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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    Spiderman 2... the game, not the movie...

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    I had been planning to go to Spiderman 2 last night at 12:01 am... but I decided to skip it instead... so I went out during the day and spent my Father's Day gift (a gift certificate for Best Buy... my wife made a great choice) on a wireless xbox controller...
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    Anyone have time for a quick poll?

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    If you found a (really) cool download on MSDN, but it was 200+ mb, would you want it packaged for download as a single file, or as multiple .cabs (maybe 10-20 mb each?) Of course, this isn't just hypothetical, but details on what the download is will...
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    Burn CDs right from your .NET code...

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    Anson Horton gave me this cool .NET component and source code last night so I've uploaded it to microsoft.com for your burning fun The XPBurnComponent allows your .NET applications to burn files to CDR/W discs on a Window XP® or Windows 2003 Server...
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    Looking to write for MSDN?

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    Someone recently asked me for our template, style guidelines and other details about writing for MSDN. I wanted to find the public page about this, so I dug around for what seemed like ages and couldn't find anything even though I knew this was up on...
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    Generic Methods...

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    Someone suggested to me that VB.NET Whidbey didn't have support for 'Generic Methods', so I quickly wrote a bit of sample code to check (yes, it does support Generic Methods) and I thought I'd post that test code for your amusement. Public Class GenericMethodSample...
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    Frequently Asked Questions, or Frequently Requested Code (FRC?)

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    Hey folks.... I've been thinking (dangerous, I know) and I've decided that you need to see more code . This might mean more code in this blog, more on the site , more pointed to that lives on other sites .... whatever, just more code in the end. I'm looking...
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    101 VB.NET 2003 Videos Released onto MSDN

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    Recently we launched a series of videos about VB.NET onto the Visual Basic Developer Center , releasing them only a few at a time... but now we've finished that process and all 101 of the videos are available on the site. Just a little note: If...
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    Looking for a "Photo Blog"

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    I recently acquired a digital camera so I started thinking about a photo blog... something my family out in Winnipeg could subscribe to. A colleague, who has a camera phone, suggested textamerica, which seemed quite happy to accept my registration but...
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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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    I know that movies based on books are often a disappointment...

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    In many ways, I'm ok with that; it isn't like they took away the book when they made the movie... LOTR is one of the few exceptions in recent times, although I also enjoyed Timeline (forgive me)... Bourne Identity might have been a good movie, I can't...
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    Great Quote from G. Andrew Duthie on Chris Sells Blog

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    Like Card, I earn much of my living on intellectual property, and I don't buy 90% of the arguments in favor of internet "music sharing". In my view, it's theft. If you want to do it anyway, at least be honest about it, rather than trying to tart it up...
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    Short but sweet little example from today's .NET Wire

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    I was just reading the latest dotnetwire newsletter and this article caught my eye. Synchronize Identity Values between Database and DataSet During Updates After inserting the rows in the database your DataTable does not automatically reflect the...
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    Just playing with Generics in Visual Basic Whidbey

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    My simple class: Public Class Customer Dim m_CustomerName As String Dim m_CustomerID As Integer Public Property CustomerName() As String Get Return m_CustomerName End Get Set ( ByVal Value As String ) m_CustomerName = Value End...
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    Broderbund Software... and C#

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    This is so cool, even if you might take it as mostly marketing (sorry in advance)... Having spent many years using a Commodore 64, and owning "Print Shop", "Loderunner"... geez, I even remember "Reader Rabbit", but I think that was for my Mom's school...
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    Oh geez... now I'm all hot and bothered

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    Writing my last post started me thinking about the C64 ... and I found this page detailing software releases over the years the C64 was hot (really, it was...) I can remember PaperClip was my word processor, Bard's Tale I and II were my pastime.... and...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 and the Express Edition Betas have launched...

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    Ah, launch day... what else would have most of my colleagues sitting in their offices at 12:30 am in the morning on a Monday... and there isn't a single Halo game running!! So, if you haven't heard... the official site for Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 is...
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    I just like to make things complicated...

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    When I started out to build a voting control, I drew up a set of requirements that led to a 5+ table system... some form of UI for creating/editing polls... plus the control itself. Then, when I had SQL running behind my web site, I wanted something up...
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    Books, Books, Books...

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    I've been thinking about books and the MSDN developer centers for some time... I've been wondering what we should do in terms of highlighting books on the MSDN site. Do you want reviews ? Top x Books by topic area (Beginning VB.NET, Data Access...
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    The C# team is going to be coming after me...

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    Every week, Eric Gunnerson , Dan Fernandez and I get together to work on the C# developer center and other C#-ish topics... and last week we divided up some tasks amongst the three of us. Well, we are meeting again today and I don't have those tasks done...
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    Back in Redmond

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    I'm back in town, but I was a little surprised to see snow all over the place... that is what I just left in Winnipeg, MB... I thought I was heading back somewhere green :) Well, it certainly is a lot warmer (just a bit below freezing tonight and up around...
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    Googlism

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    This isn't all that new, but I hadn't tried it on myself before; duncan mackenzie is all man duncan mackenzie is one text that would work nicely duncan mackenzie is not exactly a new character in the realm of romance duncan mackenzie is the mackenzie...
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    With things like AOL and other proxies... how useful is IP Address in figuring out duplicate votes/comments/etc... ?

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    I'm playing around with my voting control and I was thinking of (in addition to a cookie based check) querying to see how recently this IP address had tried voting and if it was within 'x' seconds, rejecting the vote... Something more extreme, like...
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    Visual Basic at the Movies now available for download...

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    Interested in VB at the Movies , but wanted to pull the video files local? Now you can... Click here to go to the download page .
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    My MSDN Magazine article is up on the MSDN site...

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    It is all about "My", a feature of Visual Basic 2005... and I think it is fairly interesting stuff :) Check it out here...
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    Visual Basic At The Movies now available...

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    We just launched a series of videos about VB.NET onto the Visual Basic Developer Center , check them out! Just a little note: If you experience problems watching these videos, you may wish to try installing the WMP9 codecs (or WMP9 itself , although that...
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