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Use Solution Folders

In reading Scott Hanselman’s blog this morning, I ran across an interesting tidbit. ASIDE: Not enough people use “Solution Folders” in Visual Studio. Seriously, folks, just right-click and “Add New Solution Folder,” start dragging things...

Stopwatch Gadget on Windows Live

I posted my little Stopwatch Gadget on Windows Live the other day. The response has been interesting. The early adopters gave me high marks averaging 4 and 5 stars. Now that John Q Public has...

Amazon Adds Service Health Dashboard

I use Amazon’s S3 service to serve images for this Web site. It’s a great service, especially for high volume site (don’t I wish) because it scales automatically. It’s also a pay as you go...

I'm on Twitter

Everywhere I read, Twitter is a must for bloggers. So I’m giving into the dark side and setting up shop on Twitter. You can follow my tweaks or twips or whatever they’re called at http://twitter.com/mikeward_aa....

Vista Sidebar Stopwatch Gadget

Vista has gadgets similar to what is found on the Mac and in Yahoo Widgets (formerly Konfabulator). For some reason, they have not been well received which (again) is a bit puzzling to me since...

New Resource Refactoring Tool for Visual Studio Released!

After replacing about 100 strings with resource references recently, I began to wonder why Microsoft did not include a refactoring tool extract strings in code to resources. To do it currently requires switching back and...

Configuring the ASP.NET Health Monitor

One of the things I really like about programming in .NET and ASP.NET is all the cool built-in functionality in the framework. The ASP.NET health monitor is an excellent example. ASP.NET health monitoring gives you...

OS Smackdown: Linux vs. Mac OS X vs. Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

There’s an interesting comparison of operating systems by from Computer World as described by four experts in support of their desktop operating system of choice. It’s an interesting read in that only one advocate has...

Cheap GPS

This really tickled my funny bone this morning. XKCD is one of my favorites. Always interesting. Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable...

Is "is" the forgotten C# keyword?

When is the last time you’ve seen or used the “is” keyword in code? It can often be used instead of the “as” keyword. Here’s an example from a Microsoft help file. // CanExecuteRoutedEventHandler that...
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