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 Tuesday, 06 June 2006
W00t! Front Page of MSDN

We've done quite a bit of Workflow stuff for Microsoft recently.

This morning two bits of stuff that we've worked on are featured on the front page of

There's a Virtual Lab- which is basically some hands on labs that we've been working on running in a Virtual Machine and also my article on Simple Human Workflow.

Neath huh!?!


.NET | Windows Workflow|Tuesday, 06 June 2006 17:21:33 UTC|Comments [2]|    

 Thursday, 01 June 2006
Michael Cullen is a marked man

You do yourself no favours if, as minister of finance, you accuse the entire parliamentary press gallery of being greedy and biased... Michael Cullen does here....

He has surely caught, as My Denny Crane would say, Mad Cow Disease...

Politics|Thursday, 01 June 2006 20:31:44 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, 31 May 2006
Back on XP...

..for the moment I'm still using Windows XP as my primary OS.

This REALLY pisses me off.

The reason it pisses me off is it's not an issue with Vista or Office, but rather something wrong with my Domain Controller (SBS2k3) that's stopping me from joinng the domain and thus using email and all that Jazz...

Need to rebuild the DC sometime soon and I'm almost certainly going to do it in Virtual Servr this time around.

Vista|Wednesday, 31 May 2006 22:12:40 UTC|Comments [2]|    

 Monday, 29 May 2006
Must Watch Apprentice Tonight

"In this two-hour episode, the teams must create a 60-second promotional video for new Microsoft software, with execs from the technology giant as the final judges. With only two people left on each team, stakes are high."

.NET|Monday, 29 May 2006 23:39:38 UTC|Comments [0]|    

First Thoughts on Vista... More To Follow

So, as Phil Blogs, we did our Vista install and Mountain Bike session on Saturday arvo.

By the time that the foggy rugby finished on Sat ngiht I had my machne pretty well setup with Vista, Office 12, VS.Net 2003 and 2005 and a bunch of other crap.

Setup for Vista took BLOODY AGES, but, was relatively interaction free, i.e. I just set it and went MTBing.

Office and OneNote installs were just as pleasant.

I've started a OneNote Notebook to keep thoughts on my fave and least fave aspects.

A few here to start.

Fave new feature: That little search mox at the bottom of the start bar- no need to navigate my filthy start menu any more. Just press the Windows key and type whatever I want to run. Like WindowsKey-R... but on 'roids!

Least fave new feature: All the bloody security dialogs. I am utterly desensitized to them now. I know where the 'Continue' button is and my braiin just goes on autopilot and clicks it.

Thing I was most surprised that I actually like after bagging it for almost a year: The new Office UI. It is actually REALLY usable. I mean REALLY usable. On on that basis why on earth did they not apply the new UI to the application that would get the most benefit out of it- the tablet PC oriented OneNote! FFS!

...more to follow!

Vista|Monday, 29 May 2006 04:42:04 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Thursday, 25 May 2006
Hydrostatic Releases Should Be Mandatory

Stuff has details on the refloating of the fishing vessel Kotuku.

Looking at the photo you can see what looks to be a Liferaft still strapped to the roof. Most vessels have the straps setup with hydrostatic releases so the lifeboat is released automatically if the boat sinkz. I wonder why this one did not.

Adventure Sports | Human Aggregation | Travel|Thursday, 25 May 2006 21:59:45 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Who Cares About Search Really Anyway....

Dare has posted a PR about MSN Spaces now being the largest blogging system on the net.

This kinda got me thinking.

There's all this MSFT vs Google stuff at the moment. MSN Search (or whatever the %*&%$ they are calling it this week) vs Google. Wil Google become the next Microsoft... blah blah blah....

And it's all got me thinking. Who cares about search really anyway.

I mean search is now such a fundamentally ubquitous internet feature that it's almost becoming genericized beyond commercialisation. What I mean to say is that I think it's going to become harder and harder to make search make money.

How many of you actually ever click a Google Ad Link on Googles site?

I find that really the only time I click em is on other peoples real estate. And I think that's quite important. The battle for the years ahead is not around search but rather it's around controlling the channel by which others deliver their content. To this end Yahoo, MySpace and even MSN have a big jump on Google in my opinion.

.NET | PoliTechLaw|Thursday, 25 May 2006 21:09:43 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Choose One From Many...

Phil has a post up about different UX approaches to doing mutually exclusive selection (think radio boxes).

Thought I'd chime in with the way that Vista now does it (most of the time).

This is a new Win32 control in Vista designed for scenarios where in the past you'd lick the radio button and hit next... when all you were doing was making a single decision.

.NET | Vista|Thursday, 25 May 2006 20:59:37 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, 24 May 2006
Holy Smokeballs Batman... We Have Live.Local.Com

There is now a *little* bit of New Zealand data available on

Still no street names for all the streets... but we're getting there.

There is also now a lugin for Outlook. that looks quite snazzy.

.NET | Toy Box|Wednesday, 24 May 2006 21:17:34 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 23 May 2006
Office Beta.... the download experience

Well. I've got Vista coming down at the moment.
About 7GB worth as I want the 64 bit version for my Ferrari and the 32 bit versions for my other machines.

The Office Beta uses some download client.

Be warned- it gives dodgy error messages.

'The email address is invalid'

actually means

'There is so much trafic hitting the server that I can't log you in... but I'm going to give you a dumb error like cannot find user account just so you have to go through the pain of going back to the sign up website... which is also getting hammered....'

Vista|Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:26:34 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Booze, Bikes, BBQ and Dogfood....

OK... who's keen for a bit of a dogfood install fest this weekend?

We could combine some beers, a BBQ and some mountain biking for a cool afternoon.

Get a few people around to my house and we'll all go through and switch our machines from smelly old XP to shiny new Vista, all the while drinking fine New Zealand beer. Then while the installs are humming away we canall take off to Makara for a bit of Mountain Biking.

Anyone keen? Comment here of email me


OK. It'll be at my place from 1300hrs on Saturday.

We'll do some installing. Then do some mountainbiking.
Your bike
Your laptop PC
Your external HDD if you need to.
Your Office and Vista product keys so you can activate your Beta
A towel and a clean change of clothes (if going biking)
Some beer

We'll all go to the supermarket after the ride for some BBQ goodies and then we may watch the Super 14 final as well :-)


Takers so far

Nic Wise
Nick Head
Phil Cockfield
Chris Auld
Tim Haines (doing a VPC install)
Ivan Towlson (Office only)

Adventure Sports | Vista|Tuesday, 23 May 2006 21:09:32 UTC|Comments [0]|    

This Weekend Is Dogfood Weekend.....

DarrylB has blogged about all the new Betas being available.

I kinda knew this announcement was coming and so I've been geting organised for a Massive Dogfooding Weekend.

I'm going to make the switch from XP/Office 2003 to Vista and Office 12.

It's gonna be excitng and a bit scary.

I'll probably also lok at switching my Tablet PC to Vista and my Media Center PC to Vista really soon too.

Toy Box | Vista|Tuesday, 23 May 2006 20:59:54 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Broadly available VOIP coming for NZ

We use VOIP for all our commnications at home. We run through our Asterisk server @ work.

Not really something you'd expect most peopole to be able to do.

Now we've got something more exciting o the horizon.

From Techpac this morning...

Get 6 devices in one:

• ADSL2 Modem
• Router w/ Firewall
• Wireless-G Access Point
• VPN Concentrator
• 4-Port Switch
• 2-Line VoIP adapter

Plus it includes instructions on how to pre-register your router for a local NZ regional phone number and VoIP service – submit your details now and your router will be ready for an exciting new voice service due for launch in July!

Guess I'll be looking at getting one. Hopefully it'll just work with any SIP or IAX VOIP service.

Toy Box|Tuesday, 23 May 2006 20:34:49 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Thursday, 18 May 2006
Unleash The Fury

Peter Jones of sometimes Dot Net User Group has launched a new more politically oriented Blog site.


“Vent is here to help.  Use it to have a random rant.  Blow off some steam and get it out of your system.  Send a warning to others.  Enlist an army to take on the ‘system’.  Let people know where you have had bad service, seen a crappy over-hyped movie, witnessed some road rage… whatever you like.   Things may not change but you’ll feel a lot better for it.”

Looks like it's gonna be a hoot.

PoliTechLaw | Politics | Rants | Taxpayer Ripoffs|Thursday, 18 May 2006 22:10:37 UTC|Comments [0]|    

Project Orange

Microsoft are starting to make some announcements around WinFS.

J'Fo has the details on Project Orange, what looks to be the next super duper version of Explorer, here.

Sounds an awful lot like some of the ideas from Alex James with his XTend and Base4 projects.

.NET|Thursday, 18 May 2006 21:05:27 UTC|Comments [0]|