Windows SDK Installation Hanging

Why does this always happen to me? I'm just now trying to install the Windows SDK (well, some updates, as I already had some of the basics installed), and the installer just keeps hanging during the "Component Detection" phase: This is installing from a DVD, by the way, and not...

Delegates Vs. Method Calls

In one of his articles on building a CAB-like infrastructure, Jeremy Miller brought out a pretty interesting point: The choice between using Events/Delegates and Direct Method Calls. This can be a controversial topic at hand, but it's an interesting aspect, and can significantly affect the readability of the code. Events...

MSN Messenger: Missing In Action

Today my MSN Messenger icon went missing in action:

Cardspace Token Processors

I've been playing lately with Cardspace and I really like the concept. Implementing Cardspace, server-side on a web site, is not all that hard. I started playing with this and using the TokenProcessor.cs code found in some of the Cardspace samples makes it fairly easy to get started. The code...

Using Monorail

I've been writing a simple (but important for me) Web Application these past few days using Monorail, and I will just say it totally rocks. Getting started with a monorail project, without using any wizard is actually pretty easy; I started by getting the most recent successful build. I was...

Repeat After Me...

Some things to keep in mind: Visual Studio is a profit center. There's nothing inherently noble about Microsoft offering the Visual Studio Express editions for free (heck, remember they were not meant to be free at the beginning); it's just another way to get people to buy the more expensive...

Various Things

I've been a bit busy lately and with a lot of things on my mind and I've neglected this poor blog for a few weeks now. I promise I'll pick back up soon and I've got some ideas for some future posts, but they will have to wait for a...

Alpha Geeks and Microsoft

Good Scott Hanselman pointed me to his latest entry, from RailsConf, titled "Is Microsoft losing the Alpha Geeks?", and it's a thought-provoking piece. I'm not very well versed on Ruby or Ruby on Rails, but it's on my list of stuff to dive into this year (any books I should...

NUnit on Mono

One of the things I've been working during these past few days in my spare time is rewriting the build system for a project I've been involved in. Though usually we just build directly in Visual Studio 2005 during development, we also need to target .NET 1.1 and Mono was...

Google Apps

On friday, I moved winterdom.com's email over to Google Apps. The switch was actually very painless, mostly consisting of just a few steps: Sign up with Google Apps Modify the default Google Apps URLs for the domain in the control panel Create DNS entries for email and other stuff. It's been...