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October 2005 - Posts

Xbox Live and MSN Messenger

It stinks... please fix it! OK, I know that's being a bit harsh, but hang with me just a moment. Prior to the relaunch, after selecting the “tab” on the left Xbox, you'd be shown an HTML page that had two “tabs” at the top of it.
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OK, this is, well, ummm, nifty... yeah... that's as good of a description as anything else.

DualBrainIFRAME> This is the new Gamertag Card feature available with the Xbox.com relauch of My Xbox. Basically, you can place an IFrame chunk into your blog, website, forums signature or whatever and wherever you feel the need. I suppose after the Xbox
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Here's your chance to laugh your *ss off at me...

The .NET Rocks road show was here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area a couple of days ago. After the show, they did some interviews with the local crowd and I was hanging out with no real intention of being interviewed. Of course, that didn't work out exactly
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.NET 2.0 Redistributable... where to get?

If your looking for the redists, you can find *all* of them here . (Of course, they are in the SDK directory when you install VS... but just in case.) Marko asked me via IM if I knew where to find the redists. I told him to look in the SDK folder (was
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It... is... aaaallllliiiiiiiiiiiiive!

If you haven't heard the news, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (meaning Microsoft Visual Basic 2005) and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 has been officially released to manufacturing... which mean... If you are an MSDN Universal (or rather were... and now a Visual
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OK, still mad at the Xbox.com folks, but...

... definitely not at the Xbox 360 team and third party developers. If you haven't (or even have) had a chance to see some of the trailers and game footage for games coming for the Xbox 360, here's your chance to see them in HD WMV ! Be sure to view the
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Hmmm... Free copy of VistaDB 2.1!

... and all I need to do is place the following blurb on my blog: VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint,
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Geek Gathering - Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex - 5

Yes, the Geek Gathering is returning! And what better time to do so than head to GameWorks, plays a few games and drink a few beers all in the name of the official launch date of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The official
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Perfect example of what *NOT* to do... (Xbox)

For those that know me, I rarely speak badly of Microsoft. To the point that people think that I never speak ill and that I think that “Microsoft's sh*t don't stink.“ Well, here goes... OK, last week Xbox subscribers received an email stating
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The OUTPUT Clause (Transact-SQL)

While working on a side project, I decided to use VS2K5 and SQL2K5. One of the things I needed to do was take some external data and import it into the database in a normalized manner. I also needed to insert into some additional tables the newly (automatically)
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It's so... functional... yeah... that's it.

I decided to spring for a new monitor. I've been really waiting for the price of a 16:9 display to be “affordable” and Gateway has come to the rescue. I was a little cautious of buying a Gateway branded monitor, but I have to tell you that
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Gathering computer information using WMI

After a ton of questions regarding the the DriveInfo examples ( Determine Hard Drive Serial Numbers and Revenge of DriveInfo ) asking how to determine other information such as CPU identification, motherboard serial number and BIOS serial numbers I'm
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Interesting survey results...

Although not a totally unbiased survey, this survey does present some interesting numbers. With over 800,000 machines being polled (yes, machines... not people), you can see that most of them have a single processor, half and half are running Intel and
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Some people just don't have a clue...

...yet want to sound like they do. I would love to see the like of Jay Roxe (Microsoft) put in a room with this Tom fellow and see the sparks fly. This guy claims that he has the “inside” track as to what Microsoft is thinking in regards to
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Documentation... Documentation... Documentation!

Well, the MVP Summit calmed down at about 3:30pm today and, although I'm extremely tired, I have to say my Microsoft batteries are recharged. But... I'm really hoping that Microsoft will work harder to improve the documentation for Visual Studio. Obviously
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