Archive for January, 2007

Microsoft pushing XPS

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Check out this excerpt from Jeffery Snover’s post on the PowerShell Cheat Sheet: Given that I posted it a week before the Office 2007 launch, it turned out that not many people could read that so I posted it in PDF format as well. It now turns out that the corporate direction is to use […]

Vista Annoyances, Part 3

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Today’s Vista annoyance: Explorer refuses to rename files to names that start with a period. I want to rename “htaccess” to “.htaccess” (an Apache configuration file): Trying to hit Enter here gives you: If you use any software that comes from a Unix background, where files that start with a period are common because by […]

Vista and the EU

Monday, January 29th, 2007

So Microsoft’s opponents are once again wielding the government against Microsoft in the EU.  In my opinion this is just a sleazy way of making both the EU and Microsoft waste a lot of time and money.  Wasting Microsoft’s money is a reasonable goal for a competing company; but the EU should be smarter than to […]


Saturday, January 27th, 2007

What does it take to be an analyst? It doesn’t seem like the expectations for job performance are very high.  Analysts are frequently wrong, and frequently disagree with each other.  It seems like you can say whatever you want, and get away with it. What got me thinking about this is this statement by Rick […]


Saturday, January 27th, 2007

So Bill de hÓra says that IDEs don’t matter, where the version control system has a first order effect on software. I disagree.  I’m more productive with a good IDE than with a bad one, and far more so than with no IDE.  If you come from a world where you haven’t had a good IDE […]

Flex Hello 2: Properties and Binding

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I added a couple of simple features to my Flex sample:  Binding, and centering the window. Run the Sample By adding the viewSourceURL attribute to the Application tag, I’ve enabled a View Source menu item on the player’s context menu, so you can see the source just by right-clicking and selecting that.  This is Flash […]

Flex First Post

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I want to write more about Flex, since I’m planning to use it a lot more in the future.  So I need to be able to post about it here. It’s easy enough to take the a test project and drop it somewhere and link to it.  For example, here’s a very simple Hello World […]

Live File System vs Mastered

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I’m trying to burn a 3 gig file to a DVD.  I put in the disc, and Windows offers to format it for me.  I’ve never used the Live File System disc recording feature so I say “sure” and it goes and formats the disc; this takes about 30 seconds. Live File System writes data […]

Microsoft and Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Man, I’d hate to be in Microsoft’s shoes.  Everything they do is villified, no matter their intentions. Let’s say you have a company, and you make widgets.  A competing company also makes widgets.  Your competition’s employees have been posting to Wikipedia about Widgets, but the articles on Widgets are not unbiased.  They’re biased towards the […]

Annoyances in Vista Search Results

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I keep finding little details I like about Vista, and little details I don’t.  Yesterday it was the fact that the Explorer doesn’t update itself when you delete a file the way it used to (sometimes), so I was looking at an Explorer window that was showing me a file that I thought was there, […]