Archive for November, 2010


Window Restore Slow After nVidia Driver Upgrade

Headline: If you installed the latest driver for an nVidia Quadro FX 1800M, Version 8.17.12.5922, A08, you might experience slowness when bringing up or restoring windows. Go to the Dell site and get the pervious version, install it, reboot, and performance should be restored. Details I have a Dell Precision M4500 notebook running Windows 7 […]

MVC Team Should Rule

Headline: I don’t think I’ve seen a team more focused on testability at Microsoft than the ASP.NET MVC (Model-View-Controller) team. I sure hope their unit testing philosophy starts to influence other teams more. Entity Framework If you use any of the patterns for the Entity Framework (one of the early versions of .NET 4.0 that […]

No Silverlight Unit Test Integration with TFS?

Well, the excitement of the last post lasted about 18 seconds. Now I need to slog through this post about “Integrating Silverlight Unit Tests into Build Process”. Must Use Silverlight Unit Tests In the last post I was doing unit testing with a regular unit test project. That integrates with TFS (Team Foundation Server) quite […]

Reusable Library Naming

I plan to call my projects KarlZ.Silverlight.* while the assemblies they produce will be called KarlZ.*. Then I’ll link from the Silverlight project to the existing files in the normal .NET projects. The Problem – Different CLRs I’d like to use both MVC (Model-View-Controller) and Silverlight presentation tiers. My development and test environment for MVC […]

Dell Precision M45oo Review

Headline: I’m very happy! Details My wife gave her computer to a friend… Her needs were different from the capabilities of that computer. It was a nice computer – a tablet PC with 250 GB hard drive, but no battery life and fairly weak graphics and CPU performance. So she convinced me that I needed […]

My Desktop Gadgets Disappear

Headline: It seems that when the Dell Enhanced Power & Performance is used and you change to Ultra Performance (Max Fan Levels) it will shut down your desktop Gadgets. Switch back to something like “Cool (Reduced Temp Levels)” and they return! Enhanced Power & Performance On my Dell Precision M4500 I change environments quite a […]

Getting It Right the First Time

Just finished many hours of reading about .NET changes for 4.0… I was getting a bit tired and needed a change of pace, so I was listening to some music. As luck would have it, I heard two songs that were  basically first takes. They were Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez and Wake Up […]

Apple Pie?

I had a link on my site for a long time to Redmond Pie. As you might imagine they were primarily covering Microsoft. Their tag line tonight is “Covering Microsoft, Google, Apple, and the web!” (Bold is theirs) As I do quite regularly I went to their site. Tonight it struck me that they don’t […]

IM–The New Caller ID

Headline: I’ve pretty much reached the point that if you want to call me, you had better IM (Instant Message) me first. I’m almost always online these days… and if I’m not, then I’m probably not in a position to talk on the phone. I’ve notice that increasingly phone calls are made immediately after IM’ing […]

…and the Agony of the Cheap

The Joy of Excellence, and the Agony of the Cheap Yes, this is a play on the old ABC Wide World of Sports slogan, “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” I probably should have used “The thrill of quality, and the agony of the cheap.” but my site isn’t called “ThrillOfQuality”. The […]