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Early Frost of Our Discontent Dave Yasko
This past weekend we finally saw “Avatar,” or as I like to call it “Dances with Smurfs.” It was rather light on the story, heavy on the message, and incredibly well done. The eye for detail is what blew me away, especially the visual distortion (presumably due to density) when the two atmospheres mixed. The only thing I thought they might have missed ......

My work just started (a couple of months ago actually) allowing us access to our MSDN subscriptions. This is totally cool. I’ve been begging, borrowing, and stealing all these years to have access to Visual Studio and the other tools. Now, I’ve got them all. It is totally cool. What’s even cooler is that I’m going to be installing them (along with a ......

Best. Blacksploitation. Film. Evar.



I’ve reimaged my home laptop. I’m trying to populate it with as much free goodness as possible to see if the free way is as good as the old pay way. Turns out, I’ve got access to Windows Live Writer. I’m not sure where that came from, maybe with Vista Ultimate. I don’t know. Either way, it makes my blog posting a whole lot easier. So, maybe, just maybe, ......

I was horrible about blogging from PDC2008. I did twitter and facebook a lot though, so I think I'm not too bad. I just found out about Microsoft's BizSpark program though. It's a lot like their Empower program in that it provides startups free development tools and MSDN subscriptions, however it's free to enter ($100 to get out though). Information ......

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Oct 08
This has been an action packed week. I promise that I will detail what I've been up to, but for now I'll simply list some cool things to Google. Windows Azure (Windows in "The Cloud") Boku .NET Services DSL and "Oslo" XNA Second Light (or Surface 2.0)

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Oct 08

I'm going to PDC2008 in Los Angeles.  I've never been before, but am told I will have a total nerdgasm.  Several coworkers are going too, so I'll have some guidance.

I will try to post what I can, as often as I can, but we'll have to see (I'm not very good at keeping up with my blog).

Dave



So, I'm writing a VSTO 3.0 Word application level add-in, and I want a custom task pane to show for some documents but not for others. Should be easy to do, right? Not so much. First, I create an extension method for the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Wo... class that examines the properties of the document that I'm using for the show/hide behavior. ......

http://blog.wired.com/geekd... Babylon 5 was one of the best Sci-Fi shows EVAR! Well, except for about half of the 5th season, and the Thirdspace and River of Souls movies, but hey, you can't win everytime. Besides, they were still watchable, which is something George Lucas can't say. Thank you J. Michael. You ROCK! Dave ......

So, all my friends are doing it, so I thought I would too. Here is an arbitrary list someone came up with and (apparently) if you haven't read a goodly number of 'em, you're a moran [sic]. I've read (or listened to) the titles in bold, intend to read the titles in italics, and (here's a twist) watched those underlined. 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen ......

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Apr 08
So, as usual, I'm apologizing for not updating my blog for a (long) while, but I've got a lot on my plate. So, here is what I'm working on right now. I've been planning a D&D application for a long time. I want to do something that no one has been able to do, capture ALL of the rules in code. Several people have tried, with varying degrees of success, ......

Things have actually started to pick up at work lately. Microsoft released a CTP of a new CAB replacement product called Acropolis. I've been tasked (along with a couple of coworkers) to design a business entity and its user interface using our newest best practices and the MVP pattern (I'm still learning MVP though). With the lack of new TV, I've been ......

Well, yesterday I learned of something new. Acropolis. It's Microsoft's newest "toolkit for creating modular, business-focused Windows client applications" and it "enables you to build reusable, connectable components and assemble them into working applications that are easy to change." At first glance, it's a replacement for CAB and some of SCSF, using ......

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Apr 07
Well, CAB really. Not taxi. We gave up on trying to debug the 3rd party control in C++. It's something deep down in the control, and we ran out of time. It'll keep though, that project is coming back around in a couple of months, and that bug will be reprioritized. Now I'm doing a POC (proof of concept) on the ability of CAB (composite UI application ......

"I'm still living with your ghost" Santa Monica - Everclear How long has it been since I've had to debug code with MS VC++ 6.0? 5 years, maybe. How long has it been since I've had to debug 3rd a 3rd party grid library? Never, maybe. How hard is it to debug a problem that appears to be a UI focus issue? Pretty hard as the debugger keeps taking focus. ......

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