Archive for September, 2008

Scrum and Supporting Your Existing Products

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Bugs! How do you handle fixing bugs and enhancement requests on an existing release of your product while your team(s) are working on the next release? Typically as you start work on a new version of your product there will be bugs or enhancement requests coming in from users of ...

Windows Home Server and Squeezebox

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

So having got my home server up and running I finally got around to getting music streaming off it into my living room with a Logitech Squeezebox Duet. First off this is not an appliance, it's a science project, albeit a really good one. I spent a happy hour fiddling ...

Peek Inside a Microsoft patterns & practices Team Room

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Last week we did a video of the patterns & practices team spaces at Microsoft. This short video focuses on the team rooms and how we use some of their unique features as we develop our deliverables and work with distributed teams. The video is now posted on Channel 9.

Building a Green Windows Home Server: A Quieter Server

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I did some more experimenting with this tonight and it turns out my choice of fans is pretty sub optimal. The principle cause of noise in this system in the CPU cooler and case fan. Getting these fans to run slower when they're not needed is the key to making ...

Smallest-Scale Commercially-Available Map

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Many years ago, when I was doing astronomy, I used to work with Michael Merrifield. Recently I discovered he is now in the art business. The picture on the left is of his map of the universe sculpture. Michael uses a laser to engrave data from astronomical surveys into a ...