# Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Causing a storm

MySpace and Facebook are new representations of the class divide in American youth. Le sigh.  [via Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace]

Interesting essay, and it seems just an essay whatever the BBC might say. Worth a read if u have kids messing about in the primordial soup they call social networking.


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# Thursday, 14 June 2007


As extension developers write their code to work in Protected Mode IE7, we’ve received some feedback that points out challenges with upgrades or installer changes that require users to close and restart IE.

Yes u did.

Yesterday, we shipped a new API that will help developers address this problem.


For a quick example of what this would look like in code, here is a sample of how to use the API:

HRESULT RefreshPolicies()

Thanks :)

[via IEBlog]


Small problem. If you run this code on Windows XP with patched IE 7, the API will be found (fair enough) but fails with the completely crazy error code 0x80070539. This might mean ERROR_INVALID_SID (surely not) or perhaps something else. Why wouldn't E_NOTIMPL do?


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# Tuesday, 12 June 2007

The Comparative Clinical Science Foundation

The Comparative Clinical Science Foundation aims to bring together human and veterinary medical research in order to identify better treatments and cures for diseases such as cancer and genetic disorders, for the benefit of people and animals.

The website is www.onemedicine.org.uk. Interesting stuff.


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# Tuesday, 05 June 2007

Yesterday The Organizers Of The London 2012 Olympic Games Unveiled A Hrefhttpwwwlondon2012com

Yesterday, the organizers of the London 2012 Olympic Games unveiled their official logo, and it's officially hideous. They paid £400,000 for that?

But this is the best bit

As one of my friends put it, it looks like a bunch of old people tried to imagine something that would appeal to young people. Unfortunately, they forgot that today's young people don't live in the 1980's. [via The Old New Thing]

Yep, the oldies really do think they are in tune - sad really.

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Ad volume

BCAP anticipates that the new rule will "reduce the risk of the audience having to adjust the volume in the advertisement breaks because they consider the advertisements to be too loud."

 [via TV ads too loud, industry watchdog says | The Register]

Reduce the risk ????? Every blasted ad-break its a race between hitting the volume control and the Sky+ fast forward - i should only have to concentrate on the fast forward button :).

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Getting the right image in the toolbox with ToolboxBitmap

Ok, so this isn't just limited to Windows Workflow.  It is relevant to any piece of code that will end up on the Visual Studio toolbox. [via Stephen Kaufman's WebLog : WF Custom Activities and the ToolboxBitmap attribute]

I've read various articles describing how to author [ToolboxBitmap()], none of which worked for me. Having browsed the Microsoft AJAX source code, which uses EmbeddedResourceFinder, the above article provides the solution that works for me (but not on the toolbox entry that is auto-generated).

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# Friday, 01 June 2007

128K, nobody remembers

Steve Jobs and Bill Gates discuss their contributions to the technology industry [via VIDEO: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Together: Part 1 of 7 | D5 | AllThingsD]

Software transfer by cassette tape .... ahhhhhhh. Somewhere I still have the punched cards and punch tape that is my O-Level project - a WWII battle simulator.

Bill says it was fun back then ... it was, great fun. Somewhere in all the gigabytes and mega graphics it has somehow become a little less fun. Possibly because software really hasn't moved on that much from the authors perspective, we used to strive for productively and avoiding reinventing the wheel yet Silverlight appears without the ability to do something as simple as a good looking button ... a ton of XAML from a designer and a ton of script from a programmer to do a button - this is progress?

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