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Microsoft Legalese
I think one of the most lucrative jobs a lawyer could do would be to have Microsoft as a client. Microsoft posted their annual and quarterly results today, and the computer press went gaga over the numbers. I do not knowingly invest in the company, but I saw something else interesting on their announcement web page. A large majority of the announcement was a list of caveats that essentially absolved Microsoft from any and all responsibility for events up to and including nuclear war. I present for ......

Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:06 PM

Office Survival: What They Say Versus What They Mean
There are many situations where the following translations apply. I am sure you can think of a few. Statement: A careful analysis and review are underway at this time.Meaning: We haven’t looked at this yet. Statement: This is an interim reply to assure you we are working diligently on the problem.Meaning: The new guy gets this project, but he doesn’t start until next week. Statement: Unfortunately, your request to attend could not be approved.Meaning: We’re going and there’s ......

Posted On Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:03 PM

Hurricane Fixes Artificial Reef

This is neat: Dennis fixes artificial reef by turning Spiegel Grove upright

It is about the only good news I have heard during the last five hurricanes.

Posted On Saturday, July 16, 2005 2:13 PM

Hurricane Recovery: Dangerous Generators
In this post from last year, I stated that you could safely backfeed your house from a generator if you did it correctly, but that doing so incorrectly was dangerous -- dangerous as in someone being dead. It seems that the latest victim is a Georgia electric utility worker who was apparently electrocuted by a generator which was improperly connected. This is tragic and need not have happened. I want to restate a caution that I said last September: you need to know what you are doing with your home ......

Posted On Saturday, July 16, 2005 2:10 PM

Blog Tweaking
I will be tweaking the appearance of my blog over the next several days, so excuse the progressive changes.  I am also reminding myself about what I have forgotten about customizing CSS as I go.

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 8:20 AM

The VB6 IDE Verses the MouseWheel
I have to do my EDR work in VB6, and I was getting very irate with not having my MouseWheel. Rob Chartier posted a timely reminder that there was a fix for that deficiency. I have repaved my machines so many times since we started the EDR back in 1997 with VB5 that I forgot which add-ins I had used over the years. Now why did I not think of using Google to find "Mouse wheel events do not work in the Visual Basic 6.0 IDE" ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:58 PM

Nautical Terminology: Three Mile Limit
The original three-mile limit was the recognized distance from a nation's shore over which that nation had sovereign jurisdiction. This border with international waters, or the "high seas," was established because, at the time, three miles was the longest range of any nation's most powerful guns. Therefore, it was the limit at which shore batteries could enforce the nation's laws. The 1988 Territorial Sea Proclamation established the "high seas" border at the current 12-mile limit. Note: There are ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 1:09 AM

Hurricane Preparations: Get in Line for Installed Shutters
The more I read, the happier I am with my choice to install my own hurricane shutters. This article describes the problems people are having trying to get a contractor to do the installation. Once you get past the rip-off artists, it will take time just to get the materials. I know, since I had an eight-week wait for my aluminum panels. With the materials available, you need to get the contractor to do the install. The guy I bought my panels from was scheduled through the end of the year, and that ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 5:14 PM

Hurricane Dennis Observations
We are very thankful here in the Orlando area that Hurricane Dennis went elsewhere. We feel for the people in the Pensacola area who are getting whacked by the storm, which is coming ashore right about now. Central Florida got hit by some strong storms from the feeder bands, but they were very much like our almost-daily thunderstorms. I saw some tree damage, but no building structural damage. I also see that my weatherdude and reporter predictions have come true. They are using videophones to go ......

Posted On Sunday, July 10, 2005 12:17 PM

Custom Base Exception Class - V3 (C#)
A long time ago, I posted a VB version of this code and thought I would post the C# version since I have gotten several requests. I have not tested it too extensively yet, but it is working so far. I had to remove the XML documentation comments for posting here. I have made some improvements over the VB version, but not significantly. Eventually I will be posting the whole project structure to CodeProject. using System; using System.Text; using System.Runtime.Serialization; namespace Kobra.Error ......

Posted On Saturday, July 9, 2005 1:38 PM

Hurricane Preparations: Surviving Pontificating Weathermen
I had a great post ready yesterday until the blog ate it. Silly me did not copy to clipboard prior to hitting the Post button. Sigh. That I will be able to survive. What may kill us all will be the meteorologists. Two storms are brewing -- TS Cindy and soon to be TS Dennis. Let the hyperventilating begin! Each burst of thunderstorms since June 1 has been cause for alarm. Each Special Tropical Disturbance Statement has been thoroughly chewed over. Each satellite loop played endlessly over and over ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:30 AM

Laying Out a .NET Project: Three Programmers
Subtitle: Or how to start an argument without really trying. I got into an interesting conversation recently with some experienced programmers who were currently using C# to develop applications at three different companies. Each had a different background: the oldest first learned Fortran before using more than a dozen different languages at a variety of companies, the second learned C first and did device driver work before moving to C++, the third first learned Turbo Pascal then branched out to ......

Posted On Sunday, July 3, 2005 11:32 PM

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