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Community Site Blogging Etiquette Tips
I've come to the realization that many people on community blogging sites (like GWB) don't know how to positively contribute to the quality of the site. Either that, or they just choose to completely ignore proper etiquette altogether (God knows I've certainly been one of these people in the past (right Chris?)). I'm writing this post for some of you here who could use a tip or two. I will not name names here in a public forum, but be aware that we're watching you :). So, without further ado, here ......

Posted On Sunday, February 19, 2006 10:52 AM

Sexy Consumer Devices
I spoiled myself today. I received my annual bonus at work and I outright spoiled myself. Actually, for me, that would be an understatement. I splurged so much it isn't even funny. What did I do? I went out and bought a 4GB iPod Nano _and_ a PSP (and all sorts of accessories for both of them). When I came home and unpacked my babies from their packaging, I came upon a realization: both of these devices are incredibly sexy. I don't mean they are sexy as in "cool". I mean they are "feel a tingling ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 5:58 AM

Calling all Game Engine developers
What is up? Not much by the looks of it. I'm finally starting to go out and dig up the various game engines written in .NET that I can leverage in the project I'm revisiting (as I'm not really in the mood to reinvent a wheel that has already been re-invented like a hundred million billion times by various college students out there (here's a theory: I think there are more game engine projects out there than hamburgers McDonald's has sold in the entire history of their company)). So, what did I find? ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 7:04 AM

Technical Books + Addiction = BAD BABY!
I'm in the process of cleaning up my office so I made a pass through my technical books to determine which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep. Boy am I just a little depressed now. Not only is there a HUGE stack of books ready to be led off into Technical Book Heaven but I made the unfortunate mistake of adding up just how much money I spent on the whole collection of books. Well, I'm sad to report that I'm taking back just over $1300 worth of technical books. I suppose the good news is that ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 6:33 AM

Movin Back Home
[Crosspost from Managed World] Well, my hosting renewal came up again. I've decided that it is not worth the money to pay for any hosting of this site (Managed World) since I don't leverage it at all. With that in mind, I've decided to move back to solely using GWB (http://jolson.geekswithblo... So, if you are hitting the RSS feed here on please change it back to http://jolson.geekswithblog... as I will be taking this site down in a month or so. Sorry for the inconvenience. ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 9:46 AM

Multi-Touch Interactive Research

[Crosspost from Managed World]

Okay, I really hope this is not a scam. Because if it is, well, it shouldn't be because, well, it's cool, and... stuff.

Thanks go to Chris Sells for linking to this video.


Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2006 2:08 AM

Revisiting an old project
[Crosspost from Managed World] Well, I've decided to revisit an old project that I haven't worked on for a while. The project was a game called "Tanks!" that was going to be the basis for a set of articles on game development with Managed DirectX. I'm still doubtful that the articles will make a come back but I definitely want to revive the project, with a twist that is. Instead of a flat out Tanks game, I'm going to make it more of a programming game. Think of Terrarium meets Robot Battle (or Mind ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 7:37 AM

Is Building Software Like Construction?
[Crosspost from Managed World] In an earlier post of mine, I linked to this article by Jim Shore on how building software is nothing like construction. This is a topic I've been thinking about a fair amount lately and I've come to a conclusion: I don't agree entirely with Jim. Here's one of the quotes that have been hanging around in my noodle as of late: " In the software world, there is no reason for us to follow the practices of an industry limited by Newtonian laws. We have no gravity. There ......

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 11:26 PM

Open Source Software and the Enterprise
[Crosspost from Managed World] If you've been reading my blog for a while now, it's probably no secret to you that I'm a fan of Open Source Software. I enjoy the benefits of using many open source products like NUnit, NCover, NAnt, etc. At the same time, I also believe that you need to be careful when modifying code in an open source product for use within the enterprise. Why? Because there are several hidden costs associated with modifying OSS that are not realized by your average company or developer. ......

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2006 10:09 PM

TestDriven.NET, Code Coverage and YOU
[Crosspost from Managed World] I just came across this post of Hanselman's lately. It appears that Jamie Cansdale added some more functionality to TestDriven.NET. Now you can actually run your tests within Visual Studio with Test Coverage results directly from TDD.NET. Pretty darn cool I must say. I think it's time to plug this stuff in at work :) ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 1, 2006 1:11 AM

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