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Paste without formatting using a single hotkey
Have you ever tried to copy text from one place and when you try to paste it, it ended up with all the formatting from where you copied from?Word, Excel, and even GMail suffer from this.Normally what you have to do is open up notepad, paste into notepad, select all, copy again, AND THEN paste it where you wanted it.Now you have another option, by using and installing PureText, that entire process has been shortened to Windows-V ......

Posted On Thursday, July 26, 2012 11:29 AM

Excel duration converts to date
I'm working on an Excel 2010 spreadsheet and I'm trying to put in durations for some tasks I want to schedule.The interesting thing is that up until a few minutes ago, I couldn't do it.I was entering in "47:00" and excel was (and still is) converting it to "1/1/1900 23:00:00"In my mind, I want the value to be 47 minutes, but for the life of me I cannot find a fix for this behavior.Here's the weirdest thing, I haven't had this problem in the past. Usually I put in times, add them up and they work ......

Posted On Monday, July 9, 2012 3:24 AM

Getting FxCop 10 to run under cruise control dot net
I don't know who Mikhail is, but his 4 year old entry on FxCop and CCnet was perfect.The only thing I needed to do was to change the references to from FxCop 1.35 to FxCop 10.I was prepared to use Basharat's solution, but it turns out that ccnet version 1.6.7981.1 is already taking care of the FxCop v10 reporting issues ......

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2012 1:16 PM

Installing MSMQ - The illustrated companion
Its been a while since I've played with Message Queuing and C# and decided that I should reduce that counter.During the simple process of figuring how to follow Microsoft's MSDN directions, I ran into a couple of headaches that could have been solved with a few navigational pictures. To the small number of people that this may help (and my future self when I need to do this again) here are the needed pictures.My journey started out with google and the keywords "installing MSMQ", the first selection ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 3, 2012 3:09 AM

Test Driven Development with vxml
It's been 3 years since I did any coding and am starting back up with Java using netBeans and glassfish. Right off the bat I noticed two things about Java's ease of use. The java ide (netBeans) has finally caught up with visual studio, and jUnit, has finally caught up with nUnit. netBeans intellisense exists and I don't have to subclass everything in jUnit. Now on to the point of this very short post ( request) I'm trying to figure out how to do test driven development with vxml and have not found ......

Posted On Friday, January 28, 2011 8:51 PM

Asus Machine fails to start due to missing msvcr.dll - what?
So first off a thanks to the internet, knoppix and a post over at My Symptoms: my laptop would not boot. Would not let me get anywhere. Just like the symptoms in the post. Thankfully, all I had to do was go rename my avg directory and all was good. But I needed something to boot from and I knew and trusted Knoppix from my past linux experimental days. If it wasn't for Knoppix, I would have probably reformatted my ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:30 PM

Setting up Squeeze Pages on Geeks With Blogs
In recent years I have fallen in love with marketing and I'm wondering if anyone has successfully implemented a squeeze page on their GeeksWithBlogs page? What is a squeeze page you ask? It's a simple tool used by marketers to collect your first name, your e-mail address so that they can put you on their list and give you stuff. People put themselves on your list because they find value in what you are saying and they want to be notified when you have more ......

Posted On Sunday, November 28, 2010 9:54 PM

Google Analytics in Geeks With Blogs
Ok, that was cool and somewhat easy. Sign up for Google Analytics add your GeeksWithBlogs (GWB) url (mine is " You will be given a chunk of code. Log into your GWB page, select Options | Configure At the bottom of the page (underneath where it says "Static News/Announcement") paste that code in. Go to a couple of your pages, use some of the navigation. Go back to google analytics and click check status. You should be set. Oh, and if you haven't checked the thirty ......

Posted On Friday, July 3, 2009 5:56 PM

Microsoft Robotics Studio - What?
Once more, Microsoft is handing out free tools, and doing cool stuff, and putting the fun back into programming. This is not a game, it's a full fledged robotics language, and simulator. Ever wanted to show how easy it would be to have robot navigate a maze or program a rescue robot, or a soccor droid? Well now you can. Currently the only one available is the maze navigation (complete with traps), but more will be released over the course of the year. It looks like you can upload your program, and ......

Posted On Monday, June 2, 2008 4:03 PM

Good Bye TDD
Have you seen the new buzz phrase for TDD? Pretty much, they just changed the name from Test Driven Development, to Behavior Driven Development. It's an NLP experiment that I'm looking forward to seeing fleshed out. Long story short, the problem with TDD is the word "Test"... *WAY* too much baggage, and charge on that one single word. Consider: "Testing your code is a good if you're a new programmer" "Our department does testing at the end of a project ... if there's time" "I'm a developer, I don't ......

Posted On Friday, June 15, 2007 12:44 PM

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