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XNA at the GDC this year...

If you are going to the Game Developers Conference this year, Michael Klucher want's you to check out the XNA sessions at GDC 2006.

Boy, that would be cool...

Posted On Monday, January 30, 2006 12:37 PM

Harry Pierson weighs in on the term Web 2.0
Harry Pierson talks about why he hates the term Web 2.0: First off, it’s a pure marketing buzzword. It was originally coined as a conference name. In a way, the fact that is has no underlying meaning is a good thing, because it gives people argue whether it really exists or not. In a way, it’s like the word “multimedia” back when we were first putting CD-ROMs into computers. There used to be lots of discussion if one thing or another truly was “multimedia”. Now, ......

Posted On Thursday, January 26, 2006 5:44 AM

Disney and Pixar
By now you have seen the news about Disney buying Pixar, and how Steve Jobs will become the single largest shareholder at Disney. Charles Cooper at CNet poses the question: How long before Jobs is Disney's new boss?: As long as Disney's earnings-per-share continue to climb, there's no pressing reason for Jobs to enter the picture. But we're talking about a legendary entrepreneur with a unique understanding of both the computer and entertainment industries. I think at this point (and I am such the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:44 AM

For all the gamers out there and their Significant Others...
This Google Video is for you!

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 8:17 PM

Julia Lerman asks what .NET concepts scare you...
Julia Lerman, in her latest article at DevLife, asks the question: What .NET Concepts scare you the most? What .NET topics have seemed so daunting to you that you have gone out of your way to avoid them? I have to agree about the delegates and threading. For some reason, I also have a fear of generics, but I haven't done any research into them yet, so that fear may be unfounded. What concepts scare you ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 5:16 AM

Boy builds homemade nuclear reactor...
I don't know if this is true or not, but it sure is interesting: David Hahn was an Eagle Scout who had a merit badge in atomic energy; as everyone should know, that is ample education to build and maintain a nuclear breeder reactor in one’s backyard. So in 1994, that is what he proceeded to do. And it wasn't too hard. Radioactive elements are all around us. And all did was fix up a nature trail for my Eagle award ......

Posted On Thursday, January 19, 2006 6:04 AM

Team System MSDN Public Chat
Team System MSDN Public Chat Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developer &Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers When: Wednesday, January 18th 2006 @ 10am PST (1pm EST) What: Join us to discuss the Profiler, Test Tools (Unit, Generic, Manual), Web & Load Testing, and Code Analysis (FxCop & PREFast). We have questions for you, will answer questions from you, and will chat about the exciting new technology. Where: http://msdn.microsoft.com/c... ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 7:54 PM

Chris Sells on his son's first computer program
Chris Sells writes about his son's first computer program: Wonderful things happen when I tell me kids to stop playing video games and to stop watching TV (I try to limit them to an hour of each/day). I mean, aweful things happen at first -- you'd think I stuck a sharp stick in their eye. But, after the hollowing stops (and the pull the stick out), the imagination kicks in and they think of stuff to do. Today (they were home from school on MLK Day) John asked if he could write a program. I'm waiting ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:27 AM

Julia Lerman uses a Microsoft Support Incident...
In her latest post over at her DevLife Developer's Blog, Julia Lerman discusses her first experience using a Microsoft Support Incident call: Even though I have access to search engines, newsgroups and some very smart developers, talking to someone who's focus is ASP.NET support is a huge advantage. I've never had to use one of those calls myself, but I'm sure the day is coming. From reading Julia's post, it does sound like it might be worth the money if you have to pay for the call, depending on ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 5:19 AM

dotnetkicks.com
Gavin Joyce blogs about a new site, www.DotNetKicks.com: I am pleased to announce the launch of DotNetKicks.com, a community driven news site specialising in Microsoft development technologies, the .NET framework & related tools and technologies I can't seem to find an RSS feed anywhere for the site though. Hopefully it will be up soon ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 8:31 PM

I got a part in Plaza Suite...
I was just cast in the Tupelo Community Theater production of Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite".  I have the lead male role in Act II.  Woo Hoo!

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 1:34 PM

Rory on Conference Fatigue Syndrome
I absolutely love Rory's site. His latest post concerns Conference Fatigue Syndrome: This time, registration for the conference began on Sunday, and the show pushed right on through to today. It is now Friday, and I am completely frazzled. But some of his true genius lies in his comics. Make sure to read the whole post. The part that had be spitting up my Mountain Dew was Don Box saying “I wrote unary with one punch card with no holes in it!”. Classic ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 12:44 PM

Corey Snow on his version of the digital lifestyle
Corey Snow has a post up entitled Cool Tools, where he talks about his version of the digital lifestyle: I work at home on Fridays, and sometimes other days as well. A little bit ago, I was sitting at my desk at home, merrily coding away on bug fixes for the next release of the Microsoft Connect website, and I get a call on my office phone. I know this because a little window comes up showing the call, who it's from, and giving me the option of forwarding the call to my cell phone or my home phone. ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 12:36 PM

Billy Hollis on the History of the C family of languages.
Billy Hollis has posted his very meant-to-be-sarcastic history of the C Family of languages: 1990 – By this time, all C compilers have turned into C++ compilers. But, since most C++ programs do not use any of the object oriented features of the language, this means in practical terms that bloated code structures with pointers into the operating system are now being compiled with an object-oriented compiler. Very funny read ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 12:30 PM

And for all of us who remember the D&D cartoon series from the 80's
This Digg post is for you: Dungeons and Dragons was axed after 20 or so episodes due to its "satanic" inferences. This is a creation of the final episode never made I'll be honest, I can't get to the server to watch it right now. I'm gonna try this weekend. I actually liked the cartoon when it first came out. Of course, I was probably about 12, but still, being able to watch D&D every Saturday morning was kinda cool, especially since I couldn't convince my older sister to let me play D&D ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 5:25 AM

Dell is open to the possibility of using AMD chips...
From a story at New.com: Dell's Chief Executive Kevin Rollins said on Thursday that he is open to selling computers that run on microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices. Well, that' pretty much as non-committal a statement as you can make, don't ya think? As long as Intel continues to provide those big subsidies to Dell, I don't see them making this switch. I think it is more likely, as mentioned at the end of the article, Dell is making general, vague statements like this in an effort to put ......

Posted On Friday, January 13, 2006 5:20 AM

Social Networking Sites...

I just don't get it.  Maybe it's because I haven't really tried them, but I hear people talk about Friendster and MySpace, and I just don't have the urge to check them out.

Am I missing anything?

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 6:09 AM

Chocolate Hacks...
Korby Parnell gives us the secret to his Chocolate Hack: The Way To A Woman's Heart: In my never ending quest to give the women in my life something to shake their heads about and possibly use against me someday, here's a third party account of a stupid-simple, dirt-cheap chocolate exploit I stumbled upon last weekend The finished product actually sounds quite good, regardless of whether it has the desired effect on your company or not. ......

Posted On Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:51 AM

Cool Optical Illusion...
Found this over at Digg.com, a very cool optical illusion site.  I was able see only the green dot, were you?

Posted On Monday, January 9, 2006 4:59 AM

Ten Reasons Why You Should Date A Geek...
Scoble's wife, Maryamie, gives us her ten reasons: 1) He can fix your computer. There I said it. Do you really need another reason? He is not a bum. He has useful skills that can make your life (at least the part that is spent on the computer, and let’s face it, that is where we all spent most of our time any way) run smooth. I'm not so sure about #9 though. Some people might disagree ......

Posted On Friday, January 6, 2006 5:51 AM

Looks like Google is going to try and take on Apple just a little...
Over at News.com, they are saying that Google to offer new video download service: Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal said Google is likely to unveil partnerships related to the new service with the CBS network and the National Basketball Association Isn't CBS also allowing downloadable content via iTunes? Now, wouldn't it be interesting if instead of a computer, Google unveiled a video music player, similar to the IPod? Call it the iGoogle. Talk about something that ......

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2006 9:46 AM

Sold on Web 2.0 yet? I'm not.
Jim Rapoza at eWeek has an article up called What Web 2.0 Means to You: Basically, Web 2.0 is a marketing term O'Reilly Media coined a few years ago when it was planning a conference to cover significant Web changes. But the term has gained a lot of traction, and one sees it not only in discussions of Web technologies but also in product literature as, predictably, many vendors start to position products as "Web 2.0-ready." Maybe I am just really cynical, but I'm kinda of turned off by the term Web ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2006 12:56 PM

Matrox DualHead2Go
Ars Technica has a review of the Matrox DualHead2Go product. Here's a brief run down of the product: This device connects two monitors to a single analog VGA out, and uses the EDID standard to simulate the presence of a single, double-wide monitor running at either 2048x768 or 2560x1024, with the desktop spanning over both monitors. In the case of a laptop, the desktop may span over all three monitors. It sounds pretty cool. I would love to hook one up to my laptop and run with three screens. I currently ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2006 11:00 AM

Rumor: Microsoft offered $80 Billion for Yahoo
Microsoft Watch has a short post on when $80 Billion is not enough: But there were rumors this past weekend that Microsoft offered $80 billion for Yahoo. Yahoo was said to have rejected the bid as too low Wow. I wonder what the shareholders at both companies would think of that deal. Talk about a possible merger that might start Google shaking just a little ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2006 5:44 AM

Is Google Going Into the Hardware Business, and should I care?
The blogosphere (don't I sound hip when I use that term) and the tech news media are running wild with stories that Google may be entering the hardware market, specifically bringing out there own line of PCs. From an article at eWeek: The Internet giant, based in Mountain View, Calif., is considering selling its own version of a wireless networking device for homes, according to two sources, and is reportedly in talks with giant retailer Wal-Mart Inc. to sell an inexpensive Google-branded personal ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 4, 2006 5:32 AM

Billy Hollis says goodbye to the floppy disk...
Billy Hollis has really been blogging pretty regularly, which is nice. In his latest post he talks about how he is no longer using floppy disks. I've pretty much moved myself to a similar situation. I have a couple of small flash drives, that I've picked up from conferences, that I use to move files from one machine to another. If the files are bigger than my flash drives, then you just burn a CD real quick with the information on it. Of course, now that you can buy 1GB flash drives for approximately ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 10:46 AM

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