Awesome Screen Image + Video Capture with Jing

TechSmith, makers of my (up to now) favorite SnagIt and Camtasia have created the Jing Project, a new screen image & video capture tool.  It is slick, simple, easy, and fun.  I just installed it and am loving it.  Right now it’s complete FREE, thanks TechSmith.  It hooks up to screencast.com to make sharing online…

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Garmin Nuvi 260 GPS

I love my Garmin Nuvi!  It is simple, elegant, easy to use, helpful, and effective.  The roads in Seattle are laid out far differently from what I was used to in Texas, and this makes navigating them a breeze.  When we’re on trips, it finds us food quick & easy along our route.  No more…

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Pull Web Service Data into Excel

Visual Studio 2008 has great Office 2007 integration with the ability to essentially open an Excel worksheet from within VS and add C# code as if it was a Windows Forms application.  Just today an acquaintance asked how to pull data off the web and bring it into Excel.  There are many different techniques, but…

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noahcoad wants to keep up with you on Twitter

I’m giving Twitter a try!  What is Twitter?  Simply put, it’s short 140 character or less ‘instant message like’ updates.  My take on it is that I can use it to post interesting or funny little tidbits of info that I’d normally like to blog about, but don’t have the time to write a whole…


Hard Drive Pricing Sweet Spot

Every 8-12 month I take a look at the going prices of hard drives as I’m looking to expand my family’s storage capacity.  To that end, I like to take a look at what drives are going for and make a little chart like this that shows the price one’s paying per gigabyte of storage. …

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Speaking at TechEd 2008: VS 2008 IDE Tips & Tricks

   My session entitled Visual Studio 2008 IDE Tips and Tricks has been accepted!  I’ve got a lot of ideas already but am looking forward to researching tips & tricks from the community, MVPs, MS devs, blogs, etc.  Here’s the abstract… Harness the power of the 2008 IDE using new tips and tricks top Microsoft…

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Boycott Starbucks, Support Tully’s

Simply put, Starbucks charges for their wireless Internet access, Tully’s is completely free.  I’m not a big coffee drinker (my drink: grande soy mocha 1-shot decaf w/ whip) but I hear from my Seattlites that Tully’s coffee is better too.  If you’re not familiar with Tully’s, they are probably the #2 coffee chain in the…

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Netflix Kills HD DVD

This is it, the final stake nailed in the HD DVD coffin.  HD DVD has been on a sinking ship, particularly since Warner Bros. turned their back on HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray.  I’ve been following this (VHS vs Betamax like) challenge in high definition digital video disc as a casual technology enthusiast, but…

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My Moo Cards

My Moo MiniCards arrived!  I’ve been eyeing these little things for over a year now.  They’re like a ‘hip’ little full color business card replacement.  A coworker gave me one to keep in touch and I was surprised by the impressive high quality, so I bit the bullet and ordered some.   The cost is…


Maze App in WPF

My colleague, Paul Harrington, has created a 3D maze in WPF (runs in the browser) that’s certainly worth checking out.  The interesting thing is that it totally built using WPF Data Binding.  It has 3rd & 1st person views, and walks you through as it solves the maze in 1st person.  Paul has also shared…

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