Scott Hanselman

UML Symbols for Visio

June 15, '04 Comments [7] Posted in Ruby
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Chris Brooks, our CTO and my boss, pointed us to a very kind gentleman who has seen fit to give the world UML Symbols for Microsoft Visio from the OMG Final Specification.

If you're not familiar with UML (Unified Modelling Language) or you're interested in learning, there are a number of UML primers and books out there.

 

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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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PowerPoint Tips - Beyond Bullets

June 15, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Speaking | Tools
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This fellow, Cliff Atkinson, runs a company called SociableMedia that specializes in marketing and communication around effective use of PowerPoint (no doubt the most maligned communication tool since the stick-in-the-eye.)  Clif has a blog with some VERY useful content.  Subscribed. Here's some of his articles on PowerPoint and effective communication.

Additionally, here are the ToastMaster's Top 10 Tips for Effective Public Speaking and a pointer to my "Scott Hanselman's Tips for a Successful [Technology] Presentation".

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The Wayback Machine - turning back time to seen your website in the past

June 15, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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In trying to fix a broken link in that i18n post, I went to the Web Archive at http://www.archive.org.  It's amazing to me how FEW people know about and use this.  Sure, you can use the Google Cache to "Tivo" pages that may be temporarily down, but with the Wayback Machine (archive.org) you can see pages that are LONG GONE, or even from domains that are no longer in existance. 

Here's some interesting tidbits.  Zen moment here folks?  This was only 8 years ago.  Oy.  Show these to your kids, and remind them that there wasn't always a web. :)

 

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Brilliance - How do you JUST KNOW a product is going to work? The AirPort Express

June 15, '04 Comments [4] Posted in Musings | Tools
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Wow, brilliance in engineering, and in marketing.  Allow me to gush if you haven't heard.

The AirPort Express - reasons it's freakin' brilliant:

  • Noone saw it coming.  Surprise is everything.  Don't show me a product.  Lie and say it doesn't exist.  Tease me, baby, tease me.
  • It's a wireless/wired network bridge. Holy crap, I can take it to a hotel and make their crap wired network a wireless one.  Or I can make an instant wireless network in a conference room with one wired connection.  That's hot.
  • THE BIG ONE: It makes MY MUSIC "just an audio source."  I can plug it into the wall and to my receiver, and think of all my music (upstairs on the 250gig drive) as just being there.  I'll move my iPod dock BACK upstairs where it belongs and
  • It supports features lesser companies would have punted on.  Optical?  Flippin' optical output.
  • It supports making your USB printer available wirelessly.  Just a nice little bonus, if you had any doubts.
  • It's all ONE PIECE.  This is where the brilliance in engineering comes in.  It's not a box with a dongle and a transformer.  It's all one unit, and the whole thing is smaller than your average wall wart. 

This is a Leatherman Tool for the geek, and it fits it your hand. 

P.S. Microsoft seriously needs to rethink their Media strategy.  I literally GUFFAWED out loud as I was starting to install Windows Media 10, and I noticed that it supported a dozen MP3 players, and NOT my iPod!  Sorry, didn't install it. 

P.P.S. You notice how you can't find ANYTHING in the Windows Media Player menus?  Like, you literally need to click EVERY TAB to find (or not find) the option you need?  But, I've never open the iTunes preferences.  Never needed to.  Hm.  Good design, anyone?

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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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Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiøn

June 14, '04 Comments [6] Posted in ASP.NET | Ruby | Internationalization | XML | Tools
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I'm feeling very international this Monday, so here' s a collection of things for you to read.  It's a reminder <gasp> that there are a lot of people out there who don't speak English every day (or ever) and it's responsbility of the English-dominated Web to respect that.  Even if you don't even write code to be internationalized, you have a karmic obligation to be aware of these things.

And for folks in my world:

And in the vein of 'Whaaaaaa?' check out:

  • The Microsoft Application Translator: "This new solution, called Microsoft Application Translator (MAT) enables applications to offer on-the-fly localization with no code change and limited investment in localization." Here's their FAQ.

Update: Here's a crucial update. ;) Don't forget that Japanese Emoticons are different than English ones!

Japanese Smileys

American Smileys

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