PC Magazine: 1982-2009

It’s old news by now, but I couldn’t let it go by without saying a few words about an old friend who’s no longer with us. PC Magazine began life as a print magazine in 1982. And what a magazine it was! In the early days of personal computing, which were like the wild west…

PowerShell: One Year Later

At the end of 2007, I made a New Year’s resolution to start using PowerShell as my command window. Amazingly, that’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept in my life! Shocking, isn’t it? What’s even better is that by using PowerShell, it made me taller, better looking, and smarter, too. Well, not the two former,…

Paraffin 3.0 – Now with Full WiX 3.0 Support

Congratulations to the WiX team on hitting the Beta milestone for WiX 3.0! Now that code and schema changes are on the ramp down on the project, I thought it was the time to update my Paraffin tool to offer full support for WiX 3.0. If you didn’t see the original set of blog posts…

Setting the Record Straight on XamlReader.Load

Many Silverlight developers (myself included) have found out the hard way that applications that use XamlReader.Load often don’t work on PCs in Europe and other parts of the world. I blogged about this a couple of weeks ago but had some erroneous information in my blog entry. I have since conducted more rigorous testing and…

Survivor: India

International travel can be a joy or it can be a pain. As I pack my bags to return to Hyderabad, India this afternoon, I’ve tried to pack my carry-ons smartly but lightly. My carry-on items include: Spare pair of short pants (it’s hot in Hyderabad, even this time of year) and a T-shirt in…

Silverlight Enigma Simulator Updated

Thanks to a comment left in my blog, I realized that my Enigma simulator didn’t perfectly replicate the operation of a real Enigma. I have updated the code and you can download it from here. If you simply want to run the simulator, click here. You’ll notice that the letters on the rotor wheels now appear…

IE7 Running Slow as Molasses? Try This

A few weeks ago, IE7 suddenly slowed down on my main PC. Each time I’d start it up, IE7 would take several seconds to get past the “Connecting…” message, meanwhile leaving me staring at a blank window. Once I got to the first screen, performance improved, but occasionally clicking a link would produce a 404…

PDC 2008 Thoughts

Just when you thought everything was said about the PDC, I thought I’d add a couple of notes from my perspective. I’d planned on doing this earlier, but am still recovering from all the parties and had to wait for the Mike Mathis to upload the best picture of the PDC, which is below. Fellow…

New version of Power Threading Library dated October 30, 2008

The latest version of Jeffrey Richter’s free Power Threading Library, which includes a DLL for use by Silverlight applications and components is now available for download. The Silverlight version includes Jeffrey’s popular AsyncEnumerator class that allows developers to use a synchronous programming model while performing asynchronous operations. This allows developers to create very fast and…