Buck Hodges

Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS and Team Foundation Server)

Squeet: Get RSS feeds in your inbox

I tried using an RSS aggregator, but it didn't fit the way that I wanted to work.  All of the feeds are trapped on the machine running the aggregator.  I wanted to be able to get to them from work and home.  Web-based aggregators solve that issue but still fell flat for me because I never remembered to go check them.  ...

Editing documents anywhere using Outlook free documents

About a month ago, I wrote about using Outlook with RPC over HTTP.  I recently stumbled across an old blog post by Jeremy Kelly called Using your Mailbox to Store Work-in-Progress documents.  He mentions a feature called "free docs."  Combining this with Outlook over HTTP is really very useful.  Here's how it works...

Using Outlook with RPC over HTTP is great

Not too long ago, I finally got around to configuring Outlook to use RPC over HTTP on my laptop and my desktop at home so that I can get to my work email more conveniently.  I love this feature and wish I had done it a lot sooner.  Outlook Web Access is great for places where you don't have your own computer, but ...

Microsoft to expand small Durham office

The News & Observer wrote an article about Brian, Craig, and our office.Microsoft to expand small Durham office DURHAM -- Brian Harry jokes that he called Microsoft the evil empire before it was popular to do so. "I only ever worked for start-ups, and in those days, I viewed it as a behemoth," said Harry, 38. Now he runs a development ...

Setting Internet Explorer’s home page by drag and drop

Tim, who worked on IE among other things in his career at Microsoft and now works on Hatteras, showed me tonight that you can set the home page in Internet Explorer by dragging the link from the Address bar to the Home icon on the toolbar.  I had no idea.  I burst out laughing.  It's a neat trick once you know it, but it ...

Windows XP SP2

So while the main distribution is by Windows Update, you can get SP2 as one large (266MB) download from the Microsoft Download Center.  The download page urges users to turn on Windows Update and wait if only updating one machine, because the typical amount downloaded by the smart downloader is about 80 MB.  If you ...

So what runs on Virtual PC 2004?

I was reading an article comparing Virtual PC 2004 and VMWare 4.5, and they mentioned a link to a site called “What Works and What Doesn't in Microsoft Virtual PC 2004.”  The site currently lists 622 entries...

Using pushd to get to network paths

A short while ago I saw someone at the office use pushd to cd into a network path.  I've used pushd/popd on Windows for some time, but I never thought to try it on a network path or actually read the help for it.  Pushd will actually map the path to a drive letter automatically and then take you there.  The latter part is ...

Python on .NET just got more support

Jim Hugunin, who has been writing IronPython, has been hired by Jason Zander (CLR PUM).  He joins the CLR team on Monday, August 2, to work full time on IronPython and generally supporting dynamic/scripting languages on the CLR.  That's really great news for Python on .NET.  Check out the slide from his ...