July 2005 - Posts
I'm an inventor on this patent.
I've been putting off buying a photo printer for a while - mostly due to never having time to decide on what to buy, and partly because I rarely print photo's. However I now need to get one, so having seen the BBC's article (slightly old but still none the less relevant) about home photo printing I identified that I need the following in a printer:
- Max £250
- Good quality colour and back/white
- 4x6, 8x10 and A4 photo sizes are of most interest
- Plain paper printing to avoid having multiple printers at home
Epson appears to still be marketing the R800, and reviews appear to show the printer is pretty good; 1, 2 and 3. For sub £200 the R800 looks like it might be worth buying:
- Photo quality appears to be good
- It can print on an astonishing array of paper sizes from a 3.5x3.5 minimum to letter, legal, A4, statement, executive, 4x6 5x7 8x10 and roll paper in either 4 or 8.3 inch widths. Full bleed (borderless) printing is available on 4x6 5x7 8x10 and roll paper sizes
- Plain paper printing appears to be good.
- Black and White photos uses a Matte Black ink cartridge in addition to its regular Black
Anyone have any views on the R800? Or is there a different photo printer I should be looking at?
is an XML library developed by a few Microsoft MVP's to supplement the existing XML .NET framework features. I see Microsoft has signed
a licencing agreement to use and distributed MVP XML. Daniel
is one of the MVP responsible for Mvp.Xml.
Possibly the solution for unit testing CLR data access code - HSQL works well in Java land, so the .NET port should hopefully do the same in CLR land.
If nothing else, read the last sentence of Steve's old posting.
Games for Programmers
Deployment Verification System
Finding Lisp has a nice report on ILC 2005, and Common Larceny for the CLR - an experimental download that targets CLR 2.0 is also available.
I've considered doing podcasts recently, but I'm still uncertain if I'd have anything interesting to say. Anyway I did start to check out what hardware/software I'd need. I found Jason blog had some useful advice. This link tells you how to record a Skype conversation. Podcastrigs has some cool equipment. Create your own podcast is also mildy interesting, or not as the case maybe - and here and here. Then again, one could just buy one of these, as per Jason.
metaScrum for release planning, as defined by Jeff Sutherland.
Critical Chain (CC) is another way of managing a project - silk and spinach talks about actual usage of CC, while Focused Performance has an article on scheduling and buffer management. Details of how to build a CC project network can be found here.
On the subject of estimating, Mountain Goat has a book coming out soon from AW specifically on estimating and planning. While Incipient blogs about Failure and Estimates.
A number of companies appear to offer ScrumMaster certification, ControlChaos being such a company. The ControlChaos course is taught by Ken Schwaber, one of the developers of the Scrum agile process - who's also at Agile 2005. I notice the next London ScrumMaster couse it September 15-16. Has anyone been on this course and got any comments?
Update: Thanks to Craig for his comments, and his Scum presentation.
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