Daily Archives: December 3, 2006

Blog Clippings #2

Here is my second round of blog clippings.

  1. Joe Duffy is starting on a Parallel LINQ project at Microsoft, and they are looking for people to join the team.
  2. A post by Bart de Smet which shows how to invoke MS Agent (Merlin specifically) from PowerShell. I can see system administrators doing evil with this 🙂
  3. The PowerShell team reminds us that there are only two weeks left in the PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes. Unfortunatey it is not open to Australian’s but it might be fun to submit anyway – there are some pretty cool prizes.
  4. PowerGadgets does some awesome stuff by visualising the output of PowerShell pipelines. This is a great gadget framework for system administrators.
  5. It looks like my co-workers are getting the word out about Juval Lowy coming to Australia.
  6. According to Rod Drury, Greg, the yellow Wiggle is calling it quits. My wife who is way more plugged into this world already knew.
  7. Jeff Jarvis over at the BuzzMachine blog reflects on the decline of broadcast television and the increase of commercial cable and streaming content off the Internet.
  8. Tomas Restrepo raises a good point on error handling around the ServiceHost with WCF. Consistency is key in the framework – and WCF is part of the framework.
  9. Loren over at Incremental Blogger shows off a WPF gadget that accepts ink.
  10. Frank points us to the WPF/E development centre on MSDN. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite look like it is all there – maybe it went live too early?
  11. Long Zheng shows how to hide certain pieces of file system content from the Vista search mechanism. We actually got this question from one of the audience members at the Ready Summit in Melbourne. They asked how to hide videos 🙂

Until next time!


Back from camping, had a great weekend!

This weekend Nicola, Bella and I went camping with another two families. We went to Woods Reserve which is actually only about 15-20 minutes drive from our place in Calwell.

During the drive over it actually started to rain (perfect) and once we got to the campsite we noticed that some “others” were already in residence (thanks to Karen for all the photos):

more friends! they hung around the whole time...

There was five emu’s there the whole time we were and they didn’t seem to afraid of humans (the feeling wasn’t mutual – some head in car incidents have taught me to be cautious of these big birds). Eventually everyone else got there and we started to put up the tents.

the campsite @ woods reserve

The “big” kids (Bella, Ryan, Ryan, Emelia) played well most of the first and second day with only a few grazed knees. It was a pretty cold night overnight but I think everyone was warm enough – here is a picture of Bella this morning with the tents in the background:

Bella with our tent first in the background

Our tent is the green one behind the blue and grey one. Anyway – I’m looking forward to do this again early in the new year.