AutoClose

There's a Vim plugin I've had my eyes on for a while: AutoClose, by Thiago Alves. It's a rather nifty plugin that will complete open-close character pairs, such as quotes, parenthesis and braces, when typing in insert mode. That is, if you type a (, AutoClose will insert the matching...

FixEncoding on GitHub

I just published the source code for my FixEncoding pipeline components for BizTalk Server 2006 to GitHub as well. FixEncoding provides two custom components that can help you resolve issues when resolving charset/encoding issues when receiving or sending messages. I haven't touched FixEncoding in a while, but I still find...

Why GitHub?

Nick Heppleston, a fellow BizTalk blogger and user of my PipelineTesting library, left a comment on a recent post asking why I chose to put the library code on GitHub instead of CodePlex. I think it's a fair question, so let me provide some context. As many of you are...

PipelineTesting: XML Assembler and E_FAIL

Fellow BizTalk developer Bram Veldhoen was kind enough to send me some suggestions for a future version of my PipelineTesting library, as well as with a question that could point to a potential bug in the library. The problem basically revolves around consuming a stream returned by the XML Assembler...

Console 2.00.140

<img src="/weblog/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/Console_C7C1/Console_thumb_1.png" align="right" /> I just noticed that Console 2.00b140 was recently released on its SourceForge site. Downloaded it and started running right away and it's working pretty well so far. I can't tell for sure yet, but it appears to be a bit faster than b139. The new version...

Improving Font Rendering in Ubuntu

I don't really know much about fonts, but I still love them; particularly monospaced fonts for writing code. I've tried a lot of monospace fonts over the years, including two of my past favorites: Consolas and, more recently, DejaVu Sans Mono. Great fonts both. However, I'm a huge fan of...

The Black Screen Of No Login

Like most other people making a living out of working with computers, I'm first line technical support for my friends and family. This morning my sister came up asking why her computer wasn't booting anymore, so I go to take a look. It's not pretty. My sister got a Dell...

My PowerShell Prompt

Neil Houghton asked a couple of days ago if I could share my PowerShell prompt() function. Here's what my prompt looks like: <img style="border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px" height="106" alt="ps-prompt" src="/weblog/content/binary/WindowsLiveWriter/MyPowerShellPrompt_11E91/ps-prompt_3.png" width="357" border="0" /> I tried to keep my prompt relatively short while still on a single...

Molokai for Vim

I've mentioned in the past some of the color scheme scripts that I've used to make Vim nicer, and there are some really nice ones. However, I was growing tired of them lately. I looked around the Vim site trying to find something better but came up empty handed. Around...

Things I Love About PowerShell

I thought it would be fun to bring up a list of some small things I love about using PowerShell as my default command line / scripting tool on the Windows platform. Without further introduction, here they are: Switching to Network Shares One of the most annoying limitations of the...