Archive for December, 2004

Looks like it worked.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

I’m back to using NewsGator to read news – the killer feature for me is that I need to be able to read from home or work.   NewsGator has great Outlook integration that I can use at work, and it synchronizes the subscription list and list of what items I’ve read with their online service, […]


Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Wonder if this will work..  

Doing Patterns

Tuesday, December 14th, 2004

Michael Earls has a post about a co-worker who doesn’t do patterns. I can understand both sides of the argument here. Patterns is really just another way of describing things that any seasoned developer has been doing for a long time, and yet they’re presented like they’re the new holy grail that’s going to change […]

MSN Desktop Search

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

MSN Desktop Search (Beta) is now available. So far, the one thing I’ve noticed is that it searches my OneNote notebook.  That alone is enough to make me use it over the Google Desktop Search, which doesn’t look in OneNote files.  

Is Avalon a black hole?

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Dare gives a list of ways you can recognize white elephant projects. Included in the list: They must involve throwing out some large existing codebase and rewriting everything from scratch, “the right way, this time.” They must have absurdly grandiose goals. Something like “fundamentally reimagine the way that people work with computers.” Nobody, including the […]

Tromelin Island

Sunday, December 5th, 2004

My Country of the Week is Tromelin Island. This is a very small island-based country, the size of a large shopping mall. While looking around the web for it, I got an ad for “Tromelin Island Singles”. I guess it would be hard to get a date on Tromelin Island, since it has a population […]

“Can we say fast performance?”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Scoble says “Can we say fast performance?” about MSN Spaces. Um, no. Most comments I’ve seen on the service say it’s slow. It is slow. Having a killer datacenter doesn’t make something fast. MSN should have the talent and resources it takes to make this thing fast, and yet, it’s slow. I’d love to know […]

MSN Spaces: First Impressions

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

MSN Spaces is now available. This is Microsoft’s new blogging service. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And my first impression so far: It’s slow. One fact of launching a web application is that if you expect to have, say, an average of 1000 concurrent users, on launch day, you’ll […]