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October 2004 - Posts

Sometimes, people can really annoy you...

In a recent post, I show an easy way to convert between String and Char arrays. Someone responded with a comment that stated: It actually doesn't convert, but creates new string object containing characters copied from given char array. That's their entire
Posted by CorySmith | 5 Comments

Converting between String and Char arrays

Someone asked me if I knew how to convert values between String and Char arrays... I remember needing to do that in the past and just gave up choosing to use Byte arrays instead (which for that purpose was fine). First things first... when you normally
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You know your in the zone....

...when you sit down at your computer around 10pm to work for a little while and the next thing you know your wife comes in around 6am to tell you to go to bed ;-)
Posted by CorySmith | 6 Comments

Knee deep in ASP.NET (XboxFriends.com)

I've just completed my round one work on XboxFriends.com moving to ASP.NET and bridging the gap between the WinForms world and the WebForms world. I've still got a lot of TODO: items, but at least what's up there now looks more like a semi-professional
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Extremely Simple TripleDES Encryption/Decryption with Base64 Encoding/Decoding.

A friend of mine needed a way to store some values in a configuration file that is somewhat sensitive (coming from a web service using WSE2 with encryption). I thought about using DP-API, however, he needed the ability to use the same config file for
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Windows XP MCE 2005 Upgrade Problems (and Solutions)

Like every other developer out there that has taken the plunge into Windows XP Media Center Edition, I downloaded the Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 a couple of days ago and applied the 2004 version as an upgrade. At first, everything looked like
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Google Desktop... Uses 2.3GB of your drive???????????

Everyone seems to be shouting praises about Google Desktop... however, reading through one persons experience, I have a concern. “It finished surprisingly fast (over the night). 216K items, of them ~36K emails. The index is 2.3Gb.” -- Jan
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Let the countdown to having absolutely positively no life outside of the house begin...

Halo 2 has officially gone gold ... 29 days and counting...
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Date value and timezones via Web Services

I'm using a web service to pull some dates from a web server... which pulls the information from a separate SQL server. The values I was getting were off by one hour, which makes perfect sense since the server is located in Eastern timezone and I'm in
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Format Code to HTML within a VS.NET 2K3 Macro (leveraging Microsoft Word)

Brad Abrams pointed out that he uses copy and paste into Word from Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition. Mike Parsons commented that he uses a VS.NET macro to help automate the same task. I really liked the idea of doing this directly within VS.NET. After
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WinForms + Control Inheritance Tip (or at least a Reminder)

OK, this should be a given, however since it happened to me I guess I'll pass it along ;-) I created a new Button type control, so I inherited it from a System.Windows.Forms.Button. Because I'm trying to make the screens look like a previous product,
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XboxFriends and ASP.NET vs. WinForms

Spent the weekend trudging through ASP.NET working on bringing some of the features of the XboxFriends desktop application to the browser. Currently there are only two people using the new version of the software [don't ask, it's not ready just yet ;-)]
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Why is it that Europe seems to get all the Xbox Love????

OK, first, the wizard I just spoke about... it's for the UK/Ireland fans. Why isn't it targeting the US? Second, a notice just came in that announced that they are going to draw nine Xbox Live members, fly them and a friend to Seattle to tour Bungie and
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Halo 2 - Done!!!!!

Well the announcement is in... Halo 2 is completed . I soooooooooo can't wait for November 9th; I know what I'll be doing between that Tuesday and the following Monday ;-) In addition, I came across some other goodies concerning the Halo 2 (and Xbox Live
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TreeView, ListView, Drag and Drop and Command Pattern Example

Erik Porter asked me via an IM session whether doing drag and drop with a TreeView was difficult. I explained to him that it was actually pretty straight forward, however, if you want to get the same (or at least similar) results as say if you were using
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