Noah Coad

A Microsoft Program Manager on Visual Studio Platform (and an underground coder, lifehacker, hockey player)

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    Task Management Software (To Do Lists)

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    I'm an action-oriented fella.  I like my lists, particularly if they say "To Do", "Action Items", or some similar verb.  This way what needs to happen next is already partially thought out, you can see at a glance what actions...
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    Good Friends vs True Friends

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    What's the difference between a casual friend or acquaintance and a true friend? Well there were a few e-mail chains that I've combined here. Do you have "true" friends (family doesn't count!)? A good friend will tell you what you want to hear. A true...
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    Search Work Items, Team System Addin

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    The ability to quickly and easily search for work items using a little search box seams to be a popular Team System wishlist feature. Teamprise has a Java Team Explorer client, which they say they make sales because of their search capabilities alone...
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    Multi Monitor Support in VS10

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    What would a perfect world look like where your using Visual Studio with two or three (or more) monitors?  One of the new Visual Studio 10 (Visual Studio 2008 = VS9) I'd like to nail is darn good multi monitor support, but I've got a lot more investigation...
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    Can You Use Visual Studio as Your Text Editor?

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    Most developers I know (including myself) use at least two text editors on their box, a full blown development environment like Visual Studio, and a lightweight editor (or mid-weight) like notepad.exe, Notepad++, Notepad2, vim, emacs, UltraEdit (my favorite...
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    Change Screen Resolution with One Keyboard Shortcut

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    Do you find that you need to frequently change your screen resoltion? I do several times a day and some reasons are when: doing demos, showing my laptop screen to serveral people at once, switching between monitors, recording/capturing the screen, connecting...
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    You know you're in Texas when...

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    Being a native born Texan now living in Seattle for almost four years, every time I go back to TX I'm amazed at the little Texan details I never noticed before.  I'm visiting the in-laws for two weeks over the Christmas holidays in Spring TX (just...
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    Folder Size for Windows Explorer

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    Latest Update, WinDirStat (6/18/08) Found a newer and better tool!  WinDirStat is also free and shows a nice graphical chart of the types of files and folders. Update for Windows Vista I've been using Vista now for awhile and the tool below does...
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    Visual Studio Macros

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    One of the areas I'm taking charge in Visual Studio is the Macro system. We want to make macros rock in the next rev so I'm collecting customer evidence data to figure out how people are using VS macros and what would make them rock (like supporting C#...
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    Simple FTP Upload in C# w Free FTP DLL

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    Two nights ago I created an app that lets me just right-click a file in Windows Explorer and it uploads the file to my FTP site in a temp directory so I can quickly and easily share files with friends. Just click it’s uploaded, and click the resulting...
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    Funny: Computer Tech Support Calls

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    These “silly tech support calls” have been around in e-mails and online since the dawn of tech support. They are always fun to read. Here’s a list my sister sent me that I hadn’t seen yet. Blogging e-mail funnies may be a bit out...
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    Garmin Nuvi 260 GPS

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    I love my Garmin Nuvi!  It is simple, elegant, easy to use, helpful, and effective.  The roads in Seattle are laid out far differently from what I was used to in Texas, and this makes navigating them a breeze.  When we're on trips, it finds...
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    Bill Gates Answers the Phone

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    < LOL > I picked up my phone, hit a number, and got BillG (well, his voice)! When you dial the main Microsoft phone number, 425-882-8080, an automated operator says "Who would you like to contact?", you just speak the name and it connects you. Real...
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    Vista: Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Explorer

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    When navigating files in Windows Vista, either in Windows Explorer or a File Dialog (like "Open File"), I just discovered there some new keyboard shortcuts. Here they are: New Vista Commands ALT + Up Arrow Move up a folder (to the parent folder) ALT ...
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    ChoiceMail - 100% of Junk Email Gone

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    Get a lot of spam? My personal address, noah@coad.net , gets about a 1,000 a week, but I don't see a single one of them. If you don't mind getting spam, this isn't for you. If you find junk mail annoying, and the viruses, identify theft (from phishing...
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    Register a Custom URL Protocol Handler

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    Perhaps you're familiar with such URL protocol handlers such as http://microsoft.com , ftp://user:pass@server outlook:Contacts , file://http://www.coad.net/blog/images/Greenstone.bmp , ms-help://... Want to make your own client-side URL handler? Maybe...
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    Automating iTunes with C# in .NET

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    When you install Apple iTunes , it includes a COM automation library (see link for SDK docs). It is very easy to use! Thanks to Dan Crevier’s blog post for pointing me in the right direction to the SDK. I needed to remove all the tracks in iTunes that...
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    Hide the IE7 Command Bar

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    Here's a registry hack for removing Internet Explorer 7's toolbar with the standard buttons on it (like favorites, print, etc). In IE6 you could move/hide the command bar just like any toolbar, but in IE7 it's not so easy. On my PC they're just wasted...
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    Real TFS Command Line Help

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    John Lyon-Smith , a developer on my team, put togther this extensive command line help for Team Foundation's TF.exe command. In his own words... After the umpteenth time of typing “tf –?” only to have it launch the MSDN documentation that usually isn...
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    iPod Shuffle + iTunes, I'm Hooked!

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    During TechEd 2006, my buddy Jean-Luc David (JL), let me borrow his iPod Shuffle . Oh my gosh!! This little feller is awe some!! I just love the pure simplicity, elegance, easy of use, and… style. So beautiful! Of course, I had to use iTunes to...
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    Noah's Ark Discovered in Iran?

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    When I was born my grandmother started a Noah’s Ark collection for me. I’ve grown up with literally hundreds of Noah’s Arks ranging from large enough for a 12yr-old child to fit into, to the size of a small bean with ivory animals you’d...
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    Pull Web Service Data into Excel

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    Visual Studio 2008 has great Office 2007 integration with the ability to essentially open an Excel worksheet from within VS and add C# code as if it was a Windows Forms application.  Just today an acquaintance asked how to pull data off the web and...
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    Windows Hot Keys with AutoHotKey

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    I’m a big fan of keeping my hands on the keyboard as much as possible and having real quick easy ‘one-touch’ access to my favorite apps, web sites, and tasks.  It’s just amazing how much more productive one can be when using the keyboard instead...
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    Embedded IE Text Size Too Small (or Large)

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    Ever notice the text or font in applications that use an embedded Internet Explorer just isn’t the right size?  Either too small or large?  I’ve encountered this in a number of apps including Microsoft HTML Help Control (for .chm files), Windows...
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    Get a Web Page's Title from a URL (C#)

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    I was creating an app that saves URLs copied to the clipboard into an XML file. This little bit of code came in handy so I thought I'd be worth sharing. This code checks to make sure the URL is to a valid HTML page by first checking the type of request...
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