Andy Pennell's Blog

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August, 2005

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    Why is MSDN Search so painful?

    Since leaving Visual Studio, I have been using MSDN Online as my Help system. (I don't use integrated Visual Studio Help for reasons I'll spare you). As a Win32 programmer, I find MSDN Search a huge PITA. Its not that it can't find things, but the order...
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    Video Players for Kids

    Our 2.x-year-old is a video-lover, and it keeps the peace. Some folks won't agree, but hey: it works for us. She is very accustomed to TiVo, VideoNow and DVD players: when I was her age my parents owned a tiny black & white TV and I have no recollection...
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    Failures on IDirect3DDevice9::ColorFill

    I am only a few months into DirectX programming, but this one just burned me so I thought I would share it: IDirect3DDevice9::ColorFill will return D3DERR_INVALIDCALL if the rectangle falls outside the surface at all. If you are expecting GDI-type...
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    My Vonage Story

    A few months ago we switched at home to Vonage VOIP, and we’re loving it. Even without dumping our phone line, we’re still saving money, over $250 a year before we even make a call! Why We Switched Our local phone service and DSL is provided by Verizon...
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