Tuesday, August 23, 2005
The site is described as:
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail-in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.
It truly is fascinating.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Splogs - how I hate thee
I was astounded that about three quarters are obviously spam!
I just hope that this new feature at blooger.com doesn't just lead to an arms race with the spammers :(
[Updated] Obviously a sample size of twenty or so is too small. The next twenty or thirty were an even split.
VS 2005 disabled Dr. Watson for Windows?
I don't remember whether I elected to send data to Microsoft during the install?
I re-enabled Dr Watson using the information at
How to disable Dr. Watson for Windows, so hopefully I haven't buggered things up :)
Monday, August 08, 2005
The mouse and the three year old
Previously when he used my Powerbook I had noticed that that first thing he learnt were the keys that always had the same effect. He knew that if he pushed a DVD into the slot, then soon enough he would get to watch a movie. He would like to listen to his Play School music or whatever in iTunes, and soon learnt that F4 and F5 controlled the volume and that F11 exposed the background picture of himself and his younger brother. He would use the right arrow key to skip any songs he didn't like, but this only worked if iTunes was in the foreground. The most bizarre thing is that I learnt this keyboard shortcut from him, so I have no idea how he learnt it :)
Now that he has the iMac to play with, he has become an expert with the mouse. He knows how to click (although not to double click) and he even knows how to click and drag (although he does this with two hands!).
Recently I noticed that he leap up to the table when he noticed my Powerbook was not being used, used the trackpad to select iTunes from the dock and then clicked play to start the song playing.
I think that I was almost eighteen before I first touched a mouse and it only had one button and even had a wire!
Saturday, August 06, 2005
VS2005 Beta 2 Crashes
The first time I restarted VS2005 I was pleasantly surprised that a dialog sprung up apologising for the inconvenience and offering to restore the unsaved changes to the files that I had open during the crash. Very flash, I was impressed!
After the second crash, there was no offer to restore files. I am assuming that I had only recently manually saved, so it hadn’t done an auto-save yet perhaps?
Unfortunately Microsoft hasn’t learn anything from my crash experiences because I forgot that I had disabled the Error Reporting Service. I had disabled all services that I deemed non-crucial because I was trying to bring my memory requirements down to the absolute minimum. I had better remember to re-enable it next Monday just in case:)
Friday, August 05, 2005
Porting VB6 to VB.NET
Against the advice of our other wise minds, I decided to attempt to port the application from VB6 to VB.NET (Visual Basic .Net) so that I could take advantage of a couple of the updated features. There are a few places where multi threading will be invaluable - currently the application performs some long tasks that make the user wait for it.
The application is far from trivial - the project involves 43 classes, 26 forms and 4 module files that total up about 1100kB. It also takes advantage of some of the companies old VB5 libraries which had been ported from VB4 themselves. The project depended on four of our COM servers and about six Microsoft COM servers.
Oh yes, and I have never coded with .Net before.
Apparently yes, I am crazy :)
Anyway I started the porting using Visual Studio .Net 2003 the start of last week. I would sift through the errors messages after the vb6 import wizard had done its magic and then go back to clean up the VB6 code where appropriate. Unfortunately more than half of the forms simply failed to convert with no clear indication of what was wrong (it did seem to correlate with forms that used comdlg32 or tabctl32, but that may have been a red herring?)
I decided to try the vb6 import wizard in Visual Studio .Net 2005 Beta. Thankfully this appears to be much improved as every file got converted! There was still something like 250 conversion errors and warnings, but this also appeared to be better than VS2003 managed.
In the last week, I have managed to refactor most of the backend classes. I am not sure whether the front end forms is going to be the easier or harder part. I will comment on this in a later post.
Anyway, the take home story is that VS2005 appears to have greatly improved the VB6 import wizard.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Apple Multibutton Mouse?
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