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  • Blog Post: This blog has moved... notice #2...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net/duncanma following the 3 leaf model when they moved, I thought I should post this notice a couple of times...
  • Blog Post: This blog has moved...

    For various reasons, the biggest being my desire to play around with .Text, I've moved my blog to my own server at http://blogs.duncanmackenzie.net The first post over there shows the app that I wrote last night and then used to copy all of my posts and categories over from this blog to the new location...
  • Blog Post: Has anyone tried migrating posts from weblogs.asp.net to another .Text installation?

    I've set up my own little .Text installation and I'm considering copying (not removing the existing versions) posts to my installation so that I still have a visible archive... has anyone done this before? Happen to have created a tool or script to help the process?
  • Blog Post: Removing Word's Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps...

    The age-old question of 'how do I avoid putting funky Office HTML into my blog postings' came up on an internal email list today, and one of the answers was a pointer to http://stevemiller.net/PureText/ , which I had never heard of... but it looks cool! "Have you ever copied some text from a web...
  • Blog Post: I'm thinking about installing .Text into my own web-site...

    And maybe the Forums code too... Nothing against www.asp.net, but I'm just thinking it might be interesting to host my own blog... moving seems disruptive though, leaving a large number of my posts here, new ones there.... what do you folks think? Have you thought about hosting your own blog... are you...
  • Blog Post: Ok... I can finally read my comments again...

    I'm sure I'll be one of many commenting on this, but the recent updates to .Text on this site are a wonderful improvement. For the past while I had been unable to really sift out the good comments from the bad, so real (non-spam) comments to the VB or C# FAQ sites, and to this blog... were all being...
  • Blog Post: Previews of articles...

    A couple of weeks ago I posted my "Quick Poll" Coding 4 Fun column in its unedited form... was that useful? If it was, I can continue to do that with my articles ... basically posting my version of them up in advance onto www.duncanmackenzie.net and then redirecting that to the real article once it ends...
  • Blog Post: New Coding 4 Fun Article up...

    Add a Quick Poll to Your Web Site Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes his process to build a "Quick Poll" using Visual Basic and ASP.NET. Recent discussions have motivated me to add some 'anti-repeat-voting' code to this sample... I've finished up most of the changes, so grab the sample from the article...
  • Blog Post: With things like AOL and other proxies... how useful is IP Address in figuring out duplicate votes/comments/etc... ?

    I'm playing around with my voting control and I was thinking of (in addition to a cookie based check) querying to see how recently this IP address had tried voting and if it was within 'x' seconds, rejecting the vote... Something more extreme, like rejecting any second vote from the same IP seems...
  • Blog Post: I'm thinking of adding login/registration to my personal site...

    Not sure what scenarios this will be used to enable in the long run, but I might play around with some web services (with authentication) and a few 'prototypes' for articles and MSDN features that I've been musing about... Do you run a personal site? Do you have any form of authentication? What do you...
  • Blog Post: Don't ask me why, but I've become the official forum for Spiderman 2

    I blame google. ( 250 + comments so far, not counting the ones I've had to remove )
  • Blog Post: Default Values, Triggers, and Code supplied values ... oh my!

    In an earlier post , I mentioned that I use a trigger to update a "DateCreated" field in one of my tables... and various people commented on this... asking "why not pass in a value in your Insert?" or "why not use a default value?" Since I feel that replying to comments in the comments section is generally...
  • Blog Post: New Poll is up and a silly mistake...

    One of the big reasons I redesigned the poll component , was so that I could track votes over time... I did this by adding a 'dateVoted' column to my vote table, and then using an “On Insert” trigger to set that column to the current date/time.... peachy keen, except when I exported the tables...
  • Blog Post: My new Coding 4 Fun Column is up on MSDN...

    How Long Now? Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes how to calculate the difference between two dates in Visual Basic .NET, and builds an application that counts down to the release of Halo 2.
  • Blog Post: Spiderman 2... the game, not the movie...

    I had been planning to go to Spiderman 2 last night at 12:01 am... but I decided to skip it instead... so I went out during the day and spent my Father's Day gift (a gift certificate for Best Buy... my wife made a great choice) on a wireless xbox controller from Logitech and the new Spiderman 2 game...
  • Blog Post: Oh man... I guess this isn't new, but I'm impressed...

    I installed MCE onto my main home computer recently, which happens to have a modem that supports caller id.... and I was just sitting in front of it tonight watching a recorded episode of “ The Dead Zone ” when someone called... a nice transparent message floated up telling me their name...
  • Blog Post: Just saw a concert... already have the live CD...

    It is like bootleg concert recordings but the quality is better and I had to pay for it :) Tonight my wife and I went out to a Jewel Concert , which was great... although our position on the grass gave us a better view of one of the main support poles on the stage than of Jewel herself... and at the...
  • Blog Post: Replaced the Poll Component with my 'new and improved' one...

    Well, maybe not improved, but certainly more complicated... I setup my new data model , built a new voting component in Visual Basic, and put it up at http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/ Eventually, once I've run it for awhile and worked out any kinks, this will turn into a published sample...
  • Blog Post: Ended the "Most anticipated release" poll...

    And (hopefully the formatting will work out ok in the blog) here are the results :) What release are you most excited about? Halo 2: (20.7%) Visual Studio .NET 2005: ...
  • Blog Post: Ach... my reading list is growing too fast...

    Just today, I've added the new "Smart Client Offline Application Block" (from PAG), FotoVision , these articles by Cliff Atkinson about PowerPoint ... and I brought home Murach's "ASP.NET Web Programming with VB.NET" to start reading in my spare time... While all of these things, and especially that...
  • Blog Post: I just like to make things complicated...

    When I started out to build a voting control, I drew up a set of requirements that led to a 5+ table system... some form of UI for creating/editing polls... plus the control itself. Then, when I had SQL running behind my web site, I wanted something up fast.... so I just grabbed a simple voting control...
  • Blog Post: If you write RFPs to get work...

    Then, first let me say you have my pity, and then let me direct you to this nice piece by my old business partner (we started our first consulting business together out of our house)... Responding to RFP's Many of you who are also consultants know that one of the realities of life is to write sales proposals...
  • Blog Post: More playing with ASP.NET

    As with my earlier messing around with a poll, I took a concept from the www.asp.net site today and made my own "CheckDotNet.aspx" page. The one on www.asp.net only checks for the .NET Framework 1.0 or better, so I modified the logic to detect 1.1 and 1.0 as two distinct cases... recommending an upgrade...
  • Blog Post: Celebrities in the locker room... career opportunity or creepy awkwardness?

    As other people have probably mentioned here and there, there is a very nice health club near Microsoft and a membership to that club is one of the options in our benefits plan. Therefore, it isn't all that surprising that most of the folks in the gym at any particular time are Microsoft employees. This...
  • Blog Post: I added the "no vote, just show me the results" feature to that polling component...

    It appears to work fine... assuming you haven't voted from the machine you are currently on, you should be able to see the new button (and try it out) at http://www.duncanmackenzie.net Currently, Halo 2 appears to be behind VS 2005... which was not what I expected :) Let me know if you have any problems...
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