Thursday, 21 December 2006

Passed 70-536!

You may recall that I was supposed to do this exam yesterday, but there was a problem with the exam workstation, so I had to reschedule to today. It was a bit tight, as Pearson VUE wouldn't let me reschedule to next year as the voucher I used expires on 31st December.

It was reasonably tricky - a couple of the questions I just had to guess - particularly some of the stuff I don't use much, but I felt reasonably confident about most of them.

Still, it was a big relief to get to the final screen to see "You have been successful" (or words to that effect). I wanted to shout "YAY", but there were other people doing exams in the same room so I just did it silently instead :-)

I got 894 by the way.

Wednesday, 20 December 2006

SQL Server 2005 SP2 December CTP

December 2006 CTP of SQL 2005 Service Pack 2

VS2005 SP1 Update for Vista

Here's the first beta of the update to improve support for Visual Studio 2005 running on Vista - Download details: VS2005 SP1 Update for Vista

Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

A new release for Desktop Search 3.0 (including Vista) for searching network files shares.

Thursday, 14 December 2006

WinAmp plug-in for Windows Messenger, Carols at Westminster

One nice feature that my ISP Internode offer with their ADSL plans is 'free' access to numerous streaming radio services.

Until recently I've stuck with Windows Media Player (WMP), but I've found that WinAmp does have a nice feature in that it it can display the 'current song' info in the MP3 stream.

I've also just found this nifty plug-in for WinAmp that updates the "Now Playing" bit of Windows Messenger, so that people on my instant messenger contact list can see that currently I'm listening to SKY-FM's Christmas Channel! I think I'll change to another station shortly, but it is getting close to that time of year, so it isn't too bad.

While on the topic of Christmas, our band "Verandah" will be performing at Westminster School here in Adelaide on Friday night as part of their Christmas Lights Festival (I'd link to the Westminster site, but I don't want to inflict their horrible Flash-only site on you). A mix of traditional carols plus a few of our own original songs.

Code Camp Oz 2007

Mitch has announced the dates for 2007 CodeCampOz.

  • Saturday, 31st March
  • Sunday, 1st April

Almost time to start packing the car for the road-trip to Wagga!

Not sure why the earlier dates though.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Beta Exams for 70-541 (71-541) for Windows SharePoint Server 3.0

I've registered for the beta exam 70-541 for Windows SharePoint Server 3.0. I needed to ring up Pearson Vue as I don't think you can book the beta exams electronically.

Curiously, they didn't have "70-541" on their list, but they did have "71-541" which has the same title, and after a few tries the lady I was talking to convinced it to accept "BTA541" as the voucher/promotional code.

I have no idea if I'll pass or not, but since I'm in an exam-taking mood I thought it doesn't hurt to try, and I'll also be doing a fair bit of SharePoint stuff between now and January.

Friday, 8 December 2006

Add multiple class names to HTML elements

I was reading Mads' blog today and came across this post.

I'm amazed I didn't know this either, so I checked back to the HTML 4 spec, and sure enough, this is what it says (bold added by me):

class = cdata-list [CS]
    This attribute assigns a class name or set of class names to an element. Any number of elements may be assigned the same class name or names. Multiple class names must be separated by white space characters.

Wow, I've learned something new today! I'm now wondering about all the times when I could have used this on web pages I've worked on.

Thursday, 7 December 2006

Tuesday, 5 December 2006

70-536 Exam booked

I've booked in for the "Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation" exam at EXCOM on December 20th.

Microsoft handed out vouchers for free exams at the Visual Studio 2005 launch last year which expire on December 31st, so I thought I better use it up before it runs out.

Resource Refactoring Tool

Resource Refactoring Tool - for C# and VB.Net, a Visual Studio.NET add-in that provides an easy way to extract strings from code and add them to resource files.

Pebkac

I saw this word Pebkac mentioned by one of the Mozilla developers. I think I've seen that happen a few times.

Reminds me of The IT Crowd, which even Jane found funny (and she doesn't often share the same sense of humour). Fan site with desktop wallpaper and screensaver downloads too.

Friday, 1 December 2006

Changes under the Verandah

Some sad new from last night - Michael Boundy and Kathy Pike have decide to move on to other things.

I was sure I'd blogged about the band I'm in, but searching back I can't find any posts - oh well.

I've known Kathy for a really long time. I can even remember her riding her bike in a CTA TV ad - that must have been late 1970's/early 80's! Anyway she's going to explore other things.

Michael too, has decided that it's time for him to leave. I remember being pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Michael is "The" Michael Boundy from late 80's Adelaide band Seven Stories. They had some pretty good chart success - I can certainly remember hearing their songs being played on commercial radio around that time. And now I can say I've played in a band with him!

I know I'll see Kathy around the place, and maybe bump into Michael along the way too. It's also a chance for those of us left to rethink where and what we want from the group.

Inconsolata

Via Scott Hanselmann, Inconsolata is a promising new monospaced font that could be good for writing code in, apparently inspired by Consolas.