What do I think of Windows 8?

After playing with Windows8 a bunch yesterday, all I have is a scene from “The Princess Bride” running thru my head: Inigo Montoya: MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA! YOU KILLED MY START MENU! PREPARE TO DIE! [Inigo corners Count Rugen, knocks his sword aside, and slashes his cheek, giving him a scar just like Inigo’s]…

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Fixing WebRequest’s desire to throw exceptions instead of returning status

My pappy always used to tell me “There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of ‘em have to pee on the electric fence.” … somedays, I’m surprised how often I get to pee on the damn fence. So, here I am writing…

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Speaking tomorrow at VanLUG!

I’ll be in Canada tomorrow at the Vancouver Linux User Group meeting. I’ll be talking about Microsoft, Open Source and CoApp. If you are interested in showing up: Time: 7:30 PM-10 PM Where: iQmetrix offices 250 Howe Street – Suite 1210 Vancouver, BC V6C 3R8 CANADA I’d love to have ya’ll out! And, Pizza &…

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Yeah, we’re still Alive!

It has been an extreme amount of time since I’ve done a status update—we’ve been working hard here, honest!  Under a stack of what seems like a million little things, blogging has taken a backseat to development in recent months, but I’m hoping to correct that (and have some others do some blog posts too!)…

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Simulating Symlinks for Windows XP/2003

(cross-posted from the mailing list) As I mentioned in my last post, CoApp’s design relies heavily on the use of Symbolic Links (symlinks)—a feature which is implemented fairly well in Windows Vista and beyond, but is missing in earlier versions of Windows. Cygwin tried to work around the limitation by using shortcuts (.LNK files), which…

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How to create/unpack zip files in .NET without GPL Code

The question occasionally comes up regarding how to create Zip files from C# without using GPL (or LGPL) code.   If license isn’t an issue, the simple answer is always is to use ZipLib (http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SharpZipLib/) which is a wonderful, and well known library for manipulating zip files. The other solution is to grab WiX  3.5 (http://wix.codeplex.com/)…

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CoApp FAQ: A few important distinctions.

(cross-posted from the mailing list) It’s been suggested a few times over the last several weeks that CoApp won’t provide any value for the .NET community. With the emergence of several alternative projects to provide a form of package management (NPack, OpenWrap, nu-net, and others), I figured I’d better make some time to explain how…

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Ramblings: A model for a sustainable meritocracy

I wrote this a couple years ago, and I ended up in a #cls10 session related to it, so I thought I’d post it unedited. Feel free to destroy it.     Idea:    A self-regulating community meritocracy model for collaboration and cooperation.        This can be applied to any type of collaborative organization where individuals…

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