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I've been hacked!
First, what happened: I can’t believe it, but my home machine was actually hacked into this weekend. I had installed RealVNC 4.1.1 some time ago, so I could access my machine from afar, although frankly I use RDC much more often, as it is more secure. I just never turned VNC off… Well, I sure should have. See this link for information about the vulnerability in this version of Real VNC: http://secunia.com/advisori... The screen saver always locks my desktop, it keeps the kids off the computer ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 11:58 AM

Dock property headaches, when the control docked to TOP overlays the top of the FILL control...
I've been fighting with this a few times, and did exactly what is described in the following article - fiddled with things until it worked. But this time I was having no luck, and googled the right words, and found this gem of an article on the Document Outline Window, a feature of VS 2005. I won't repeat what it says, just go read this article if you are tearing your hair out trying to get components to dock where you've asked them to dock, and in the order you wish them to dock... Also if you've ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:13 PM

Visual Studio 2005 takes *forever* to load a project
I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but it is getting pretty annoying. I have a VS2005 project that is version controlled with VSS. When I open the project, it takes up to 4 or 5 minutes to open. This time I did a little digging, and see that the devenv.exe CPU is at from 15 to 40%. Watch the network, and I see that it is very busy reading data. Nothing else going on, it is definitely VS2005... Most likely going to my VSS server. By the time the project finally opens, it has used 3.5 ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:09 AM

CAB/SCSF Constants classes, their hierarchy, and Intellisense
When I generated my first SCSF "Hello World" client application to see what it was all about, I noticed that there was a folder called "Constants" and in each folder there were generated four source modules: CommandNames.cs, EventTopicNames.cs, UIExtensionSiteNames.cs, and WorkspaceNames.cs. This folder was found in the Infrastructure.Interface module, but also in each module "FooModule" I had the factory generate, it would create this folder in the two VS projects it would create, one being the ......

Posted On Monday, March 12, 2007 3:49 PM

Composite UI Application Block and the Smart Client Software Factory (CAB/SCSF) training
Fellow GeeksWithBlogs blogger Patrice Calve posted a brief note earlier today about a four day class regarding the Composite UI Application Block and the Smart Client Software Factory (CAB/SCSF) taught by David Platt of Rolling Thunder that just finished up today. I have to agree completely with Patrice, having been there myself the past four days, that it was a great way to get grounded in how the SCSF and CAB work, and what "best practices" to follow when utilizing its many features. We were able ......

Posted On Friday, March 9, 2007 10:47 PM

Where to keep those user ids and passwords? How about Password Safe?
I can't remember all the userids and passwords I need at all the websites I go to. I can't imagine anyone can! But where do you store them? You can write them down, but you need to put them in a safe so no intruder gets access to you bank accounts, etc... I've used an old copy of CryptInfo on my Palm device for a long, long time. But now I've found a better alternative, and it is open source and free! You can find out more about it here:http://passwordsafe.so... It is a Windows application, ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 6:03 PM

Downloading your web page with table or grid information into Excel
I know this topic has been covered in a lot of places, but I thought I'd post a real simple solution to this simple problem. If you have a web page with a table / grid, and your users then tell you it would be great if they could download that into Excel, you have a few options. With IE, if you right click on the page, there may be an option to "Export to Excel". This sometimes works, but I've had pages where this returns nothing for some reason. Also any formatting such as background color and so ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 12:22 PM

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