Rolling Your Own Blog Engine

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MySpace Founder Alleges Fraud In Acquisition

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A friend of mine sent me an interesting report that Brad Greenspan, the founder of eUniverse (now Intermix Media) that created and owned MySpace.com issued an online report that the sale of MySpace intentionally defrauded shareholders out of multiple billions of dollars because they hid MySpace revenues from shareholders.

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MIT Animated Physics Sketching

This is a pretty sweet video that demonstrates a system for sketching on a whiteboard using mimio-like projection system.  The instructor draws objects, adds a gravity vector, and then animates his drawings to see the result.

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Change The Display Of A Type In The Debugger

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Keyvan Nayyeri has a great tip for how to control the display of a type in the various debugger windows using a DebuggerTypeProxy attribute.  His post includes screenshots with this in use.

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Better Recruiting Through Blogistry

Alex Papadimoulis, the man behind the ever entertaining (and depressing) TheDailyWTF announces a new business venture to help connect employers fielding good jobs with good developers interested in a career change.  At least that’s the hope.

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How To Pronounce My Last Name

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Great show on .NET Rocks today featuring Rob Conery, architect of the Commerce Starter Kit and SubSonic.

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Optical Character Recognition On The Cheap

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Jon Galloway combines Timesnapper (Tivo for geeks) with the OCR abilities of Microsoft Office Document Imaging (OCR you didn’t realize you owned) and never forgets anything ever again.

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Does Vista Come With An Implicit License To WinXP?

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UPDATE: I could not slip the subtle beg for an MSDN subscription I surreptitiously embedded in this post past my astute readers. Many thanks to James Avery for contributing an MSDN subscription to this grateful developer. Now that I have my MSDN subscription, I say this whole VPC licensing thing is a non-issue and quit whining about it. (I joke, I joke!).

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Better CAPTCHA Through Encryption

I recently wrote about a lightweight invisible CAPTCHA validator control I built as a defensive measure against comment spam.  I wanted the control to work in as many situations as possible, so it doesn’t rely on ViewState nor Session since some users of the control may want to turn those things off.

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Possible Bug With DateTime.Parse?

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UPDATE: I think a good measure of a blog is the intelligence and quality of the comments. This comments in response to this post makes my blog look good (not all do).

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Is Backward Compatibility Holding Microsoft Back

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Codebase I read this article recently that describes the mind frying complexity of the Windows development process.  With Vista sporting around 50 million lines of code, it’s no wonder Vista suffers from delays.  Quick, what does line #37,920,117 say?

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Tag Your Database - A Data Dictionary Tool

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A few days back Jon Galloway and I were discussing a task he was working on to document a database for a client.  He had planned to use some code generation to initially populate a spreadsheet and would fill in the details by hand.  I suggested he store the data with the schema using SQL extended properties.

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Which Version of Version?

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As developers, I think we tend to take the definition of Version for granted.  What are the components of a version?  Well that’s easy, it is:

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Log4Net Troubleshooting

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When Log4Net doesn’t work, it can be a very frustrating experience.  Unlike your typical application library, log4net doesn’t throw exceptions when it fails.  Well that is to be expected and makes a lot of sense since it is a logging library.  I wouldn’t want my application to fail because it had trouble logging a message.

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Categories vs Tags

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Tag Duncan Mackenzie writes about the issue of Categories vs Tags in blogs and blog editors.  I tried to comment there with my thoughts, but received some weird javascript errors.

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Lightweight Invisible CAPTCHA Validator Control

UPDATE: This code is now hosted in the Subkismet project on CodePlex.

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Subtext Akismet API

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Akismet is all the rage among the kids these days for blocking comment spam.  Started by the founder of Wordpress, Matt Mullenweg, Akismet is a RESTful web service used to filter comment spam.  Simply submit a comment to the service and it will give you a thumbs up or thumbs down on whether it thinks the comment is spam.

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Stinkin' Jersey

FebreezeThere’s nothing worse than waking up on game day and realizing you forgot to wash your soccer jersey from last game.

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Laptop Warmer Anecdote

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I saw this story on the debugging section of Anecdota and thought it was funny, though I find it hard to believe.

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Subtext Success Story

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Conceptus, a client of my company, recently launched not one, but two blogs using Subtext.

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