# Sunday, December 24, 2006

Ok, if you like the new Vista Aero cursors but don't have Vista installed yet you can download them here. Just unzip the file in the c:\windows\cursors\ location. I noticed that I had to move the cursors still to that location before I let the .reg file run in order to get them installed as being the current cursor set to use on Windows XP.

Grz, Kris.

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# Friday, December 22, 2006

Yesterday evening VISUG, a .NET related Belgian user group in which I participate, organised a geek dinner in Antwerp. 12 participants showed up and we had a blast. Talking about work, tech stuff, .NET (of course), comics, movies, ... There were some people I haven't met before so it was also great to socialize with those as well. The food, spare ribs √† volont√©, was also delicious and if you visit Antwerp on an occasion I can recommend the Amadeus restaurant.

Grz, Kris.

Friday, December 22, 2006 3:08:38 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, December 17, 2006

Yesterday evening I attended with several of my friends the concert of Clouseau, a famous Flemish band. The concert itself was great with a terrific atmosphere in the Antwerp Sportspalace. After that we went further celebrating the 30th anniversary of one of the gang. I was the designated Bob of the evening, driving everyone home safely. Luckely I don't need alcohol to enjoy a good time so I didn't mind.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, December 17, 2006 7:33:51 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Yesterday I attended the meeting of Visug, a Belgian user group of which I'm a member, with as meetings subject Exception handling and logging. It wasn't a traditional way of presenting but was more like an open discussion which became quite lively at moments. Especially when we reached the stage of discussing the differences between logging and auditing.

It was very interesting to hear different oppinions because of the mixed audiance: architects, developers and even an IT pro who wanted to learn more about .NET and see what the impact could be to the servers he maintains.

I'm already looking forward to the Geek Dinner next week in Antwerp with the fellow members of Visug. If you want more information you can take a look at the site.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:03:58 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, December 07, 2006

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN Technical Evening about VSTO 2005 Second Edition presented by Patrick Tisseghem of the company U2U. Although it's been a very long time since I developed some small things with VSTO it was an interesting meeting to attend. Especially when you look at what's available with the latest VSTO, although for the real cool stuff it seems we have to wait for the Orcas Release of Visual Studio. We saw several techniques, the good and the bad, of creating a simple add in for Office 2007 and how to make one for Outlook. One of my collegues, one that almost whole the time spends his development time with Office, was glad to hear that VBA isn't the big thing anymore but .NET languages like C# and VB.NET are the way to go.

Grz, Kris.

MSDN | Office
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# Sunday, December 03, 2006

Today I went to see the A & B ranked badminton competitors in the Flemish Badminton Championship with my badminton partner Guy, who's also a friend of mine for more than 26 years now. Since I play the sport myself it was nice to see the people who are far better than me at work. I just like to play it recreational, although we also go for the win of course :-). Nothing as good as playing a couple of sets against equals after a day of sitting in front of a computer screen.

If you don't know the sport or haven't tried it yet I can really recommend it. It requires technique, you use practically every musscle in your body and it helps you to focus better.

You can learn more about it on wikipedia.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, December 03, 2006 8:48:44 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, November 25, 2006

Yesterday I attended a workshop about WPF, WCF & WF given at Ordina. One of the presenters used a little tool that I saw Ingo Rammer use also a couple of months ago. The tool itself's called ZoomIt and is able to zoom in during a presentation and also provides a pen to draw on the screen while viewing.

It's free and if you're into presenting you can definitely use such a handy tool.

Grz, Kris.

Links | Tools
Saturday, November 25, 2006 1:04:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, November 19, 2006

I noticed yesterday that MSDN has got a new breadcrumb navigation bar. What I like about it is that one can hover over a previous "crumb" and get related information to navigate to. I like it!

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 9:54:26 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, November 18, 2006

I just installed the latest tool from the Live division on my laptop: Windows Live Mail Desktop. I got 10 invitations at the moment so anyone interested of getting one, just leave a comment to this post.

At first glance I can quickly connect to my live mail/hotmail account and see the subscribed RSS feeds of my IE7 RSS platform being integrated. The look and feel, even on Windows XP, is that of Windows Vista. Nice to see that because my laptop won't be capable of displaying the Aero or Glass look in Windows Vista.

One thing I noticed is that i doesn't nicely integrate with my gmail account. Apparently it can't connect to the pop server of gmail. I hope to see this one fixed in the update of this version.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 11:33:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [1]  | 
# Thursday, November 09, 2006

Well, after a couple of hours a sleep, I went out with some of the collegues (but didn't make it as late as some others ;-)), I decided to attend the following courses:

  • ADO.NET 2.0 tips and tricks:
  • WCF Building secure , reliable and transacted distributed services: okay this session was a bit too deep for me at the moment because I didn't play around with the bits before.
  • Hands on lab: since I couldn't really follow the last session I thought to go out for hands on lab on WCF. Unfortunately it didn't work after typing all that code. Even the "ask the experts" guys couldn't find what went wrong. Too bad but I hope to have some time to install the final bits of .NET 3.0 the next week and play around with the RTM bits.
  • White board discussion about AJAX by Shawn Burke: my first white board discussion and it went pretty well. I was one of the guys asking the most questions about why the betas are using prototypes instead of closures for example. If you're interested: they did it because it performs better and is much easier to debug, especially to hook up debuggers in visual studio.
  • Creating custom activities for WF: interesting session and I really would love to get my hands dirty on this new stuff. The last year and a half I spent my time creating a rules engine for our client with .NET 2.0. Man, why couldn't WF be there in that time frame?? Really it would've made the lives of the team a lot easier.

After the sessions there was time for a country drink sponsored by Microsoft. We were put together with the delegates from Luxembourg and France. The pub could have been better but heck there was sangria, beer and tappas. Also a lot of known faces/collegues to talk to. Our little after party was in the Hard Rock cafe in pretty Barcelona.

Well, that's the wrap up for the second day.

Grz, Kris.

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