Halo 2 and XBox Live

With the release of Halo 2 on Nov. 9th, I’m looking forward to breaking out my XBox Live Communicator once again, and joining the ranks of the online warriors. (Actually, my dog chewed up my Communicator, so I’ve got this cell phone adapter headset that doesn’t quite work right…) I was one of the early…

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Japanese parking lots

So, just got back from my 4 week vacation to Japan, so I’ll probably have a few more Japan themed posts coming up. Here’s something I noticed when I first went over there, and it struck me as odd again this time around. Everyone does back-in parking! It’s eerie almost. I’ve seen a few cars…

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InfoPath 2003 SP1 and Active Directory

I figured I’d be the only one in the developer division not blogging about Beta 1! When I was on the InfoPath team, I wrote a hands on lab (Lab 15)which talked about using managed code with InfoPath. Excercise 3 of the lab talked about using managed code to access information in Active Directory using…

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Status Reports in InfoPath

When I transitioned from the InfoPath team to the CLR team, I wanted to take some of my knowledge of InfoPath and put it to good use here. After browsing the intranet sites, I noticed that there had been several different attempts at designing a status reports system. While InfoPath isn’t the right tool for…

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Pairwise Testing for Dummies

So, imagine that you’re a tester, and your job is to test a pogo stick. Yes, a pogo stick. So, you sit down, and brainstorm (like I did just now) a list of things that you might try to do to break the pogo stick, while still within bounds of  “normal” use. (Running over the…

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Status Reports in InfoPath (Part II)

Due to the overwhelming number of requests (3+) for screenshots and code for the Status Report described in a previous post , I’ve decided to make them publicly available. My only request is that you let me know how I can improve the form. Here is the “Individual View”: It uses a Master-Detail control for viewing multiple Status…

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Super Tuesday

Sure, electing the leader of the free world may seem important, but I think this is the day that the “Youth Vote” has been waiting for. (Good idea having the election BEFORE Halo 2’s launch date, rather than ON launch day!) Yes, my friends, it’s time for representatives from the Red and Blue states to…

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Lazy Mail

Have you ever sent out an email saying:”Hey, check out the new Britney Spears video <hypothetical link/>! It’s HOT HOT HOT!” Only instead of sending the mail to your buddy Alan, you sent it to the “All Employees” alias? Then you frantically send out a “Recall” mail, which simply attracts more attention to your original blunder…

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Passing First Grade shouldn’t be this hard!

I’m currently studying for the Japanese Langauge Proficiency Test, Level 1.. There are 4 levels, 1 being the most difficult. The test is only offered once a year (in December), and this year I’ll be able to take the test in Seattle. Here’s a brief overview of the test: First grade (1kyuu):Total score: 400 points–passing…

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Bungie.net website revamped for Halo 2

With all the excitement surrounding Halo 2’s release, it seems that the new features added to Bungie.net’s website have been overlooked. A co-worker told me about it, and I am now in awe. Once you finish a game over XBox live, all your stats are uploaded to the servers. Sure, you get all the standard stuff…

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