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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

July, 2003

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    A little off-topic, but .... "Verizon Sucks"

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    I'm sure I've worked with more disorganized and unprofessional companies, although I can't think of any, but I certainly haven't continued to work with them... but I'm fairly stuck with Verizon. I just moved into a new house, only a few minutes away from...
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    You learn something new everyday...

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    Ok, I know that Paul knew this, but did anyone else notice that the VB.NET Try...Catch syntax includes a 'when' clause? Try [ tryStatements ] [ Catch [ exception [ As type ] ] [ When expression ] [ catchStatements ] ] [ Exit Try ] ... ...
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    Random Blog thought...

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    What would you folks think if I wrote one of my MSDN articles in a serial fashion into my blog? Basically just posted each section as I wrote it? I'm considering doing this for my next Coding 4 Fun article, but before I flood your aggregator with piles...
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    Visual Basic bloggers

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    As some folks may know, I come up with the content for the Visual Basic developer center on MSDN ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic ) and I'm going to list some blogs on a sub-page of the site... starting with a small list, but hopefully growing it with...
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    Visual Basic Bloggers Revisited

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    "anon" (why not leave a name, it is much more fun) posted a comment in response to my previous entry , asking why am I including Brad Abrams and Chris Brumme... as they are not VB-specific... Perhaps I need to be clearer about my intent. "I'm interested...
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    Well, I'm not 100% sure I'll start writing my articles into the blog... but...

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    Here is a teaser for the article I am currently working on... Keeping Work Fun Duncan Mackenzie Microsoft Developer Network August 8, 2003 Summary: Duncan Mackenzie describes how the 'coolness' of a feature can increase its chance of...
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    New Blogs page on the MSDN Visual Basic Developer Center

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    I'm planning to revamp this page to include 'featured posts' (selected by me out of all the blogs I get my hands on, not just the ones listed on this page), but here ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/support/community/blogs/ ) is the first iteration...
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    The article continued...

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    Continuing along with the rest of the article, I start to layout the basic design of what I am about to build... Designing our New Feature As a fairly low-priority item, the request wasn't described in any more detail than that one line, but...
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    "Letter from the Editor" on the MSDN Developer Centers

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    Hey folks, I'm not sure if you've seen this section of the new MSDN Developer Centers ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/letters ). It is a place where the appropriate MSDN Content Strategist (me for VB, Kent for ASP.NET, etc...) gives a little blurb...
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    Retrieving File Icons for specific file types

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    I just uploaded a new sample to microsoft.com, pulling some useful code out of another MSDN sample that was so unrelated that I figured that this little bit of interesting code would never be found. This code sample shows how to retrieve the icon for...
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    I might miss Winnipeg, but I think I've moved to a cooler place...

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    As a parent of a 2yr old, I don't get out to see bands as often as I used to (I know it is certainly possible, but we are not really connected into a babysitting network, so we only go out when family is visiting)... but it turns out that all you need...
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    Converting an Application to use the Application Updater Block from PAG

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    I recently took an internal MSDN application that I had been running as an HREF-EXE for some months now and converted it to use the Application Updater Block from PAG... it ended up taking many steps, but only a couple of hours (total) to get from start...
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    Another Updater Application Block Post... moving from one server location to another

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    The app I am currently working on, and the one that I just recently moved from being an href-exe to being an application that updates itself via the PAG Updater Application Block , has always been located on my own Windows XP machine, that is to say....
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