The New Sounds are here!!!

I don’t usually do “Me Too”, but I just had to share this.  James Senior has released a short podcast with the new Vista sound scheme!   It’s super awesome   Check it out here!


Last Checkin Chicken

In the lifetime of every single project I’ve ever worked on, there’s this little “game” that’s informally played at the very end of the ship cycle.  It’s never been formalized, but it’s always been played (at least it was in every group I’ve ever worked in). I call it “Last Checkin Chicken”, it’s kinda like…


Two Bloggy Shoutouts

I wanted to shout out to two bloggers I read religiously but haven’t commented on.   The first is Ryan Bemrose, who writes as the Audio Fool.  Ryan’s been writing a bunch about signal quality and DSP in audio (which makes sense since he’s one of the testers working on the audio quality tests in…


Mother, Can I?

Recently someone posted the attached screen shot on the internal self hosting alias. What’s wrong with this English?   It’s the use of “Can” instead of “May”. This happens to be one of my minor pet peeves with common English usage.  The difference between “Can” and “May” can be quite subtle and most people don’t…


So when is it ok to use SEH?

I got an email from someone using the contacts form asking: There is an article on MSDN about using VirtualAlloc to reserve then commit memory pages. Here is the link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/memory/base/reserving_and_committing_memory.asp The article demonstrates a use of SEH to handle a page fault and then commit the appropriate page at runtime. My question: is SEH…


It’s much worse, in a better way

I was just chatting with one of the other developers in my group (Mitch), and he mentioned a bug that just popped up on our radar.  In our bug tracking system, there’s a field called “NumInstances” which indicates the number of people who have encountered the bug.  The OCA system is hooked up to this…


Thanks!

So I decided to take the advice people mentioned in the previous post, and my laptop is now happily running Vista – I get a WEX score of 3.0 based on the video perf (expected), other than the video, the machine gets a 4.4, and I’m a very happy camper. Thanks to everyone who suggested…


Forced to use XP again

A couple of weeks ago, my old laptop’s motherboard gave up the ghost, so after much price and feature shopping, I got a new Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop for work.   In general, I love this box.  It’s pretty fast, has a good modern processor, a decent video card (NVidia Go 7300), 1G RAM, and…