Omar Shahine's WebLog

The content of this blog is a subset of the posts I make to my personal blog http://www.shahine.com/omar/.

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    How to replace notepad.exe with notepad2.exe

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    Thanks to some great comments and a specific one from James I have now replaced notepade.exe with the vastly superior notepad2.exe and prevented Windows File Protection from replacing the new notepad. Here are the steps (warning, process with care...
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    Standby Explained (S1, S3)

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    Since I built my first do-it-yourself computer almost 2 years ago I was super interested in making sure that when the computer went to sleep (standby) it was silent. After all, what is the point of putting something into standby if the fans and HD were...
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    IMAP, Thunderbird, and mail clients

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    For much of my career at Microsoft I’ve owned mail related features. I pretty much designed all the IMAP support in Entourage with Mike Fullerton and Steve Friesen and I’m pretty happy with how it works. IMAP itself is a complex protocol to implement...
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    Make ico files from png

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    I found this great freeware utility, png2ico , which will take a png and create an ico file. I wanted to create a favicon for my web site, and this made it super simple. This will also come in handy when I need to make icons for my .NET applications...
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    How the Moleskine Rocked My World

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    It's so weird how a small black book and a nice pen can change things. Since graduating from college I have increasingly gone "all digital". No more paper, vacuum tubes, tapes etc etc. However, in this process I have tried to cram the needs of my life...
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    iRiver H320 vs iPod

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    I was really excited to see a device like the iRiver H320 . However, upon opening the device the experience turned out to be an extreme disappointment. I believe that iRiver built the Kitchen sink here. This device tries to be too many things to too many...
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    Rio Carbon vs iPod

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    The Rio Carbon was a device I didn't want to like. My main reason for not considering it was that it's only 5GB and I was looking for an iPod replacement. However, as I've used this device it's really grown on me. I was able to transcoded all my WMA lossless...
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    Creative Zen Micro vs iPod

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    For the past few months I used the Rio Carbon . While it fared well, there were a couple of things I didn't like about the device. There was no hardware hold button, and the audio menu was not sticky and always dropped you back to the audio list, rather...
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    MobyDock (Mac OS X style dock for Windows)

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    MobyDock is a cool application. It's the best Mac OS X dock knock off I have used on Windows. The animations are smooth, and the application is just pretty. On top of that they have a nice product web page which is good sign of quality software. Crappy...
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    dasBlog feature: Search Result Referrers

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    I have to admit, one of the more fascinating aspects of having a blog are the ways that people find it. I'm constantly amazed at how people get here. Having a good amount of Google Juice helps put some of my posts pretty high in google's results. Well...
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    DateTime.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd")

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    Recently I found the answer to two very hard questions about bugs in dasBlog. They were kinda tricky to figure out, but also really interesting (bug 2 will be in a follow up post) Bug 1: DateTime.ToString() One of the classes in dasBlog that stores...
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    AssemblyVersion build and revision number

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    The other day I was wondering where the AssemblyVersion build and revision numbers come from if you use the default synax in your AssemblyInfo files: // // Version information for an assembly consists of the following four values: // // Major Version...
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    Etymotic ER6 vs. Bose QuietComfort II

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    I’m sitting on an Alaska Airlines flight up to Seattle right now and figure it’s a good time to put my two headphones to the test. I’ve owned both the QuietComfort I and II headphones for the past few years. Recently I purchased the Etymotic ER6’s and...
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    Office Documents opening in IE

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    One of my biggest gripes about Windows and Office is that when you click on a word, excel, or PowerPoint doc (or acrobat doc) in Internet Explorer, those documents render in the browser pane. This is one of the biggest usability issues I face with Windows...
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    System.Drawing.Image Performance

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    As I mentioned earlier, I wrote an application called JPEG Hammer for manipulating and viewing EXIF data in digital photos . As a .NET Application the single biggest performance bottleneck has been: Image photo = Image.FromFile(fileName, true ); ...
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    C# coding standards for private member variables?

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    I've read numerous documents and books and seen various references on how to refer to private member variables in a class . I have been inconsistent myself depending on what I'm doing and I'm wondering what some others out there use or recommend. Here...
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    Treo 650 Review Part 3

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    I almost forgot that I never finished my Treo Review Series. The device is so integrated into my habits now that I don't even notice how much I depend on and value the device. It's been over a month since the last review, and that's a good thing because...
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    WMA, AAC, MP3 and ripping audio

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    Jeff Key recently posted on WMA/AAC/iTunes etc etc. I personally don't care about any of this and here is why: I have an iPod I have a Windows Media Center PC I have a few Windows XP machines I have a few Macs I want to be able to listen...
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    Vonage

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    So I bit the bullet and got service from Vonage . Last week my modem arrived and I proceeded to lay out my network topology. I am really pleased with the service. Most notably I am saving money (about $230 a year). I chose the 14.99 plan which includes...
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    Microsoft DigitalPersona (Biometric Fingerprint Reader)

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    Who ever said Microsoft doesn't innovate is just full of it. I just picked up the Microsoft Fingerprint Reader . This thing is so utterly cool. The software it comes with is awesome. Basically it works like this. You install some software, reboot...
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    Getting Things Done 2 months later

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    It was about 2 months ago that I started using the Getting Things Done system. First I bought the book , then I got the software , then I organized my life and now I'm a lot happier for it. LauraJ just wrote a post on how GTD has impacted her , and...
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    QuickTime support in windows without the player

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    Want to use Windows Media Player to watch QuickTime movies without the Apple player (which I find has a poor user interface, and non standard windows controls)? http://www.free-codecs.com/download/QuickTime_Alternative.htm The best part is that...
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    Yahoo Music

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    Here is why Yahoo Music is cool. Yes I work for MSN, and sure I wish MSN Music had this same feature, but I'm super excited that Yahoo Music launched their business. Why? THEY ARE BUILT ON OUR PLATFORM! Let me explain. A few months ago I wrote this...
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    Fixing Outlook Red "X" Problem

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    Every few months, Outlook 2003 will get into a situation where it will no longer render images in the preview pane or the message window. If you reply to the message, then you will see the image. Perplexed by the problem, I would take the brute force...
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    Guide to ripping CDs

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    Chances are, you have ripped some of your music. More than likely you chose a lossy encoding. Probably it's in MP3 format. Maybe not. Anyway, I have continually refined my ripping strategy. It's optimized for getting the best audio quality on the device...
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