A tip, a tool and a book

The Tip:  If your mouse has thumb buttons, they are usually mapped (by default) to “back” and “forward”  in IE.  Change those to PgUp and PgDown, and give it a test drive in Visual Studio.  I never noticed how much of my development time was being spent on paging… much better now! The Tool:  Resharper is without…

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Out-Googling Google

One of the things I like best about Google is their clean, elegant and functional UIs.   Microsoft’s web offerings always seem to be a step (or three) behind, or so I thought before running across http://www.start.com/1/ Once again the folks at MSN prove that they really ‘get it’.  Great job! Update: The first two comments…

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Why Microsoft Won, according to OSS/Unix guru Marcus Ranum

I found this article on Slashdot. It is a well written commentary on the state of Unix/Linux, although I’m anot sure how many OSS advocates would agree with the conclusions. My evil twin particularly liked the following passage: I installed Linux on one of my systems the other day, so I could use it as a teaching vehicle for my…

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Is Gmail ramping up for a release?

Gmail has become very generous with their invites lately (I have 50 invites available on my account, and I don’t even use it that much). Obviously they want to increase their volumes by an order of magnitude or more… I wonder if this means that a release is around the corner?  

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What does a petabyte of data look like?

Today I saw my first petabyte system. A SAN composed of multiple cabinets, each one with 225 disks of 360GB each.  Wow.   Even more impressive was the size of it all – it could easily fit into the kitchen of my tiny Manhattan apartment. Any bets how long it will take until we all have…

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FireFox ate my cat!

Actually, it was my Linksys wireless router. And maybe “ate” isn’t the most accurate description of what happened. But it was a pretty weird coincidence that my router keeled over and died (complete with nasty burnt plastic smell) just as I opened FireFox for the first time.  I wonder, is someone trying to tell me…

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[OT] Exceptional people doing exceptional work creates exceptional companies

No, this isn’t a story about Microsoft.  But it is so cool that it deserves to be told anyway 😉 It is the story of how Apple employees managed to ship a product. Sounds easy? Try doing it after the project has been cancelled and you’ve been layed off. http://www.pacifict.com/Story/

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Seattle is a Bloggers Mecca

Thanks to Walt Ritscher for letting me know about tonight’s blogger meeting and giving me a ride there and back.  The event itself was geeky beyond belief – when I got there two guys were sharing a OneNote document on their tablets over the wireless network while a third was showing off Firefox’s ink gesture support…

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