# Sunday, 04 November 2007

Just found out about this one thanks to this blogpost. You can download the full size poster as a pdf right here.

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 04 November 2007 17:59:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 03 November 2007

I just installed succesfully Vista Ultimate on my MacBook Pro with the bootcamp utility. Quite easy to setup actually. You just need to keep in handy your Vista install DVD and the Leopard installation DVD for the necessary extra driver installations to get the hardware to work. Aero works like a charm and the speed is also very nice. I still need to figure out where all the keys are located and which works and which doesn't but up untill now it looks promising.

Grz, Kris.

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# Thursday, 01 November 2007

Yesterday evening I attended an MSDN event in Utopolis Mechelen dedicated to Silverlight. Not a really deep dive technical session and you could tell by seeing quite a lot of designer in the audience as well. Tom Mertens did a little keynote about the different versions of Expression Studio and where to locate  and Gill Cleeren presented the session. It was very interesting though not very technical but a nice showcase of what's possible with it and which products one can use to visually create stunning RIAs (Rich Interactive Applications).

Afterwards it was a nice gathering in the Movie Café. Nice because I had the chance to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen in years. Afterwards several people hooked up together to get something to eat in La Fleche. They served quite a good lasagne. A very nice evening: some tech stuff, good food, nice company to talk with.

Grz, Kris.

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# Sunday, 28 October 2007

Like the title says, I bought Leopard and installed it on my MacBook Pro. Works like a charm. 1 thing I already like is the new stack possibility. I'm eager to see how Windows 7, as it's codenamed for the moment, will also provide this feature in 2010 when it ships.

Another thing that I really like to try out in the coming weeks is Bootcamp, or the possibility to install Windows on a Mac. The reason I want this is because my MacBook Pro has a decent 3D video card while my DELL laptop has none (so no fancy Areo for this fellow at the moment).

The installation, or better stated update, of Leopard went smoothly. I'm not sure if I'll be using Time Machine for now as it's merely a play thing at the moment for me instead of a hardcore development environment. I guess we'll see what the future will hold.

Grz, Kris.

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# Saturday, 20 October 2007

I was just working on my new macBook pro reading my blog news when I stumbled upon this news: Popfly beta by Somasegar. I had the Silverlight plugin already installed on my Windows Vista/IE7 but wanted to try it out on Mac OSX too. I tested with both Safari and Firefox and both worked very smoothly. Nice to see that Microsoft also provides their plugins for other OS.

Talking about Silverlight, did you know that on October 31st my friend Gill Cleeren will be presenting the next MSDN evening about Silverlight? If you didn't register yet you'd better hurry. I already played with some of the quickstarts but hope to start developing with Silverlight soon.

Also I obtained a copy of NDepend. I haven't played with it but after my next deadline, coming wednesday, I'm planning to let it loose on the code we produced during our last SCRUM iteration.

Grz, Kris.

Saturday, 20 October 2007 18:31:03 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Well, it seems I just hit the "magic" border of moderating 10.000 posts since December 18th 2006. A nice achievement but the most important part of it is that it helps out people that are looking for an answer to their question.

Grz, Kris.

Tuesday, 16 October 2007 20:25:45 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 14 October 2007

Since I see a lot of questions in the ASP.NET forums that make me believe that people don't always seem to find the information they're after I thought I pointed out to this page: Community support. It lists links to quickstart tutorials, videos, documentation, ...

Grz, Kris.

Sunday, 14 October 2007 18:42:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 11 October 2007
Yesterday I went to the first of 5 sessions for my LEAP course. Taken from the website:

LEAP (Lead Enterprise Architect Program) is meant at complementing the existing skills and experience of aspiring architects with specific architect-level information about Microsoft technology. The acquired knowledge will help the aspiring architect in their day-to-day architectural work.

I found it to be very interesting. Most of the time courses are just sit and listen but this course is all about interaction. First we got some introduction talk and of course a course. Directly afterwards we were divided in groups to think about a possible solution for an architectural problem. After about an hour 2 groups defended their ideas towards each other. The group that I was in almost came out with the same idea like the other group and it was also very alike the approach that Microsoft came up with. I got to know new people, something I always like a lot since I'm not really social challenged. I'm looking forward to the next session already.

Grz, Kris.

Microsoft | SOA | LEAP
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# Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Yep, a free eBook to download. I have yet to read it myself but already took a quick glance at it. You can download it here.

Also it's been a while since I blogged or been active on the ASP.NET forums. The main reason for this is that I got another project which requires me to travel about 3.5 hours a day minimum. It's an interesting project that uses SCRUM methodology but this means that there are also very tight deadlines to reckon with (and weekend work) and this weighs on my availability to do some digging and providing valuable content to my blog.

If someone knows a decent tutorial about NHibernate and the Validation Application Block that ships with Enterprise Library please leave a comment.

Grz, Kris.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007 08:48:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Disclaimer  |  Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 14 September 2007
Yes, you're reading correctly, I've bought a brand new macBook pro today. It's quite a new experience for me as I grew up with MS-DOS and Windows. But so far, I like it. I'll probably dual boot it with Windows Vista but I'm also interested in learning Mac OS X. Something I already found out is that it's a very silent notebook and that it doesn't warm up that much like my Dell Latitude D505 does. On the other hand it's still strange to only have 1 mouse button available and so far I haven't found the "End" key to jump to the last place on a line while typing.

In case you're wondering, it's the 15.4" edition, 2,4GHz edition. Up until now, I like what I see. 1 thing I like in particular is the background light on the keyboard.

Grz, Kris.

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