I have had two orders with Amazon – a launch day PS4 console only and a full gamer pack guaranteed “pre Christmas”.
The launch day I placed after the unveiling of PS4 and Xbox One at E3. For me the PS4 was a clear winner and has remained so ever since.
The gamer pack I did after the US reviews of console and games came out this month – and I was certain that I would be going PS4 over Xbox One.
Today I need to decide which one to cancel.
I have never ever had a launch day console… so a part of me wants to say “I was there on day one!”. However in practical terms, it probably makes more sense to go for “pre Christmas”. I will miss any “launch day hiccups”, I avoid the “new shiny toy” vs “wedding anniversary is Dec 2nd” issue, I’m currently engrossed in Battlefield 4 and Planetside 2 on PC and I would get a good deal on Killzone + controller + camera….
Ho hum…decisions, decisions…
What are you folks doing? PS4 or Xbox One? Sticking with PC?
P.S. I haven’t blogged for ages… I will explain why later on… but this post was really to dust off Live Writer
Hence I just wanted to give a shout out for Digital Union (“The voice of the digital and creative sector in North East England”) who put on the excellent Summer Net-Together in Gateshead last week. Sunshine, great venue, great food, great people and a chance to understand a little more about the digital scene in the region now I have moved up here.
And as a direct result of one conversation (you know who you are!), I will be making the time to dig into http://www.mongodb.org/ in the coming weeks.
Finally a thank you to my company Waterstons for allowing me to take one of the free tickets they received as members of Digital Union.
I finally got round to downloading Razer Surround – a software solution for surround sound through stereo headphones. I have some great Roccat Kave 5.1 headphones on my gaming rig but I was curious as to whether a software only solution would work as I do sometimes game “elsewhere”. TBH I didn’t expect it to work.
Wow… Razer Surround works amazingly well for me – even using a £5 pair of ear buds. It worked so well I downloaded the software again just so I could make the optional donation to the charity Razer are supporting.
I needed to populate a database I’m designing with some test data and thought to myself “LightSwitch will be ideal to knock out some screens”.
One hour later I got a LightSwitch screen to actually display! Until then all I got when running it in Desktop mode (the default) was a blank window hosting Silverlight (right click to verify)
After lots of searching and playing around I found the answer near the end of this very long thread.
- Navigate to the Client.Properties folder inside your project
- Open OutofBrowserSettings.xml
- Change <SecuritySettings ElevatedPermissions=”Required” /> to <SecuritySettings ElevatedPermissions=”NotRequired” />
- And you may also want to then make the file readonly
Now, when this happens again I will be able to find my own post to resolve it! Enjoy!
P.S. This isn’t specific to Visual Studio 2012 … but the post title corresponds to how I was searching
Following on from nice touch #1…
I disliked the way old versions of Blend relied on something as a subtle as a few pixels of colour to tell you something relatively important.
although admittedly this doesn’t appear to be universal across all properties.
[Really I’m just testing out twitterfeed which has failed for me… but I needed something to post on :-)]
I’m just skimming through some blend tips by Mike from 2010 and spotted a nice touch in Blend for Visual Studio 2012 I hadn’t noticed before (amongst no doubt hundreds of improvements :-))
When working with grids and rows (or columns) you now get a lovely visual indicator with in place editing, rather than needing to visit properties.
circa 2010 (from this post)
SharePoint was created by Microsoft when a) Internet Explorer (IE) was by far the most widely used web browser on Windows PCs (I was at Microsoft during the “browser wars” which lead to IE being dominant in 2001 when SharePoint emerged) and b) people pretty much only ever used PCs to browse the web. Oddly enough for many years, SharePoint worked great when accessed from a Windows PC using IE and … sometimes was simply impossible to use when you strayed too far away from this pairing.
Roll forward 10+ years and things have changed significantly. In the course of their day to day lives people use many devices and many browsers. Across my tablet, phone, desktop development pc, laptop and gaming pc I use at least 5 different browsers.
The good news is the SharePoint development team were well aware of this change and in recent versions and updates have worked hard to allow SharePoint to be used from a variety of browsers.
Last Friday this topic came up at the Back to basics with SharePoint session held at my office in Durham. Which caused me to have a look for a succinct summary of cross browser support across different versions of SharePoint. My timing was spot on. Joel has just published a blog post which contains his SharePoint Browser Comparison Report Card. Screenshot here – but really just to encourage you to visit his post.
At Microsoft (not surprisingly :)) we used SharePoint extensively to support the work of individuals, teams, groups and organisations. It was simply how we got things done. How we managed complexity, how we collaborated, how we remained productive.
What did we do before SharePoint? Well, we used a lot (and I mean a LOT) of server shares. Yes, you can get stuff done but it isn’t efficient, it isn’t fun and it is fraught with dangers. Unfortunately many companies still operate this way. Indeed many companies that have SharePoint are barely using the capabilities it offers to help run their businesses.
Which is why I am pleased to see the bespoke development team in my new company taking time out from coding to run a series of events which are “code free” but look at how organisations can benefit from adopting (and better still embracing) SharePoint. If your company is based near Durham then they are most definitely worth checking out.
Next session is:
Back to basics with SharePoint: Supporting business processes using SharePoint >>>
11.45am, Friday 24th May, Waterstons Durham office
P.S. And the ginger cake they serve up at these events is fabulous!
Day one back at work. My first permanent desk in 13 years and first works desktop pc (mini-tower to be exact) in 16 years. Complete with two shiny new monitors and a first aid kit for the car.
Things do not get better than this
After 4 months away from work, tomorrow I set out boldly from the Yorkshire Moors to Durham to find a desk at my new company, Waterstons – who I am really chuffed to be joining.
“Normal” service will be returning to this blog in due course…
Hope you all have had a wonderful 2013 so far. For me it has been excellent – the four months have flown by with the time filled with setting up a new home in Yorkshire, family, holidays and diy. But I am excited (super excited – MS joke :)) to be heading back to work, especially in a development centric role.