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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...

Calling Managed Code from C++ Gotcha

Here’s an issue I ran into the other day. IMarkupServices markup = (IMarkupServices)htmlDocument2; This line of code was embedded in a C# routine. When called from other C# routines, it worked fine. However, when called...

String.Format Tool in SilverLight

Can’t remember how to format a date in universal time using String.Format()? How about scientific format for doubles? This little SilverLight tool helps you to quickly build a String.Format() call for any format-enabled type (int,...

Events and Delegate Shortcuts in C#

The syntax for events and delegates has always struck me as a bit bulky and hard to remember. For instance, to declare an Alarm event seen in many of the Microsoft code samples, you declare...

Unique April Fool's Prank

You’ll see a lot of April Fools’ Pranks on the Web today. This unique spokeshave however, strikes me as a bit more clever than most. This tool is suppose to aid in making tapered dowels....

The Best Free Text Editor

How many times have you’ve seen this title in a blog? There certainly are enough opinions out there and everyone has their favorites. So without further ado here’s my choice - EmEditor. This editor does...

SimpleZip Update

SimpleZip is my .NET (C#) Zip file generator that requires no third-party support libraries. You can read more about it at the Code Project. This update adds one additional API. void ZipTo(IEnumerable fileNames, Stream archiveStream,...

Console application debugging made easier

When debugging console applications in .NET I like the program to pause just before exit so I can study the console output. One way to do this is to set a break point at the...
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