Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Is there protection in this virus?

So ... I have McAfee products installed on my PC laptop. They are supposed to protect me from undesirable processes that hog system resources, and protect me from things like annoying pop ups. McAfee software does this by hogging system resources,

and annoying me with pop ups.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

different blogs?

While researching some features of hosting, I found the following blog software that might be useful for future use.

- GoDaddy reference
- free, open source .net
- Features
- multi-author support

- cool demo
- Features
- easy deployment, "plug n' play"
- easy YouTube

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Blend Feng Shui (Keyboard Shortcuts)

I am having a poopy experience somewhere in the combination of Visual Studio 2008, ReSharper 4.5 and XAML editing. Lots of crashing and slowness. So, I have been using Microsoft Expression Blend to edit XAML controls. I find myself performing the following keyboard shortcuts almost every time I open Blend and/or a XAML file:

  • F4 - Hide Panels (sort of like Full Screen)

XAML file:
  • F11 (twice) - Cycle Code/Designer view to split screen
  • [CTRL]+0 - Sets the Designer zoom to Fit Screen and, more importantly, centers the control in the Designer pane


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Vista 64-bit on Inspiron 1720 ... meh

I am in the process gathering all the resources to rebuild my PC laptop. It's been about 18 months since the OS was installed, and Windows is getting old and cranky. I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with 3gb of RAM. I considering trying to do Vista 64 bit, but just glancing down the following thread convinced me it wasn't worth it:

meh ...

I guess, all this time I have had a few issues with Vista, but certainly not the angst that keeps getting spouted about it. I still have UAP enabled. I run Visual Studio as a non-administrator, etc., etc. But, all the talk about Windows 7 and Microsoft's pseudo-admission that they missed the boat with Vista has done more to dampen my enthusiasm for Vista than any actual or perceived failure of the OS.

So, if trying out something new on Vista, like putting 64bit Os on my box, requires even a little extra amount of effort, I loose my appetite. Kind of a shame, really. Poor, maligned Vista.

Cancel or allow? ... allow