A walk down video game memory lane

Slashdot pointed to a great article on PC World about the history of video game consoles.  What makes this article so enjoyable isn’t just the brief bios on everything from Pong to the PS3, but the interspersed TV ads for the various consoles.  The ads are fantastic and engaging not just purely from the retrotainment…

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Five things you didn’t know about me

CodeGearHead Nick Hodges tagged me, so I suppose I’m obligated to over-share now.  Hard to compete with piloting a Hornet through the sound barrier, though… I have a morbid and unnatural aversion to touching gooey, greasy, and/or sticky substances.  I’ll deal with it for brief periods if I must (e.g., to knead biscuit dough), but…

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Catching up is hard to do

“Down doobie doo down down…” Remember that Neil Sedaka song? No? Maybe it’s just me. Anyway, I was aghast to realize that it’s been nearly a month since my last blog entry.  It’s been a rather busy month, so let me catch you up… Spanish Dev LabLast month’s dev lab in Spain was very successful. …

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Tech support postgraduate studies

  Easily the best Mini Microsoft quote of all time: I need you to be able to write a GC, not be in an unhealthy co-dependent relationship with one. Amen. In a recent (and notably positive) post, Mini discusses the increasing difficulty in finding University hires that can be immediately productive building software at Microsoft. …

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On my way home

I’m sitting in the BA lounge in terminal 4 as I type this.  Too lazy to bust out my laptop, I’m using the PCs they provide.  The British keyboard layout is killing me — it’s just enough like an American keyboard to lull you into a false sense of security, and then WHAM, that’s not…

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The tools formerly known as Borland

Just saw on Nick’s blog that Borland has finally spun off their dev tools into a separate business called CodeGear.  I really want them to succeed, as I think it’s good for the industry and — on a more personal note — I know a lot of my old friends and colleagues there have paid…

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TechEd Europe 2006 Recap

Columbus points the way back to Seattle (provided you’re willing to take the scenic route), but first a brief stop in Huesca  Torre Agbar: Insert juvenile joke here My suitcase mysteriously arrived around midnight on my second day in Barcelona.  Thank God, because I was really not looking forward to hand-washing my unmentionables in bathroom…

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Welcome to Barcelona. Here’s your loin cloth.

I finally made it to Barcelona last night, although the journey has been an interesting one.  Where to start?  Well, the flight from Seattle to Heathrow was fine, no complaints (okay, I could complain about the hideous food, but that would be soooo cliche).  After arriving at LHR, however, Ayman and I learned that our…

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C++/CLI and Compact Framework: additional clarity

Based on the comments to my last blog post, I think I need to provide a little more clarity and context to get the feedback I’m looking for.  Reader Vyacheslav touched on most of the points, so let me clarify by addressing the issues he raises… First is the code reuse. There is a need to…

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C++/CLI and Compact Framework?

Reader Bal asks: I am very surprised that the Compact Framework does not support CLI/C++. We use it heavily for a number of reasons and not having it for devices seems a serious limitation. Is there any plan to add this immensely useful feature to VS05/Compact Framework? I get this question on my blog a…

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