Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog

November 2008 Entries

Enjoying Vista Image Features

If you have followed my blog for a while you know that there were a number of graphic issues I had to begin with.  In a change of event I am noticing lately that there are features of the Windows Explorer that are coming in handy.

The first thing was the rating system for images.  Many times I have heard the Lightroom experience described and its star rating system.  From the day I started using Vista I noticed that it had similar capabilities, but it wasn’t clear how to use it beyond a single file.  Honestly, I didn’t think it was that useful and didn’t spend the time to dig deeper.

Last week I had a large number of images I wanted to process and I was having a hard time narrowing down the keepers.  It occurred to me that if I could rate the images and sort them by rating this could help me to review the similar images that were distributed randomly across the group of files.  It made for a good tracking and workflow tool.

Today I started working with tags more, based on what I learned with the ratings.  As my number of images have been growing I am finding it harder to locate images that I want to show people while discussing a topic.  Slowly I am finding there are helpful surprises all over Vista.  Time to go explore more.

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How Are Podcasts Made

Larry Clarkin of The Thirsty Developer podcast is one of the leaders of the Chicago Architects Group and makes the Microsoft office available for some of our meetings.  As we were setting up for last week’s meeting Larry was recording an episode of The Thirsty Developer.  There were a few things about the situation that surprised me.

The first thing was that I always imagined a large box for recording and head sets and everything hooked up to a computer.  The whole setup was barely noticable except for that large professional microphones.  You can actually see how simple the setup is on the most recent episode’s page.

The second surprise was how much distraction Larry could put up with and still keep on track with the interview.  We were moving in and out of the room as people showed up and were setting up the food and drinks for the evening.  We carried on conversations just outside the room and they never missed a beat.  Then again I’m sure when Larry and Dave are recording in a bar or at a conference they have a lot more to deal with.

In all it was interesting to see just how these shows come together.  I now have a new appreciation for people that do podcasts that I spend so much time listening to.

November Chicago Architects Group Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming Chicago Architects Group meeting.  The discussions during the meetings are usually lively and great for exchanging ideas.  Please register at the link at the end of the information below.  Hope to see you there.

Chicago Architects Group - Thurs, November 20th
Microsoft Corporation
3025 Highland Pkwy.
Suite 300

Downers Grove, Il 60515

Presentation :
Presentation at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

The Business Process Workflow Model, a case study
by Howard Edidin
Register Here