All developers need a 30″ monitor (honest).

Visual studio can be a bit of a squeeze. You want to view a couple of source files at a time, your output window, error list and find results are all useful things to have hanging around. Sure – the IDE is very clever and like a lot of other applications will allow you to auto hide tool windows, stack your windows side by side, or on top of each other, but there’s just no substitute for space.

So this time when I found myself in the market for a new monitor, I went all out and bought a 30″ Dell 3007WFP-HC. I was upgrading from a 24 inch monitor and while not exactly small, let me tell you, the awesome 2560 x 1600 resolution of the 3007WPF-HC just makes for such a pleasurable experience.

Finally the IDE is a comfortable place to be. You don’t need to be auto-hiding things all the time, even the largest of solution trees become usable, and rather than choosing to have one or two useful panels open during your debugbing sessions, you can have all of them! I’m 100% sold. The only problem is the price!

A Spinner Control in C#

For tasks of an undeterminable length, we see ‘spinners’ being used to indicate that something is in progress and that our applications haven’t stopped. I needed one, and so knocked one up:

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Off to PDC2008!

The company I work for are sending me to PDC2008! It’ll be my second trip to LA, and I’m looking forward to it. See you there?

‘Interesting’ UAC prompts.

I find that often when it comes to UAC (User Account Control) prompts in Windows Visa some of them are confusing. On occasions I’ve been fooled into acepting a UAC prompt that I really didn’t want to – and other times I’ve been completely baffled by what I’m being asked. Read more

Ubuntu 8.04 – Will Users Be Installing?

There’s little more exciting than a new operating system relase… Read more

Using in-line delegates for logging

Any work you have to do to collate infomation destined for a log is wasted effort if that logging is switched off or otherwise configured such that your log message will never be output. Read more

Troubleshooting stutters on Windows Vista

I’ve been banging my head against the desk for months with sound / mouse / video stutters in Vista (x64) Ultimate Edition that would come and go. The cause and solution astounded me – so I thought I would post them here. Read more

iTunes 7.6 with iPod Touch on Vista x64

I can only imagine that Steve Jobs himself has read my blog, found the reference I made to the iTunes / Vista x64 / iPod Touch combo not working, and fixed it in iTunes 7.6. Hoorah!

Have yourself a techie little Christmas?

Here’s a list of the wonderful tech gifts I got for Christmas. Read more

Problems opening help files?

If you receive the following error when opening an .chm file that you’ve downloaded from the internet:

Navigation to the webpage was cancelled.

Try opening the property pages for the help file and clicking ‘Unblock’. This fixes this problem for me.

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