumia 920 and my wife’s iPhone 5. It really got me to thinking how much better the Windows Phone is as a camera. The images in this post were taken using my Lumia 920. The main issue that got my attention was the faster shutter, or at least the perception of a faster shutter. I think it is the fact that Windows Phone has a dedicated camera that I can prefocus in order capture action images where ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 3:14 PM

Browser Style Difference
I was visiting a photography blog the other day and was having a lot of trouble reading it. All of the links we blending into the background. Being color blind I was wondering if it was just me and that was the way it was intended. When I asked the site owner about it he said it was a problem with IE and didn't know how to fix it. Of course being the geek that I am I couldn't leave it at that. I pulled down the source (evidently a WordPress template) and his style sheets. Everything looked fine, ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 19, 2007 9:27 PM

Yahoo Spam Filter Gone Crazy

I don't know what is happening, but for about the last week Yahoo's spam filter has started putting half of my emails to the spam folder.  If I didn't go in there every so often and check things out I would still be wondering where some of them were.  Go figure!

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 9:22 PM

Microsoft Is Not Open Source And Therefore Irrelevant?
I saw a YouTube video that when you boiled it down said that since Microsoft isn’t predominantly an open source company that they are irrelevant. The speaker strikes me as someone who doesn’t live in the real world. I rarely see a client that is exclusively Microsoft technology especially after a number of mergers. I have worked often on projects that used Web Sphere long side IIS, DB2 and Oracle along with SQL Server, and open source tools along with purchased frameworks. Of course we can always ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:29 PM

Is It Time To Specialize?
Over my career I have made a living as a generalist. I have been a jack of all trades and a master of none. It has served me well in that I am able to move from one technology to the other quickly and make myself productive. Where it becomes a problem is deep knowledge. I am constantly digging for the things that aren’t basic knowledge. How do you make a product like WCF or Windows RT do more than just “Hello World”? As an architect I need to be a jack of all trades. This is what helps me to bring ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 18, 2013 8:29 AM

Why Does Bing Not Have Blog Search
This is more of a short rant than anything. For the most part I like Bing. Once in a while I still find I get better results from Google. The main thing I find myself missing that I had with Google is the blog search feature. All to often I can filter out a lot of garbage just by using that option. So my request is “when will Bing implement blogsearch”? Tags: Bing,Google,blogsearch ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 17, 2010 8:53 AM

Cookie Cutter Versus Custom Development
I recently had a potential client ask for an estimate of some work they wanted done. They already had a price in mind which I was pretty sure I couldn’t come close to. The reason for this is because they were comparing off the shelf, commodity type development to the custom development that it would require for my team to do the work. So does this mean that custom development can’t be the right answer if a subject area has commoditized? Not in the least. In many cases (but not all) these quick solutions ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 28, 2013 7:19 AM

To Start Or Not To Start
On a recent Windows Weekly podcast Mary Jo Foley and Leo Laporte had me talking to my Zune HD (practically yelling) as they discussed if Microsoft got it wrong with Windows 8 by taking away the start button and forcing Metro full screen apps on users. Leo’s main argument was around the fact that the reason people buy big screens is so that they can have multiple windows open at the same time on the same screen. I really took exception to this. Even with every version of Windows leading up to Windows ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:23 PM

IT: The Next Generation
I was talking with a neighbor who is going to DePaul University for software engineering. Things have definitely changed since I was in college. He was working on a Java PDA app and a traffic light controller application. That is a long way from encryption programs and inventory reports. One thing that is a little scary is that he says his focus is on project management. Now maybe my thinking is outdated, but I don't believe that you can effectively manage developers without knowing how to develop ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 5:43 AM

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