Keyword Comparison for C# & VB.NET

This post is for me mostly. I can’t keep both C# and VB.NET in my head at the same time.

I find this site to be a helpful reference.

Is Microsoft Trying to Become Big Brother? Or Is Microsoft Trying To Protect Everyone?

eyeballMicrosoft has some technology that can remotely track your productivity, emotions, and more.

Read all about it here.

From the article…"The system would allow managers to monitor employees’ performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure."

Oh Big Brother…I love you!

The articles mentions that unions (none are mentioned by name) are afraid that the software will be used nefariously to dismiss employees based on their physiological state. Apparently the software can determine if the user becomes frustrated, makes too many facial expressions, or just plain sloughs off and doesn’t get the job done. The article does not spill the beans as to how the software measures these factors but who cares. The technology sounds Orwellian but I will hold-off forming an opinion until the good people at Microsoft release an actual product. Maybe they applied for the patent to prevent

anyone from ever using such a technology? Yeah? Yeah? Only time will tell.

What I would like to see Microsoft do is build a portable device that can help me interpret the complexities of the opposite sex. Microsoft might be on to something if they can pull that off. I have lots of ideas for the potential device’s name but I will refrain to save myself some grief.

Checklist for Creating SharePoint Web Parts

Use this checklist to assist with the deployment and maintenance of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Web Parts.

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Checklist for Creating SharePoint Web Parts

Customize the Outlook Home Page (You Can if You Want To)

While catching up on blogs tonight I found a sample Visual Studio project that shows how to use WPF to customize the homepage of an Outlook folder. I have always been intrigued with the possibility of creating a really cool folder customization that would summarize my Outlook data, make me more productive, etc…but then I decide I’m just not that into being productive…unless cash money is involved. For some reason that seems to help the motivation factor.  


So I wonder…Is customizing Outlook folder homepages a popular thing to do? I don’t run into too many clients asking for this type of Outlook extension. In fact I haven’t run into any. Maybe it’s just me and I am missing out. You tell me.

Anyway…here is the link to the sample project:


Outlook 2007 Add-in: Folder Homepage View Customization

Also, here is an article that discusses the topic further. I scanned it and it looks good.

Outlook Folder Homepage: Hosting WPF, ActiveX and Windows Forms controls

I am sure if needed I can build a truly kick-ass folder home page. If I ever choose to do so however, I will use the add-in framework provided by Add-In-Express. They make this sort of thing easy.

Building Office Business Applications Using Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (3.0)

Learn how to take advantage of Visual Studio 2008 to easily build and deploy customized Office Business Applications.

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Building Office Business Applications Using Visual Studio Tools for the Office System (3.0)

Office Business Applications: Pricing Exception Management

Learn to implement an internal Price Exception Management solution. Examine how you can use Office Business Applications to establish interoperability between SAP and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

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Office Business Applications: Pricing Exception Management