June 29, 2006
I guess it is a natural progression for Microsoft to have a Wiki
the much used and relied upon MSDN Library since
introducing blogging and online properties like
I am excited to see another source for community centric technology writing
and idea sharing. It will be interesting to see how and if this affects
blogging at all. Much of the technology/developer blogs out there are
primarily made of up tips, tricks, ideas, etc. Will developers or
technologists publish this information in both places or one or the other.
The benefit for me posting on my own blog is that I have complete control of
the content (no one can change it but me) and I build an audience. What would
be the benefit for giving that information away in the context of an MSDN
I will love having it as a resource to draw from, but for now I think I'll
stick with my blog to communicate out my ideas.
June 28, 2006
June 26, 2006
Just came across BumpTop today and
am amazed at the User Interface work being done by this group. I highly
recommend download and watching the full length demo. Some really thought
provoking things here with a very high "cool factor".
June 19, 2006
I have noticed that over the last several weeks (or months -- not sure of the
launch date of these sites, just when I have noticed them), Microsoft has been
launching community based sites around the different technologies that they
are gearing up for release with the long anticipated Microsoft Vista, .NET 3.0
(formerly WinFX), IIS 7.0, and more.
June 15, 2006
There is a fascinating
on Knowledge @ Wharton under Managing
that deals with the topic of social networking revealing how employees and
companies operate. Ok, my title is a bit sensationalistic, however, there is
a comparison made in the text to analyzing the social networks of employees
within an organization to how the NSA examines and studies the networks of
June 10, 2006
I have just reviewed a very interesting web based tool making it a snap for
those folks who wish to sell products on the web that don’t want to spend time
trying to design a web site and hook up all the moving parts required to have
an operating store.
June 8, 2006
I am not 100% certain but I would imagine most folks that make use of OneNote
use more than a single computer during the course of a given week. The
different computers are likely employed in different contexts as well (work,
home, travel, etc.).
However, if one has begun using OneNote in one context on a single machine it
is very likely that they would desire and enjoy the capabilities of OneNote to
capture thoughts in all, or most, of these different contexts.
Furthermore, life rarely contains itself into nice neat little boxes with no
bleed over from context to context, but rather ideas come out of no where
regardless of what context you find yourself in (at least that is what happens
To solve this problem with OneNote 2003, I winded up making use of a
thumbdrive that I carry with me everywhere. My notebook is on it so I can use
it on whatever computer has OneNote bits installed. The computers that I use
on a regular basis point to the drive that thumbdrive auto mounts to so that I
don't have to configure the machine to look anywhere different each time I use
This has worked fine, however, it's a pain if I forget my thumbdrive at home
(or worse yet, misplace it).
The new shared notebook feature in OneNote 2007 as discussed by Chris
Pratley is solves this exact problem.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the bits for the OneNote 2007 RTM release.
May 17, 2006
Another process and engineering book has arrived that focusing on building
products using Team System not through the typical working a task list of
planned steps but rather allowing the flow of customer value to drive the
May 16, 2006
Woodward is reporting the exciting news of the
launch of CodePlex. I am anxious to check this
out. This should prove to be a big win for the development community, at
least the section of that community that enjoys working on hobby projects.
Being able to collaborate using Team System tools instead of CVS and other
other unintegrated open source tools at SourceForge.
May 14, 2006
Where, oh where, is my Motivation? Last summer and fall, I had a pretty good
groove going with consistent running (about 20 to 25 miles per week). Then
winter came along with the birth of our second child and it I stopped running
for a few weeks, that turned into a few months, and now I find myself almost
as out of shape as where I started back before I began running last summer.