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Niner since 2005

I was born, or so I was told, and have evolved to a level of environment stature as to secure a paycheck for moving electronic bits around at the orders of those who earn a bigger paycheck. I also have four kids, so I have to shut up and code in order to feed them.


  • Charlie Owen - Your first Media Center/Vista application (and a look at their secret room)

    Very interesting session.  Maybe it's because I'm not from the Northwest, but I counted about two dozen instances where he answers a question with "So,..." or "And so,..."  Is that a local dialect thing?  Weird.  But then again, we answer questions with "Hell yeah..." or "Hell no..." a lot of the time here in the Southeast. Perplexed
  • Wix team: The most used piece of software at Microsoft (and it's open source!)

    I would **LOVE** to see the Flex/LM product line come under MS for a change.  Macrovision's pricing and support practices make MS look like a sheep in a fold of wolves.  Their license mgt products need some help as well.
  • Karsten Januszewski: WPF

    Finally! People realize vectors are better than raster.  Those of us in the CAD and simulation world have known this for decades.  Scaling, accuracy, flexibility, etc.  Also, vector data is significantly more compact since it's not the shape being stored or prepared, but the formula for generating it.  Bravo!  Good work.  WPF looks very cool indeed!
  • Life and Times of Anders Hejlsberg

    Maybe it's just me, but from some angles he sure looks like an older Mike Myers.
  • Julie Larson-Green - Diving into the new Office 12

    ashortridge wrote:

    How does the new Office 12 "know" what I need at any particular time? End-users are already tired of having new windows/new bits of info appear or change in front of their eyes based on what I like to call “Microsoft Intuitionism.”...

    MS collected usage info for months in order to determine what users are doing and trying to do.  At least they tried.  I'm so sick of everyone complaining but not offering any solutions.  If MS sat back and didn't change anything, everyone complains.  If they change something, everyone complains.   Some people just like to complain because it gives them something to do.  The rest of us are happy with change.  Life changes, so does software.  Hence the "soft" in software.  It was intended to be changable with less effort than "hard"ware.  If it wasn't, it would have been burned into a chip and soldered to the circuit board for all eternity.

  • Bill Staples - An hour discovering IIS 7

    Notepad?  What about replacing SYSEDIT instead? Smiley
  • Julie Larson-Green - Diving into the new Office 12

    Has anyone seen my jaw on the floor anywhere?  I'm still looking for it.  Fantastic!
  • Bill Staples - An hour discovering IIS 7

    IE 7 team have ripped of the .htaccess file's abilities on Apache

    IE 7 ?? Were you watching a different interview?  Don't even get started on "ripping off" when it comes to software.  The backbone of the software industry as a whole was (and is) built on "reuse" of ideas, methods, and approaches.  When it's taken from friendly sources it's called "inspiration".  When taken from a foe, it's called "ripping off".  Give me a break.  If this held true for cars, only one maker would have round wheels.  The others would have to ship with square, triangle and octagonal wheels so they wouldn't be "ripping off" their competitors.  Sheesh. :O