Archive for February, 2007

Vista, Tree Controls, WM_VSCROLL

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

Here’s a little compatibility note on Vista that might save someone some time. In XP, you could send a tree control a WM_VSCROLL message and it would scroll the tree to the position in the message.  However, since the days of Windows 95 Microsoft has recommended using the GetScrollInfo function instead of using what’s in the […]

UAC vs Setup.exe

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

This is actually a surprising UAC hole:  Any program that Vista identifies as an installer is, after a UAC check, given administrator rights and can install anything, anywhere. If there’s any piece of software I don’t want to give full trust to, it’s an installer.  The installer is the first thing I run after I […]

Digg and Sensationalism

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

It annoys me that stories are being written for Digg. There are sites that tell you how to write your articles for Digg, including such gems as Make A List and Make up outrageous statistics.  I’ve commented on the list aspect before. I’m breaking (or, I guess, following) rule #2 now:  Write about Digg.  But it […]

Toyota Prius

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I’ve been kicking around the idea of a new vehicle, especially a hybrid vehicle, and the Toyota Prius caught my eye.  It’s a small hybrid car that’s loaded with geeky toys.  Super fuel-efficient (60mpg city), and compared to my current gas-hog AWD minivan, which gets about 15mpg, I’d save a bundle with the amount of […]

Fifteen Web Principles

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

The BBC has posted their 15 Web Principles, and they’re good stuff.  One in particular is, I think, very good advice: 14. Link to discussions on the web, don’t host them: Only host web-based discussions where there is a clear rationale Many news sites have gotten all collaborative of late, encouraging viewers to post comments […]

Wii Production

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Wonder why the Wii’s still not in stock anywhere?  Apparently Nintendo’s just not making that many. The number of Wii consoles shipped reached 3 million fairly quickly, but they’ve been slow coming in since Christmas. They’re planning to increase production, but it sounds like that won’t help until April.  Funny thing is back in October ’06 […]

The Long Tail Working

Monday, February 5th, 2007

So I’m clicking through new entries at the Long Tail site this morning, basically just killing a few minutes looking for interesting stuff, and I found this: That’s a Big-ass Dog Which links to a blog I now very much like.  The system worked – I found new content without needing an intermediary to tell […]

Not Funny

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

So I’m curious what’s up with the seach for Jim Gray.. so I searched CNN.  In with the results page: Seriously.  I guess they just substitute in whatever you’re searching for and show you an ad.. Apparently so.

Baby Update

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Okay so all of you who don’t care can just skip this post.. but inspired by Tim Bray, I wanted to say some stuff about babies and when they choose to develop. As a software developer, milestones are points that we strive to reach, and each of them has a deadline.  So charts like this […]


Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

An anonymous blogger (seriously, he’s anonymous) writes: It’s a very useful site for keeping track of who is linking to you. Their about page says they’re “the recognized authority on what’s happening on the World Live Web, right now” and their Wikipedia entry lists them as an “Internet search company”. But how many people actually […]