Bill Gates Photos, Narrated by Bill Gates

I am a huge BillG fan and there’s a lot of hoopla going on around Microsoft as he moves on to greener pastures in Charity work.  This slideshow is by far the coolest thing that I have seen in the wake of all the stories and activities.  Check it out! [Fortune via Gizmodo]

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Getting and Setting Properties of a Dialog Created Control in COM and OLE

OK, I recently had a really hard time getting and setting the properties of an ActiveX control in C++.  I’m just writing a quick post on how this works because I had a heck of a time finding the right resources for this.  What I had done was dragged and dropped a control from the…

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Pattern Fills in Office 2007

My cousin is a grad-school researcher who recently switched to Office 2007 from Office 2003.  In 2003, there used to be pattern fills for charts, but, unfortunately, this feature was removed in 2007.  Needless to say, the removal of this features was rather bad news for her 🙁  The good news is, there is an add-in that…

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TechEd Day 4: Closing the booth

I made it to the booth by 9:00 where Eliot was waiting.  Once I showed up, it was time for another prize giveaway.  I walked around and found a winner.  It looked like we were doing our job of getting attendees into the usability study and the Ask the Expert panels.  I set up our…

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TechEd Day 3: Rickrolled at Universal

Ok, today is Thursday, which is the day of the night of the big Universal Studios party so, needless to say, I am stoked.  I got up earlier than planned, had some breakfast, and went for a swim.  The weather in Florida is ridiculously hot, it’s like hell’s having a party and decided to bring…

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TechEd Day 2: The lonely ask an expert panel

This is the day that I’m supposed to give my speech.  I have brought my laptop to the conference and have my slides primed.  I’m still a little nervous about presenting, but having gotten a feel for the conference and having talked to the many kind attendees, I feel that this will go pretty smoothly…

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TechEd Day 1: Getting the ball rolling, getting over Jetlag

After taking the red eye from Seattle at 12:40, I arrived at 8:30 am Seattle time in Orlando.  I had met another Microsoftie who was a consultant from Minnesota.  He gave me the short lowdown on the TechEd event and then kindly gave me a ride to my hotel.  He was very pro at travel,…

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