My New Role

Well after nearly 14 years, 20 countries, dozens of Tech-Ed’s, PDC’s, and numerous other  events my career at Microsoft is coming to an end.  I’ve made remarkable progress thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters around the world who helped me with my experimental treatment.  This is the treatment that has saved my…

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Status Update

Thanks to the many supporters and friends who contributed to my first round of  fundraising I have been able to start an experiential treatment/therapy to help with my Dercums Disease symptoms.  If you are able to contribute to the Ron Jacobs Dercums Disease Fund Round 2, please do I still have a long way to go.  This…

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I will return…

Thank you to the many friends who have helped to pay for my experimental treatment with the CVAC machine.  I’m so happy to let you know that I’m getting better day by day.  In fact, I believe that I will be able to return to work perhaps in the next few months.  At this point…

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Another Post…

I know I said that my previous post was my last post.  Today I checked my Microsoft email for the first time in a long time and I found several emails from people asking for an update on my condition so here goes… It’s Worse Since I wrote my previous post in January my condition…

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My Last Post

A few months ago I wrote this post about my diagnosis with Adiposis Dolorosa (Dercum’s Disease). After writing it I had a brief reprieve from the symptoms and for a while I was able to work part time.  Then in September I had surgery to remove some of the tumors.  For some unknown reason this…

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The Amazing Race

I’ll never forget the first time I heard someone mention a “Race Condition”.  In my younger years when I was more worried about what people thought of me I was to embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really know what they were talking about.  I knew it had something to do with multi-threaded programs and…

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Less is More

I am a musician. Over the years I have played keyboards in many bands, traveling and performing mostly as a hobby. I’ll never forget what one of my mentors taught me. He said “The rest is just as important as the note” The rest is the part of the song where you don’t play. Young…

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How to use LINQ in a Workflow

Question Can I use a LINQ Query such as the following in a Workflow? private static void ShowQueryWithCode(IEnumerable<string> names){ Console.WriteLine("Linq Query in Code – show names that start with ‘R’"); // Assuming there are no null entries in the names collection var query = from name in names where name.StartsWith("R") select name; // This is…

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How to make a library portable and data binding friendly at the same time?

Here is the challenge.  Create a portable library that could be used by almost anything including Console Apps, Windows Phone, ASP.NET, Xbox 360 Make it data binding friendly for targets like WPF, Silverlight and Windows 8 XAML Metro Apps by supporting property and collection changed notifications. Make it efficient so that users who don’t need…

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My Essential Development Tools

There are a few development tools that I just can’t live without. ReSharper A few years ago I was sitting in Glenn Block’s office when I noticed some strange additions to Visual Studio.  When I asked him about it he said “That’s ReSharper” and I was hooked.  I had to have it. ReSharper helps me…

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