I recently re-installed my system and was going to setup my fonts & colors but thought I would do a quick Google to see how other people have setup their Dev environment. I found this link on Roland Weigelt's blog and he even included his settings for download if you want to try them out! Here is the link:
My original settings are a little different from this. I prefer the dark interface but I am going to give it a try as I like his use of bold and font choice. I will probably settle for a hybrid but atleast I have a settings file to start from. Remember this settings file will only work for VS 2005 as 2003 used registry settings. Happy Coding!
Just had this one creep up on me after reinstalling XP:
[Error number: 0x80072F8F]
Your computer’s date and time appear to be out of sync with an update certificate. To fix this:
1. In the Control Panel, open date and Time Properties
2. Ensure that the date and time are correct.
Read more about steps you can take to resolve this problems (error number 0x80072F8F) yourself.
After mucho searching, newsgroups, etc. I found what worked for me so I had to blog about it because it took forever to find! You will kick yourself for not thinking of this one. Check your BIOS clock!!!!! Mine said 2002…only 4 years ago! Apparently the SSL Certificate validation uses an API call or something that ends up checking your BIOS clock and not your Windows clock. I hope this saves someone out there a couple of hours and some gray hairs. Good Luck!
I hope I'm not the only person who has ever wondered about this. How do you launch download manager without going back to msdn subscriptions and clicking the resume button? Well, it might not seem like much but I had to post about the answer…
This link does it all.
Continuing with the “career” theme, I thought I would take a second to talk about tech interviews. I have done quite a few interviews and I have seen what I consider all types so I wanted to talk about the most common and see if anyone has experience with these interviews and perhaps any others that I missed. So here is the short list from easiest to most difficult!
1. The Conversation – This is usually a joke, if you can talk about a few things on your resume and some newer technologies without swallowing your tongue you are probably going to do well. The trick to this inteview is find out what peeks the interviewers interest and have a fun conversation about it. Don’t forget to plug yourself when appropriate, not in an awkward way but in the flow of the conversation. (ex. “I am very excited about C# generics, I used several strongly typed collections in my last project and can see the benefit.”)
2. The Behavioral – This interview type is a little different, you are given questions where you have to discuss situations. For example, “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss and how you handled it.” The best way to handle these is to be truthful (duh!) but prepare for this one by answering some common questions in advance. Here are some links to sample questions:
3. The Quiz – This type of interview is really just a machine gun of questions about your past, projects, technologies, and pretty much any other trivia you can think of. It really helps to be prepared for this type of interview but in a pinch it is ok to say that you haven’t worked with a certain tech (if it isn’t on your resume) or to give the old “I remember reading about that but haven’t had a chance to use it, I’m sure I could find the answer pretty fast if needed.” Don’t be surprised if you get brain teasers and code on the whiteboard questions in this one. Don’t get too fancy on the whiteboard stick to pseudocode if not given a language and just make sure that you talk about what you are doing. When you get a brain teaser don’t just think about it and freeze up. Start making notes and talking about the problem, most interviewers don’t care too much about the answer just your process for getting it.
I hope these reviews help, feel free to leave a comment about interviews you have had and any tough questions you can remember.