Visual Studio Tip : AutoFormat Your Code

Has this ever happened to you? You find some code on the Net so you copy and paste it into a source file within Visual Studio and notice that all the formatting is somehow messed up. For example. some lines might be indented while others are not. To have Visual Studio fix it all up…

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C# WebCam User Control Source

Some people have asked if they could take a look at the source for the WebCam Vista Sidebar gadget. After a little bit of cleaning up, I’m posting it now for you to take a look at. Here are some things worth mentioning: 1. Uses the DirectShow.NET library 2. I found some source in VB.NET…

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New & Improved NHL Schedule Importer for Outlook

*EDIT* Looks like the nhl.com scheduling page has changed thus breaking my importer. I’m working on a new version but no idea when it will be done. I’ve taken the link down. Ok, I redid the whole application (since I lost the source code) and added some new features as well. The previous application utilized XML…

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Use for the WebCam Sidebar Gadget

Someone asked “Why would I want a WebCam Sidebar Gadget to display my webcam in realtime”? Good question. Answer: So you are prepared when the maiger strikes again! It’s Friday. What can I say.

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Creating .NET Sidebar Gadgets…The Easy Way

So you want to create a Vista Sidebar gadget and you want to use .NET to do so. While it is certainly possible, it does have a few hurtles to jump. 2 of the major hurdles include assembly registration and gadget uninstallation. Let me explain: First off, let me explain the typical setup of a…

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Fourth of July Vista Sidebar

I found a screensaver that plays nicely with my Vista ScreenSaver Sidebar gadget. Just in time for the 4th of July!  First, go get the ScreenSaver gadget and install it to your sidebar: http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=e321409b-231a-4da0-905c-0580c732223e&bt=1&pl=1 Next, go grab the SkyRocket ScreenSaver and install it to your C:\Windows\System32 directory: http://www.fileplanet.com/164987/160000/fileinfo/Skyrocket-Screensaver-%5BFREEWARE%5D  Open the configuration options for the Sidebar…

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My St. Patrick’s Day Dash Results and Healthier Lifestyle Update

I, like many other people in the Seattle area, ran the St. Patrick’s Day Dash yesterday. For those that don’t know, I was a formerly heavy guy (see my I’m not half the man I used to be post). Last year I ran the race I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now and the year…

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My Screen Saver Vista Sidebar Gadget

 For some reason, I’m drawn to creating things that are just cool while not altogether useful (see my Animated Activity Designer post, though one could argue that it may in fact be useful). To that end, I decided to create a Vista Sidebar gadget that displays a screen saver of your choosing. Vista has some…

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I’m not half the man I used to be…

I’m about 3/4 what I used to be. I recently finished the 20/20 weight management program of which Microsoft pays a large portion of. I started the Monday before Thanksgiving (why oh why did I not start after Thanksgiving) and just recently finished at the end of May. It was a 27 week program consisting…

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Here we go again

I remember some parts of that historic day so long ago.  It was a beautiful spring morning on Sunday which meant plenty of time for playing outdoors. I was 7 at the time and still getting used to the fact that I had a new baby brother (who was almost one by this time).  I don’t…

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