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  • Blog Post: New blogs up (slowly) migrating data

    http://www.acmebinary.com/blogs/kent for those interested.
  • Blog Post: Moving this blog -- need opinions

    To move the comments, or not to move the comments? Whether tis nobler to leave every URL intact or by moving them break them? I'm pretty certain I can move all the posts without egregious problems, but the comments may be another matter. Would anyone care if they stayed here? Would anyone care and/or...
  • Blog Post: Transformation status: One

    Caterpillar resting. Chrysalis begins to form. Pictures at 11.
  • Blog Post: A modest proposal: Date/Time considered evil

    After documenting some of the problems I had with Date/Time when creating my RSS Aggregator , and reading a Google presentation at ETech, I came up with a noble idea. We all use the same date and time. Whereever we are in the world, whatever time of day. So, timezones, Daylight Savings Time, Julian/Gregorian...
  • Blog Post: Early to bed, early to rise

    A while back, Karl asked me to discuss "Early Adoption" here (or somewhere). I said I would, then let it bubble for a while, as I was conflicted. I decided to let my internal debate finally boil over here, though. I'll let you decide which feels better to you. All products and companies go through essentially...
  • Blog Post: Exit, dexter

    Well, perhaps only "contemplating" leaving. Since some recent changes (to my URL), I'm thinking of migrating this blog elsewhere. No big whoop, I guess, as there are only about three of you that read this, but it's a fairly big decision for me, and those who know me know I hate making decisions. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Real Stories of Mental Deterioration

    Hello, I'm Deputy Marshall Tucker of the King County Department of Mental Acuity, and welcome to another episode of "Real Stories of Mental Deterioration". As always, we tell you true events showing what happens as your brain gets old and thaws and resolves into a dew. Names have been withheld, but as...
  • Blog Post: The continuing adventures of "How did they?"

    Google has now added "Movie Search" to their already massive list of ways you can search for things. Just start a search with "movie:" and some criteria, and there you go. For example: movie:"King arthur" rabbit finds the best movie of all time (OK, the ending was a little lame), while movie:car chase...
  • Blog Post: Whatever happened to SNOBOL?

    I remember it was going to revolutionize text parsing , or something. I love this history , it just feels so relaxing looking at it.
  • Blog Post: Shooting trouble

    I was lazy today, and decided not to walk in during a beautiful sunny Redmond day, instead allowing the decongestants to soak through my head. However, I had one conference call I wanted to attend on upcoming changes to some site . While I was listening to the cool jazz while I was on hold, I scanned...
  • Blog Post: The Greatest American...

    Through a peaceful and democratic process, Canada decided who the " Greatest Canadian " was. While I'm pretty sure who wouldn't win a vote of the Greatest Hungarian or even Greatest German, it seems that the US Discovery channel (aka, the "Let's make another reality show about welders" channel) has noticed...
  • Blog Post: I admit it, I peeked

    While looking at the Human Clock , I decided (seemingly like a lot of people, including the author) to look at the filenames of the graphics, with the thought of perhaps "leveraging" them. He knew we were coming. This is in the source of the page: Welcome to the source code for this page. Not much here...
  • Blog Post: Correctly named config value

    One feature of Firefox I find amusing/neat is the about:config URL. It opens a window letting you change the values for any setting for Firefox itself, or your installed extensions. While I had it open for some general spelunking and changing of network settings (sorry, HTTP 1.1 is correct, but sometimes...
  • Blog Post: I blame it entirely on Michelle

    Thursday afternoons: "Get Stuff Done" time. Try to clear off my bug list (ugh, only down to 30), headlines for the ASP.NET Developer Center and Visual Studio Developer Center , review articles, other duties as they come up. Instead, read blogs. Michelle complains a test has decided she isn't nerdy (personally...
  • Blog Post: The InfoPath less travelled

    It seems like Darren & I had the same ideas over the last few days of 2004 -- learn/play with InfoPath. I have to say, I didn't really *get* InfoPath for a while (perhaps I still don't get it). However, I've now used it for 1.75 items, and so it's time to document my experience. First up was a Quick...
  • Blog Post: Hello Janus

    Three days into 2005, and I'm finally getting to my "Hello new year" post. <sarcasm>I'm sure you were all waiting with baited breath.</sarcasm> 2004 was a year of intense frustration and confusion for me. The frustration was due to {This section removed by US Department of Homeland Security...
  • Blog Post: In Remembrance

    I'm not usually known for "pro patria mortis" feelings, but thank a veteran today. IN FLANDERS FIELDS In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short...
  • Blog Post: Ignore this post

    Probably only of interest to two people on weblogs, but I'm testing the caching feature I broke on my RssViewer. I discovered this morning that not only is Skinny Puppy reborn, but they have a new album out .
  • Blog Post: 0.67 technical posts

    First off, completely non-technical, but a great short story (I am a *huge* Lovecraft fan) of the gruesome fate that awaits in the Pumpkin Patch . Scanning the rest of Strange Horizons, looks like I may have some reading for the upcoming long, dark nights. Semi-technical: I picked up a Audiovox 5600...
  • Blog Post: If you don't put in your $1.05, who will?

    Time for the foreigner to exhort all US citizens to go out & vote on Tuesday. I don't feel that anyone has the right to tell you who to vote for, but I feel that I must tell you *to* vote. People who feel the need to live in a democracy and not exercise it aren't. (assuming that makes sense) After...
  • Blog Post: Debugging MUIDs

    Wednesday started out fairly normal -- look through all my "ContactUS", "VS2005 You wanted to know" and other support-related emails. One was from one of my Product Managers , though. In one sense, that means higher priority (he knows how to find my office), and another it means lower priority (customer...
  • Blog Post: Mostly non-technical

    ... I just needed a rant space. I've just spent 10-20 minutes trying to track down a bug in some code in a Windows Service I was writing, "Cannot close stream until all bytes are written." Get stream length. Yup, right size Get ContentLength property. Same Write both values side by side to EventLog....
  • Blog Post: Buying Visual Studio

    We've launched a new section on MSDN today - " How to Buy ". Possibly not a major need for all of you, but I think it's a great improvement over the previous random pages people had to meander over, credit card in hand, desperately trying to find a link to let them spend their hard earned cash on Visual...
  • Blog Post: How to catch a Roadrunner.

    The scene: Cafe 36 Dramatis personae: D , B and K I can't remember how the discussion turned to the greatest mind that ever came out of the Southwestern US desert, but it was D that began the rant, "You know how the coyote would strap on rocket skates, and he'd almost catch the Road Runner? Then a train...
  • Blog Post: Exercising the lump

    Yesterday as I rode home, I decided on an exercise that I would hope help awaken the grams of fat that I store between my ears - each day, I'd pick important lyrics from the first song I hear each morning, and attempt to live it all day. So, today begins this exercise. Unfortunately, the first song this...
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