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Windows media keys on a regular keyboard 17 Aug 2013 | 03:59 am

Many full-size Windows keyboards come with many extra buttons many of which are useless but the volume and music controls are pretty useful especially if you’re a programmer that likes to listen to mu...

Experiencing Chromecast – my review 15 Aug 2013 | 04:17 pm

My eagerly-awaited Chromecast arrived a couple of weeks ago. Despite the reports that Google had run out of Netflix codes my 3-month streaming code arrived a few days before by email – a great deal gi...

Working at Microsoft 14 Jun 2013 | 02:19 am

Ahmet Alp Balkan on the Microsoft Azure team reflected on his experiences at Microsoft. His experiences do not exactly match mine (initially on LINQ to SQL, then Entity Framework and finally xbox.com)...

Typography on the Microsoft Campus 3 Jun 2013 | 08:08 am

One of the great things about working for Microsoft was the sheer breadth of the company means there are lots of cool and interesting things going on that you can peek into even if it’s not your area....

Acer Aspire S7 review – two months in 24 Jan 2013 | 04:31 am

Given my new focus on Windows 8 apps and the loss of my MacBook Pro I was in the market for a Windows 8 laptop. My requirements were that it had a touchscreen display with at least 1080p resolution, f...

For the love of pixels 3 Dec 2012 | 08:51 am

There’s something entrancing about the pixel. Square and elegant and when pushed by the right people they can form beautiful art, stunning animations and gorgeously crisp text. But as resolution and p...

8 things you probably didn’t know about C# 29 Oct 2012 | 04:31 pm

Here’s a few unusual things about C# that few C# developers seem to know about. 1. Indexers can use params We all know the regular indexer pattern x = something["a"] and to implement it you write: pub...

Using your Xbox Kinect as a webcam for Skype on Windows 24 Sep 2012 | 04:51 am

Thanks should go to ScottOrange on the MSDN forums however it’s along thread that has lots of pieces to pick out and try. What worked for me (eventually): Download the Kinect SDK from Microsoft Instal...

Building a great Windows 8 developer & gaming desktop for $900-$1500 25 Aug 2012 | 01:39 am

With Windows 8 just around the corner its time to build a new desktop PC that will scream for both development and games. Having set a personal budget of around $1500 I started the arduous process tha...

Designing a great API 30 Nov 2011 | 02:16 am

Several years ago I worked on a payroll package developing a core engine that required an API to let third parties write calculations, validations and security gates that would execute as part of it’s...

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