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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    Sure it is about Zip Compression, but it is also about a whole lot more...

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    This recent MSDN magazine article is pretty cool. Although the title suggests it is all about Zip Compression, the real power of this article is that it points out that the J# libraries are available from any .NET language , providing your C#/VB.NET apps...
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    Pre-Mother's Day Sneaking Around

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    Ok, so the Oprah tickets didn't pan out... but I'm hoping some flowers and breakfast will see me through! [Listening to: Flashback [Instrumental] - Jan Hammer - Miami Vice (03:20)]
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    Word Automation from C# vs. VB.NET

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    I recently received a question about doing some Word automation using .NET, and I saw an interesting little difference between the C# and VB.NET calling into the Interop Assembly for certain properties/methods... If I take VBA or VB6 code that works,...
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    Very confusing discussions...

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    Some folks have been discussing the idea of paying for technical work ... well, they are actually talking about paying for technical work done over email... but what is the difference? I need some work done, whether that is easy or hard for the person...
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    Idiocy in the name of love...

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    At the end of May, Oprah is coming to Seattle to do an all day workshop... and I really wanted to get my wife (and a friend) tickets. Well, when the day of ordering came I was swamped and it totally slipped my mind until the evening... at which point...
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    MSDN TV

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    I'm signed up to do two spots on MSDN TV on Monday... thoughts on topics you'd like to hear me talk about?
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    Wil discusses the emotions invoked by being a father… and he mentions tea!

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    A recent post by Wil Wheaton manages to show his flair for descriptive writing, his complete geekness (surrender to it folks, it is the only way), and the joy a father feels when he is admired by his step son. And it does all of this while including tea...
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    My Column Is Up!

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    My new column ( Want to know what I am listening to ) is up on MSDN: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dncodefun/html/code4fun04252003.asp I cover different ways to use the new WMP Blogging Plug-In from your .NET code (and VB6 actually!)...
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    Leaving Las Vegas

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    Tomorrow is my last day here in Vegas, the N+I conference is wrapping up and I'm going to be heading home to Redmond. Overall it was an interesting experience, I've never attended a non-developer focused conference before and it was quite a different...
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    My Grand-Boss is Blogging, oh my!

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    Sara Williams, overlord manager of MSDN, has started her own blog . I'm sure this will be a great place for discussion around MSDN futures and features. I know that many people who read my blog use MSDN every day, so I expect to see lots of comments!
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    A very busy day

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    I’m writing this from Las Vegas now, actually I’m on a plane heading to Las Vegas… but this post won’t show up until I’ve landed and found some form of connection, for a few days of the N+I conference (Networld + Interop...
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    Some "slightly less than documented" APIs

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    I wrote an article back in August 2002 on some of the API calls that were documented as part of the Microsoft settlement agreement... but in the end, I never published it... so here it is for your viewing pleasure; http://www.duncanmackenzie.net/writing...
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    New Dev Centers Are Up!!!

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    After many, many weeks of work by many, many people... the new developer centers are up on MSDN! Feel free to check out mine http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/default.aspx (mine being a vague word that suggests I had a lot to do with and will have...
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    Exciting new Microsoft Insider Blog

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    Check it out! http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/thayer/
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    Using what you write

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    The Coding4Fun column has had some interesting side effects. I get to use the code I write, something that isn't very common when you are paid to write samples. I wanted to pull down the new Matrix Trailer , but it is around 60mb and I often switch...
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    Command Line Switch Parser

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    I didn't write it (Peter Hallam did), but I was just using it and thought "wow, this is cool, it needs to be found by more people!" If you build console apps that take multiple arguments (generate.exe /vroot:vbasic /target:c:\files\ ... etc.) then...
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    Managed Wrapper for BITS

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    Wow, people pick this stuff up quick... that was just an updated version of my BITS wrapper that I posted TODAY... Appreciate the link from ScottW and Chris Kinsman , but I'd rather people read the associated article (at http://msdn.microsoft.com...
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    Full MusicXP Source Posted to GDN

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    The full source for the MusicXP application, without the database (which is up in the GDN Workspace as a release) is now available as a User Sample on GDN ... Enjoy
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    MSDN TV now available offline!

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    From: Erica Wiechers Sent: Monday, April 07, 2003 12:51 PM Due to huge customer demand we now offer each MSDN TV as a download as well as a live stream. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20030403XMLGB/manifest.xml for...
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    Certification doesn't prove you know everything, but it certainly helps....

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    My name is Julie and I am not certified. I stress out about it because I feel that it might garner me some peer recognition that I do not have after almost 20 years of programming. I don't need it for my clients or my business. [ Julie Lerman...
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    A little 'bit' more on Int32 vs Integer

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    Darren's comments on my previous post: I certainly don't want to get into a debate over this but, shouldn't the question be: "what is it best to use?". I'm probably biased because I never really programmed in any typed languages before .NET, but,...
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    Int32 or Integer/int?

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    Brad Abrams posted about the use BCL types vs. language specific type names (in sample code) today , which just happens to be a topic I've had to think about myself when writing sample code for my own articles, so I thought I would make a comment...
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    It is a gradual process...

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    As per my previous post , I'm slowly uploading bits and pieces of " MusicXP " to a GotDotNet Workspace . The Music Scanner utility went up today, a messy sprawl of console application code that scans your system for .wma and .mp3 files and sends them...
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    I hate to get involved at all, but...

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    There have been a few VB vs C# debates flying around... I'll refrain from linking to them all, as they aren’t really saying anything new. One comment in particular caught my eye though, and I have to respond. Jesse Ezell's post includes a quote...
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    One Step Closer to Releasing MusicXP Source

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    I have a home music system, that I have dubbed MusicXP (mostly because that is the name of the machine it is on, the actual app that runs is called "Shell.exe")... and I've been meaning to upload the full source for some time. I've covered bits and...
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