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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    Ugh.. I want to code...

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    I have a bunch of writing to do, but what I really want to do is code! It turns out I have a bunch of coding to do as well... but the writing is more overdue than the coding (at the moment)! Of course, I could just say to hell with them both and go...
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    Some new MSDN links of note

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    You probably already subscribe to the MSDN RSS feeds, so this might be a duplication but here goes; Drag and Drop in VB.NET finally gets covered ... an important topic that needed some more attention gets its own article from Steve Hoag of the VB...
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    Ok, some PDC marketing I'm happy to participate in...

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    No button on my blog yet, but this is great... http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/redvsblue/
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    Hey, my glasses made it onto a blog

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    Kent has been posting pics and my glasses made it into the shot ! Wow, this is pretty exciting, I think I'll go lie down. Here's another pic from that day... just to keep up with the trend; note the lack of glasses... generally a sign of a bad day...
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    Hmm... maybe Chris Sells has a point, no more interviews at Microsoft

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    I took the test Chris has been talking about , ended up as an ENTJ as well... I didn't read the descriptions before or after... but I think I get the general idea. As Chris was saying, I bet we could come up with quite a few similar traits amongst...
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    Laziness .NET -- the Professional Edition

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    Back in June I published a column showing you how to make a simple Pocket PC remote for Windows Media player. I didn't know it at the time, but some of my readers have sent in links to a professional version of the same idea . Built using the .NET Framework...
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    New "Coding 4 Fun" article is up...

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    Should be up and live already so here is the URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/using/columns/code4fun/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dncodefun/html/code4fun08222003.asp If you diff this article with the pieces from my blog... you will see the...
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    Updating the Updater

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    I've been using the Application Updater Block , as you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, and I like it a lot... but I've been wanting to add a few features to it. Well, I have it all planned out in my head, but I haven't gotten around...
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    And now for the last...

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    With this final bit of text, this is the whole article... before any of your comments... and before my wonderful editor (Henry Borys) has attacked it. If you were to take the content from these blog entries and diff it with the published article... you...
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    Finally got back to the article

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    Thanks to everyone who emailed me and offered to help... but the problem was time, not technical... despite my joke about working on the cool stuff first, a ton of high-priority stuff has made me weeks late on my article! Although I did hit some snags...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    New Editor's Note (Letter from the Editor... whatever...) up on vbasic

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    It won't show up in the MSDN RSS feed(s), but at least it will appear on here http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/letters/
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    Everything you didn't need to know about me...

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    Is now up on the web (I guess it was all up there before, just not in one place) as my interview with mainfunction.com has made it up onto their web site. I think they told me this was coming months ago, so I hope I didn't mention it to a bunch of people...
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