Archive for March, 2008

Remote Collaboration using Live Messenger

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

I brought my webcam in from home so I could have a remote meeting with someone in Holland. Turns out he had a drawing tablet and we wanted to discuss some designs. Here's the result...


Monday, March 24th, 2008

So I finally crumbled and signed up for Twitter. You can follow me at: Lots of cool people in the blogosphere use Twitter. Maybe if I use Twitter I'll become cooler by association. Yeah right... There's no hope for me until I get my teeth whitened. I'm really just trying to figure ...

Change the World or go home

Monday, March 24th, 2008

I found the blue monster cartoon  the other day. I just stuck a copy on my office door. Q: What would your blog card say? Additional credit will be given to candidates with creative answers.

Work Humor

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Humor is alive and well at p&p. One of my dev team sent this email around today... What Ade does not realize is that my volunteering to do the first talk, was in fact me avoiding work.  I delegated a task I had committed to (scheduling a brown bag ...

Gotchas: SN.EXE problem on Vista fixed in VS 2008!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Back in September I ran into some issues using SN.EXE on Vista. SN would look like it had added a strong name verification skipping entry when really it hadn't. Doing the SN -Vr *,######### with the SN.EXE tool that ships with Visual Studio 2008 gives a much better behavior.   ...

PHP or "Help my WordPress template just broke"

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

And now for something completely different... I was tweaking the archive page on my climbing blog last night. I wanted to change the way the heading of each archive page looked to use a HTML <H2> tag not a <P>. This got me into some simple refactoring of PHP ...

PHP and Visual Studio

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Recently I've been making some changes to some WordPress templates written in PHP. How did I edit my PHP files? Turns out that David Cumps has added coloring support for PHP Visual Studio 2008! Notepad2 also supports PHP coloring but doesn't copy/paste into LiveWriter with the coloring and doesn't allow you ...

Delay Signing VSTO Add-In Projects

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

As promised, another post on actually writing code as I've been busy trying the help the p&p DocTools project out the door. One of the final hurdles was getting the VSTO Word Document Add-In use delay signing. I was missing a key step in this process... Build ...

The "High" Cost of Talent?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Martin Fowler has a great post on the "Cheaper Talent Hypothesis". This cross cuts some ideas I've blogged about in the past; offshore development to increase talent not cut costs and interviewing at Microsoft (why hire great people). All of this is born out by my experiences - and I suspect ...