Scott Hanselman

Betsy says I'm dapper, so it must be so!

September 7, '04 Comments [2] Posted in ASP.NET
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Rock on.  Betsy Aoki, Manager of the MSDN Community Site, says I'm dapper. Phil Weber had lunch with her on campus recently and she blogged about the experience of having a "geek fan." 

Phil turned out to be quite normal (if anyone in this business can be considered normal, that goes double for consultants) and I realized he works with Scott Hanselman, a guy I met at the Portland Nerd Dinner a bunch of us road-tripped to. Scott stuck out in my mind because he was so freakin' dapper -  the only guy in the food court with a full business suit on. [Betsy]

You just made my day, Betsy.  I'll buy you lunch in the MSFT Food Court next time I'm in Redmond. I may even read you some of my poetry as I hear you read a mean poem yourself.

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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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Paint.NET joins the ranks of "tools that Microsoft won't improve, so someone else did it themselves"

September 7, '04 Comments [9] Posted in Musings
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Fabulous.  Not only can I replace the large-unchanged-since-1994 Notepad.exe with Notepad2, but Mike finds Paint.NET for me, and with a 5 minute evaluation I've replaced my Paint.exe with Paint.NET.  It's as simple and as elegant as Paint Shop Pro (the early version, before they threw in the Kitchen Sink and it got all sassy and quasi-vectory) used to me.

+1 for Paint.NET!

While I'm replacing all my default Windows Accessories, what are some other freeware/.NET replacements?

  • Calculator?
  • Hyperterminal?
  • Backup?
  • Wordpad?
  • Sound Recorder?

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Minimed Pump Equipment

September 6, '04 Comments [2] Posted in Diabetes
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If you (or you know someone who) needs Minimed Insulin Pump Equipment for the 507/8 Pump or compatible, I have a pile of Reservoirs, Silhouette Infusion Sets and Quickset Infusion sets that are not being used as I just got a Paradigm Insulin Pump. I'll part with them for the cost of my co-pay. 

Email me if you're interested. Even better if you're in Portland, I'll bring them to you.

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I'm in love, and her name is "SlickRun" - The CommandLine in a Windows World

September 4, '04 Comments [9] Posted in ASP.NET | Tools
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A while back (I mentioned this to a few folks, so there's prior art) I started working on the "ZenBar."  The basic idea was that I spend a HELL of a lot of time on in the Run Dialog (Window-R) or at the command line using CD and Tab Auto-Completion.  It's just faster for me to use a hotkey or command line to move around for many things than use the mouse.  ZenBar was to be simple. A floating, partially transparent text box that would index my world and give me autocompletion for all things. It was a little like ActiveWords and a little like Dave's Search Bar (both are great, by the way, but I just wasn't willing to LIVE in them.

But, as projects go, I got about 40% done then stopped.  Too many other things. 

Yesterday I checked out Mike G's Daily Grind via Tim Marman and HOLY CRAP.  Someone wrote it. They wrote it better than I could have, and they did it in Delphi. 

It's SlickRun, and it rocks my world. Here's why, and what I did to fit it into my life.

  • It's a resizable, floating text box. I changed the font to Lucida Console, Bold 14 point.  When you're running 1600x1200 you like a larger font.
  • It does autocomplete for commands and for directories. You can type C:\doc and you're in documents and settings. Awesome.
  • You can setup MagicWords like "Mail" for Outlook, or Google to search, etc.
  • This is the BEST: You an have Multi-MagicWords like "morning' that will launch six web pages, your Mail, and Microsoft Money.  The "Morning" Macro.  Fabulous.
  • It's an inline calculator.
  • It can be bound to a Hotkey - I've got it bound to Window-Q, and it can Grab Window-R if you like.
  • It includes Jot notes for quick notes, easier than notepad, less hassle than a yellow sticky.

What a wonderful thing.  Check out SlickRun. It's fast and small.  Faster than Dave's Search, and easier than ActiveWords. I shall delete my half-assed attempt at the ZenBar immediately and bow to Bayden Systems.

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Does XmlDataSource.XPath accept namespace qualifications?

September 4, '04 Comments [2] Posted in ASP.NET | XML
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that notice this. It's such an incredibly obvious omission, That I immediately assumed it was my fault and I was missing something. Can someone let me know if I'm completely out of touch on this or is it true that XmlDataSource.XPath and XPathBinder don't accept namespace qualified documents for evaluation with XPath? I am in the middle of a chapter on System.Xml for .NET 2.0 and I am surprised to have hit upon this missing functionality.

Now playing: Angie Stone & Floetry - My Man

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