Hitting the WPF Curve (a.k.a. Falling off the WPF Cliff)

Learning WPF can be hard.  Even if you have experience with Windows Forms or SWING, many concepts in WPF/XAML are very different and require a total brainwash before you can even put a button on a form.  In his blog, Karsten calls this the WPF Curve and offers several resources to help.    Being on a mission to…

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SPARK UX 1 – 3 Oct, Half Moon Bay, CA

  SPARK UX the two faces of design   A FORUM TO EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF ARCHITECTURE AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN   Too often today, software products and interactive experiences fall short of their potential because the user experience does not serve the interests of its users. The engineering side of software architecture often fails to…

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Launching Applications in Vista 5472

Scott has a great post about replacing “start/run” to launch applications quickly – I’ve used a number of the tools he lists in the past to find optimal ways of launching applications.  One of the options he does miss however is the new start menu in Vista, which now contains a field for entering search or command…

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Windows Vista 5472 – First Impressions

I took the leap yesterday and installed Vista (5472) and Office 12 (4228) on my main machine (a Toshiba Tecra M4 Tablet).  Although it’s still been less than 24 hours, I’ve been very impressed so far.  Both builds seem very stable and already I’m seeing some gains over my old setup. My initial impressions: Installaton…

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Implementing Getting Things Done using Outlook 2007

Last week, I made the switch from Office 2003 to Office 2007 Beta 2.  Prior to the upgrade I was organizing my “stuff to do” using David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology and using the NetCentrics GTD Add In for Outlook.  Unfortunately, as I discovered after the upgrade was complete, the NetCentrics GTD Add…

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Putting the User back into SOA – my first ARCast!

After the US NAF (National Architect Forum) last month, I sat down with Ron Jacobs to record my very first ARCast.  The topic was “Putting the User back into SOA” – you can listen to it here.

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Architecture Journal – now in 8 languages!

Issue #7 of the Architecture Journal is now available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Simplifed Chinese, Japanese and Korean).  To access these in PDF format, visit http://www.architecturejournal.net and select the lanuage from the top menu.  Enjoy.

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Cliff Atkinson / Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson is my new hero.  For those that don’t know, Cliff put together an MS Press book called Beyond Bullet Points.  In the book, he describes a new way of compiling and putting together presentations using PowerPoint (without bullet points!).  I used this style in a recent keynote I did at the US NAF…

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T-Mobile MDA

A couple of weeks ago I switched from Verizon Wireless to T-Mobile, and at the same time had the opportunity to pick up a new cell phone.  After a lot of deliberation I went with the T-Mobile MDA Vario.  This is the first PocketPC phone I’ve owned since the Samsung i700.  The Samsung was a…

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"Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API"

I have a Toshiba Tecra M4 with 2Gb of RAM.  I’ve had the machine for a while now and every so often, when I went to hibernate I would see a message saying “Insufficient System Resources Exist to Complete the API” (and the machine would only go into standby).  On a couple of occasions I’ve…

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