New phone

Thursday, 22 November 2007

My new phone was delivered this afternoon.

It is a HTC TyTN II.

It came in a very cool box.

I’ve unpacked it, and it is now charging.

I’m being very patient.

Visual Studio 2008 RTM - First impressions

Thursday, 22 November 2007

I haven’t done heaps with 2008 since installing it yesterday.

I did investigate opening one of our existing projects to see if I could create a 2008 solution, while leaving the 2005 solution intact so that other people could still use 2005 to work on the code. I’d read that this is possible.

I struck a problem though - it looks like this strategy doesn’t work for web applications projects.

The upgrade wizard modifies the path in the project file to where the web application project msbuild stuff gets included from. This would obviously not work for other team members who didn’t also have 2008 installed on their machines.

So it looks like the best plan is to make sure everyone on the team starts using 2008 at the same time.

I also need to confirm that all our various addins and dependencies also continue to work - things like PageMethods and ActiveWriter are good examples.

It is nice to have the IDE start without requiring it to run in Admin mode on Vista though.

.NET Framework Service Packs

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Coinciding with the release of Visual Studio 2008, there are new service packs out for .NET 2.0 and 3.0.

If you’ve installed .NET Framework 3.5, these service packs are already included.

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

As predicted in the media, they have shipped.

I’ve managed to get online access to our MSDN Subscription, and am madly downloading bits right now.

Now we can start using all that nice LINQ stuff in VB, not to mention the XML support too - hooray.

Smartphone saga

Monday, 19 November 2007

Did I mention my Smartphone was broken? Oh, yes I did.

Well even though it was still in warranty when I sent it off, unfortunately Optus took a couple of weeks to decide that they don’t fix that model anymore. I’m told that the company that does handle repairs wouldn’t do it under warranty then…

So finally I rang out our IT department to find out what’s going on, and they said that it is fixed. Great. Except that they said what fixed it was upgrading the firmware to the latest version. Hmm, hadn’t I already done that a while ago? Skeptical, but not one to argue with the fact that the audio was actually working, I got my phone back last week.

And so it was actually working again..

Until today.

Yep, the same problem again. What I suspect probably happened is that because of the various trips the phone has made, both in our internal mail, and also interstate once (possibly twice), it unstuck the headphone socket. But now there’s no audio again, so I’m pretty sure the cause is infact a physical problem, that the audio socket is stuck in the ‘plug is still in, so don’t allow sound through the external speaker’ mode.

Looking ahead, wouldn’t one of these be a nice replacement.

One interesting side-note. While my rw6828 was away on its little holiday, I was given a plain old Nokia phone (a 3530?). Nothing remarkable, except that the battery would last for days. We live in a pretty poor reception area, which seems to suck other phone batteries dry in a day, so I was surprised that the Nokia would go for 3-4 days without requiring a recharge.