Ode to Holiday Shopping, 2006

‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the cityHighways congested, tempers were tested; the sight wasn’t prettyThe stores opened early, and stayed open lateRegisters rang, loudspeakers sang; as I tempted fateI proceeded with caution, threading the aislesSqueaking wheels, dubious deals; all the new stylesI grabbed toys for the boys, and a gift for my …

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VCBuildHook updated for VS 2005 SP1

I’ve installed Visual Studio 2005 SP1 and have been busy testing all my projects to make sure they didn’t break. Microsoft did fix at least one of the bugs I reported (the resource editor choked on resource strings that contained an embedded NULL character), but the IDE still crashes fairly consistently if I initiate a …

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Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 is here!

Finally, the long awaited service pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 is released! The service pack has been in the pipeline since soon after Visual Studio 2005 shipped last November, with release dates slipping month after month. The latest official release date was announced as “early 2007″. Perhaps this was an intentional attempt to alleviate …

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Autodesk vs. ODA

The recently filed lawsuit has been a hot topic lately, and I’ve been following it along with everyone else. As a little side project, I decided to create a parallel blog dedicated to the ongoing battle between Autodesk and ODA. The new blog is at http://www.cadcourt.com. The site is still a work in progress, but …

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The secret world of file formats

No matter the communication protocol used to transmit it, most information gets packaged into a file format for consumption. File formats are like virtual checkpoints along the information superhighway, and we would do well to pay attention to who is manning the gates. We’ve heard a lot of noise lately about the need for “open” …

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