Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
"Legal liabilities lurk amid corporate blogs.
... As weblogs have multiplied, a number of legal issues have arisen, and regardless of whether your company sponsors its bloggers, it may be opening itself up to hidden liabilities. Here are some of the dangers of corporate blogging and precautions companies should consider.
Monday, November 01, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
"Many members of the Developer Division leadership team are blogging their plans for the division, and the products they are responsible for. This page gives you the ability to see what they are planning and insight into the direction for Visual Studio and the related products from now, through Whidbey and Burton, and to the future."
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Ordinary people have long known that computers crash on deadline and cars break down in emergencies, while previous studies have shown the law, also called Sod's Law, is not a myth and toast really does fall buttered side down.
But now a panel of experts has provided the statistical rule for predicting the law of "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" - or ((U+C+I) x (10-S))/20 x A x 1/(1-sin(F/10)).
After tests of the experiences of 1000 people, they have discovered "things don't just go wrong, they do so at the most annoying moment".
Now the experts commissioned by British Gas - a psychologist, a mathematician and an economist - say the formula allows people to calculate the chances of Sod's Law striking, and even try to beat bad luck.
Project psychologist Dr David Lewis said: "The lesson from this is that, to cut the seemingly unbeatable Murphy's Law gremlins down to size, you need to change one of the elements in the equation.
"So, if you haven't got the skill to do something important, leave it alone. If something is urgent or complex, find a simple way to do it. If something going wrong will particularly aggravate you, make certain you know how to do it."
But he added a note of caution: "There is, of course, a Sod's Law factor to the equation. If you judge your ratings wrongly, you might become too optimistic - and calamity will strike."
In the calculation, five factors have to be assessed: urgency (U), complexity (C), importance (I), skill (S) and frequency (F), and each given a score between one and nine. A sixth, aggravation (A), was set at 0.7 by the experts after their poll.
Top of the most likely - and most annoying - events was spilling something down yourself before a date and the hot water heater breaking down in cold weather, followed by rush hour being worse when you're already late."
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Monday, October 04, 2004
Thursday, September 30, 2004
"In typical Microsoft fashion, the software giant will again crash a hot, happening technology party fashionably late and then dominate it, just as it did in the Web browser and email/groupware markets. As I pen this post, I bet Microsoft is probably now cooking up all kinds of new software/ASP-based tools that will make it a snap for information workers and consumers to save and publish any information that needs to be continually updated in RSS format."
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:
Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money.
As every engineer and scientist knows: Power = Work/Time
Since: Knowledge=Power & Time=Money
Solving for Money, we get: Money=Work/Knowledge
Thus: as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.
Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.
You can't split an atom in half or you can't split a molecule in half. But to get to 5 nanometers, you go from 90 to 65 to 45 to 30 to 20 to 12 to 5. So, there's six or so generations between now and then. "
Monday, September 27, 2004
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
It gets worse. If the products are sourced from Amazon, the differences ranges from 87% to 111%."
Monday, September 20, 2004
This is Wrong on Oh So Many Levels: "do what you want, anyway, because we're all just making this stuff up."
Do you write a blog for the audience or yourself?
to quote Forest Gump "or maybe it's both"
you can tell this from the number of 'freebie' buttons on this site (under the powered by area).
Paypal, blogshares, firefox...
The truth is I am just trying stuff to see how the plumbing works.
Does this site load in thess than 3 seconds? - probably not.
Is the web design World class? AS IF!
Does it reflect the mind of a developer learning at his own pace? Absolutely!
So help me out, visit my page and click on a few things.
Click a google ad, put a pin on my guestbook map, send me some money via paypal... ;)
Go ahead make my day.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Andrew Duthie has this to say
"I am really impressed by the new site. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/default.aspx.
Now you can use 'http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/
This is what MSDN team called 'URL aliases'.
Aliases also works for classes. To look for documentation of System.Reflection.Assembly class, I will simply type http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/System.Reflection.Assembly.aspx.
This is superb work done by MSDN team!
I can't believe this. It actually works with properties and methods as well. Like http://msdn2.microsoft.com/library/System.Reflection.Assembly.FullName.aspx. This is too good to be true."
I just treid it and I must agree, this is a cleaner, faster interface. Well Done to the MSDN team.
The Microsoft Office Internet Free/Busy Service will end on October 15, 2004. While current users can continue to use the service until October 15, we are not enrolling new users."
Not surprising, I could never got it to work, or get anyone else game enough to try it.
Friday, September 10, 2004
Thursday, September 09, 2004
"Weblogs 'blogs' for short are a type of online journal devoted to a single subject or a range of them. Blog entries, also called 'posts' or 'stories,' might be written by a blog owner, a contributing reader, or gleaned from other Internet resources."
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
But if anyone wants to send me free samples I would not complain.
Andrew Dixon, editor of the Weekly's popular 'On-line' column.
Right country, Right profession - I can't write
Andrew Dixon: The Art of Sax
Right country, wrong profession - I can't even spell saxophone.
The things you find out when you google....
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
"Are you feeling screwed, blued and tattooed because the man slipped it to you? Like, stay loose, hit the pad and share a thumb with your pash.
If that made no sense to you, check out 'The Hippie Dictionary' by John McCleary. Using the new book to translate, readers come up with the more conventional: 'Are you feeling mistreated by the authorities? Relax, go home to bed and share a very large marijuana cigarette with your significant other.' "
Monday, September 06, 2004
Friday, September 03, 2004
Copernic could not see public folders on the exchange server
I REALLY like the interface and the fact it is not inside outlook - but I for one will be sticking with LookOut for the moment.
By Pat Helland
Summary: Pat Helland explores Service Oriented Architecture, and the differences between data inside and data outside the service boundary. Additionally, he examines the strengths and weaknesses of objects, SQL, and XML as different representations of data, and compares and contrasts these models."
Thursday, September 02, 2004
MBF is not just key for third-party software vendors and corporate developers building on the Windows platform: a new family of Microsoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications -- known as "Project Green" -- is also supposed to rely on the framework, Microsoft has said.
Microsoft recently disclosed that it is slowing down development work on Project Green and is instead focusing on its existing offerings. The software maker even reduced the number of developers assigned to Project Green from 200 to 70 because the first products are not expected out until 2008 at the earliest, Microsoft Senior Vice President Doug Burgum said in June. Microsoft originally had planned to ship the first results of Project Green as early as the end of this year.
Microsoft plans to provide early MBF code, so-called alpha code, to its early-adopter partners for MBF later this year, the company spokesman said. "
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Then came e-mail a few years later, a core communications protocol called TCP/IP in the late 1970s, the domain name system in the 1980s and the World Wide Web -- now the second most popular application behind e-mail -- in 1990. The Internet expanded beyond its initial military and educational domain into businesses and homes around the world."
Friday, August 27, 2004
The Search Engine Belt Buckle is a PDA which shows 24 hours of all the bizarre and banal things people are looking for on the web. Art project or pointless hack? That's for you to decide, but all we know is that people are searching for some pretty freaky stuff out there, so why not put in a belt buckle..."
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
"Programmers are outsourcing their software modules to cheap and efficient labour in India. This way they get the best of both worlds- more money and more time. They earn doubly - one from the outsourced job, other from the new job they undertake.
Says a programmer on Slashdot.org who outsourced his job: 'My employer thinks I'm telecommuting. Now I'm considering getting a second job and doing the same thing.'"
Monday, August 23, 2004
"only 23 out of 56 young Americans knew the whereabouts of the Pacific Ocean."
"The company [Microsoft] has now launched geography classes for its staff to avoid further bloomers which have caused embarrassment and cost money on a grand scale"
· A game called Age of Empires 2 offended the Saudi Arabian authorities because it showed victorious Muslim armies turning churches into mosques. The game was withdrawn from sale in the kingdom
· The Korean government, objected because Microsoft software showed the national flag in reverse. The software had to be changed.
Friday, August 20, 2004
"If the human body did patch management the way (companies do), we'd all be dead." - Fred Baumhardt. Microsoft Security Consultant
According to the SANS Internet Storm Center, an unprotected PC connected to the net to get patches, updates, and security fixes will last about 20 minutes, on average, before becoming compromised. Last year, the number was 40 minutes.
SANS offers a helpful guide called Windows XP - Surviving the First Day. ZDNet has a brief overview of this recent analysis."
Thursday, August 19, 2004
"You probably know those onboard testers found on Energizer and Duracell batteries : press the two white dots printed on the wrapper, and magically the battery's state appears on a yellow bar. No need for a separate battery tester, everything is included on the battery itself. While not very precise, it's good enough to know if a battery is brand new, so-so, or completely dead.
Here are instructions to turn such a tester into a not-so-precise analog display to monitor the CPU load on a Linux system, controlled by a serial port."
After a recent brush with (I believe) cyber squatting, I found this link. It explained the fundamentals to me very well. There may be other iems of law that interest you. obviously this is a USA bviased site, but the principles may apply to global issues, but what do I know - I'm not a lawyer.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Monday, August 16, 2004
The problem: You have a question. You need an answer. You know the person or group of people who can answer the question. You ask them the question, but you never hear back... you might have to continually checkin every few days or weeks, you might have to cc their manager, etc... but that's an awful lot of work just to get the answer to a question.
The solution: Send the mail to the person or group of people, but rather than asking the question, state what you know is the wrong answer. 'I think the way it works is Foo, right Bob?' You'll be amazed at how quickly someone will take the time to correct you, particularly if the question was aimed at more than one person, since it's an opportunity for that person to prove their knowledge in front of others (which is just human nature).
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Of course, it's not without consequences... you need to have a thick skin (or be willing to grow one), and be willing to live with the consequences should you use this trick so frequently that others start to think you don't know what you're talking about."
Friday, August 13, 2004
The Microsoft SQL Server Health and History Tool (SQLH2) allows you to collect information from instances of SQL Server, store this information, and run reports against the data in order to determine how SQL Server is being used."
Whenever I hear about a 'Long Running Transaction', I wonder about where it ends. Let's consider the following example:
1) I decide to take a trip to Europe so I book some airline and hotel reservations.
2) The hotel in London hits a threshold of occupancy and decides to increase staffing and food for the restaurant.
3) The hotel orders more food from the Green Grocer.
4) The Green Grocer hits a threshold and orders another delivery from its shipper.
5) The shipping company hits a thresold and orders more diesel fuel for its trucks...
6) Two weeks later, I cancel my trip.
So, if I believe in long-running-transactions, the shipping company doesn't need any more diesel fuel! I don't think so!
Thursday, August 12, 2004
This posting is GoMeme 4.0. It is part of an experiment to see if we can create a blog posting that helps 1000's of blogs get higher rankings in Google. So far we have tried 3 earlier variations. Our first test, GoMeme 1.0, spread to nearly 740 blogs in 2.5 days. This new version 4.0 is shorter, simpler, and fits more easily into your blog.
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1. Minding the Planet
2. Luke Hutteman's public virtual MemoryStream
4. MrDee Office Zealot
5. (your URL goes here! But first, please copy this line and move it down to the next line for the next person"
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
"Ironically, the New Zealand event this year is larger than Tech Ed in Australia.
Microsoft's Doug Pratt says speakers won't have to fly out next year, because the Australian event will be held a week before New Zealand's conference. "
Friday, August 06, 2004
"All opinions are my own. All content is provided 'AS IS' with no warranties, and confers no rights. Use code samples at your own risk.
Posts may contain information that is confidential, privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humour or irrational religious beliefs. Any dissemination, distribution or copying of this post is not authorised (either explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas. Unless the word absquatulation has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the preparation of this post. Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft: However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have read this post in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites and place it in a warm oven for 40 minutes. Whisk briefly and let it stand for 2 hours before icing. "
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Steve Riley at his best. BTW the auction for may password starts here (and begins at more than one chocolate bar)
ARC305 Improving Application Performance and Scalability
Good solid, sensible advice. Glad I went.
DEV403 .NET Framework: Writing Faster Managed Code
Nic Wise, recipient of the TechEd purple heart for continuing under fire. Next year can we please have a venue that is finished.
"The one thing you need to do is (insert mind altering screetch noise from the heavens that makes your eyes rattle) and that is it."
Sorry Nic, I could not get much more that this out of your session (and I lost the link to Quake :( )
DEV322 Using Web Services Enhancements v2.0 to secure Web services
Torture. One of the 'features' of v2.0 is ease of use. These guys need a dictionary.
I am sure Gabe is a great guy, it is the session that should be put out of our misery
DEV307 Visual C# Best Practices: What's Wrong With this Code?
Should have gone to the dentist. Even if I WANTED to feel like I was trapped in a C# for dummies book or a Hi-5 TV show I would not have come here.
DEV311 Secure coding best practices (or Writing Secure Code 2nd Edition)
What a way to finish. Michael has passion, skill and an ability to make me REALLY scared. Please come back.
WOW I wish I had been to his first session. Electric, Informative.
no wonder this is the session that will not die.
and yes, he is a good as steve riley
SMT205 Smart Clients in a Service-Oriented World: Thomson Financial Case Study
Wierd opening, content that swung from a 100 to a 300 level - Interesting overview, just needed a little focus.
DotNet User Group
this is a must not miss, must support local talent - shame it conflicted with
SEC404 Security Expert Panel
Jesper Johansson, Steve Riley, Ben Smith
but there is one one of me - I'm sure they missed me (NOT)
DEV201 .NET Framework: Exploring What's new in the CLR 2.0
Nice overview, The map was a little strange, he seemed a little eagre, but very sincere - and a good topic helps.
DEV310 Threat modeling of possible software exploits
He is the MAN. He wrote the book on security at microsoft (well co-authored at least)
Writing Secure Code and he knows how to interest an audience. I did not want to leave.
note to sponsers. WE NEED MORE STUFF. my haul so far - pens=2. t-shirts=1, balls=2 and I had to WORK hard for these. c'mon guys t-shirts are cheap adverting. Geeks wear these everywhere. and if you want to buy something technical who do you ask? why not make them a moving billboard. I will wear a t-shirt long after I have forgotten the eye-candy air-heads you have manning your stalls.
DEV316 Visual Studio Team System Part 1
this could be good, this could be bloat, this could be another hoop to jump through before you an get to DOING something useful. I will wait for time to tell.
This one saw WAY too few seats. Can abyone explain why pre-registration is not mandatory so that sensible room sizes are allocated?
Then again Commnet would have to be reliable... maybe next year.
Oh yeah, annoyance number somthing - session times changed - I had the whole 3 days planned and the world shifted resulting in conflicts with cool sessions and dead periods with blah content.
methinks sharing speakers with Australia was the problem. I wonder if having NZ wed-fri and OZ mon-wed might work?
Hire people who care about users.
Hire people who understand the difference between a job and a hobby.
Hire people who want to contribute in lots of different ways to the success of the product.
It's okay to be in awe of these great hackers. But as a practical matter, small ISVs would be much better off hiring professionals."
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Monday, August 02, 2004
Tech Ed started with a bang and a roar. SOOO many people. I would have traken notes but, there was no pen supplied. Can you believe that? you pay an arm and a leg and no pen... or pad.. or eval forms.... note to self - pick these up later... too much to see.
ARC301 Metropolis: Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise
Harry Pierson presented this fabulously - if you watch nothing else on the DVD set, this will give you a fresh perspective on where IT is going
ARC303 Business value of Enterprise Architecture
Mark Carroll - WARNING buzz word alert!
however when you actually understand what he is saying the value is obvious. I am looking forward to getting the slide deck (still no pen)
ARC401 Data in Services-Oriented Architecture
Harry Pierson - This guy is on fire. I will ahve to digest this session futher, but to see some flesh on the fiefdoms concept has made TechEd worth coming to this year (yay a pen was found, and a t-shirt, squeeze ball etc - must say though meagre pickings for geek pack-rats)
SEC402 Network Threat Modeling
Jesper Johansson - Such a shame I missed this gut earlier - tomorrow I will not miss him (despite 8:30 start) Animated, funny, INFORMATIVE. why are security guys so entertaining? Steve Riley et al.
did I mention the food - Not bad.
If they could find a way of letting us get from one seminar to the next without risking life an limb (bad queues due to sponsers on bith sides of narrow corridor, and a VERY dodgy escalator) I would be happier.)
don't you just love Tech Ed? I know I do.
Friday, July 30, 2004
"In the creation of Service Oriented Architectures, service boundaries define the interactions between applications. Internal to those applications is the concept of tier boundaries and component boundaries. Which technology should you use to communicate across these boundaries?"
Thursday, July 29, 2004
I'm off for New Zealand today"
Unfortunately, the decision between frameworks still has no clear-cut choice. J2EE has more to offer in terms of no-touch deployment, but only .NET provides pre-packaged synchronization logic and in-memory manipulation of DataSets. As with all applications, choosing the right technology depends heavily on your specific application's functional and technical requirements. "
"We're seeing over 275,000 individual posts every day. That means that on average, more than 3 blogs are updated every second. The median time from when someone posts something to their weblog to when it is indexed and available for searches on Technorati is 7 minutes. And we're striving to handle the load. But to be perfectly frank, it isn't easy."
IMHO This service really rocks. Tecnocrato has received some flak but just like Christopher Carfi I think these guys should be given a loud round of applause.
NASA Calls it Project Columbia. The 10,240-processor system will be used to design equipment, simulate future space missions and model weather patterns. The Ames system uses 512-processor nodes, each of which will have more than 1,000 gigabytes of memory.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds said in an email interview "Scaling up to ... 512 CPU's is pretty damn studly, Putting 20 of them in a cluster and making them be programmable as a single machine is pretty hot."
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Microsoft has released a number of Office 2003 updates today.
- OneNote SP1.
- Service Pack 1 releases for the Office 2003 Suite, Visio 2003, and Project 2003.
- Updated Junk Filter
Interestingly, Microsoft is offering two different downloads for each SP1 release - a full installer (big) and a special installer for those who have their original installation CD at hand (much smaller). - you haver to clicl the Mote Information link to find this out.
Go to the Office Update web site to determine which updates are available for your system.
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
Thursday, July 22, 2004
The other day I used Office 97 on Windows 95. you know it still works!
I could type a letter, insert graphics, print it, file it, search for it.
Comparing 97 to 2003 I find that setting up tables is just as confusing and bullets & auto-numbering is still brain dead. When I go to a ramdom place in the document hit the delete key it is still a game of russian roulette as to what formatting will be applied, and deleting inside a bullet list is something only to be tried AFTER prozac.
After squillions of R&D could they please fix this stuff and not worry about reference book look-up, online collaboration (does ANYONE use this)
And while we are at it why does Windows still forget that I prefer detailed list view in explorer.
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Further curiosities lie within. In the rear, past floor-to-ceiling shelves bearing grappling hooks and utility belts, a secret door masked by a steel bookshelf swings open to reveal - shazam - a tutoring center. "
what a neat idea to make tutoring fun for students (and make a buck while you are at it)
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
this leads to
Lookout's technology might make sense in MSN, but it also made sense in Outlook. The question is, why is it now unavailable for it's originally intended purpose? "
Monday, July 19, 2004
In 2000, Maddox spent one year at home and living off purchases made on the Internet. Video footage of his life was streamed on the Internet 24 hours a day and attracted worldwide media attention."
The company has been awarded $US54 million in judgments from spammers, five of whom were among the top 10 known spammers, Microsoft said. "
Friday, July 16, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
"The essence of pretty code is that one can infer much about the the code's structure from a glance, without completely reading it. I call this 'visual parsing': discerning the flow and relative importance of code from its shape. Engineering such code requires a certain amount of artifice to transform otherwise working code into working, readable code, making the extra step to leave visual cues for the user, not the compiler. - Christopher Seiwald"
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
I am hoping, and believing, that the current focus on the profit bit will become less important, or rather less focussed on, as it does not have as much weight for a company success as the others. This would mean that to really make a profit, your focus needs to be on something else. And that will likely be very good indeed."
A fully loaded swiss army knife from the Victorinox."
OR how about this?
SWISSMEMORY USB Storage
in a VICTORINOX Pocket Knife:
VICTORINOX CyberTool : "Developed for our times when computers and electronics rule the day. Thanks to 13 different screwdrivers.
They are part of the official equipment for the NASA space-shuttle crews.
Go ahead - make my day"
Monday, July 12, 2004
Stuck on level 8
Friday, July 09, 2004
have you ever felt that finishing a Quake 3 match with a positive score was an achievement? That coming last is in itself, a placing rather than quitting the server? Have you ever felt the natural exhiliration that comes with your first kill in half an hour of playing any FPS? If so then Team [CRAP] wants you!"
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Monday, July 05, 2004
Could not agree more. Go Green
A free product based on SQL Server 2005 technology, includes the unique Application XCopy feature, and networking and security that differ from other SQL Server 2005 editions. These topics and the integration of SQL Server Express with Visual Studio 2005 are discussed. Compare this product with the existing Microsoft free databases like MSDE and Jet.
Lyrics to "Mr. CIO Guy": "Lyrics to 'Mr. CIO Guy'
Mr. CIO Guy - A Speculative Retrospective
Lyrics by Pat Helland
Sung to 'American Pie' by Don McLean
Performed at TechEd Amsterdam 2004 by Pat Helland
with Don Box on Guitar and David Chappel on Keyboards"
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Presenter: Pat Helland, Architect, .NET Enterprise Architecture Team
Cities emerge one building at a time, but with the right planning codes the result can be more graceful and functional than anything one architect could conceive alone. Are services the Jerusalem stone of information technology, the facade that unites old and new to the benefit of all? What will an organizational technology portfolio look like in ten years time? How will advances in technology transform business and business processes? What are the key architectural patterns? What are the new limits? What do you set in motion today to anticipate the architecture of tomorrow?
View the Metropolis Overview, Overview of Services, Metropolis as Guidance or the entire presentation. "
Gotta Love Pat Helland
It is hard to think that ASCII and the escape command were invented - they have always been there (then again teen-agers think the same of the internet)
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
SIGNS OF ASPERGER SYNDROME.
Every person in the world will have a few of these signs. It is when a person has a lot of them, and also when the intensity of the symptoms is more extreme than in the average person, that there may be cause for concern. Each person who has Asperger Syndrome is also an individual, and may not have exactly the same profile of characteristics as another. Every possible symptom of Asperger Syndrome is not listed here. A more precise check-list is provided under the heading "Diagnostic Criteria", also on this website.
* Difficulty making friends and in general social interaction.
* Difficulty understanding non-verbal social cues such as facial expressions and body language.
* Communication difficulties, e.g. not understanding the mechanics of a conversation situation.
* May be either withdrawn, or makes over-eager, inappropriate approaches to others.
* Difficulty understanding that others may have thoughts or feelings different from one's own.
* Obsessive focus on narrow interests, e.g. train timetables, or obsessively collecting items.
* Awkward or clumsy motor skills, co-ordination or balance difficulties.
* Over-sensitivity to sudden noises, and/or other sensory inputs, e.g. textures.
* Eye contact may be lacking or unusual, e.g. staring.
* Inflexibility about routine, especially when changes occur spontaneously.
* Odd quality to voice, e.g. monotone.
* Problems with understanding idiomatic expressions, i.e. taking things literally.
* Difficulty with multi-tasking, or in coping with more than one significant issue.
* Difficulty in thinking or performing under pressure.
* Tendency to be able to deal with only one sensory channel at once, e.g. seeing OR hearing, not both.
* Tendency to be overly sensitive to criticism, failure, and humiliation.
Jen Birch - Jen's Book > Where to Obtain this Book: "Congratulations! It's Asperger Syndrome, by Jen Birch."
A Career Choice for People with Autism
In the computer industry we come across friends and workmates like this all the time.
While we are at it a look in the mirror might be a good idea
Adults With Asperger's Syndrome
(beware spybots from these links)