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Chris is the Co-founder, Administrator, Architect, Chief Editor and Shameless Hack who wrote and runs The Code Project. He's been programming since 1988 while pretending to be, in various guises, an astrophysicist, mathematician, physicist, hydrologist, geomorphologist, defence intelligence researcher and then, when all that got a bit rough on the nerves, a web developer. He is a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP both globally and for Canada locally.

His programming experience includes C/C++, C#, SQL, MFC, ASP, ASP.NET, and far, far too much FORTRAN. He has worked on PocketPCs, AIX mainframes, Sun workstations, and a CRAY YMP C90 behemoth but finds notebooks take up less desk space.

He dodges, he weaves, and he never gets enough sleep. He is kind to small animals.

Chris was born and bred in Australia but splits his time between Toronto and Melbourne, depending on the weather. For relaxation he is into road cycling, snowboarding, rock climbing, and storm chasing.
  • 31 Dec 2004: CodeProject MVP 2005

      
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QuestionRe: Workspaces and CodeProject.TV are closing their doors Pin
J.M.H20-Oct-14 21:02
professionalJ.M.H20-Oct-14 21:02 
GeneralRe: Workspaces and CodeProject.TV are closing their doors Pin
Chris Maunder29-Oct-14 8:16
adminChris Maunder29-Oct-14 8:16 
QuestionRe: Workspaces and CodeProject.TV are closing their doors Pin
Paul Conrad8-Aug-14 10:51
memberPaul Conrad8-Aug-14 10:51 
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Chris Maunder9-Aug-14 8:20
adminChris Maunder9-Aug-14 8:20 
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Kamil Burzynski9-Aug-14 10:00
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thatraja24-Sep-14 21:16
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GeneralMathematical equations in articles are now supported. Pin
Chris Maunder7-Jan-14 7:48
adminChris Maunder7-Jan-14 7:48 
GeneralRe: Mathematical equations in articles are now supported. Pin
Brisingr Aerowing11-Jun-14 19:44
professionalBrisingr Aerowing11-Jun-14 19:44 
GeneralThe why of @Username Pin
Chris Maunder29-Dec-13 15:12
adminChris Maunder29-Dec-13 15:12 
GeneralCaching update Pin
Chris Maunder19-Dec-13 17:39
adminChris Maunder19-Dec-13 17:39 
GeneralDistributed Caching Pin
Chris Maunder21-Oct-13 16:27
adminChris Maunder21-Oct-13 16:27 
GeneralMy life on a MacBook Air Pin
Chris Maunder29-Sep-13 17:00
adminChris Maunder29-Sep-13 17:00 
I was sick of moving between computers, sick of the power outages in our building knocking me off my machine, and sick of having to Remote Desktop from home to my office machine to be productive. I'd setup various machines that would allow me to do the basics when I had to use them (eg for travel) but it's never the same. Like sleeping in someone's spare room - no matter how comfortable it's never quite the same.

I figured that laptops these days were pretty damn powerful and after road testing[^] a couple of Ultrabooks I decided that anything Core i7 with 8GB RAM would be more than enough for me. All I needed was something that would let me install Windows 7, something that was light, and something that had a big, fast SSD.

Enter the mid-2013 Macbook Air. Core i7, 8GB RAM, and the fastest 256GB SSD around.

To cut to the chase: it's an excellent dev machine and is faster than my 4 year old quad i7 desktop. I'm seriously impressed. I'm now able to work on a single machine anywhere in the world without having to compromise by switching to a slower machine for travelling, and I have the added bonus that I no longer need a desktop for the office and a laptop for travel. A single unit does the trick.

The annoying bits

It's a Mac. Apple did not go out of their way to make the Bootcamp experience exceptional. The trackpad sucks in Windows, yet it's by far my favourite trackpad when in MacOS. It's brilliant. Trackpad++ sort of fixes this, though. [Update in Win10 the trackpad works perfectly]

I tried using parallels to create a VM from my Bootcamp partition in order to run VS while in the Mac environment. This was great, and you get the proper trackpad experience, but the big glaring issue was that I needed to use a USB DisplayLink adapater to hookup to an external monitor and installing DispalyLink drivers in bootcamp and then running it under Parallels causes the Windows VM to bluescreen. Parallels is aware of the issue and had no plans at the time to do anything about it.

So I stick to Bootcamp or MacOS and never the twain shall meet.

Docking stations became a big issue because I need a lot of screen real estate. I hate cable spaghetti, though, and tried a number of options before settling on an option that gives me almost everyhing for the (ironically) cheapest price: A thunderbolt display.

Thunderbolt displays are expensive. However, they come with a split thunderbolt / power adapter that plugs into the thunderbolt port on one side and provide a power cable to the laptop on the other side. Within the thunderbolt display are a pair of excellent speakers, a webcam, USB 3.0 ports, and gigabit ethernet. It's essentially a fully self-contained docking station built into one of the nicest monitors I've ever used, and with the 27" running 2560 x 1440, it allows me to run VS on one half and SQL MS or Chrome or anything else on the other half in the same manner that I'd previously been using two separate screens.

So factor in the cost of two 19" screens, a docking station ($250 - $300) plus speakers / external webcam + cables and you'll find that a refurbished 27" thunderbolt display is way cheaper, far more convenient and (for me at least) a much nicer experience.

The drawback is that Windows doesn't play well with thunderbolt and you may have to physically shut down your machine before unplugging the monitor if you have the monitor set as your primary display. Further, you need to plug the monitor in before you boot up a windows box because Windows only scans for thunderbolt on bootup. This is really, really annoying. [Update in Win10 the thunderbolt display works nicely]

The only other annoying bit is fan noise. I hammer that poor little laptop and in a quiet room at 2AM when you're building code and running a zillion unit tests then thing really winds up and gets a bit rowdy. I'm still waiting to see what Apple does with the 13" Macbook Pro since a quad core Haswell unit could have a little more headroom before it starts to get hot and bothered - or at the very least it'll be done with it's tasks sooner meaning noise for a shorter time. A retina display would be nice, but totally not needed, but the added weight is a real issue. Touchscreen - while something I've grown to love with the Ultrabooks - is a complete waste for me. The laptop sits by my monitor, closed, while I work. I have no desire to put finger prints all over my big display, and after my experiences with the Perceptual Computing Challenge I know how tired arms get after spending even short periods trying to navigate with your arms up.

Overall a 7/10. [Update 8.5/10 when used with Windows 10]

Pro
 
  • single machine whereever I am in the world
  • excellent setup with the external thunderbolt display
  • built in UPS. Love it.
  • Totally fast enough.
Con
 
  • Windows issues with thunderbolt connections
  • Noisy when hot and bothered
  • Did I rally say a computer was "fast enough"? I lied. No such thing.
cheers,
Chris Maunder

The Code Project | Co-founder
Microsoft C++ MVP


modified 27-Jun-16 11:09am.

GeneralCodeProject on .NET 4.5.1 Pin
Chris Maunder29-Sep-13 16:23
adminChris Maunder29-Sep-13 16:23 
GeneralRe: CodeProject on .NET 4.5.1 Pin
Brisingr Aerowing30-Sep-13 12:28
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GeneralRe: CodeProject on .NET 4.5.1 Pin
Chris Maunder30-Sep-13 14:02
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GeneralNew feature: referencing other members in posts Pin
Chris Maunder24-Jul-13 18:09
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Rajesh R Subramanian16-Oct-13 20:40
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NewsDrag and drop file uploads for the Submission wizard Pin
Chris Maunder27-Jun-13 15:38
adminChris Maunder27-Jun-13 15:38 
GeneralMobile skins updated Pin
Chris Maunder25-Jun-13 9:53
adminChris Maunder25-Jun-13 9:53 
GeneralThe Essential Guide to Mobile App Testing Pin
Chris Maunder19-Jun-13 14:30
adminChris Maunder19-Jun-13 14:30 
AdminMore new features Pin
Chris Maunder7-Jun-13 15:20
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GeneralRe: More new features Pin
ProgramFOX10-Jun-13 5:54
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GeneralShopping at the Microsoft Store Pin
Chris Maunder21-Apr-13 11:08
adminChris Maunder21-Apr-13 11:08 
GeneralRe: Shopping at the Microsoft Store Pin
roscler3-Jun-13 13:58
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Final Week Pin
Chris Maunder17-Apr-13 18:13
adminChris Maunder17-Apr-13 18:13 
GeneralRe: Going Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Final Week Pin
Pete O'Hanlon22-Apr-13 0:24
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 7 Pin
Chris Maunder10-Apr-13 7:02
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Pete O'Hanlon10-Apr-13 9:52
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 6 Pin
Chris Maunder3-Apr-13 10:16
adminChris Maunder3-Apr-13 10:16 
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Pete O'Hanlon3-Apr-13 10:35
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 5 Pin
Chris Maunder20-Mar-13 10:28
adminChris Maunder20-Mar-13 10:28 
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Pete O'Hanlon20-Mar-13 10:35
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 4 Pin
Chris Maunder13-Mar-13 8:52
adminChris Maunder13-Mar-13 8:52 
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Pete O'Hanlon13-Mar-13 9:20
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 3 Pin
Chris Maunder5-Mar-13 8:19
adminChris Maunder5-Mar-13 8:19 
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Pete O'Hanlon7-Mar-13 0:33
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GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge - Week 2 Pin
Chris Maunder27-Feb-13 3:13
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Pete O'Hanlon27-Feb-13 4:10
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Chris Maunder28-Feb-13 16:21
adminChris Maunder28-Feb-13 16:21 
GeneralGoing Perceptual: The Ultimate Coder Challenge, Reprise Pin
Chris Maunder20-Feb-13 2:51
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