Good Friends vs True Friends

What’s the difference between a casual friend or acquaintance and a true friend?  Well there were a few e-mail chains that I’ve combined here. Do you have “true” friends (family doesn’t count!)? A good friend will tell you what you want to hear.A true friend will always tell the truth. A good friend seeks to talk…

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Bluetooth Headset Review

My Motorola H850 was lost, so I’ve tried three of the latest & greatest headsets, here’s my review… PlantronicsDiscovery 640E Motorola H700 LG HBM-730 Pictures Online Price $65 @ PriceGrabber.com $66 @ PriceGrabber.com $63 @ PriceGrabber.com CNET Review 8.0 Consumer 8.0 Editor, 5.8 Consumer n/a Other Reviews Amazon.com Amazon.comMobileTechReview Apartment 305 While Charging Red light Red light…

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Jan 28th – My 28th Birthday

Yup, it’s 28 yrs as of today.  Just thought it’d be fun to drop a quick note on the world that I’ve survived another year.  It’s also my grandfather’s 78th birthday, Happy Birthday Grandpa! 🙂 What’s in a Name?My Mom reminded me that when I was born, she had never personally known or knew anyone…

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TFS Work Item Hierarchy

Team Foundation Server doesn’t natively support work item hierarchy, we all know that.  So the question is, how can you create a reasonable workaround to get a work item hierarchy?  Of course, all of these techniques require custom reporting, either some fancy SQL Report MDX code, or your own reporting app.  And there isn’t easy…

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Outlook C# Extensibility: Contacts Without a Photo

Gosh I love extensibility.  I’d so much rather take the time to write an app to automate a 1min task, if I had to do that task over and over again.  MS Office has great extensibility.  Here’s a quick example of an app to list out all your contacts that don’t have a photo on…

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Real TFS Command Line Help

John Lyon-Smith, a developer on my team, put togther this extensive command line help for Team Foundation’s TF.exe command.  In his own words… After the umpteenth time of typing “tf –?” only to have it launch the MSDN documentation that usually isn’t installed in my Dogfood environment, I threw together a text file that contains…

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Managing Lots of Work Item Queries

At lunch today I was discussing topics to blog about with two peers who are very involved with work item tracking.  Dan is the PM of WIs and Jim is the release manager for TFS.  Naturally we discussed the aspect of how a blog is one’s own personal perspective on life & work, and specifically…

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Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

I’m an action-oriented fella.  I like my lists, particularly if they say "To Do", "Action Items", or some similar verb.  This way what needs to happen next is already partially thought out, you can see at a glance what actions to take, and stuff doesn’t fall off the table (unless you want it to). Let…

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I’ve Been Tagged – 5 Things About Me

I’ve been tagged by Jeff Beehler & Jim Lamb, so here’s 5 things about me you may have not known…  -1- I grew up on a small farm in Texas.  Since I was lactose intolerant, but loved cereal, we had a few goats and I milked one twice a day growing up.  At any given time we…

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