June, 2004

  • Cyrus' Blather

    Drained

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    It's been a long day. Spent all day long writing up my yearly review (man it's difficult). I then was stuck in traffic for 90 minutes while I went to two stores to buy ingredients for dinner, then cooked up some Persion food for some friends who came...
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    Ph34r my skillzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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    I thought i'd mention how interesting it is trying to type messages without access to the 'z' key. I'm using a toshiba laptop right now that's missing it. It's not a common character so it's not too tought to avoid using it. But it is rather interesting...
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    Are some features more harmful than helpful?

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    We've been talking a lot about the suggestions everyone has been asking us to make. As you may or may not have guessed, many of the suggestions are things that have come up internally and have already been given a lot of thought. The reasons we don't...
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    What do you want in the next version of VS/C# (part 3)

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    Ok, a day passed and there were very few updates made so I thought I'd push this forward. Now it's time for everyone to vote to help get an idea about how interested people are in these features. Use the contact link to send your votes in. I'll tabulate...
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    Another idea for the C# editor

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    I was pitching this idea to the team about a new feature we could have for the C# editor, but I wanted to get your ideas on it. Whether you think it's good, or bad, or things you think it might do instead. If you liked it I would add it to that list we...
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    Apocalypse now (redux)

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    I went out hunting to see if anyone had found pix from the storm from last week and I ran across a few amazing ones: (mmmmmmm... i love that shade of blue). Picture by Arin Strom. (It took me 3 times to not right that as 'Storm') (turn this one...
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    For all you origami lovers out there

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    I love origami and have spent much of my life learning about it and practising it. I've always been pretty interesting in Unit Origami and Origamic Architecture because of the mindblogglingly (hrmm... i think I have blogging on the brain) beautiful structures...
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    What do you want in the next version of C#/VS (part 2)

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    I went through the entire list and collected all the features that people requested. I then filtered that down to things that aren't in our beta1 release. I've also left out things that i didn't understand, asked questions about, and didn't get a response...
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    The man is a genius!

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    Well, he's no Einstein, but Eddie Izzard is hilarious. I got Circle and Dress To Kill for xmas and I've watched them many times and haven't gotten tired of it. I also recommend watching his commedy in french (with english dubbing if you don't understand...
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    New feature decided on for Visual C# 2005

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    Well, based on the overwhelming feedback I got from the question I posed earlier, I think it's safe to say that one feature will have to be added to C# 2005 before we ship. Specifically: Haikus. There just aren't enough Haikus in C#. Haikus would...
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    Next gen editor architecture for VS

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    I asked What features would you like in the next version of Visual C#? and got an interesting response back from Duncan who asks for regular expressions to be treated as an operator as the are in JavaScript and Perl . I see there being two ways of accomplishing...
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    When good code goes bad

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    Reason #2 6972593 -1 why I hate C++ development: Just fixed up some broken logic pertaining to binding names in the language service. All tests pass when running debug, but everything fails when running free. Normally when this happens it's due to me...
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    The sun is rising!

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    It's 4:15 am and it's already light out here. In 30 minutes my room will be bright and hot and I'll be tossing and turning under the covers trying to fall asleep. Ahhhh the joys of Seattle in the summer. I'd be annoyed except that it's worth it given...
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    What features would you like in the next version of Visual C#?

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    I ask this question because C# 2005 is getting more and more solidified as we approach the release date. Adding new features at this point involves determing how much benefit the user will get out of it versus the cost to design, implement and test that...
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    Nice mellons!!

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    Safeway has been stocking these great summer treats. Watermelons the size and shape of a canteloupe: They're fantastic (although don't get me started on the quality of fruit in Washington over the summer) and they come in such a useful container...
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    Posting check-in mails to a blog

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    AKipman proposes a very interesting idea . He says: "Lastly *I think we should be posting check-in mails* and I will be doing so in the future. I already do so internally every time we post an LKG (last known good) to our internal partners, and I...
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    How do you decide what goes in an interface?

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    I've been having an interesting talk with Doug McClean about appropriate locations of methods. We're discussing if the ICollection<A> interface should include the Transform method. Specifically should the interface look like this: public interface...
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    Cory Doctorow talks on why DRM is just plain bad

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    Neil got to go to a very interesting talk on Thursday by Cory Dotorow of the Electronic Frontier Foundation presented by Microsoft Research . The subject was on DRM and how it really served no useful propose to anyone nowadays. Not the studios, not the...
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    Office pix

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    I got a pair of posts from people asking me if I favored multiple monitors and what my office looked like. I figured I'd just answer that with a few shots: I'm going to put up more of my posters later and I'll let you know what it looks like...
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    The things you love are always the things that will end up hurting you

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    In my case a big fat gaping hole in my knee that was literally gushing blood earlier today. But hey, I caught the disc, got the point and major ultimate brownie points. I'm eschewing the pictures so that the faint of heart won't be too disturbed....
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    Gah! Lack of covariant return types!! aaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!!!

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    So I'm adding more functionality in the collections classes that I've written in order to work on what I want to be a one day project this weekend. I want all my infrastructure in place so i can focus on the task at hand. The functionality that I realized...
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    Ultimate!!

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    'Eating Paste' is #1 seeded in Seattle's Verns Hat League . Last game is tonight. Wish us luck!
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    My feet are wet

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    and I may get pneumonia, but it's worth it to sit outside watching the most amazing thunderstorm I've seen in a long while. I was wondering why it was getting so warm in my apt and I suddenly noticed flashing outside. It was so rapid that I thought maybe...
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    This is not the best blog post ever written

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    I was in the middle of the best blog post ever. It was amazing. It was inspirational. It was going to knock your socks off. Tenacious D would have cried after reading this blog. Unfortunately, that post's life was cut short thanks to: Date/Time: 2004...
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    How do SCP/SSH keep connections alive?

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    I'm currently downloading a humongous file from a server thousands of miles away. Expected time was about 4 hours with my DSL connection. All of a sudden my wireless connection was dropped. I had no idea why and I was only able to bring it up again by...
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