Category Archives: General

How to convert a string to ASCII in c#

This is one of those cases where smart-ass developers will tell you that you should not be converting strings to ASCII, because reasons… However, if you’re sending a file to a host-to-host banking system, or sending text to an external … Continue reading

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Who else modified QBASIC’s NIBBLES to run on Windows 95?

I just read a blog post by Raymond Chen. It’s a  historical post about getting an old MS-DOS game to run on Windows 95… But what really got my attention was one of the comments, where the commenter mentioned a … Continue reading

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Spammers need better targeting algorithms

I don’t check this blog’s stats much; my other blog is the one I focus more on these days. Since I just published something here, I decided to clean up the spam. Why would you auto-spam a programming blog, in … Continue reading

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Feeling like an imposter again

Sheesh… I read a few programming blogs, but one of them always ends up making me feel really stupid. Eric Lippert, I hate you! … OK, maybe I don’t, but the guy writes the most beautiful, concise code I have … Continue reading

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Thank you, Word auto recovery. Gosh, which one shall I use?

Perplexing… My notebook crashed on Friday, and I just returned to this Word document now. Word conveniently saved two versions of the document for me, including the original draft, apparently written some 370 years before I was born, and 51 … Continue reading

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Turning off those stupid Windows Live Calendar notifications

I’ve got to admit, for a computer programmer, it is pretty dumb that I didn’t know this, but I see I was not alone… What I’m talking about is those annoying birthday reminders that have been driving me nuts for … Continue reading

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Idiots should never troubleshoot anything

A few days ago, my Firefox browser at work started some annoying behaviour… It seemingly randomly gave me “The connection was reset” error messages. So I did the natural thing… instead of thinking about it, I Googled the error to … Continue reading

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1366×768 is not a resolution you should be using (or targeting), and some ASPxDashboadViewer hackery

Just a rant today… My screen resolution on my work laptop is 1920×1080, but my boss uses 1366×768. That’s a crap resolution. Since he demos the web applications we work on, on his machine, that frequently means that we have … Continue reading

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A nice fake quote CSS “trick” for public WordPress blogs

I have some serious topics I’d like to write about, but they take effort, and I don’t have time for putting effort into blog-writing at the moment. But here’s one little thing that I can share; something that has annoyed … Continue reading

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Stuff that I don’t understand

1. Spam I don’t get it. What good could it possibly do sending rubbish comments with links to blog comments? Surely nobody, besides the most stupid of idiots, would ever fall for that? Or is that the target market? No … Continue reading

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Zoo Tang Bada-Bing Spam Pollen

I hate SPAM. WordPress is getting better, or maybe most of the spammers have given up, but I did get this in my spam-box today: My pores and skin looked a whole lot better as I misplaced Zoo Tang Bada-Bing … Continue reading

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SPAM is SPAM

Of all the types of spam comments I hate, those actually deliberately posted by actual human beings, as apposed to spam bots, are the ones I hate the most. That is, posting nonsense links about your very own c# scheduling … Continue reading

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How to make McAfee SiteAdvisor go away

Update: I just read Mark Russinovich’s blog post entitled Hunting Down and Killing Ransomware. Hmm… I didn’t know that malware was now so aggressive, or that it was fairly prevalent, or that it could possibly use (for example) an IE … Continue reading

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Internet crimes and their suggested punishments

I originally published this post a while back on my other blog. Having upgraded my home PC, I decided to search for Windows 8 Power Toys. Hmm… a bad idea. It seems that people’s ideas of power toys has changed … Continue reading

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On Windows 8, insanity, painting and idiots

It occurred to me that this blog’s header promises the occasional descent into madness, but I haven’t done that for a while. So now is as good a time as any, right? Last weekend I finally bought a new PC. … Continue reading

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The Email Virus (that never was)

I used to enjoy reading the Daily WTF. But now it is full of articles like this. OK, so it is an interesting story about a nasty worm virus, and how a dumb manager got her just desserts for forwarding … Continue reading

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