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[How To] Check to see if Visual Styles are enabled

After my rant and a some other people picking it up on their blog, I got a response from Raghavendra Prabhu who is part of the .NET Client Team letting us know that VisualStyles in Whidbe...

Revenge Of DriveInfo (Drive Serial Numbers)

Although WMI allows you to gain access to a lot of interesting information, it's obnoxiously slow.  Also, the previous example would only get me the serial numbers for my first two hard drives.  It...

Not something you see every day (in Fort Worth/Dallas)

Normally, when when the winters here get cold enough for rain to become something other than rain, we have sleet or freezing rain.  What a surprise to wake up this morning and have this: Snow.  Re...

Determine Hard Drive Serial Numbers

Thanks to James Avery for pointing out an article on CodeProject on how to determine drive serial numbers using WMI in C#.  Ported it to VB.NET and VB.NET'ised it a bit. Download [update] Also, be...

Creating a Reusable Error Dialog for .NET Applications (VB.NET)

Sijin Joseph pointed out a pretty nice example of a reusable error dialog that Jason Bock put together.  It's written in C#, so you know it was just screaming to be ported to VB.NET ;-)  Of course,...

Windows XP Visual Styles (Themes) [How To / RANT]

Everyone who knows me will usually accuses me as being part of the 'collective'.  They would have you believe that I think Microsoft can do no wrong.  Well, here's my first official rant about how ...

Microsoft DevDays 2004 - March 8th - Dallas, TX

If your going to be in Dallas and attending DevDays, be sure to let me know; maybe we get together after the event for a few drinks considering the event ends at 5:00pm.  I’m not thrilled at the pr...

My computer blew up in my face... literally!

OK, so it was technically the power supply... but still, was downright impressive.  Flames literally shot out of the fan during turning the machine on.  To make matters worse, it happened while my ...

XBOX Live Night - Saturdays at 7pm (central)

It’s psuedo official… Saturday nights at 7pm (central time) is XBOX Live Night.  Last night was a lot of fun with the bloggers that showed up.  We had James Avery, Erik Porter, Philip Rieck, Drew R...

MS Research TreeMap.Net

Paschal L points out the Microsoft Research’s TreeMap.Net.  It’s an interested way to view information.  I saw it a while back as a map showing the newsgroup traffic.  However, I didn’t even think ...