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urig Tidbits from a .net life July 2006 Entries
ASP.Net CustomValidator is useless for empty controls
For years I've been living with the unsettling feeling that there's something mysteriously wrong with ASP.Net's CustomValidator control. Every time I made the courageous decision to tackle this elusive control and try to harness it for my use, something would go wrong. Something I couldn't quite put my finger on until now. I've just discovered the terrible secret behind the CustomValidator control: it doesn't fire if the control to be validated has an empty value. Here it is, in black on white, from ......

Posted On Thursday, July 27, 2006 3:17 PM

Force Explorer to Start With the Folder You Want
How many times a day do you click the Windows Explorer shortcut in your Quick Launch toolbar and then navigate to the folder where you do most of your work? Here's a tip from the wonderful Windows Annoyances website that saves me the trouble of navigating the same path over and over again - I "Force Explorer to Start With the Folder You Want". Make me mad to think why Microsoft fail to provide easy documentation of explore.exe's command line options ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 19, 2006 8:18 AM

Windows Live Messenger connectivity to Yahoo! Messenger is disappointing
The new feature that allows Windows Live Messenger Beta users to connect directly to Yahoo! Messenger users is disappointing. The main reason is that the new feature will only work if your Yahoo! Messenger friends are running the latest beta version. Cosidering how bad the current Yahoo! Messenger 8 Beta version is, it's unlikely that many people will use it anytime soon. So it's unlikely any of my Y!M contacts will be available to me through the superior Windows Live Messenger. It's as if the lame ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:36 PM

The neatest Notepad trick ever.
Who knew the old Notepad.exe still had secrets hiding among its modest codebase? Try this: Open a new text file with Notepad. On the first line type .LOG (in capital letters). Save the file and exit Notepad. Now, every time you open the file in Notepad, it will be opened on the last line and a time stamp will appended to it just before that. The file is effectively a poor man's journal. How neat is that? :) via Gadgetopia ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 3:09 PM

How to make Windows XP prefer one network connection over the other
I have two network adapters in my home computer. One goes into my cable modem and hooks me up to the internet. The other goes to my router (which further connects to my XBOX and to a laptop whenever I have one). Recently I've been experiencing an annoying problem. The dialer program that connects me to my ISP via my cable modem failed to connect and consistently reported "Error 769 - The specific destination is not reachable". After some tinkering I realized that this would go away only if I disabled ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 7:08 AM

Benji Smith's rant: "Why I Hate Frameworks"

This is just too good a laugh for me not to post about.

Don't worry, it's not a blonde joke.

Posted On Sunday, July 2, 2006 2:40 PM

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