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Handy utility for Windows XP users: Taskbar Shuffle

If you’ve ever wished you could change the order of your application buttons in the task bar, or have ever wanted to just drag and drop your taskbar buttons around so you could have them in the order you want, this utility is for you.

Also, if you’ve ever wished you could have control over taskbar button grouping and when/if they ever collapse into one button, this utility is for you.

SQL Prompt - Free

There is still one day to get your free copy of SQL Prompt

http://www.red-gate.com/products/SQL_Prompt/index.htm?utm_source=vbug&am...

SQL Prompt provides Intellisense® style auto-completion for Microsoft SQL Server editors. It will tell you the exact formatting you should use for your SQL commands, while you are writing them and will therefore help you write fast, perfectly formatted SQL statements. SQL Prompt improves the productivity of all SQL script creation. SQL Prompt can be downloaded free until the release of version 3, and Red Gate are providing forum support on the SQL Prompt support forum. A web help file is also available.

IE 7 Automatic Updates

Automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=5397575

Internet Explorer 7 will be distributed as a high-priority update via Automatic Updates shortly after the final version of the browser is released. Organisations can use a non-expiring Blocker Toolkit to block delivery to their users.

Searching for knowledge that doesn't exist - Yahoo! Answers

Went to session with Bradley Horowitz - VP of Technology Development Group for Yahoo! and heard him talk about the acquisiton of flickr and how to lower barriers to partipation in collaborative environments...all very interesting...but then he started talking about Yahoo! Answers.

As product manager for eSeries/eCM, i am on a daily basis both intrigued and haunted by search. It's the inevitable siren calling - the lure of a better and more precise search experience. I hear it from customers, partners, anyone who does anything on any website....My favorite from back in my consulting days has to be the inevitable comparison to google where I would hear...

Quick Poll: How well do we work together?

Just back from User Experience Week 2006 - which is a great intersection of practioners/industry experts from both profit/non-profit worlds of user experience/interaction designers/product managers/information architects....anyone involved in excperience design. more on conference to come as I get time.

Attended a great session by Chris Conley of Gravity Tank, ITT Professor about how we have really lost teh ability to work together creatively and collaboratively with organizations. I'm curious to hear your thoughts?

Workshop: Discovering requirements from use cases

Not summarizing the class contents, but just recording some thoughts. My disappointment is not with the instructor, who has great knowledge and interest and integrity -- a career focused on transforming software development art into repeatable craft; rather, I felt let down (as I so often am with methodologies) by the fundamental impracticality or impossibility of the methods being taught.

His premise was all about the primacy of requirements, that deeply comprehensive and accurate requirements make true engineering possible. I believe that. Yet human language-based requirements are wildly difficult to disambiguate, even with exhaustive effort; therefore, he proposes use case development and many other mapping activities to flesh out these details until validity/verifiability is fully realized.

Training Summary: Managing Multiple Priorities

Training Summary: Managing Multiple Priorities
Instructor: Anne Pritchard
MicroAssist July 31, 2006
Topic: How to become effective and efficient in handling multiple goals.

General Comments: The class was held at the Norris Conference Center next to Beall’s at Northcross Mall. MicroAssist provided a nice lunch. The instructor followed the agenda in her handout, but she didn’t read her handout. She aligned the topic with appropriate analogies and solicited input from the students. She was prepared and enjoyable. This was a nice refresher course.

The Fallacy of Premature Optimization

I came accross this article, which goes into one of the major software design misconceptions out there. I've heard this echoed many times: XML doesn't have to be compact, the network will get faster; Java doesn't have to be fast computers will get faster, etc.

I've also seen many systems bogged down with fundamental designs enforcing poor performance. Most of the time the problem is designers that don't understand the impact of shared resources on a web server. They worry about CPU cycles on individual requests when they use a property heavy remote object, or abuse a database with multiple small requests in a transaction.

The iMIS 'Rainy Day' list

Over the last year we have had a list of 'rainy day' things to do with iMIS. These are basically quick tasks that an iMIS consultant, or an iMIS system administrator, can do if they have a few hours spare (generally when it is raining for some reason - hence the name 'rainy day' list).

This list floats around on email and generally comes up again when consultants have some free time.

It occurred to me that this is not just something that we do in Australia. In fact, the list is a perfect candidate for a wiki that can be accessed by consultants and system administrators globally.

Buses don't take credit cards?

Boss,

I know you only care if I pass my exams, however you really need to know the extent to which I went through.

At my age, you really have two problems, your memory and a need to go to the bathroom. Since these exams really require use of ones memory, I subscribe to the Zen approach of study, review and on the day of the exam, lots of rest, no stress, eat light, drink water, use the bathroom, arrive with plenty of time, and focus. My wife volunteered to take my daughter, Terin to daycare and leave me with some extra time to review (ok cram) and focus before the exam. So I happily packed my 2 year-old into mom's care, kissed them both good-bye and never even noticed Terin dangling my set of keys in her fingers.

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