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What to do when the IDE Navigator gets stuck – the workaround

Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:09:40 +0000

If you ever noticed the IDE Navigator get stuck, we now have a workaround. Thanks to Eric Carr for emailing me last week about my long forgotten blog post that never contained the answer and most importantly for sharing the workaround. The only thing better than having your users hold you accountable is driving your...



Top PowerPoint Tips – What I’ve learned thus far on the Mac PowerPoint Team

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:00:00 +0000

To my Windows-users readers, I’m trying super-hard (yes, “super-“ in honor of being back at MSFT) to include Windows PowerPoint-applicable features, but at the same time catering to Mac PowerPoint 2011 features. In addition, I’ve thrown in some public speaking tips from doing TechEd conferences. Now that I’ve been on the Mac PowerPoint team for...



Just when I thought I was out…

Thu, 04 Oct 2012 09:38:00 +0000

They pull me back in. But in all fairness, I was the one who asked to be pulled back in. My game plan for my post-Microsoft/Seattle life was to attend graduate school full-time for a Masters in Human Factors (User Experience) at San Jose State while I trained for my 3rd degree black belt with...



Goodbye Microsoft!

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 07:23:40 +0000

Today is my last day at Microsoft. It’s been an incredible 9 years. I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career at Microsoft to work with such smart, passionate folks. As a college hire from Mississippi State, I feel it is important to play what I’ve learned forward. I recently spoke at the New Mexico Regional...



Win a Windows Phone 7 device at our upcoming NorCal Launch Events

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 11:34:07 +0000

For the majority of you reading my blog that don’t live in NorCal, you can watch the events live on Oct 12. But, if you are in NorCal, here’s a reminder that we have seats available for our upcoming launch events in Mountain View and San Francisco this month! Raffle prizes include: Windows phone 7...



Training for my first Triathlon with Team in Training

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 12:27:00 +0000

People at the various user groups I go to seem to enjoy my triathlon training stories. Since sports training is a hobby for me, I thought I’d share what it’s been like training for my first “tri”. I’m terrified of swimming, hence why i’ve never done one before. I’m with Team in Training, a non-profit...



Standoff between me, my bike, and wildlife creature captured on my Windows Phone

Thu, 23 Sep 2010 20:07:00 +0000

Seems that whenever I bring my Windows Phone with me on a bike ride, something unusual happens. I’m doing a well-known bike loop in the area, when I realize I’ve made a wrong turn. I stop and check where I am on the “Maps” app. Sure enough, I’m at the exact center of the loop....



SQL Server Compact Toolbox – Extension #12

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:00:00 +0000

Today’s post comes from Guest Blogger Erik Ejlskov Jensen, SQL Server Compact MVP, @ErikEJ Toolbox for SQL Server Compact developers If you use SQL Server Compact, Microsoft’s embedded database for devices, desktops and soon ASP.NET, this extension is for you. It adds several features not found in Server Explorer Data Connections: Support for both version...



9 years at Microsoft

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:00:00 +0000

Today marks my 9th year at Microsoft. Next year, I’ll collect my second Final Fantasy crystal. I thought it would be fun to share a few blogging statistics: This is my 980th post on blogs.msdn.com/saraford As of this writing, ya’ll have left 5504 comments on this blog I have been blogging as a Microsoft employee...



Solution Explorer Tools (When to Sync to Current File) – Extension #11

Thu, 16 Sep 2010 06:00:00 +0000

Control when Solution Explorer syncs to the current file I’ve given many talks on Visual Studio, and one of the most popular questions is about controlling when Solution Explorer syncs to the current item. This extension is the best one I’ve seen in providing this functionality. To Install You can find the Solution Explorer Tools...