I'm on a roll here with the little utilities... My dad called the other day as he was leaving his office (in California).  Due to the nature of his business and the way their network is setup, he and his team work with a large number of folders on a network share.  Each of these folders contains information about a particular project or potential project, and they are all contained within a single parent folder.  For example, the parent folder might be P:\Projects, and there may b... [More]
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Well, according to my blog control panel, before this post I've posted 199 times.  That makes this post #200.  As you can see from the table below, my post frequency had suffered for a number of months last fall and winter, but I've been making an effort to pick that up again.  I think my goal is to average at least 1-2 posts per week. Post Frequency   Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2005   9 14 11 15 13 14 11 6 6 4 5 2006 10 14 6 7 7 4 1 3 4 5 0 2 ... [More]
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Error: Method '~' of object '~' failed So yesterday at work, I was working with a sample app from one of our product vendors.  The app was a VB6 Windows EXE showing how to interact with their equipment using sockets -- Winsock.  Since I'm under some pretty heavy time constraints, I wanted to make use of this code rather than pick through it and see what's happening and translate to .NET.  I was able to quickly turn the VB6 Win EXE into a VB6 COM DLL, and tested it from a VB6 test ... [More]
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Many times I find myself with way too many files, folders and shortcuts on the desktop for things that I am currently working on and/or testing.  That's in addition, of course, to the things I have on the desktop because I use them all the time.  Because of the way I've grown to work over the last several years, having an overly cluttered desktop makes me inefficient.  In fact, I've found that I need to have certain types of icons in certain places, and "empty space" on the d... [More]
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I was having issues with the built-in search in CS2007.  Basically it was loading a blank page (no HTML at all) instead of the search results page.  I'm sure I could find some info about the issue in the forums, but decided I would take a few minutes to try to implement Google's Custom Search instead.  I spent more time futzing with the CS files than necessary to figure it out, but in the end the changes were pretty simple. Step 1: First, sign up on Google to have a custom s... [More]
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I don't think I've written about this tool yet, but it's one of my favorites. Microsoft has release (on Codeplex) a SQL Server Hosting Toolkit (it's free).  The entire toolkit is, I'm sure, full of goodness, but there is one part in particular that I really get a lot of use out of it.  I just shared it with Gerry to help him get his blog back up and running (finally), so I thought I'd post about it here. The part that I'm in love with is the Database Publishing Wizard (download).&... [More]
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Back in the old days (12-13 years ago) my first modem clocked in at a whopping 14.4K.  Soon after I upgraded to a 56K modem and thought I was in heaven.  That's four times as fast! Flash forward to today at work when out DSL line was down for a couple hours, thanks to some mistake at CenturyTel.  Normally I would just work offline, but I had a few things I had to do online, so I plugged a long phone cord into the fax machine and used the modem built-in to my computer. So... [More]
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So I'm starting a new category/tag on this blog.  Based on the title of this post you might have guessed that it's called "Stupid Things I've Done".  I've done a number of Things (capitalized because in this case it is a proper noun) in my 32 years that were stupid, and looking back it's a miracle I didn't get hurt or worse.  At the very least I've done a number of Things that I just can't believe I ever thought were good ideas, even if I wasn't in mortal danger. Most of these Thi... [More]
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