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Detecting and Preventing Corrupt Software Downloads

In the past I and several of my colleagues have run into problems when attempting to install software downloaded from the MSDN Subscriber Downloads or elsewhere. One possible cause for this is file corruption either due to an incomplete download, or caused later when copying the file to another device (e.g. over a local network or via flaky USB drives). This problem is easy to detect and prevent.

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app.config and Dev Prod Test databases

In well designed enterprise apps, it is often the case that your application will run in multiple environments, and against different databases (Development, Test, and Production). This can lead to issues when it comes to storing connections strings.

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Goulds Bookstore

On the way back from the Hunter I discovered the best second hand bookstore I’ve ever seen (in Newtown). Bigger than anything (new or secondhand) in Canberra by far, and well stocked with anything from Sci-Fi to communist propaganda. It even has a couple of cats that live there. http://gouldsbooks.com.au/

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Taskbar Shuffle rockin my world today

“No hotkey, no extra steps, drag and drop the programs on your Windows taskbar by simply… well, dragging and dropping them! Neat concept, huh? No need to get all nervous when a program crashes or if you wanna reboot; you can re-order your programs exactly as they were.” http://www.freewebs.com/nerdcave/taskbarshuffle.htm

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