PureText: a Handy Clipboard De-formatting Utility

I seem to spend a lot of time cutting text from web pages or Visual Studio and pasting it into email messages. Oftentimes this causes all manner of wierdness in Outlook 2003, especially when the email messages are formatted as rich HTML. I found a nifty utility which will remove most of the formatting information…

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The Really Important November Release

Have you ever felt like you were seriously out of touch? Like what was important to you wasn’t important to those around you and vice versa? Like a walking anachronism? Well I have. While everyone around me seems to have caught Halo Fever I’ve been quietly enjoying what is, to me, a far more significant…


Tuning ClearType (Underappreciated Technologies Series)

I recently got a new laptop, and in the process of setting it up discovered a great utility for tuning ClearType to your monitor (and your personal taste). If you don’t know about ClearType you aren’t alone. I’m surprised at how many people I know using laptops and digital LCD displays aren’t aware of or…


Windows Installer: Installing for Everyone in a Silent Install

[updated: cleaned up links] I got bitten last week by a subtlety in the way Windows Installer packages generated by Visual Studio 2003 handle installing for everyone rather than the default “Just Me” when being run as a silent install. Maybe less a subtlety in the installer than a gap in my understanding of the…

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STL.net

Great news for fans of std::sort(list.begin(), list.end()) who write managed code: Visual C++ 2005 is planning to include a reworked version of the STL combining good old C++ template syntax with the new CLI generics underpinnings. Stan Lippman has posted a primer on MSDN. My enthusiasm stems from the (possibly perverse) notion that, once you’ve…


Upgrading Qwest DSL Line to DMT

I upgraded Badger Hall’s DSL line last week from CAP to DMT. Painless? No (this is Qwest, after all). Worthwhile? So far, definitely. The saga began with a line on my phone bill saying (in effect) “Upgrade your DSL to 1.5 Mb/sec for free.” OK, I like free. And we were capped at 684 Kb/sec. Spoke with customer service who…

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NDoc and dotnetfx sp1 TP

[updated: cleaned up links] Ran into a bug in the shadow copy cache code in the technical preview of service pack 1 for the .Net Framework v 1.1 last week. After installing the TP I was no longer able to get NDoc to run (it began throwing InvalidCastExceptions when loading projects at startup).  Since I release…