July, 2004

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    Aaaaaaah! Demon Llama!!

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    I've had a couple of people ask me about the pictures in the "pictures of me" section of the page. Most people get one of them, but are quite confused on the other. I got asked if it was a dog, or a cow, or some kind of teddy bear. In actuality it's none...
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    It's g-g-g-g-g-g-reat!

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    Was reading /. when i came across this post : PowerDVD is by far the best DVD player for Windows I disagree. The best DVD player for Windows (and Linux) is VLC [videolan.org] It supports menus, surround sound (even DTS) and AFAIK all the other...
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    Thoughts on static import

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    Eric has a post on why he thinks static import is bad and has garnered a lot of feedback so far. I was reading his post, and while I tend to agree that static import is bad, I do so for some slightly different reasons. One thing I agree on is that static...
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    Jay, i need another monitor!!

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    So in the weird way that my brain is wired, I find myself far better at managing applications when I never shut them down. Unfortunately, this ends up causing my task bar to look like this: This actually isn't too bad. What you're seeing here is...
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    My name is Cy-zula

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    The mic rula, the old-schoola; you wanna trip? i'll bring it to ya. Due to my amazing detective skills (*cough* and the fine folks who do the closed captioning at turner) I now know the words to the Aqua Team Hunger Force opening. What's even more...
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    What do you want in the next version of VS/C# (part 4)

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    Ok. I tabulated the vote that came in after I asked everyone to contribute . It took a lot longer than I expected since I got a total of 667 (aren't I glad that isn't 666) votes come in. Here are the final results. Of course, I can't gaurantee anything...
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    Better information in error cases

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    Dr. Pizza raised an interesting point in response to the previous post about method overload resolution , specifically: “...but I would say that I hadn't realized why it didn't show completion information in some situations. Now it seems clear”...
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    ...and it was like, bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep...

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    I got this message from the contact section of the blog, I thought it would be interesting to talk about. You've done a lot of great editorial's on your blog. I wanted to know a bit more on a topic that you might be able to help me with. Apple Computers...
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    Help me, help you!

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    About a month ago I talked about the problems people have when trying to use Visual C# in conjunction with an external project system, as opposed to the project system built into Visual Studio. Currently when you try to use C# files outside of a project...
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    A few of my favorite things

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    Went to see Shrek 2 with Neil. This was the second I was seeing the movie, but it was well worth it. Like the first this one was filled with humor both subtle and outrageous. I always love it when a movie pays homage to others, and this had lots. The...
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    How to waste time at work

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    Go visit Bash . Better yet, just read Bash's Top Quotes . Intensely amusing any time you're bored and need entertainment. However, under no circumstances blog about how you waste time at work. You never know who might be reading these things. Favorite...
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    Question about intellisense and operators+overload resolution

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    Back when I was polling on what people were interested in seeing in the next version of C#, I was interested to find out that most of the requests were related to the language itself and far fewer were about the tools. I don't think that that means that...
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    Why I prefer debugging in a terminal server session

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    In my previous post concerning my copious amounts of applications that I normally have running I offhand mentioned “There are actually other reasons I TS into the same machine. Specifically, it makes debugging some things _much_ easier. I can go...
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    Sean really wants some feedback from you!

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    Sean is thinking about making some changes to the Code Definition View (CDV). Specifically, instead of having it be a read only view of your code it would now be editable. The CDV is one of my favorite features and I've talked about a lot before. Go over...
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    Better intellisense information

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    A couple of days ago I brought up the code definition window. I mentioned what purpose it was trying to serve, how some of the developers were thinking about changing it and how I thought it could be improved. In response to that, a poster mentioned that...
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    Going to be one of *those* days

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    Woke up this morning feeling wonderfully rested. I looked out the window and saw that it's a gorgeous day already with clear skies in every direction. On the way to work I could see the mountains in perfect detail even more than a hundred miles away....
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    Winding down

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    I'm feeling such low energy right now. It might be because I'm awake at 4 am after only a few hours sleep, but part of me thinks it's indicative of what work is like right now. The end is nigh! Our goal is in sight, and we're pretty strict about staying...
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    Losing yourself

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    Ugh. Stupid stupid Microsoft. Release a good gaming system, then release a simple way to get online and play through the Live system and watch your employee productivity plummet as they find themselves unable to move from their couch to go to nourish...
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    Deep thoughts; by Cyrus Nudgemybody

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    So i've become a little depressed lately with the changes that one of my favorite radio stations C89.5 is going through. They used to be fantastic trance, house and just plain good dance station. (and, of course, by fantastic I mean they played music...
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    Slurp!!

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    Sated. Satiated. Replete. Slaked. Satisfied. Content. Well, I'm full out of adjectives to describe how I feel. I had a fantastic dinner last night with friends at Brasa : Started off with a J. Vidal-Fleury 2001 Cotes du Ventoux which was wonderful...
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    "Managed" vs. blow your bloody foot off!!! er.. I mean "unmanaged"

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    I got a response from someone saying: "Cyrus- I've been reading your blog for about a week now, and you seem to be in touch with the programming community. I have found myself torn between MS tools and open source tools. I really, really, really...
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    She dreams in digital

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    I just moved into my new office this morning. I'll be lonelier now without Kevin to waste time... i mean *chat* with. However, there were some benefits. In the old office I'd placed my monitor on top of my PC (note: this is a really dumb thing to do)...
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    Why the !@#!@@!$ can't i just download a simple installer for the C# express sku???

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    That's a question that I've heard a lot about recently. It's even the #2 suggestion at LadyBug . You asked, the setup team delivered. You can now get simple single file installer for all of the express skus and the components that install with them. The...
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    Concerns about Spotlight and non-extensible types of data

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    I'm watching Apple's 2004 WWDC broadcast , and I was watching the part on Spotlight (48 minutes into it) and I got somewhat worried. Jobs was pitching this as being a feature from longhorn that they were bringing to market ahead of WinFS. I was watching...
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    Tests aren't methods!

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    In the feedback section of one of my blogs, Aaron Junod wrote : “In writing this, I just realized something. I think someone should draw a line between writing tests, and actual program code, and then offer different options based on that. They...
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