Thursday, 23 August 2007

Question #1


We want to create a project type that resembles the Empty Website template with the following requirement:  We will add a default.htm page which is the only file that can ever exist in the project.  Is it possible to create a restriction like that?

08/23/2007 00:16:46 UTC  #  Comments [3] 

 Tuesday, 21 August 2007

News on the calf injury
Alright, I got a phone call from my doctor today and he brought me some good and bad news: "My tendents are not damaged in a way that I need surgery" (just as a FYI, this is the good news), the bad news was that I have a massive hematoma in my calf which if not treated appropriately could bother be me for the next 6 months. So when I asked the doc what would be appropriate treatment, he told me that would be physical therapy for about twice a week. Nice, if you combine that with the 3 times a week I should go for my shoulder, I can fill my calendar with dates with a therapist on weekdays.

Anyway, in the line of what seems to be my character I went out cycling today. Although I still have a pretty severe limp, cycling was kinda painless, I can defintely not walk on my pedals or anything like that but at least I completed my light course that I'll normally do when I feel like going out for a ride during an evening.

I've seriously decided to run a marathon this year, and Theresa (Olivier's girlfriend, before I need to answer a bunch of emails ) has convinced me to run a half marathon with her in a couple of months. I'm looking forward to it, I just need to stay fit long enough to get some decend training.

I haven't written anything about David's death (I will soon) has learned me a couple of things, one of them is that it is OK to be harder on myself and push myself more to the limit. One other thing is that I really shouldn't complain about my life and when I do, I should be increadibly ashamed for complaining and thankfull that I get to live another day when my friend doesn't have that opportunity...

08/21/2007 04:10:08 UTC  #  Comments [9] 
 Thursday, 16 August 2007

Soccer Injury
I can't believe it! My shoulder was getting better, I've been cycling a lot and today I played my first soccer game in a long time, got invited to a coed game by Oliver's girlfriend (she passed the first 3 rules ) and what happens... My calf explodes after 5 minutes... I thought that somebody had shot me in the calf or threw a rock at me or something... increadibly painful. So I turned around and I swear for the first time in my life a thought that I would hit somebody. There was nobody there??? At that point the pain took over and I was done. I called Olivier and he was kind enough to drive me home.

So what do you do when you come home and you think you seriously injured yourself? You do some research on the internet!

(just told Olivier that I'm blogging about my injury... yeah it's crazy but I think it is just the pain)

shit this hurts bad!

08/16/2007 04:59:47 UTC  #  Comments [3] 
 Friday, 27 July 2007

The Boys are into town (PART I)

On Saturday afternoon, I picked up Jelle and Peter from the airport.  It was really good to see them again.  I made a small mistake driving to their hotel and got ridiculed for that: 

Peter: You've been living here for a year and you still don't know where your way around town?

Steven: I got lost in Belgium all the time too!

Peter and Jelle: That's true...


When we arrived at the hotel Jelle came up with the goods:

  • 1 kilo of Lionidas chocolates.  I took them to work on Monday and went around my team. It's a national pride things I guess...
  • A real Brabantia fries cutter: Picture. Impossible to find in the US.

Thanks a lot for the chocolates and the fries cutter buddy!


In the meantime some members of the other Belgain delegation had arrived.  They had already assembled in the bar, I guess it's a national pride thing.  Saturday afternoon I dragged the jetlagged Belgian boys to the bite of seattle.  It's a bit of a food festival where you've got a bunch of food stands.  It was OK, not great and was a bit too crowded for Jelle and Peter, they just got off the plane .  Afterwards we ended up having drinks and food with Olivier, Theresa, Thomas, John, Cecille, Anna and Andy.  I dropped them of at the hotel and that was the end of their night.

I'm going to stop giving out detailed descriptions of how we ended up sending the reset of the week.  Paramesh's remarks, which are totally great by the way, have made me concerned about my falling reputation or is this how far I got when I started this post on Tuesday and am I just too laizy to write down what happened the rest of the week? 


Anyways here's an interesting hall way conversation:

Paramesh: So are you going out again tonight?

Steven: Euh yes, I'm meeting up with my friends tonight.  I have to, they are only in town for a week.

Paramesh: Yeah right, it's not that you are ever at home when they are not here.

Steven: hahaha... I have to admit that the last weeks have been really busy...

07/27/2007 15:59:14 UTC  #  Comments [15] 
 Friday, 20 July 2007

The boys are coming to town!

Jelle Druyts and Peter Demeyere and a bunch of other Belgians are coming to Seattle for TechReady. Jelle is giving a presentation on the Guidance Automation Toolkit the following week and he’s sticking around for my birthday. This makes me incredibly happy. When I first started working at Microsoft Jelle and I were the rookies and Peter Himschoot and Peter Demeyere were the experienced scary people. After about 2 years a couple of things went pretty wrong at Info Support and in a not to long time span we all left the company but remained friends ever since. I always considered Peter Himschoot to be my mentor, Peter Demeyere an incredible smart guy and Jelle… Well Jelle and I have got a very interesting history. Even when switching jobs in the years after InfoSupport we always ended up at the same company and ever since InfoSupport people always created some kind of competition between us and I’m glad it never got the upper hand. By the way Jelle is also the guy that would lend me his couch when I broke up with a girlfriend (The stories he could tell ). Anyway one of the biggest tests of our friendship probably was when we did our Devdays presentations together. I had just moved out of the house me and Wendy had been living in for the last years, Wendy still lives there so you kinda know what went wrong and I really wasn’t up to giving or preparing any kind of presentation. We ended up in a sprint and finalized the presentation a couple of hours before we went on stage. I don’t think it’s that much different from a lot of presentations but anyways… It was still early days for Visual Studio Team System back then and the prerelease version blew up a couple of time in never before seen ways but … at least Jelle and I had a lot of fun!


I’m incredibly glad to have them over and I’ve been looking forward to this for a couple of months now.

07/20/2007 23:08:07 UTC  #  Comments [18] 

Mentos in Carlsberg

No words needed!

07/20/2007 22:23:28 UTC  #  Comments [1] 

Harry Potter Book


Just another random office conversation:

Steven: I know how the new harry potter book ends

Suzanne: Don't you tell, me! I will beat you up and I'm very serious about that!

07/20/2007 21:27:21 UTC  #  Comments [1] 
 Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Something Zune could have done better

Besides the fact that I absolutely love my Zune, there's one thing that could be better .  When you reinstall your machine to which your Zune is bound, you can either reconnect as a guest after the installation or just erase everything that is one your Zune and start all over.  It's dissapointing... 

07/18/2007 21:20:46 UTC  #  Comments [3] 
 Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Big Brothers Big Sisters of King & Pierce Counties

After talking to Michael Leonard one of our SDET's on our team.  (Well, Michael is not just one of the SDET'S on our team, I call him Michael Bauer.  He's the Jack Bauer of bugs. Michael is the guy I turn to when I want an answer on how the quality of popfly is doing.)  I applied to volunteer at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of King & Pierce Counties.  I'll definitely report on how this works out.

Big Brother
07/17/2007 19:17:16 UTC  #  Comments [0] 

Getting Better

I've been planning on writing a post on my shoulder operation but I just haven't been up for it.

Before Suzanne brought me to the hospital, Murali (one of the developers on our team) detected serious performance degradation on  This caused me to file a high priority ticket to the operations team, just before I left.  One of the implications of filing a high priority ticket is that the coming 24 hours, you need to be available to work with operations team on getting the problem resolved.  Since I was undergoing surgery in about 2 hours that was going to be a bit of a problem, but I asked Murali and John to act on my behalf, and they handled it perfectly.

I made it clear to everybody in the hospital that I get nauseous when I have anesthesia, so eventually I got 2 anti-nausea injections.  My surgeon is, just like me, a man of few words when it comes to getting his job done. 

Doctor Castle: "Do you have any questions?"

Me: "Am I going to be ok?"

Doctor Castle: "Yes"

Me: "That's all I need to know, we'll talk later..."

Doctor Castle: "Sounds good"

He was running a bit ahead on his schedule, and before I knew it I was laying on the operation table. 

Lights out...

When I woke up again, I was feeling pretty nauseous, ant-nausea medication suck everywhere around the world.

After about 10 minutes in the recovery room, my ride home arrived to pick me up.  Well,... I wasn't really in a state to be picked up to be honest.  Nauseous and still pretty much under the influence of the anesthesia but I was in a lot of pain.  After another half hour I stared to become more human again, and the nurse told me that I should try to get my clothes on.

I forgot to mention that I got my surgery on the hottest day of the year and I was just burning up while I was resting on my couch. Thomas came by to say hi and I fully thought I was engaged in a conversation with him and was answering his questions without him even needing to speak. At one point I realized that I was going nuts, which was a strange sensation.

At the end of the day I own a couple of people a very big thank you:

Suzanne: Thanks for driving me to the hospital

John: Thanks for taking care of me when Anna left, and getting the cookies I wanted

Thomas: Thanks for popping by, checking up on me, and having a non-existing conversation with me.

07/17/2007 18:13:53 UTC  #  Comments [0]