Project management: the same yesterday, today and tomorrow? Please nooooo…

I can’t think of a more depressing thought than that software project management never becomes more productive nor predictable. Ever since I was first on a team that faced “big software failure” I have been keenly interested in this dance. It’s something bigger than the coding and the design, invisible and yet tangible in its…

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Agile in the beginning: the Microsoft Solutions Framework circa 1993

I recently presented MSF v4.0 (alpha) at TechReady 2, Microsoft’s internal technical training event in Seattle. This is the first time I’ve shared a stage with Bill – but not at the same time ;o) Microsoft has a long history with the Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), which started back in 1993 — that’s a 12 year…

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Laser printing in stainless steel – from Excel!

I love the connection between abstract computing and the real world. I’ve had this fascination ever since 1986 when I built circuits to sample sound using an Atari 800. Plugging stuff together is what invention and integration are all about. My buddy Matt and I are building some horn loudspeakers with a difference. These are based…

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Outlook SQL DASL syntax – an update

Here’s an update to my previous blog entry on Doing more with Outlook filter and SQL DASL syntax. I had some great feedback from my previous posting, there is obviously a need for more information about how to “do stuff” with Outlook filters. Special thanks to Patrick for a very useful message, which showed me how…

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Doing more with Outlook filter and SQL DASL syntax

When I returned from an overseas trip earlier this year I needed to hack through a pile of emails that had accumulated. So I explored the Outlook filter search syntax (DASL) to see what could be achieved. (I am using Outlook 2003. I know some of this works with previous versions of Outlook.) Firstly, I…

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Bug with Tablet PC snipping tool and Office 2003 DRM (Digital Rights Management)

There appears to be a bug or short-coming with the very useful Snipping Tool that comes with the Tablet PC powertoys (Microsoft Powertoys for Windows XP Tablet PC Ediition.) It seems that the Digital Rights Management functions (DRM) in Office 2003 are bypassed when using the Snipping Tool – which is a pity. This means you can…

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