Eye Candy Getting Closer to Prime Time…

I remember when I was back in school and saw some of the demo videos of what was then called Avalon.  At the time, I was becoming a Mac head…bored with Windows, I was in love with the eye candy and application refinement I saw in OS X.  Things just looked…pretty.  I remember seeing some demo of Avalon being used as a front…

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Visual Studio "Orcas" Forums Launched

Has it really been almost a year since Whidbey launched already?  One year later, we’ve started to share out our first CTP of the next version of Visual Studio, codename “Orcas”. Of course, with any new version of a product like Visual Studio, you’re going to have questions when you are trying things out.  That’s…

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Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer 1.0 Released (w/ ASP.NET 2.0 configuration plug-in)

I’m very happy to announce that today we released the 1.0 version of the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer to the web. The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer is a tool and framework that allows for the analysis of system elements against predefined “rules” to help users optimize their configurations and identify any known issues.  The Microsoft…

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How Are People Using the MSDN Forums?

When every calendar month is finished, I usually take a few minutes to browse the site statistics for the MSDN Forums and see how fast we are growing.  Although we do track the percentages of questions getting answered and volume of questions being asked, the site statistics paint a clearer picture of exactly how many…

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ForumExplorer: A Better(?) Way to Moderate the MSDN Forums

A couple of months ago I created a small tool that utilized some of the cool meta tag searching capabilities of MSN Search and published it out to GotDotNet.  It was simple, but definitely helps overcome one of the biggest limitations in the forums–lousy search. That little tool catalyzed a project that I’ve blogged about…

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Doom and the Magic of "Live"

If I was ambitious enough to create a “medium-to-very geeky” category, I’d make one, but I’m not.  I just downloaded Doom on Xbox Live Arcade.  It’s great–it’s the Doom you knew and loved ten years ago, in its big screen glory–I can actually sit on my couch and play it on my big TV instead…

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Searching for Code Online

While drinking my much improved coffee this morning and doing my rounds through my RSS feeds, I happened about a Slashdot post about Google offering a new “code search“.  It’s interesting stuff–especially how the FAQ mentions that they can’t guarantee that the code that they are returning to you is actually under the license they…

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