Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

Goodbye to a 200-year old Osage-orange tree

This was a 200-year old Osage-orange tree on what used to be part of my grandfather's farm in Charlotte, NC.  This former hay field is now a subdivision (the farm house is directly across the road in the grove of trees in the distance behind the scraper).  The house I grew up in is adjacent to the farm (way over on the...

How to get a complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition

According to the following Microsoft web page, you can get a complimentary VS 2005 Standard Edition by attending "labcasts."  You'll have to go to the web page and read the rules, etc.  I thought I'd pass this along, since I stumbled across it tonight. The Mouse is Mightier than the Sword Defy All Challenges With Microsoft Visual ...

How many people do we have working on Orcas?

Lorenzo Barbieri, an MVP, pointed out the Orcas splash screen spec that's been posted.  I'm guessing that's one of those things that leads to people believing we have an infinite supply of people to develop products, leading to comments like, "I can't believe you still can't do X!"  X is everything from viewing labels in history...

Extending the Windows Vista grace period to 120 days

Jeff Atwood has written a post on how to extend the Vista grace period to 120 days.  It turns out that you can extend it three times for 30 days each, giving you up to 120 days when you count the original 30-day grace period.  It seems like a great way to try out Vista Ultimate to see if it's worth the extra money. Extending The ...

Tabbed windows for remote desktop connections

Shortly after I wrote about Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client, Blake Handler sent me email about a CodePlex project called Terminals.  Terminals is a neat application that hosts RDC sessions in tabs.One of the options in the Terminals connection dialog is whether to connect to the console, which becomes important when connecting to ...

Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client

Last month, the Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client was released.  It has some nice new features in it, which I've listed below.  Being able to log into a machine on a private network without having to use a VPN sounds really cool (TS Gateway servers), but I haven't been able to try that out.  I found an internal page where ...

Five things about me

Martin Woodward tagged me with that blogging game that's going around where you post five things that people don't generally know about you and then tag five more people.  Okay, I have to admit it seems kind of fun, so I'll do my part to keep it going. I'm tagging Jeff Beehler, Aaron Hallberg, Mario Rodriguez, Jeff Atwood,&...

All of the Sysinternals tools in one download

Microsoft TechNet put them all in one convenient download. Sysinternals Suite Published: November 1, 2006 Introduction The entire set of Sysinternals Utilities have been rolled up into a single Suite of tools. This file contains all the individual tools and help files. Download SysinternalsSuite (8 MB)tags: tools, sysinternals...

Combining OneNote and Outlook would make OneNote very useful

I've written before about putting files directly into Outlook to make them securely available at work and at home.  Part of the reason for that is to have documents that just contain my thoughts on changes we should make, features we should consider, and so on.  Those are the kinds of things that would fit well into OneNote.&...