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Using C# to Interact with the Shell Gotcha

Update: I’ve discovered my solution here is flawed. See Desk Drive 1.4.4 Released for details. Interacting with the Shell in C# is easy because the common language runtime exposes COM objects through a proxy called...

Desk Drive 1.4 Released

Desk Drive continues to prove popular and lately I’ve been receiving an avalanche of suggestions. That’s great and do keep them coming. Version 1.4 introduces two new features: Minimize all windows and Show locus effects....

Symbolic Links On Windows

Symbolic links to directories are really useful. Windows 2000 and higher supports directory symbolic links, where a directory serves as a symbolic link to another directory on the computer. For example, if the directory D:\SYMLINK...

Friday Links #10

Interesting finds this week. Online HTML Form Build Software - Wufoo forms helps you create contact forms, online surveys, and invitations so you can collect the data, registrations and online payments you need without writing...

XmlResourceManager

The most recent release of Desk Drive now allows for localization by modifying a text file and adding the appropriate language code and strings. Recall that localizing applications in .Net generally involves creating satellite assemblies,...

Hail to the Victors

I’ve lived in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area since the Winter of 1979. I’ve often thought Ann Arbor is one of Michigan’s best kept secrets. Apparently, I’m not alone. Two years ago, Google opened...

Make your own large font calc

Under the category of stupid programmer tricks: Copy c:\windows\system32\calc.exe to some other file/path File Open File newcalc.exe in Visual Studio Click on Dialog - 101 In the properties, modify Font(Size) for your favorite font and...

A Persuasive Argument for Garbage Collection

Despite what I perceive as greater program reliability and speed, I find many of the programmers I work with deriding the garbage collector in .Net and wishing for the good old days of explicit memory...

PowerCommands 1.1 for Visual Studio 2008

Not sure how this one got by me but there is a cool set of extensions for Visual Studio 2008 available on MSDN. PowerCommands 1.1 is a set of useful extensions for the Visual Studio...

Friday Links #9

Things were a little crazy yesterday which is why I’m a day late. Sketching & GUI Prototyping - Firefox 3 extension that turns your browser into an excellent sketching tool. ProcessQuickLink 2 Takes the Tease...
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