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Windows Media Player Media Library (WmpML in VB.NET)This is a port of the WmpML C++ sample included with the Player 9 SDK to VB.NET. Shows how to read/write to media players metadata; not the metad...

[ot] Test Your Digital IQ

MSNBC has a Test Your Digital IQ survey.  Here is my result ;-)

XBOX Live Gamertags

In order to facilitate those of us who play on XBOX Live to connect to one another, I've started creating gamertags for people.  There are two to choose from: and The one of the left looks cooler...

XBOX Live

Put your gamertag here too.The new Xbox.com GamerCard! Cory SmithErik PorterHarry PiersonDave Bettin Vasanth Dharmaraj Philip Rieck </P> You can now view my profile at XboxFriend...

More Contact Information

Added a couple of links to the left (new graphics buttons).  One is my Windows Messenger / MSN address.  I don’t actually check email address using that account, it’s just used for Windows Messenge...

Fort Worth .NET Users Group - My Presentation

My presentation at the Fort Worth .NET Users Group went pretty good last night.  Basically, I took the TransLabel article and turned it into a presentation.  Had several people asking questions; wh...

New Coding 4 Fun Column - Serial Controlled LCD Panel with DBComm

Duncan Mackenzie describes how to control a serial-port-connected LCD panel using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET using a couple of serial components.  One of components me...

Moving from VB6 to VB.NET (Windows Forms)

I'm constantly running into people who are unsure, afraid, overwhelmed, etc. about the move from Visual Basic 6.0 to Visual Basic .NET.  The reality is that although there are a lot of differences,...

Key Events in Microsoft History

While searching for some of the information for the BASIC Timeline, I came across a word document that outlined many of the key events over the life of Microsoft Corporation.  I'm not sure of the o...

Timeline: BASIC to Visual Basic .NET

1964 Dartmouth BASIC by J.G Kemeney & T. E. Kurtz @ Dartmouth CollegeJohn Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz invents BASIC (Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) and its compiler. The first BA...