OK so I’m a big fat liar

All you lucky people in England have probably been hearing this on the radio for a while now, but I just got my little mitts on Miracles (that’s a link to a 64k Windows Media stream), the new Pet Shop Boys single. If you must, you can get the sample in RealAudio or even watch…

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Things not to do with client-side script

Browsing Slashdot, I saw an article about some browser-based encryption code called JavaScrypt (ha ha, funny name guys). I thought this was funny since I used to be the PM for JScript and now I spend some time thinking about security. Quite what the purpose of this tool is, I don’t know. It seems to…

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Why books suck

People sometimes ask why we (bloggers; newsgroup posters; etc) don’t write books. Well, along with all the arguments put forth by Eric, there’s the fact that they take up a lot of room and you arbitrarily decide to get rid of them when you move house! Tonight I went looking for a book that I…

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The kind of bug I like to see

The other day a customer reported the first “real” bug in Visual Studio Tools for Office. I put “real” in quotes because there are several “known issues” with the product (installation, non-default locale calls, etc) but these are what we call “by design” things — it works the way it is designed to work, but…

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Avoiding work any way I can…

So I promised a while ago not to gush about the Pet Shop Boys for a while, but I never said anything about Ace of Base. Their latest album Da Capo is by far their best effort so far, and if you like their earlier work (or are a fan of dance / pop) then…

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Cross-application coding and other questions

Here’s some questions for any of you that do (or perhaps would like to do) Office development. They are more targeted at non-professional developers using VBA (how many of them read my blog?) but even if you’re a seasoned pro and you feel like answering, more power to you (and me! Ha!). Your answers (and…

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Downtime

If any of you have tried to access some of the GotDotNet blogs over the past few days, you may have noticed that the site was down or returning ASP .NET errors. Apparently there was some problems with the server hardware, and they have not been resolved. Thanks to our hard-working team that keeps this…

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Philosophical Question, Part ][

Yesterday I posed a question about how clear you conscience can be if you leave your post and bad things happen. A couple of people responded with some good comments, but I feel that perhaps the details of the example got in the way — it is assumed that in this case The Company is…

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Philosophical Question

Here’s something to think about. Say you’re employed by a company that makes confectionary (candy / lollies / sweets / etc.). They have a particular product that comes in two colours, red and blue. Your job is to make sure that every packet of candy coming out of the machine has the same number of…

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Hackers about

Like a lot of people, I like to look at my Referrers page to see how popular I am and how people come to find my blog. There’s usually a large clump of hits from <nowhere>, followed by lots of individual hits from the MSN or Google or Yahoo! search engines.The other day, someone was…

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