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  • ORM Smackdown on .Net rocks

    I've just been listening to the .Net Rocks, ORM Smackdown show with Oren Eini and Ted Neward. It was a very interesting show with a couple of bright people who know their technology. There was one theme that came up a few times that I find nagging. Continue reading...

  • Smart Client Software Factory May 2007 is live

    Wahoo! Cool stuff. I checked out one of there weekly builds from codeplex last week and if you are not convinced that Avalon[1] is going to seriously kick WinForms butt then you need to see this demo. I'll post more on that another day, first I have to bitch. Continue reading...

  • The SourceGear Fortress deal

    If the software is as nice as the shirt, it may be worth checking out. I can certainly vouch for Vault being a great product. We have been using it here for the last three years. Continue reading...

  • PUT versus POST

    I have seen many conflicting descriptions of the uses of PUT and POST. The description below is quite clear and leads me to wonder why so many people confuse the two. Continue reading...

  • UAC is our fault

    I normally try to avoid doing "me to" entries but this post deserves a shout out. Turn your UAC back on today! Maybe then all the problems will be fixed by the time I upgrade from XP to Vista J Continue reading...

  • Slow Outlook 2007?

    If you are still experiencing the pain of the excruciatingly slow Outlook 2007, then run, don't walk to get this patch KB933493. Continue reading...

  • Podcast aggregators

    One of my "things to do" has been to find a decent podcast aggregator.  Since I got my Sansa e260 I have been listening to a lot more podcasts and it is starting to become a chore to keep track of new episodes. Continue reading...

  • Prediction Time

    It's pretty sad that it took until February for my first post of the new year but {insert lame excuse about being too busy here}. Continue reading...

  • Vista on Virtual PC

    I must say that I am quite impressed.  I just installed Vista Business edition on Virtual PC 2007 and considering it is running in a VM it is quite snappy.  My host machine is a Dell Precision 370 P4 2.8Ghz with 2G RAM and I allocated around 800MB to the VM.  When I try to get the performance index it fails with some complaint about invalid drivers but other than that everything seems to be running just fine. Continue reading...

  • Custom Powershell Cmdlets and the mystery of System.Management.Automation.dll

    Just in case anyone else is banging their head against this brick wall.  I am playing around with trying to create my own Powershell cmdlets.  If you search around for samples on doing this you will discover that you need to reference a dll called System.Management.Automation.Dll.  Easy huh?  Numerous blogs mention that you will find this dll in %program files%Windows Powershell V1.0.  Except I'm guessing that was the case in beta versions because it is definitely not the case in the RTM version. Continue reading...

  • Powershell and Sandcastle

    While investigating how to integrate Sandcastle into our TFS Build we came upon a Powershell script from Scott Hanselman that automates the build of the example that is included with the Sandcastle download. Continue reading...

  • Powershell and Innovasys DocumentX4

    I continue to be amazed at how easy it is to manipulate COM libraries from within Powershell.  I think it is the fact that you can experiment interactively with the object instances and interrogate the objects with get-member that makes it so convenient.  Continue reading...

  • CAB + WPF

    I'm a little perplexed.   The development of the first version of CAB seemed pretty transparent, to use an in vogue term.  However, recently I keep hearing about a version of CAB that works with WPF.  All three [1], [2], [3] of these people talk about it and two of them talk about moving on, almost infering that it has finished.  Casper[2] goes as far as to call it  That Which Shall Not Be Named™ Continue reading...

  • VMware Server

    So I bought myself a new server recently,  a beautiful new Dell Poweredge 2900 with 2GB of RAM and two 160GB SATA drives.  The machine is a beast, I can put 8 drives in (SATA or SCSI) and I have 12 slots for the memory (FB-DIMMs), and it is dual processor capable.  I only have a single Xeon 5060 in there at the moment but as soon as the prices for the Woodcrests come down I'll be buying a pair!  To get a Woodcrest it was almost $600 more, which considering I only paid $1900 for the whole thing was quite the premium.  But I digress, the server is not the main point of my story. Continue reading...

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