Saving money when moving to new hardware November 22, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Uncategorized.
The BBS has this entry about getting money back on your new PC. Dave Mitchell got a refund from Dell for £55.23 (over $100) because he had no need for the copy of Windows XP Home that was pre-installed on his Dell.
This is good news. I have been thinking about replacing one of my desktop machines in my home office and didn’t want to waste the operating system license on the old machine. I should be able to purchase a new machine, decline the license agreement when I start it for the first time, and then move the old license. A new Dell just got cheaper!
Thanksgiving Duck November 22, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Cooking.
I mentioned to my friend Tim that I was planning on cooking a duck for Thanksgiving and he told me about pre-cooking it with a hair dryer. This is supposed to make the skin nice and crispy. Of course, this made me curious enough to start searching..
With these links in hand, I am ready for the challenge.. Not sure it will be edible, but I will give it a shot!
DevConnections Conference (Vegas 2006) November 16, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
Adnan Masood writes about the DevConnections Conference and has a treasure trove of useful links including many conference presentations.
Code Coverage in .NET November 16, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP (Nov 2006) November 16, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming.
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 CTP is now available and includes support for Windows Vista.
Running SysPrep on a Virtual Machine with SQL Server Installed November 15, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Virtualization.
Ben Armstrong writes about running SysPrep on a virtual machine with SQL Server installed and has a link to the knowledgebase article that shows how to fix it. I think he wrote this blog post just for me!
Ben: how did you know this was causing a problem for me during the weekend?
Getting a Small Virtual PC Image – WinXP Pro in 550MB November 13, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Virtualization.
Noah Coad has a nice compilation of tips to getting a small Virtual PC image for Windows XP. I had seen Jeff Atwood’s list before, but this adds a few more tips.
Windows Vista and Office 2007 Availability November 12, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Uncategorized.
Now that Microsoft has RTM’d these, many will be watching MSDN to see when they are available. Many sites are reporting the following dates:
Office 2007 will be available on Nov 12, 2006.
Windows Vista will be available on Nov 17, 2006.
The wait is almost over..
Windows Live Local Add-in For Outlook November 12, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Web 2.0.
I downloaded the Windows Local Live Add-in for Microsoft Office Outlook today. Having a Location tab for an appointment show the driving directions and map is very cool!
Web Service Versioning November 9, 2006Posted by Hank Wallace in Programming, Web Services.
Versioning a web service is a complex problem. While researching how I would resolve this problem using WCF for our new service, I decided to go back and read a number of posts written by my friend Tim Ewald. He does a good job of describing the issues and proposes a flexible solution.
His post on Versioning and semantic changes provides a great example of a semantic change and the issues of having new clients talking to old services.
Two articles, one good and one bad mentions the need for backward and forward compatibility that I agree is crucial.