Andy Pennell's Blog

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March, 2006

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    Correction to DLGITEMTEMPLATEEX Structure

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    This wasted several hours for me this morning. The MSDN docs for DLGITEMTEMPLATEEX are wrong: there is an extra WORD member after the id member, call it reserved . Note that this struct is not in any windows header: you are expected to cut & paste...
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    File and Settings Transfer Wizard: friend or foe?

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    The "File and Settings Transfer Wizard" is either a life saving piece of software, or a pile of junk. Allow me to explain. My father inherited one of my old machines and needed to get his files & settings from his old XP Home machine to his new-ish...
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    Autoexp.dat not working in Visual Studio 2005?

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    As this was reported twice in the space of a week internally, I figured that external users may be hitting this too. The internal emails were along the lines of "I added my custom types to autoexp.dat and they don't work". In both cases this was because...
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    Displaying DirectX Errors in the Debugger

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    Debugging DirectX calls that fail is a pain as the debugger cannot show the "nice" HRESULT codes as it does for COM errors (such as E_NOTIMPL). However you can tell the debugger about the custom error codes and add them to the [hresult] section of autoexp...
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    Property Grids Suck

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    I couldn't put it better myself than Avery does in his VirtualBlog - Property Grids Suck . Not only do they suck, but the use of the word Properties in what feels like half the common menu items in VS 2005 gets to me even more. There's even a great feature...
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    Find new music with Pandora

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    I am very bad about finding new music: I'll buy new albums from artists I know I love, but that's about it. However that has all changed now I have discovered Pandora . Pandora is based on the Music Genome Project, which is basically a huge music database...
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