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rant: e-tailers who don't mesh with their brick and mortar

well now that the holiday season is over (well to some it is, i'm officially writing it off -- santa came and stayed up very late putting things together in my..er...um his garage), let the red ink for the retail industry fly.  i'm talking about the "other" season that is hitting the stores...returns/exchanges. i'm taking some time off this week and had no other better excuse so my i accompanied my wife to the mall to return some items (note to self: don't buy women clothes).  i was extremely hesitant as i'm a terribly impatient person and completely selfish...but i...

gaming and society

heard on some gaming discussion boards: Personally, I think it is terrible that people who would gladly wait in line for days to get a new PS3 probably complained when they had to wait an hour or so to vote in the elections.

wii + motion = broken lcd

at the phoenix barcamp i had an opportunity to look at the new nintendo wii console.  the facility has just about every console (except an xbox 360...hmmm).  some of the guys from integrum technologies had one in their office and were raving about it so they showed me the ropes. i have to say, i was quite impressed.  the graphics looked...hmmm...like nintendo if that makes sense...i still felt i was in super mario land versus some street in project gotham...but i guess it is a different target audience. playing around with the remote was different...it's a mouse essentially communicating with...

dev: southwest (US) vista and office launch links

i've been getting some feedback about finding the correct registration links for the upcoming launch events... here they are: Phoenix Main Launch event (Developer and IT Professionals): Jan 17 - register here Las Vegas Developer: Jan 30 - register here Las Vegas IT Professional: Jan 30 - register here Albuquerque Developer: Feb 13 - register here Albuquerque IT Professional: Feb 13 - register here Denver Developer: Feb 15 - register here Denver IT Professional: Feb 15 - register here if you have ever been to launch event for microsoft in the past you'll know that you usually get some...

dev: visual studio sp1 released

visual studio service pack 1 has been released.  you can get it at the Visual Studio Dev Center.  additionally, the sp1 update for vista is released in beta if you are developing on vista. tags: visual studio, .net, service pack

wpf/e: knight rider lives

c'mon who doesn't love the hoff? well, while simon is busy creating more compelling samples, i got an itch to make kitt come to life, wpf/e style: kitt + wpf/e (note: i tried to get the theme song playing in the back, but couldn't encode it correctly apparently) tags: wpf/e, kitt

wpf/e: mouse tracking and asp.net ajax

simon is at it again, here's another sample that does some mouse-tracking with asp.net ajax callbacks -- replaying previous user entries, etc. check it out: wpf/e mousetracking tags: asp.net ajax, ajax, wpf/e

vista and office dev: creating preview handlers

(long, informative post with images -- apologies aggregates...click on the link :-)) in outlook 2007, when you have an attachement in a mail message and click on the attachment file, you are presented with an option to preview this attachment directly in outlook...just like the preview pane for a normal message: likewise in vista's file explorers, you can enable a preview pane and get the same functionality for highlighting a file in explorer as seen here: for productivity, namely in outlook 2007 for me, this is a great advancement to the platform.  i now don't have to double-click...

wpf/e: egg timer anyone?

simon allardice is messing around with wpf and wpf/e...this could get dangerous.  you know simon, the smart "chap" that talks funny? (which he's actually saying about all of us).  he's a wicked smart guy with unusually high right-brain activity... he's come up with a wpf/e sample in the first of what hopes to be many "better than hello world" examples: check it out tags: wpf/e, wpf, windows presentation foundation everywhere

save the date: professional developers conference 2007

microsoft has confirmed the next professional developer conference (pdc) for 2007 will be in los angeles, ca october 2-5, 2007.  mark your calendars now! watch http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc for updates. tags: pdc, professional developer conference, microsoft, developer, visual studio, .net, asp.net

game dev: xna game studio express released

today over at the xna team blog, michael klucher announced the release of the xna game studio express.  this is a free tool to aid in the development of pc and xbox360 game development. yes, xbox360.  .net + xbox360. how you say?  well, although the xna game studio express tools are free, the ability to deploy them to the xbo360 will require membership in the xna creator's club.  oh sure, wha'ts that a million dollar fee? actually no.  it's $99 US a year.  pretty reasonable i would say.  this helps you get it on the xbox and in the creator's...

using virtual earth 4 and asp.net ajax

i recently hit a weird snag when i went to change a sample application from using virtual earth version 3 to version 4. with doing nothing at all but changing the "v3" text in the virtual earth control reference to "v4" i suddenly got this error message: "Sys.InvalidOperationException: Object Microsoft already exists and is not a namespace.” my VE control reference was in my <head> tag, and as soon as I moved it within the body tag, the error went away and all is well.  so there you have it -- if you are getting this error of course...

not an ipod: misrepresenting a brand

while in a local walmart the other day i walked by the very visible ipod display (yes, the zune one was there around the corner and equally as impressive).  i noticed something not right in the "completely remastered" display case: see on the white disc, that is not an ipod.  i chuckled and then felt bad (only for a nano second -- pun intended).  a consumer who might not be as educated (and yes i actually did witness some people talking about 'the cube ipod nano' after looking at this display) misinterpreting this display. ipod and apple are strong...

sharepoint and firefox: no rich editor for you

okay, not entirely true.  i recently got a comment on how sharepoint might not make it in a company because one of the features, a rich editor for html that is used in rich edit areas, wiki, blog, etc., does not support firefox as a browser.  basically you can still edit, but you don't get the WYSIWYG environment. well, there are a couple of options.  first, the hack (i haven't even tried this to be honest so i shouldn't even be announcing it :-)).  in web.config (since sharepoint 2007 is an asp.net app) you can add <browserCaps> elements to the...

flickr4office: office add-ins for your pleasure

building upon the model of Flickr4Writer, i decided to take a look at doing some simple add-ins for Outlook and Office to look at vsto and the extensibility vsto se has offered the developers.  i started documenting some of my findings in part 1 of office dev.  i'll continue that in a later post and ask some questions there as well. for now, i wanted to let you know that the two add-ins i created are ready for your consumption, source included. Flickr4Outlook - enabling inserting of images from your Flickr account into a new mail message. Flickr4Word - you...

wpf/e: plugins and firefox 2

since the ctp of wpf/e became available, there have been some interesting discussions and demos happening in the world.  again, if you haven't seen theWPFBlog.com check it out...one of the latest samples (Microbe) shows what appears to be a single animation, but is actually half WPF/e and Flash.  it is so visually clean, it is hard to tell the difference -- i had to put a mouse over each half to even notice a difference.  very interesting. two other questions have popped up to me.  first, the installation.  yeah, you have to go to a site and download an exe/msi...

developing on vista: sidebar gadgets part 2

i've been playing around with the vista sidebar gadget lately and trying to dabble in developing some gadgets.  i must tell you, i feel with ajax, gadgets, wpf/e event handling, that i'm taking a step back to the good ol' days of 1998.  javascript everywhere.  in part 1 i created some helper templates for the structure...i should modify these a bit on some learnings i had (mainly localization and referencing), but they'll work in most instances. gadgets are no different.  in fact, a sidebar gadget is really nothing more than DHTML content with some flair.  i also must admin, the...

wpfe stuff

for some cool things wpf-related, i highly recommend looking at theWPFblog.com.  some interesting examples being posted there. right now there is a side-by-side wpf/e and flash control: and also there is a cool demonstration of a SWF->XAML converter tool showing the resulting output side-by-side as well. tags: xaml, wpfe, wpf, windows presentation foundation everywhere, windows presentation foundation, winfx, flash

rant: purchasing goods or rights?

ever since people started getting zunes, there has been some discussions about ipod owners wanting their content from itunes to be played on their new zune devices.  on forums you see posts about tools and techniques to get the music into a format that any device can play.  one technique is to burn to a cd and then rip back in mp3 form (losing tags as well as decreasing quality of original content).  another is using a tool to strip the restrictions of the file and change them to a different format. this has caused quite a big debate.  this...

no tinsel? no problem...festivus.

each year, my wife and i hold a friends/neighborhood party to celebrate the holiday season (yes, the holiday season that stresses me out like you wouldn't believe). at any rate, this year we held our 3rd annual festivus party.  what's festivus?  well, if you are a true seinfeld fan, you'd know.  in one episode (episode "the strike") of seinfeld here was the exchange: Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there...

express yourself with avalon in the browser: wpf/e

today, microsoft announced the first preview of the windows presentation foundation (formerly codename "avalon") everywhere framework (aka wpf/e).  so what is it? essentially wpf/e is a strategy of bringing that rich windows presentation foundation (wpf) experience to the web.  oh yeah, but only internet explorer right? wrong.  ie, firefox, safari, opera.  bring it.  the december ctp of wpf/e includes support for windows media technologies, 2d animation, vector graphics, etc.  it is an interesting technology -- check it out. okay, so the other cheesy part of my post title was alluding to the other part of the announcement today...the expression...

carny art

over thanksgiving, my family went to san diego to get away from the heat (yes it was still 91 degrees in Arizona on Thanksgiving -- although it has now dropped to highs of 67 now...beautiful).  one of our stops was seaport village -- just a little tourist trap area in san diego.  i took my daughter to ride the merry-go-round.  this thing had been around since the 1800's -- crazy. while on the ride i noticed the interesting artwork: yeah, my thoughts exactly.  the 1800's must have been lonely :-).  i just saw this and thought it was...

how to know your wife has assimilated -- and no driving for gifts

i have the tri-fecta of gifting for december: wife b-day, anniversary (10 years this year!), and the holidays.  yikes.  needless to say, we go broke in december. i love my wife.  i really do a lot -- but i love it even more when she makes things easy for a neanderthal like me.  if you haven't figured it out yet (unless you're really astute in your relationship), shopping for women is hard.  it exponentially increases in difficulty when clothes are thrown into the mix.  this year my wife detailed a list of things she wants/needs for the tri-fecta holiday season....


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