Kent used a phrase a few days ago “loaded for bear”, and while I can’t even really explain what it meant (though Google certainly can), it makes me laugh every time I think of it…

Anyway, I recently bought a home machine (from Dell, because I realized that if I built it myself I would probably spend weeks doing it for 20-30 minutes a night), and I’ve finally loaded it up with VS.NET 2003.

The motivation behind the purchase of a new home computer was that I would spend less time in the middle of night working on the more mundane aspects of my job, and more time on my writing and coding… but all I had managed to install was Outlook and enough other software to be able to work on the developer centers… not a lot of code can be written if you don’t install an IDE though (well, unless you are into emacs) so now I’m ready to go. Assuming I can stay up late enough over the next few weeks, I should be able to get back on track with my column, and perhaps write a few stand-alone samples that folks will find interesting. Of course, I bought Halo for the PC today, and the Titans add-on for Age of Mythology… I wonder how long I can leave them in the boxes?

I’m looking forward to PDC week, we’ll be putting a ton of new and interesting content up on MSDN… lots to read even if you aren’t going to LA yourself. One of those pieces of content is a chapter from my next book, so I’m pretty excited to get that posted onto MSDN… despite the heavy temptation to just stick it up on

wrote this in w.bloggar, then cut and pasted into the .Text admin interface…not sure that is normal, but it works