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HP Mini 110 with Windows 7

Sep 3, 2009

After my previous laptop (an HP tablet) decided to pack it in for good after only 18 months of use, I decided to pick up a cheap netbook to tide me over until I finished my masters. The netbook I got was an HP Mini 110-1030CA; this post details installing Windows 7 on it and my initial thoughts on using the netbook.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part VI

Sep 1, 2009

The last article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part V

Aug 27, 2009

The fifth article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part IV

Aug 23, 2009

The fourth article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part III

Aug 20, 2009

The third article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part II

Aug 17, 2009

The second article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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The Ideal Work Term Progression for Computer Engineers, part I

Aug 14, 2009

The first article in a series on what you should be doing for each co-op work term.

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XAML: Not Just for UI (part II)

Jul 20, 2009

Continuing from part 1 in the series, this post describes some of the tricky bits for implementing your own XAML-based test data loading infrastructure.

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XAML: Not Just for UI

Jul 12, 2009

XAML is somewhat of a niche language: developers outside of the .NET world rarely have heard of it, and those that have heard about it -- .NET developers or not -- often treat it as a language used exclusively for UI design. So it's mostly those of us in the XAML niche -- those that write user interfaces for a living - that know its secret: XAML itself has nothing to do with UI. And it can be rather useful in other scenarios if you know to use it.

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Writing an Excellent (Software Engineering) Work Report

Jul 12, 2009

Writing a work report is something that students in co-op at the University of Waterloo will do a handful of times throughout their degree. Unlike the literal interpretation of “work report”, for engineers these reports require the analysis of a situation the student encountered over their work term in order to evaluate their engineering judgment rather than a blow-by-blow description of what a student did on a particular co-op term. As a report, these milestones also measure a student’s ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, a skill that is just important as knowing what the correct/best answer is.

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