December 2008 Blog Posts

Xbox 360 First Impressions

We’ve had our Xbox 360 Arcade hooked up to our new 32” flat panel since last weekend.  So far, my impressions are mixed. When we first turned it on, we plugged in Pac Man, that came with the console as one of the arcade games.  Wow, it sucked.  There is this moving border thing around the edge of the game board and it’s very distracting.  And the game play seemed quite different from what we were used to.  (Kelly was playing).  Instead of a board full of dots, there were only some dots and it looked like after she...

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2008 12:09 AM | Feedback (4)

Custom Controls Everywhere – In XAML

Earlier this year, I talked about how I hadn’t yet seen the need for using the Custom Controls Everywhere approach in XAML.  I said, “Just use the controls you have, apply styles, and attach properties and behaviors.  And if you find a case where this falls short, let me know!” Well, today, Rick Strahl had a tweet: What's the best way to provide cell padding in the Silverlight grid control? Apply margins to all cell child controls? To which I replied: Yeah, unfortunately, margins on all child controls. Or,...

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2008 9:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Why I Use Google Chrome

Google Chrome is now my default browser.  I’ve been a die-hard IE user since 4.0.  Firefox never even won me over, not in the slightest.  But there are several aspects of Google Chrome that make it seem very natural for me.  Plus, it’s fast—really fast, and that never hurts. First, the overall UI is so trim and light-weight; it lets you focus on the content and not the browser.  The way they flipped the tabbed browsing upside-down makes perfect sense.  It’s one of those things were once you see it, you realize how backwards the other browsers have been with tabbed...

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2008 12:06 AM | Feedback (1)

Why Public Virtual Ubiquity Would Fail

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way. It seems like the popular thing to do is to bash Microsoft for making so many classes and methods internal or private.  It happens all the time.  Sometimes the arguments are well-founded, sometimes they aren’t.  There are many different opinions on this topic and many of them are valid even though they can be quite contradictory.  The fact is though, this is a hard problem to solve, and Microsoft is solving it quite conservatively. David Kean posted a...

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2008 10:54 PM | Feedback (7)

Consenting adults and public displays of affection

Sometimes consenting adults get into trouble with public displays of affection. Why public virtual ubiquity would fail.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2008 12:00 AM

Using Twitter and Facebook

I have finally started using Twitter and Facebook.  Feel free to look me up.

posted @ Monday, December 8, 2008 12:02 PM | Feedback (0)