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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. June 2006 Entries
Congratulations Jason!
Better late than never I guess... Now that you've officially joined Microsoft, maybe you can use your evilangelist powers to make an appearance at South Carolina Code Camp 2.0!! --->BlogPost LinkBar ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:46 PM

GWB Wishlist
Hey Jeff... (I could do this privately, but I'm hoping this will prompt some discussion of my suggestions from the GWB community.) Are the following modifications possible with the existing GWB engine? 1. On the aggregated (main feed) page, show how many comments each post has. Why? Sometimes I read an interesting or well written post and click on it to see if there are any comments or discussion, only to be bummed that there aren't any yet. With some posts, the comments can be even more interesting ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:07 AM

fun with upsizing... umm, this is about data.
I'm not a DBA. I don't even play one on TV. I do consider myself pretty handy with SQL Server though. Much moreso than say, MS Access. Honestly, I hadn't touched Access in quite some time... perfectly content to bang away in Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer. After all, “real apps“ especially “web apps“ don't use Access... right? Right? [*I personally have never said that of course, but I've heard it often enough. Ok, yeah, maybe I did, anyway...*] So... of course, where ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:48 AM

Ok seriously, who decided THIS was a good idea?
Dear god why now? Why not two years ago when people actually WANTED to see THIS. Is it a money thing? This is just sad. Maybe it's a joke? A sick, cruel joke... --->BlogPost LinkBar ......

Posted On Thursday, June 29, 2006 6:21 AM

A step in the right direction...
Finally... A collection of new features and content has been launched today for Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The purpose of this update is to flesh out the solo play in Turbine's MMO. There are now more than 20 dungeons designed for solo adventuring that can be played in three different difficulty modes: Normal, Hard, or Elite. The official announcement says that the new features expand "the overall scope and quality of the game by enabling players to journey alone in epic adventure zones ......

Posted On Thursday, June 22, 2006 12:58 PM

Tablet PC + Vista Beta 2

Aside from Jeff, is anyone here using Vista Beta 2 on their Tablet PC?  I'm really tempted, but I'm also being a bit of a coward at the moment.

I'm curious to hear what (if anything) other folks have experienced with that particular combination.

Let me know.

Posted On Thursday, June 22, 2006 11:44 AM

Hello, would you commit a crime for me?
excuse me while I rant... You would not believe (or maybe you would) how many times I get asked this question in one form or another!! As an Ebay PowerSeller, I do a decent volume and at least once a week I get asked to lie to customs so some cheapass in another country can save a few bucks (or francs or pesetas or pounds or rupies or sheckels or whatever.) It just blows me away that a complete stranger would have the balls to ask me to commit what amounts to International Mail Fraud and Tax Evasion ......

Posted On Thursday, June 22, 2006 6:07 AM

a blog worth reading...
So it looks like Trisha Lacey, Microsoft Marketing Maven, Queen of CodeZone, WoW Night Elf and overall hottie has started a blog right here on the GWB. (and apparently besides being a long term MMO player, while at TechEd she managed to pick a fight with Jeff Julian... something else we have in common. lol) I'll be adding this blog to my frequent reading list ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:01 PM

Power Toys v1.0 for Visual Studio 2005
Power Toys v1.0 for Visual Studio 2005 These power toys are targeted at providing solutions to developer pain-points and diagnostic tools for support services. Currently released tools include: MSBee – an addition to MSBuild that allows developers to build managed applications with MSBuild using Visual Studio 2005 projects that target .NET 1.1. This tool was a top 10 customer request from Product Feedback Center. Team Foundation Server Admin Tool – allows a TFS administrator to quickly ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:29 AM

Microsoft Robotics Studio
This is cool, sexy stuff: “Microsoft, together with the upcoming LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT, will help further amplify the impact of robotics,” said Søren Lund, director of LEGO MINDSTORMS at the LEGO Group. “The MINDSTORMS robotics toolset has enjoyed a strong community of users since 1998, and the launch of our next-generation platform includes many built-in features that further the community’s ability to take MINDSTORMS programming out of the box. In combination ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 11:52 AM

some things should just stay dead
Ok so we have these email lists at work and I sorta fell into the middle of a conversation and learned that The Doors toured recently (without Jim Morrison, naturally) and after a brief moment of silence I started thinking about other bands that have committed (or attempted to commit) lead singer sacrilege. Does this ever turn out well? It's kinda like Pink Floyd without Roger Waters, The Misfits without Glenn, Queen without Freddy Mercury, Rage Against the Machine without Zach. It's not the same, ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 20, 2006 6:26 AM

getting people talking about .NET 3.0
No matter which side you're on, Somasegar's blog post on renaming WinFX to .NET Framework 3.0 has got people talking. I scrolled through about half of the 360+ comments on this entry, and while most people are pretty unhappy about the name change, not everyone is unhappy for the same reason. Some folks (myself included) felt that WinFX was a great name already, and that Microsoft has a habit of using really cool sounding names for Code Names only to replace them with remarkably dull sounding product ......

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 1:02 PM

You devil, you!

Tariq just hit his 666th post... if only he could have done it 13 days ago... that would have been classic.

Regardless, congrats Tariq!

Posted On Monday, June 19, 2006 8:27 AM

My busy buddy Bill's new book breaks big on Amazon
My good friend Bill Ryan has been working his butt off lately. That's certainly nothing new though. He's been working on training kits for the new Microsoft Exams and his most recent effort recently busted the top 100 technology books on Amazon. Congrats Bill!! Be sure to snag a copy of his new book from MS Press or Amazon ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 5:07 AM

Employedus Maximus
Thank you to each and every person who emailed encouragement & support. Thank you again for those of you who sent potential job leads and offered referrals so I could find a better situation. I'm quite happy to say I've found one.


Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 12:09 PM

Vista Transformation Pack 4.0
A nonblogger buddy of mine turned me on to THIS and while I've DLed it, I'm too much of a chicken to install it on my main machine. So I'm wondering if any of you guys have checked it out or installed it and if you've run into any problems with it.


Posted On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 5:56 PM

this is too cool!
Now, I'm a geek at heart (obviously, since I'm here) and this is just cool... I was looking at BSG stuff HERE on and I saw a great ad for Visual Studio 2005. Here is a screengrab of the ad: EDIT: I would love to know who at MS came up with the ad. It rocks ......

Posted On Monday, June 5, 2006 5:51 PM

Life is good... no, wait... life is great.
In the 9 days since leaving the worst job ever my health has improved. My chronic headache and fatigue have all but vanished, my stomach problems are mostly gone, and other than a brief spot of allergies (which always plague me whenever I visit my brother) I'd have to say my life has been GREAT! ...portions of this post have been removed for legal reasons... also, before I forget, happy belated 45th birthday to my brother Chuckles. The fact that you are getting old at such an alarming rate can only ......

Posted On Sunday, June 4, 2006 5:12 PM

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Posted On Friday, June 2, 2006 6:03 PM

up to their old tricks again...
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Posted On Friday, June 2, 2006 8:50 AM

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