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Facts about Sound you Probably didn’t Know

The other day I kept hearing this noise from my neighbor.  I couldn’t quite figure it out, and naturally it was annoying.  I didn’t do anything about it, but it got me thinking about some random facts about sound and noise. Sound travels faster through concrete than air Sound travels faster through most materials faster than air Below is a list of common materials and how fast sound travels through them (Values found at http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/sound-speed-solids-d_713.html) Medium Velocity (m/s) (ft/s) Aluminum 4877 16000 Brass 3475 11400 Brick 4176 13700 Concrete 3200 – 3600 10500 – 11800 Copper 3901 12800 Cork 366…

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Is being a Developer Fundamentally Harder than being a Doctor?

At first glance the obvious answer is no, of course not.  However, if we took away the practical aspects of both, things might be a little different.  Think about it… In medicine there is a standard of care: keep the person alive and healthy.  This is done through years of study, years of practice, not to mention the constant need to keep up on latest drugs and treatments.  There is however one constant.  The body, in all it’s natural wonders, only really has one specification.  One heart, two lungs, two kidneys, one liver, one stomach, one brain, etc. Software development…

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Bizarre Error Message from Explorer

Interesting error found in explorer.exe.  I tried hitting [Windows] + [E] and got this message: Kinda bizarre.  I blame solar flares.

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A Stab at a New Resume

While I am definitely not looking for a new job, I was bored and thought I would take a stab at a stylized resume to see if I could hone some of my (lack of) graphics skills.  It didn’t turn out too badly, but I am certainly no graphics designer. What do you think?

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Visual Studio Output Window Auto-Scrolling

Just a quick one here. Have you ever been using the output window in Visual Studio, scrolled up, and then lost the auto-scroll functionality?  It’s really annoying when you have a thousand things coming out through the likes of Debug.Write, or even if it’s just a massive build. To re-enable autoscrolling, while in the output window just hit CTRL+END. Kinda wished I knew that a year ago…

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A Trip to the Microsoft Store

While I was in California last week I decided to visit the new Microsoft Store in Mission Viejo.  While there, the managers graciously allowed me to take pictures of the store.  Frankly, they probably thought it was a little creepy.  But nevertheless, they said go for it, and I did. Now, Microsoft did one hell of a job making it known that the store existed while I was at the mall.  While I was grabbing coffee in the food court, these stickers were on each table: Following that, as you head towards the store you see two large LCD screens…

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A Thought on Windows Mobile 7

The other day while I was sitting in the airport in Washington, D.C., I had a random thought.  When the ZuneHD first hit the shelves people were talking about how Mobile 7 might borrow the look and feel.  It’s sleek, easy to use/easy to understand, and is very simple.  So I started thinking about what such an interface might look like.  This is something I did quickly.  Nothing was provided by Microsoft.  Nobody has said anything about Mobile 7 design (at least, not at that point, but nobody cared anyway).  This is simply something I thought the interface might look…

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Deleting Temporary Internet Files from the Command Line

A quicky but a goody.  Sometimes you just need a quick way to delete temp files from IE.  In most cases for me its when I’m writing a webapp, so I’ve stuck this in the build properties: RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255 RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351 It doesn’t require elevated permissions, and has been tested on Vista and Windows 7.  Each command deletes the different types of data: temp files, stored form info, cookies etc.  Enjoy.

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Ultimate Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts List

Got this list in an email earlier today.  Not sure the original source, as it was a copy/paste job, but holy crap what a list.  If someone can point out where it originated I will attribute it as necessary. Ease of Access keyboard shortcuts Right Shift for eight seconds: Turn Filter Keys on and off Left Alt + Left Shift + PrtScn (or PrtScn): Turn High Contrast on or off Left Alt + Left Shift + Num Lock: Turn Mouse Keys on or off Shift five times: Turn Sticky Keys on or off Num Lock for five seconds: Turn Toggle…