Master Config Your PC

All of us geeks know ways to tweak our PC in various ways, but there are just so many entry points that I wanted to do a post on them.  The most popular PC settings, designed for the average user, are of course available through the Control Panel.  This post is about settings beyond just…

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MSDN Wiki – Top Contributor is David M. Kean

If you haven’t checked it out yet, check out MSDN Library’s Wiki!  It is the full MSDN Library, but allows the community to add comments to the end of each article. Some may argue it’s not a “true wiki” in that you can not edit the original article or create new articles, but I think…

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What Would Make Debugging Cool?

The Visual Studio Debugger is probably one of the most used dev tools in the world, but what could make it cool and exciting again? Visual Studio is the #1 dev tool, and regardless of language, they all use the same debugger.  When you hit F5 to run your app, it runs under the debugger. …

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Friends? You+Me+Netflix

Got a Netflix account?  Let’s be friends, and share queues / recently watched lists.  I’m always looking for good recommendations and perhaps you can find some too.  My netflix account is noah@coad.net  Please include your real full name when adding. As a related link, awhile back I posted some of my favorite movies & shows. …

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Music I Wrote as a Kid

When I was about 14yrs old I was playing around with MIDI on the PC, I didn’t have a piano keyboard, long before MP3s were around.  I wrote the three little tunes.  I recently came across them and thought I’d share. Friends, my 1st, a duet for piano and violin (1min), but that’s a “trumpet” sound playing…

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VSTS Book: Professional Team Foundation Server

Congratulations to my friends Jean-Luc David, Mickey Gousset, and Erik Gunvaldson on thier recent book!  This is the definitive book on TFS out.  It is a great companion to Jean-Luc, Erik and my last book Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System. Jean-Luc David is a former VSTS MVP and is now a Developer Evangelist for Canada. Mickey…

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Rapid Pickup Process

Dawn says I’m good at attacking a mess in the house (papers, trinkets, living room, clothing, a messy desk, etc) and very quickly making it look picked up.  Suppose its one of those obsessive compulsive tendencies.  Well I was reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done and got all inspired by his "Breaking Projects into Short…

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Logitech Harmony Remote – The Ultimate Universal Remote

The Logitech Harmony Remote Controls have got to be some of the coolest, best TV/VCR/DVD/Audio/MMPC/X-10/XBox/etc remote control ever. They use a USB connection to the PC for programming, can learn from other remotes, support practically every device under the sun, they look sleek and elegant, and are incredibly easy to use.  A number of friends…

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Vista: Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Explorer

When navigating files in Windows Vista, either in Windows Explorer or a File Dialog (like “Open File”), I just discovered there some new keyboard shortcuts.  Here they are: New Vista Commands ALT + Up Arrow Move up a folder (to the parent folder) ALT + Left Arrow Move back in history ALT + Right Arrow…

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I’m Upgrading to Windows Vista and Office 2007

My only work computer (laptop w/ XP Pro) died this morning.  Since we just RTMed Windows Vista, I figured it was about time to upgrade!  Unfortunately our internal support won’t have Windows Vista RTM ready for network install for another four days, but I’ve got to have something now, so I’ll be wiping out my…

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