• Liquid Exception: no implicit conversion of Array into String in _layouts

    “Liquid Exception: no implicit conversion of Array into String in /_layouts/post.html” I was attempting to finally add an archive page to my jekyll site here on github-pages…I got the page in place and updated all of the dependencies, including a new Ruby environment to match what’s on github’s servers. After... read more
  • Making Windows the default operating system in grub 2

    tl;dr: change GRUB_DEFAULT=0 to the zero-based index of the Windows entry in the grub config file. Windows updates seem to be happening at least once a week these days. Most of the time, the updates require a reboot to finish. I just happen to be running Debian linux on the... read more
  • Unable to activate albacore-2.5.13

    Unable to activate albacore-2.5.13, because rake-11.1.2 conflicts with rake (~> 10) I had recently updated Ruby to version 2.3, which updated rake to verison 11 when I did a gem update. Since I use albacore to build some of my projects, I need this to work. So first, I reverted... read more
  • Por seguro…

    fuck yeah bro. read more
  • angle between three points

    This was a task I had to complete to attempt to find a right angle from 3 cartesian coordinates, +/- 5 degrees. Of course the first place I looked was StackOverflow which led me to this explanation with some ruby code: def angle_between_points(p0, p1, p2) a = (p1[0]-p0[0])**2 + (p1[1]-p0[1])**2... read more
  • San Juan

    going to Puerto Rico rn XD read more
  • #ripprince

    Electric word life. it means forever and that’s a mighty long time. read more
  • recode

    I noticed that github pages has updated its jekyll version, so to keep up I’ve decided to start over again. simpler is better. I also added a default Rakefile from here this makes it easier to start posts. Next I think I will be adding an archive page. -c read more
  • Running 1Password on Debian Linux

    This is how I got 1Password for Windows v4.6.0.604 running on Debian Linux The first thing I tried was just running the installer with wine at the terminal. [email protected]:~/Downloads$ wine 1Password- wine: Bad EXE format for Z:\home\chris\Downloads\1Password- Well crap. what does that mean? Could the 1Password installer be 32bit, while... read more
  • switched engines again

    this time from WordPress to jekyll. I had already toyed with getting some content over into jekyll along with a few extra tools in Jekyll-bootstrap. WordPress was winning the blog wars at the time and the import from my previous engine (dotText) seemed more complete over there. But jekyll plays... read more
  • Debian Linux

    I have recently been going thru the process of moving some current web properties from mvc to ruby on rails. In the past, I have toyed with the idea of moving to rails, enough to get some prototype code running. I feel that the framework has matured quite a... read more
  • I forgot.

    About 6 years ago I joined twitter. I found an outlet for random ideas with a small constraint: 140 characters or less. And I abused the fuck out of it. So much so that I forgot that I had this little slice of web that nobody reads but me. I... read more
  • Did I lose that post?

    Looks like I did. Oh well. You’ll never see the glory of that shitty post. Fuck it. read more
  • Opening Visual Studio with Rake

    There are probably several ways to do this, here’s how I did. rakefile.rb: DIR = File.dirname(__FILE__) desc "Starts Visual Studio with the project solution." task :vs do sln = "#{DIR}/src/project.sln".gsub! '/','\\' system( "start #{sln}" ) end That’s it! From a cmd shell type “rake vs” and Visual Studio will start... read more
  • Hi.

    Hello. How ya durrin? read more
  • Wheelers for a cause

    Went to Texas Off Road Ranch in Huntsville with tx4wd to have a little fun run. The for a cause part was for 5th ward dogs so we brought dog food for $10 off the $30 admission. So, helped some animals and got to wheel a little bit to boot.... read more
  • github flow

    What is github flow? I will let them explain that. I guess the basic idea is to simplify the way git flow encourages you to organize branches. I’m glad that I know how to install git flow and I like the structure that it enables, but simpler is better. read more
  • Git Flow And Github For Windows

    what, no getopt? Every time github for windows updates, I lose git-flow. The portable git that is extracted with the install doesn’t include getopt.exe, which is needed to install and use git-flow on windows. start with the git-flow repository clone the git-flow repository when you cd to contrib and run... read more
  • Using git flow with github for windows

    I like github for windows. Seriously, they did a great job with it - kudos, Phil. I like that it has an updateable bash shell ala msysgit. I also like to use git-flow but alas, this isn’t included with the release. Here is how I got it installed on my... read more
  • Same

    Same. read more
  • Underbelly project in my living room

    It started when I saw a piece from the underbelly project NYC by :01. It inspired me. I think it’s beautiful. So I made a transparency of it to cut my own stencils. This is my first piece. I’m using Joe’s art as a guideline. I think I may switch... read more
  • GIT flow on windows 7 with msysgit

    this is outlined on github by psampaio: I managed to get git flow working with msysGit, but needed some hacks on my setup. First, I copied all the git* files to libexecgit-core. Then replaced shFlags like snaewe mentioned, but <install_dir> for me was also libexecgit-core. Git flow complained about getopt.... read more
  • ASP.NET MVC - Faking ControllerContext to test HttpContext.Current.User and IPrincipal

    This was pretty straightforward but I didn’t find it written up anywhere on the web so here goes. What follows is how I addressed testing IPrincipal in ASP.NET MVC using Let’s start with the test: [Fact] public void changes_password() { //arrange var controller = ObjectFactory.GetInstance<AccountController>(); controller.ControllerContext = new TestControllerContext();... read more
  • Sunburst Font & Color scheme for Visual Studio 2010

    Here is a clone of the TextMate theme "Sunburst" for Visual Studio 2010: I just guessed on the colors since I had to translate from mac colors to windows, but the result is pretty effective for me. enjoy! update: I changed the colors to use the actual rgb values from... read more
  • Unable to find the requested .Net Framework Data Provider. It may not be installed.

    <> <DbProviderFactories> <remove invariant="System.Data.SQLite"/> <add name="SQLite Data Provider" invariant="System.Data.SQLite" description=".Net Framework Data Provider for SQLite" type="System.Data.SQLite.SQLiteFactory, System.Data.SQLite" /> </DbProviderFactories> </> this happened to me using subsonic on an x64 machine. adding the x64 binary to /bin and adding the above to my web.config got me sorted. read more
  • How to resolve a binary file conflict with Git Thank you for that! Although the message at the end of git status says use git checkout -- <file>, that's not it. "If you prefer to resolve the conflict using their copy, you need to get the version of the file from the branch you were trying to merge... read more
  • Scanning for Test implementation classes using StructureMap with xunit

    I have an xunit test project that is using hand-rolled stubs as concrete implementations of interfaces. StructureMap is the DI container I’m using. I was looking at the names of my stubs, and they followed the convention of TestXYZ as the concrete implementation of IXYZ. To use StructureMap from xunit tests,... read more
  • Deran Schilling, Learner

    Check this: "AutoMapper - ASP.NET MVC" on Deran Schilling, Learner. I've been catching up on Deran's posts about his wife's portfolio site. I'm quite enjoying the explanation of his thought process while building out the application. That is all. read more
  • What to do if your Windows 2008 install won't activate complaining about no KMS server

    Basically this is what happened:The MSDN subscriptions version of Windows Server 2008 installs by default using KMS (Key Management Service).The key MSDN gave is a MAK (Multiple Activation Key).So the install does not use the key, it tries to talk to KMS.We don't have KMS here so it fails.Doing the... read more
  • Ethan and Lord Nobleton!

    Ethan and Lord Nobleton!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. read more
  • Bankai! New ink - Kurosaki Ichigo hollow mask

    Bankai! New ink - Kurosaki Ichigo hollow mask, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. -- -Christopher | read more
  • Homemade Don Juan Especial!

    Homemade Don Juan Especial!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. I haven't been to Austin, tx in a while and was craving my favorite brakfast taco from Juan in a Million, the Don Juan Especial. This taco was the subject of an episode of man vs. food, where the host described how... read more
  • New ink: Japanese devil mask!

    New ink: Japanese devil mask!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. Ink by Rob of Nice Guyz. Arigato gozai mashta! XD -- -Christopher | read more
  • New ink: killer octopus!

    New ink: killer octopus!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. Ink by Rob of Nice Guyz. -- -Christopher | read more
  • New ink: hacker emblem

    New ink: hacker emblem, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. -- -Christopher | read more
  • Kevin Devine @ Mohawk's

    Kevin Devine @ Mohawk's #sxsw, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. From Brooklyn. -- -Christopher | read more
  • New ink: Hook ups girl

    New ink: Hook ups girl, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. She's a hottie, ain't she? XD -- -Christopher | read more
  • at the Rockets game vs Cleveland

    @ the Rockets game vs Cleveland, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. -- -Christopher | read more
  • Ethan & Ricky pup!

    Ethan & Ricky pup!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. -- -Christopher | read more
  • February ALT.NET Geek Dinner

    I’ll be there. read more
  • Ethan's a little snagglepuss!

    Ethan's a little snagglepuss!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. -- -Christopher | read more
  • The Don Juan Especiál

    The Don Juan Especiál, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. Breakfast taco Nirvana from Juan in a million, Austin, TX -- -Christopher | read more
  • Ethan's got holiday spirit!

    Ethan's got holiday spirit!, originally uploaded by blue_fenix. Hehe jingle this! Ethan just turned 7, and he's missing a bottom tooth! -- -Christopher | read more
  • RAWR!

    RAWR! Originally uploaded by blue_fenix RAWR! I eats teh turkee, you no has tanksgiving nao. Halp! – -Christopher | read more
  • Andre 3 stacks in NY

    Andre 3 stacks in NY Originally uploaded by blue_fenix I ran into Andre 3000 last time I went to NYC. Really down to earth dude. – -Christopher | read more
  • SubSonic 3.0 preview 2

    me likey. read more
  • Houston ALT.NET Geek Dinner - Thursday Oct 2nd

    I'll be there. read more
  • Good Luck, Yex

    Godspeed buddy. XD read more
  • jQuery - There is no spoon

    I’ve been working with javascript almost since its inception. It was the first language that I ever really hacked in. I remember having to code around document.layers (blecch!), and I’ve used javascript with a fair amount of success in the past. But lately I’ve been reading up on jQuery. And... read more
  • Welcome Back, Dare

    ...and thank goodness that hiatus is over. XD read more
  • Professional Ribbon control for Windows Forms

    Open source (MSPL) Ribbon that actually has some potential, despite the currently incomplete coverage of ribbon features. It's a winforms control, and is the best looking free ribbon control that I have seen yet. read more
  • Error: Could not open the requested SVN filesystem

    When trying to connect to a new subversion repository over apache 2.0 using subversion 1.4.5. Error number:165005 Looked at the error log for apache, and saw this: [Wed Feb 20 14:00:15 2008] [error] [client] (20014)Error string not specified yet: Expected format '3' of repository; found format '5' [Wed Feb... read more
  • Bring it on!

    31   read more
  • Oh, she amazed me!

    Effing brilliant. read more
  • Cheap Thrillz: TortoiseSVN overlay icons in Windows Vista

    Step1: install tortoisesvn. Step2: open file dialog in (2008 at least) Step3: XD update: looks like the tortoisesvn team brought back those nifty icon overlays in vista while I wasn't paying attention ;) Incedentally, there is an option to turn the icon overlays off in the open/save dialogs.  ... read more
  • DataGridView ColorPicker using a DataGridViewButtonColumn

    It’s not often that I get the opportunity to blog about something neat that I learned to do in winforms so you know I gotta, even tho it’s not totally complete yet. Here’s how I got a DataGridViewButtonColumn to act as a color picker. After a little bit of webernettin’,... read more
  • Guitar Hero: Pros

    pros indeed. Unfortunately, there are no Jimi Hendrix tracks on any of the Guitar Hero/Rock Band games. I really hope that changes some day. There is a character that somewhat resembles Jimi in Guitar Hero III, but it’s not the same…it’s not the experience. Guitar Hero is a lot of... read more
  • Darren Neimke on building ajax applications in

    Darren Neimke talks about building ajax applications, both with and without a button to intercept...Darren has this way of explaining things in a way that always makes me nod my head in agreement. Thing is, I haven’t really had the opportunity recently to hack a lot in It’s easy... read more
  • HappyMappy

    As a thanx you to Sir Wally for kicking me in the butt to start blogging again, I'm linking to a site he told me about called that he is involved with. I did a search on sports in the Houston area and was surprised to see "Htowns Arena Theatre"... read more
  • O Hai.

    and welcome to my new blog. :) read more
  • Blog Moving

    I noticed that a handful of people are still subscribed to this little ol' weblog. Well, I've decided to start fresh at a new url Hope to see ya there. ;) Ciao! [ Nothing Playing. ] read more
  • Setting up a new External to Internal IP mapping on OpenBSD

    This is correct for version 3.9 of OpenBSD, but the rules are simple enough that the idea will upgrade if necessary later. In order to complete this, you must have sudo privileges on the firewall at After you login, cd to /etc and sudo the su command to easily... read more
  • Paul Stovell has lost his marbles.

    [note: this started as a comment but started getting a little long-winded. what follows is a little gentle ribbing of Paul for a recent post he wrote about being a lazy cache programmer :P] Mr. Stovell, you’ve officially lost your marbles :P j/k okay, just to play devil’s advocate…>:) I... read more
  • Christopher is ...

    posted up watchin Shrek 2 with Ethan.:)   read more
  • So quiet...

    ...and so dark in here. read more
  • Sql Server Management Studio Express - you suck.

    I would like to know who thought it was a good idea to remove "import data..." and "export data..." from this particular flavor of the worst front end to an otherwise badass rdbms. I shouldn't have to fight with a program to get my databases in order. What a joke. [... read more
  • Exposing Hidden Events

    I recently ran into a neat little nugget of functionality in C# with events. Normally in C# when we define events we stop at something like this: public event EventHandler<MyEventArgs> MyEvent; The thing is, you can explicitly implement the add and remove accessors if you throw some curly braces into... read more
  • Windows Updates Make Me Nervous

     hehe... Rather surprised by the new 'updates are ready' message from Microsoft. Hmmm. Perhaps they know just how much frustration we had on the home pc recently due to their dodgy updates. (Fixed thanks to Scott Swigart) Source: Windows Updates Make Me Nervous read more
  • skmMenu code change to work with xhtml doctypes

    This is just a re-statement of a forum thread that discusses the fix, but since gotdotnet is not going to be around very much longer I thought I’d post this little tidbit here as well. Basically, when I upgraded one of my sites to .net 2.0, skmMenu got upgraded right... read more
  • ASP.NET - UrlRewriting with PathInfo and base urls

    I read this excellent post from ScottGu and decided to use it with a page that implemented a masterpage. I didn’t have to use postbacks in my scenario, but there were links included from the masterpage. The problem is that if you use app-relative paths for your href attributes (ex:... read more
  • SubSonic Scaffold control - a GridView with Class

    So I’ve been able to dig my teeth into some hacking recently, and I’ve been wrestling with learning to use SubSonic in the process. In dealing with the scaffold control I ran into a funny issue: none of the exposed properties on the scaffold control will output any style... read more
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  • RE: What about PostXING?

    I love the PostXING tool and the ability to integrate the playing music. Feature wise they are all about the same though. So it will interesting to see the evolution of the tool. One positive out of the project is that I learned a lot about Subversion and how to... read more
  • Windows Live Writer

    It looks pretty neat. I really dig the "type inside the preview" Web Layout. That's just sweet. The plugin support looks promising...I've already started coding up a CodeHTMLer plugin for syntax highlighting ala PostXING, now if I can get one going that will allow me to post the same content... read more
  • RE Finding calling method using reflection

    Exactly what I was looking for...I don't know a lot about reflection, so I wonder if there is a more elegant way to get this info. read more
  • Whip it Real Hard

    Last night I got an impromtu text message saying that Ghostface Killah was playing at Warehouse live downtown. As a Wu-Tang fan, I decided to go out and see what he was all about. Pretty good show, I really dug the ODB medley they did in honor of Ol' Dirty.  As... read more
  • What's this? My Application won't Exit?

    There are a few things that have to happen for this "regression" to show up. First, you have to be working in .net 2.0 WinForms. Second, you must be using a custom application context. Third and most importantly, you must have at least one form open in your application that... read more
  • Gaffling that ribbon style

    Close enough. This should be fun. read more
  • Step your game up, Microsoft.

    Unfortunately, the rants about WGA causing a bluescreen are true. It happened a little while ago on my home PC. Thankfully, F8 booting into safemode still works, and I was able to restore my system to a daily checkpoint. Boy am I glad that was setup. Installing .net 1.1 sp1... read more
  • We'll miss you, Mr. Holmquist.

    My high school principal died on Monday. This is surreal. It feels like it was just last week that I was skipping class and getting a pep talk from Mr. Holmquist in North House. Worst of all, I went to school with his daughters. Amber was in my graduating class,... read more
  • RE: Using DLINQ with ASP.NET (Part 2 of my LINQ series)

    Wow. read more
  • Community Server 2.0 BlogML Converter Beta - success!

    I’m a little bit behind on my CS releases, as I just got around to installing a fresh copy of Community Server 2.0 to test things out for one of my sites. Since I was going to upgrade an existing CS 1.1 install, I tried that method first, but ended... read more
  • RE: Bad news gets worse

      How do you say goodbye? One hand squeeze at a time. [Via Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger] So what do you do when a blogger you read comes up on hard times and posts his phone number to his blog? Call him, of course. The problem is that Robert... read more
  • PostXING: Shameless request for feedback I'm about to start cracking on this issue, but I'd love to get a little feedback on it before I put it into code. If either of you have an extra minute, shoot to the url above and leave a comment. I normally don't solicit feedback like this, but... read more
  • Getting a temporary filename the easy way - feedback

    Jerry Pisk Path.GetTempFileName() guarantees that you will get an available name, it does actually go ahead and create the file so it is guaranteed to be yours when you use it. If you strip the extension off and substitute your own you may end up overwriting an existing file. Not... read more
  • Getting a temporary filename the easy way

    If you need to generate temporary / semi-unique filenames, here is a little snippet that uses the framework: using System.IO; string GetTempFileName(){ return Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(Path.GetTempFileName()); } As the name implies, this will return the temporary name of a file without the extension, so it’s up to you to add whatever filetype... read more
  • I Flipped a Coin

     Heads: Shave the beard off entirely. Tails: just trim it down a little. The coin flips… and… Heads it is.  [ Currently Playing : imagine - John Lennon - (3:04) ] read more
  • the yield statement - not so mysterious after all?

    Using Yield in PracticeThe moral of the story is STOP thinking so hard about it, just use "yield return" the next piece of data in the list.  When using the yield statment GetEnumerator's job is to answer foreach's question - "what's my next item please".  Walk all the items in... read more
  • Visual Studio 2005 Designer: Touchy, Thouchy!

    If you do anything “out of the ordinary” in your UserControl or Form derived classes in Visual Studio 2005, let me introduce you to a little snippet that will probably save you lots of headaches: if ( DesignMode ) return; or, its equally useful counterpart if(!DesignMode){ doStuff(); } Now, the... read more
  • NetVibe: Listen for SSID change

    I've updated the NetVibe source with a mildly useful update: listening for changes in SSID as well as IP Addresses. The source is hosted at on a subversion server. I used some code that I found at the FurryGoat experience, modified it a little bit, and it seems that it's... read more
  • RE: SecurePasswordTextBox update

    This looks interesting. I thought Mr. "Just finished my last chapter of Beginning AJAX" would have for sure created this as an control...guess I should have read closer the first time ;) Could be useful in PostXING, ifn we ever put some real security innit. Since there has been... read more
  • tësting ûnïcode

    Sorry I keep putting out these tests, but I'm trying to see what different regexes will do to a friendly url in subtext. Nothing more to see here. [ Currently Playing : Have You Heard? - ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (3:12) ] read more
  • Quick shoutout to

    I've got weak regex skillz. I'll admit it. I don't use them very much, so when I do need to, it's nice to know that regexlib is sitting there, waiting for me to come to it with my regex needs. In particular, there is an online Regular Expression Tester that has helped... read more
  • BackgroundWorker.isRunning : take two

    I can't believe nobody called me on this: BackgroundWorker.IsBusy Property Reflector says it does exactly what I was looking for in a previous post. Technorati Tags:  Windows Forms  BackgroundWorker  read more
  • RE: What is with

    I had tried to reply to this post on WinExtra, but it errored out on me. So, here's what the comment said: Blogger uses Atom feeds located at http://blogdomain/atom.xml The fact that the skins provided don't reflect this is the pain'd see a link if you view sourced it:... read more
  • PostXING - It's Beta Time!

    For the adventurous among you, we’ve decided to release beta 1 of PostXING available for download at ProjectDistributor! There are a few known issues, but as far as I know there aren’t any showstopper bugs. I’ve been running the development build for quite some time now, and for PostXING v1.1 users,... read more
  • Source, are you useful again?

    testing source update: nope. update2: almost: I get a reference to the source, but it's based with the skin's control directory. update3: BAM! gotta put http:// at the beginning. sweet, I missed that one. [ Currently Playing : Sheik - ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (4:04) ] read more
  • SubText, BlogML, and PostXING

    This is the end result after setting up SubText and importing my old blog (now moved to here). I had created a blogML exporter for cs11 and ran into some initial problems because the version of BlogML I had used was a smidge older (v0.9) and therefore had a different schema. Kinda makes me... read more
  • PostXING plugin: MetaPinger

    Well, it turns out that PostXING's mystery plugin author is none other than Taras Naumtsev, and Taras is on fire! Check out the new MetaPinger plugin: MetaPinger is a PostXING plugin that notifies a number of services that keep track of weblogs and publish them. By pinging, you let the... read more
  • PostXING plugin: TechnoratiTagger

    Holy Schnikeys! Someone has actually built a plugin for PostXING! Ladies and gentlemen, Allow me to introduce the TechnoratiTagger plugin for PostXING! Unfortunately, I'm not 100% sure who wrote it (well, it's not obvious from the site). The good news works! :) It even works with the spankin new,... read more
  • FIX: Design View error in VS 2005

    Here's a link to the hotfix for the winforms designer error that looks like this: One or more errors encountered while loading the designer. The errors are listed below. Some errors can be fixed by rebuilding your project, while others may require code changes. TypeLoad failure. Unable to load one... read more
  • Got My ASP.NET Podcast Shirt

    I got my ASP.NET Podcast shirt, and there’s a lot of Wally to be had it seems… You can’t really tell from this pic, but the image of Wally takes up nearly the entire back of the shirt… But even this looks phenomenal on yours truly :P [ Currently Playing... read more
  • Subversion on Windows

    I've been wanting to setup subversion for PostXING for a while so I can have more control over who has commit access and various adminy tasks that are only available thru emailing the already busy staff of sourcegear when hosting code on vaultpub. Thankfully, I'm not the only person who has had this... read more
  • BackgroundWorker.isRunning

    This is a private boolean member of the new BackgroundWorker class in .NET 2.0. If it were public, perhaps there would be less questions like this one on the gotdotnet messageboards. I ran into a similar problem recently and decided that instead of catching an exception when the BackgroundWorker is... read more
  • All In Your Head: DJ Fred Castillo

    This is in the year 2004BB (Before Beard) [ Currently Playing : Just A Memory Featuring The C - The Notorious B.I.G - (4:30) ] read more
  • CIDR Notation Cheat Sheet

    CIDR        Total number    Network             Description:Notation:   of addresses:   Mask:--------------------------------------------------------------/0          4,294,967,296             Every Address/1          2,147,483,648           128 /8 nets/2          1,073,741,824   ... read more
  • MSBuild: Date-based build number blues

    According to this thread, Microsoft may run into visioning problems if they stick with their new build number scheme (major.minor.yMMdd.revision) next year. A Version in the .NET framework consists of 4 integers for the major, minor, build number, and revision in that format. When the build number uses the year... read more
  • Thanks, RssBandit.

    RssBandit has been a big inspiration for some of the specific features of PostXING. As a matter of fact, where possible I’ve used code from RssBandit directly. At least half of proxy support, most of the plugin loading logic, and most recently (like you don’t have it unless you monitor... read more
  • Gmail Delete Button

    Broseph. This was the first thing that I requested from gmail, and they've taken it up a notch - instead of only deleting messages, it notifies you if there are messages in a current "conversation" that have already been deleted:   32 deleted messages in this conversation. View messages or... read more
  • RE: PostXING: Better Keyboard Support

    Heh, oops. This is what happens when the tool that you are building is the same tool you are using to make tech notes to yourself.* Really, there should be a bugtracker in place so that I can have a central organized spot to have bug reports, feedback, etc. Anyone... read more
  • MonoDevelop to get a Design-Enabled

    It's for glade3, but having a designer will definitely get me looking at Mono again. [ Currently Playing : Motel of the white locust - Glassjaw - Everything you ever wanted to know about silence (8:41) ] read more
  • Got my new glasses

    Strictly filed under "As if you cared". [ Currently Playing : Audioslave / Out Of Exile - Audioslave - Out Of Exile (4:53) ] read more
  • MVP Again

    So I got selected for the MVP award again this year. Many thanks to BenMi, who has been an awesome lead this whole time. You rock, dude. I was also awarded the (unofficial) ReverseDoS MVP award for my unending quest to tell anyone who is fed up with comment spam about... read more
  • PostXING v2 alpha and proxies

    I'd like to apologize if any users of PostXING have to go thru proxies...I've been bugchasing this evening and it occurred to me that specifying a proxy for a new blog is kind of...well, weird. First, it's a wizard-style dialog, so you expect the next/back buttons to work like it would... read more
  • Yahoo! Widgets (Konfabulator) 3.0.2

    I wanted to install the newest version of Konfabulator to one of my computers, so I went to and tried to install the latest version (3.0.1 earlier today, 3.0.2 this evening) but instead of getting the 11MB download that the site reports, I get a little <500KB file called... read more
  • MSN Spaces opens up MetaWeblog API support

    And now I can post there with PostXING (v2). Dare has put up a couple of tutorials on how to setup Metablog support for w.bloggar and BlogJet. Since I "borrowed" ideas from both of these fine applications, the setup for w.bloggar is nearly identical to what you need to do in... read more
  • NetVibe: listen for network changes and execute a script.

    A few people asked for the source code/a download for the little widget I whipped up on Friday, so I spent this morning adding a little bit of persistence. The original code for switching my networks is still in there (and still works on my machine if I change the... read more
  • System.Net.NetworkInformation

    This is pretty cool: System.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkChange.NetworkAddressChanged += new System.Net.NetworkInformation.NetworkAddressChangedEventHandler (NetworkChange_NetworkAddressChanged); I have a laptop that everyday switches between my wireless home network and my wired work domain. I was looking for a way to add scripting abilities to the interface itself (i.e. when a network connects, run some script) when I... read more
  • PostXING: Offline Categories

    Peter, bro, you must be inspirin’ or something. I hope I didn’t miss anything (it was one of those “it can’t be that easy©” deals), but I’ll just let the screenshot do the talking: [ Currently Playing : Precious - Depeche Mode ] read more
  • PostXING conversation with Peter Provost continues...

    Peter gives me some awesome feedback: Hey man. Glad to know you're listening. I really think that PostXING could rock with a little more TLC. You're doing great. A few comments on your comments: 1. I don't think you understand my request. Assume for a second that I know that... read more
  • Forcing the DataGridView to do my bidding - a tale of ComboBox hackery

    *sigh* Winforms team, winforms team, when will you start making my life easier? As others have said (and I completely agree ) is pretty useless. Well, there's some new Whidbey .NET 2.0 content, but all of the things I enjoyed when starting w/ v1 of .NET (like, erm, QuickStarts? What happened to... read more
  • Two years ago...

    ..the idea for PostXING began. Wow. I still hack it every now and then, but I don’t devote nearly as much time as I used to. I’m hoping that the new Settings goop in v2 will allow me to improve the options story: the last incomplete feature before PostXING v2!... read more
  • Jim Ross Dies

    Our prayers are with you, Jim. I only met Jim in real life one time, and he gave me a ride to my hotel on my first visit to Washington. He lived 5 hours away from me, but we had to go to another state to meet in person! Even... read more
  • Project -> Properties -> Publish

    -> Wow. I played with ClickOnce deployment for a little while earlier. After getting a couple of files/dependencies worked out, I had a fully installable ClickOnce application. It didn't let me specify where I wanted to install it, but I guess that's part of the deal for auto-updates etc. I'm... read more
  • PostXING: Recent Fixes

    NEW: "PostXING" in about page now links to NEW: FTP Settings page now is labeled as such. This was confusing in the new user wizard. FIX: Plugin ToolStripButtons now actually do something. These are a couple of the things that I've fixed this morning based on some really great feedback from... read more
  • RE: 8 Steps to Better Windows Applications

    In an attempt to work on steps 7 and 8 in Grant Holliday's Blog, I've started a community server site for PostXING. It's lite on content at the moment, (and also may not work everywhere for the next couple of days thanks to DNS) but hopefully this will let me address number... read more
  • PostXING Sux.

    And I know it. I haven't updated the binaries on ProjectDistributor for a long time because I've been taking my time writing v2. Thing is, it's starting to catch up to me. PostXING v1 is far from polished. It works well enough for my needs and I made it available... read more
  • RE: MetaWeblog API beta for MSN Spaces chugs along

    Since announcing that we've started the beta of our implementation of the MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces, I've received a bunch of positive responses from a couple of blogging tool developers. So far it looks like there'll be at least six blogging tools users will be able to use to... read more
  • RE: PostXING Review - Yet Another Blog Posting Client

    Ah! It's been a while since I've gotten some good PostXING feedback. Guess the current version isn't very keyboard-friendly. I'm probably not going to upgrade the v1 code in v1 of .net, but I've been working for the past couple of weeks on getting PostXING to v2 under .net v2,... read more
  • Woe unto the COM-referencing VS2005 Winforms Designer

    One or more errors encountered while loading the designer. The errors are listed below. Some errors can be fixed by rebuilding your project, while others may require code changes. The designer loader did not provide a root component but has not indicated why. Hide     at System.ComponentModel.Design.DesignSurface.get_View()at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.Design.WindowPaneProviderService.CreateWindowPane(DesignSurface surface)at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Design.Serialization.CodeDom.DeferrableWindowPaneProviderService.CreateWindowPane(DesignSurface surface)at... read more
  • and BOM

    I'm using as the library that supports xml-rpc for the MetaWeblog api in PostXING. I recently ran into a service endpoint that included a Byte Order Mark in the payload of the response. Something I haven't run into yet basically because the few blog engines that I have tested px with... read more
  • ToolStripColorButton: a WinForms 2.0 Control

    Disclaimer: the code for showing the color menu is totally ripped off of a CodeProject article. I just took the ColorPanel part and parented it with a ToolStripButton. The idea works, tho. Here’s the source: ToolStripColorButton.cs (login is guest/guest). I’ve been working recently to bring PostXING v2 to .net v2. Part... read more
  • Ctrl+K, X

    Is the insert snippet chord in VS 2005. read more
  • VistaDB

     Viral Marketing: VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been releasedThis 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1... read more
  • Zeppelin: Babe I'm gonna leave you

    I know I've figured out a fun song when my left hand hurts after playing. That hasn't happened for a loong time. I was playing my guitar, trying to soothe the pain that the Astros getting swept in the World Series ignited, when I came across a chord pattern that sounded... read more
  • Guess who's going to the World Series?

    Fan-freakin-tastic. w00t! read more
  • How not to use the PictureBox control.

    I was having this problem in an application that I've been working on where I was drawing data points onto a PictureBox control - kind of like a canvas. The problem only showed up when a lot of data was thrown at the PictureBox: instead of seeing my data, I... read more
  • Visual Studio Editor, how you mock me.

    I've been chasing down this odd Visual Studio bug where the Enter, Backspace, and Arrow keys stop working. It happened to me in Redmond at Microsoft Campus (of all places!) and it's a known bug that a lot of others have run into apparently. Some folks have noted that it happens... read more
  • Creating a Google Maps .NET Control

    Choice Quote:  Now that I have actually used XSL in a project I've come to this conclusion: XSL is the Devil. Go Check it Out. It's an interesting approach to wrapping [insert buzzword] functionality in an control. If you haven't read the first and second articles, you may want... read more
  • RE: Microsoft Codename "Spang"

    Just been shown something Microsoft are working on called "Spang" it's UNREAL. When "Spang" comes out you'll all be so much happier, wish I could share but it's all NDA.   [Via Plip's Weblog] What is Spang? It's going to revolutionize development as we know it. Keep a lookout for... read more
  • Starting to dogfood PostXING v2.

    I figured that 27 test posts were enough to actually publish one. This thing hasn’t even reached feature parity with v1, but if you both see this post in ye olde aggregator, I’ve at least made some functionality progress. edit: Houston, we have liftoff. :D read more
  • Houstonians are starting to panic.

    I just got back from the gas station to get some sodas before everything runs out, and this is what I saw: [[photo lost :( My little phone wasn’t able to get the entire line of vehicles, but it was at least 6 deep for every pump. The parts of... read more
  • Expected downtime

    Just to let both of you know - I'm expecting some downtime this weekend for . See, I live in Houston and we've got a little storm coming our way. Since I host my site on my own on-site server, that means that I've got to unplug it and... read more
  • Ethan and Cody at the beach

    I took Ethan and my cousin Cody to the beach today. I got them some du-rags and ninja swords, so they could play pirates. They had a sword fight on the ferry ride to crystal beach. I was even able to get a resounding “Arr Matey!” out of Ethan When... read more
  • My Weekend

    This is definitely filed under “As if you cared”. My friend Peyman had a little gathering at his new house in Austin this past weekend. I’ve been to quite a few parties in my day, but I can honestly say that the girl that swung balls of fire around herself... read more
  • Eric is a stand-up guy.

    Eric is my friend Peyman’s roommate in Austin. He’s a stand-up guy. Trust me on this. read more
  • Virtual Earth for commercial apps

    Ha! Look at that! I totally called it. [ Currently Playing : All You Need - Sublime - Stand By Your Van - Live (2:44) ] read more
  • PostXING v2? Where's the goods?

    Ah, the joys of writing open source software :/ I had been working hard on v2 of PostXING, but somehow development has stagnated on my end quite a bit. I brought it about 90% of the way towards the direction I was hoping to go. I even got an offer... read more
  • It's fixed.

    Yesterday I realized that I was having issues with anonymous users posting comments to my CS site. After going over the code a little bit, what I didn't realize is that the bug is a custom skin bug. (ie a skin that I wrote was missing one line containing a... read more
  • This is getting fixed. Today.

     I noticed that I haven't gotten any comments on my blog in a while. Granted, I haven't posted in a while, either, but come on! There's gotta be at least one post I've made that's been worth comment since July, right? no? Well, I'm going to track this down anyways.... read more
  • Hazaa! 0 unread feeds in my subscriptions

    I took a week off from reading blogs last week (as is evidenced by my responding to week-old posts). I ended up having about 600-700 unread posts in RssBandit. The UI took care of it pretty well, since I have my opml separated by category I could zip thru most... read more
  • RE: RSS Bandit [Nightcrawler Edition] Alpha Progress Report

    By the way Torsten has started an RSS Bandit new logo design contest and we'd appreciate your comments. It seems a lot of our users who use RSS Bandit from their place of work feel our current smily face icon and logo are unprofessional. I don't mind changing our application... read more
  • RE: is dead

    Anybody else find that MS has so much crap going on that it's hard keep tabs on a single, solid, resources to use to keep up to speed on things? (And don't even send me to - that thing is 1) schizophrenic (is it a developer resource, or a place to buy... read more
  • RE: Google maps .NET control

    Check out this code project article with code for a Google Maps .NET control. very cool and handy stuff. and there are some demos here. [Via Tiernans Comms Closet] I read thru that, and it seems very useful to be able to manipulate things in codebehind like that. Once the... read more
  • Darren and BlogML

    A few weeks ago I wanted to release an update to my own blogging engine and, because there was a minor data change I thought that it would be nice to export the data before running the update, change the files and then re-import it afterwards.  As I looked into this... read more
  • Dual booting Linux Redhat 9 and Windows XP using a CD

    We have a couple of legacy applications here, written in C++, that have always run on windows and *nix. In order to support the *nix versions, we always have to have a Linux install hanging around (we also have a solaris, but that's already set up). So we got a... read more
  • Insanely simple GradientPanel for WinForms

    This has probably been done a hundred times already, but I couldn't find one in the first few pages of google results, so I wrote my own in ~40 lines of C#: using System;using System.ComponentModel;using System.Drawing;using System.Drawing.Drawing2D;using System.Windows.Forms;namespace PostXING.Controls{ /// <summary> /// GradientPanel is just like a regular panel except... read more
  • A week already

    Well, it’s been a week now since I handed over my pip-squeak back to his mom. I gotta say, I miss him a lot. Having him around every day and then all of a sudden not having him any more is a real shock to the system. I’ve also gotta... read more
  • Thanks!

    Earlier I said: call them "labels" or "tags" but give me a way to categorize my thoughts. Please. Thanks, Atom 1.0  [ Currently Playing : A Message - Coldplay - X&Y (04:45) ] read more
  • RE: Blog APIs

    Darren's looking for ideas on how to migrate data from one blog engine to the next. This has been discussed before a lot, I'm sure, but it's not a bad conversation to have. So what's the answer? Sorry, I don't have that. I know that it would have been nice... read more
  • Applesauce tastes gooood.

    Indeed. Applesause tastes goood. [ Currently Playing : Audioslave / Number 1 Zero - Audioslave - Out Of Exile (05:01) ] read more
  • Ethan's got some money...

    Ethan went to go play with his friend Emma today. Emma’s older sister gave Ethan 11¢. That’s right, the older sister. That boy Ethan…:D [ Currently Playing : Audioslave / Yesterday To Tomorrow - Audioslave - Out Of Exile (04:36) ] read more
  • Clearly a windows user...

    [ Currently Playing : Night Bird Flying - Jimi Hendrix - Experience Hendrix (3:50) ] read more
  • Richard...

    You’re Welcome!  :D [ Currently Playing : Suite-Pee - System of a Down - System of a Down (2:32) ] read more
  • Ethan and Mama re

    Welcome to the poor man’s vblog…a link with text :) I took this video on my digital camera the other day. It’s 2:41. I thought I’d post it up here so I can search on it after Ethan becomes a teenager to remember “the good ole days”. It’s a little dark,... read more
  • Saving an embedded resource xml file at runtime in C#

    I couldn't find a cut & dry solution to this (probably b/c it's too simple for anyone to think they would need an example) so here's how I got an xml file embedded as a resource in a vs2003 project written to the filesystem. First, you just add an xml... read more
  • Set the passive port range for IIS ftp I've needed this a couple of times, what better way to find it? ;) read more
  • I feel like a commercial

    but I did switch to geico and I’m going to save a rediculous amount from my current insurance provider. To the tune of nearly $2,000 a year. Plus, they took a cue from my current insurance provider and got geek friendly. I did the whole quote process online and only... read more
  • My favorite Top 11 Country Songs

    GET-R-DONE! My favorite Top 11 Country Songs 11. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me. 10. How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away 9. I Liked You Better Before I Got to Know You So Well. 8. I'm Still Missing You Baby, But My Aim's Gettin'... read more
  • Divelements SandDock 2.0

    Was just released. In the newsletter, it said that you can use a DocumentContainer (tabs) outside of a SandDockManager - simple tabbing with the same interface that is all over PostXING. Sounds promising! Well, the “document” tabs only render at the top, and I need tabs at the bottom to... read more
  • Object cannot be stored in an array of this type.

    This was the error that was biting me on PostXING v2 for almost a week (I usually only get insomnia hours to debug. That can be frustrating.) The first thing that I noticed was that the wonderful interfaces that I was using would end up null after my first visit... read more
  • Free at last... at last, thank God Almighty: I am free at last. read more
  • ReverseDOS Configuration for CS::Blogs revisited

    I just set up CS::Blogs 1.1 on my server over here and I wanted to keep ReverseDOS going for it. So I just copied over the settings from my web.config and thought I would be gold...not so, grasshopper. The new section in the default web.config is now named memberrolesprototype so if you... read more
  • Dangerously close...

    …to having something that actually works :) Do you think I’m going a little nuts with the logo? read more
  • ReverseDOS attracting ire...

    I'm seeing a little trend - I delete comment spam as soon as it gets to any of my weblogs, so I don't have any hard numbers - posts that I have written about Mike's ReverseDOS sure seem to be getting targeted by comment spammers. I don't see this in the... read more
  • What's this? PostXING can post to dasBlog?

    I saw that Jeff got things up and running with PostXING (sorry again about the whole BlogInfo[0] thing) when I looked at the url. What's this? dasBlog? I never knew that dasBlog supported the Metablog API, although I did see the methods exposed from its blogger.aspx page. I thought they... read more
  • ReverseDOS: 8 days later

    If you are running your own blogging engine and you support comments/trackbacks/pingbacks, go get ReverseDOS. Right now. I'll wait. Back already? Great! Seriously, ever since installing ReverseDOS, I have yet to see one auto-generated comment, when I used to get about 50 a day. Worse on weekends. Here are a couple of lines... read more
  • CS::Blogs : beware the permission set

    So I got some feedback about PostXING saying that someone who had setup multiple blogs with CS::Blogs was getting the wrong blog back while trying to communicate with the Metaweblog API. After a couple of questions, it turns out that all of the users were set up as sysadmins in the CS permission... read more
  • PostXING and interfaces

    I feel like I'm going nuts with interfaces in the next version of PostXING. Interfaces are a language feature that is really powerful - you don't really start to appreciate it until you are faced with situations that would otherwise be impossible to deal with. PostXING already uses interfaces to... read more
  • Maybe I'm Amazed

    Tina asked me to learn this Paul McCartney I cheated :) That's it. This was purely so I didn't forget the url. Nothing technical to see here. read more
  • Blogging API commonalities

    Here is some of the common ground I can see between the metaweblog api and CS::Blogs BlogService asmx. Blog/Authentication: UserName Password BlogID/BlogName Post/Entry: DateCreated/Date Description/Body Title string[] Categories (nice!) PostID Non-Conformities (for Posts): Metablog API Enclosure (although this is not used by CS::Blogs or .Text) link permalink Source (name and... read more
  • ReverseDOS in Community Server

    After another slew of referrer/comment spam that showed up in my blog this morning, I went ahead and downloaded Mike's ReverseDOS. I followed the steps outlined for setup, but it didn't quite work the way it was outlined at first - I got the dreaded "yellow screen of death". This... read more
  • RE: This is just a test

    Nice! Lookin good, Don! I personally have had firewall issues with FTP (what a beast!) and have yet to find an opensource SFTP (ftp as a subset of ssh) solution, which does work on my server. One of these days I'm going to beef up my firewalling skills and let... read more
  • PostXING Answers for Yex

    Yex sez:  Nice. So where's the Categories, Post, Post and Publish and Crosspost buttons at? Where's the post editing toolbar? When can we get our grubby little hands on it? Since it appears you've decided to go with the whole sidebar idea, why not use that to list the cateogories... read more
  • Greasmonkey goodies; embrace and extend

    Thanks to Alex, I checked out a great application of Greasemonkey - the Gmail Delete Button. Of course, I had to look at the script since it's just javascript and play with it to see if I could extend it a little bit. As with most of my "embrace and extend"... read more
  • PostXING development

    I've been working a little on my plugin/provider idea on PostXING. Currently, I have it building, but I've had to disable some of the post-build commands because although it builds, it doesn't do anything currently and I don't want it to overwrite the working copy that I have on my... read more
  • A new face for PostXING

    I didn't go too too far, I think. It's definitely a step in the right direction, tho: I don't know why I've opted to start at the top and go down...probably because I'm just procrastinating on getting to the meat & potatoes (!) problems. I also had to go into... read more
  • If I only knew then...

    Not what I know now, but what I'm learning now. I recently picked up a copy of the src to FlexWikiPad. I just wanted to see how things were wired together in there: I only have a very old installation of FlexWiki sitting around that still looks like crap in... read more
  • Converting a Base64 String to an image

    Do you ever get an email that has some base64 gobbledegook in it? A lot of times, based on MIME information directly preceding this junk, it’s actually an image that got converted to text but never converted back to an image (duh, right? Tell me something I don’t know? Okay…)... read more
  • We're back online!

    It seems that there was a major power failure yesterday: at least a few city blocks. For those that don't know, a city block in Houston is a pretty big area. Looks like it's fixed for now, so the two of you can go about getting that there rss feed... read more
  • To those that care...

    I.e. Both of you...I've changed the repository structure of PostXING on vaultpub to better facilitate branching. These crazy new ideas I've been having are so different from the current architecture of PostXING that I have to branch it just in case someone comes to me with a nasty bug they... read more
  • Ever looked back in time?

    I've been doing just that on my blogs - way back to when this one was hosted on Geez, I was such a dork...okay, maybe I'm still a dork. But that's a maybe. I admit nothing. read more
  • A couple of PostXING ideas

    Thanks to Sir Wally for the first's simple really, Wally just asked if I would cache a list of the categories for each configured blog to aid with offline posting. I pretty much always use PostXING while online, so this particular feature didn't even cross my mind. As a... read more
  • PSKit: Replacing that pesky Lorem Ipsum text with dynamic content

    The Personal Website Starter Kit is a great resource for getting up and running with 2.0 beta. I’ve been using it to check out some features while waiting for other projects to get to a point where I feel like I can contribute more than just criticism (sorry y’all... read more
  • On Community Support give and you shall recieve

    I use Azureus as my bittorrent client. It has this nifty feature that is similar to the Updater Application Block that will automatically check for and download updates on startup of the application. The only downside for me is that since I was running JRE 1.4, and after a little... read more
  • RE: Announcing Subtext, A Fork Of .TEXT For Your Blogging Pleasure

    Awesome. I had a feeling I was going to see something like this sooner or later. read more
  • PSKit: FormView initial thoughts

    I've been playing with the Personal Website Starter Kit a little bit lately. One thing that I didn't like about it from the start was that the content in the default.aspx was largely static, so I set out to make it a little more dynamic. After a little digging in... read more
  • ObjectDataSource goodness.

    Since there are probably going to be a lot of posts about all things Whidbey soon, as people get more and more chance to play with things, I've decided to throw in my two cents about a really cool piece of functionality that I recently used. ObjectDataSource - too cool, I've... read more
  • RE: Digital Pontification - Podcast Show Notes (4/21)

    I want to second Jason’s nomination (below in bold). This morning I was trying to figure out how to port Sql Express data to Sql Server 2000, and Wally was a big help in getting me there. I got it done, btw. :) So, thank you Sir Wally! Download this podcastTopics... read more
  • CS::Blogs: allowing anonymous comments

    I don't know if this will post with the source, but I've got this link that may save someone the trouble of searching CS forums for an answer: I was wondering why I hadn't been getting any comments lately. Mostly because nobody really reads this blog, but even for... read more
  • RE: ObjectDock

    Who else out there likes a dock better than the standard windows taskbar? I have been using StarDock's ObjectDock for a few weeks now and I think I'm sold. I have hidden my taskbar and I only run a single visible dock at the bottom center of my screen. <snip/> [Via Wes'... read more
  • Goodbye, Lynn

    One of my coworkers, Lynn Coyle, was found dead in his house this morning. Lynn had diabetes. He was kind of an odd character, but he was a good person. I often joked around with him in the office - he had a strange sense of humor, but we got... read more
  • New PostXING release

    I've added a small usability feature based on some recent feedback. Now, from the Tools -> Options dialog, you can optionally set whether you would like to automatically create a new post when you hit Post or Post & Publish. I also made some minor UI consistency changes, and removed... read more
  • Little Tony

    I went to go visit with my little (2 1/2 mos) nephew Tony tonight. Here's a couple of pics I snapped on my phone: read more
  • RE: We're back!

    Well, I woke up this morning and found myself back in Roswell, GA. It seems that the Google trip must have been a dream. Don't you just love April Fools Day Wally? But thanks for the congratulations from a few friends and bloggers (thanks Josh). I appreciate your thought that it... read more
  • Re: Here we go!

    Congrats, James! Always good to see someone you know catch a deal like this. Too bad there are no comments for me to tell him in his blog :P See for yourself: "Here we go!" on The CoverYourASP.NET Blog . read more
  • Running WebMatrix with a Whidbey Beta installed

    I took a chance and installed a CTP of Whidbey on my laptop. Thing is, I still use WebMatrix from time to time for POC stuff for v1.x of Problem is, when you run the Cassini webserver from webmatrix, it picks up the latest version of the .netfx and... read more
  • Enabling styles in CS

    Straight from ScottW, I added <MarkUp> <globalAttributes> <class enable = "true" /> <align enable = "true" /> <style enable = "true" /> <id enable = "true" /> </globalAttributes> notice the style element? That cleared up the little non-formatted code issue that I had in my previous post. read more
  • A little CS hack for the metablog API

    Keith told me that CSBlogs was returning relative urls for its Metablog API implementation. After I installed it, I noticed the same thing - so I decided to hack it a little bit and find out what was going wrong. It turns out that the software is just doing what... read more
  • Customer Service Message

    This is a message that my boss recently sent to a customer that had an issue with one of our software packages (I don't own it :) Brian, in the finest tradition of Microsoft, VDB's engineers have returned an error message  that has absolutely nothing to do with the problem... read more
  • A little down time...

    I’m going to be installing community server here today. There’s going to be a little downtime because of that. As if you cared. read more
  • PostXING's vaultpub works.

    This shouldn't have gotten this out of whack, but it did, sorry. I've made sure that all of the folders are inherited now, and tested the get latest version on a different directory on my machine. WARNING: The only thing to watch out for is that I like to copy... read more
  • My comments are broken...

    …at a time when people are actually leaving comments. Balls. Josh - I’m checking the vaultpub repository on a clean directory right now, I probably forgot to add all of the files to the repository. Genius, Chris. update: I'm such a jerk. I have this repository set up all bass... read more
  • PostXING feature requests

    Teirnan asked for a few features for PostXING. I started to write a comment, but it got too long-winded for a comment. You get a post Sir: Can I help you? I think maybe so :) In order: I did this in a very early build of PostXING, but got... read more
  • Using OpenSSH tunneling for RealVNC on Windows

    I totally geeked out tonight. I was searching for something else and happened upon a tutorial for tunneling VNC on windows, which led me to another article that was inspiration for the first article I found. Here was the problem with both: the webserver that I wanted to get to... read more
  • Channel 9 guy...

    ** }34 2 M 2. Scoble,** 1 H4v3 K1|}n4pp3|} y0U|2 p|23C10U5 “CH4nn3L 9 6Uy”. 1f j00 3v4|2 w4n7 70 533 H1M 4L1v3 4641n, My |}3M4n|}5 MU57 83 M37 1n fULL. My |}3M4n|}5 4|23 45 f0LL0w5: **1) 0n3 M1LL10n }0LL4 25.** **2) M1C 2050f7 MU57 0p3n-50U 2C3 w1n }0w5 50 17... read more
  • BradA at the Houston .NET UG

    Although he only talked about high-level stuff (Exception Handling and Memory Management), I think Brad did a pretty good job. I stopped going to the Microsoft office out here because of all the 100 level classes, I couldn’t justify taking time out of the trenches for learning stuff I already... read more
  • Updated my engine.

    Well, thanks to Steven’s post .Text’s MetaWeblog API - Edit Post Error… I am now just a couple of revisions behind the latest incarnation of .Text over here. This has been a serious pain to get migrated from v0.94 (all because I need to edit my posts w/ the metablog api... read more
  • Asian "Just Lose It"

    euiyun’s Xanga Site - 2/8/2005 9:41:55 PM Always good to see a bunch of Asians “go crazy”. (ahahahahah!) Bonus: It looks like it was filmed in good ol’ H-Town - part of it at the Williams Trace (once Transco) Tower! w00t! And Wal-Mart. Gotta love Wal-Mart. read more
  • They're pretty useless but...

    They’re fun anyways. Which File Extension are You? read more
  • Added Tabbing

    I recently added Tabbing functionality for indenting/outdenting (hey, it’s a trident term :) in my dogfood version of PostXING. Quoting has just become 100 times easier for me. I prefer to use the keyboard when posting/changing text attributes when possible, and this whole no tabbing business finally got me a... read more
  • RE: /aiCAPTCHA article FAQ

    <snip>Q: You mean you didnt kill 200K people or change the tilt of the Earth’s axis? a: not yet </snip> [Via ] Classic. I rather enjoyed the article, and think that a lot of people are missing the point. Not that my opinion matters anyways, but I thought it... read more
  • This is gonna piss some people off...

    Going to download the spankin new Enterprise Library, and before you can download you’re presented with this: Enterprise Library Your registration information enables us to better provide you with the latest resources relevant to your needs, including pointers to service packs, security notices, training, trial versions of new products, conferences,... read more
  • RE: This is gonna piss some people off...

    So earlier I said “This is gonna piss some people off…” about the EntLib, right? Well, straight from the developer’s mouth: Scott Densmore The registration process is to help us better connect with you. I hope it doesn't detract you from downloading. I think you will love it. Well, I... read more
  • New PostXING coming soon

    With the help of Laurent Kempé, I've traced down a bug in the PostXING FTP library (or rather my handling of it) and ended up changing the underlying FTP library code to the open source edtFTPnet library. This is a more complete library than the sample socket code that I... read more
  • Sun's Open letter to IBM.

    I am not an expert in this area. Not even close. Wouldn't even call myself an amateur. But I had to stop reading the letter when he says "It's the most secure OS the world has ever seen..." A quick hop over to the link provided for solaris shows how proud they... read more
  • Score for CS Blogs

    I feel like a kid in one of those old milk commercials - you may try to com...ment $p4|\/| me, on....line, but my blog is running CS::Blogs, so your stupid comment doesn't get past my inbox. Comment moderation: it does a blog good. update: This blog is not running... read more
  • Halo (both of 'em)

    I've been playing Halo 2 recently, and I got to a part that reminded me why I lost interest in the first one. Once you get to a certain part of the game (either one), it gets so difficult to advance that it's not fun anymore. Now, granted, I've never... read more
  • New PostXING release

    I’ve gone ahead and uploaded a new build of PostXING. I extended the plugin architecture a little bit to allow for posting to non-.Text blog engines using IBlogExtension plugins, of which there are a few out there already. Everything else is pretty much the same, but I had to give... read more
  • IBlogExtension, from the other side

    I can now use the great IBlogExtension plugins for NewsGator to post with PostXING. (with my built about 10 minutes ago dogfood version, that is :) Thanks for that idea, Joel. The only problem with this method is that it's "push only" - I can only publish with these plugins. No history... read more
  • RE: New PostXING release.

    I've uploaded a new release of PostXING to ProjectDistributor. This release adds the ability to Load or Save a post as a .htm file, as well as managing your blog (Categories, Post, Post & Publish, Cross-Post, Delete, and plugins) from the Preview page. How ya like that, Bob? :) I... read more
  • New PostXING release.

    I've uploaded a new release of PostXING to ProjectDistributor. This release adds the ability to Load or Save a post as a .htm file, as well as managing your blog (Categories, Post, Post & Publish, Cross-Post, Delete, and plugins) from the Preview page. How ya like that, Bob? :) [... read more
  • A new feature...

    ...for PostXING that I should have added a long time ago. It only took roughly 40 lines of code (including gratuitous whitespace). I'll give you a hint on what it is: There are a couple of other things that I would like to implement before uploading a new release, tho.... read more
  • RE: Couple of feature requests

     Couple of feature requests posted by Bob Yexley on 1/7/2005 12:02:04 PM : Hey nice work on the latest version. Spell checking works very nicely. There are a couple of things that I've noticed about the application that I thought would make it nicer that I wanted to mention. Fairly... read more
  • Using the NetSpell plugin for PostXING.

    With the latest release of PostXING, a plugin architecture has been added to allow for external extensions such as the new NetSpellPlugin that adds spell checking to PostXING. All that is required to install the plugin is to add the .dll file to the plugins subdirectory of PostXING's install directory, for... read more
  • RE: I am Nerdier than Paul

    I am: Not nerdy, but definitely not hip. read more
  • Extensibility Application Block - a review of an implementation.

    Royo asks: I'm interested to know whether you found my Extensibility application block useful, or if you had to make many changes to it to make it workable. The short answer to this question is: yes and that depends on your definition of ‘many’. The EAP was useful to me:... read more
  • RE: MVP Again OR Here Come the "MeToo's"

    I just found out that I got the nod for Microsoft MVP again for 2005. I was hoping that would be the case, because I really enjoyed going to the MVP Summit last year, and was looking forward to going again in 2005. [Via Jonathan Goodyear / angryCoder] So, er,... read more
  • How bad do you want spellchecking?

    Well, I've implemented it. I figured out a way to have a user-defined dictionary location (very simple implementation), but now I'm still facing the dilemma of where do I point to for the dictionaries? Like I said before, the NetSpell component comes with a few dictionaries by default. OpenOffice has... read more
  • Set your FileAccess!

    When I was working on the latest release of the BlogThisUsingPostXINGPlugin, I kept running into file access issues. The whole thing was an excersize in refactoring - well, really, the whole thing WAS a refactor, since the basic functionality already existed, but I was making additions in how things were... read more
  • RE: new domain name for Aceh Aid What do they need? MONEY of course to pay for the supplies going into Aceh. Macs, lots of macs and digital cameras and more. An external hard drive for backing up precious data. More money. Stuff. Sleep. Rest. Peace. [Via Julia Lerman Blog - Don’t Be Iffy…] read more
  • New customizable version of BlogThisUsingPostXINGPlugin available

    This new version of the BlogThisUsingPostXINGPlugin handles customizing the transform used to output into a new Post in PostXING. For example, say I want to have the title of the post referenced in the post body. I would start off with the LinkOnly.xslt option: 1 <?xml version="1.0" ?> 2 <xsl:stylesheet... read more
  • IPlugin implemented.

    So I ended up working out a method to load plugins - it's a hybrid of Royo's Extensibility Application Block and the method used by RssBandit. Now, I do have rudimentary spell checking in my dogfood version of PostXING (again :), but I'm having trouble figuring out how to handle the... read more
  • A couple of releases

    So I released a new version of PostXING , adding support for the new IBlogExtension plugin I was talking about the other day. Oh, I released the BlogThisUsingPostXING plugin, too. I think I mentioned that I got the large part of the source code for that one from haacked, but if... read more
  • RE: IBlogExtension

    Bob wants to see some integration of RssBandit and PostXING. This was an idea I had really early on simply because a lot of the features in PostXING were, ahem, borrowed from w.bloggar, and RssBandit already supports a plugin that starts w.bloggar for posting to a weblog. So, why couldn't... read more
  • RE: Cross-posting - A new trend?

    I started to make this a reply in Shawn's comments, but decided it was getting too long-winded to be a comment. You get a post, Shawn. In his comments, someone suggested that he try out PostXING, which is cool (!) but, he seems to have the wrong impression of PostXING's erm...limitations.... read more
  • Paul D. Murphy's Google Juice research

    Paul is trying to find out what effect blogs have on google juice. He's decided to coin the term 'consummate asshole' "because it has very little competition on the google world (and it's funny)." So, being the helpful person that I am, I decided to give him a (very!) little... read more
  • Southpark Me.

    South Park Me: (which is not too far away from) Real Me: No, I don't work for Microsoft, but I am wearing this shirt today. I need a shave, don't I? (this picture was taken from my Motorola V400.) update: Just to be fair, here's another shirt that I wear... read more
  • Project Distributor: the chicken AND the egg!

    Well, it looks like Darren decided to confuse the hell out of me and make his Project Distributor available for download at guess where? Project Distributor! Okay, maybe it's not that confusing (or maybe I just confuse too easily :) This is great news - ever since I've made PostXING available for... read more
  • Wooohooo!

    Darren went and fixed my Project Distributor you can get the latest version of PostXING from the place it was originally released. Thanks, Darren. read more
  • Wes, you Rock.

    Forreal. I had been using a different, "static" library to do syntax highlighting before...Now, if you don't like how a certain language is configured, change it! CodeHtmler is great. It gives me the option to add or modify language definitions (Generics, anyone?) IF I so desire, and it just dropped right... read more
  • Prince of Persia 2: the Warrior Within

    Damn. That’s right, I said Damn. It looks and feels so much like the first one (which I beat about 6 or 7 times without getting tired of it) but UbiSoft did a good job of extending the story; even making the Prince look and even move like he’s older.... read more
  • Does this mean I've made it?

    It took nearly two years, but it looks like I've posted something interesting enough to show up on the Daily Grind. It's linked over there as opposed to here, tho, which makes me that much happier that I can syndicate identical content to more than one place, one of said places... read more
  • Posted too soon?

    It looks like I created (or rather raised an awareness to) a little snafu on ProjectDistributor :/ The latest release of PostXING didn’t upload properly, so I’m putting a temporary download on my server: update - it's fixed! I also rolled back the release to the last one that... read more

    I feel like I've hit .net developer's gold. I was searching for a spell checking component and came across this site (with the help of Don Smith). Not only is there a spell checker component there (which looks pretty good at first glance) but there are a bunch of other... read more
  • IBlogExtension

    Bob wants to see some integration of RssBandit and PostXING. This was an idea I had really early on simply because a lot of the features in PostXING were, ahem, borrowed from w.bloggar, and RssBandit already supports a plugin that starts w.bloggar for posting to a weblog. So, why couldn’t... read more
  • Hey Scoble

    By the way, Scoble, I do read your blog…I just can’t remember everything that gets posted there! Don’t you remember posting 60 - 70 items in one night before? Thanks btw for pointing out my misinformed previous post. Hope you enjoyed your turkey-day :) read more
  • Fact check first, Christopher

    Ouch. Looks like I should find out if a picture I post to my blog is authentic or not before posting :$ Robert Scoble This is a well-known hoax. I guess you don't read my blog. I got sucked into this one too. Dean Harding read more
  • We've come a long way, baby.

    From 1954 Popular Mechanics: [ Currently Playing : Low - Foo Fighters - One by One (04:28) ] read more
  • I've got a little pirate.

    My son, Ethan, has started pretending to be a pirate sometimes on the weekends that he visits me. This past weekend, he got a sticker from Kroger's and proceeded to put it over his eye - "aaah matey! wokka pank! (dat means tro u ovabord)" Ethan sure knows how to... read more
  • Free Icons at EggHeadCafe

    I was doing my early morning googling and came across this - a set of free icons in the WinXP custom format. Really nice if you want to add that touch of candy to your apps, be they windows or webforms. There are also a set of spheres there that have... read more
  • CODESNIP - Creating C# like indexers in VB.NET

    Well, kind of :) I have a collection that I want to access in C# with an indexer, the only problem is that the collection is written in VB.NET as part of a library which I need to consume and would be foolhardy to try and rewrite in C#. It’s... read more
  • Bring Back KLOL! Did you wake up to Spanish music? Clear Channel has decided to make a format change at Houston expense. Rock 101 KLOL is no longer and we have another Spanish channel to go along with Houston's other 16 Spanish channels. We need to show Clear Channel that... read more
  • Happy Birthday to me

    I’m 24 today :) read more
  • test

    Sorry - sometimes it’s necessary, tho :) read more
  • Stupid error messages.

    I could have sworn I saw this on someone else's blog recently, but I just encountered a pretty dumb error from a hiccup on this very server. I've recently added a new server to our network that will ultimately be a DC (did I mention I hate network administration?) so... read more
  • ProjectDistributor rox your sox.

    I just can't pimp Darren's new ProjectDistributor enough. Look at the ideas this guy comes up with. Every time I chat with him, something new is coming down the pike. Let me say, not just new, but innovative, fresh...sometimes so beautifully simple that I have to think "why didn't I think... read more
  • How I use the new "preview template" in PostXING

    It starts off (defaults) using something like the following (newlines added for readability): <html><head><link rel='stylesheet' href='style.css'></link></head><body><div id='main'><div class='post'><h2><a href='[Post Url]'>[Post Title]</a></h2>[Post Body]</div></div></body></html> Basically, I just go to the actual blog (using the 'view blog' button) and view source. The one here is currently using something that I hacked together pretty quickly... read more
  • PostXING Released.

    I finally released my little home-hacked tool to the wild, Thanks to Darren and his awesome Project Distributor. PostXING was originally just something that I wanted to use to see what I could successfully do in the world of WindowsForms. I never intended to release it forreal because who needs... read more
  • I see ya...

    whut? read more
  • How Jedi Are you?

    :: how jedi are you? :: read more
  • Happy Birthday, G!

    Well, it looks like Gino's enjoying his day... Glad to hear that - you deserve it you old bastard ;) Oh, and btw, I found this out b/c bloglines has a subscribe to xanga member's weblog feature...that's awesome! (( What I'm listening to: No Woman, No Cry - The Fugees... read more
  • CodeSnip: Getting Currently Playing info from Windows Media Player using the blogging power toy.

    I don’t know whom this would benefit but someone building a blog posting tool for the desktop, but anyway here’s the code that I converted from the jscript example that comes with the Windows Media Player blogging powertoy : using System; using Microsoft.Win32; public class MediaPlayerInfo { public static string... read more
  • Embrace and Extend: MikeDub's IUI article

    I’ve been doing a lot of that lately (embracing and extending). So I’m reading thru Mike’s latest article, thinking how can I apply this to an application I’m currently developing? In the article, he mentions that Office 2003 uses both a deductive and inductive UI for various parts of the interface (see his article... read more
  • Added New Articles

    You can find them here or there. One of them was really just a VB.NET version of another article that I wrote a while back that was left in the comments by Robert Sindall. Hope someone finds them useful. read more

    Okay, so I haven't posted for a while and you don't care. Established. But you've gotta check this out, for real. Francesco Sanfilippo has been putting in work on , an link shortening solution. Right, there are a lot of them out there, but this makes it so easy... read more
  • In case you didn't know,

    CodeSmith r00l3z. I recently did my semi-annual "house cleaning", where instead of just getting rid of all the accumulated crap I've got on my dev box, I repave and start over. I did this with the idea that I wouldn't install anything without needing it first. Heh, maybe I can... read more
  • Where in the hell have you been?

    Short answer: working. Longer answer: I've been learning so much lately that my brain hasn't had the rest period required to post faithfully to this here blog. Sorry about that. So what have I been learning? I've been learning about lerp (linear interpolation) bilerp(bilinear interpolation) and slerp (shperical interpolation). I'm... read more

    Another one of those funny emails that should be shared....1. Ahhh...I see the fuck-up fairy has visited us again... 2. I don't know what your problem is, but I'll bet it's hard to pronounce. 3. How about never? Is never good for you? 4. I see you've set aside this... read more
  • The road to enlightenment

    Earlier this year I started using NUnit to see what all the fuss was about. I started on a subset of an application that I'm working on, using it for the database interaction code. I figured that would be a good place to start, since I'm not sure how to... read more
  • Another personal post

    So I had the first weekend alone with my son, Ethan, this past weekend. It was awesome! What a perfect father’s day gift - being able to actually spend (at least) some of it with my son. He even “got me a card”. See, he’s 2 1/2 so it was... read more
  • All quiet...

    So I haven't posted in a while. See, on Monday, my life changes. Exactly how, I'm not sure yet. I'm going to family court to get joint custody of my son, Ethan. I haven't seen him in a few months, and I miss him terribly. Hopefully I will no longer have... read more
  • Searching for Adam Sills

    Hey, Adam, if you’re reading this, drop me a line. I can’t find a way to contact you, so I guess this is the next best thing. read more
  • Starting a conversation - I want to hear your opinion.

    I wanted to ask for your opinion. I've been building this little wysiwyg blog-posting tool for a little bit. I call it PostXING, and I'm using it right now to post this very message. It is inspired by a tool that ScottW wrote called Blogert. For the wysiwyg abilities, it uses... read more
  • The Tao of Programming

    1.2 The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages. Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within... read more
  • What's the point of comment spam?

     Especially when the links don't point anywhere? I'm finding this mildly annoying, and I'm sure there's some of you out there who are getting bombarded with stupid comments that have nothing to do with the post. This one was one of my favorites - I wonder which part was technically... read more
  • Office 2003 Faces

    I thought I linked to this before, but I guess I was wrong. Here's some google juice for those Office 2003 Faces. read more
  • Okay, That was pretty cool.

    .NET Reflector Click: Help | Check for Updates | Yes. read more
  • er...maybe I DO need to get out more often.

    Am I the last one to notice a certain Microsoft Blogger's mug at the top of ? read more
  • I can ping everything now.

    Okay, not everything, but at least and I already had some of the code in place, but then I came across an example by Charles Cook, mr. hisself, and decided to hack it a little bit. Pretty simple stuff, but this post will tell me if it works... read more
  • Links for Monte Carlo Simulations  Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods (online textbook)  Molecular Monte Carlo HomePage read more
  • Achooo!

     <mumble>viral marketing...</mumble> :) FREE XDN Professional for .NET Bloggers during May 2004Mike Schinkel, president of Xtras.Net, made an offer on his personal blog of a free XDN Professional membership ( during the month of May 2004 for anyone that blogs about .NET frequently. If you are a .NET blogger, see... read more
  • holla!

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  • HtmlComponent

    I've needed this link ( ) a few times, so I thought I'd give it a little google juice so I could find it easier next time. The link is to a widget written by Nikhil Kothari, I'm using it in one of my apps currently, and it's really... read more
  • Freakin a(tof)!

    I had some very humble console app beginnings in C++. Ya know, "cash register" dos-like programs, completely keyboard driven. However, my beginnings had nothing to do with converting strings to and from floats. I spent a better part of today wondering why atof would not return anything but a 0.000000... read more
  • Imitation vs. Innovation

    I'm ashamed of myself. I finished my first windows forms project a few months ago - it's an internal project that will never be released to the public...but that doesn't give me the right to let it suck. It's the interface. I wasn't sure what the correct way to do... read more
  • Hell freezes over

    I thought this may be useful in the future... :) read more
  • Madrid

    My High School friend Aleida has been living in Spain for a while now. She sends emails every now and then just to say how things are going - I hope she doesn't mind, I found these words...well, you'll see. The bombings in Madrid were the first to put a... read more
  • How did I format that code?

    Nick Berardi asks: How did you format this code, I really like that. It was pretty easy, I used some code that I modified from the original SquishySyntaxHighlighter component written by Adam Sills. The original code uses lots of [span style=] tags, and even uses javascript to collapse/expand #regions if you're... read more
  • Drag and Drop Urls in Windows Forms

    So I wanted to allow for this, right? What if I find something on the net that just begs me to post it, and I want to use the url as the source for my post? Well, it's insanely easy...but you still have to wire it up a little bit.... read more
  • This sucks.

    My cousin finally got a weblog but I can't subsribe to it! I sent these people an email asking them to at least include permalinks and a public rss feed. You have to join the site to do anything, even sign a guestbook. I wasted a good part of an... read more
  • my first desktop cross-post

    that’s a little upsetting :( read more
  • last try I promise.

    Sorry ScottW. Let's hope the third time is the charm. read more
  • I feel ya.

    Big Time. I've even talked about it before. I'm really thankful that Tina listens to the boring .NET stuff I talk about - she even listens to me talk about the domain (O&G Exploration) which is decidedly boring-er than software, even to a layman. read more
  • What do you want from WinForms?

    Like to hear my feedback? I'd like a file dialog that lets me select more than 200 files at a time. With the people and companies I work with, it is a necessity. We deal with lots of files. Thanks! read more
  • That's what I'm talkin bout!

    Julien Ellie, you rock. In response to all the WinForms hubub yesterday, I asked for a higher limit on the file selection dialog (you can only select about 200 ATM). Julien said in my comments: Well, I see that a KB article (820631) says this behavior is by design so... read more
  • I had to blog this.

    I've been using Mozilla FireFox as my default browser for a couple of weeks. I love it - for the most part. A lot of people don't design for standards, though. They design for what is the  standard, ie IE. Therefore, a lot of sites that I may browse from... read more
  • Movin on up...

    Tina and I just finished moving the last of our stuff from the old apartment to the new one. We've almost got everything unpacked - I like it here. Thankfully we got most everything moved last night, so today was just a few things we carried by hand. Yeah, we... read more
  • Public Apology

    I'm sorry, reader. I haven't posted to this thing in almost 2 months, and I'm sure that both of you are quite upset at me. So what's been going on with me lately? Let's see... I started a little side project for posting to my blog from my desktop with... read more
  • The internet is shit.

    “4 of 11….Fiction is self-perpetuating.” read more
  • It's coming...

    BTW, this is yet another code-when-I-have-a-free-time program :P read more
  • Guess who's also an MVP?

    Yours truly! (that would be me) :) Congratulations to everyone else who earned this honor. read more
  • Come back to ASP.NET for the first time.

    Today I had to bring up a previous project that I had done in and make sure that it would work well if installed to an end-user's machine for beta testing. For the past several months, I've been doing development for in-house applications using WinForms, so it took an... read more
  • HtmlComponent.Document.Selection

    I finally figured out how to use the Document.Selection of Nikhil's HTML Component. I was looking for Document.InsertHtml which eluded me until today. This is really great - one of those hidden gems that wasn't so hidden once you saw it. So anyway, I'm making headway on this project, little... read more
  • Blatant "Me Too" Post

    Jason Alexander posted recently about moving nGallery to VaultPub. I'm hosting my little slow-going side project there too (hence the title:) It's going to be a WYSIWYG desktop blog editor that will allow posting to many different blogs - if they support the MetaWeblog API. I had originally called it... read more
  • 2004

    Happy New Year everybody. :) read more
  • PostModern Crossroads

    Okay, I'm pretty solid on the HtmlEditor that I'm going to use for my little side project. It's a sweet editor. Honestly, it has more features than I think are necessary in this case, but that's okay with me. On to the topic at hand. Originally, I spec'ed the Codify option to... read more
  • sorry to my 2 readers

    But I need to test out how my new syntax highlighting code is going to look in an aggregator. No offense, I hope. 1using System; 2 3namespace HighlightTest 4{ 5 /// 6 /// Summary description for SampleCs. 7 /// 8 public class SampleCs 9 { 10 public SampleCs() 11 {... read more
  • Local DasBlog

    Wow. I realized that I needed some guidance on how to implement the MetaWeblog API and thought, hmm, doesn't that dasBlog jobby do cross-posting with that (api)? Ah, so it does. Ah, and there is some source code to go along with that, thank you. It doesn't look like I'll... read more
  • \[deactivatedstyle\]

    ugh. looks like the best way to do this is with [font] tags. eeww. read more
  • It has begun or Does size really matter?

    I finally decided on a name for my project - PostModern. I had already gotten syntax highlighting worked out, but I ended up using a different component than I had originally planned. I'm using a component from SquishyWare called squishySyntaxHighlighter. It's really nice...simple, easy to modify, and it looks pretty spiffy... read more
  • posting from the desktop...

    See? I’m not the only one. read more
  • Posting code snippets from the desktop...

    Scott Mitchell told me: Feature request: you will be my hero if your blog software can display code snippets in a color coding like in VS.NET. And if it’s a snap to add such code and have it formatted. (That is, I don’t have to do more than just add,... read more
  • What's in a name?

    In my comments here, Michael Slater says I should try out zempt for my blog-editing pleasure...well, I went to the site and thanks for the suggestion, Mikey, but I think that zempt only targets MT, which this blog is not (thank you Jesus...and ScottW:) So, I've been thinking of what I should... read more
  • Blogert

    Thanks to comments from my previous post, I did snag a copy of Blogert. Just like I thought, it's almost everything that I wanted, but I want a couple of more features -  like the ability to post to many blogs at once (this is my main want) and it... read more
  • I want a new...

    ...way to post to my weblogs. Maybe you can help me out. Objective: Create a desktop application that will enable posting entries to a weblog. Technology: Windows Forms, C# Needs: A simple, familiar, WYSIWYG interface for creating content. Use the MetaBlog API for posting and retrieving content. Ability to post... read more
  • Hannah Henson

    Our friend Hannah passed away yesterday. Vanessa: thank you for your comment, indeed Hannah was an inspiration to us all. She had courage and faith until the very end, and my condolences go out to her family and everyone whose life she touched. read more
  • Ever heard of role-based security?

    I'm sorry, Frans - this did make me chuckle a little bit, tho: Well... ever heard of role-based security? Rob Howard hasn't obviously. Rob Howard – Membership, Role Management and Security in ASP.NET Whidbey hehe read more
  • Tomorrow's my birthday.

    I’ll be 23. :) read more
  • Exception Management

    I've been using the Exception Management Application Block for quite some time now, and for general purpose it's great. Especially when I need some detailed information about exceptions generated from an application, EMAB's got my back. The only problem that I've had so far (barring non-perfectly formed configSections) I... read more
  • Seeing the Matrix Manana

    I just got my tickets to see The Matrix : Revolutions online…I’m one of the fortunate few that get to see this on the BIG screen: IMAX baby! :P read more
  • May be changing servers soon...

    I may have to change looks like another app that lives here is timing out a lot and I want to be able to make sure it's not my blog's fault. UPDATE: It's not my blog's fault, thank you very much. It turns out to be some over-sorting in... read more
  • Singing the praises of the ASP.NET Version Switcher.

    I'm putting some of the finishing touches on my first winforms project, so I decided to try out some code on an app that I wrote over a year ago today - I wanted it to run on .netfx 1.1 instead of 1.0, because it's the central login point for... read more
  • I don't speak German, but...

    This post reinforces that a picture is worth 10,000 words. read more
  • This *is* a cross-post from .Text.

    It seems that cross-posting has become a cool feature since other, more respected developers have released new versions of their prospective blogging engines. This is a cross-post. You can view this post here and there. I've been doing it for a while - ever since I got my grubby little hands... read more
  • My Thursday Night

    Papa John's pepperoni and ham (with the special garlic sauce) cold beer working software now if only the Yankees can pull off 3 more points...this is about as close to heaven as I'm gonna get for a long time :D P.S. They didn't do it - the Marlins just got... read more
  • For anybody who's running .Text...

    Jeff Julian  has put up a couple of skins at . read more
  • Somebody likes the blue Lighty.

    Jeff Julian pinged me this morning and asked if he could use the version of Lighty that I hacked up after Julien Cheyssial (that’s weird :)released his ‘original orange’ version, now up on So it looks like the GeeksWithBlogs will be enjoying a little different taste of a nifty... read more
  • For anyone who wants the Lighty skin to look a little better in Mozilla...

    Go to the Admin section of your blog, and in the “Custom CSS Selectors” textbox add: main { margin-left:200px; padding:0px 20px 0px 0px; width: 580px; } It still has a bit of gap-osis, but at least your main content will end up where it does for IE. I haven't tried... read more
  • sigh of relief

    Thanks, Scott. :) read more
  • Test from MetaBlog/w.bloggar

    This is just a little test ping. -= Currently Jammin: Chop Suey - System Of A Down - (03:17) :=- read more
  • Simple Scrolling added to my blog

    I added a scroller over here - just some custom javascript. I wanted to get it working - it looks great on IE, I can’t say the exact same for mozilla or opera, tho. I’m working on it :). I’m also working on giving it a cleaner UI w/ images... read more
  • Hannah Henson

    My girlfriend Tina just pointed me to a site that a friend of hers has put up - Hannah Henson is a young lady who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma earlier this year after she broke her hip. If you could, would you both go and sign her guestbook? She's still reading... read more
  • New Skin, new Gallery!

    Thanks to Donny Mac for pointing me to a new skin for here. Also thanks to Julien Cheyssial for creating the initial one. I changed the colors from orange to blue - I dig blue these days. Also, I've added Jason Alexander's new nGallery to my site over here. Looks like I won't have to... read more
  • A different OS this time...

    This time I’m like the PalmOS. I hope that’s not bad :) At any rate, I love my Palm Handheld. Which OS are You? read more
  • ATM - Galaga

    I had a dream last nite that I was going to an ATM to get some cash. When I was at the terminal, on the opposite side of the English/Espanol options there was a third option - Internet. What? so, of course I chose Internet - this could be fun,... read more
  • Thanks Darren...Show us your-Regex!

    The place that I work uses what we call index numbers (they're not really numbers per se...) that are based on API numbers (which are usually numbers) for check shot velocity surveys. I'm working on a project that will validate these and I thought that it would be well suited... read more
  • More cross-posting shennanigans.

    I think I’m going to play with .Text a little bit to allow cross-posting from here to there using w.Bloggar and the MetaBlog API. Perhaps there are some hidden jewels in dasBlog that I could borrow the idea from…just thinking out loud. read more
  • Archives

    here September, 2003(16) there September, 2003(14) and the internal one, September, 2003(34) hehe, you can't see how big of a dope I am on the internal one :) read more
  • Note to the Windows Forms team

    Working with windows forms sucks. Especially if you're coming from the much more approachable side. I have state, but simple things like pre-selecting an item in a datagrid are not easy - and they should be. You should make me feel comfortable in your environment. Give me a reason... read more
  • Intellisense problem solved.

    For anyone else who might have run into Intellisense weirdness, I found that just 'touching' the file that was generated by for the dataset and recompiling gave intellisense its needed kick in the rear. All I did was go to the file, hit enter, hit backspace, shift+ctrl+b, and intellisense... read more
  • technology is like

    So I’m doing some work with typed datasets right now that is really souring my experience with VS.NET 2003. I’m using the same technique that I used months ago with VS.NET 2002 that worked pretty smoothly - wait, first let me say that it is working, it’s the Intellisense that’s... read more
  • Paying it forward

    In response to a post I made about VS.NET 2002 failing to open connections with Sql Server, Roman says: I have just found solvation. Installing MDAC 2.8 helps Tony, who had been having a similar problem, found the post and thanks Roman. So, if you're having problems connecting to Sql... read more
  • Wow. It's a website. (part deux)

    Me: Hey, Tina - you wanna see what I did today? Tina: No, I looked at a computer screen for too long today. It was 4 hours. read more
  • I remember.

    9/11. I was at home that day, my son wasn't born yet, and I saw the whole thing televised after my (ex) girlfriend's crazy best friend told us that America was under attack over the phone. read more
  • test

    blah!! edit more read more
  • oops.

    perhaps I should take a little more time to fix the emoticons read more
  • geourl

    I just added geoUrl to my blog. I don't know why I didn't thing to do this before! I just have it pointing to my personal blog that has the correct tags, so when you click on the link it queries the database based on the url here not there.... read more
  • added emoticons :)

    I've recently added emoticonsto my .Text blog. If you could see the code, it might look familiar. Heh, that was pretty easy. I did make a change or two to the source of .Text and also added a key to the web.config's appsettings node. The magic happens in a method... read more
  • ImageLists

    Looks like Marc is having trouble with sealed ImageLists. I've been working on my first Windows Forms project and I'm using the same ImageList throughout the application, even tho there are yet only a few forms in it. I adapted an example by Lutz Roeder that uses a static class... read more
  • thanks.

    I want to say thanks to those who have given me feedback on a previous post. It's given me a little bit more insight into this beast called SqlServer. Anyways, I think perhaps I should ask this particular question on a listeserv of some sort, or maybe stick with just... read more
  • System.Net.WebProxy.GetDefaultProxy()

    I couldn't figure out why the remote posting thing wasn't working like I wanted it to. Well, the examples that I looked at last nite failed to outline the need to generate a proxy to use a webservice with the soap protocol. I had to dig up some old code... read more
  • No command-line proxy for you, buddy.

    Oh boy. Another “Object Reference” exception. I tried to create a proxy to this here webservice and insert an entry from a simple command line program. No dice. Thing is, tomorrow I’m going to try it from and it’s gonna work. eh, I hope :) read more
  • Coming real soon...

    I intend to use this blog engine more and more, but I've run into a snag that has held me back a bit - I don't know what the ParentID is supposed to be used for, and I don't want to go forward until I do. I'm working on cross-posting... read more
  • flat -> normal shudder

    Still posting from infiniblog… I’ve been sick for the past few days. I hate being sick, it makes me delerious (sp?). Even worse, I’m currently working on a ‘rad’ project that is making the developer in me cringe. It’s really bad. I’m having to convert a flat table into a... read more
  • Got an importer.

    I have a project that requires that I convert a flat FoxPro Database to a ‘normalized’ Sql Server database. So far, I’ve gotten the foxpro data into SqlServer. Today I created an Importer utility class to generate the proper data from flat-> normal database. Now I just need to create... read more
  • Testing geourl

    just a lil ping!ping! read more
  • moving to .Text

    So I decided to move the location of my blog, using dotText. I was going to wait for a while, but the Image gallery feature has me sold. Sorry, Chris, it’s been a while since I’ve heard from ya and well, I want comments, dammit! That’s partly my fault, as... read more
  • Mono

    Wow. This is something I could have sworn Scoble would post. Are ya fallin off, buddy? Anyways, from Microsoft-Watch: Microsoft Watch: What’s the future of Mono, Ximian’s implementation of .Net on Linux? Stone: We are going to continue to push it. .Net on Linux is a great idea. We just... read more
  • Hits from a survival guide.

    Too funny. I try to post mainly .net related findings, and enjoy relatively low traffic here other than the occasional google or yahoo search on “object reference…”. All it takes is a nearby Texan to post about one thing non-dotnet…and I’ve gotten a bunch of hits about my potty humor.... read more
  • From the Trenches...

    Alex Lowe says: ?My motto: You’ve got to know someone’s pain to make it go away. Adding to others who have stated it, I’d like to congratulate Alex Lowe on his new position at Microsoft. I spoke with him directly about this, and got the above quote in response to... read more
  • Mission Possible

    So how’s about a project I haven’t goofed up yet? I started to make a little headway on the UI of Miny, my first WinForms project. Miny is the name given to the project because a change in the data structure requires a “one to miny” relationship, whatever that is<G>.... read more
  • AcceptChanges()

    Okay, I’m about to show a little of my ignorance here, but that’s okay - at least I’m blogging again. I just tracked down a bug in some software I wrote that was actually my fault (this time). It had to do with DataSets, their disconnected behavior, and a corresponding... read more
  • WhoIs, and my first WinForms Project

    Yesterday I picked up my first Windows Forms project. I think it should be pretty lightweight -> it’s going to be a data entry app for “API Headers”, which is descriptive information about Oil/Gas Well logs. The hardest part I think will be converting the FoxPro Database over to Sql... read more
  • Finally, my upgrade!

    I haven’t blogged for a while, I’m on an extended Monday <g>…but anyhoo I just ordered by upgrade to VS.NET Ent. Architect 2003. It sucks that they’re sending it thru USmail only, but for $29, I’m really not complaining that much. read more
  • I just made it to Redmond.

    I just made it to Redmond. Big thanks to Jim Ross, MVP for giving me a ride to my hotel. gotta go! read more
  • nyt hackers

    NYT: Hackers Hijack PC’s for Sex Sites …since the hijacked machines download the pornographic ads from a single Web server. According to the computer investigators, that machine apparently is owned by Everyones Internet, a large independent Internet service company in Houston that also offers Web hosting services to a large... read more
  • Yeah, it's swell...

    Andrew : Ya just had to post that, didn’t ya! Of course I did! First, Quake II is one of my favorite games (right up there with Duke Nukem:)…I haven’t caught up with the times yet<G> More importantly, I’m going to be working with some C/C++ code in the very... read more
  • Managed Quake II? swell.

    Nice. …Must…focus…on work… From Brad. Interesting… The thing that sold Windows as a viable gaming platform for most people was the appearance of WinQuake (and then later GLQuake and QuakeWorld). Taking a cue from past days, Vertigo Software has ported the now GPL’d Quake II engine to .NET (using Managed... read more
  • Comment Reply

    Frans Says, in comments: You can buy the upgrade for 2003 for 29$ even if you have a 2002 you got with an MSDN subscription that is no longer valid. The license of that 2002 is still valid thus you are entitled to buy the upgrade. Thanks... read more
  • v1.1.4322 w/o VS.NET 2003

    I just installed v1.1.4322 of the dotnetfx today, bacause it’s looking like the nifty tools that I’m starting to see are all being built with this version of the framework. Thanks to Larkware News for providing links to a couple of the tools that I’ve been using since the install... read more
  • Robert Sindall

    Robert Sindall has posted a VB.NET Version of my Story on Interactive About Pages using Reflection in ASP.NET. Thanks, Robert! For the VB.NET version, check out the comments of the story. read more
  • Comment Reply

    Helena asks: Helena Posted @ 7/1/2003 3:39 AM Hello! I’m experiencing the same problem! Have you been able to solve it?? I sure did solve it! Thanks to FreeDOS and fdisk, I wiped my entire machine while I had the time to do so, and reinstalled WinXP, VS.NET, and a... read more
  • So VB.NET just ain't that bad after all.

    Hit a new “milestone” in my current project today, at the same time really starting to understand where the term “over-engineering” is founded - of course, from engineers. Background: I’m adding features that were requested by engineers onto the Risk Analysis project. Basically, there are 4 components that help clearly... read more
  • WORA...log4net

    Luke Blogs of the dream of WORA. Slightly more interesting to me at this point, tho, is his experiences with log4net, the popular .NET alternative to log4j…This is the kind of stuff I’ve been looking for, and would have if I had more than 2.5 readers. (That third one is... read more
  • Object ref....

    Heh - I get more traffic here and there from a post I made a while back that had the words “Object reference not set….” you know, you’ve seen it. I guess this is a really common problem. There’s got to be a way to give developers, novice and seasoned,... read more
  • Corporate Blogs Catching on

    Corporate Blogs Catching on It’s like a plague. I have some unmanned Tripod sites that sent the “webmaster” (yours truly) an email detailing how someone should have a Blog for the summer. Am I just late in seeing this stuff? read more
  • WinXP wipe

    So, after my wah-wah yesterday about Visual Studio, I was looking thru my hotmail account and realized that they offer mobile services. Hey! I’ve got a cell phone now, let’s try it out! After the confirmation message, I got a horoscope: Scorpio: Today someone is being unreasonable. That someone could... read more
  • Things that make you go...

    Visual Studio .NET has not been my friend lately. Last week, ASPNET was having issues - taking up to 4 minutes to compile a (relatively) small project. Now, I can’t get to any SQL Server instance on my network - When I attempt to connect thru the server explorer, I... read more
  • Added a snippet DHTML ImageButton server control

    Thanks to a recent upgrade(?) to this here blog engine, I was able to recover a story I wrote a while back that I never set to “active”. It’s called Enter the QuickButton and it deals with adding DHTML rollover behaviors to the ImageButton control that ships with Enjoy!... read more
  • Member cap

    Each Workspace has a maximum limit of 500 members. [gotdotnet workspaces] Wha? I thought it was only 20. Very interesting…. read more
  • ypXmlTree

    I’m still kicking around some ideas for an online aggregator, so I can maybe look over some of the blogs I frequent over my loverly dial-up connextion at home. I wanted to use a tree structure like the left pane of SharpReader (and others, but sharpreader’s what I use a... read more
  • That's great. It's a website.

    Earlier tonight, I showed my girlfriend Tina some of the work I’ve done, namely and my most recent endeavor, Risk Analysis. Like whoa. It’s different showing this stuff to those who are not primarily technically oriented, to say the least. She was slightly impressed, but I think she just... read more
  • The .NET pledge

    I took the pledge. You should, too. Good stuff, Sam. read more
  • xsd2db and Me

    I have been looking for xsd2db, a tool for generating a database schema from an XML schema, ever since I read this article. Unfortunately, when it came time for me to recall the location of the tool I had forgotten where I found it in the first place (I’m sometimes... read more
  • Must...resist...

    Must…resist…giving…Dvorak google juuce! read more
  • Log this!

    What’s your poison? Exception Management Application Block or log4net ? Why? read more
  • Srinath says

    Srinath says regarding my previous post: Please check our secure guide, section “Accessing System Resources > Accessing Event Log” at Good stuff. Wish I had thought to look here before I commenced head-throttling this morning;) read more
  • Exception Management Block

    Okay, so I dove into the Exception Management Application Block today. I’ve been using it on a current application, but I wanted an email to be sent to me on an exception, so I had to subclass. So far, the EventLog has been enough. I found a little quirk that... read more
  • +1 reader

    Heh, I’ve got 3 readers now. Someone pinged me and said the link in my previous post doesn’t work. Sorry bout that, it won’t be “live” until Monday at the earliest. Also, it requires login/registration with Velocity Databank reason being it is targeted at a very precise audience - namely... read more
  • VS.NET being difficult...

    Uh-oh. I did a little finishing touches to my latest application, Risk Analysis and it looks like Visual Studio doesn’t like something I’ve done lately. It took about 3.5 minutes to build/compile a 6 page ASP.NET project. That ain’t good. So it looks like I’ll be spending Monday doing some... read more
  • You're a nerd.

    Last night I couldn’t go to sleep, so I hopped on my laptop @ 1:00am. The funny part is, when my modem stopped hand-shaking, one of my favorite ‘softies popped up on Windows Messenger. I won’t go into a lot of the exact things we discussed as I don’t know... read more
  • Pattern Primate...

    …from code monkey:P. Rollin right along, I’m getting more used to using patterns in my regular speech (as a developer, anyway:) Trouble is, as I’ve said before, that I’m a sloooooooow reader. I guess I need to work on that a bit. Disregarding some of the more obvious design pattern... read more
  • Cross-posting revisited

    One more thing - ScottW, you’re the dude. man. whateva. All I had to do this morning to enable cross-posting from my non-read space was change the url in web.config to point @ . Nice:) read more
  • Unwittingly giving Google Juice...

    <snip> Well, I’m sure that lots of webloggers will fall into that trap. Not me. </snip> [The Scobleizer Weblog] D’oh! read more
  • HashConfigCs

    I just made a change to some code I wrote a while back that generates a text file with strong encryption/decryption keys for use in a machine.config or web.config. The change was minor, but when I first used it I didn’t intend to tell anyone about it, but nor did... read more
  • RegExValidator Tester

    I just had to do a test for a RegExValidator. Wow! Interesting, no? Keep reading. A while back, I had to do a few tests to check if certain regEx’s would work in a regex validator. Since said validator uses JavaScript RegExp’s, I couldn’t test for validation on Steve Smith’s... read more
  • dmrader

    Welcome to my pal Devin Rader who has just started a blog on dotnetweblogs. <snip/> [Julia Lerman Blog] Subscribed. [Listening to: Two Tabs Of Mescaline - Glassjaw - Worship And Tribute (06:12)] read more
  • The Bridge Whatsis?

    The Bridge pattern. All I have to say is…“huh?”. Is it me or does this pattern seem like more of an abstract idea than the others I’ve seen so far? I think I’m going to have to read this chapter again. I don’t mind, I’ll come back to it. So... read more
  • WYSIWYG 4 Opera

    Just wondering; has anyone figured out how to do rich text editing in other browsers, i.e. Opera?[Objective] returned a couple of java applets that claim to do this. read more
  • developerLabs

    By far, the most interesting aspect of the windows 2003 launch event came from someone who is NOT employed by m$…Stephen “7 of 9” Fulcher. Why “7 of 9”? Well, I often see some of the “‘softies” refer to themselves as “the b0rg” or “assimilated”. Following that scheme, Stephen used... read more
  • Lessons learned.

    Just got back from the windows server 2003 launch event. Got some cool toys to play with, but I learned some interesting things…here’s the gist. First, the Reliant Stadium…the event was held at the Reliant Center, about 100 ft from Reliant Stadium, and all I have to say is Geez,... read more
  • Delimma

    Delimma: What the heck am I? I get to the launch event and there are three 'tracks' you can take: Developer Architect IT Pro. Obviously, IT Pro is out the window for me. That’s fine, I can handle that (for now:P)…the problem? I consider myself neither a developer nor an... read more
  • Functional Decomposition

    Functional Decomposition: A method of breaking down a problem into smaller and smaller functions. Each function is subdivided until it is manageable. So does anybody recognize the above? Yeah, I’m finally reading this book - Design Patterns Explained - in an effort to design better applications. Honestly, I’m tired of... read more
  • From one of the funniest blog titles department...

    How ubiquitous…:P read more
  • Effective Linking

    <snip> If I’m referring to a person, I’ll link directly to the home page of that persons blog, preferably identifying them however they choose to identify themselves on their blog. This way, people who look for them using search engines find them the way they want to be found. For... read more
  • My favorite Exception.

    “Object reference not set to an instance of an object” I’m not usually one to make my ignorance publicly known. Okay, if you’ve seen any amount of my posts here or there then you know that’s pretty much a lie. I’m learning, right? Well, this is a learning experience for... read more
  • Comment Storage

    This comment stuff is proving to be harder than I thought. The problem is not the API, which seems pretty straightforward. It’s in the way that I will store the comment data on the server. I think that I will follow the model that I have, but it’s still proving... read more
  • To CommentAPI, or not to CommentAPI?

    I’ve decided to take an approach based very loosely on the CommentAPI. I’m not adding the ability to post from outside of the base site yet, but I’m trying to factor this to be as extensible as possible while remaining within the bounds of the original code drop I have.... read more
  • Hyperlink This!

    <snip/> Most developers do not put much thought into hyperlinks. Most of what I’ve covered today is common sense, but it does pay to look back at your sites and see how you’ve structured your links. I’ve done this and been confused myself at times. Here is my best tactic:... read more

    Does anyone have any pointers / links / resources I could look at for supporting comments in a blog system? I think I’m ready to implement this over @ the infiniblog space. I think the general way to go about this in is to use a web service? I’m... read more
  • Win2k Terminal Services.

    I’m pretty sure no one was paying attention (even me:), but I made a post a while back about using Terminal Services as a sort of Software KVM. Well, I’ve been using it to administer webservers at work and it works great. Getting it to work over the internet is... read more
  • Last ping w/o post...

    Okay, the last one didn’t go thru - still trying to sort the logic. sorry again, Scott. This is great stuff, tho. I’ve learned more about xml-rpc/webservices (and the difference b/t them)/rss in the past couple of weeks than I’ve learned over the past year or two in dealing with... read more
  • Success.

    Why didn’t I see these ‘ping’ posts earlier? Looks to me like I’ve got some integration to clean up! HA! So the posts below that say something like ‘ping’ were made from checking off a checkbox at my other blog, which means this stuff worked. :D Good. Now this also... read more
  • Almost.

    I’m getting close…Trying to figure out what’s going wrong here….must ping more. read more
  • The new Look, feel, and function of

    Great job, Scott. I’ve decided to clean up my dotnetblogspace a little bit, so I’ve moved my story links here. Mucho cleaner, IMHO. read more
  • More Integration.

    Also, thanks Scott for the simpleblogservice…I think this will be the way to go, of course using post to put new entries in based on an infiniblog bit. I’ve got to check with Chris, but I think I will make the code available for download on my site…once I get... read more
  • The logic (or lack thereof) behind xhtml:body

    When Sam started a small revolution last month by using <xhtml:body> in his rss-feed, <snip/> On top of that, it seems like every rss feed that uses xhtml:body, uses tags like <body xmlns=””> for every item , <snip/> [Luke Hutteman’s Weblog] So am I missing something, or would an RSS... read more
  • GeoBlog.

    I really, really like various tools that mix blogspace with meatspace. GeoBlog is frickin cool. real time map of blog postings, as they happen. In theory, I should see myself popup on a map, a few minutes after posting this. Very, very cool.[Objective] I wonder if it will really work?... read more
  • A sexy UI

    The world must be about to end. Jeffrey Zeldman has an RSS feed and Chris Pirillo has a weblog format without a stupid font. Now if we could only get Chris to do a weblog without a stupid font and without a totally sexy photo as the background. I find... read more
  • Pingbacks/trackbacks

    Just ‘fixed’ the incoming links control over to your right there–> This is great stuff - I was going to roll my own type of deal here, but decided against it based on someone’s advice. Thanks. [phoenix] Whew! I’ve been uploading files for a minute over on the gotdotnet workspaces!... read more
  • Need Logo

    I am getting pretty close to having a downloadable version ready for public consumption. One thing I am still lacking is a nice “powered by ASPNetWebLog” image/button. Without help, this is what I came up with :ASPNetWeblog Logo Anyone skilled with Fireworks/Photoshop hanging around here? Want to whip something up... read more
  • BlogThis - Thanks Simon

    I forgot to mention that while many people posted their thoughts about BlogThis (XML, Interface, etc), it was Simon Fell who brought it too life. Thanks Simon! [ScottW's ASP.NET WebLog] Here's a try w/ SharpReader & the Blog this beta...looks pretty good, Scott! read more
  • Added new Story on using Reflection to make dynamic about pages.

    Check it out here. read more
  • xhtml.xsd?

    Where the heck do I get my grubby developer hands on this little beast if I can't browse, save in IE? My other browsers (Opera 6.04/Mozilla 1.0) can't really handle it - opera just chokes and mozilla gives me a lot of text...maybe I could still save it as an xsd...I'll... read more
  • dotnetweblogs integration.

    I already have this blog on, but I feel kind of bad using someone else’s server to post random crap on the web. Therefore, I was going to build my own blog system…that is until I spoke with ScottW about it. He convinced me that instead of ‘reinventing the... read more
  • user control to display scrollable rss2.0 feeds

    <snip/> Whad’ya all think? </snip> [Julia Lerman Blog Sweet! I like the inter face, looks very similar to something I have in mind. I’m going to probably use some other people’s controls, and use xslt on the feed items because it just makes sense to me. I mean, this stuff... read more
  • Scobleizer vs Dvorak

    <snip/> Who are most people in the industry going to believe? Dvorak or Scoble?</snip> [The Scobleizer Weblog One hardcore .net developer for Scoble, right here! read more
  • More on aggregators...

    Added Dare’s RssBandit 1.0d, 1.1beta to the home machine…couldn’t get it to work right away :( Added Chris’s Harvester to the home machine…couldn’t get it to work (as expected) right away. :( Have had SharpReader on the home machine for a few days now. Has anyone tried to use this... read more
  • Where is everybody?

    <snip/> Where is everybody? You can’t all leave me here alone…it’s not fair! So if you are actually sharing my boredom here, tell me what you’re doing. I am chatting with Cory, posting this, and wondering what I’m going to do next. [David Stone’s Blog Don’t know what time you... read more
  • Clippy

    By the way, I know some of you folks played around with this a little… any stories? [Rachel Reese’s Blog] I showed it to the bossman…he loved it! We used it to play a joke on a coworker. Funny stuff. Too bad I shouldn’t post it here:) read more
  • the Scoble says...

    If the FrontPage team wants some consulting, you know where to find me. Will you be charging your normal dollar rate?:) read more
  • MBSA

    Yes I have heard of it, and yes I do use it - although probably not as often as I should :S. I personally prefer the GUI, but that’s just me. I like to click. I’ve been using this tool for a little while - there isn’t some new version/update... read more
  • devenv.exe /setup

    This was a switch I didn’t even know existed from the command line. I was having some issues with VS.NET 2002 and custom Add in tools. I couldn’t figure out why I could see the name of the tool in the Add in manager list, but I couldn’t see the... read more
  • Ok, I'll try one more time...

    Chris wrote a while back about the source/binaries for his blog engine that his site uses. Count me way in! I’m looking to do something similar to use as a go-by, now that I have a server for my site which will still remain unlinked :P content. I need it.;)... read more
  • I love this stuff.

    As a developer, I consider myself more of a problem solver. One of my least favorite problems: Com Interop. I can’t shake it. It seems that no matter how hard I try, all of my apps to date have included interop. That said, it’s kind of fun revisiting one of... read more
  • SharpReader

    <snip/> UPDATE: I am having problems add more than one feed to a category (which kind of defeats the purpose). Anyone else notice this behavior? [Loosely Coupled] Yep. Got the same deal. Of course, I’m going back and forth b/t SharpReader and Synderella, cuz I can post thru Synderella! (thanks,... read more
  • Aggrrregator Overload! ---- SharpReader.

    ok. Harvester is fun. RssBandit is better. SharpReader Owns. Its just really, really slick; the threaded posts functionality is killer; the ability to see all of the posts under a given folder is awesome, the handling of OPML is great. The aggregation engine itself seems blazing. I would strongly suggest... read more
  • Aggregator integration

    <snip/> What do you all think? Is aggregator integration into Outlook a good thing? Is it a “must have” feature for you? Comment or blog and let me know. [A Blog for Graymad] A big, fat, hairy, resounding NEGATIVE! I’m all for connectivity and all, but as Andrew points out,... read more
  • In need of direction...('re doing it again :|)

    <snip/> P.S. - Chris, if you’re reading this…I sent you an e-mail. :) [David Stone’s Blog] I sent over a similar email…I guess I should have blogged about it, but I’d be surprised if there was anybody subscribed to my blog.:P Very surprized. I wanted to see what I could... read more
  • Starter Kits Rule!

    If you’re looking to get a site up in a hurry, with a minimum of fuss, then you owe it to yourself to check out the ASP.NET Starter Kits, downloadable from where else but These kits, which are currently in beta, are offered in the following flavors: <snip/> They’re... read more
  • More! More! More! - It's Coming - Woohoo!

    In the coming week(s) the webservice(s) will be much improved. The current webservice is just a quick wrapper around my display objects (hence there is a lot data/members returned that are not necessary). This is very high on my to do list. The internals of the app are really starting... read more
  • More! More! More!!

    Ya know, the site that’s set up for us dotnetwebloggers is real cool. You can do everything there. I’d like to see similar functionality added to my aggregator - I want to post stories, admin my blog, add links that will show up on the site, etc in AspNetWebLog. Is... read more
  • Boy, am I glad to see you!

    Make that, girl am I glad to see you. … Which brings me to my next question, why aren’t there more female Bloggers here? If there are of you out there thinking about it, please sign up! I’d love to see more feminine faces around here, and we won’t even... read more
  • 10 hrs on the road and over 600 miles covered...and worth every second.

    I got back from seeing Ethan monster late Sunday afternoon…I’m just too proud. My boy is walking like a champ! Talking, too. I was holding him, and he reached out, grabbed my nose, and said “noshe”. I’ve got to say, tho - the best part of the weekend was when... read more
  • Have YOU ever heard of Detroit....TX? No one else has, either

    but, that’s where I’m going tomorrow. My son lives there with his brother, their mom (baby’s momma:), and Nana and Papa (the Grandparents). It’s going to be a 5 hour drive, but I’m more concerned about the lack of sleep I think I’m gonna get tonight - I haven’t seen... read more
  • A Blessing in disguise? (follow-up to 'Boo! on Validators')

    This is what I love about blogging here. I not only got to work out the problem in a different way than I would have alone, but I also got some great perspective from others before I go and make a decision. After I got to step away from the... read more
  • Boo! on ASP.NET Validators!

    So I’m trying to get a regular expression validator to work - ya know, validate my data. I’m a reeeeal novice when it comes to regex, so with a little help and tweaking, this is what I come up with: ValidationExpression = "(\d{1,8}(\.\d{1,2})?)|(\d{0,8}(\.\d{1,2}))|(N\/A)" Because I want a decimal number OR... read more
  • Happiness is getting...

    ...the first issue of Ingo's Distributed .NET Newsletter. If you are doing anything distributed in .NET, you need to be subscribed. Heck, you need to be subscribed anyhow because almost anything Ingo says is brilliant. [Sam Gentile's Blog] Agreed. I was very happy to see it waiting in my inbox.... read more
  • added custom config section handler story.

    I just added a story describing how I’ve made my ImageLink control jump thru some more hoops for an application-specific purpose. If anyone is interested, you can find it here. read more
  • Remote Desktop

    Just a quick post - I’ve been toying w/ the idea of a software KVM - using terminal services. Keith gave me a link for the client which he says works great. I’ll have to check it out tomorrow. Link - read more
  • I've taken the plunge...

    I finally did it. I ‘upgraded’ my home pc to XP. It took forever, probably b/c I have a pretty slow processor - 400mhz, but it’s up, it’s running, and I didn’t lose any of the file structure. I did have to start over 1 time, b/c I ran into... read more
  • Stupid [fill in the blank]

    I've been working today with farpoint's spread for webforms control, trying to make it act like you would want a spreadsheet to work. I've been focusing on the copy/paste functionality at a user's's more difficult than I wanted it to be, but maybe I'm just being lazy, thanks to... read more
  • Taking Custom Configuration Sections A Step Further

    Yup, it’s cool, but it gets even cooler when you start writing your own configuration section handler implementations. The beauty of the configuration architecture is that it’s completely extensible. [From Drew’s Blog] Thanks Drew.  I kinda figured I’d only scratched the surface with this stuff.  Thanks, I’m gonna check out... read more
  • Custom configuration sections

    Something I’ve found infinitely useful is custom configuration sections. By using custom configuration sections, you are allowed to store a richer amount of information in the application config file, than when you simply add values to the <appSettings> section. To add a custom config section, you must do 2 things:... read more
  • Added 'Extending the MetaBuilder's RollOverLink' Story

    I just added a little explanation of how I extended the RollOverLink found on All I did really was add a statusbar message and change the way the DOM accesses the images. Big thanks to Andy Smith for helping me out with some of the ideas presented in his example, for... read more
  • Added Editing a custom icon to a web server control story

    Man, Don, you've got me going nutz with your code-postin shennanigans. I've just added a new story, explaining how I used Photoshop 7 and Imageready 7 to create a bitmap to embed into a component. Anyway, here it is. holla! -Christopher [hearin some old-skool RATM right now - just victims... read more
  • Added HTTP Request code snippit

    I’m adding a new category of posts to my blog; code snippits. I was looking for a tool to manage code snippits when it hit me, why not post them to my blog. I hope you find them useful. I’ll just randomly post stuff up there as I work on... read more
  • Stupid Cookie.Domain

    I’ve spent about 1 1/2 hours trying to figure out why I couldn’t get a persistent cookie set from codebehind in ASP.NET…I tried a lot of different things but of course not the correct solution. The domain. rrrrrrgh! The worst part is that I sorted this out a few weeks... read more
  • I am the Framework. I run managed code. I am without flaw.

    Get a heads up on running multiple versions of the Framework. ShowUsYour-Blog! I read Darren’s post, and subsequently the referenced article by Early & Adopter, and I must say that both were extremely helpful. I haven’t yet applied v1.1 of the Framework at the office, but I am using SxS... read more
  • Cool uses for DHTML

    Mark forwarded me a link today of a site that pushes DHMTL to the max. I’ve gone on record before about my loathing for web development, but I know a lot of you out there are web dev’s so maybe you can pick up a trick or two from read more
  • Getting Started on some Controls Issues

    I decided to go ahead and try to start building something in the control arena - something I haven't visited for some months now. I figured it would be a good idea to start with a pretty solid idea - the rollover image link. I'm using Andy Smith's RollOverLink as kind... read more
  • Jump into VB.NET - feet furst

    Today I'm applying OOP changes to a VB.NET dll that was upgraded from VB6 - so that means I'm taking out all of the On Error GoTo fnName_Error and Replacing them with Try..catch...end Try's. This is taking some getting useed to. I'm so accustomed to adding the semicolon; at the... read more
  • .NET Brain Farts

    Today Seems like an extended Moday as far as my development goes. I’ve tried about 3 or 4 different tings on my current project that just don’t seem to be working as I would expect them to. Of course, that’s the point, isn’t it? I’ve had a few brain farts... read more
  • ReporT!!

    Okay, it's not as if anyone is reading this - but for those of you who are (hey, Chris!) - here is why I didn't post yesterday. I've been working with DataDynamic's ActiveReports for .NET on my current project. It's a pretty cool report engine, and I was able to... read more
  • Nearing completion...

    I’m getting to the clean-up phase of porting an asp.old project to .NET. It’s about time! I finally tackled a problem I ran into with a vb6 component that was run thru VS.NET to be converted to VB.NET - I couldn’t figure it out till I used a ‘magik number’... read more
  • Generating Ideas...

    I’ve decided to try and make my life a little easier. Controls. I’ve jumped into them a little in the past, but now I may have a little more time to put some extra thought into it. What I would like to do is encapsulate client-side behaviors like .htc’s or... read more
  • Monday morning...

    What better to do on a Monday morning than find out which type of OS your personality is matched with? Makes you look nice and busy, and from the other blogs I am reading, [Darren] , [Don ] , and [Sam] have taken the why can't I? Well, I... read more

    My boss asked me to come into work today to explain accessing a database in .NET to one of our developers who mainly codes in C. It was pretty interesting - this guy is an amazing programmer, but as I said mainly codes in C so is a .NET novice.... read more

    This is my first post on the blog…I hope that I’ll have something interesting to say. Well, I guess the first post should have a little to do with history. I work for a company that deals with the oil & gas exploration industry, you know - geophysicists and stuff... read more

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