Science Fiction Book Review: Accelerando by Charles Stross

I recently finished reading Accelerando by Charles Stross and I thought it was a great book… it does exactly what I want from a future-focused science fiction book… it takes plausible advances from today and takes them to their logical extremes.  Bing tells me that “accelerando” means “it indicates a gradual increase in tempo, or…

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A new generation of programmers begins

I have started teaching my 6-year old son logo as our summer learning project.  My goal is to help him discover the creativity and logical thinking approach that programming requires. And, of course to share a passion that I have with him, so there is a tiny hope we will have something to talk about…

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Book Review: Outliers

I just finished up Outliers: The Story of Success tonight….  Gladwell is a masterful story teller.  You can not walk away from this book without thinking about the world differently.  Rather than seeing success as a "lucky-break” or simply hard work, you realize the truly noteworthy success is a product of history and community, of…

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Top Ten Reasons Why The Most Important Machine Is Unlabeled

Today is office move day across much of .NET Framework land.. Good folks across building 41 and 42 are doing a little shuffling around…   As part of the move, we all had to be out of the office today.  Like any good manager, I wanted to keep my team productive even during this “downtime”..   Many…

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Need Windows Mobile Phone Recommendation

I am ready to replace my several year old Verizon XV6700… The 2nd replacement battery is not keeping me through the day any more, it is way too heavy and my colleagues pick on my for using such old technology 😉 I have a pretty good deal with Verizon, so I’d like to say with…

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A Live Mesh Moment

While I was out in the bush near Krueger national park in South Africa recently I found a great use for Live Mesh…  After a full day of seeing some excellent big game I had a ton of photos to show for my effort. Later that night, back in the lodge, I was briefly able…

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Very Simple .NET Thumbnail Creation Code

When I was working the update for my Ajax demo, I needed to create thumb nail from a director of photos.  There are tons of tools out there to do this, but I thought I’d share the very simple code I used.  It takes all the jpgs in the root path and creates 160×120 thumbnails…

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I have a theory… help me prove it!

I have a theory that you can’t build amazingly great products if you don’t deeply know the customer.  And the best way to get the visceral and lasting impression is to physically go see the customer work in their own environment.  This where I need your help.    I am looking to get smarter about the…

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Ready for Houston TechFest Tomorrow?

Well, I got into Houston late last night and now all I have to do is talk to a few customers and fix up my demos for tomorrow’s TechFest 2007! This is a FREE event, brought to you by the good folks at the Houston .NET Users group (and their generous sponsors)..  I will be…

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Devscovery in Redmond, WA and Silicon Valley

The good folks at Wintellect are putting on a conference focused on the latest of Microsoft technologies in Redmond and Silicon Valley (both at the Microsoftft campus).  This is a great chance to get some training from industry experts.   Devscovery (August 14-16 at the Conference Center on campus; October 15-17 at the Microsoft Conference Center…

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