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.NET Hobbyist Programmer Staying Confused in a Busy World January 2005 Entries
Home Depot Self-checkout Fails To Impress
Actually, it was an implementation of technology that just got me extremely irate. I was so upset that I just left my purchases there and went over to the nearby Lowe's ... but I am getting ahead of myself. There are plenty of other people just like me who are unimpressed with this technology, so I am not substantially advancing the discussion here. (I do hope I end up feeling better, though.) Try this Google search, or this one to see what I mean. I was attempting to purchase six things: a bag of ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 8:31 PM

Nautical Terminology: Crow's Nest
The raven, or crow, was an essential part of the Vikings' navigation equipment. These land-lubbing birds were carried onboard to help the ship's navigator determine where the closest land lay when weather prevented sighting the shore. In cases of poor visibility, a crow was released and the navigator plotted a course corresponding to the bird's flight path because the crow invariably headed towards land. The Norsemen carried the birds in a cage secured to the top of the mast. Later on, as ships grew ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 8:15 PM

Custom Forms Designer: Framework 2.0
In a comment to an earlier post, Tim Dawson pointed out that there are some significant improvements with respect to design surfaces in the upcoming .NET Framework 2.0. I was going to get to that after I covered what bits need to be assembled in order to get a design surface to work. Instead, I will modify my table now to indicate what the new Framework brings. Here is some info from MSDN2: ---------- The new DesignSurface class implements what the user perceives as a designer. DesignSurface is the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 8:10 PM

Symantec Antivirus vs. ZoneAlarm Firewall: The User Loses
If you are running some form of Symantec Antivirus and a ZoneAlarm firewall, you may have a problem that is not your fault. I am running Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition 9.0.2.1000 with ZoneAlarm Pro 5.5.062. I am in this situation and I do not like the result. The proximate cause of my problem is that a portion of the Symantec software will suddenly go to full CPU utilization and my computer acts like a sleepy dog. (Well, it is a dog by today’s standards (P3, 1.1GHz), but it is a working ......

Posted On Sunday, January 9, 2005 12:10 AM

Custom Forms Designer: Classes and Interfaces
An obvious first question when building a designer is: Where do you start? Unfortunately, the answer is that you need to start everywhere. A custom Windows Forms designer requires multiple interlocked services that all need to run correctly from the beginning. Getting this web of classes up an running is not trivial. Luckily, we have three operating samples at which to look. I will start this part of the discussion with a comparison of the classes and interfaces implemented in the three samples. ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 10:12 PM

Custom Forms Designer: The Goal
My previous post on a .NET custom forms designer was a basic listing of the samples that are out there and some of their merits. It was not an exceptionally enlightened piece, so I intend to correct a few things and add some additional detail over the next couple of weeks. I included a listing of interfaces and made an unfulfilled hint at completing a full-featured design surface. I’ll get to the point eventually, so bear with me on this. We are off on a voyage of discovery.... I listed five examples ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 9:29 PM

I Am a Safe Nerd
Or at least I think I am. Overall, you scored as follows: 31% scored higher,1% scored the same, and68% scored lower. What does this mean? Your nerdiness is: Low Ranking Nerd. Definitely a nerd, but low on the totem pole of nerds ......

Posted On Thursday, January 6, 2005 6:25 PM

Nautical Terminology: Log Book
In the very early days of sailing ships, the ship's records were written on thin shingles cut from logs. These shingles were hinged and opened like a book. The entire record was called the "log book." Later on, when paper was readily available and bound into books, the record maintained the name. Today, almost any record can be called a log. The ship maintains several legal records in logs. The ship's Deck Log is the primary record of daily events. It is maintained on the Bridge while underway and ......

Posted On Sunday, January 2, 2005 6:15 PM

New Year Happiness and Mourning
We are starting another new year. We have plenty to be both thankful and sorrowful for. We have our health and our family. We mourn the hundreds of thousands killed by the tsunami knowing that many more will die of disease and starvation. Many will never be counted. We are happy for a relatively calm election cycle here in the US. It could have been much worse, but the problems seem minor and are not in Florida. We are happy that Jeff provides us this wonderful place to hang our hat in the blogosphere. ......

Posted On Sunday, January 2, 2005 10:02 AM

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