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  • Blog Post: the windows style guide

    I am a UI programmer. I work on the BrowserUI team. Of course, very little of my time is spent actually making UI--the buttons and toolbars and such. Adding a button takes a few minutes out of my week. Writing the code to implement whatever the button does takes most of my time. When I do write new UI...
  • Blog Post: chess

    I am currently taking an AI class in the evenings. I am posting this link for my own reference. This is a chess program that draws its thinking for you. It is really pretty. Chess program .
  • Blog Post: oppressive fork clarinet

    Raymond's eagerly awaited spam-graph post went live today. Since he works downstairs I got a sneak peak at it earlier this week. Since then I have been thinking about spam a bit. Spam used to really annoy me. I have an old university account that does nothing but accumulate spam now, but I login and...
  • Blog Post: how to cleanly start and stop explorer.exe

    If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL + SHIFT + ESC ->File-> CTRL +New Task (Run...) This will open a cmd window with only the basics. This is useful if you have killed Explorer and need to restart it. Explorer will...
  • Blog Post: the black ink blot

    Saw this today on metafilter . A CS grad student in Dublin has found a way to figure out what is under those black ink blots in classified documents. I was just wondering last night if there was some way to do this. We had been discussing censoring soldier's letters at lunch yesterday. I wonder how this...
  • Blog Post: the wrongness of "how do i disable right-click on my web site?"

    This question comes up frequently and generally the asker really means, “How can I prevent people from stealing the [content | script] from my Web site?” And there are a few things you can do to make it more difficult. You can add onContextMenu handlers (to prevent the default context menu...
  • Blog Post: gee, that is a nice mouse

    I inadvertently won a new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Tilt Wheel Technology , the Look and Feel of Leather, and Three Times Longer Battery Life . So I plugged it in. It is actually a really nice mouse. They finally made it so the scroll wheel does not click. I am all about the firm, smooth-rolling...
  • Blog Post: channel 9

    If you have not had a chance to check out channel 9 , click on over.
  • Blog Post: direct to my wrist

    I got one of these . It was given to me by a coworker. I have been wearing it. It entertains me in meetings and such, but it does not update as often as I would like. It seems I do not get reception for it inside the building where I work. <snif/>
  • Blog Post: television security and msn security

    A news channel in North Carolina made a classic security mistake . This is similar to a mistake that MSN made a while back. There was a web page that verified your username/password before allowing you to make account changes, but the subsequent pages did not check the authentication-- the account...
  • Blog Post: tuesday update

    Well, the Cracker/Camper show last night was really good. I always find it interesting to see who else from works shows up at rock shows. Interestingly enough, there was a large overlap in attendence between this show and G3 . Anyway, we staked out good spots near the stage. This is important because...
  • Blog Post: of cars and computers

    Often I see or hear people comparing computers and cars to make a point. One such argument goes something like this: "If a car manufacturer builds a vehicle that is flawed and causes physical or economical damage to people or businesses, then the car manufacturer is liable. So why is it that a software...
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