The CD Copy Protection Morons

The poor sucker in my wife’s family that drew my name for the annual christmas gift exchange bought me a copy of Fiona Apple’s new album, Extraordinary Machine (which is an excellent album, BTW, and took all my self control not to purchase earlier).  As it turns out, my wife had also bought this CD…

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Whidbey RTM!

The golden build has been sent to replication (actually it was the end of last week, and if you really want to know, the build itself was done the first week or two of October).  Soon, a good 64 bit development environment will be available to an MSDN subscriber near you.   One weakness you…

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How to make a no-inline inline function (and why you might want to)

The Windows folks had a problem with the AMD64 compiler last week.  The interference package is not quite as good as the x86 one, so when it sees something like this:   // header.h inline void foo(int a, int b, int c) {     bar(&a, &b, &c); }   // function.cpp #include “header.h” void func()…

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Useful DosKey + Command window titles

Mark got me mucking with my doskey macros again, and between the two of us came up with a fairly elegant mechanism that keeps the title of a command line reflecting the current directory you’re in: First, you need a little script turd that does this:@%* @title %CD% – %OTHER_STUFF_YOU_MIGHT_WANT_IN_YOUR_TITLE% I named that script ‘ttl.cmd’…

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Music & audio baloney

I wouldn’t describe myself as an ‘Audiophile’, but I do own a lot of music (over 400 CD’s, at last count).  As a collector of music, I have 2 primary problems:  How to store it, and how to actually listen to it, while still trying to keep it organized.   About 2 years ago, I…

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64bit ATI drivers for EMachines laptops

Mike Wall, a very bright guy from AMD, just forwarded this to me.  I figured it couldn’t hurt to put it here: <snip>If anyone has an Athlon 64 Emachines M6805, M6809, M6811 notebook and you’re running 64-bit Windows, here is how to get the ATI graphic driver to work properly: http://www.notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=74785 (thanks to an AMD…

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Driver complaint

<rant> Why is it that everyone decides to create their own whiz-bang interface for drivers & whatnot?  Why is it always so difficult to just say “Install my printer & use the Windows default interface for managing it”.  WiFi cards & printers are particularly bad (D-Link, HP, Epson, LinkSys, etc…), but then there are video…

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Hack to use Dell 1600n from x64!

I bought the Dell 1600n because it said it was a PostScript printer, assuming they just use standard PostScript drivers.  Well, as it turns out, there’s some lame stuff in either Dell’s printer drivers, or x64’s printer model that doesn’t let the normal PostScript Dell printer driver install.  All you actually have to do is…

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I’m (in)famous

It’s been a while – I’m now the proud father of 3 children, up from a mere 2, and I’m finally back at work, and resuming normal developer duties.  In the mean time, check out my glamorous appearance on “the .Net Show” on MSDN:   http://msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/episode.aspx?xml=theshow/en/Episode051/manifest.xml   I’m the 22 minutes listed under ‘Enter the…

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x64 RTM’ed yesterday!

I just had to write something.  The x64 OS RTM’ed last night.  I’m upgrading all my machines to it today.  It’s been a long haul, and I’m quite happy that it’s finally out the door. Now I’m just trying to find an article that discusses it for more than 1 sentence.  Everyone talks about Win2K3…

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