Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

My own Prison Break

But I got out in 1.5 hours,
(B)eat that, Micheal Scofield!

Traditionally, the 1st Sunday of October in Belgium is
what-we-call-in-Dutch 'Open Bedrijvendag'.
A day on which companies open their doors for the public.
I was among the 300 lucky ones (out of 4000 requests)
allowed to visit Hasselt's prison.

A lifetime experience, long enough for 1.5 hours...

Friday, August 31, 2007

A Birthday gift from Charles Petzold

Some time ago (Juli 11), I read a blogpost (lost the URL) about sending an email to Charles Petzold, in order to receive a free copy of his book '3D Programming for Windows - three-dimensional graphics programming for the Windows Presentation Foundation'.

Today the most amazing thing happened:
I found this signed book in my mailbox...
... And you have to know it was my birthday 2 days ago...

Coincidentally, I read about a similar experience here
and thought 'what are the chances to have that kind of luck'...
Especially for me living in a small country like 'Belgium' ...
(The shipping cost alone took about $16.80.)

I 'm sure I' m going to enjoy reading it
, as I'm doing with 'Applications = Code + Markup'
(I' m between chapter 24 and 25).

Thank you so much Mister Petzold!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Video Ads with Silverlight

Google is experimenting with Video Ads
, as you can read here (New York Times) and here.

I, a software developer
, working for a news (and adversiment) publishing media company
, combined this with my Silverlight experiments.
This all resulted in this proof-of-concept video/Ad-player.

The Ad fades in at second 3, after having hit the 'Play-button'.
Clicking the Ad's image, pauses the video and opens a new browser-window to the advertisers site (click 'Play' again to resume).
A click on the white X-rectangle makes the Ad disappear.

PS: U need to have Silverlight installed for the demo.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Asynchronous Interface-based ASMX WebServices

Following (wellknown?) good practices
, I developed an interface-based ASMX webservice.

For some reason my Visual Studio (2005) generated proxies
only have ...Async methods with corresponding ...Completed events.
BUT NO Begin/End... methods!?

WITHIN THE HOUR Christian Weyer replied my mail
, telling me this is default Visual Studio 'Add Web Reference'-behavior(?)
, and I should use wsdl.exe from the commandline.

Thanx Christian
, saved me quite some time.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Fist Comes, First Serves

Windows Live Folders
Only 5000 (UPDATE: were) available
, Got mine...

Windows Live Folders

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007


No more Repetitive (key)Strokes in IE, when

1. Some f*c$!#9 i6!0t wrote a non-hyperlink-ed URL, like http://www.DontDoDiz.com


2. To get your current selected text 'nicely' formatted in Notepad, with its title, URL and text, like



No more Repetitive (key)Strokes in IE, when

Tanx to my Internet Explorer Menu Items. The first one completely written in JavaScript. The second one as of combination of JavaScript and .NET-COM-interop.

A picture says 1000 words...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Have 2 4 1

(Read as: Two For One.)

Subscribe to CodeMansion and theOneHitWonder via 1 URL: http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/avtG45W72xGNSRSgJjBjOg/.

Thanx to Yahoo! Pipes, which looks something like this
(For some reason it doesn't play nice with my sort-condition '(date-)published'!?)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Office 2007 Pushes my Buttons

In search of the print-BUTTON ...