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  • Paint.Net 3.0 Released, And Other Stuff

    Paint.Net 3.0 was released a couple of days ago, snag it while it's hot. It's good enough (for a non-professional designer) that I haven't found the need to install Photoshop on my rebuilt machine. In fact, I'm 100% Adobe free, meaning my machine is free of: Photoshop, Reader (replaced by Foxit ), and Flash. I consider both Flash and Reader annoying enough at this point to be considered malware. I'm also Quicktime free, which in my opinion is about half a notch above Real Player in terms of A) actual...
  • ApplicationSettingsBase.[Insert Event Name Here] Discrepancy

    Microsoft has done a good job when it comes to event naming within the BCL by following a common naming pattern: the gerund form of the verb is used during the act of doing something (i.e. Form.Closing), whereas the past tense is used after the act has completed (ala Form.Closed). They've also done a fairly good job of encapsulating the full lifetime of events for a set of actions, and it's fairly intuitive to find what you are looking for in the documentation. Recently I've been fooling around with...
  • Ajax.Equals(Threading For Web Apps)

    I recently heard a good analogy for what Ajax means for web applications: Ajax is to web applications what multithreading is for Windows based apps. By "heard" I mean it's something I came up with recently while trying to explain exactly what Ajax is to a non-programming friend of mine (understanding threading is simple enough even for folks who don't write applications). Compare that to "Ajax fires off a request to a web server without the need for a full server postback to process server side data...
  • "Rome" Is Off To A Fantastic Start

    "Rome" on HBO (stateside at least) was one of the sleeper hits from summer of '05... the wiki is pretty interesting . The season premier for season 2 aired this past weekend, and it seems to be off to a fantastic start. Unfortunately due to production costs, this will be the final season. Bummer. Generally speaking I don't get into characters from TV shows too much, but wow do I feel for Vorenus . Marc Antony is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with as well. Eagerly anticipating episodes to...
  • Waiting For The Crash

    [update]I forgot to mention this is on Windows XP x64.[/update] I'm still experiencing some random hangs on my rebuilt machine every couple of hours or so and have finally decided to get off my lazy rear end and track down why it's happening. I'm 90% sure it's related to my sound card driver, but of course cannot be positive. So I've configured my machine to generate crash dumps, have downloaded all of the necessary diagnostic tools (WinDbg, symbol files, etc) for looking at said crash dumps... And...
  • Upgraded To Windows XP x64 Edition

    I haven't formatted my main workstation in over 2 years...things have been slowing down quite a bit, plus I've been experiencing random lockups so I decided it was time to migrate from a 32 bit OS over to a 64 bit one. The first thing I learned is that stop error codes are twice as long (16 characters vs 8)...the initial nForce drivers I loaded weren't very well liked. Of course that was easily ironed out and everything is humming along quite nicely (and fast as well...even after reloading all my...
  • Casino Royale -- Fantastic Flick

    I managed to catch a showing of Casino Royale over the weekend...it was excellent . The Wiki sums up a lot of my feelings about the picture...IMO it's a great movie that just happens to be a Bond flick. No deluge of cheesy one-liners or over the top special effects, the action sequences are as raw as they are physical...in short Craig's take on the Bond character is the best I've seen yet. The movie itself is engrossing and captivating, again not just some razzle dazzle light show attempting to woo...
  • Switching To Windows Live OneCare?

    I'm thinking about switching over to Windows Live OneCare in the very near future and wanted to see if anyone had any opinions on it. Please keep the snickering to a minimum...I'm currently running: Norton Antivirus 2003. IMO, 2003 was the last decent release from Norton, and it has served me well over the years. It's showing its age though. I do realize that eTrust currently has a 1 year free subscription to their service, but after running it on one of my other machines for a couple of months now;...
  • First Thoughts On Windows Vista RTM

    No, this post isn't meant to be an exhaustive review (or even a simple one)...there are tons of those already written up by folks who review software for a living. This will just be a short blurb. My first impression after installing the final release recently? It's a huge improvement performance-wise over RC2, as to be expected. Installation took just over 20 minutes (nice), then another 5 minutes adding optional Windows components and joining it to a domain (and this is all on a slow 5400 RPM drive...
  • Office 2007 -- Some Installation Gotchas, But Overall Very Nice

    I installed Office 2007 Enterprise over the weekend (it's available via MSDN, and other places if you know where to look); I've been using 2007 since some of the early betas and as is the usual case the RTM is faster, leaner, more polished, etc. Getting it installed was a little cumbersome though...I was greeted numerous times with a "cannot upgrade from a pre-release version" even after I thought I had uninstalled all prior bits. In short, make sure you uninstall anything and everything related...

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