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  • The Old New Thing

    The dialog manager, part 4: The dialog loop

    Just processing messages until EndDialog....
  • Buggin' My Life Away

    MPW C Error Messages

    Those of us who've been programming the Mac for a few years have some fond memories of the old Macintosh Programmer's Workbench (MPW). It was very much like the Terminal Window on OS X, but had a few quirks of its own. Among those quirks were the error...
  • Mikhail Arkhipov (MSFT)'s WebLog

    Registration-free COM

    There is a great article on MSDN by Dave Templin about new VS 2005 functionality that allows you to isolate COM components and avoid COM DLL hell. The technique only works on Windows XP though (see Limitations of Reg-Free COM ). But what if you need solution...
  • Live Search

    Guess who's back?

    Hello World. I’ve been quiet for some time now, and I have no good excuses with so much going on in Desktop Search Space (well there was that month in the Bahamas…I wish!). Google went final with their Desktop Search and unveiled a nifty plug-in community...
  • Cyrus' Blather

    Schizophrenic Seattle

    Ok. So i wish seattle would just make up it's mind and switch to Summer weather already. It was freesing three days ago, then we had a massive hail storm, followed by a gorgeously sunny day, and now drizzly non-stop rain. Of course, it was great weather...
  • Antimail

    Psychology trick: See yourself as an outsider

    An interesting study in presents a different approach to regular psychological roadblocks: view (and judge) yourself as an outsider. Here is the abstract: When people feel they’ve hit a roadblock in reaching a personal goal, such as losing...
  • Being a new PM at Microsoft

    Happy April Fool's day with MSN Search Spoof

    Looking for a fun and exciting way to entertain your friends and wish them a hilarious April fool's day? Check out MSN Search's unique idea of creating customized spoof search results with your friend's names at . I just...
  • Ben Armstrong

    SimCity 2000 under Virtual PC

    Compared to the original SimCity - SimCity 2000 is a fantastic leap forward in game play - adding several new elements (like subways, bus stations, light and dense zoning and much much more). SimCity 2000 is an incredibly addictive game that I have personally...
  • Ian's Software for Mere Mortals

    Notes on creating EDI schemas for BizTalk Server 2004

    Originally BizTalk Server 2004 has the limitation of adding new EDI schemas. However SP1 now allows to add new schemas and the KB article 840113 describes how to implement EDI schemas for BizTalk. I had implemented new EDI schemas with the KB article...
  • Ian's Software for Mere Mortals

    41 (K)EDIFACT schemas for BizTalk Server 2004.

    I've been very busy for last two months. During that time, I made a converting tool for BizTalk Base EDI Adapter. Originally, BizTalk Server 2004 had the limitation of adding new EDI schemas. However, BizTalk Server SP1 now allows to add new schemas....
  • vincem's WebLog

    versioning part 2 (breaking down a windows file version)

    I have had a couple of good questions from my previous blog entry on versioning of which I will address the first one here and the other one in another entry. 1) What should be used for a build number? Well I think as a rule-of-thumb a codeline in a source...
  • jaredpar's WebLog

    File method and property names

    Several APIs that I have worked with deal with the file system in some form or fashion. However there does not seem to be any sense of unity with respect to property and method names when it comes to the display form returned or processed. The two most...
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