I had a problem with my Cassiopeia E-105 (Windows CE 2.11) because I let the batteries run down and it lost all my settings. I did have a backup made with ActiveSync but when I tried to restore it, it said “Restore cannot be completed successfully” and complained telling me that I was trying to…

Apparently AOL just was awarded a patent (filed in 1997) on Instant Messaging software.  This is insanity.  “Chat” applications have been around as long as the Internet itself. [Managed Space] Exactly. finger/talk anyone? I used these to determine if people were online and to then talk to them over a decade ago. Didn’t the old pre-Internet AOL and…

Team Development Guide This document provides development and procedural guidance for project teams building .NET applications with Visual Studio .NET and Visual SourceSafe. It discusses the processes, disciplines, and .NET development techniques that team members must adopt in a team development environment. It also describes how to create the necessary development infrastructure, which includes source…

The Biggest RiskThe focus of every manager / executive’s concern has to be risk. Every technology project has risks, and some have more than others. Here is a sampler of risk types… Interesting read.

Also re-visited my trusty stack ofGerald Weinberg’s“Quality Software Management” books (all 4 volumes).  If you’re a developer who is constantly trying to understand why people in bad situations constantly do stupid things (“The project is late! We’ll fix that by adding more people!”), you owe it to yourself to read his books.  I think Jerry’s…

Brad (The .NET Guy) @ 12/11/2002 12:37 PM. I think that selecting the compression ratio for ZIP files is a different thing, for a few reasons: 1. It’s mostly heritage, from when we had slow CPUs and small hard disks. 2. A ZIP is an archive of multiple files, not compression of a single file….

[Managed Space] Your 30 day trial subscription has ended Overall Radio has been  great. It does everything I want it to and some things I didn’t know I wanted but am now addicted to.  It’s not perfect however – there are some annoyances,including: *No way to manually update News! This one drives me nuts. I use Radio…

The XML Documentation Tool ( XML Documentation Tool.exe) gives Visual Basic .NET developers the ability to author XML documentation files for their library projects.  This is useful when it is desirable to distribute a built assembly but impractical to distribute associated source code.  Consumers of their referenced libraries see the XML information in Intellisense in…

Brad (The .NET Guy) @ 12/11/2002 08:31 AM. The reason you cannot select the compression is because PNG uses a lossless compression system. There’s nothing to tweak, unlike JPEG (which is lossy, and therefore you may want to balance size vs. quality). That’s certainly true, but zip files use lossless compression (fortunately ;o)) and I…

I’ve been using GDI+ to do some basic image processing to add PNG output support to an application that previously only handled writing BMP files. I selected the 24bpp RGB format because I didn’t need an alpha channel but the image files weren’t being compressed. The sample code in MSDN shows that the PNG encoder…