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Radio googoo, Radio gaga… help us!

21 Feb


Our Sheffield colleagues need some help in finding radio stations here in Brazil to help them improve their Portuguese listening skills.

“It would help us so much and is probably a great way to learn about Brazilian culture and music. I especially love Xuxa and Calipso.” says Chris Hemmings.

Tracey Wilson added, “We probably need to listen to the radio a bit more. We can listen at work. I love Sepultura and Bonde do Tigrao…”


So, can you help them? Do you know any good radio links? If you have any suggestions, please paste the link here and the best suggestion will win a bottle of English beer. Cold.



Understanding the phonetic chart

23 Nov

This is a great video with Adrian Underhill, explaining a bit more about the chart we use in the office here in Brazil.

A few English speakers might appreciate it too.

Tips4Hackers: best ways to throw exceptions in .NET (if you must)

6 Sep

Do you know the difference between throw, throw ex and throw new Exception(), and how that impacts the information which is sent to the error log? Read on!

Throwing flowers, by Banksy

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Tips4Hackers: some good podcasts to help us practice English

29 Aug

One of the best ways to improve our English skills is to listen to podcasts while driving, jogging etc. Read on for a list of nice technical podcasts, and add your own podcast tips in the comments section!

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Tips4Hackers: Broken windows and boy scouts

23 Aug

The broken windows theory was developed in the 1980’s by two social scientists, and it had the following example:

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a sidewalk. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of trash from take-out restaurants there or breaking into cars.”

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Tips4Hackers: Tweak IIS to avoid timeout errors during debug

8 Aug

Welcome to the latest installment of Tips4Hackers. Our tip this time was provided by my Highlander teammate William, half of the internationally acclaimed country music duo ‘The Grisa Brothers’. If you have ever been frustrated by an IIS timeout error while debugging your favorite web project, keep reading!

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Tips4Hackers: TFS Shelvesets

26 Jul

One cool feature of TFS is the ability to shelve code, which lets us store code changes without performing a check-in. This can be very helpful not only as a backup mechanism, but also to quickly share and review code among colleagues.

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