Training for my first Triathlon with Team in Training

People at the various user groups I go to seem to enjoy my triathlon training stories. Since sports training is a hobby for me, I thought I’d share what it’s been like training for my first “tri”. I’m terrified of swimming, hence why i’ve never done one before. I’m with Team in Training, a non-profit…


Standoff between me, my bike, and wildlife creature captured on my Windows Phone

Seems that whenever I bring my Windows Phone with me on a bike ride, something unusual happens. I’m doing a well-known bike loop in the area, when I realize I’ve made a wrong turn. I stop and check where I am on the “Maps” app. Sure enough, I’m at the exact center of the loop….


SQL Server Compact Toolbox – Extension #12

Today’s post comes from Guest Blogger Erik Ejlskov Jensen, SQL Server Compact MVP, @ErikEJ Toolbox for SQL Server Compact developers If you use SQL Server Compact, Microsoft’s embedded database for devices, desktops and soon ASP.NET, this extension is for you. It adds several features not found in Server Explorer Data Connections: Support for both version…


9 years at Microsoft

Today marks my 9th year at Microsoft. Next year, I’ll collect my second Final Fantasy crystal. I thought it would be fun to share a few blogging statistics: This is my 980th post on As of this writing, ya’ll have left 5504 comments on this blog I have been blogging as a Microsoft employee…


Solution Explorer Tools (When to Sync to Current File) – Extension #11

Control when Solution Explorer syncs to the current file I’ve given many talks on Visual Studio, and one of the most popular questions is about controlling when Solution Explorer syncs to the current item. This extension is the best one I’ve seen in providing this functionality. To Install You can find the Solution Explorer Tools…


Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch Events

For those outside of Northern California or can’t make these dates, you can watch our launch event live on Oct 12 from Mountain View. Attend either day or both days!  Note that Day 2 is all Hands-on Labs, and no presentations. More information about each day below. ————————————————————————————— Mountain View, CA | Microsoft Silicon Valley…


Emacs Commands – Extension #10

Use your Emacs commands once again! If you have opened the Tools – Options – Keyboard page, looking for the “Emacs” keybindings, but only found disappointment instead. This extension is for you! To Install To Use In order to finish the installation, you must open/create a project. This will prompt you for elevated permissions…


VS File Explorer – Extension #9

Get a Windows Explorer experience within the IDE! My series continues with the VS File Explorer. I call this extension out because of its tag line: The Visual Studio File Explorer Add-in (sexy name we know, but hey, it’s self documenting) Gotta love self-documenting Add-in names. Rock on. Seriously, it was the Shell Extension within…


Power Commands for Visual Studio 2010 – Extension #8

I’m way behind in my extension series. Relocation + New Job + Work Travel, it’s been a crazy year! The Power Commands for Visual Studio are back! The Power Commands were an extremely popular add-in for Visual Studio 2008, giving you even more options for your IDE. To Install The Power Commands extension can be…


The Rematch – Webcast of my 101 VS tips in 55 mins via O’Reilly is now available

Earlier this week, I decided to rematch the clock to demo 101 VS Tips in 55 minutes with O’Reilly Media hosting and recording the webcast. In an earlier attempt, I missed by 15 seconds. And like the earlier attempt, if I make it, all attendees receive a free copy of my Visual Studio Tips ebook. …