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ClearType is GOOD!

I've always thought cleartype was really just for Laptops...looks fuzzy on a normal screen...Brian Keller knows different (and now, so do I), check this out a very cool ClearType tuner...

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2003 11:22 AM | Feedback (0) |

New Site Almost Ready!

Got my new little baby server (very powerful baby but baby nonetheless - think 'Hulk Baby'). So, the new site is finally on the way...the current address will continue to work - it will be a copy of the 'real' stie for the time being - I have an odd .TEXT (new site) to BlogX (old site) convertor working which takes each .TEXT entry, formats a BlogX version and uploads it...anyway, stay tuned - the new site will be on - should ...

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2003 5:27 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Gadgets ]

Oh...and be sure to read part 2!

It is VERY interesting on the subject of patching and Blaster - part 2

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2003 10:36 AM | Feedback (0) |

Interesting interview from Jim Allchin

Thought this interview was VERY interesting, more for the approach more than anything else. It really does look like MS is changing the way they approach software - the focus on quality over timeliness and marketing concerns is appreciated. It really does seem that they are changing the way the communicate with customers and developers (as well as realising that developers are pretty important members of 'their team')

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2003 10:34 AM | Feedback (0) |

Cool .NET show...

The one where the C++ guy doesn't get Chris Sells' jokes :-) Also, did anyone notice that Brad Abrams and Anders Hejlsberg bear a passing resemblance to someone else

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2003 9:14 AM | Feedback (0) |

Windows Shortcut Keys...

Just realised how few people use these (quick office poll on the use of Windows-D to minimise all windows...) So, have a look at this shortcut key list

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2003 8:56 AM | Feedback (0) |

Get rid of Blaster and Nachi

The Stinger tool is the best I've found for gettings rid of the recent virii...won't stop you getting it again, for that you must run proper antivirus software

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2003 8:33 AM | Feedback (0) |

Best MasterPages implementation I've found...

As usual, Anydy Smith comes up with the goods with the most flexible implementation of MasterPages I've ever seen...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2003 8:26 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ]

ASPToday is back!

Just noticed that ASPToday is back and publishing some good articles (i.e., not Windows Server 2003 adverts by Alex Homer...)! You have to subscribe to access all the latest ones, but they do provide some freebies to give you a taster. Along with its' now extensive back catalogue, this is probably the best source for ASP / ASP.NET information on the web...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2003 8:22 AM | Feedback (0) |

Hmm...not sure about this one!

Just took a survey here on my Sci-fi/fantasy character....well... hmm...not what I'd usually expect! :-)

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2003 4:55 PM | Feedback (0) |

Books which changed me...part 1

I was thinking recently about how I came to where I am in my career and life, oddly, one book had a biggest impact on how I approach this industry, Microserfs by Douglas Coupland. THis is a pretty odd book, ostensibly its' about a group of coders who leave Microsoft and form a startup company, but in reality its' about self-discovery, friendship, and I suppose the existence of a generation of people who chose to lose themselves int their work rather than face life. If you...

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2003 8:50 AM | Feedback (0) |

Cool little ViewState tip from Paul Wilson Short...but pretty cool...reminds me, I must finish that ViewState compression stuff...hmm...

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2003 9:17 AM | Feedback (0) |

ASP.NET 1.1 Update Package...

From Paschal L...some pretty interesting the DataGrid accessibility update! ASP.NET 1.1 June 2003 Hotfix Rollup Package This KB would certainly be of some interest for the .Net community ;-) I am not sure it's new but I missed it so...

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2003 9:13 AM | Feedback (0) |

Do not get a phone from 3

This is of course my personal opinion and is based on my personal experiences...:-) As you may have read in an earlier post, I got a crappy new NEC e606 from 3 which I sent back after a few hours... Well, I recieved nothing more from 3 until the day after it was disconnected when I got a lovely envelope to send back the phone they'd just disconnected (and confirmed they had disconnected!). So now, today I have recieved a letter informing me that...

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2003 7:54 AM | Feedback (0) |

Career Calculus

Interesting...a lot of people are talking about this.

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2003 5:55 AM | Feedback (0) |

Useful little VS.NET macro... TypeFinder

Jans Tielens says it I'll just repeat what he said... Extending Intellisense: TypeFinder Macro Namespaces in .NET are great! But how many times do you find yourself typing Private r As xmlreader, and then noticing that there is no Imports/using statement for the System.Xml Namespace? Then you...

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2003 5:36 AM | Feedback (0) |

More for me than you...

As an memory aid...Andy Smiths' Blog

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2003 1:58 PM | Feedback (0) |

Useful resources

Found this site, just has links to a bunch of useful articles on some more advanced C# topics.

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2003 11:48 AM | Feedback (0) |

Denis Bauer - we salute you!

Umm...ok, maybe a bit over the top, but this guy is a brilliant ASP.NET developer, and along with Andy Smith produces some of the most useful stuff around for ASP.NET developers his site has a whole bunch of useful stuff such as the ASP.NET version switcher, the Dynamic Controls Placeholder (which really should be in the core ASP.NET framework - of course ASP.NET 2.0 might not need it who knows!). The reason for choosing today is that I've just noticed that he...

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2003 11:05 AM | Feedback (0) |

Client Services

I've been thinking a fair bit recently about how small companies can best serve clients. My conclusion is that its' all about keeping the client engaged throughout the project - even if this means exposing development versions of code to the client. I am a big fan of 'open' bug lists - i.e., bug lists which are accessible to the client ...

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2003 7:44 AM | Feedback (0) |

New Favourite Term!

Bracist - saw it on a Slashdot post (forget which one)...all coders I know are guilty of this heinous crime :-)

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2003 12:59 PM | Feedback (0) |

New, useful .NET weblog (well new to me!)

Just discovered the dotnetjunkies weblogs , where I found these really useful links to a bunch of interesting .NET stuff...more later (back to blogging again :-))

posted @ Friday, August 15, 2003 4:27 AM | Feedback (0) |

Hmm...might have a solution...

Well, the problem I was having with connection pool appears to have gone...all I did was reinstall (well, repair) my VS.NET 2003 install. Odd these little strange bugs!

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2003 2:47 PM | Feedback (0) |

DAAB problems

Hmm...following the upgrade to VS.NET 2003 and the concurrent upgrade to 1.1 this required, an odd bug has surfaced in my code - it appears to be some form of connection leak. This is a bit odd as I've been using the same code and the DAAB with a connection string only (which should close the connection once the reader is closed - in the ...

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2003 11:15 AM | Feedback (0) |

Small company woes

As some you already know, I work for a small company (StormId), now normally, this is fine and dandy - I have a good deal of input into what happens here, its' easy to cut through what little red tape there is etc.. A big problem with small companies is the lack of specialists in certain areas, for example we have no DBA and no System Administrator here - they just aren't cost effective in such a small business. So, when, as...

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2003 8:25 AM | Feedback (0) |


Please everyone, patch your machine! Turn on the auto updating that all recent versions of windows have and APPLY THE PATCHES! The recent attacks such as MSBlaster and SQL Slammer are not an issue if You've applied the patches (the blaster patch has been aroung since March!) ...

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2003 6:46 PM | Feedback (0) |

Normal service will be resumed shortly...

Sorry, deep into refactoring and application (well, try complete rewrite of the core framework of the app!), so I've not had much time to write anything of late. I am deep into an article on Custom Dictionaries (handy little buggers) - which will probably be the first article on the new version of this site - which will be nice... ...

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2003 6:38 PM | Feedback (0) |

Primate Programming! dreams finally realised :-) Primate Programming

posted @ Thursday, August 07, 2003 6:38 AM | Feedback (0) |

Cool free winforms controls

Via Chris Sells (do the link later), nice free winforms controls for C#...on my current WinForms obsession....

posted @ Thursday, August 07, 2003 6:35 AM | Feedback (0) |

Simple but useful...the ASP.NET Event Model

Came across this .. a list of the intrinsic event fired on an ASP.NET page (and controls)...incredibly useful!

posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2003 8:04 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET ]

ASP.NET Caching

Excellent caching article by Steven A. Smith worth a read by anyone using caching and ASP.NET. I'm currently reading a book on Windows Forms programming - I'm primarily a web programmer, the WinForms world is new and scary to me! Anyway, the book is Windows Forms Programming with C# by Erik Brown - so far (I'm about a quarter of the way through), it's an excellent book and takes a project driven approach to the subject - which I find far...

posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2003 4:10 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ASP.NET Books ]

Been a bit busy...

Playing with some cool stuff...can't say any more about it right now but stay tuned :-). Anyway, came across a new blog tonight - contains some pretty useful stuff on the subject of Custom Controls...

posted @ Saturday, August 02, 2003 9:50 PM | Feedback (0) |

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