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Archive for November, 2012


Which Branch Do I Check My Code Into?

I’m surprised how frequently I hear this question. To me it’s rather simple, but when I explain my mental model to others I usually hear, “Oh, that’s simple!” So it seems many do not share this model. I did a blog post on a more restricted site some years ago, and I’m doing a new […]

My Surface After 3 Weeks

Headline: My new Surface RT usage has been undermined by 1) it being an RT, and 2) my new Lenovo X1 Carbon. I let my instinct rule when using my various devices but take note of what I instinctively do – I observe myself. I’m currently on a train as I write this, and I’m […]

Where is TestContext.BeginTimer()?

This post outlines my (with help of others) solution to keeping my unit tests working in the absence of TestContext.BeginTimer() and TestContext.EndTimer(). These seem to be missing in Visual Studio 2012 and I can’t find any posts… so I assume no one else uses this pattern. What’s Broken? Here is a sample unit test that […]

TFS Has an Additional Meaning

Team Foundation Service! If you want to try out the new capabilities of TFS try the new Team Foundation Service (TF Service) rather than Team Foundation Server (TFS). For almost 8 years I’ve had my own Workgroup Version of TFS which permits up to 5 users. Now Microsoft has tfs.visualstudio.com that allows TFS in the […]

My New Device Continuum

Last month I was on a plane flight when the person next to me spilled an entire glass of wine on my Dell Precision M4500. I was told the cost of repairs would be too high – about 1/2 what it would cost to by the new machine I ended up buying  Before my new […]

How Do I Blog from a Surface ARM?

Update – 11 Nov 2012: I just go grab my new lenovo X1 Carbon. But I really want to see Live Writer continue. It’s great! (At least that will be my solution until the Surface Pro comes out) Well, today I’m trying to just blog using OneNote as the authoring tool. I’m a huge Microsoft […]