Rants, rambles, news and notes from another geek

Geek Notes 2004-08-13

One more week. That’s right. One more week here at Interlink. Then we fly to Seattle for a week of house hunting before I start my new job on Aug 30.

I’m firmly convinced that I have forgotten to do something important… I hate that.

  • Amazon.com Contrarian Game - This was hiding in my Inbox on GMail. My good friend AaronX sent it to me. Good for a laugh!
  • BizTalk Server 2004 File Dump Utility - Wow. I wish I’d thought of this. It dumps the C# source code that is generated for a BizTalk Assembly during compilation. Very cool. Now I know how I’ll be spending the rest of my day.
  • Don’t Use BizTalk Mapper - Strange… I had just come to this conclusion myself. Call me a freak but I prefer good ol’ XSLT code. At least in there I know what’s gonna happen.
  • Disable Windows Messenger in XP&nbsp_place_holder;- I can’t remember if I’ve posted this before, but if you run an alternate IM client like Trillian, you may want to do this. I accidentally launched Outlook Express and Windows Messenger re-enabled itself. I’ll also add to the list of things to do, in Outlook 2003, go to Tools Options Other and uncheck “Enable the Person Names Smart Tag”.
  • C# 2.0 Specification - I think I saw a different form of this go by a while ago… can’t remember. [via Wes]
  • Open Intellectual Property - I’ve always thought that consulting firms really don’t have any IP per se that they should be protecting and should therefore participate aggresively in the open-source community. Thoughtworks has always been that way with projects like CruiseControl&nbsp_place_holder;and CruiseControl.NET.
  • Essential XML Quick Reference - I know I posted this before, but since I couldn’t find it I’ll post it again. If you work with XML, you should have the book on your shelf, and this PDF on your desktop.