Playing Eliza with Encarta

I’ve found a new mindless hobby – playing Eliza with Encarta. The Windows Live Messenger team were first to put me on to the fun new service offered by Encarta, whereby you can add encarta@conversagent.com to your MSN IM list and ask it free-text questions such as “Where is the capital of Bolivia?” or “Who…

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The Original Xbox isn’t Dead Yet

The natural life of our family Xbox has been extended a little further… If you want to get hold of the Xbox 360, I’m going to guess that the 15-mile radius around Redmond, WA is not a great place to live. Contrary to a few rumors I’ve heard floating around, there’s no special treatment for Microsoft…

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Installing the WinFX Runtime Components on a x64 Machine

After I posted the availability of the Nov CTP bits, I had a question from Niels Berglund (a great mentor on all things SQLCLR) asking where the x64 version was. I’d searched around for this for ages myself and had presumed that we just weren’t making the x64 bits available, but it turns out that…

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