Archive forJuly, 2006

The "Why upgrade to Vista" challenge…

Do you have any compelling reasons to upgrade to Vista ?  If so I’d love to hear them.  Ken Schaefer has taken up the challenge and promises to post on new features in Vista.   What I plant to do is keep a tally of features/ awarding points for and against.  Of course those points will […]

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Windows XP support life cycle

following on from talk of Vista, I thought I’d take a look at exactly when support for XP finishes.   According to the Microsoft support site: Mainstream support will end two years after the next version of this product is released. Extended support will end five years after mainstream support ends. That’s for XP Professional. […]

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The good oil on Vista (why people will run Vista)

Recently there’s been discussion on vista and cars, here and there, but really, that comparison is kind of bullsh*t.  It’s a mixed metaphor, confusing software and hardware.  Vista is more like the fuel, not the car.  That is, you have the car (the hardware), you can choose which fuel to put in it.   So […]

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More thoughts on Vista

Darren likened Vista to XP as a Ford Falcon to a Plymouth Fury. Sorry Dazza, but that’s just marketing spiel kind-of crap 😉  That might make sense if you were comparing windows 3.1 to Vista, but not XP.   If you were comparing cars, you’d ask questions like , is the new car faster, more […]

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Why WPF matters.

I was just reading Peter Varhol’s blog entry about the delay in the WPF editor tools (expression et al),…. While on the one hand I’m happy as it gives me a bit more time to get up to speed with WPF,  on the other I am sick and tired of reading stupid comments about WPF […]

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Saving from a DataGridView

If you click on a button in a toolstrip, such as the save button on a BindingNavigator, the button never gets focus, so the DataGridView never looses focus, so the current changes are not persisted.   The first thing you need to do is call EndEdit on the DataGridView.  This will apply the cell’s changes.  […]

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Vista impressions

Seems folks everywhere are talking about the latest Vista build… Here’s my impressions :   – setting the time zone on install didn’t change the system clock !!! Yeh, at last !!!!!   – stupid startup sound played 3 times before I could mute the sounds.  And it played damn loud.  this sucks.  you’d think […]

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I am sooooooooo unfit

It was a lovely day today, still a bit chilly, but nice and sunny so I just had to take the bike for a quick 20km ride.  Wow, the winter months and those few extra kilos really do make a difference.  My time was only 5% down on my average, but those hill climbs really […]

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XML and OO (where’s the wires ?)

I was just reading Ralf’s post about some future directions for XML and one thing that struck me is there is still a mismatch between “Data” and “OO”.  XML is really just descriptive data, at least it is at present. Of course it doesn’t have to be, it could just as easily include event wire up, […]

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how well do you know VB (part 2)

a few weeks ago, I posted a quiz about the syntax low < x < high, which really was a quiz about implicit casting of Booleans. Of course the great Dan Appleman  got that one right 🙂 That quiz stemmed from an earlier post, and raised some questions about values of Booleans in general.  I […]

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