Archive for October, 2003

Syntax Highlighting vs Bandwidth

Friday, October 17th, 2003

Recently there was a discussion on HTTP compression and how it should generally be enabled, to save bandwidth for the publisher and for the subscriber. But the best way to save on bandwidth is not to require so much of it (ie, to have lighter pages). Syntax highlighting is a perfect example. It makes code […]

Linux and my “Instant Wireless” PCMCIA adapter

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

Every time I think “Linux has probably improved enough that I’m going to try to use it as one of my main desktops”, I run into something dumb that makes me switch back… Today it’s Broadcom’s lack of support for their 54G wireless chipset that’s in my Linksys “Instant Wireless” PCMCIA adapter. I downloaded and […]

String formatting in C#

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

I couldn’t find a quick reference to .NET string formatting using the String.Format() function, so I created this one. When I started working with the .NET framework, one thing puzzled me. I couldn’t find sprintf(). sprintf() is the C function that takes an output buffer, a format string, and any number of arguments, and builds […]

Making a Windows Forms app respond to System Shutdown

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

I wrote an article on how to do this that I posted recently to my Radio blog, but since (at the moment) I’m moving everything to .Text here’s a new link to it.

Making a Windows Forms app respond to System Shutdown

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

Normally when Windows is shutting down, every top level window gets asked to close, and once they’re all closed, the system can shut down.� Some applications, however, don’t exit when you close their main window – they hide the main window and leave a�NotifyIcon�icon on the system tray.� When you double-click on the tray icon, […]

A Collaborative world-building project? A big fat waste of time?

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

Well, it’s something I think is cool anyway. I want to create a Wiki-style browser-based MUD, where the users create the content pretty much on the fly.� I have something online here. What I’m really curious about is whether users will work with the system, or just abuse it.� I’m not really doing anything to […]

More Home Network Security

Thursday, October 16th, 2003

In my post yesterday I said that you need to have something to protect your computers at home from the evils of your corporate network. I should mention the thing I’m using: the Norton Internet Security product. It’s annoying but it gives me a really good picture of what’s going on with the networking on […]

Zim now a public company.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

The company I work for, Zim Technologies, is now a publicly traded company. Not a lot of tech companies are making the transition to public companies these days, but hey maybe it’s a good time. Mobile has been growing and that’s the business we’re in. Zim’s current share price is here. I wrote a web […]

Home networks and security

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

I think most technologically literate folks have more than one computer at home. I have a number of friends with two or three, and it’s pretty common to have a home network that’s got broadband, and a broadband router of some sort acting as a firewall to protect your home network from the evils of […]

Toys I didn’t know I had

Wednesday, October 15th, 2003

It’s cool when you discover some capability in something you already have that you didn’t know you had.. Although I’m still not entirely sure I have it.. I have a Nokia 8390 phone, and I have an iPaq H3630 PocketPC. This story just took a grim twist. I was about to say that all I […]