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    windows media player 10 tech beta

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    I installed the WMP10 Tech Beta on my workstation here at work. At first I was mildy annoyed by some UI bugs, but it is a beta and I have faith they will hammer those out. What really made my day though was a new play list feature. I had added a carefully...
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    i hate moving

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    This is the last time, I swear.
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    thursday update

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    A quick post to let those of you who are interested know I am still around. I just got back from the midwest where I was visiting my family and friends. The weather was hot and humid and my hay fever was in overdrive, but despite that I managed to have...
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    the black ink blot

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    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...
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    the importance of context

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    Almost every navigation in Internet Explorer results in a flurry of security checks. Many of these checks are fairly obvious things, such as checking the URL of the current location (the context URL ) and the pending navigation's destination URL to see...
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    the wrongness of "how do i disable right-click on my web site?"

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    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...
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    gee, that is a nice mouse

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    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...
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    on calling refresh during onResize

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    From time to time I have come across web sites that do something like this: <body onResize=“document.execCommand('Refresh')”> ... </body> Generally this is done so the page can redo all of the necessary layout calculations...
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    the rhyme of the remittance man

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    There's a four-pronged buck a-swinging In the shadow of my cabin, And it roamed the velvet valley till to-day; But I tracked it by the river, And I trailed it in the cover, And I killed it on the mountain miles away. Now I've had my lazy supper, And the...
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    tax time

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    I did my taxes last night. I always had my father's accountant do them in the past, so this was my first time. It took about an hour and a half. I learned some things: (1) The capital gains tax sucks. (2) My federal withholding is set way too high...
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    a brief history of setHomePage()

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    I started working on IE right after IE 5.5 shipped. Since then, there is one little feature which has been the subject of my loving attention from time to time-- setHomePage() . setHomePage() is implemented as a behavior in iepeers.dll. It takes one...
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    channel 9

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

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    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/>
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    we are hiring...

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    The Internet Explorer and Windows Core Shell teams are hiring developers. Interviews will be held in New York in the April 26th - April 28th time period. Here is the fine print: Available positions are located in Redmond, WA, and opportunities include...
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    new rock

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    I got the new Amadan CD in the mail on Monday. Their first CD was about halfway between Grafton Street and Dropkick Murphys . Their new CD definatly leans toward the Dropkick Murphys end of the spectrum, even with the singer from Grafton Street making...
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    XP SP2 RC1

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    Last week we shipped SP2 RC1 for Windows XP. This is a Release Candidate and it is not intended to be used in production environments. However, those of you who love to test things can check it out here . Those of you who are merely interested in screen...
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    now they are not even pretending

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    I saw this on Metafilter today. This ridiculous thing has eleven cosponsors! It does lead one to the following quandary: If congress passes a law allowing it to override SCOTUS decisions, and then SCOTUS rules the law unconsititutional, can congress...
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    arthurz 2; nature 0

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    I went hiking with AZ again on saturday. My friend and coworker Raphael also came along. We targeted what looked like a really cool trail, part of the Pacific Crest Trail . Those of you unfamiliar with the PCT can think of it as the west coast version...
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    television security and msn security

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    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...
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    closed on sunday

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    It seems as if everything in Redmond closes on sunday. Even the “Brooklyn” bagel place . I do not remember seeing any closed bagel places in Brooklyn on sunday. This annoys my roommate a lot.
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    i would like to thank the acadamy...

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    ...for providing me with something more boring then The Super Bowl. Bill Murray got robbed. I predicted 15 out of 24 correctly. I came in second at our little get together. I drank a lot of Chianti .
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    fun with subways

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    When Dino and I were in New York we tried to make words by plotting clever courses through the subway system. Making animals never occured to us. Too bad Seattle does not have a subway system.
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    dear washington music purchaser

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    I got one piece of snail mail today. It was a check for $13.86 from the “CD MAP Antitrust Litigation” entity. I am shocked. I was sure I would never get it. I wonder how long I will have to wait for the Internet to grow enough and litigation...
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    the methodology of making tea

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    The topic came up at our weekly monday morning status meeting. AJS noted my tea was 'frothier' then his. I told him it was because I put the milk in first, then added the hot water. As an uncultured American from the midwest , I did not realize there...
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    ode to m

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    McAllister : Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man. John Keating : But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus and always thus will be. In other news, AZ and I climbed Tiger Mountain this...
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