Date/Time Formats and Conversions

In C/Windows land, there are a handful of different formats for storing date and time values. Unfortunately, you often need to convert between them to get something useful done, this also means it is important to know the properties of each format. Here is a cheat sheet for the standard date/time formats with some basic…

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Searching MSDN

MSDN has such an amazingly huge amount of content that it can often be cumbersome to find what you are looking for. For example, in the latest MSDN (published with Visual Studio 2008), if I try browsing the index for “JOIN”, I have to scroll past 50+ entries in order to get to SQL’s JOIN…

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Serving iCalendar from ASP

As a follow up to the previous post (http://blogs.msdn.com/joshpoley/archive/2007/12/10/creating-calendar-items.aspx), we will show how to serve up custom iCalendar files via an IIS web server.   The first thing to do is configure IIS to associate the .ICS file extension with the ASP script engine. This will allow us to create dynamic iCalendar files using our…

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Creating Calendar Items

It is nice to be able to allow team mates to optionally add meeting requests or reminders to their calendars through an informational email or web page. For example, if you have a website showing information on how team members can run a stress tool on their PC at night, you may want to provide…

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Online Numerical Recipes

An online version of the Numerical Recipes book has been available for a while now, but it has fairly recently moved, and the publisher has also placed the new (third) edition online. So I thought this was a good time to post out the current URLs for those information junkies out there, as it is…

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Debugging a BugCheck 9C

Disclaimer: A BugCheck 9C is a generic catch-all error code which signifies that the hardware has encountered a catastrophic error. The steps I took below helped me diagnose and fix the issue with my system. If you are hitting a similar error, the following may or may not help you, as multiple (and diverse) failures…

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