the windows style guide

I am a UI programmer.  I work on the BrowserUI team.  Of course, very little of my time is spent actually making UI–the buttons and toolbars and such.  Adding a button takes a few minutes out of my week.  Writing the code to implement whatever the button does takes most of my time.  When I…

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chess

I am currently taking an AI class in the evenings.  I am posting this link for my own reference.  This is a chess program that draws its thinking for you.  It is really pretty. Chess program.

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oppressive fork clarinet

Raymond’s eagerly awaited spam-graph post went live today.  Since he works downstairs I got a sneak peak at it earlier this week.  Since then I have been thinking about spam a bit.  Spam used to really annoy me.  I have an old university account that does nothing but accumulate spam now, but I login and…

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how to cleanly start and stop explorer.exe

If you are running Windows XP and want a cmd prompt with no strange environment variables set, do the following: CTRL+SHIFT+ESC->File->CTRL+New Task (Run…)This will open a cmd window with only the basics.  This is useful if you have killed Explorer and need to restart it.  Explorer will keep the environment of the cmd window that…

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the black ink blot

Saw this today on metafilter.  A CS grad student in Dublin has found a way to figure out what is under those black ink blots in classified documents.  I was just wondering last night if there was some way to do this.  We had been discussing censoring soldier’s letters at lunch yesterday.  I wonder how this will effect…

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the wrongness of “how do i disable right-click on my web site?”

This question comes up frequently and generally the asker really means, “How can I prevent people from stealing the [content | script] from my Web site?”  And there are a few things you can do to make it more difficult.  You can add onContextMenu handlers (to prevent the default context menu from displaying).  You can obfuscate…

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gee, that is a nice mouse

I inadvertently won a new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Tilt Wheel Technology, the Look and Feel of Leather, and Three Times Longer Battery Life.  So I plugged it in.  It is actually a really nice mouse.  They finally made it so the scroll wheel does not click.  I am all about the firm, smooth-rolling scrolling. …

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channel 9

If you have not had a chance to check out channel 9, click on over. 

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direct to my wrist

I got one of these.  It was given to me by a coworker.  I have been wearing it.  It entertains me in meetings and such, but it does not update as often as I would like.  It seems I do not get reception for it inside the building where I work.  <snif/> 

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television security and msn security

A news channel in North Carolina made a classic security mistake.  This is similar to a mistake that MSN made a while back.  There was a web page that verified your username/password before allowing you to make account changes, but the subsequent pages did not check the authentication– the account name to use was simply…

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