The ‘start’ command from CMD

Another little CMD window utility that I learned recently: start. I just typed start /? and I learned way more than what I was expecting. I usually just use it when I want to open a Explorer window at my current location. c:\foobar\>start . This will open Explorer in the “c:\foobar\” folder.

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The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html It’s fun the things one finds when clicking around blog rolls. Windows Messenger 5 was the first application I worked on at Microsoft. I was put in charge of localization and I learned an amazing amount. Those of you who work in English-speaking countries with only English-speaking customers probably have no clue about the…

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Using UNC paths from CMD: PushD & PopD

This has to be one of the most useful features I never new about (until about 4 weeks ago). C:\Documents and Settings\kmoore\Desktop>pushd \\server\userfiles\kmoore Z:\kmoore>copy myfile.txt d: 1 file(s) copied. Z:\kmoore>popd C:\Documents and Settings\kmoore\Desktop>dir /b myfile.text This works with local drives, too. So if you working in My Documents and you want to check something in…

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Have you heard of BitTorrent?

BitTorrent is one of my all-time favorite OSS applications. I think it is a concept that hasn’t fully reached it’s potential. I’ve never been able to throttle my pipe at work, but with this thing I was downloading at almost a megaBYTE/sec. Check out the introduction. If only Windows Update used this…

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Unifying Tables, Objects and Documents

Awesome paper from our friends at Microsoft Research. Unifying Tables, Objects and Documents [PDF] I can’t wait for this kind of flexibility in my code.

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Mozilla 1.5 is out today

I’m a lover of all things software, regardless of their origin or licensing. Mozilla 1.5 came out today and I happily downloaded it. Seems like the only improvements are in Tabs, but I’ve been more and more impressed with each new release. Check it out. http://mozilla.org

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First post: A conversation with Anders Hejlsberg

This is my first blog entry. Pretty exciting. I’m sure once the PDC gets rolling, I’ll have other details for this page. For now, I wanted to share an interesting set of interviews with Anders Hejlsberg, Distinguished Engineer for C# and the Common Language Runtime (CLR). http://www.artima.com/intv/nonvirtual.html This is a link to the last interview, which…

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