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  • Popups

    The one thing that drives me most crazy when working on my PC is when a window pops up that I didn't ask for. So, I'm typing an email and suddenly a window pops up unprompted (e.g. an Outlook reminder) and I press the wrong key and have to break from my task...
  • BlogTicker

    I want to write a BlogTicker. My idea would be that I have a bunch of RSS feeds and interesting things happen on them every day. I'd like a little ticker application that watches all these feeds and detects common links and/or phrases being used and where it...
  • Manchester CornerHouse

    If you're ever in the city of Manchester, UK then check out the independent cinema the CornerHouse - it's a great cinema. I'm up here working away from home this week so I popped in to see the film Roger Dodger which was top notch - well worth seeing if you...
  • Regional Directors?

    I caught up with this from Ingo Rammer's web log. Microsoft has a group of people called 'Regional Directors' and Ingo's just become one of them. The web link is here . I'm not sure where the name comes from but it sounds like a good scheme - there seem to...
  • Developer Career Calculus

    This is such a resonant post for me right now that I thought it'd be worth highlighting. I can't agree more than with what Erik's saying here - to me good developers are people who learn all the time and who always want to know how things work rather than just...
  • Web Services

    Darren and I have just come back from doing a web services workshop in the glorious city of Manchester. We did a couple of days and walked through as much of the web service stack as we could starting from XML1.0 with namespaces and ending up at the WS-* specifications...
  • Web Service Performance

    somebody pointed out to me this nice article on MSDN which details the 2 initial problems with the performance and scalablity you can get when making multiple web service requests from a server. The first is the built-in (HTTP standard) support that limits...
  • Ximian purchased by Novell

    This story on The Register notes that Ximian has been bought by Novell and that means that the Mono project for a CLI implementation is now with Novell. Interesting...
  • AMD on the up (well, slightly)

    story on Cnet states that AMD are up (ever so slightly) in their market share on last year. I wonder whether the x86-64 versus Itanium story will keep AMD on the rise? It seems pretty compelling to me to be able to run IA-32 code at decent speeds - Cringely...