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January 2004 - Posts

w00t! They just arrived!

I'm one of the gang now! ;) I have the Whidbey/Longhorn DVDs in my hand!

After I spoke to MSDN customer service (who are totally awesome! This lady on the phone (I wish I could remember her name) was totally cool about the entire thing) on Wednesday, I was told to expect that my DVDs would get here Monday. Well they came yesterday...and I'm happy! Of course, I have to wait for my new 80GB hard drive to get here becuase I officially have less than 1 GB of free space left on this 40 gig drive. How it got that full, I have no clue.

Anyway, time to go down to the local Airborne Express office and start rummaging through the boxes myself to find my new hard drive. :)

MSDN Subscription Help...

First off, I'd like to say that it's almost impossible to find this page: http://microsoft.na.subservices.com/msdn/default.asp

It's not anywhere on the sidebar menu. Instead you have to click on “Manage Your Subscription” and then scroll all the way down the page and click on the “In North America” link. I spent about 10 minutes trying to find it. Maybe I'm just blind, but I couldn't find it for the longest time.

Anyway, my real issue is this:

I let my MSDN Subscription lapse for a few months there between November and the beginning of this month. Then, the company decided to get it through our Select Agreement. So I did the whole “upgrade/renew” thing...or so I thought. Anyway, a few days after I registered the subscription, I received the new pack and everything. Nice new DVD binder, bunch of DVDs, etc. Not anywhere did I see the little green member card...but I noticed the list of stuff said that some things were backordered. A few days later, I get another box...this contained all the stuff that was backordered. But still, no card. So I just shoved the old one into my new binder thinking I'd keep it just in case.

Well, I finally went to call MSDN the other day to figure out why my Whidbey and Longhorn disks never got here. (I did order them before the subscription lapsed, right after the PDC...there's no reason why they shouldn't be here.) I realized, though, that I didn't have my subscriber ID number. I've been searching around for the darn thing and I still can't find it. I don't have any boxes from MSDN and I can't seem to find it anywhere on the site. I signed in to the aforementioned page with my old subscriber ID number and it shows the last disk shipment in October.

Any help here on what I should do? I could wait for my next shipment, but I really want to start working with Whidbey now (the only reason I didn't get around to it earlier is that I've been swamped with work).

CLSCompliant...is not...CLSCompliant

/*
To make an assembly CLSCompliant, you must add the CLSCompliant attribute.

To conform to CLSCompliant rules, your 3-letter mnemonics must be Pascal case.
(Only 2-character codes are all upper-case)

By adding CLSCompliant(true) attribute to your assembly you are not longer CLSCompliant because you are using a 3-letter mnemonic that is not Pascal case. (CLS)

My head hurts.
*/

Anybody care to comment?

NewsGator (Or: The cause and effect universe)

Cause: Having several thousand unread posts in SharpReader due to negligence on my part in actually reading blogs over the past month or so.

Effect: I'm downloading NewsGator...and I'll probably buy it. I run Outlook so much that it makes sense for me to keep everything in one app. Even though I had previously said:

/*
As for the comments about my bookmarking posts in SharpReader, and how that would be available in NewsGator/Outlook...I prefer to have my blog stuff and my e-mail separate. There are times when I shut down my aggregator, but still need Outlook open, in order to focus on what I need to do. I wouldn't be able to do that with NewsGator and would inevitably be drawn to reading blogs. But this has all been said before...so I won't go into it again. :)
*/

Anyway, I just think I'll be able to better keep track of everything if it's all in one place. Also, I'm slimming down the number of blogs I read. Trying to subscribe to everybody is ridiculous. So Greg, you just got yourself another convert. :)

Attn: Digital Blasphemy subscribers

The other day I was setting up my newly repaved laptop and I was in the process of queuing up all my Digital Blasphemy images in Jason Henderson's WallpaperQ when I realized that I hadn't downloaded the new images recently. Well, I usually only get the 1600x1200s...but Ryan Bliss hasn't updated the zip files recently. So I wrote a little utility that runs through the index of images in the 1600x1200 folder and downloads the one's I don't have to a directory of the user's choosing. I would have to clean up the code a bit, but I'd be willing to give anybody a copy of it if they wanted. Also, I could add the ability to get the images in a size other than 1600x1200.

If you want it, go ahead and e-mail me through the contact form. Of course, if enough people want it, I'll just upload the source to an ftp server and give everybody a link.

If you aren't a DB subscriber, or don't even know what the heck I'm talking about, I totally recommend heading over to Digital Blasphemy and checking out the free section. For an incredibly low price, you get tons of high-quality wallpaper images. Ryan's artwork rocks. :)

New Year's Resolutions

The following are my new year's resolutions:

  1. Blog more
  2. Code more

Seriously, I've been really bad at these. So it shouldn't be very hard to get better at them this year. I've been thinking about possible projects I'd like to do now and most of them fall within the cool “Sidebar Tile“ category. :) So I think I'll call the folks at MSDN tomorrow and see why my Longhorn+Whidbey disks never got here. I'm thinking I'll just focus exclusively on Longhorn this year. Anyway, we shall see.

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