Andy Pennell's Blog

See me blather about software development, Gadgets, Technology, Fatherhood, plus anything else that gets me going.

Need Two Camera Baby Monitor

I am pleased to announce that early next year there will be a new member of the Pennell family. This...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 10/18/2005

What am I working on? iHD, that's what

So what have I been working on that I haven't been able to blog about? iHD, that's what! Its the...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 09/27/2005

Places where software should never fail: Your Dentists

There are certain places where software should never fail. Obvious ones like aircraft, missile...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 09/22/2005

Shock! Horror! Microsoft release usable keyboards!

Many of us at Microsoft have hated our own keyboards for a number of years. I personally am a...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 09/06/2005

Video Players for Kids

Our 2.x-year-old is a video-lover, and it keeps the peace. Some folks won't agree, but hey: it works...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/28/2005

Failures on IDirect3DDevice9::ColorFill

I am only a few months into DirectX programming, but this one just burned me so I thought I would...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/24/2005

My Vonage Story

A few months ago we switched at home to Vonage VOIP, and we’re loving it. Even without dumping...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/04/2005

Good Places to Eat with Toddlers #2: Redhook Brewery

Redhook's pub, Forecasters, has a casual attitude and admit minors, so it makes a great family...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/31/2005

Where is the Windows BMP Format defined?

You'd think this would be simple: on MSDN surely. Even Google has trouble finding any microsoft.com...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/20/2005

Good places to eat with toddlers: #1, Pagliacci Pizza, Bridle Trails

Eating out with toddlers (and babies) is a challenge: you want some decent food, but you dont want...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/15/2005

New blog category: Fatherhood

As it is difficult for me to blog about my work for the moment, I decided to blog about something...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/15/2005

Updated NoStepInto article for Whidbey

I have updated the post at http://blogs.msdn.com/andypennell/archive/2004/02/06/69004.aspx to...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 05/27/2005

Moving on from the Debugger Team

Here is a (slightly redacted) email I sent to the C# team recently: I have accepted a dev position...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 03/08/2005

Windows XP Bluetooth Rant: One Year Later

In my blog from a year ago I ranted about the poor state of bluetooth in Windows at the time, and...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 02/28/2005

Does anyone use dbgclr? Or even know what it is?

My third blog entry in a row which is a question, and its becease we really want your input on these...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 02/21/2005

We want to cut Crashdump support : will you let us?

See Scott's blog for why we want to cut "classic" W2K crashdump from the VS2005 Whidbey debugger. If...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 01/19/2005

The Da Vinci Code: Fantasy Movie Cast

Here my wife and I are in Mexico having a super-relaxing holiday, and we both just finished The Da...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 01/09/2005

DVDs in 1080i, from a network share: Nirvana

I have moved this posting regarding the beta 2.0 software for the Roku HD1000 to my personal web...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 12/30/2004

Viewsonic V150p Airpanel Smart Display Review

A have posted a full review of the Viewsonic V150p Airpanel Smart Display on my web site and this is...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 12/29/2004

C# Edit and Continue is here!

Finally we have announced C# Edit and Continue, the 2nd most requested feature in all of VS...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 10/15/2004

Pointer to new debugger blog and Update

Mike Stall has a new blog which will be of interest to low-level folks wanting to know how the CLR...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 09/30/2004

Halo 2: Will it impact Microsoft Productivity?

The "Official Xbox Magazine" says in the October issue that 8,000 Microsoft employees are...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/31/2004

Windows XP SP2 and the Visual Studio Debugger

Oh what fun XP SP2 was for the debugger team! The firewall defaulting to On obviously completely...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/20/2004

Magic Tricks with DLL Forwarders

Thought I would share a DLL trick we used in the VS 2003 debugger that illustrates how a DLL with no...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/11/2004

Shocking news: Google can't find something

We have a little known feature in the debugger so I wanted to see where, if anywhere, it is...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 08/04/2004

Please use the new Visual Studio Feedback Center: it rocks

Until recently, there were various methods of sending us, the Visual Studio team, feedback. However,...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/29/2004

Confessions of a Technical Masochist

At coffee today with my team I was ranting about Memory Sticks. It was pointed out to me that every...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/15/2004

Developer Job Opening: Visual Studio Debugger

We have a developer position open on the debugger team, you can read more about it at...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 07/12/2004

Debugger Goodies in VS 2005 Beta 1

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is announced at last! Previously known as Whidbey (and internally it will...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/29/2004

How Software Development has changed in 20 or so Years

A conversation with a workmate made me think back to my early programming days, and how things have...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/28/2004

Debugger Window Menu Items: Where should they be?

The VS debugger since 7.0 has put most debugger windows on the Debug menu, under the Windows...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/17/2004

Visual Studio Key Bindings : why do we do change them?

Every new release of Visual Studio comes with changed key bindings. Excuse me, “better”...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/17/2004

Why don't cordless phones have a global phone book?

I want to get a new 4-handset cordless phone, ideally 5.8GHz, but as far as I can tell, none of them...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/16/2004

Roku HD1000 Review

Here is the place to discuss anything about my review of the Roku HD1000 HDTV media player.

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/11/2004

Visual Studio Breakpoint Helper

I have created a prototype Breakpoint Helper that deals with the most common issues that Visual...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 06/04/2004

TiVo for HDTV: At Last!

I have just posted a full review of my brand-new new Hughes HR10-DVR250 HD TiVo on my ControlAV...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 05/05/2004

An Ode for Programmers (apologies to Monty Python)

From a long lost t-shirt. Think Monty Python & the Holy Grail: We're programmers of the Round...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 04/08/2004

If you visit here you will find other C# team members who blog. Other debugger team blogs are:...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 04/01/2004

Quick way to open files in Visual Studio IDE

In 7.0 and later you can simply and quickly open files by going to the Find combo in the toolbar,...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 03/03/2004

Wireless Networking Troubles (aka I want those three days back)

This is the story of a wireless networking problem I had at home, what it was, the clues I missed,...

Author: Andy-Pennell Date: 02/28/2004

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