• PowerShell in Color!

    Recently, I’ve been experimenting with different console colors in PowerShell, primarily because the light gray on black is sort of boring (lame excuse, I know). I’ve been using Console and I had set the foreground color to green in the options. The only problem with doing this is that programs that output other colors, such as the error messages from MSBuild, are not displayed. I like seeing the color difference because the red text really jumps out at me and says that I have an error.

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  • Fun with DesignMode (and why it wasn't Visual Studio's fault)

    Like many other users of Visual Studio 2005, I’ve occasionally received the WSoD (White Screen of Death) while using the designer. And like a typical user, I blamed it on Visual Studio. That’s what users do, right? They blame the program, because the user is always right. The same behavior that frustrates me to no end when users enter invalid data into MY program and then blame MY program (of course, if my UI were better, it wouldn’t be as difficult to use, but that is another story). Anyway, my frustrations with VS2005 crashing and the WSoD’s were in fact a problem with the user - me.

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  • Sysinternals is going to Microsoft!

    Earlier today, Mark Russinovich announced that Microsoft had acquired Winternals and Sysinternals. In other words, some of the best administration tools available will be moving to Microsoft. Not only that, but by having Mark on board at Microsoft, they will have a great developer working with them. I think that this is a great move as far as bringing Mark on board. As far as acquiring Winternals and Sysinternals, I’m excited about that as well, so long as the products continue to be supported by Microsoft. I’m quite confident they will, too, because I know that Microsoft uses a lot of their tools as well (i.e. Process Explorer, RegMon, FileMon, etc).

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  • Local lightning show makes the news in the UK?

    Last night, Cara and I were driving back from church during a thunderstorm. The entire time, I kept wishing that I had my digital camera with me, because the lightning was amazing! The storm was almost past just as the sun was going down, so the entire sky was almost golden in color. There was also a full rainbow all the way across the sky. While all of this was going on, the lightning was filling the sky, shooting from cloud to cloud. (side note - I’m not a writer, so if my descriptive writing skills are lacking, I apologize)

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  • Customize your command prompt!

    Yesterday, I downloaded the Developer Productivity Tools video from the Wrox website that Scott Hanselman did for one of his presentations with a user group. He had a lot of great resources in the video but the command prompt tips he had were new to me. I’ve done some work with the console, but I’ve only recently been using it more, particularly with PowerShell coming along.

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  • Words per Minute!!!

    This will be a short post, but someone at work emailed me a link to a page that will let you see how fast you can type. Check it out here! Here are my results from my last run:

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  • Content Filters: Part 2

    Just last month, I posted on how much I hated corporate content filters, specifically for blocking sites such as Scott Hanselman’s site and del.icio.us, labeling them as “personal” sites. I’ve got good news and bad news regarding my rant from earlier. I spoke with some of my supervisors at work and the technology argument won over regarding Scott’s site - they’ve unblocked it because it is a great technological resource. Unfortunately, del.icio.us does not fall into that category.

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  • NDoc 2005

    Just a short note, but for those who have been waiting for a version of NDoc that supports .NET 2.0 assemblies, there is a separate project out on SourceForge called NDoc 2005. It is still in beta, but it may be the way to go until NDoc gets moving again. Per comments at MSDN forums, it looks like the best way to go is to download the source and recompile it yourself. The binaries (at least the GUI binary) look like they still have some issues.

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  • Why aren't you subscribed to the PowerShell blog?

    I don’t like repeating myself, but I need to again: if you’re not subscribed to the PowerShell blog, then why in the world not?!? The PowerShell team has been on top of it lately providing some GREAT one-liner PowerShell scripts such as listing all of the sub-directories from the current directory or, as in the case today, listing all of the PROGIDs that you can use to instantiate your own COM objects from PowerShell script.

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  • BindingList - data binding the way you would expect in .NET 2.0!

    If anyone out there knew about the BindingList before today, I sure wish one of you would have told me. Now I know, if you had known I was looking for something like the BindingList, you would have told me, but still…

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