Mon, 23 Jan 2006 04:36:11 GMT
[A serious stab at getting the not-so-serious 'MVP for MSPaint' award.]
When annotating a picture with MS-Paint it's handy to use a thick line-style.
But there is no 'line-thickeness' panel available when drawing ellipses, rectangles, polygons, and rounded rectangles.
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 01:39:36 GMT
Consider this scenario: You get a lot of emails that aren't quite spam, but you don't want to be notified about them.
(Maybe they come from the office pest or a mailing list you only occasionally read)
So you created a rule in outlook that moves them into your inbox and marks the item as 'read'.
While the rule works fine -- you still get that annoying popup about every single message!
My boss found the solution this morning and shared it with us:
What you have to do is create TWO rules:
- The first rule marks it as read.
- the second rule moves it to the folder
Make sure the two rules are executed in that order!
Now the email will still come in, but the popup won't be displayed.
(This is written up in a KB article at microsoft... i don't have the number for it right now... here's a google groups message about it)
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 20:49:14 GMT
TimeSnapper got hanseldotted last week -- on Scott Hanselman's excellent new podcast: Hanselminutes, developed in conjunction with Carl Franklin. The graph at right shows the effect it had on timeSnapper's traffic.
And an interesting fact is that if you flip this image horizontally, it has the same shape as a running tally of Mike Gunderloy's offspring.
>19 January 2006
>Another week, another doctor appointment. Not much longer till there's another baby to go with it.
(from Daily Grind 801)
They don't watch tv out on the Palouse.
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 23:05:48 GMT
You know your book is attracting the wrong audience when...
Customers who bought this book also bought
- Cyanide pills.
- A noose.
- A sniper's rifle.
Tue, 17 Jan 2006 21:24:20 GMT
Timesnapper just saved me a lot of work!
I forgot to save a little "working query" I was using yesterday -- but found it with timesnapper and had it retyped in just a minute.
This has happened twice so far this week.
So there's another use for timeSnapper --> retrieving work that is otherwise lost for good.
I'm not recommending timeSnapper as an alternative to saving your work :-). But it's a handy fallback.
Sun, 15 Jan 2006 23:45:02 GMT
I have a little request. What I'd like is a keystroke that appends the selected text to the current item in the clipboard.
Rather than doing this:
- Copy, switch document, paste, switch back again.
- Copy, switch document, paste, switch back again.
- Copy, switch document, paste, switch... etc...
You could just go:
- Copy, copy, copy, switch document. Paste.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 04:38:34 GMT
It's 2006. by now my first personal robot should be obsolete and rusty. but do i have a personal robot? no, damn it. i don't even have programmable shoelaces, or hair that needs a reboot.
[off topic rant begins here]
Mon, 09 Jan 2006 03:28:09 GMT
Huge monsoonal storms in Brisbane at the moment (it's summer in this hemisphere remember?) and on Friday we had a fearsome hailstorm.
Here's a photo of a B&B (Benedictine and Brandy) made by my brother (Farmer JEB) using one of the bigger-than-a-golfball-sized-hailstones that Allison (JEB's wife) bravely retrieved from the back yard...
If you drank five of these, then got in your car and had an accident, could you claim for hail damage?
[continues for larger image]
Sun, 08 Jan 2006 22:09:30 GMT
It seems that my blog doesn't please everyone. I recently received a threatening package in the mail, as a blatant attempt to stop me from publicising my frank and open opinions. Sorry Scoble, but it looks like blogging isn't all good.
[I have documented the ensuing investigation here]
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 23:32:55 GMT
Last blog entry for the year i reckon. list of things i haven't released:
- quicklaunch and tasktray sharing meme
- cubicle back care, ten tips
- w3scg to be completed and 'launched'
- owner draw combo -- the full gamut
- asp.net hosted shell applciation
- 'kingShark' -- the ajax command line language
- forgiveness -- the pre-xsl parser language
- tixInBoxes -- the ajaxian wiki form engine
- skunkWorks -- overview
- human versus computer
- modified online Game Of Life for two players
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 23:21:45 GMT
My mother complains every year that christmas has lost its true meaning. It's buried in the brightlights and the capitalism.
Last night I drove past a house where the christmas lights had been arranged into the name 'Jesus' and I thought that this was a particularly clever idea.
I went home and did the same thing, arranging my christmas lights so they said, simply 'Leon'. With a name like Jesus, i figure that guy must have been Spanish. A creative lot, your spaniards: look at Gaudi.
This is the beauty of Christmas: a time to just forget about all the world's problems and focus on yourself for once.
Ahhh. Hope that makes mum happy.
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 22:51:43 GMT
Someone over at microsoft's script central is in a festive mood, using puns in the titles of all the articles.
Did you know it takes fifteen muscles to laugh, but it only takes three muscles to groan?
MSH is an interesting thing... but if you haven't had time to read about it, don't worry. You are not inadequate.
Wed, 21 Dec 2005 03:39:27 GMT
TimeSnapper now supports multiple monitors!
Atli and I have released the new version (1.6) which also has a bunch of other funky new features.
Multi Monitors was by far the most requested feature, and Atli was already working on it before we released the first version.
There's a groovy new TimeBar control, that lets you see your entire day's activity at a glance.
And a handy archiving feature to help you keep TimeSnapper under control.
The next wave of features are already in development, as the project rollicks along. If you have any suggestions, flames or ideas, drop by the TimeSnapper Google Group and tell us your thoughts.
Sat, 17 Dec 2005 04:02:57 GMT
Okay you sick bast*rd, microsoft, why are you trying to make me buy things?
The audacity of this one just floored me.
A "Shop for music online" button turned up inside windows explorer, where I was expecting to find the "Make a new folder" button.
On closer inspection, the tenuous excuse microsoft have for showing me this button: One of the subfolders contains a three kilobyte file called "ping.wav".
Ah, anyway: I see the future now...
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 03:53:54 GMT
How long should it take to give an overview of your product? Some people say five seconds, some people say twenty seconds.
DataObjects.NET have revolutionated the elevator pitch: they're going to give you an overview in just two to fours hours!
Here's the content from their Overview page:
We recommend you to start studying DataObjects.NET from its PowerPoint presentation. It requires approximately 2-4 hours for watching (140 slides), but provides an overview of almost all important features of DataObjects.NET.
Please note that its HTML version looks worse then original .PPS file, and doesn't contain animation - we advise you to download its PowePoint version (download URL is provided below).
Uh, yeh guys. I want to spend 4 hours reading through an animated (god help me!) powerpoint presentation.... infact, thanks to NADD, i lost interest before i even got to the word PowerPoint. Next product!
Thu, 15 Dec 2005 22:52:02 GMT
Intellisense is most useful when you know what the member name "starts" with. But what about when you know that the term contains a term... but you're not sure what the actual word is. The Intellisearch search box will cure that: enter a search term and it will highlight any terms that include that sequence of characters.
And I don't want you monkeys to go jumpin up and down saying 'Oh you should check out ReSharper' or leaping to conclusions saying 'CodeRush already does that!' because I don't think they do.
(okay, coderush has this navigation feature that is similar, but never mind that, sparky)
And as for that damn resharper, as brilliant as it is (and yes it's very brilliant) it's just far too sloooowwww on big projects. We've purchased it here but now we mostly turned it off. (One resilient developer continues to persevere with it.
Tue, 13 Dec 2005 01:43:07 GMT
I use the Janus GridEx Grid control every day. And they have thousands and thousands of properties. You get lost looking through them.
What I'd like to see is a little textbox at the top of the "Control Designer" form (the form that lists these thousands of properties). Whatever you type in this text box is searched for and highlighted amongst the property names and values.
Aww i can't explain this good. Check out the screen shot I mocked up:
Mon, 12 Dec 2005 02:01:32 GMT
///Given an 'ISO 4217' three letter code for a currency...
///Return the 'CurrencySymbol' that represents it
/// <param name="ISOCurrency">3 letter ISO427 currency code, e.g. "USD", "GBP", "EUR", "AUD"</param>
/// <returns>Currency Symbol, e.g. "$", "£", "€", "$"</returns>
public string GetCurrencySymbol(string ISOCurrency)
return "HELP ME!";
Fri, 09 Dec 2005 10:27:49 GMT
For the first time in a long time, I've had a quick squiz of my amazon referrals. And I was met with just a few little surprises.
Thu, 08 Dec 2005 23:19:17 GMT
- Remote control coffee machine
- RSS feed for my fridge
- Barcode scanner next to the kitchen-bin, so that as i go to throw out an empty food container i can scan the label and automatically create a PRO (Pantry Replenishment Order)
- Self-emptying dishwasher. Empties itself into adjacent cupboard. Not as hard as it sounds.
Come on lifehackers, get building.
Thu, 08 Dec 2005 20:48:41 GMT
Okay lazyweb --- try and implement the code that goes behind these two message boxes... and i don't want to hear anyone say "oh just wait till you get visual studio team system.".
I want real solutions, that work today. ;-)
I think a Visual Studio Macro could be enough to do it -- or a full blown Visual Studio Add In.
Please Lazy Web -- Save Me From Premature Shutdown or Check in!
Wed, 07 Dec 2005 20:10:16 GMT
Get another language under your belt, fatty
Why The Lucky Stiff's Online Ruby Tutorial
If you've got two minutes spare, then go to this website and get your hands dirty learning ruby. I'm not one of those crazed ruby fanatics, but this tutorial is just perfect. Well worth your time.
I tend to pick on sysAdmins. It happened to me slowly over a long period of time.
They gripe me about little things. They reset the name of my computer without asking me. They run around unplugging things without telling anyone why. They complain when you take over a server and use it for your own purposes.
But adminfoo.net has set me right. This is a brilliant site helping admins do good.
Australian design company that makes great icons. They have some free icons here. (Recording this for my own reference as much as yours. Found via Larkware).
And in other net news...
This article on ajax is getting a lot of attention -- very few people realise it's a spoof.
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 00:59:26 GMT
TimeSnapper is largely written by Atli Björgvin Oddsson, who lives in Iceland.
But I wanted the chance to dabble in the code too -- so he set up a vault code repository. Vault has performed exceptionally over the long distances involved (see image).
You really can't get two people working further apart, unless you're willing to offshore your development to the moon. (Somewhere, i know, a web 2.0 company is planning on selling that very idea to some dull witted VCs)
(dragon inspired by trogdor the burninator, found via Harmony Steel.)
(Map of the world thanks to brave explorers who ventured out in bygone times and circumnavigated the globe, taking measurements along the way)
And as a longtime victim of microsoft sourcesafe, there was no effort involved in learning to use Vault. The more I look into it, the more I find interesting features I'm keen to play with. (For example, integration with Dragnet, the bug tracking system also from Sourcegear)(And I wonder what's in the email tab? (see image...)
By the way... Eric Sink DID NOT pay me to write this entry. Not that I'd object if he did.
Tue, 29 Nov 2005 03:31:52 GMT
I am damn excited about this! You're gonna like this too. I can tell, just from looking at you.
My colleague, Atli Oddsson and I have built a website at TimeSnapper.com, where you can download the updated and improved version of our winning entry from the Larkware developers competition.
(this new version is for the 1.1 framework, it has more options, and better help.)
In case you've arrived late in the game: TimeSnapper is a re-branded name for our tool called "Snapper" which is an "Automatic Screenshot Journal"
It sits in the background of your machine quietly taking small screenshots of everything you do.
Download it and run it -- all day every day. Put it in your startup, so you'll never forget to run it.
When it's time to fill out a time sheet, or review where all your time went, or work out why your machine crashed, -- TimeSnapper is the way to go.
When you're wondering when and why you started procrastinating this morning: TimeSnapper will show you where. It's scary the truths that TimeSnapper will reveal.
Mon, 28 Nov 2005 04:13:28 GMT
One thing every ajax developer needs: a 'waiting' icon to show that something is in progress...
Here's some examples, collected from around the web 2.0...
Fri, 25 Nov 2005 03:29:41 GMT
Articles that deal with the agony of a software lifestyle.
There seems to be a common thread amongst these articles... maybe I'm imagining things... they're all pretty damn interesting and well written pieces.
Wed, 23 Nov 2005 00:43:34 GMT
I just emailed a project manager at a company I know, and the email bounced back -- telling me her mailbox no longer existed.
I was surprised -- and assumed it meant that the manager in question had left the company (they do have quite a high turnover at the moment)
Turns out, she'd exceeded her company's ONE GIGABYTE LIMIT on mailbox size, and emails were being rejected in the meantime.
Welcome to 2001 guys! Pity you got here four years too late, and Moore's Law has moved on since.
Here's the equation as far as I can tell:
1 GIG of hard drive space:
Three hours of the manager's time cleaning up their hard drive space:
Making it appear to customers as if your key staff have quit:
Thu, 17 Nov 2005 03:05:17 GMT
What bugs you at software presentations?
Most people list complaints such as over-dependence on Powerpoint slides, small unreadable fonts, lecturers that talk too softly, or who mumble, demonstrations that crash.
My own pet peeve is a strange one.
Wed, 16 Nov 2005 02:11:37 GMT
Strewth Ruth. Atli Björgvin Oddsson and myself won the Grand Prize in the Larkware Programming Contest.
How did that happen? I hear you gasp. Well, here's the story.
Tue, 15 Nov 2005 03:48:42 GMT
I've been complaining a lot on this site lately. And it's not just me. Complaining is a common hobby, a near epidemic.
But what are some GOOD DEEDS we can do with our blogs and our abilities? How can we turn our brains around and use them for good instead of evil?
Ten Goods Deeds A Blogger Can Perform
- Install a Firewall on your mother's computer
- Put virus scanning software on your cousin's computer
- Run a spyware remover on your brother-in-law's computer
- Backup your dad's digital photos to CD ROM and store them somewhere away from his home
- Teach your grandmother to use email so she can get in touch with old boyfriends
- Teach your uncle why he shouldn't click on attachments
- Backup your nephew's website. He doesn't realise that the webserver is about to crash
- Someone in your family is a genealogical enthusiast. Help them put their research online
- Pay for some of that shareware you use every day
- Bite the bullet and publish some of that code you've written in your spare time
That's all i can think of for now. Now I'll go back to kicking injured puppies.
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 05:03:44 GMT
Yeh I know that I "should" reboot once I've received updates. But can you please tell me what has been updated? And give me a few clues as to what will go wrong if I hold off for a few minutes?
Interrupting my work every five minutes is a rude thing to do, so when you do it, please provide details.
Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:36:12 GMT
I don't think I've ever seen such a brilliant error message, as one I just found at solucija.com
It not only includes the connection details.... but the PASSWORD TOO!!!
I love the site's slogan:
What's your solution?
uh, my solution involves *not* telling everyone my password.
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 12:00:08 GMT
Not wishing to harp on ajax portals for too long... but here's a comparison of 'google/ig', live.com and the independent (french?) netvibes, in two categories: weather and aggregator.
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 11:17:39 GMT
Big news sweeping this net lately: Sony are evil
Sadly, few have stated the argument more elegantly than Pennino:
"People has to start boycotting products from these companies."
While I agree with Pennino, I particularly think that artists should be urged to boycott Sony. This is one of the most thoroughly pre-meditated crimes imaginable, and it has been performed in the name of talented and creative people. If they have any concern for their reputation (which we can be fairly certain they do) then they ought to look elsewhere for ways to distribute their work.
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 10:43:55 GMT
You've got a blog?
Here are five ways you can increase* the chance that your feed will show up properly in Live.com
(* update: live.com still reserves the right to fail at any moment)
Thu, 03 Nov 2005 04:51:34 GMT
I've really tried to resist bagging this big announcement from microsoft. but i've also made the mistake of trying to use live.com
Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together.
Pity that the 'out of the box' experience (1) didn't work, (2) wasn't simple (3) wasn't effortless and (4) lacked 'togetherness'.
I clicked all the bits that looked clickable, watched as things changed. One box said: "You can see your Windows Live Mail or Hotmail inbox here if you sign in."
Hmmm. I was already signed in... my name was displayed in the top right, proof positive that my sign-in was successful. But no email showed up. Five minutes of digging showed me that what they meant to say was:
"You can see your Windows Live Mail or Hotmail inbox here if you sign in *AND* you've joined the beta program, for which we send you to a page from which you have to hunt around before going to another page... and even then you'd better have hotmail because we don't accept anyone else."
But of course the real test of an aggregator is: Does it successfully aggregate secretGeek.net/rss.asp??... the answer a resounding NO!
Wed, 02 Nov 2005 04:42:59 GMT
'Passfaces' is some kind of proprietary technique for using a series of faces instead of a password.
Apparently it's intuitively easier to remember faces than letters.
It's funny the way memory works.
I'll always remember their website for the typographical errors.
Mon, 31 Oct 2005 04:26:30 GMT
Are any of these words ringing any bells?
Could someone please prepare some sort of injection device that can put all of this knowledge into my brain without hurting me too much. I am trying to use conventional reading materials, but the impedence mismatch is too great and my eyes are burning.
On the plus side this is one of the most fun things I've dealt with in years.
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 07:02:27 GMT
While I'm complaining about usability...
here's something i've seen in Yahoo mail that bugs me a little.
Sun, 30 Oct 2005 06:31:31 GMT
MSN Messenger just interrupted me (and millions of other people), insisting on installing a new version.
I was stunned by its arrogance. Not the interruption aspect. I've come to expect that from software. (It lives to annoy, and I am its humble servant). What gets me is the assumptions it makes on my behalf.
Fri, 28 Oct 2005 03:00:17 GMT
Sick of finding things in the last place you'd ever look?