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  • What I Learned Playing StarCraft

    On March 31, 1998, around 10am, my then-manager Alex and I left the office we shared together and headed over to Electronics Boutique. Alex and I were both developers working for the IT department of an up and coming software company called PC DOCS. In those days, we didn’t have a corporate firewall...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 01-30-2011
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  • Best Error Dialog ever w/ Visual Studio

    Today I received the following error and thought it summed up my day perfectly. Now the real question is what was I doing to receive this error…… I was trying to copy a single line (w/ 50 characters of text) to the clipboard…DOH Till next time,
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-28-2010
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  • Can anyone spot what is wrong here?

    4 Advil later and my head really hurts.  Here is a little story about how a simple little typo can really cause major headaches and pain. Yesterday I was in the process of setting up one of our new WCF services to use Jimmy Bogard’s solution to use StructureMap to create our services.  At one...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-23-2009
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  • ALT.NET Bingo!

    Inspired by Bullshit Bingo I've created ALT.NET Bingo for you next ALT.NET conference, Twitter conversation, or blog reading session.  It's simple: Get your card! http://is.gd/oA0A Every time you hear a word, you mark it off.  If you get bingo you stand up and shout, "WATERFALL...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 03-23-2009
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  • Testing - Mandated By God!

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 "Test everything. Hold on to the good." (NIV) "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (King James Version)
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 02-10-2009
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  • Did corporate IT depts not get the memo disk space is cheap?

    Does anyone else have this issue at work.  I have 75mb worth of emails within my corporate exchange account and I get emails about 1-2 times a week telling me I am over my limit.  WHY.  Has corporate IT departments not got the memo that drive space is DIRT CHEAP.  I mean this is not...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 01-06-2009
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  • a method to the madness?

    class Madness def method_missing(method, *args) nil end end In full disclosure, my ruby is all stinky bad. I solicited this joke from my good friend Jeremy Walworth (founder of the internationally renown website, hairforecast.com .)
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 12-13-2008
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  • Dubious Honors

    Update: With striking proof that I'm dense and a Developer of Little Brain, Andrew points out that the results are sorted by date added. :- P On at least one torrent search site, our book is the #2 item when you search for WPF. Not searching for "WPF book", just "WPF". Rock on...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 11-18-2008
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  • Unit Tests to the rescue

    Today started off in a bad, bad way. Because of some issues I had earlier in the week with my source control repository (SCR) I was doing a ton of work offline. Today I was able to regain access to my SCR I decided to do a full get. I was fully expecting SourceOffSite (crappy overlay tool on top of VSS...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-02-2008
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  • Fun With Virtual Help - Asking a Computer For a Date

    Chris Sutton recently posted his chat with Sarah , Paypal's new automated help assistant.  Curious about the service I checked it out and actually found Sarah quit attractive (that's her on the right).  Even though we just had met I thought I would take that oh-so-frightful first step...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 09-17-2008
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  • Quote of the day

    I was listening to Episode #8 on DeepfriedBytes today and heard the greatest quote. In this episode Woody and Keith are speaking with Brad and Jim who both work over at Microsoft. The quote goes a little like this: 'We are a Microsoft shop here so we try to use Microsoft products' Sorry, I just...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 09-12-2008
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  • Error Message UX Fail

    I encountered this nugget while signing up to get developer access to a certain high profile web-based service . It turns out that my first choice for a password did not meet the site's policy and I greeted with this: This is puts a big capital S in front of UX .
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-18-2008
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  • Why Red Gate Rocks

    I've been working with the eap release of ANTS Performance Profiler from Red Gate. While I don't have a lot of experience with other tools of this nature, I've been pretty impressed. My intention was to hold off and blog a full review after I've had to time to really use the application...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-08-2008
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  • The var war is brewing

    When C# 3.0/.Net 3.5 was released one of the new features that was included was the 'var' keyword. Now I have to admit that when I first read about this new feature I immediately associated this 'var' with the Variant of VB6 or the var of JScript. But that could not be future from the...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 06-25-2008
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  • How to Foo-up your RSS feed with a single /

    So today I got an IM from Chris Sutton telling me that my RSS feed for DimeCasts.Net was not working.  So being the paranoid guy I am, I immediately started to run in circles like Chicken Little yelling "The Sky is falling, the Sky is falling".  It was not till I became horse and...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 05-29-2008
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