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Commonly Botched Interview Questions

Lately, I’ve had to do a some interviewing for new positions that have opened up here. My interview style is to not ask too many questions and to try and get the candidate to talk...

C# 2.0 ?? Operator

I’m surprised how many of my colleagues don’t know about this little operator. Termed the null coalescing operator, it returns the left hand operand if not null, else the right hand operand. It makes for...

Software Architecture - why does it sometimes fall short?

I’m asking the question because more and more my responsibilities are shifting into the area of architecture. As a developer, I’ve always eyed architects with a bit of suspicion. After all, they don’t program so...

Home Theater PC Recommendations

Jeff Attwood recently blogged about how inexpensive it was for him to build a new Home Theater PC (HTPC) based on Vista’s Windows Media Center. As readers of this blog well know, I’m a Vista...

How to keep bees, birds and varmints out of play structures

This is one of those Lifehacker type of tips my wife discovered a few years ago. Problem, we have a play house I built for our kids a few years back that attracts bees, nesting...

Links 2008-04-22

WIX - Design flash web sites with drag and drop ease. A little too cute for my tastes but some of the templates do look cool. Currently in beta by invite only. Applied and was...

Stopwatch Gadget Updated

The Vista Stopwatch gadget I wrote about earlier has been updated with a new color scheme that is higher contrast. It’s also vertically smaller to take up less space. Same easy functionality, just prettier. You...

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...
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