Elf and Safety…

One of the joys of living in England is the plentiful opportunities for amusement (and sometimes even amazement) due to the proliferation of daft laws and rules emanating from our near-expired Government. According to an article in last week’s newspaper, it’s now illegal to sell a grey squirrel. It’s nice to know that the appropriate…

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Icon Do It (but only as an Administrator)

I’m convinced that there are millions of Windows users out there who spend a large proportion of their time just sitting staring at their computer, without actually running any programs. Maybe they can’t afford to buy the latest cool applications. Or the ones they’ve got don’t work on Windows 7. Or perhaps it’s a just…

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A Big Box of Windows

I watched some property development program on TV the other week about a “contemporary” new house with a “streamlined yet powerful” design. The comment from  the presenter was that it looked like “a big box with windows”. Aha! That’s what I’ve just bought! Though mine was delivered in a cardboard box with Dell labels on. But,…

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Move Over Harry Potter

I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been much of a patron of the dark arts. Mind you, a few years ago I was fascinated to see a chapter for a book on ADO.NET that I’d written come back from review with fifteen paragraphs about devil worship in the middle of it. I was about…

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To R2 Or Not To R2?

…that is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the server cabinet to suffer the outrageous lack of valuable new functionality, or to take arms against the powerful improvements to the core Windows Server operating system. And by opposing, manage without them? To sleep (or hibernate): perchance to dream of an easy upgrade. I guess you…

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Public Nopinion

I’m not quite sure how she did it, but this year my wife managed to convince me to follow the latest weekly pandering to public opinion that is “The X Factor” – our annual TV search here in Britain for the next major singing and recording star. I did manage to miss most of the…

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Ready for Hibernation

Usually the only time I feel like digging a big hole and climbing in is when I make some inappropriate remark at an important social event, or tell a rather too risqué joke during a posh dinner party. However, since I never get invited to posh dinner parties, and extremely rarely have the opportunity to…

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Can Writers Dance The Agile?

It’s probably safe to say that only a very limited number of the few people who stroll past my blog each week were fans of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Or even, while they might recall their 1968 hit single “I’m the Urban Spaceman” (which, I read somewhere, was produced by Paul McCartney under the…

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Suffering Suffixes, Batman

One of the features of working from home is that, if you aren’t careful, you can suddenly find that you haven’t been outside for several days. In fact, if you disregard a trip to the end of the drive to fetch the wheely bin, or across the garden to feed the goldfish, I probably haven’t…

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Unbound Generics: an Open and Closed Case

There’s a well known saying that goes something like “Please engage brain before shifting mouth into gear”. And another that says “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”. Yet, after what’s now more than a year as a fulltime ‘Softie, I’ve managed to avoid being flamed for any of my weekly…

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