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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

November, 2003

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    Burn CDs right from your .NET code...

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    Anson Horton gave me this cool .NET component and source code last night so I've uploaded it to microsoft.com for your burning fun The XPBurnComponent allows your .NET applications to burn files to CDR/W discs on a Window XP® or Windows 2003 Server...
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    Looking for a "Photo Blog"

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    I recently acquired a digital camera so I started thinking about a photo blog... something my family out in Winnipeg could subscribe to. A colleague, who has a camera phone, suggested textamerica, which seemed quite happy to accept my registration but...
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    Desktop Backgrounds

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    I'm always looking for nice desktop backgrounds that are tasteful enough to display at work and searching on google (on this particular topic) just doesn't find that many high-quality sites, so I thought I'd post a few of my recent finds; http://bibliofile...
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    Longhorn Preview now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

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    The Longhorn preview distributed at the PDC is now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads for active MSDN Operating Systems, Professional, Enterprise, and Universal subscribers as well as for Certified Partner and Breadth ISV/Empower members.
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    PDC Sessions available as streaming audio with synchronized PPT and demos...

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    For the next 6 months, many of the PDC Sessions will available at http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC2003/Default.htm as streaming audio with synchronized PPT and demos. Check it out!!
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    Reading An Image from the web...

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    Nothing amazingly difficult about this task, but it was an interesting GotDotNet question posted today so I thought I would answer it here; Glenn Holden asks how to turn this file based function into one for images stored at http addresses... Protected...
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    Visual C# "Whidbey": Language Enhancements

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    If you think we are talking about Whidbey too much... don't read this post :) The powerpoints and demos are both online for Anders Hejlsberg's talk on the changes to C# for the Whidbey release: In "Whidbey", the Visual C# language will be extended...
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    Scott Mitchell's Data Structure Article is finally up...

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    Ages ago, Scott Mitchell wrote the 1st of 6 articles on Data Structures in C#... and now it is finally up (through no fault of Scott's) Check it out here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dv_vstechart/html/datastructures_guide...
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    New *Free* Windows Forms Controls

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    Like a lot of other people, I've recently found Tim Dawson's Windows Forms controls along with a great set of useful articles... I'm particularly impressed with the design-time support he has built into these controls. Check them out if you are into Windows...
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    New C# Home Page Design Up on MSDN

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    We've been playing with some new developer center home page designs, and we decided to update the C# site first. Check it out at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/ and let me know what you think... Of special interest to the blogging folks, notice that...
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    C# Splash Screen

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    From CodeProject.com (via James Avery's Blog ); A Pretty Good Splash Screen in C# - Tutorial on how to build a full featured splash page (includes fading, progress bar, etc)
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    Is this just a technology thing...

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    It seems to me that you just have to be in technology to fully understand this comic; But if you are, it is such a reality of your day to day life that I want to blow it up 3 or 4x and post it on my wall.
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    Lost Files

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    Julia appears to have lost something I downloaded and installed the VB Language Enhancements for Whidbey White Paper & code from an MSI and cannot freakin' find it anywhere! :-) I had to stop looking after 20 minutes. So hopefully, I'll update this...
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    Network Connections, or SneakerNet Evolved

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    My music system is finally hooked back up in my new house (after months of sitting unplugged) but I didn't have a network connection available for it. Well, the recent release of some new networking standards have made 802.11b adapters rather cheap so...
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    C# Whidbey Sneak Preview doc up on MSDN

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    This document provides an overview of the new features available for C# developers in Visual Studio "Whidbey". Download the Word document from here
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    Dolomite <> Dolemite

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    Earlier today I posted some background pics... including some from www.dolomitesworld.com ... Frank Redmond (Content Strategist for .NET Framework) just bust out laughing in my office because he thought I was posting backgrounds based on one of the many...
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    Interop Article by Sam Gentile

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    Sam "blogger guy" Gentile has a new article up on MSDN: Beyond (COM) Add Reference: Has Anyone Seen the Bridge? Summary Sam Gentile explains the need for bridges between COM Interop and the Microsoft .NET Framework, and how bridges are implemented in...
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    C# Programmable Calculator

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    If you were a big fan of programmable calculators in University (or highschool, I guess it depends on how much $$ you were willing to spend on a calculator back then) then you should like this; C# Programmable Calculator is a Reverse Polish Notation ...
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    C# Bloggers Page Up...

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    Only a few bloggers listed so far, but more will be coming in the near future: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vcsharp/community/blogs/default.aspx
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    Upcoming Chats

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    I was just browsing the chats page at http://msdn.microsoft.com/chats (boy, if ever a page was in need of an RSS feed, this would be it) and I noticed some really cool upcoming chats; Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) on January 14, 2004...
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    Various PDC Related Diagrams Up on MSDN

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    Brad Abrams already mentioned these, but we are going to be linking to them from MSDN soon so I thought I would give out the microsoft.com URLs for these 2 images (one in jpg and PDF format); http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/2/f/a2fc47d2-8bdf...
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    Halo for the PC

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    I'm getting a little tired of playing with people I don't know... so if anyone is into playing Halo feel free to try to track me down or if someone felt like it, we could even set up our own game(s)... my Halo name is, boringly enough, "Duncanma" so you...
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    Eric J. Smith's CodeSmith Utility

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    I use this program all the time, but I paved my machine recently and didn't have it installed... It took me awhile to figure out the web site for the tool, so I thought I would post it for everyone's enjoyment! For those that haven't had the pleasure...
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    Space Invaders in C#

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    from Gus Perez (via Dan Fernandez ); Gus wrote Space Invaders in C# ( source ). Sweet!
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    New Article up on the Visual Basic developer center...

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    Exploring the Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit by Joel Semeniuk
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