Retro gaming at its best…

Back when I was in high school, in the early 1980s, was when I was first introduced to computer games.  What we called “arcade games” at the time. There were three common systems for this. First of all, there was the TRS-80. You can read about all the exciting detail in the link, but the…

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Holiday Lights 2008

Today, I took a break in the snow and finished the installation of the new light display. It’s functional, except for one light that isn’t working.  I’ve been extra busy this year, so while the main displays are up, there aren’t as many additional lights as I would like to have.   Our recent snowstorm…

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Holiday light project 2008 in pictures

A trip through the new project in pictures: I was late in getting started on the project due to putting finished touches on the office, but I ended up with this wonderful new workbench. Quite the step up from the old door on top of shelf units that I’ve used for the last 35 years…

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Benchmarking, C++, and C# Micro-optimizations

Two posts (1 2) on C# loop optimization got me thinking recently. Thinking about what I did when I first joined Microsoft. Way back in the spring of 1995 or so (yes, we did have computers back then, but the Internet of the time really *was* just a series of tubes), I was on the…

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Holiday light project 2008…

I’ve been searching for a new project to do for this season’s holiday lights. I typically have four or five ideas floating around my head, and this year is no different. Lots of choices, so I’ve had to come up with a “rule” about new projects. The rule is that the project has to be…

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Brilliant…

I’ve been doing some electronics recently, and perhaps I’m therefore more likely to treat this kindly, but I have to say that I think it’s brilliant.

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What’s going on now…

If you want to keep track of what’s going on right now, you need this site…

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Scary…

Last Saturday, we were invited to a Halloween party at a friend of a friend. I only decided to go Friday night, so I’d put essentially zero effort into thinking about a costume. The wife was going as a vampire (we had a long discussion on what the feminine form of “vampire” was. I tended…

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wireless LCD photo frame…

I want to buy a couple of wireless LCD photo frames for my relatives. It needs to have a decent display, speak wireless, and hook up to a smugmug gallery. Any recommendations?

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Versioning in HealthVault

Download the sample code from MSDN Code Gallery. [Note that EncounterOld has been renamed to EncounterV1 in newer versions of the SDK] “Versioning” is an interesting feature of the HealthVault platform that allows us to evolve our data types (aka “thing types”) without forcing applications to be rewritten. Consider the following scenario: An application is…

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