Differences between Encarta Premium 2006 and Student 2006

The back of the box for Encarta Premium 2006 has a nifty feature chart that I’ve been unable to find online. Here’s a posting of that chart, containing the differences between the North American versions of Encarta Premium 2006 and Microsoft Student:   Encarta 2006 Premium     Microsoft Student 2006 Trusted Content     Articles 64,000+…

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I Love the MVP Program

Encarta’s MVP, Stephen Stakey, has just launched the Encarta SupportZone- you can find it here. As he says, it’s a place to “find how-to guides, videos, and links to other Encarta-related websites”.  He’s already spent a lot of time in the newsgroup, dug up a lot of the pertinent information that’s come over time, and conglomerated…

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Encarta Blog is up and running!

The Encarta Team blog is now up and running with it’s very first post. Take a look here! The IE Team blog is currently the best team blog I’ve read, but I hope our Encarta blog is ultimately of similar quality. BTW- Reading the IE blog it really came in handy today. I got to teach myself…

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Reasons to be a Test Developer

Steve Rowe has an excellent blog post on Three Reasons To Consider Being a Test Developer (aka SDET). Nihit Kaul also follows up with some interesting comments here. One piece I’d like to add about the advantage of being a Tester (whatever the job title : ) is that you’ll learn your underlying product literally *better…

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Why does Software Crash #2 – The Access Violation (continued)

In our last post (here), we took a look at an Access Violation of a user mode application attempting to access memory in kernel mode address space. It’s interesting to note that we can’t just go reading and writing memory in the kernel- if we try to blindly access another application’s memory, we’ll get the…

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Why does Software Crash #1 – The Access Violation

Pop quiz: what does this line of code do when executed?                         int foo = (*((int*)0));   If you’re an astute reader, you can solve the answer just by reading the title of the blog post. But, more interestingly, let’s forget about that buzzword and analyze exactly what’s happening. The access violation is probably the…

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“Why does Software Crash” – The series!

Starting this week, I’ll be starting a series on the nuts and bolts of software crashes. Complex software has a seemingly infinite number of ways that can force a dreaded crash dialog, and I’m up for the task of enumerating why many of these things happen.   I plan on starting from examining short C…

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