August, 2004

  • Cyrus' Blather

    Writing your own Web Browser that supports tabs and an integrated search engine link

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    While there are many browsers out there that do this already like the superb Firefox and My-IE I wanted to link to a really cool article by John Kennedy (unfortunate name I know) on how to build your own version based on top of the IE rendering component...
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    Useful C# tools

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    If you're a reader of this blog than you probably know about this already. But who really knows and just in case you don't, here's a link to Duncan Mackenzie 's great page of C# tools . You'll find links to all sorts of .Net libraries, compilers for your...
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    Informational observations

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    There are some messages that the C# compiler could give that really wouldn't fall into the warning or error camp. These would fall into the category of more informational, like "hey did you know that..." and would refer to issues that you could choose...
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    Now where did I put that member?

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    Got this Ladybug report from a customer concerned that intellisense was broken because he wasn't seeing all the valid members in a drop down list when he did this: public void DoSomethingOfRelevance() { PrintPreviewDialog ppDialog; ppDialog<dot>...
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    What would you do for a klondike bar?

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    Would you get goggles permanently affixed to your eyes? Well, if your Klondike bar is an olympic gold medal, then you just might. All it takes is a little superglue and you have aerodynamic (or is that hydrodynamic) visual assists that can shave off a...
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    Should intellisense do what you want, or do what's correct?

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    Ok, that could be a terribly misleading title, but hopefully some explanation will help clarify things. I just got a bug assigned to me complaining about the following behavior. Say you have the following: Looks good right? Well, not quite. Technically...
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    I hate unchecked exceptions

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    Well, actually, I don't hate them at; i just hate not having any tools to tell me what exceptions could get thrown on the calls I make. Of course I realize how that might not be possible to compute given that you really don't know what could happen with...
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    (far) Cry ‘havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war

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    (far) Cry ‘havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war A friend let me borrow his copy of Far Cry after telling me what an amazing game it was. Well, I loaded it up on my little HTPC and attempted to play it. All I can say is “Ack!” My machine is certainly not...
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    Ambiguities

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    I spent a few hours yesterday working on a rather interesting problem that we've never really dealt with in the IDE. As you might expect VC# works like a pretty standard compiler. There is a lexical tokenizer which takes the raw input source and produces...
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    The Alien Quadrilogy

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    It was my birthday this weekend and I celebrated by watching the entire Aliens saga . (Ok, it wasn't really my birthday, but that's no reason not to give yourself a gift every now and then). I have to say, I was even more impressed with this series than...
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    Make me an offer I can't refuse

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    For 13 years, Persian rugs made in Iran were banned from the U.S. market. The embargo was lifted in April 2000 and there's been a rise in imports of these amazing pieces. Before the 1987 embargo, rugs from Iran, were famous for their beauty and high quality...
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    It's not fair!!

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    I'm on the C# team, but Eric is going to be coding C# for work before I get to!! Not only that, but he'll be getting to work on Longhorn features. <british>bastahd!</british> It's also pretty cool that he started out as QA (hard), then went...
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    Olympic Bliss

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    I have figured out the best way to get my olympics fill for the day. I go to the gym with some friends and we turn on a different channel on each TV each of which is showing some olympic sport. NBC, MSNBC, Bravo and even CBC (god bless you kooky canadians...
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    SuperXPSP2TurboUltraRevivalAlphaEx3

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    Spent friday afternoon slipstreaming XP SP2 and then installing it. It was incredibly painless and the install was the same ~45 minutes that I'm used to from an XP installation. Initial thoughts are quite positive. I really liked how after the install...
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    Ow ow ow ow!!!

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    I awake renewed Attack of the vicious wasps I am joe merrick
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    Murphy's law

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    Well, I'm pretty sure all of Seattle hates me right now. I woke up yesterday and decided it would be a good idea to get to all the cleaning I've been meaning to do. My roommate's internship just finished and I figured now was a good time to get everything...
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    How are you watching the 'Pics?

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    The olympics that is. This weekend has been a pretty solid block of watching on all the channels that carry it for me. Unfortunately, i was not consulted about the schedule and it appears as though there are going to be games broadcast while I'm at work...
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    Nags Head

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    It's been a great week in North Carolina and a much needed vacation. I'll be coming back to work to try and get through this backlog of work and to hopefully get this stuff out of our hands and into yours ASAP. What's on the menu for this evening? Fettucini...
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    Inferring doc comments for methods that have none.

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    We were going over things that came up in Ander's informal chat at Tech-Ed. It was a lot of fun because it reminded me of the difference of giving a lecture versus doing a TA recitation. You got to really just chat with people and got to walk through...
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    Things that get me peeved

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    Driving to work see a great parking spot get halfway through the turn spot the miata nestled in there laughing at me grrrrrrr... It's the top floor of the garage for me today.
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    A simple security guy

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    Went to an excellent all-afternoon security review workshop held by Michael Howard . He's the author of Writing Secure Code which certainly was an eye-opener for me. While I was already pretty aware of most of the coding issues raised in the book, many...
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    Name that tune!

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    I'm watching the opening of the olympics, and besides being wowed by the beauty of the opening ceremony I've also been bouncing in my seat because of the great techno beats being played during the procession of nations. 2 points to the one who can point...
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    HELP!!! Finder has gone insane!!!

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    Ok, serious problem happening and I hope someone out there can help explain it to me or tell me a solution. Starting yesterday the Finder in OSX started sucking up every last free bit of CPU. I tried killing it, but it would just restart with the same...
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    ¿¿¿EO:E???

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    Just had one of those supremely weird waking moments where you rmind has difficulty getting a hold on reality. I woke up looking at my alarm clock and noticed that it said EO:E. In my somnolent state I know that something was wrong, but I couldn't quite...
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    Beermaker beermaker make me a beer!

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    Got to spend some wonderful hours this weekend at the Seattle International Beer Festival . $20 got you in the door with a nice little glass (which Moon threw away guh!) that you could take around to try out all different type of beers from all over the...
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