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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? September 2006 Entries
For those in the Southwestern US who happen to have a thing for code:
Desert Code Camp Strikes Again! The last Code Camp in Phoenix was held almost five months ago in May, and we had a great response. Out of the couple hundred feedback cards that were turned in, every single person said they would attend again in the future. So we have been busy making plans for the next one, coming up three days before Halloween. Right now we are nearing the end of our "Call for Speakers" window of opportunity, currently having 35 confirmed sessions. There are 29 openings left if ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:00 PM

I'm a UMPC junkie. Any others out there?
D'Arcy had asked in a post earlier today if anyone had picked up an UMPC. Three months ago I bought the Sony UX50 while on vacation in Japan: Truly the perfect machine for on the go. Loving it. You can effectively develop with VS2005 on the thing! And footage from new high definition camcorders (HDV) plays back smooth and clear. I only wish the battery lasted longer. I get almost 2 hours out of it, or an hour when playing back high def ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 3:04 PM

VS2005 SP1 beta now available for general consumption
Go out and get it while it's hot! Available in both English and Japanese. 372 megs for the version that addresses all non-express versions of Visual Studio. 17-23 megs for the Express versions. Lots of bugfixes and upgrades for better perf. Muchly appreciated. By the way, this is 100% updates to the IDE, no changes whatsoever to the .NET Framework 2.0. More info available from Soma Somasegar's blog post: ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 12:46 PM

Microsoft's new Keyboard: $250 and it doesn't even have Function keys?
I don't know whose raise people are paying for when they buy this, but I certainly don't want to be a part of it! $250 why??? No function keys makes it just about as useful as this little wonder: But seriously, Microsoft does lots of things right with software, but I've been completely unimpressed with any keyboard they've released in the past six years. Along the path of innovation we've seen them mess with the proper layout of the 6-key block of “Ins”, “Home”, “PgUp”, ......

Posted On Thursday, September 14, 2006 3:01 AM

How to use a DataGrid or DataGridView in a WPF app
Did you know that there's no grid-like control in WPF 1.0? This post will show you how to get around that limitation. But first, may I say that the recently-released Orcas September CTP bits offers a great improvement at design-time when writing WPF applications. Instead of those three clunky tabs for .xaml, [Designer], and .xaml.cs that we had back in the June CTP, you now get the first glimpse of Microsoft's new cool “Split” view, which will become a part of ASP.NET in the Orcas timeframe! Very ......

Posted On Saturday, September 9, 2006 10:27 AM

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