Scott Hanselman

Hooked on Skype

May 10, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Diabetes | Africa
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Ya, even though I’m the one that hooked you on it, it’s worth reiterating.  Skype is SO cool.  The sound quality is disturbingly good.  I’ve talked to Canadians, Africans and Austrians and it’s crystal clear.  I just got off the Skype with John Bristowe and interestingly enough we were both on wireless on our laptops behind Lord knows what firewalls and had a lovely conversation. 

FYI: I’m “glucopilot” on Skype.  Check it out!

Today, Scott "the German who doesn't speak German" Hanselman introduced me to one of best pieces of software I've seen in the last time: Skype [http://www.skype.com]

Skype is a free, non-adware P2P voice over IP application (from the makers of kazaa) which doesn't force you to reconfigure your firewall and which provides voice quality which is better than, or at least comparable to a phone. With no noticeable lag and no blank-out periods like transatlantic phone calls.

It rocks for me because a lot of my friends are distributed amongst five different continents and Skype allows me to keep in touch with them better than IM would allow me to. Today I've already talked to friends in the US and Africa just as easily as using IM. I'm impressed. [Ingo Rammer's Weblog]

Update: I've added a 'Skype me!' badge to the left, underneath the email me.  Skype supports pluggable protocol/custom url handers.  Note the 'callto://' syntax.  Slick. 

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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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TechEd 2004 - My Birds of a Feather session was approved!

May 10, '04 Comments [3] Posted in TechEd | Speaking | XML
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Looks like my Birds of a Feather session for TechEd 2004 was approved…Be there or be square!  I’m not sure how this format works, but if they have a projector I’ll show some of the extensions to CodeSmith that we’ve written.  We generate about 100,000 lines of C# code per implementation here at Corillian.  We’ve extended XML Schema with our own attributes and have effectively replaced XSD.exe for our company.  It will be fun to discuss these kinds of efforts.

BOF09 Code Generation: So What? 20 years later and we're still writing the code ourselves. What can we do to generate code? How can technologies like XSD, CodeDom, XSLT, CodeSmith and others save us time as developers?
23-May 7:00PM Room 15A

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Internet Professionals Northwest

May 10, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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Looks like fortune has smiled on me (or frowned on another guy, depending on your point of view).  I’m a last minute addition (or lame second choice – depending!) to Phil Weber’s talk at Internet Professionals Northwest this week.  I’ve spoken at IPN before on XML back in the day.

This time, Phil and I will be talking about Web Services in a tag-team format.

Anyway, if you’re interested, come see us at 6pm tomorrow!

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Something Wicked This Way Comes...Thinktecture

May 9, '04 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | Web Services
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Isn't this a harbinger of something?

  • Ralf Westphal:  With only one day to go, I´d say I´m at the door step of an exciting new phase of my professional life. After 12 years of leading my own software company, then after 6 years of freelance work, now from tomorrow on I´ll be part of a new effort where the whole is larger than the sum of its parts.  Although I love to be independent, this team truely is very special, vibrating with ideas, motivation and enthusiasm - and also fun to work with!
  • Christian Weyer:  So, yes, I found this team I talked about earlier on. When you add their work up, it becomes truly impressing. It's amazing. Just one more day for all the details.
  • Christian Nagel: Web Services, ADO.NET, Enterprise Services, .NET Remoting, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, Indigo, Longhorn…. A team with 13 books, 150 articles, 120 conference talks gets together.
    More details tomorrow.
  • Ingo Rammer: There are things, which I just couldn't do on my own.
And a newly minted URL: http://www.thinktecture.com registered to one Ingo Rammer.  Looks like my favorite two Germans and two Austrians are planning to take over the world?
We will find out tommorow!

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Reflector and Big Fonts

May 8, '04 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | Bugs
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Note that Reflector 4.0 supports not only /fontsize: but also /fontname:! 

So, reflector /fontsize:14 /fontname:"Lucida Console" :)

Kudos to Phil Scott for creating an add-in for Reflector that increases the font size to something suitable for presenting to a class. And further kudos for keeping the post up after being informed via a comment that it's simply a command-line setting. Thanks Phil! I learned something new today too!

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