Windows 7 RC

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Having installed the Release Candidate of Windows 7 a couple of days ago, I have to say I’m fairly impressed and it may even sway me to keep a Windows box in the future despite plans to move to Apple hardware/software completely. Let me tell you why.

My PC

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ss001, originally uploaded by Gordon. Since I was asked, here is my current Windows XP desktop. I keep the desktop clean, it’s my “inbox” where things are then filed or moved. The taskbar fades out when the mouse ISN’T over it, and yeah Xentient Thumbnails to get the icon of an image to display as…

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No Docs = No Product

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What of agile documentation? It seems like such an old argument that surely, SURELY, doesn’t need revisiting? Alas it seems that the world of software engineering still contains those who think that code = product. Thankfully, in my experience, the numbers are thinning as most practitioners of modern software practices are at least educationally aware…

Trickle and Blink

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“There is no such thing as too much information” We’ve all heard this statement at one time or another, and in the internet age it’s accepted as a statement of truth. Which is shame as it’s completely wrong. Turns out, that you only need enough information, not all of it. A while ago I wrote…

Write the docs first

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I’m currently pondering a proposal, suggesting to our Dev team that we write the user documentation first, and then use that as the basis of what the product should deliver. This wouldn’t work for everyone but given that an XP environment encourages little (well, less) documentation than a more traditional ISO style project, then having…

Dilbert does it again

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I really don’t know how Scott Adams manages to tap into these things, or is the software industry REALLY that similar the world over? Regardless suffice to say that, in our Extreme Programming (XP) development group (XP is a form of Agile development), todays’ Dilbert raised a bit of a chuckle: (click for bigger)

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Trickle vs Traditional

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The following is taken from current experience, fitting a Publications team into an agile (XP) development methodology. It’s very much a work in progress… ~ In a more traditional development environment, there is likely to be specifications and design documents on which you can rely. This is not the case in an agile development environment,…

Small things matter

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I’ve been pretty good about not fawning over my Mac too much, right? I mean this hasn’t turned into a fanboy style homage to Steve Jobs and all things Apple. Well, no more so than usual… I don’t think. This does mean that I’ve had to fit the strong urge to blog about the myriad…

On switching

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I received my MacBook some weeks ago, but decided not to post immediately and try to get a better feel for both the new hardware and operating system before posting my thoughts. What follows has been written up over the period of a few weeks. It’s official. I am now cool. I must be because…

XP tip

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Quickly Tiling Windows in XP “With the first window open, press and hold Ctrl, then right-click the second window’s button in the taskbar and choose Tile Horizontally or Tile Vertically in the pop-up that appears.” You really do learn something new everyday, thank you LifeHacker!

PC questions

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As in “Personal Computer” not “politically correct”. I really couldn’t give a stuff about the latter. 1. I currently run Windows XP Professional on my home computer. If I purchase a new (replacement) computer, can I use the license from this machine on the new one? Or do I have to pay for the upgrade…

Empty Recycle Bin

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Excuse me, but I really need to get all this stuff out of my head. Hot feet – every morning when I come into work I follow the same routine. Turn on the PC, login to email, scan the subject lines and then grab a coffee. Every morning I end up feeling too hot and…

Start me up

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It’s getting very techie around here isn’t it, last one for a … well… a couple of days at least. If you are anything like me when you sit down and turn on your computer you really want it to start as fast as possible. You don’t want to have to wait until Windows loads…

Annoyance

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[Public Service Announcement] Windows XP users! Are you fedup with applications stealing focus when they are launched? I am, especially as I had installed TweakUI for XP which has the option to “Prevent applications from stealing focus”. And then I remember reading somewhere that, in a previous version of TweakUI, that option actually worked in…

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Flow increasing

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I’m slowly remembering how to do this thing called ‘blog’. Next up, a question: Anyone know of a small (light on resources) PHP web server I can run on my home machine (XP Pro), for testing purposes only.. it’s a real pain to have to make changes to a PHP script, upload it, refresh the…

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