You know you’re in Texas when…

Being a native born Texan now living in Seattle for almost four years, every time I go back to TX I’m amazed at the little Texan details I never noticed before.  I’m visiting the in-laws for two weeks over the Christmas holidays in Spring TX (just outside Houston).  Since being down I’ve noticed so many…

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How-To-Geek Blog

This is one of my favorite new blogs, http://www.howtogeek.com/.  It rocks with tons of great tips and reviews on cool little tools.  Lowell does a great job reviewing tools, tricks and tips, and his blog is well organized and looks solid. I’ve been having a fun time trying out some new tools, including Sizer, DriverView,…

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Presidential Candidate Calculator

This is really cool!  I’m not a big political guy and honestly haven’t been keeping up with the presidential candidates as much as I feel it’s my duty as an American.  This tool asks your opinion on the top political issues in this race and gives you a breakdown of which candidates best match. http://www.vajoe.com/candidate_calculator.html…

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Free 411 Phone Directories

I used to call the 411 info number of my cell phone company (AT&T/Cingular) until they jacked the price up from  $0.99 to $1.79, what a ripoff!  Now I use Google 411, dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (800-466-4411) from any US phone.  Quick, easy, and completely FREE.  Just say what you want and Google connects you.  Program it…

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Parallel Computing for .NET CTP Released

The Parallel Computing Platform team has launched a new Parallel Computing Dev Center along with our the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of extensions to .NET for parallel computing. Parallel Extensions to the .NET Framework CTP download Soma’s Blog Post on the release Parallel Computing Developer Center With CPUs going ‘ManyCore’ instead of increasing clock…

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Visual Studio 2008 + .NET 3.5 is LIVE!

It’s official!  The product we’ve all be waiting for is released!  It’s been a fun ride, 2 years 12 days since VS 2005 was released.  Our new version has a lot of great new functionality. Check it all out at the MSDN site for Visual Studio 2008.  The .NET Framework 3.5 is ready, there’s a…

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Hannah Wins National Poster Contest

In 2003 my 5th grade sister Hannah Joy entered the Arbor Day National Poster Contest and took 1st at State, and then went on to win 1st in the national round out of 75,000 participating schools.  At state she planted a tree on the State Capitol property with the Governor of Idaho and then was…

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Hang’n at the VSIP Conference

The Visual Studio Industry Partners conference is going on right at the Redmond Marriott hotel in Redmond, WA (close to the MS main campus).  It’s a time when we get to interact with partners who are creating addins and packages for VS (like ReSharper & CodeRush).  We’re talking about new technologies, VS futures (my team),…

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Rising Above the Email Swarm

In today’s age of receiving dozens to 100s of e-mails a day, quickly processing these is critical.  Microsofties are known for the volumes of e-mail we deal with, particularly as a Program Manager.  As ScottHa mentions, "these guys used Outlook like it’s an IM client" (so true that I don’t use IM).  It’s not unusual…

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Multi Monitor Support in VS10

What would a perfect world look like where your using Visual Studio with two or three (or more) monitors?  One of the new Visual Studio 10 (Visual Studio 2008 = VS9) I’d like to nail is darn good multi monitor support, but I’ve got a lot more investigation to do to know what this would…

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