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!

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?

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.

D-Link DSL-G624T Router Miracle.

A few months ago I inadvertently tried to burn my friend’s house down by covering his router while it was on, and leaving it all day while he and his girlfriend were at work. Apparently – when he returned home and logged in to check his mail (or whatever) his internet connection seemed to be down. It quickly transpired that my failed arson attempt was to blame, as the duvet that had been left covering the router was lifted to reveal a hot, soft D-Link DSL-G624T and a large scorch mark on both the duvet and the chair beneath it. The router was hot, dead and my friend without internet access. Read more