# Wednesday, 25 August 2004

Here is a great little time waster which basically makes you try to keep a drunk upright. My best was 48 meters ... left handed even :)

Potential addiction awaits you.

posted on Wednesday, 25 August 2004 09:01:05 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 15 August 2004

Now for something more technical than swimming with babies :) I recently got a new cell phone, a Sony Ericsson T630, with Bluetooth and a colleague of mine pointed me in the direction of float's Mobile Agent which is an application which lets you do all kinds of cool stuff with the Bluetooth connection offered by my particular phone; I have no idea whether this program works with other phones, sorry.

I thought the T630 was sexy before I got around to playing around with its Bluetooth connection but man is it cool when you have something like float's Mobile Agent. Cool stuff I have tried with the software thus far:

  • Trivial stuff like synchronizing phone book, calendar and reminders with Outlook. Also you can edit entries on the phone and you can manipulate files too.
  • Really cool stuff like sending and receiving text messages on my laptop. The program will actually pop up a window containing the text from the received message and let you write a reply on the computer and send it from there. You won't need to touch the phone at all.
  • Making and taking calls from the computer. I have not yet played around with this feature but I am guessing that this is like having a headset attached to the phone so you are just able to pickup the phone, not take the actual call directly on the computer.
  • Now that is what you can do on the computer but the fun doesn't end there. You can do all kinds of stuff with your computer from the phone like controlling applications like iTunes and Windows Media Player, you can launch the application from the phone and start playing music from there, it provides the basic next, previous and stop functionality.
  • Proximity features are another cool idea where the program take certain actions if the phone moves out of range like starting the screen saver and locking the computer. You can make turn the volume up or down too. This is an area where a lot of nice features are possible and I can't wait to see what he comes up with in this department.

The application is stolid at this point and I can't urge you enough to download this baby and give it a spin. I am loving every little feature is has to offer! :)

posted on Sunday, 15 August 2004 15:44:28 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is a non-technical post so beware if you are here for your technical fix of the day :) The girlfriend and I took out little baby boy swimming today and were we excited to see what he thought of getting into a cold pool. He likes his baths very hot thus the excitement :)

I got to say that he handled it like a champ. He as in the pool for 10 minutes before he got cold but that's pretty good considered he is only 10 weeks old and doesn't carry around a whole lot of body fat yet. It was pretty amazing seeing him taking his first swim. I could clearly see how he was taking it all in (the experience not the water, what kind of parent do you take me for :)); before he was born one of the things I was looking forward to was "seeing" the world through his eyes which I think I got a chance to do today. Just seeing him wonder about this new experience made me smile - more than two hours have passed and I still get a smile on my face when I think about the whole experience.

My point is that if you are a new parent you should really consider taking your child swimming at an early age not only to get the child used to water but also for the reasons I described above. It really took my breath away seeing him in the pool like that. Great stuff! 

posted on Sunday, 15 August 2004 15:27:41 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 09 August 2004

Everybody have been raving about how SP2 for Windows XP was RTM'd. I figurered I would wait until the time an actual download would be available. This is that time and you should go download service pack 2 right away and get ahead of the virus programmers :)

Be advised that the security enhancements provided by SP2 do break stuff in some apps so if you are running some exotic piece of software you need to check whether SP2 breaks your particular app.

Download SP2 from Microsoft.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 20:35:00 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have been wanting to post about this for a while but have forgotten to do so. Roy Osherove did a really cool post on how to use Enterprise Services (which come with the framework) to simplify the clean-up after database testing.

He basically uses the builtin transaction support to rollback after each test is complete. This is definitely something I will be incorporating in my future tests of DAL components.

Anyway he has some great code examples you should check out if this stuff at all interests you.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 11:29:29 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I use this tool all the time so it is great to have a new version to play. This version adds support for testing categories also a new overload for Assert.AreEqual was added which makes it easy to compare arrays. Believe it or not you had to do it the hard way by comparing all the elements of an array by hand in the previous version.

For a complete list of changes take a look at the changelog. You can download it from  Sourceforge.

posted on Monday, 09 August 2004 09:20:25 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 04 August 2004

dalager wanted a way to toggle between code and design in Visual Studio using a single key. I found him an answer and thought I should post it here too in case someone else was in need of this.

This post on the Powertoys blog outlines a macro which you can use for that very purpose.

posted on Wednesday, 04 August 2004 09:45:07 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Following the trend from yesterday's post I decided to pimp another cool extension for Visual Studio .NET 2003: Quickjump .NET which enables you to quickly jump to a method, property, any member of your class essentially by choose that member from a filterable list.

Really nice if you have a class which contains loads of methods and properties like on the project I am working on currently.

This one even comes with full source if you want to get started with writing your own extensions.

posted on Wednesday, 04 August 2004 09:40:51 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 03 August 2004

I just discovered this post from Gaston Milano regarding a plugin he has created for VS 2003 which includes some of the new commands found in VS 2005. They are all context commands and, to my mind, very useful:

File Tab

  • "Close All But This"
  • "Show File In Explorer"

Project Node in Solution Explorer

  • Collapse All Projects
  • Open Project Folder
  • Visual Studio Command Prompt Here

Download the package. You will need to install the Microsoft Interop Assemblies also.

posted on Tuesday, 03 August 2004 10:47:23 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Monday, 02 August 2004

I seldom get around to listening to the MSDN webcasts simply because they are buried so damn deep on the MSDN website so here is a post which contains information which is sure to get me listening to a lot more webcasts which is good since they provide a lot a great information.

posted on Monday, 02 August 2004 09:30:41 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 29 July 2004

I have been having trouble streaming Channel9 videos they simply chopped their way through the entire thing making it an unbearable experience, software to the rescue! Net Transport ( the site is currently down ) which is a free download manager has a neat little feature which lets you download a Windows Media stream entirely before watching it.

Needless to say I am not uninstalling this baby in the near future :)

posted on Thursday, 29 July 2004 09:26:41 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I generally try to keep myself informed about trends in the business. While I don't see any projects on the horison which will actually use SOA I still find it useful to stay informed should the need for such a thing ever arise.

Now what made the whole idea of SOA click for me was 1) Listening to this Dot Net Rock! show featuring Clemens Vasters from newtelligence AG ( the guy who coincidentally created this blog engine and a very prominent SOA supporter ) and 2) Watching this video from TechEd 2004 Amsterdam called "The Nerd, the Suit, and the Fortune Teller".

Great stuff if you want to know what the fuss is about.

posted on Thursday, 29 July 2004 09:20:32 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 28 July 2004

Here is a pretty unique blogpost about how it is to go and have dinner with Bill Gates. Well to my mind anyway, pretty amazing to read this kind of stuff.

posted on Wednesday, 28 July 2004 09:33:42 (Romance Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback