May 2005 - Posts
The guy's wearing an Yzerman jersey during the after-game press conference. I haven't been a Pistons fan (or watched NBA ball, for that matter) since the early nineties, but this could change that.
Here it is, late May, and I'm watching basketball. This is Stanley Cup time. Humbug.
At home: It refuses to install on the x64 flavor of Windows. Nice.
At work: Used it on Win2003 for approx two hours, then it crashed and greeted me with this when I restarted it:
"We're sorry, but Windows Desktop Search has detected a problem with your Desktop index and cannot continue. Please reinstall MSDN Search Toolbar here: http://toolbar.msn.com"
Dandy. Is this bad luck or a bad program?
The strangest thing happened a couple days ago: I opened Visual C# Express 2005, followed a link on the Start Page and learned something! I always thought the start page concept was silly, but I guess I've been proved wrong. (Nothing new there.)
The link escapes me now, but it linked to what was basically a twenty minute video proclaiming that new icons/images are included with Visual Studio 2005. Hooray!
There is a tiny downside, but it's worth mentioning: The bitmaps are BMPs and don't contain transparency information. This is bad since many are high color and have anti-aliased edges. This isn't a big deal, but the anti-aliasing is obvious when used on non-white backgrounds (you'll see it on selected menu items, for example). Let's hope they address this before RTM.
Thankfully, the bitmaps do use a consistent "transparent" background color. My brain has a hard time doing the transparent conversion, so I wrote a little app
to give it a hand:
Please note that the images are in the folder in the screen shot above, but are installed as a zip file. You'll need to unzip the zip to get to the goods.
(I'm a bit behind, so please forgive my tardiness. This is old news by now.)
The first article in my "Cool Applications
" section of MSDN's new Coding4Fun
site covers System Monitor
, a little monitoring application that hightlights a number of new features in .NET 2.0. Check it out if you're interested in any of the following: (Both C# and VB.NET source is included.)
- The new, strongly-typed configuration section handling
- ListView grouping
- NotifyIcon balloon tips
- The much-improved SMTP support
- The new System.Net.NetworkInformation namespace
- Generic collections
- Nullable types
Part of my weekday morning ritual is to check for a new version of ReSharper. It's been a while since the last release, but today brings us v1.5.1
, and it has more changes
than you'd expect. Go get it!