Play games to reduce stress

90% of primary care physician visits in the U.S. are stress-related, this is probably the same all over the world. The renowned stress expert (although I have never heard of her) Dr. Kathleen Hall recommends taking short mental breaks to play computer games as a good way to clear your brain and reduce stress. This confirms something that I have believed for a long time and that I have experienced first hand. At previous workplaces […] Read more »

Talk on Migrating ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0 at DevDays 2006

A couple of days ago I did my first big talk, a colleague and I held a 50 minute session on migrating from ASP.NET 1.x to ASP.NET 2.0 at DevDays 2006 in Stockholm. Luckily it was a big success! I credit our success almost entirely (obviously we had some part in it…) to Scott Hanselman, we found many tips and links on the topic of public speaking on Scott’s blog. The most important tip and […] Read more »

Scrum and XP from the Trenches

A colleague of mine informed me of a very interesting document that Henrik Kniberg at Crisp has published as a PDF. It is entitled Scrum and XP from the Trenches and is a detailed description of how Henrik and his colleagues have implemented Scrum. While Scrum is not a prescriptive method and does not require that you work with specific templates or that you perform tasks in a specific manner it is still good to […] Read more »

Migrating Asp.Net 1.1 to .Net 2.0 – DevDays 2006

I will be speaking at DevDays 2006 here in Sweden next week on the topic of migrating Asp.Net 1.1 applications to Asp.Net 2.0. It is an interesting topic especially when you really start looking under the covers at what has changed at a lower level. The whole session will be recorded and may be made publicly available at a later date. For anyone else who is interested in this topic these are some of the […] Read more »

Calculator in the URL

This may not be Web 2.0 but it is definitely proof that some people have too much time on their hands… http://$urlcalc(help).x42.com/ If you need to know what 212×17 is then go to http://$mul(212,17).x42.com/Brushing up on your RFCs? http://$rfc(1725).x42.com/ Google must have used this site as inspiration for their search calculator: http://www.google.com/search?q=212×17 Read more »

HTML visualizer

I found a cool applet online that creates a graphical tree structure of any website. This is the first page of nSilverBullet on the 28th November 2006: blue: for links (the A tag) red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags) green: for the DIV tag violet: for images (the IMG tag) yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags) orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags) black: the HTML […] Read more »

Messing with dasBlog content folder

Basically avoid changing the xml files under content for dasBlog, you will mess up your blog. I did this in an attempt to make a post that I started on the 7th but posted on the 8th go back to being on the 7th… First I just changed the CreatedDate in the content xml and this almost worked, the post would intermittently disappear from the site (and the file). Luckily I had made a backup […] Read more »

What is Web 2.0.

Since I have been working on WinForm applications and technical infrastructure projects (yeah real sexy!) for the last year and a half I have not really paid much attention to the whole Web 2.0 debate and hype. Recently I have started to look at web projects again and I came across a good, short explanation of where the money is in Web 2.0 and how it is different from Web 1.0. Now I understand why […] Read more »

Two Minute Timer Update

On lifehacker there is a reference to an article about beating procrastination, this is something that I have a problem with so I am going to try it out: Just start doing it but only do it for 10 minutes. After that decide if you want to continue or not. With this in mind I have released a new version of my timer with a 10 minute option… I have deployed this as a ClickOnce […] Read more »

Team Build does not work when connecting from a workgroup to a domain

I have been attempting to run a Team Foundation build server on a separate machine outside our domain. Install and connectivity between the servers was no problem but once we got the build configuration up and tried to perform a build from Team Explorer we got an error: TF42056: The build service could not connect to the Team Foundation Server: TF30063: You are not authorized to access https://myserver. I tried all our standard solutions: Set […] Read more »