treasured blogger comes to Microsoft

I read here that Rory is coming to work at Microsoft.  Outstanding!  I have to admit that when I do my daily blog reading, I often skip over Rory’s, perhaps just admiring the titles, but leaving them unread on my to-do list – because I’m saving them up for a special time when I can…


avoid dialog boxes while refactoring

 I was reading a post about Visual Studio refactoring support in the next version, and I noticed that it described the process of refactoring the order of parameters for a function as something like this: 1.      click on a function name 2.      select refactor->reorder parameters from the menu 3.      adjust the ordering on a dialog…

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Its like playing ‘Quake’, but in the real world

Despite my skepticism about head-mounted displays, I remain enthusiastic about the possibilities of ‘augmented reality’ – it is just too cool for words!  Here you see a research project that lets folks run around a (real not virtual) college campus, and shoot at monsters from the game ‘Quake’ that are superimposed on their vision.  The…

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Think the product feedback rating system is wrong? go vote!

 If you think the MSDN Product Feedback Center rating equation isn’t right, go vote for this bug: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/productfeedback/viewfeedback.aspx?feedbackid=00bf32ec-50e7-4def-8464-7e19cc4812ba  

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TiVo should support external hard drives

 I noticed a post recently that commented on TiVo’s upcoming support for larger hard drives.  This reminded me of another idea I had – TiVo should support additional external hard drives.  After all, when I see something like La Cie’s new 1.6 TB external hard drive, the gadget freak in me immediately wants to order…

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fetching you a bottle of water does *not* motivate me

This is the story of an inspirational speech that, well – wasn’t. I went to a divisional meeting recently – lots of people, lots of powerpoint. The topics were a bit dry, and the last speaker was clearly trying to drum up some excitement and enthusiasm.  He started telling us a story about Lance Armstrong.  “People…

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How well do you know your Microsoft acronyms?

 I made the following challenge over on Channel 9 – anyone care to take up the gauntlet? “That takes me back – when I started at Microsoft eight years ago, I worked in the Windows build lab.  This was back when we were working on SUR, and IIS 1.0.  We used SLM instead of SD,…

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obfuscated C code, for fun and profit (ok, just for fun)

If you’ve ever coded in C, you owe it to yourself to check out the (fully functional) programs at this link: http://remus.rutgers.edu/~rhoads/Obfuscated_C/obfuscate.html Here is one of the programs presented: char*lie; double time, me= !0XFACE, not; int rested, get, out; main(ly, die) char ly, **die ;{ signed char lotte, dear; (char)lotte–; for(get= !me;; not){ 1 -…

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amazing new antenna technology

Apparently a professor (and ham radio enthusiast) from the University of Rhode Island has invented a new kind of radio antenna that performs as well as antennae three to nine times larger.  The article mentions walkie-talkies as a possible application – I wonder if this could be used to shrink those big cell phone towers…

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managed COM+ objects that don’t derive from ServicedComponent?

I notice Sam Gentile references a tool for registering managed objects in the COM+ catalog even if they don’t derive from Serviced Component.  Oddly, I have recently read an internal mail thread on a similar customer issue.  The upshot of the mail thread was that if you don’t derive from ServicedComponent, then your COM+ context…

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