Dela's RamblingsI want to hibernate my applications (14.2.2006, 11:24 UTC)
There is no doubting the fact that the ability to hibernate Windows is a very useful feature - especially for laptop users but also for those who want to do their bit for the environment by hibernating their machines when they leave the office. I've gotten so used to this feature that I now crave the ability to hibernate my applications... read on.... I'm not crazy. I've just noticed that I have well over 20 applications (or instance of the same application) open. I haven't actually touched a fe...
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Dela's RamblingsSilly mistakes and Monitor.Enter (7.2.2006, 18:48 UTC)
I just spent the last 30 seconds trying to find out why one of my unit tests had failed - I know 30 seconds isn't a long time but boy do I feel a little silly for having to waste even that much time. Here's what happened:- Ran unit test on a method and the result was: "System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.." Scratched my head as there was no code there that could have thrown that exception and stared at the screen for 30 seconds with a look like this on my face: Here's the reason...
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Dela's RamblingsAltering code for Unit Tests (6.2.2006, 12:49 UTC)
One thing that has been niggling away at me for a little is the process of having to alter code just to run unit tests. I've run into some annoying little problems lately when it comes to unit testing - using WaitHandle.WaitAll() with mstest for example. The problem I had with WaitHandle.WaitAll() is that this particular method call will only execute in a MTA environment but unit tests in mstest run in an STA environment. This causes WaitHandle.WaitAll() to throw an exception - and mst...
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Dela's RamblingsFeed Henry! (26.1.2006, 13:00 UTC)
FeedHenry is the project I am currently working on at the TSSG. We put up this simple page to get people interested and seed our feed database. If you have a feed, a blog, a website, any URL really, please, put it in. You'll be included in our directory when we launch.And spread the word. Feed Henry!
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Dela's RamblingsSony DRM on Windows a rootkit? (1.11.2005, 10:28 UTC)
I fully understand the need for DRM techniques to help protect the interests of artists. By the way, just because I understand the need for DRM doesn't mean I agree with it - especially because of how prices of music and video media are artificially inflated in Europe just because people here can afford to pay more. However, after reading how Sony DRM is implemented you really have to wonder (http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html[^])... completely in...
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Dela's RamblingsVirtualWiFi (18.10.2005, 13:12 UTC)
From an engadget.com item[^]: Microsoft Research[^] has just busted out VirtualWiFi[^]: a bit of software that makes your computer believe a single WiFi card is multiple configurable cards, allowing connections with multiple networks. There are all sorts of applications for this — beyond tricking people into thinking that you have more WiFi cards than them — such as connecting to multiple ad-hoc networks, or getting your internet from a for-pay WiFi subscription and then sharing it ...
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Dela's RamblingsPaul on Board or POB (14.10.2005, 18:59 UTC)
Paul Watson[^], the friend I mentioned in my previous post[^] about WebTwoZero.com[^], has just come on board with us here at the TSSG[^] to work on a one year Enterprise Ireland[^] funded proof of concept project. Well, to be exact Paul has been working remotely with me since the beginning of September but we only got his work permit approved today meaning that we can now actually pay Paul (I'm sure Paul will find that useful :-) and Paul can come over here to work. (Paul, I hope you ...
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Dela's RamblingsNatural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (26.9.2005, 16:50 UTC)
I'm writing this from my new keyboard... a Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000. This is the first ergonomic keyboard I've ever owned and was purchased due to the pains I've been having in my wrists lately after long coding sessions. First impression... I can't type and I never could! Even though I never formally learned to type I always thought I could type well. Five minutes after I plugged in this keyboard I realised how wrong I was. I constantly find my right hand floating across to the left...
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Dela's RamblingsDeveloper Toolbar for IE 6 and 7 (17.9.2005, 19:40 UTC)
Once again, kudos for this goes to Paschal[^]. The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar gives developers using IE 6 and 7 what the Developer Extension gives to Firefox users. Damn cool to have one for both browsers. Here is the blurb on it from the download page:IrishBlogsInternet ExplorerIEWindowsIrelandKilkenny The IE Developer Toolbar provides several features for deeply exploring and understanding Web pages. Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a web page. Locate...
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Dela's RamblingsNew version of Windows Server 2003 - includes some Open Source Software (17.9.2005, 14:38 UTC)
Most people don't really know this but Microsoft is actually releasing a new version of Windows before Windows Vista. The new version of Windows is Windows Server 2003 R2. It is being billed as a new version of Windows and not just an upgrade for the current W2k3 Server. There are lots of new features included and lots of cool new stuff - just search for "Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Beta" on your favourite search engine for an overview of one of the new "flavours" of the new operating sy...
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Dela's RamblingsHow to keep up to date with the PDC (17.9.2005, 14:04 UTC)
A lot of cool stuff has been coming out of the PDC this year. Plenty of blog entries about each and every day and plenty links flying around. Anyway, if you want PDC blog entry overload then you should download the following OPML file and import it into your favourite reader. It contains a few hundred blogs from PDC attendees.... you'll be a long time reading all of that!IrishBlogsPDCPDC2005IrelandKilkenny http://commnet.microsoftpdc.com/rss/opml.aspx Also, you should checkout the following page...
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Dela's RamblingsTom Archer of Microsoft (14.9.2005, 17:00 UTC)
Tom is the guy that I co-authored "The Outlook Answer Book" [^] with, the guy who wrote "Inside C#" [^], "Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework" [^] (I also contributed some software towards that book), and "Visual C++ .NET Bible" [^] (and a few other books), the guy who co-founded CodeGuru and has posted a few hundred articles online about most aspects of software development on Windows.IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny Well, Tom recently started work in Microsoft as a Program Manager for ...
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Dela's RamblingsThe Outlook Answer Book - Available to Purchase (14.9.2005, 16:06 UTC)
I mentioned a week or two ago that the book I co-authored, "The Outlook Answer Book", had rolled off the presses and was on the way so shops and warehouses. Well, it finally arrived. I received my first copy about a week ago and another few copies earlier this week and the book looks very good (My opinion here is in no way biased... honestly). You can check out a sample chapter, Chapter 3 (Address Books, Contacts, and Distribution Lists), here. Bare in mind however that it is a 5.89 MB...
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Dela's RamblingsChannel9 Chat with Bill Gates (11.9.2005, 00:03 UTC)
Robert Scoble of Channel 9 finally got his interview with Bill Gates. The interview is around 16 minutes and can be found here if you are interested.
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Dela's Ramblings The Outlook Answer Book - Pre-order yours now! (2.9.2005, 13:02 UTC)
Well, 'it' has finally rolled off the printing press and at the moment 'it' is being shipped to warehouses across the US and Europe. 'it' happens to be my first attempt at writing a book and to be quiet honest I am very happy with the result. The book, titled "The Outlook Answer Book" for short and "The Outlook Answer Book: Useful Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Microsoft Outlook 2003" in all it's glory, is aimed at users of Microsoft Outlook 2003 but is not writte...
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Dela's RamblingsIrelands SuperComputing Centre (30.8.2005, 12:55 UTC)
"A new 'supercomputing' centre aims to address the growing need among Ireland's researchers for computational resources The Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), which will be based in Dublin, is set to begin operations on 1 September, thanks to a €2.6m"IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/08/30/ireland_bigbox/[^]
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Dela's RamblingsWebTwoZero (23.8.2005, 10:16 UTC)
A good friend, Paul Watson, has just recently put up the "Coming Soon" signs for a site that is to be known as WebTwoZero. What will this site be about I hear you cry! Don't worry, the first page of WebTwoZero.com[^] explains what the site aims to do and I've stolen borrowed the text and reproduced it here: WebTwoZero aims to cut through the hype of Web 2.0. while still encouraging an exciting and ultimately useful trend. We will highlight best-of-breed web-applications, stable yet enabling tec...
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Dela's RamblingsMSIL Syntax highlighting with xacc-ide (22.8.2005, 15:55 UTC)
Even though I've spent a lot of time playing working with MSIL over the last while I never really looked for any editors with MSIL syntax highlighting even though it was something that I really wanted - I considered writing my own editor with the necessary highlighting but it seemed like overkill. Well, today I found what I was looking for and it was completely by accident. Leppie[^], a CodeProject[^] regular, posted about something or other in The Lounge[^] and while reading his ...
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Dela's RamblingsWSCF 0.5 Released (WsContractFirst) (12.8.2005, 16:54 UTC)
The excellent WSCF add-in for Visual Studio .NET by Christian Weyer[^] has just been released. Christian just posted[^] about it now. IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny
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Dela's RamblingsQuestions and Answers - Searching the Web (8.8.2005, 15:10 UTC)
Lately I've been spending an increasing amount of time answering questions on the C# and .NET newsgroups on MSDN. Something that has become glaringly obvious is that a lot of people don't seem to understand that there are things called search engines. MSN Search, A9, AltaVista, Google, et al are all excellent search engines but people don't seem to like using them.... IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny.... I have no problem answering any questions that I can on newsgroups and site like The CodeProject re...
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Dela's Ramblings101 Samples for Visual Studio 2005 (6.8.2005, 13:54 UTC)
Download 101 C# and VB.NET examples for Visual Studio 2005 here: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/downloads/101samples/default.aspx[^] Some great stuff in there to get you up to speed with the 2005 wave of technologies. IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny
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Dela's RamblingsNew C# and CLI approved specs from ECMA (28.7.2005, 11:25 UTC)
For those of you interested in the innards of the Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) and exactly what C# is then you'll be delighted to learn that the ECMA has approved the 3rd edition of both standards: ECMA-334 - C# Language Specification 3rd Edition[^] and ECMA-335 - Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) 3rd Edition[^] I've been using the The Common Language Infrastructure Annotated Standard[^] for a while now to help me in writing a .NET disassembler & assembler[^] pair which will event...
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Dela's RamblingsSome new "Performance Opportunities" in Whidbey (28.7.2005, 10:43 UTC)
Rico Mariani has just posted a list of some of the "Whidbey Performance Opportunities". Rico's blog is a very good place to find lots of performance tips and tricks and if you develop on Windows you should be reading his blog.
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Dela's RamblingsMicrosoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 (11.7.2005, 12:15 UTC)
Not exactly sure how I missed the release of MBSA 2.0 but here it is: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools/mbsa2/default.mspx[^]
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Dela's RamblingsSOA and TechEd (11.7.2005, 10:27 UTC)
Marcus Mac Innes[^] has provided a 'roundup' of some of the SOA happenings at TechED Europe... well worth the read: TechEd 2005 – What’s The Message This Year?[^]
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Dela's RamblingsSteve Ballmer interview on Channel9 (8.7.2005, 11:16 UTC)
As ye probably all know Steve Ballmer is the CEO of Microsoft Corp. He's well known across the developer community for his "Developers, Developers, Developers" speech (a.k.a. rant ;-) and his "monkey dance": Both available here[^]. Anyway, there is a Channel9[^] video up with an interview with Steve[^]. Great to see that a man worth over $10,000,000,000 can still be so passionate about his job and the company he works in.IrishBlogsIrelandKilkenny Found through http://blogs.msdn.com/jobsblog/arch...
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Dela's RamblingsSQL Injection all over again (7.7.2005, 15:16 UTC)
In the past I've posted about SQL Injection and ways to prevent it numerous times: SQL Injection, again![^] More on SQL Injection[^] SQL Injection[^] I was reminded of these posts when I read a post[^] by Paul Maher[^] (a Microsoft Developer Evangelist in the UK) that listed some How-To's related to SQL Injection from the Microsoft Patterns and Practices group: How To: Protect From Injection Attacks in ASP.NET[^] How To: Protect From SQL Injection in ASP.NET[^] How To: Use Regular Exp...
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Dela's RamblingsReplacing Notepad with Notepad2 (7.7.2005, 13:10 UTC)
I've been using Notepad2[^] for a while now, ever since Cathal (my INDA South East cohort) showed it to me. Notepad2 is an excellent notepad replacement that offers lots of useful features and still starts lightening fast. A new version has just been released that now included syntax highlight for Ruby so I decided to replace my current version as I'm going to start learning either Python or Ruby in the near future (probably Ruby due to the cool DFA/NFA combined regex engine that it uses). Anywa...
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Dela's RamblingsScoble coming to Ireland (5.7.2005, 10:33 UTC)
Looks like the rumours are true[^]. Robert Scoble[^] (a.k.a. The Scobleizer) will be making his way to Ireland in Novemeber for an it@cork[^] event. Lots of Irish bloggers will probably be at the event and lots of them are already blogging about this: Robert Scoble in Cork[^]Scoble is going to Cork[^] Scoble's comming to Cork, Ireland[^]Scoble in Cork, TBL in Galway[^]Robert Scoble coming to Cork[^] There are probably a good few more blog entries that I'm not aware of yet. I'll be trying my best...
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Dela's RamblingsINDA South East Inaugural Event - The Aftermath (4.7.2005, 15:17 UTC)
Last Thursday, 30th of June, the inaugural INDA South East event was held in Dooleys hotel Waterford. Things got off to a slow start with ridiculous traffic and some heavy downpours helping to move the starting time a little back. Nevertheless, Rob[^] got started at around 19:30 for what was an excellent presentation. The presentation centred around Visual Studio 2005 and Rob showed the new and interesting features through the use of some excellent examples. Nearing the end of the presentation R...
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