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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...

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,...
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