Scott Hanselman

I'm WAY too connected...

May 7, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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I came to work a few days back and was told at 9:45am, "You're ready for the analyst presentation, right? Didn't So-And-So tell you it's at 10?" 

Crap!  I checked my Work Outlook, my Home E-Mail, my Work Voice Mail, my Home Voice Mail, my Mobile Voice Mail, my PalmPilot, my PocketPC, my MSN Messenger, my Yahoo, my AOL Instant Messenger, and my CrackBerry...nothing.  Had I completely flaked an important meeting?

Now, I've got a pretty good relationship with So-And-So, so it wouldn't be like them to not let me know there's a meeting.  What's disturbing is that rather than going with my first assumption that noone told me - I instead checked everything.  Heck, the only place I didn' t check was the comments on my blog!

Conclusion for today:  I'm far too freakin' connected.  If someone REALLY needs to communicate with me, I'm available.  I no longer will believe anyone who says to me "Waa waa, I couldn't get ahold of you" or "I couldn't find your email address.   It's only my firstname at my lastname, .com.  How hard is that?  I need to disconnect for a while.  CrackBerries are VERY addictive, people, but there's a special kind of Connected Headache that occurs when you are 1 degree of separation from the Global Village.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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THE Useful PowerPoint Tip

May 7, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Web Services
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Here’s a useful tip I thought everyone should know:

When a slide is selected in PowerPoint (either in Normal or Slide Sorter), while F5 will start the slide show at the FIRST slide, pressing Shift-F5 will start the slide show at the CURRENTLY SELECTED slide.

If I see one more person using that TINY slide show button in the tiny lower-left-corner of PowerPoint…:)

Also, just for fun, here's the famous PowerPoint that Abe Lincoln used at the cemetary dedication at Gettysburg.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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NUnit 2.1 discussion at the Portland XP Users Group and later in Seattle

May 5, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Speaking | NUnit
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Looks like Charlie Poole is speaking the Portland Extreme Programming (XPUsers Group on Tues, May 6th.  Charlie will be talking about NUnit 2.1.  Charlie's a fun guy, and the folks in the XP Users Group are hardened, battle-tested engineers.  If you want to know how Test Driven development can change your world, you should check it out.  If you're in Seattle, Charlie will present on Thurs, May 8 at the Seattle XP Users Group.

 Charlie says:

"NUnit is an open source unit test framework for .Net. We're about to release version 2.1 and I'll talk about new as well as old features. Some of the new things include a much cooler and more responsive gui, various option settings, the ability to load and test multiple assemblies, the ability to save and reload test projects with support for multiple configurations, opening Visual Studio projects directly and more accessible information about individual test results in the gui.

Once you grasp the idea behind it, unit testing as used in test-driven development is a beautifully simple concept. But some things present hard problems: GUI, multi-threading, etc. What can we do about these? This talk is based on material that's part of my tutorial "Advanced Unit Testing Techniques for .NET" being presented at XP2003 in Genoa this month and also for the book I'm working on. I'll outline some key tricks that apply  everywhere and show some code for specific issues."

 

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More .NET Zen Koans + Visual Studio.NET 2003/Windows Server 2003 launch in Boise

May 2, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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Thanks to everyone who attended the Boise Launch for Visual Studio.NET 2003/Windows Server 2003.  I've posted the slides on this site, so here's the link to last weeks Seattle Launch.  You'll find all the code and slides there, as well as mentions of all the tools I used in the decks.

For those of you who dug my original .NET Zen Koans here are the new ones:


I'm twenty nine years
And always sought the
Way of the
Framework.
Well, this morning we passed
Like strangers on the road.


Whenever a object is created,
Be aware of it,
As soon as you are
aware of it,
It will vanish.
If you remain for a
long period
Forgetful of objects,
You will naturally become unified like the .NET Framework.
This is the essential art of Computer Zen.


People think it is hard to see .NET,
but in reality
it is neither difficult nor easy.
It is a matter of responding
to C# and VB.NET while remaining detached
from the runtime,
living in the midst of managed code yet being detached from managed code, seeing without seeing, hearing without hearing, garbage collecting without garbage collecting.


One minute of sitting,
one inch of Buddha,
one line of code.
Like lightning all thoughts come and pass.
Just once look
into your mind-depths:
Now look it up on MSDN.


However deep your
knowledge of the .NET Framework,
it is no more
than a strand of hair in the vastness of space.
However important seeming your object model,
it is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.


How profoundly silent is the .NET Framework!
Boundless and infinite,
it is the dwelling place
of the divine.
Rich classes with properties and methods are flourishing and spreading.
Forgetful of words I roam and rest here.

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The greatest website on the 'net for the travelling wonk. Full stop.

May 2, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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SeatGuru.com may well change my life! Thank the heavens!

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