Check out MSDN!

~Whew~ that was fun! Everyone at MSDN has been working like crazy, and last night, concurrent with the announcement of VS2005 Express Beta in Amsterdam, we launched the Product Feedback Center, the new personalized Visual Studio Developer Center, online and CodeWise search integration into Visual Studio and a host of ancillary functionality. I pulled the…

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Ducks looking for work?

Today on the way back from lunch, I had to do a double take as I walked by the building 4 lobby because there were ducks standing at the door, waiting to get in.  “There are ducks at the door,” I said to the receptionist, thinking she must have noticed me walking backwards, and would…

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NPR: They got me!

I had to run an errand this afternoon, and as I pulled out of the parking lot, a news story came on NPR talking about a US Post Office announcement about mobile zip codes.  Modeled on the rulings that allowed people to take their phone numbers with them, the Assistant Postmaster General was quoted from…

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Checking the weather

Tomorrow I’m off to Las Vegas for a few days of winning the casino’s money (well that’s *my* dream anyway), so I decided to check the weather.  It’s going to be beautiful, of course, but check out these descriptions, they delighted me 🙂  Someone had some fun making rules. Thursday 3/18Sunny and very warmHigh 85°…

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Great writing advice

I was checking out my referral logs, and found this wonderful piece on the Ten Mistakes Writers Don’t See (But Can Easily Fix When They Do) via Jim Martin’s blog.  This one’s a keeper.  Some of the items made me wince; I know they’re things I do without thinking.  There are some mistakes he points out…

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CNet: Google and Social Networking

Google tip-toed into the hot market of online social networks with the quiet launch of Orkut.com on Thursday, CNET News.com has learned. The search company, which is expected to go public this year, is flexing its power with its Internet fans by constantly offering new services, including comparison shopping and news search. Orkut could be…

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Washington State Democratic Caucuses: Feb 7

This year, the Democratic party in Washington is opting for a caucus rather than a primary.  Caucuses require, in my opinion, much more commitment than voting.  You show up, talk, listen to other people talk, move around into groups (hopefully of 15% or more), and vote.  The caucus process here in Washington is fairly drawn…

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Bits and Pieces #1

Mads Nissen from Oslo, Norway has a very cool .Text template, and interesting posts to boot!   Jonathan Hodgson pointed me to an article he has written on Generating Thumbnail Images from PDF Documents using VB.Net   Tommy wonders “I wonder why you have to restart IIS. Isn’t there a SharePoint “worker process” similar to (or even…

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Netscan Queries

Duncan posted about NETSCAN today; as it turns out, I was playing with it today, too.  Microsoft Research is a cool place… and if you had any doubt, you only need to look at some of their publicly exposed data, such as the NETSCAN system. I pulled a description of the system from their site……

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