Hippies say Good-bye. New Waveland Café heads to Chalmette, LA

I’ve heard that Fred’s and some of the other stores are itching to reopen, so the hippie café is moving on.  My only regret from our trip is that I never got to eat there.  We tried once, but the line was too long.  I had an aunt and uncle who loved the food there. …

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Waveland and St. Clare School (my elementary school) to be on Scarborough Country tonight

Through the powers of email, i’ve heard that St. Clare will be featured tonight on Scarborough Country.  There’s a small write-up about Waveland on the show’s blog.  When we went down there with our U-haul, most of our non-clothing supplies went to their donation center.  We donated a set of tools to the school’s janitor…

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How to set your current project to always be the startup project

Sweet!  Today’s tip is our first tip sent in by a customer.  Got a VS tip you want to share?  Saw a great tip on the MSDN Forums?  Let me know! Right-click on your solution in the Solution Explorer, select “Set StartUp Projects…”. From there, select “Current Selection” and click “OK”. Whatever project you highlight…

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Top Ten Things I Wished I Had Known about Seattle When I First Got Here

My 4 year anniversary at Microsoft was Sept 17, so this post is just a little late. Number 10:  How the Metro Bus System Works My first year here there was an alias you could email your street address and building number to, and they would give you the Metro bus route(s) to take.  Since…

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Keyboard Navigation and Transparency with DataTips

Today’s tip comes from both Jim and Steve. From Steve’s blog: Hold the Ctrl button down to make DataTips transparent. [Pictures] From Jim’s blog: DataTip Keyboard Functionality Use the [down] and [up] arrows to move through the items in the expanded tip. Use [pgup] and [pgdn] to scroll a page at a time in tips…

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How the black belt exam went

I won’t know the results of the exam until our head teacher is ready to give them to us.  I’m guessing they are waiting for our checks to clear before we can go to the bank and pay the 20 buck to stop the check.  =) Wow, I’ve received several mails from blog readers asking…

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Tips for Reporting Issues at Product Feedback Center

I’ve worked with my teammates on VS Core to come up with this list of tips on writing good bug reports.  Take it from me as a tester, the better the bug report, the easier it is to get the issue resolved quickly and adequately.  Tip #1 – Clear, but minimum Steps to Repro Let…

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The Automatic Qualifying of Classnames via SmartTags

Did you know you can use SmartTags to automatically qualify your classnames?  Using C# as an example, let’s say you were to type in private Process proc; But you don’t have the appropriate using statement included in your code.  You can put the cursor over Process to invoke the SmartTag icon – the little red…

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MSNBC dedicated site to the reconstruction of Waveland and Bay St. Louis

Good lord, am I the last to know about this site regarding the reconstruction of Bay St. Louis and Waveland?  Well, several people on the team forwarded it to me right when I got back from our trip to Waveland.  I only took a quick peek and thought it was just a one-time article.  I…

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How to recursively copy files using the <Copy> Task in MSBuild

From the MSBuild Team Blog… Have you ever run into a situation where you had to recursively copy files from one folder into another as a part of your build process?  We certainly have run into it a few times, and I thought I’d share with you a neat trick that involves the use of…

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