Two IE 9 Tips

Selecting a Particular Home Page in Internet Explorer 9: I have 5 home pages that I add to Internet Explorer on every machine I use as a productivity workstation.  In version 8, I routinely go over to the drop-down arrow next to the home icon and select a particular home page.  That drop-down arrow is…


Re-discovering ‘1984’

I can’t listen to Goldfrapp, The Ting Tings, and The Scissor Sisters exclusively. Goldfrapp’s art, in particular, always absorbs my concentration. So I’m always on the lookout for stuff to have in the background. A few weeks ago, I had Escovedo’s wonderful ‘A Man On the Wire’ in heavy rotation. This week, I’ve rediscovered an…


In-Process Transport for the Windows Communication Foundation

I recently had a case where a thread running under one identity would process data periodically provided by a thread running under a different identity.  There are lots of ways of accomplishing this, but the priority for me was to do it in such a way that the purpose of all of the code would…


"Real-World Functional Programming" …

… is a book by Tomas Petricek and Jon Skeet.  It’s terrific.  It succeeds not just as an introduction to functional programming and F#, but also as a simply excellent programming text.  The reason it is superior is that the authors strived to teach concepts and the application of concepts, rather than simply convey the…


WeatherBug Live Tile is back …

… Once I added a new location, set that as my Live Tile location, confirmed Live Tile update, and then deleted that location and set my original one as the Live Tile location.  Phew. 


Selecting a Windows Phone device

Of the very many people I know who have Windows Phones, all of them except one opted for the Samsung Focus.  The odd person out happens to be me, who chose the LQ Quantum.  My choice was simple.  The Quantum is the one with the hardware QWERTY keyboard and I badly wanted a phone with…

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Controlling the orientation of a Windows Phone (Hacking the accelerometer)

Windows Phones, by definition, are equipped with an accelerometer for detecting the physical orientation of the device. Applications can subscribe to notifications from the operating system of orientation changes and adjust their layouts accordingly. Early reviews of Windows Phones were apparently in consensus that few applications would be orientation-aware. I’ve encountered just one, I think,…