Toothpaste (or, Flyer Beware)

They took my toothpaste at Derry. The previous day, the nice people at Dublin Airport nicked my shaving foam, which I’d been accidentally concealing in my carry-on luggage as a 250ml threat to society.  I attended my meetings the following day sporting the classic Canadian grizzly look. Thus relieved of offending colloids, I was quietly…

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Photosynth Screen Saver

Inspired by Photosynth’s autoplay feature, I created a Photosynth screen saver this morning. 🙂 [EDIT: I’ve taken this down.  I’ve had enough people tell me that it doesn’t work properly on their PCs.  I have left a link to the code down below, in case someone wants to make this work!  Apologies etc.]  The screen saver will auto-navigate around all…

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Flash (SWF) to XAML converter

Mike Swanson has created a Flash (.SWF) to XAML conversion tool called SWF2XAML.  Great stuff!!  KarstenJ interviewed Mike discussing the utility on Channel9. Mike’s utility will be a great addition to the toolbox for artists who have content in Flash that they’d like to incorporate into Windows Presentation Foundation apps. I knew exactly how I wanted…

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How does Windows ReadyBoost improve Vista’s performance?

One of the Vista features I was intrigued by, and formerly a little confused by, is Windows ReadyBoost, which promises to improve system performance when you plug a flash drive (or even a fast enough USB 2.0 drive) into your Vista PC. Jim Allchin explained ReadyBoost in the Vista Team blog: “Windows ReadyBoost isn’t really…

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Life, Virtualized (or: 3 reasons I love the virtual machine)

One of the things that me mate Dave has written a good bit about recently is virtualization.  Although I’m not an infrastructure expert, I find using virtual machines tremendously useful, for three reasons:   1. Managing my (Mini)-Infrastructure My life at home is virtualized: I use the free Virtual Server 2005 to manage my humble server “infrastructure.”  I…

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NLarge is now a CodePlex community project

NLarge is now hosted up on CodePlex as a community project!  If you haven’t seen CodePlex, it’s like “Team Foundation Server in the Sky”: a place to host community projects, which hosts code, wikis, work items, and all the other great Team Foundation Server collaboration stuff. NLarge is my humble little utility that I find useful…

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Fun with Photosynth’s Autoplay – what a screensaver that would make!

The Photosynth Team describes a “hidden” switch that activates Autoplay on a Photosynth collection, triggering Photosynth to automatically advance through the images in a tour that will take you through every photo in the set. Rob La Gesse, in the comments of the Photosynth blog, describes a VB6 app that he whipped up to turn…

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Cork, Dublin, Belfast Events: Visual Studio Tools for Office with team member Donald Drake

If you’re located in Cork or Dublin or Belfast, and interested in how the Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (or roughly VSTO for short) allow developers to build on top of Office as a platform, then be sure to head out to the Microsoft Technologies User Group events this week. Donald Drake, the Test…

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