Invoking the Dark Side (using a cassette player)

I previously thought that the reason you used to see miles of cassette taped entwined in the bushes at the side of motorways was because the driver discovered that his or her Mother had accidently put a “James Last Plays Christmas Carols” tape back in the driver’s Black Sabbath or Pink Floyd cassette box. Needless…

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Joie de VB-er

Well I’d have to say I haven’t had so much fun for ages. Playing with familiar stuff (and some less familiar stuff) has revived my joy of writing complicated algorithms and creating useful utilities. It’s almost like being back in the old days of creating COM components for classic ASP web sites to do the…

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In At The Depend

Which is the best way to prevent intrusion attacks on your server from the network? What is the largest size of application XAP file you can deploy to a Windows Phone 7 device? When should you cache the data used by your application in memory? How many magicians does it take to change a rabbit?…

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Monuments To Our Brief Moment In Time?

I can’t help wondering what people will actually make the effort to go and see in a hundred years time. What are we creating now in terms of engineering marvels or wondrous architecture that our grandkids’ grandkids will pay money to visit? Compared to the places we went on out recent tour of England, what…

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The Only Place I Can Phone Is Home

OK, I might as well admit it – I’m a mobile technology dinosaur. My mobile phone is obviously of no use at all these days because the only thing you can do with it is make and receive phone calls. As I discovered a couple of weeks ago while on a brief touring holiday around…

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