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  • TomTom Navigator on SmartPhone

    I'd missed this announcement that the TomTom people are going to do a satellite navigation system based on the SmartPhone platform. I can't wait. I get lost an awful lot - my sense of direction is appalling and if there's a wrong turn to be made then I'll usually...
  • Message Request/Response Patterns in Web Services

    I keep getting bogged down in what I’d call a “technology” gap between web services implemented on top of HTTP and web services implemented (potentially) on top of other protocols. I’ve been having a lot of discussions around this lately...
  • Network Awareness

    There's an interesting MSDN article over here about the new Network Location Awareness service in Longhorn. Essentially, it does what the name suggests and lets your code know when you do/don't have a network available to you and the characteristics of that...
  • JibJab's "This Land Is Your Land"

    I picked up this link to this cracking US presidential election parody over at JibJab.com. These guys should be making TV if they're not doing so already - really well put together animation. (As an aside, I'm a bit of a fan of Woody Guthrie but that's another...
  • New XML Tools In VS.NET 2005

    Ken Levy blogs over here on the new XML tools that are present in VS 2005. Of the list that's here the thing that is really, really cool to me is the XSLT debugger - I'm not an XSLT guru by any stretch of the imagination but I can write it although it typically...
  • WSE2.0 Service Pack 1 Available

    I picked this up from Christian today rather than from anywhere else but I know there's a number of people that read this page that'll be interested in the shipping of WSE2.0 Service Pack 1 so I'm mentioning it here. The link is here . As far as I'm aware,...
  • Matt Pietrek on Iterators

    Matt Pietrek has an article over here on iterators in C# V2.0. Of all the features that have been added to C# in V2.0 it's iterators that leave me slightly edgy. Generics are just fine by me, anonymous methods are fairly easy to disentangle (especially after...
  • ASP.NET 2.0

    I presented a session yesterday the ASP.NET features in Visual Studio/.NET Framework 2005 - the links to the slide-decks that we used (not that I used many slides) are here From an engineering point of view, ASP.NET 2.0 is very nicely designed. I really like...
  • SQL Server 2005 Beta 2....

    Is available. See here http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ and here http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/productinfo/top30features.asp for 30 features you should look for when you download it (the Express version is up there for download right now).
  • Bloggers Conference

    Wow, bloggers have a conference - just missed it but it was revelatory to me that it existed at all, link is here http://www.blogonevent.com/blogon2004/blog/
  • Gis A Job

    This article http://news.com.com/Microsoft+needs+7%2C000+resumes/2100-7343_3-5281874.html?tag=nefd.top says that Microsoft are looking for 6-7000 new employees over the next 12 months or so (I don't know if that's true and/or whether it's any different from...
  • WSE 2.0 Performance Counters

    Martin was doing some work in a performance lab recently with WSE1.0 and noticed that it's hard to monitor what WSE is doing with Performance Monitor and this prompted me to create some performance counters for WSE 2.0. I've created some input and output filters...
  • WSE2.0 Tracing Utility Update

    I updated my WSE2.0 tracing utility just slightly based on feedback. The new version is here http://www.mtaulty.com/downloads/WSE2_Tracing_V1.zip Note that assembly versions have been updated to 1.2.0.0 so you'd need to change any configuration files you've...
  • Compulsory Registration?

    Tired of being forced to log in to a site just to see some free content? Look hear http://www.bugmenot.com/ My personal bugbear on this one? The New York Times site.
  • Whistle while you work

    Silly survey time but it made me smile - The Register has a survey over here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/20/musical_preference_survey/ which lists the musical preferences of various different IT people. Apparently, Microsoft Certified Professionals...
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