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Friday Links #43

A guide to Silverlight 3 new features – The boys at Redmond have been busy indeed. This guide boils it down at the developer level to articulate some of the core changes and relevant issues....

Vista Sidebar Weather Gadget Update

I’ve added another format that includes icons of the forecast conditions. Simply Weather is a no-nonsense gadget that reports the current conditions and the 3 day forecast in one easy to read compact format. Actually,...

Calling IDisposable through Interfaces that do not require IDisposable

How do you call IDisposable.Dispose() when your interface does not inherit from IDisposable but your implementation does? This happens more often than you might think, particularly when code generation is involved. For example, when Visual...

Friday Links #42

Nikhil Kothari’s Weblog : Specialized Layout Panels for Silverlight - An overview of some layout panels in Silverlight.FX: XGrid, FormPanel, HStackPanel, VStackPanel and TilePanel - specialized for simplifying layout. My Silverlight 3 Wish List -...

Stopwatch Gadget Updated

If you look for Vista Stopwatch Sidebar gadgets you’ll find that most have small numbers and even smaller buttons. My gadget is a different. It’s takes up relatively little screen real-estate, has large easy to...

Friday Links #41

Caving into bullies - So here we go again – How long till we can buy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and be told that this book “cannot be read aloud”? Coding Horror: Paying Down Your...

Vista Weather Gadget Updated with Alerts

Pressing forward with more improvements, the latest version of my Simply Weather gadget now monitors for weather alerts. Alerts are advisories, watches and warnings issued by the weather service for unusual weather events. When an...

Friday Links #40

[The Laptop Buying Guide For 2009 MakeUseOf.com](http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-laptop-buying-guide-for-2009/) - You can grab the full MakeUseOf Laptop Buying Guide in PDF format here. It’s a nice summary. Give it your Father-in-Law the next time he asks for...

Vista Weather Gadget – More Updates

In keeping with updating early and often, here’s the latest release of my weather gadget for Windows Vista. Some more layout fixes and a few bug fixes. Here’s another look. Gadgets are essentially little HTML...

Wire Mesh Face Mask

Woodworking requires good tools and I’m always looking for a new “shop-aid” to feed my gadget habit. I bought one of these wire mesh face masks a while back and find I use it often....
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