August 2003 Entries
I've always thought cleartype was really just for Laptops...looks fuzzy on a normal
Keller knows different (and now, so do I), check this out
a very cool ClearType tuner...
Got my new little baby server (very powerful baby but baby nonetheless - think 'Hulk
Baby'). So, the new site is finally on the way...the current address will continue
to work - it will be a copy of the 'real' stie for the time being - I have an odd
.TEXT (new site) to BlogX (old site) convertor working which takes each .TEXT entry,
formats a BlogX version and uploads it...anyway, stay tuned - the new site will be
on http://www.mostlylucid.co.uk - should
It is VERY interesting on the subject of patching and Blaster - part
Thought this interview
was VERY interesting, more for the approach more than anything else. It really does
look like MS is changing the way they approach software - the focus on quality over
timeliness and marketing concerns is appreciated. It really does seem that they are
changing the way the communicate with customers and developers (as well as realising
that developers are pretty important members of 'their team')
The one where
the C++ guy doesn't get Chris Sells' jokes :-) Also, did anyone notice that Brad Abrams
and Anders Hejlsberg bear a passing resemblance to someone
Just realised how few people use these (quick office poll on the use of Windows-D
to minimise all windows...) So, have a look at this shortcut
The Stinger tool is the best I've found
for gettings rid of the recent virii...won't stop you getting it again, for that you
must run proper antivirus software
As usual, Anydy Smith comes up with the goods with the most flexible implementation of MasterPages I've ever seen...
Just noticed that ASPToday is back and publishing
some good articles (i.e., not Windows Server 2003 adverts by Alex Homer...)! You have
to subscribe to access all the latest ones, but they do provide some freebies to give
you a taster. Along with its' now extensive back catalogue, this is probably the best
source for ASP / ASP.NET information on the web...
Just took a survey here on my Sci-fi/fantasy character....well... hmm...not what I'd
usually expect! :-)
I was thinking recently about how I came to where I am in my career and life, oddly,
one book had a biggest impact on how I approach this industry, Microserfs by Douglas
Coupland. THis is a pretty odd book, ostensibly its' about a group of coders who
leave Microsoft and form a startup company, but in reality its' about self-discovery,
friendship, and I suppose the existence of a generation of people who chose to lose
themselves int their work rather than face life. If you...
Short...but pretty cool...reminds me, I must finish that ViewState compression stuff...hmm...
From Paschal L...some pretty interesting fixes...like the DataGrid accessibility update!
1.1 June 2003 Hotfix Rollup Package
KB would certainly be of some interest for the .Net community ;-)
I am not sure it's new but I missed it so...
This is of course my personal opinion and is based on my personal experiences...:-)
As you may have read in an earlier post, I got a crappy new NEC e606 from 3
which I sent back after a few hours... Well, I recieved nothing more from 3 until
the day after it was disconnected when I got a lovely envelope to send back the phone
they'd just disconnected (and confirmed they had disconnected!). So now, today I have
recieved a letter informing me that...
Interesting...a lot of people are talking about this.
Jans Tielens says it all...so I'll just repeat what he said...
Intellisense: TypeFinder Macro
Namespaces in .NET are great! But how many times do you find yourself typing Private
r As xmlreader, and then noticing that there is no Imports/using statement for the
System.Xml Namespace? Then you...
As an memory aid...Andy Smiths' Blog
Found this site, just has links
to a bunch of useful articles on some more advanced C# topics.
Umm...ok, maybe a bit over the top, but this guy is a brilliant ASP.NET developer,
and along with Andy Smith produces
some of the most useful stuff around for ASP.NET developers his site has
a whole bunch of useful stuff such as the ASP.NET
version switcher, the Dynamic
Controls Placeholder (which really should be in the core ASP.NET framework - of
course ASP.NET 2.0 might not need it who knows!). The reason for choosing
today is that I've just noticed that he...
I've been thinking a fair bit recently about how small companies can best serve clients.
My conclusion is that its' all about keeping the client engaged throughout the project
- even if this means exposing development versions of code to the client.
I am a big fan of 'open' bug lists - i.e., bug lists which are accessible to the client
Bracist - saw it on a Slashdot post (forget
which one)...all coders I know are guilty of this heinous crime :-)
Just discovered the dotnetjunkies weblogs ,
where I found these really
useful links to a bunch of interesting .NET stuff...more later (back to blogging again
Well, the problem I was having with connection pool appears to have gone...all I did
was reinstall (well, repair) my VS.NET 2003 install. Odd these little strange bugs!
Hmm...following the upgrade to VS.NET 2003 and the concurrent upgrade to 1.1 this
required, an odd bug has surfaced in my code - it appears to be some form of connection
leak. This is a bit odd as I've been using the same code and the DAAB with a connection
string only (which should close the connection once the reader is closed - in the
As some you already know, I work for a small company (StormId),
now normally, this is fine and dandy - I have a good deal of input into what happens
here, its' easy to cut through what little red tape there is etc..
A big problem with small companies is the lack of specialists in certain areas, for
example we have no DBA and no System Administrator here - they just aren't cost effective
in such a small business.
So, when, as...
Please everyone, patch your machine! Turn on the auto updating that all recent versions
of windows have and APPLY THE PATCHES! The recent attacks such as MSBlaster and SQL
Slammer are not an issue if
You've applied the patches (the blaster patch has been aroung since March!)
Sorry, deep into refactoring and application (well, try complete rewrite of
the core framework of the app!), so I've not had much time to write anything of late.
I am deep into an article on Custom Dictionaries (handy little buggers) - which will
probably be the first article on the new version of this site - which will be
Hooray...my dreams finally realised :-) Primate
Via Chris Sells (do the link later), nice free
winforms controls for C#...on my current WinForms obsession....
Came across this http://weblogs.asp.net/tatochip/posts/22873.aspx .. a list of the intrinsic event fired on an ASP.NET page (and controls)...incredibly useful!
article by Steven A. Smith worth a read
by anyone using caching and ASP.NET. I'm currently reading a book on Windows Forms
programming - I'm primarily a web programmer, the WinForms world is new and scary
to me! Anyway, the book is Windows
Forms Programming with C# by Erik Brown - so far (I'm about a quarter of
the way through), it's an excellent book and takes a project driven approach to the
subject - which I find far...
Playing with some cool stuff...can't say any more about it right now but stay tuned
:-). Anyway, came across a new blog tonight - contains some pretty useful stuff on
the subject of Custom Controls...http://weblogs.asp.net/vga