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Scott Kuhl Warning: I may have no idea what I am talking about! April 2007 Entries
User Friendly - The Board Game
If you're not a fan of the online comic User Friendly, you should be. If you are, then you probably already know. On Sunday they posted part 3 of a 3 part Sunday comic edition run for I.S.P. Survivor - The Game of Small-Stakes Treachery. You can now print the game board, playing pieces and rules for some old school time wasting ......

Posted On Monday, April 30, 2007 12:50 AM

IPTV Adoption May Be Slowed By Cable Companies
AT&T is trying to get Illinois to change the cable rules to make it easier to enter. A quick summary: Cable companies need to negotiate with every single town in order to provide service, AT&T wants to make it a single statewide rule. Now I know that a lot of hidden agenda is buried on both sides of this argument. But when was the last time you lived in a town with 2 cable providers? Right now I can choose between Charter, DirecTV and Dish Network. So there is competition. But Verizon and ......

Posted On Monday, April 23, 2007 1:04 AM

Windows SmartPhone Blogging?

Does anyone use, or know of, a good application for Windows SmartPhones to use for blogging?  Something similar to Windows Live Writer would be good.

It should be able to support categories and photos and of course it needs to work with GeeksWithBlogs.

Posted On Wednesday, April 18, 2007 8:15 PM

Forgive Apple
I've noticed that the Apple fans are mostly forgiving Apple for the Leopard delay. Even the ones "reporting" are taking a very nice tone compared to how they treat Microsoft. And they are right, here is why. Apple has a lot on it's plate right now with the launch of Apple TV and the upcoming iPhone. They have a lot of products to support unlike Microsoft who only has, what, two? three? Their brightest engineers are busy working on alternative designs for the mouse so everyone will quit complaining ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2007 2:34 AM

Dell XPS 410 Upgrade to CableCard
I just spoke with a customer service rep at Dell about the upcoming CableCard support for the XPS 410. While I don't have pricing on the CableCard units themselves, she did tell me that current 410 models are upgradable. Considering you can get an XPS 410 starting at $779 (that's the base $999 model minus monitor, speakers and a modem) we may have an affordable Vista CableCard PC brewing. And by affordable I mean under $1000. Update Dell recently lowered the price on this unit by $100. You can now ......

Posted On Friday, April 13, 2007 1:23 PM

Scrum Tracking with Excel
Project management tools are great when used properly. But sometimes you need something simple like Excel. If you want to do Scrum based development with Excel, check out these resources: DevX has posted an article by Doug Tillman about using Excel to track your Scrum related projects. The article contains the Excel spreadsheet he uses. Mountain Goat Software is an excellent reference site for Scrum and they have a sample burndown spreadsheet. Scrum Alliance has tons of resources on Scrum including ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:56 AM

GameStop Wants You to Go Broke
Many people are picking sides in the console war. But not GameStop. They just want you to spend all your money on every system. Hey, at least they are honest. From yesterday's GameStop newsletter: Certain cultural phenomenon have often divided friends. Coke vs. Pepsi; Star Wars vs. Star Trek; Marvel vs. DC. Today, video games are the new battleground with a clear line drawn in the sand between the Nintendo Wii and PS3. Either system offers incredible gaming experiences, so take out a second mortgage ......

Posted On Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:40 AM

Zune 2.0 Leaked
Zune 2.0 and a smaller flash based Zune will be sold this year. The hard drive version looks like the generation 1 Zune, but is thinner. It has a larger hard drive and still uses the doubleshot. The flash based player is video capable and he said the screen covers about 75% of the front, similar to the hard drive Zune. The flash player has Wi-Fi and also uses a double shot. Both devices have completed the design phase, although some last minute minor tweaks to the hardware will occur. Memory capacity ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 11, 2007 7:20 AM

Instant Messaging Comes to Xbox 360

Windows Live Messenger is coming to the Xbox 360 on the week of May 7th.  I don't know how useful I will find this, but it's good to see Microsoft continuing to expand the 360 beyond gaming.

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 6:54 PM

53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn’t Live Without
Over the last few years web-developers have written many articles about CSS and developed many useful techniques, which can save you a lot of time - of course, if you are able to find them in time. Below you’ll find a list of techniques we , as web-architects, really couldn’t live without. They are essential and they indeed make our life easier. Let’s take a look at 53 CSS-based techniques you should always have ready to hand if you develop web-sites. Read 53 CSS-Techniques You Couldn't Live Without ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 6:50 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Collapse All Macro
Visual Studio has this annoying habit of expanding the solution folder tree, especially when synchronizing with Visual SourceSafe. Even without that problem I sometimes find myself with many expanded tree nodes in the Solution Explorer and I want a quick way to collapse them all. So I searched for a macro based solution to the problem and came up with the VS.Net Macro: Collapse All from Captain LoadTest. This macro was not designed to collapse a non-expanded folder's sub items. So I made a few quick ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 10:43 AM

Bloglines Dropping Posts

I like using online RSS readers because they are easy to access and they stay up and polling for content.  I don't need to worry about having a reader up and running.

Lately I have been noticing that Bloglines is missing posts.  I had a similar problem with NewsGator.  Almost as if they are not polling for updates as frequently has they should.

Anyone have a good recommendation for an online RSS feed reader?

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 8:17 AM

Enterprise Library 3
Microsoft's Enterprise Library version 3 is now available. The two big new features are: Validation Application Block - Developers can use this application block to create validation rules for business objects that can be used across different layers of their applications. Policy Injection Application Block - Developers can use this application block to implement interception policies that can be used to streamline the implementation of common features, such as logging, caching, exception handling, ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 8:11 AM

The Programmer's Prayer
I've noticed how much similarity there is between getting drunk and writing code. People who don't drink don't understand those that do. Same with code. Drinking can get out of control and consume your entire life. Same with code. You just might end up staying up all night drinking until you finally pass out. Same with code. Well, if AA has a prayer, we need one to. God, give us patience to accept with serenity the things that management will not let us change, courage to refactor the things that ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 7:21 AM

Design Patterns for ASP.NET Developers (Part 3 - Final)
The third and final installment in the Design Patterns for ASP.NET Developers series from DevX is now available. Read Part 3: Advanced Patterns Read Part 2: Custom Controller Patterns Read Part 1: Basic Patterns (Looks like Sreenivas Moqullapalli beat me to the punch on this one.) ......

Posted On Friday, April 6, 2007 7:15 AM

Tell Me Your Favorite TV Show Not on DVD (and get a free Joost invite)
I just got 5 more Joost invitations to hand out. These are up for anyone who wants one. I think its getting close to release. Keeping the TV theme, leave a comment requesting the invite, and include the name of your favorite TV show, past or present, that you want to see released on DVD. For example, mine would be Red Green. You can get "best of" collections and for some reason the complete 1997 season (which I believe is Season 6). I was going to put My Hero on the list, but it looks like it was ......

Posted On Thursday, April 5, 2007 8:26 AM

VersionOne Free 5 User Edition
Oooooooooooooo.... One of the big agile players is now affordable for the little guy. VersionOne has released V1: Agile Community which is a free 5-user version of V1: Agile Enterprise. It has all the same functionality with only the user limit. There is a disclaimer that is doesn't include support, training and upgrades. Upgrades? I hope they keep this product up to date. Watch out when you hit user #6. That will force an upgrade to Enterprise which is $995 for the original five and $500 / user ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 3, 2007 12:16 PM

Designing .NET Class Libraries - Video
The research channel has a 3.5 hour video on designing .NET class libraries by Krzysztof Cwalina the program manager for the .NET Framework team. This class presents best practices for designing frameworks that are reusable object-oriented libraries. The guidelines are applicable to frameworks ranging in size and in their scale of reuse from large system frameworks to small components shared among several applications. They started as a small set of naming and design conventions, but have been enhanced, ......

Posted On Monday, April 2, 2007 6:58 AM

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