Archive: 2012

First look at the Intel IvyBridge Ultrabook

Intel just sent me an IvyBridge Ultrabook to try out and review as a development machine. It’s not a final machine and won’t ever be sold by Intel. The main purpose of the machine is to show what can

Microsoftie Perk #10 – Free Hardware

The is a post in a new blog series I’m writing called Microsoftie Perks Yes it is true. Earlier this week at the company meeting Ballmer gave all Microsofties new Windows 8 machines, a Surface RT and

Problem Microsoft ASP.NET Web API (RTM) references Newtonsoft.Json (>= 4.5.6) (AKA Twitterizer 2 references Newtonsoft.Json (=4.5.5) You can’t have both Newtonsoft.Json (>= 4.5.6) AND

Microsoftie Perk #7 - Internal Library

The is a post in a blog series I’m writing called "Microsoftie Perks" Microsoft has an amazing technical library and an internal website to go with it. There’s also a very slick logistical s

Solution to the exception: "Updating 'Newtonsoft.Json 4.5.8' to 'Newtonsoft.Json 4.5.5' failed. Unable to find a version of 'Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Client' that is compatible with 'Newtonsoft.Json 4.5.5'." when trying to install the twitterizer NuGet package in Visual Studio 2012

I have the RTM of Visual Studio installed, but the WebApi NuGet RTM build isn’t available yet. WebApi depends on Newtonsoft.Json and so does Twitterizer, but there is a version conflict. Unfortunatel

Microsoftie Perk #6 - Free Drinks

Free drinks is the one perk that most people will already know about, but since it is one of my favorites I couldn’t not include it in my Microsoftie perk list. I have heard that since day one Micro

Microsoftie Perk #2 - Exec Access

The is a post in a new blog series I’m writing called "Microsoftie Perks" Over the years I have sent many emails to Microsoft Execs and I always get a response. Whether I’m looking for money

Microsoftie Perk #1 - Dogfood

The is a post in a new blog series I’m writing called "Microsoftie Perks" It only took about 3 seconds for me to be introduced to the term “dogfood” when I started at Microsoft back in 2003.

Microsoftie Perks

This is the index post for my “Microsoftie Perks” posts. I will continue to update this post as I discover new perks. You can subscribe to my blog via RSS here or you can subscribe via email here to b

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Could not find an implementation of the query pattern for source type ‘[type]’. ‘Where’ not found. Consider explicitly specifying the type of the range variable ‘[variableName]’ You get this error if

How to set HtmlAgilityPack Timeout

HtmlAgilityPack is a great HTML parser library that I often use for scraping. It does web requests on your behalf via the HtmlWeb().Load methods, but doesn’t expose the HttpWebRequest.Timeout property

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There are many reasons why this error will appear. One of the less obvious reasons has to do with the “Target framework” project level setting. In my referenced project the “Target framework” was set

How to get a job at Microsoft

I’m a Principal Development Lead on MSN’s content management system called Bedrock. I’ve been at Microsoft for 9 years, 1 year as a contractor and 8 years as an FTE. But I’ve wanted to work for Micros

AT&T might be double billing you for data

AT&T might be doubling billing you for data. I was getting close to my 2GB limit this month, so turned off my 3G and Cellular Data. [![photo (1) (yes, my SSID is Willie, affectionately named after

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I was migrating one field to another today and I got this exception when trying to delete the old field from the Fields tab: “Cannot delete this field because it is referenced by other objects”. Not

Blogger: How to create SEO friendly URLs

If you aren’t careful Blogger will automatically create SEO UNfriendly urls based on the post title. Read on to learn how to overcome this and create SEO friendly urls with Blogger. Fact #1: Search en

Kindle vs Nook

The is a post for anyone who is trying to decide between the Kindle Touch and the Nook Simple Touch eInk eReaders. I bought them both with my own money and spent a lot of time reading with both of the

How to quickly open a TFS New Query form

It’s pretty cumbersome to create a New Query in TFS. You have to open Team Explorer, Expand your Server node, Right click on Works Items and select New Query. Here’s how to quickly do all that with a