Mathias Brandewinder on .NET, F#, VSTO and Excel development, and quantitative analysis / machine learning.
by Mathias 28. April 2009 16:23

You know times are changing when such a venerable institution as the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife publishes an ad asking:

"how impressed would you be to see a Swiss Army Knife running a PowerPoint presentation?"

(Picture from Engadget)

by Mathias 14. April 2009 14:55

Rather than trying to get the mythical perfect compromise - a powerful yet portable laptop – I went for the other option, and complemented my very-powerful-but-absolutely-not-portable laptop (I had to search hard to find a laptop bag where it would fit…) with a Dell Inspiron Mini 9 (2.3 pounds, 232mm width, 32GB solid-state hard drive). Too early to tell how much I like it yet, but the contrast between the two is striking. Next step: putting Windows 7 on.

MiniMe

by Mathias 5. April 2009 16:53

The Legendary Juval Lowy will conduct a free half-day seminar introducing the EnergyNet. The EnergyNet is a massive new software system analogous to the Internet, transferring watts and usage data instead of packets and request, connecting anything and everything in the energy market. He will demonstrate why software developers should care and how they can become engaged in this exciting new field, and point out the skills and expertise required for those that want to not only survive but thrive on the next boom in software.

This should be a great event. Juval is an amazing speaker, and I haven’t heard him being so fired up about something since a while!

More information here.

Where and when

Microsoft San Francisco
835 Market Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009
9:00 AM  - 1:00 PM

by Mathias 26. January 2009 13:54

Since forever, I have lived perfectly happy without a TV. And then came Hulu, which made me an addict. I love that I can watch what I want, when I want it, and I simply feel more at home browsing and searching than sitting in front of a tube with a remote - a matter of generations and geekiness, I guess. Which brings me to my point: when I went there today, I found the following message:

This note, however, is not about the fact that episodes of ''It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'' were taken down. Rather, this note is to communicate to our users that we screwed up royally with regards to _how_ we handled this specific content removal and to apologize for our lack of strong execution. We gave effectively no notice to our users that these ''Sunny'' episodes would be coming off the service. We handled this in precisely the opposite way that we should have. We believe that our users deserve the decency of a reasonable warning before content is taken down from the Hulu service. Please accept our apologies.

Respect to Hulu, not for messing up (which happens to everyone), but for owning up to it, in straightforward language, instead of the usual obfuscation most corporations opt for in this type of situation. This kind of radical transparency is refreshing.

by Mathias 2. December 2008 09:26

I have been a bit frustrated by the sometimes erratic behavior of the code formatter that ships with Blogengine.Net. It works well for C# code, but I still couldn't figure out why it totally garbled my attempt at VB code. So I was happy to see a post from a credible source titled "Best Code Syntax Highlighter for Snippets in your Blog". Turns out, after looking at the comments, I am not convinced yet I have found the Holy Grail of code formatting, but on the other hand, it triggered me to try out Windows Live Writer; and indeed, Hanselman has a point - why haven't I used it before? It's just so much more comfortable!

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