• Cyrus' Blather

    Outside In

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    One of the things I love about working here is that I get to see a ton of cool stuff that never ends up actually in a product. Internal projects, fun employee excursions, research endeavors, and in this particular instance an awesome new system one of...
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    Color schemes

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    I got a message from a couple of my readers that they were finding it hard to read the new page because of the light on dark text. Interestingly enough i find it far more readable this way, but i definitely do not want people to be frustrated with the...
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    Too many options!!

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    So i've noticed in quite a few of my blogs that people have complained about the #region's we include when you're using Implement-Interface. Probably the most frustrating thing is that if you take the following steps: Implement some interface on...
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    Useful++

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    It's often the case that i need (or want) to see how something is done inside VB. However, whenever i start editing in VB i realize how much the language confuses me and how i'm always tripping up over the language. As a tribute to the VB team, the work...
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    New blog system complaint

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    I received this from one of my readers: --- "It looks like readers are now required to create an account and log in before they can post comments. I'm a regular reader of your blog and of blogs.msdn in general, but I nearly always comment anonymously...
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    Implement Interface (Redux)

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    Sorry for the poor appearance of some of the code samples. The new blog site seems to be having problems with the markup. I'm working with them to try and find a solution ASAP. Ok. Until i find a solution, i'm just going to use screen captures. ...
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    New Blog System

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    So this is a new system they've moved us over and i'm trying to get used to the differences between it and the old one. Right now it appears that changing themes isn't exactly working, so you'll have to bear with me the current look. As soon as I can...
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    Schizophrenic Seattle

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    Ok. So i wish seattle would just make up it's mind and switch to Summer weather already. It was freesing three days ago, then we had a massive hail storm, followed by a gorgeously sunny day, and now drizzly non-stop rain. Of course, it was great weather...
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    Knight in Shining Armor

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    So we started watching The Vision of Escaflowne with friends. I haven't seen it in like seven years, so it's practically new to me (although i rapidly remembered how much i hate Merle). I'd looked for an Escaflowne model out there but hadn't found anything...
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    Phun photos!

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    One of my friend's took this shot and put it on on his blog : I liked it a lot because it reminded me of a picture i generated from the ray tracer i wrote: (click on photo for full sized image) And yet even with all my reflections and translucency hullabaloo...
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    Little learning exercise

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    i had an idea for a little bit of code i wanted to write that would give me an opportunity to learn about a lot of bits of technology that i am currently pretty ignorant about. i wanted to create a little service that would help keep my system defragged...
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    Can anybody hear me?

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    There are many people i work with here that i admire immensely. Devs, PMs, QA, UE, Loc, (hell… even management) all include people who i look up to every day. But of those set of amazing people there’s a special “cream of the crop” area for those who...
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    More reasons i like C++

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    Error 1 error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol "public: void __thiscall CNamedItemTable::AddIfNotSet(class ATL::CStringT<unsigned short,class ATL::StrTraitATL<unsigned short,class ATL::ChTraitsCRT<unsigned short> > > const &,class...
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    Code that's old enough to drink

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    I heard a great expression today when talking with another team here: "Code that's old enough to drink." In other words, code that's been around for more than 21 years. Now if that were teens, i'd make some joke about it be temperamental and "trying to...
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    I am a beautiful unique snowflake (and you aren't)

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    So how many of you can search for your name on google and have it show up as the first hit? I can do it with my last name, and i'm pretty high up there with my first. Eventually i will become the most important "Cyrus" out there as far as google is concerned...
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    Crashing in cslangsvc.dll

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    On a whim i did a search in Google to see what it would find for cslangsvc.dll. I was just trying it out to see how well it did with filename searches since it used to be in the past that Search sites would usually split that into "cslangsvc" and "dll...
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    You've got to be kidding me!

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    In the spirit of the post on Covariant Return Types, and "Death by a thousand cuts", i thought I'd mention yet another intensely aggravating part of .Net development. This one isn't about C# per se, but C# is affected by it. I'm going to use a real world...
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    No way!

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    Could it be? Might we all be so lucky? Is it just some elaborate hoax? Could they ever do it justice in a movie? Can i stop giggling and jumping up and down like a schoolgirl? Will the rhetorical questions ever end?
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    Death by a thousand cuts

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    As you might have noticed from my posts in the past I really dislike it when there is a part of the C# language that seems to be unnecessarily lacking. For example, not being able to take a delegate to a property. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to...
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    Guess Who

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    I got a chance to do a little modeling this week. It was a lot of fun and a very relaxing task for the evening. I was also really thrilled with the results and i want to do a lot more of this. You start with a set of pieces as above. They are very rough...
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    Tsk tsk!

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    Only 70 votes so far for covariant return types in C# (and all .Net languages)!! :-( I thought that there was a lot more interest than that. Here's a chance for you to really show what you're interested in seeing. If you haven't voted yet, and you do...
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    Irony, thy name is C#

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    Intro: So i was having a conversation with the team about a small change I'd like to make to C#. Right now, C# has the concept of "contextual keywords". I.e. identifiers that can have special meaning when used in special locations, but which are otherwise...
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    Teh state of spelling in today's phast paste whirled

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    So i got this message from a friend on the east coast: until ahe skight thunders torm And it was one of the first times that i've ever had to do a double take when reading an IM from a friend. The problem is that it's soooo close to english that my mind...
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    Eideh Shoma Mobarak!

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    The weather here is awful, and i did most o fmy celebrating last night since it was more conducive than a Sunday night, but still: Happy New Year to all!
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    Need help

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    We've been discussing covariant return types again and wanted to present some good numbers as to how many people really want this feature. i.e. is it just crazy old me, or do other developers hit this. If you do want it, please go to http://lab.msdn.microsoft...
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