Career crossroads

Greetings all –   My apologies for being a bit out of touch for the last few weeks.  There have been several “fires” burning that I’ve had to deal with, plus a short vacation for my 10-year college reunion a couple weeks ago.  And now, my manager has been promoted to a different position inside…

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Have to recommend “Whale Rider”

So, I saw the movie Whale Rider this weekend, and I have to say it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time.  Reading a synopsis of the film you wouldn’t think much of it, but it really grabs you.  The girl who plays the lead role does an amazing job, and…

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Software patents

Greetings, all!  It looks like the Europeans came to their senses and rejected American-style software patents.  See here for a ZDNet article on this.  There was a recent article in the Economist discussing the EU’s consideration of software patents, which got to the point much better than other articles I’ve read.   And before I…

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I exist!!!

So, the July stats for the GotDotNet blog pages came out, and I actually showed up with a statistically significant number of hits!  I started my blog in late June, and I had so few hits in June that I didn’t even show up in the June report (kind of demoralizing).  But for July I…

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Easter Eggs & Credit Screens: good or bad?

Greetings, all.  So…I was re-reading (well, actually re-skimming) Pete McBreen’s book Software Craftsmanship, which I think has a lot of interesting observations. One of the things he calls for is a return to the practice of letting software teams insert their names into the product.  Some products, especially games, still do this, often through the About Box or…

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Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing

Greetings all!  It’s a hot summer here in the Seattle area.  We went on a family getaway this last weekend and I got a chance to do some reading.  I finally got a chance to finish “Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing” by Jane Margolis & Allan Fisher.  This is a really good, and useful…

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Category Consciousness

So, someone here at MS who was more blog-savvy than me pointed out that I wasn’t using categories, which is a real annoyance for those listening via RSS. I plan my comments here two basically fall into two categories.  Entries in the “VS tips” category will be tips on using Visual Studio, particularly around solutions…

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Reflections from airborne reading

There are generally two kinds of books.  Those that you read once and seldom return to, and those that you want to reread every few years.  (And if you’re smart you’ll get the ones in the first group from the library and only buy those in the second group!) A book that I reread every…

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Introduction

Not long ago I had a question about some accessories for my telescope.  I called up Tele Vue, one of the premier makers of eyepieces and telescopes in the amateur astronomy market.  I told the lady who answered the phone that I had some questions, and she routed me to someone in the back office.  He…

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