Monthly Archives: July 2010

Resizing Images from a WordPress.com XML Export

Find out how to preprocess a WordPress export file before import to avoid multi-megapixel images in the post body slowing down page loads.

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Code-First Development with Entity Framework 4: Kicking the Tires

Yesterday Scott Guthrie wrote about the new “code-first” data access paradigm that Microsoft has released as an update to the Entity Framework, in his blog post with the same name as this one. (So I’m lazy!) I read it and was blown away. The speed, power, and elegance that this solution provides now (and will provide in the future after it matures out of CTP) looks like a big win for developers all over, but of course I had to download the bits and put it through its paces.

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The iPad: Your Punctual Lover

Even though I’m a Windows-based developer, I grew up the son of a teacher and an Apple fanboy. While I like to think I’ve become more balanced since my youth, I still remain a fan of their products. My wife has a MacBook Pro which makes my Dell laptop jealous, and I love my iPhone to death.

When Apple announced the iPad, like many my reaction was along the lines of “OK that’s cool, but what do you use it for?”

I still haven’t bought one, but little things I hear keep inching me closer to the inevitable point where I’m sure I will break down and buy one.

My wife and I have friends who own one, and say it makes a great living room computer. The iPhone, while handy and always nearby, still isn’t big enough for some things, and the iPad gives you that real estate for casual web surfing and blog reading on the couch.

And now Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has bought an iPad, and I think he sums it up perfectly:

A regular laptop is like your boss: always making you wait before giving you busy-work assignments. The iPad is more like a punctual lover. It’s always ready for fun.

Check out Scott’s full post: The Amazingness of Instant.