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…


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,…


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…


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)…


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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