Friday, November 25, 2005
Since I have my own Exchange server at home, sharing Outlook calendars seemed like a solution. However, this solution turned out to be to clunky and only worked with calendars on our local Exchange server.
My wife and I are now evaluating AirSet to help with our scheduling and contact management.
I will keep you posted when I learn more about how this works for us.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Since I wanted the unit to have a GPU for performance, I was limited to the Toshiba convertibles. It seems only Toshiba does not use shared memory for video in there high end lines. At first I wanted the Toshiba M4 with its 14" screen. I felt I could go no smaller then 14" and still feel comfortable writing software and database applications. Then I started to think if the extra size and weight would discourage me from using it has a tablet.
After months of research and sole searching (Yes geeks search there soles for the perfect technology. Why else do you think it makes us feel so fulfilled?) I decided to choose the M200 with its 12.1" screen.
Not wanting to pay the $1900 for a new one I set an eBay search to look for all Toshiba M200's and M205's. I looked at each listing for about 6 months and once I got the trend cycles recognized I felt comfortable to start bidding.
A month went by and one came across with the specs and the warranty I wanted and I bid on it. For $910 I got one with over 1000 days left on the warranty. Not to bad.
I love the weight, the feel, the 1400 x 1050 resolution screen and it even recognizes my cursive handwriting.
I still was not sure of my decision to opt for the smaller screen until last night at the GSP Developers Guild meeting. It though I would be the stand out with my M200, but Tobin Titus came with a Gateway Tablet, and Bill Ryan with a Toshiba Satellite and someone else with a slate. I guess the form factor might finally be catching on.
Aside from the slate the others were 14" screens and, for me, not very comfortable to hold and weighed way more then I wanted.
I encourage everyone to look at the Tablet PC form factor. In my first week, I have already used it in ways I could not have used any other computer.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Here is what has happened.
- The new Microsoft SQL 2005 certifications were announced.
- The first SQL 2005 Exam Prep Guide was released (Exam 70-431)
- Not new, but worth noting, is that much of the training for Exam 70-431 can be found for free at Microsoft Learning.
- Of course the biggest news, by far, is SQL Server 2005 is now in RTM status and available for download to MSDN subscribers.
This is all very exciting indeed. However, there is lots of work ahead to turn Microsoft’s achievements into value for our customers.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Windows XP Pro SP2
Visual Studio Team Suite RC1
MindManager X5 Pro
I created a file named "MindManager5AddInWizard71b.reg" containing:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\AddinWizard7.1b\MindManager 5]
Once I loaded this file and restarted Visual Studio 2005 RC1, MindManager 5 was available for me to select.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Subject: Interesting authors
It seems that Iqbal M. Khan and Ann Morris think alike.
I immediately began to compare the articles for similarities and did not have to work hard at finding them.
One of them plagiarized in a serious copy-and-paste way. I have my guesses on which one. But come on here, let this be an example to all the wanna-be article hacks out there. If you are going to plagiarize be a little more clever. Here is a tip: Take your ideas and code from more than one source and, at least, recombined them in a new or interesting way. This way there is a change there might be some added value to the community at large.
Anyone out there with the time and will to find the real "Domain Objects Persistence Pattern for .NET" author please post what you find in the comments section for this post.
Have a good day I am off to find some articles to recombine. If I post it, I will site the original authors of each.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Thursday, March 31, 2005
It was a great experience.
Thank you Phil.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
I really want to get this.
Here is some of what I found out:
Thursday, January 27, 2005
I am a daily reader of his blog and I am enjoying his postings on the writing process as he works on the sequel to "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century"
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
I can also imagine uses for this in the Business Intelligence (BI) space. With Giga and Tara bytes of corporate data to aggregate, summarize, query, report on and distribute, it sure would be nice to know what people and systems are actually using a specific data set.
The problem grows even larger when the corporation allows ad-hoc reporting and reports start to grow in number until the saved reports have no value because people cannot know the difference between a one-off report giving data for a specific week of business or a detailed product line report that can help them make a valuable decision.
Maybe this specification can help in some way or at least be a starting point for one that will.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
If you like parsing logs on the Windows platform as much as I do than you will love the new version of Log Parser. Version 2.2 adds exciting new input and output formats. Yes! XML, Yes! Active Directory, and Yes! Even the registry.
If that gets you excited wait until you experience the enhancements to the SQL Engine. Just look at this list of new date and time formats:
l (milliseconds - lower case 'L')
? (any character)
Wow! Download it here.