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May 12, 2009

Re-Post: Expose for Windows 7/Vista | Posted at 12:46 PM

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I’ve updated my past post on using Switcher to clone the Mac OSX “Expose” feature, so check it out!

May 8, 2009

How To: Install Windows 7 RC1 on Parallels 3 | Posted at 1:03 PM

Windows 7 on Parallels 3

I am writing from Windows Live Writer on Windows 7 RC1 running on my iMac Parallels installation at work. I have Parallel Tools installed and I’ll show you how to do the same!

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Microsoft Office Live Workspace Video [OLW] | Posted at 10:05 AM

Me and my roommate created a video for the MSP program showcasing the reasons why you really should be using Office Live Workspace.

Check it out:

May 7, 2009

Going to the U of MN? Check out these professors. | Posted at 11:10 AM

As a junior going on senior this coming year, I've had a lot of classes. I've also had a lot of professors… both good and bad. Some make me wonder why I'm in college and others reassure me that I made the right choice.

Rather than complaining about the bad professors, I want to highlight all the excellent teachers I've had over the years and what classes I took with them.

The following list is not in a specific order.

  • Holly Littlefield: Holly was my MGMT 3033V "Business Communication" teacher and she's awesome. I really enjoyed the class even though it required a lot of work. She's my faculty advisor for my honors thesis and I look forward to working with her.
  • Corrie Fiedler: My IDSC 3202 "Systems Analysis" class has been one of the best classes I've taken in my college career, not because it's a slacker class or because it's easy (it's not), but because I've actually learned skills I can apply in my life. Tons of teamwork and hands-on case studies have taught me that Visio is awesome and MS Project is amazing.
  • Justin Revenaugh: He teaches GEO 1005 "Geology and Cinema" and I really enjoyed him as a teacher because he's pretty funny and uses movie clips during class.
  • Kurt Kipfmueller: In my freshman year, I took GEOG 1403 "Biogeography of the Global Garden" with Kurt and it was amazing. He's such a good teacher, he encourages everyone to ask questions during his presentations, he's funny, and gets really into his subject which made me really enjoy it.
  • Ken Reilly: Even though I know a lot about VB.NET, I took Ken's IDSC 3102 "Intermediate Programming" class and still learned a lot. Ken is super helpful and worked on the original MSDN team for VB.NET so he knows a few tips and tricks. I still keep in contact with him about programming projects.
  • Laura Gurak: Last semester I took HSEM 3067H "Digital Literacies", an honors seminar, and it was a really fun class. Laura is a great professor, easy to talk to, and is very open to new ideas like creating class podcasts.

All of these teachers made me glad I chose to go the U of MN, so I really encourage you to take classes with them if at all possible. Many, many thanks to all of them.

May 6, 2009

The Problem With Blogs [Updates] | Posted at 9:39 AM

Is that when you become incredibly busy, it just falls by the wayside.

I don't want to get into all the work I've been doing this semester but you'll see it soon enough detailed on my company blog since I have three projects finishing up shortly (which is three more than I usually tackle during the school year).

Yesterday I installed Windows 7 RC1 three times. Once on Virtual PC 2007, once on VMWare Server, and once on my actual hard drive.

In terms of performance, I will guarantee you that VMWare is faster than Virtual PC. In fact, VMWare is almost as fast as installing it onto my partition. The nice thing is that installing it natively means I get to experience Aero so I am really enjoying the features (tab previews and window previews ftw!). Don't bother me with accusations like, "Show benchmarks or fancy charts with meaningless numbers." It was noticeably more responsive on VMWare than on VPC plus it was able to accommodate my 1680x1050 resolution.

If you're interested in using Windows 7 with VMWare, I went by this wonderful blog post and it worked like a charm.

On a side note, after having been using Windows Forms for the past month substantially, I have a new appreciation for the Windows Live Writer editor window… I have no idea how they did it. Is this a web browser? How did they get the title of the post to act so special? I really am amazed. One of the first things I did when I installed Windows 7 was installed Windows Live Essentials… actual bundled software that is awesome. Kudos to the Live team.