The Galactic Patrol

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    Breaking [Serializable]

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    Doug is asking folks if we should change how [Serializable] works under partial-trust, to be more compatible with our upcoming XML serialization efforts.  Follow this link and let him know what you think .
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    skeptical about plastic memory technology

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     I’ve seen a couple blog mentions recently about a ‘plastic’ memory technology being researched at Princeton and HP.  I have to say that I am extremely skeptical about this project.  For one thing, another 3-D (“memory...
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    Lego robot solves rubik's cube

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     Very cool – a design journal for a robot made of Legos that can solve a Rubik’s Cube: http://jpbrown.i8.com/cubesolver.html
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    Children growing up in a TiVo world

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    With my own little Lucy due in less than two months, I find articles like this one particularly interesting – a story of a family, a three-year-old daughter, and how she uses TV and expects it to act in a TiVo household.  I, of course, also...
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    The /GS switch and 'secure by default'

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     Interesting article about the /GS switch for compiling more secure C++ programs, as well as some history and Whidbey futures for the feature: http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/branbray/commentview.aspx/79185d10-58e7-4429-a1da-08aadb407c19
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    The Blue Lady watches out for homeless Miami street children

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     Amazing stories of God and Satan, Angels and Demons, and the wars between them – as recounted by homeless Miami children.  Really amazing stuff, a new and stirring mythology. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/issues/1997-06-05/feature...
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    separated at birth?

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    Cameron Purdy spills deep family secrets about his brother Doug.  I think its funny as heck, you make up your own mind: http://www.jroller.com/page/cpurdy/20031110#mon_frère_douglas  
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    cbrumme on application compatibility (appcompat as we fondly know it)

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    Chris has another excellent opus , this time on managed appcompat . 
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    who will help the robots?

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    I’ve been reading about this robotic race that DARPA is setting up from CA to Las Vegas.  I think it is very cool that they would host such a thing, and it sucks that its very popularity is becoming an obstacle.  Ideally DARPA would...
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    VB Lover? Read On...

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     Paul introduces a most excellent idea for a short video or ad targeting the proud VB programmer ; here is a little snippet: “BASIC is the oldest Microsoft language, the most popular programming tool in the world and the best part...
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    wanna beta-test some games? get some free software? read on...

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     I just noticed a post by Steve describing Microsoft Usability Lab’s need for more usability testers – for games and other software.  It won’t make you rich, but its fun, and you get a prize.  If you are in the area...
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    PDC - Company Meeting - who needs it!?

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    I’m back from my week-long vacation in West Virginia.  I gotta tell you, the Northeast does autumn much, much better than the Northwest!  It was sunny, the leaves were changing color – reds and browns everywhere – it wasn’t...
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    wierd connections

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    I just caught up on my hotmail account - I've been slacking, and haven't looked at it for three weeks or so.  Oddly enough, I actually had a number of personal e-mails in there.  A good friend of mine who lives in Texas sent one of them,...
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    It sucks being sick

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    I've been sick since last thursday - took thur-fri off from work, suffered through the weekend, and then did the DayQuil thing today to get me through work.  DayQuil does a pretty good job, but it leaves me a bit light-headed.  Here's hoping that a good night's sleep will leave this thing behind me...

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    Time, once again, for the annual Ig-Nobel prizes!

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    If you, like me, enjoy science, and also enjoy the lighter side of life – then you probably already know about the annual Ig-Nobel prizes – celebrating some of the more “interesting” scientific efforts and discoveries of the...
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    bluetooth ATMs?

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     I was reading this: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,60677,00.html And in particular noticed this: “Among the useful products on display was speech technology for ATMs that allows visually disabled or computer-nervous...
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    When it comes to C programming - start young!

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     Patrick Steele posts this outstanding reference to the C programming language in the Foxtrot comic strip – excellent!

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    MONO Bloggers

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    There are a number of MONO project bloggers whose aggregated entries can be found at this site; very educational.  Their RSS feed is:

    http://www.go-mono.com/monologue/index.rss

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    Your pain is my humor

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    I found this most excellent site which describes a number of (presumably) real-world stories, wherein salepeople of various stripes encounter any number of humorous (and often self-inflicted) obstacles.  Here is a little taste: “We...
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    blog the testing cost post

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    I send myself e-mail occasionally, so I can remember items that I want to blog about later.  (I only blog from home, and in fact only have blog software on my home machine – a little bit of practical self-control.)  Unfortunately, these...
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    Chis Brumme on exceptions

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    I think Chris took exception when someone wrote that Suzanne Cook might be his equal in the technical blogging department – he has now given us a positively voluminous opus on exception handling .  If you like the gory details, you’ll...
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    categories coming

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    I’m going to go ahead and tag some of my posts with categories; I’m not sure if this will make them show up again in your aggregators or not.  If you see old posts from me showing up, this is why. 

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    Macs suck - they really, really suck

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    Ok, prompted by this Russell Beattie post , I have to say that Macintosh computers really bite the big one.  They are awful.  I can’t begin to describe how bad they are. BHWaaahahahaha!  I just can’t keep a straight face...
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    Be verwy verwy quiet - we're hunting bugs!

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    Eric Lippert has a great post describing some of his adventures with security issues in VBScript.  I particularly liked this segment: “Of course, it could be worse.  There was a bug in early versions of the CLR (which I believe was...
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    oh - my - god - buy me this computer!

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    Calling this machine a 3.8 GHz Pentium computer does it a massive disservice.  It completely ignores the fact that it runs the entire OS off a RAMDisk for speed, and has what is basically a built-in refrigerator to keep the CPU cool.  On...
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