When I first started viewing this video by Harry Miller (on the Microsoft VSTO team) I started to cringe. It seemed a little over the top (and probably clashed with my general sense of Australian humour â€“ sadly to be funny in Australia you usually need to be crude, critical or self-deprecating â€“ just sayingâ€¦)
But by the time it had finished heâ€™d won me over. The reason I really like it is because 1. Itâ€™s short â€“ less than 2 minutes, and 2. It makes a really useful point (how to avoid automatic upgrade of Office 2003 VSTO solutions to your version (ie 2007) of office.
And thereâ€™s another reason: itâ€™s a reminder of the power of video: not only does it convey concepts well, but you remember stuff. So, whilst I love reading Sara Fordâ€™s tips, I have to admit that a day or so later Iâ€™ve forgotten most of them (aside: thatâ€™s reason alone why her new book is on my must-buy list). But with Harryâ€™s tip, I reckon thereâ€™s a good chance Iâ€™ll have remembered this one in a week or so. (Btw watch this latest video of his and then check out the â€˜relatedâ€™ videos that Soapbox recommends â€“ thereâ€™s an algorithm needs tweakingâ€¦)
For those of you who wonâ€™t be watching the 1 min 49 sec video, it basically shows why you need to know about this setting:
Now, whereâ€™s my VSTO glassesâ€¦
(via Beth Massi)