Desert Nights: A VS2005 Color Scheme

This is my latest Visual Studio 2005 Color Scheme: Desert Nights. This one features a dark background that isn't quite black (it has a slight hint towards brownish/greenish), and colors that stand from the background but without being too bright (most of them, at least). Code: XML: I've been using...

Recently Acquired Music

A few months ago I signed up again for emusic. The plans are not as good as they used to be, but they are still fairly cheap, and there was tons of new music I wanted to try out. Also helped that finding good music here, particularly if you like...

Hosting IronRuby with the DLR

I've been playing with the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) and IronRuby lately, and one of the things I've found particularly interesting is the DLR Hosting API, which allows you to bring up the DLR and execute and evaluate scripts inside any .NET 2.0 application. If you haven't played with the...

Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

A couple of weeks ago I got myself a new MS Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, that is, the black one with the split keys, and I'm loving it! I'm using it with my laptop, which I've now got on my desk in a simple stand so that the screen is...

Running Tests on Silverlight

Just something I spent a bit of time getting up and running this afternoon: Just a slightly modified build of Xunit.net running inside the Silverlight v1.1 alpha on the browser on a very simple test runner I wrote. Nothing fancy, but might prove useful as I experiment a bit with...

Bandwidth Usage

My website usually has fairly low traffic, given that much of it (or this weblog, for that matter) isn't all that well known and I host few big files. Normally, the monthly bandwidth usage for winterdom.com is between 4.5 and 6 GB. However, bandwidth usage during october jumped to 16.28...

Color Schemes in SQL 2005 Management Studio

As many of you know, I spend time every now and then coming up with new color schemes for Visual Studio 2005. It's fun, and having a good color scheme can make all the difference in the world to your eyes when spending long times in front of your screen...

VS2008 Beta 2 VMs Expiration

As most will probably know, turns out the Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Machines had an OS expiration date of Nov 1st, so they'll soon stop working. According to Jeff Beehler, the updated VMs have been posted for download now. However, when I visit the download page linked in his post,...

View White Space

Quick question: How many of you use the 'View White Space' feature in Visual Studio? In case you're not familiar with it, this feature makes the VS code/text editor display a small dot everywhere there's a space and a small square at the end of the file, thus making it...

Outlook 2007 and IMAP

As everyone and their mothers already know, Google recently started activating IMAP support on Gmail, and it looks like most people seem pretty excited about the announcement. Now, personally, I seem to get by fairly well just using good old POP3 access, and a few filters on the server and...