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Duncan Mackenzie has too much time on his hands

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    Desktop Backgrounds

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    I'm always looking for nice desktop backgrounds that are tasteful enough to display at work and searching on google (on this particular topic) just doesn't find that many high-quality sites, so I thought I'd post a few of my recent finds; http://bibliofile...
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    Paul Vick on two new operators in VB Whidbey

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    In a recent post to his blog , Paul Vick discusses the new IsNot Operator (and the history/rational behind the Is operator), which allows you to write; If myString IsNot Nothing Then instead of If Not myString Is Nothing Then and then, in another...
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    ASP.NET Resource Kit now available

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    This bit of news is getting quite a bit of airplay, so you've likely heard already, but the ASP.NET Resource Kit is now available... full of tons of code, videos, free book chapters, white papers, controls, and more... how can you miss it? Click here...
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    Halo Custom Edition, with support for user-created maps... now available...

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    I heard this was coming in a few weeks, but it is here now .... This is a free download, but note that you have to have your original CD-Key for this to work.... and that the version that supports custom maps is multi-player only and doesn't ship with...
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    At TechEd and waiting for your questions!

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    Headed over to registration today, very very busy... then to the Cabana with Erik Porter ... very very empty.... Erik and I then decided to head off to catch a pre-conference session, but even those were backed up due to the long registration lines. Oh...
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    I'm thinking about installing .Text into my own web-site...

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    And maybe the Forums code too... Nothing against www.asp.net, but I'm just thinking it might be interesting to host my own blog... moving seems disruptive though, leaving a large number of my posts here, new ones there.... what do you folks think? Have...
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    Removing Word's Formatting from text before pasting into .Text or other apps...

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    The age-old question of 'how do I avoid putting funky Office HTML into my blog postings' came up on an internal email list today, and one of the answers was a pointer to http://stevemiller.net/PureText/ , which I had never heard of... but it looks cool...
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    A sneak preview of Visual Basic 2005 (article) is up on MSDN...

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    This new article from Ken Getz provides an overview of many of the new features in Visual Basic 2005, including "My", "Edit and Continue", "AutoCorrect", "Just My Code" and more... Check it out here
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    Celebrities in the locker room... career opportunity or creepy awkwardness?

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    As other people have probably mentioned here and there, there is a very nice health club near Microsoft and a membership to that club is one of the options in our benefits plan. Therefore, it isn't all that surprising that most of the folks in the gym...
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    Longhorn Preview now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads

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    The Longhorn preview distributed at the PDC is now available on MSDN Subscriber Downloads for active MSDN Operating Systems, Professional, Enterprise, and Universal subscribers as well as for Certified Partner and Breadth ISV/Empower members.
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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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    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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    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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    New Poll is up and a silly mistake...

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    One of the big reasons I redesigned the poll component , was so that I could track votes over time... I did this by adding a 'dateVoted' column to my vote table, and then using an “On Insert” trigger to set that column to the current date...
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    Contents of a programmer's backpack

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    Returning to the room tonight I was greeted by an amazing spread of technology across the bed in my hotel room. Early in the day I had returned to my room only to realize that my cell phone was not in my pocket as expected, so I had proceeded to pull...
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    Coming to TechEd? Play Halo for the PC? Have a fast laptop?

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    In an earlier post, I mentioned I was going to TechEd... and I said I would post my schedule when I figured it out... well, I haven't figured anything out yet, but I wanted to let folks know the most important thing: I will be bringing my Halo PC CD and...
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    Generate Thumbnail Images from PDF Documents

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    This is so very cool... a great idea, good explanations, tons of useful bits of code and information, and even a very graphically pleasing set of diagrams in the article!! Generate Thumbnail Images from PDF Documents By Jonathan Hodgson This article...
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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 Resource Kit

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    The download isn't up yet, it takes some time to sign and virus scan an entire CD packaged up as a zip, but the site that details what is included is there! Check out http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/vbrkit for all the details, and you can even order...
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    DateTimePicker and DBNull

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    You can’t bind a Windows Forms DateTimePicker to a field that might contain DBNull… so I did this; public class DBDateTimePicker:DateTimePicker { public DBDateTimePicker() { // // TODO: Add constructor logic here // ...
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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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    PDC Sessions available as streaming audio with synchronized PPT and demos...

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    For the next 6 months, many of the PDC Sessions will available at http://microsoft.sitestream.com/PDC2003/Default.htm as streaming audio with synchronized PPT and demos. Check it out!!
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    HTML Agility Pack

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    I've seen this around before, and this post was from June 2003, but it is worth mentioning again! .NET Html Agility Pack: How to use malformed HTML just like it was well-formed XML... Here is an agile HTML parser that builds a read/write DOM and supports...
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    DirectX Drum Machine in C#

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    A version of this code appeared recently on MSDN Belux , and it was so cool I asked Ianier Munoz if he'd mind turning it into a column for my Coding 4 Fun series.... lucky for me, he said yes and here we are You have got to check this one out...
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