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Designing .NET Class Libraries
From January through April 2005, MSDN posted a series of webcasts of some internal training that Brad Abrams and others held for Microsoft developers. There are 15 in the series. If you have not seen them, they are highly recommended. Even if you are not developing class libraries, they explain quite a bit about standards. After popular demand following the second presentation, Brad posted an Internal Coding Guidelines document to his blog. You may not agree with everything, but it is a great starting ......

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 10:39 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Avoiding Death
My weekends at home are fairly predictable. I spend the mornings coding the EDR, the afternoons doing house or yard work, and the evenings with the family and again with the EDR. Very predictable. This past weekend also had me perched near the top of a 14-foot ladder drilling into my pre-cast concrete window headers to fasten my hurricane shutter tracks. Ladder work is dangerous itself, but trying to hold up a 12-foot-long aluminum storm panel header track, getting it aligned and the Tapcons fastened ......

Posted On Monday, June 27, 2005 2:53 PM

Creating Program Icons
MSDN has an excellent explanation in their 2001 article on Creating Windows XP Icons. You will need a competent graphics program and the time to do the work. Need something quick? There are 132 sets of free icons over at Pixiegirl Presents, ranging from to useful, to the interesting, to the eclectic. Want something professional? IconExperience sells multiple collections on a range of subjects ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 22, 2005 7:12 AM

Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List
Now updated and expanded, go and read Scott Hanselman's 2005 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List.  Highly recommended, this is another link to keep around.

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 6:54 AM

Nautical Terminology: Port Holes
The term "port hole" originated during the reign of Henry VI of England (1485). King Henry insisted on mounting guns too large for his ship, and the traditional methods of securing these weapons on the forecastle and aftcastle could not be used. A French shipbuilder named James Baker was commissioned to solve the problem. He put small doors in the side of the ship and mounted the cannon inside the ship. These doors protected the cannon from weather and were opened when the cannon were to be used. ......

Posted On Saturday, June 18, 2005 12:12 PM

MSDN Event != Happy Spouse
My spouse is well-trained. Every time I attend an MSDN Event, the first thing she asks is if they handed out a free t-shirt. I had to tell her that there were no shirts this time. She was disappointed. She was again bummed when I told her the Microsoft pen was black ink. She is a blue ink fiend, and a connoisseur of pens. She got excited, though, that I had picked up two of the Microsoft notepads. She loves to use them for shopping lists. Naturally, she is tough to please. Today, Russ Fustino gave ......

Posted On Thursday, June 16, 2005 7:29 PM

The Snake Model
I came across an old email that forwarded The Differential Theory of the US Armed Forces, commonly referred to as The Snake Model. I have personal experience with the first 12 or so examples, and find they tend to support the personalities described with the exception of the Marines. Overall, I thought that this was quite appropriate once you get to know them, although some content could be viewed as rude. So for those who may, from time to time, have difficulty sorting out service operational differences, ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 3:21 PM

VB6 MSFlexGrid Gotchas?
I have mentioned before how I am supporting a legacy VB6 app. I now find myself having to add MSFlexGrid controls to a new form to support the user choosing from tabular data. I have never had to use the control before. There is no database behind the program, so I will be stuffing the data into the cells as I load it into the supporting data classes from disk. I will need to load/reload a “source“ MSFlexGrid based on user selection and copy the chosen value to a second MSFlexGrid where ......

Posted On Monday, June 13, 2005 9:58 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Storm Panel Installation Tips
Many people have been hitting my blog from Google for instructions installing metal storm panels. I cannot do that for everyone, since every house is different. Here are a few tips that I have learned based on my personal experience installing my storm panels. Since you are ready to install your metal storm shutters, I assume the following is true. You will be installing on a stucco concrete-block house. You have accurately measured your windows. You have ordered and received your storm panels and ......

Posted On Sunday, June 12, 2005 2:04 PM

Referrer Spam?
Recently, I have a gotten a couple of strange referrals. They come from different URLs, but all look the same. These refer to one of my older posts with a rather simple URL something like “http://buy-my-stuff.... and nothing else. It will be a commercial site rather than a search engine, blog or other such site. Strange. Accessing these sites, I usually get some form of "This account has been suspended" message. I can only assume that this is a form of referral spam. I know some blog ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 3:53 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Storm Panel Cost
How much does it cost to protect your windows with metal hurricane shutters? Not as much as you might think. I envisioned my big picture window costing $1500, but it was actually much less (see below). I am saving even more by installing the storm panel system myself. I estimate that each window would be double the cost if a contractor did the installation, though they would install them much faster than I am managing it. Also, you need to remember to include the cost of fasteners. As you can see ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 6:45 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Plywood Storm Shutters
I want to move a comment made to an earlier post up to the main blog. Since I made those comments, I have decided to install metal storm shutters on my house. My aluminum storm panels will be more durable and offer greater protection. Concerning plywood shutters, Richard lives in Ft. Walton Beach, FL and wrote the following. (I have made minor editorial edits.) Mark, saw your barrel bolt comment and thought I would write. I have the barrel bolt system (1963 Tampa builder suggestion) on my house and ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 8, 2005 3:12 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Storm Panel Installation Tools
My programming has dropped way off due to my day job, my eldest child's swim lessons (she floats!), yard and house maintenance, as well as storm preparations. Since I am my own contractor, I have to plan this around everything else as well as my day job. After last year's storms, I chose to go with metal hurricane panels as the most cost-effective means of real protection. I would have liked to go with a roller or accordion shutter solution, but they were both cost prohibitive. I will be breaking ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 3:45 PM

Hurricane Baby Boomlet
I guess it was inevitable. Hurricane Charlie roared through central Florida on August 13, 2004. Many people were without power for days. In some cases it was almost two weeks. Forty weeks later was May 20, 2005. Hospital data for the last 3-4 weeks shows a 18-26% rise in the birth rate. The story is here. I guess it had something to do with all those candles ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:39 AM

Nautical Terminology: Manning the Rails
This custom evolved from the centuries-old practice of "manning the yards." Long ago, men aboard sailing ships stood evenly spaced on all the yards and gave three cheers to honor a distinguished person. Now, men and women are stationed along the rails of a ship (or along the edge of the flight deck for big deck aviation ships) when honors are rendered to the President, the heads of a foreign state, or a member of a reigning royal family. Men and women so stationed do not salute. Navy ships will often ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 5:49 PM

TechEd: An Orlando Perspective
First, I am somewhat depressed that I am not attending a TechEd conference right here in my home town. It would be less than a 30 minute commute and I could stay in my own home. Regretfully, the day job is very busy right now and the family budget does not support me going off and having a week of fun by myself. For those of you in town for the conference, the humidity is normally not this bad. A tropical ridge has been plopped down on top of us for the past 5 or 6 days, so everything is soaked. ......

Posted On Sunday, June 5, 2005 12:10 PM

Electrical Designer's Reference
I enjoy my day job. For the past 23+ years the Navy has kept my life busy and interesting. Accidentally along the way, however, I have managed to complicate my life in unanticipated ways. The Electrical Designer's Reference is one of those ways. The Way Back story on the EDR goes back to 1997 when I lived in Carlisle, PA and was attending the US Army War College. I had some time available then since I was single, Carlisle was not the most exciting place to spend the winter, and wanted to expand my ......

Posted On Saturday, June 4, 2005 12:41 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Aluminum Storm Panels
We are now the proud owners of several hundred pounds of oily aluminum. I picked up our hurricane panel order yesterday. I placed the order eight weeks ago with Hurricane Depot and picked it up here in the Orlando area at a local distribution point (Lake Mary) of their manufacturer Town and Country Industries. The shutters were very fresh from the manufacturing process and still had their sheen of oil from going through the roll forming process. This is a set of custom-cut panels. I measured our ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 10:51 AM

2005 Hurricane Season Linkfest
The 2005 hurricane season is now underway and will run through the end of November. We probably should not expect much action until July or August, but you never know. Here are a bunch of links to everything hurricane. As I find more of interest, I'll add them here as well as in later entries. NOAA NOAA National Weather Service National Centers for Environmental Prediction National Hurricane Center, Tropical Prediction Center Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names for the Atlantic and the Eastern North ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 1, 2005 4:41 AM

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