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  • Err anyone know where I can post Windows feature requests

    Based on the responses so far it seems that a technology company is having issues relating in a non-technology way.  All the points are valid as neighbors, cousins, moms, etc. don't know a blog from a flog.

    A simple solution would be to put a comment box on the http://www.microsoft.com ContactUS page.  I'm sure the bing team can lend some heuristics to mining the major themes from the input.

  • Windows Embedded handheld

    Has anyone had the opportunity to work with a device that runs Windows Embedded handheld? 

    What types of backward compatibility issues did you run into? 

    Are there any drastic UI changes? 

    This question is based on inferred reading that this is a transitional version: What is your perception of the next version of Windows Embedded handheld given what you see currently?

  • Feedback mechanism

    i'd be happy with a button to ignore a poster.  i'd like my profile listing to show who ignored me so i know that i have stepped out of line.  ignores would last 1 month.  i'd want profiles i ignore to show my profile as ignoring them.

  • My encounter with the inventor of Quicksort

    Wow.  That seems rude.  He must really hate iPad.  Wait.  You did shave this year didn't you?  Smiley

  • The Radio

    Some Friday humor

  • Interviews

    @PaoloM: Taken under advisement.  I'll re-evaluate.  If it helps spivonious then that is the point.

  • Interviews


    I like this part

    created to maintain address book entries for both businesses and people

    and then there isn't any significant differences in the rest of the description to warrant such a distinction.  That alone makes the data structures on one side of the brain fight against the data structures from the other side of the brain.  Frustration over non-sense. 

    Each business must have exactly one primary address and, optionally, one or more secondary addresses.

    Reading this reminded me of English class where the teacher stressed the avoidance of double negatives.  This isn't a double negative but it sure could have been written in a clearer manner.

    A person has exactly one primary address only.

    This just drives me batty.  What about folks who don't currently have a primary address.  What about persons who had a primary address initially but do not any more?  Why can't a person have a secondary address?  What about my farmhouse is Switzerland?  My vacation home in Rome?  The yacht docked at the South American pier?  This is a bad rule.  More frustration over non-sense.

    A business may have zero or more associated people.

    Again more frustration.  Why can't a business be associated with another business.  Why the hard coded structure? 

    A person may be associated with no more than (i'm guessing the number "1" was here and was lost in the paste) business.

    Now person is starting to sound more like an employee.  But gone are the days of an employee ONLY working for one company at a time.  More frustration over non-sense.

    I spent about 1 hour so far deciphering the assigned task, creating the database structure, roughing out the website GUI, and roughing out the WPF maintentance GUI.  The frustration of the business rules told me it was time to stop and take a vacation.

    something representative of four to eight hours worth of work

    Who said those hours had to be contiguous.  Smiley  More feedback later.

  • Challenge

    ... I will sail with my armies ...

    Sounds like you want to replace the Microsoft gorilla with one of your own.  Seems in conflict with the rest of your message.  Maybe that was a typo.  Maybe a subconscious slip.  Doubtful that will win any fans.

  • Oracle​Exception not being caught

    This may be of help.  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/129876

  • The Radio