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  • Blog Post: Recent Posts on Code-o-rama

    While I haven't been posting much here, I have been posting pretty regularly over on my main development blog code-o-rama . The main reason is that I'm running a newer version of Community Server over there, which has better editing, etc.. Here are some articles you might want to check out: Stand alone...
  • Blog Post: Assembly Probing and Windows Installer

    Some platform features are like the stuff hiding under rocks at the seashore. No, I don't mean the one's that are slimey and stinky. I'm talking about the one's that are interesting but hard to spot. But, all you need to do is catch a glimpse of them and lift the rock... Sometime last year, I was...
  • Blog Post: Test Signing and Instrumentation

    Boy, I seem to spend all my time in the deep dark recesses of the CLR. OK, this post is a little bit out there; I hope someone finds it useful. There's a problem with doing instrumented profiling of applications in Visual Studio 2005 Team System that comes up when working with strongly named assemblies...
  • Blog Post: Refactoring XmlValidatingReader in .NET 2.0

    I seem to have come across this several times in the past week or two, so it's worth making a note. In .NET 2.0 XmlValidatingReader is obsolete. You need to do something like the following in order to create a validating reader now: XmlReaderSettings settings = new XmlReaderSettings(); settings...
  • Blog Post: John's Dvorak Keyboard Self Help Guide

    You find yourself facing a seemingly broken logon screen. Every character you type seems to come out as some other character. Perhaps you know JohnL-S had something to do with configuring that system. You type ASDF and it comes out AOEU. What’s going on? It was brought to my attention this morning...
  • Blog Post: Changing MVID's

    Ahhhhh. There's nothing quite like pasting a big chunk of code into your blog. It makes the prose writing part so much easier! My last entry was about counting bits. Today I put that in the context of the original problem. Todays entry comes from an internal support alias issues from week or so...
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