Finding the SSID of your wi-fi network on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Finding your IP address I have already covered, now for the next useful thing: your SSID name. Although MSDN documentation seems a little sparse in this area, this function works well for me so far. Note that simply enumerating until you get a wireless network is insufficient, as recently-used networks also show up: the trick…


Crazy Digital Dates

A certain VP pointed out that early this morning it was 01:02:03 04/05/06 (US date format), which reminded me of my youth: I can clearly remember standing in the school playground at lunchtime, all looking a our cool digital watches as it became 12:34 5/6/78 (UK date format). Yes, digital watches were the iPods of…


Updated NoStepInto article for Whidbey

I have updated the post at http://blogs.msdn.com/andypennell/archive/2004/02/06/69004.aspx to include information on Visual Studio 8.0 (Whidbey) as the registry location has changed. Sorry for the lack of blogging for the last few months, I have some more in the works, honest.


Vista Compatibility: My Personal List

Following the travails of my Vista install at home (and subsequent success), I will be listing my success (and failures) as I gradually re-install my old software and hardware onto this new operating system. As I am running the 64-bit version I frankly expected a harder time than I have got so far, and I…


Property Grids Suck

I couldn’t put it better myself than Avery does in his VirtualBlog – Property Grids Suck. Not only do they suck, but the use of the word Properties in what feels like half the common menu items in VS 2005 gets to me even more. There’s even a great feature in the C++ project system that…


Good Places to Eat with Toddlers #2: Redhook Brewery

Redhook’s pub, Forecasters, has a casual attitude and admit minors, so it makes a great family destination. It goes without saying that they have great beer, the food is not bad either, but the best bit is in the summer: the beer garden out back. It’s great for kids as it is pretty well walled in,…


New blog category: Fatherhood

As it is difficult for me to blog about my work for the moment, I decided to blog about something that takes most of the rest of my time up: Fatherhood. We have a darling 2yr old daughter, Madeline, and the last 2.5 years have been combinations of fun, tiredness, frustration, and delight. When I…


DVDs in 1080i, from a network share: Nirvana

I have moved this posting regarding the beta 2.0 software for the Roku HD1000 to my personal web site at ControlAV. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Celebrating the first Apollo Moon Landing

In a matter of days it will be the 40th anniversay of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, a seminal moment for humanity, at least as far as I am concerned. Less than a hundred years since man figured out he could fly, three men travelled to another celestial body and came back to tell…


BBC America: Why Do You Hate Me So?

I’m sorry but I have to rant about BBC America’s Guide Data that my Tivo uses. My TV enjoyment is determined entirely by how well or otherwise my TiVo works. In my seven years of using TiVo, only once has it not recorded something I wanted. However, in order for it to do its job…