More than meets the eye...

Totally off topic: We just got back from watching Transformers. I’ll write up a bigger review if there’s interest. The short version: It was awesome. Great action movie, one of the few that actually does a decent job at also telling a story and connecting you with it. Good pacing, great special effects, good integration…

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We have added his biological and technological distinctiveness to our own.

Becoming a full-time employee of Microsoft (or “MSFTie”) is often jokingly referred to as “joining the collective” in public and even within our cybernetic halls. I mentioned awhile back that we’d gotten some additional team-members on the Setup/Admin/Ops QA team, and (as James recently enlightened me), one of them just started blogging. Welcome to the land…

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Tagged!

James tagged me – I guess it was only a matter of time. Being the avid Snow Crash fan that I am, I feel like I’m propagating a virus… gen(n-1) tag: James Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me In the same vein (no pun intended) as James’, I was quite accident-prone as a child,…

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Vista RC1 goodness

Slightly off my normal topics, but I wanted to post a quick note about Vista. More of a “datapoint” than a general review. On the downside, I’m discovering that 1GB of RAM just really isn’t enough for what I do with a machine (professionally) these days – between muliple instances of VS, an IE with…

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Team Foundation Server: Why are my files transferring so slowly?

I’m not sure if anyone “in the field” has run into this (yet), but it’s happened to us a couple times internally now, and I figured other folks might be interested in the issue. We’ve seen situations where larger files (in the latest case, 100 meg) take an inordinate amount of time to upload (checkin)…

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Dust-busting for fun and profit: Your computer will thank you!

I was just reading Raymond’s latest post, partially relating to computer heat (and how the symptoms it typically presents might not be heat-related after all). I was going to comment with my own anecdote, but it’s more of an aside, so I decided to post it here instead of spam Raymond’s comment stream. Regardless, if…

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Random XP tip: Scheduled disk defragmentation

It came to my attention that a lot of folks don’t know about one of the very nice additions that came long with the rest of Windows XP: A command-line interface to the disk defragmenter. This means it’s now easy to setup a scheduled task to defrag your hard disk(s), whereas with Windows 2000 it…

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Resolved Work Item: Get Married

Two weeks ago, I was working extra-hard to help get our branch/merge features ready for the Release Candidate. Last week was a change of pace – I was on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, getting married! It was something of an open secret (hmm, they’ve been engaged for a few months now, and they’re going…

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Shameless Plug: Fog Creek Copilot

I had another opportunity to use Copilot last night, helping out a relative with a cranky printer. What is Copilot? I’ll sum it up as “Remote Desktop for Dummies,” but I mean that in the best possible way. Basically, it’s a tool to let a geek get at a non-geek’s computer quickly and easily, without having…

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So close...yet so far...

There’s a LOT to like in the 2.0 version of the Framework and Base Class Library. But, I ran into something today that I feel is missing. Or at least, it’d be really cool of it was there. I want to be able to override the ToString method on an enum. I know, I know…

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