Pete Brown's Blog (POKE 53280,0)
Pete Brown writes on a variety of topics from XAML with the Windows Runtime (WinRT), .NET programming using C#, WPF, Microcontroller programming with .NET Microframework, .NET Gadgeteer, Windows on Devices, and even plain old C, to raising two children in the suburbs of Maryland, woodworking, CNC and generally "making physical stuff". Oh, and Pete loves retro technology, especially Commodore (C64 and C128). If the content interests you, please subscribe using the subscription link to the right of every page.
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Warning: this is as much a rant as anything remotely
useful. Oh, and don't comment without reading the whole thing
The Internet is not a democracy. More specifically, blog
commenting systems aren't a democracy. Blog authors and
administrators get to decide which comments show up on their
blog, and which do not. On my own blog, I remove spam
messages (or I let Akismet do it in most...
When I interviewed for the position on Scott Hanselman's
team, one of the questions Scott asked me was if I'd be able to
handle working from home, with the isolation that usually entails.
Telecommuting (I hate that word) isn't for everyone, so the
question was actually very important.
Prior to joining Microsoft in October, I actually worked from
home a fair bit. I'd still get out to c...
I've recently posted a few articles here
on my site. You may wonder why articles and not blog posts?
One problem I ran into on my previous site was the dating of
content that could be updated over time. You often run into this
with regular blog sites as well. I strongly dislike going back and
editing old blog posts, as the blog format wasn't really intended
for that. Blog posts should...
The editor (or some other code) in umbraco does a few things I
strongly dislike. One of them is removing the target="_blank" from
url's I add. I like all external urls to open in a new window so
the visitor doesn't forget about my site. I'd add it back into the
html and the editor would strip it back out again. Annoying.
I've never written a line of jQuery before, but tonight, with
You too can be part of the internet fun. Just pick one of these
comments at random and post it to any blog post, youtube vid, or
anything else with a public comment field. Guaranteed to work 100%
of the time. Bonus points if you trigger a comment war.
10. Lame. Go look at <url>, they did it better.
9. <insert instant godwin's law trigger here>
8. OMG LOL YOUR...
It's after 5am and I'm still up. Why? I just completed standing
up the blog portion of my new site and I'm pretty excited.
The full site migration is far from over, but the bones are
there, and the blog content has been all moved over.
My blog (first picture below) has had roughly the same look for
a number of years now. I've updated the background and the header
If you’re on twitter or otherwise follow Codinghorror, you know he suffered a complete loss of his blog. My site and blog both have nightly database backups, but I’ve never tried to restore them, so they’re untested and therefore only slightly better than useless. I also get concerned sometimes that those backups are of a really old blogging engine’s data, an engine I’d never use again if I we...
I just got sound working in my C64 emulator and I wanted to record a short WMV of M.U.L.E. to send to a few friends, but couldn’t figure out how to get sound recorded. I just tonight got both M.U.L.E. and sound working, so I just had to let people know :) If you have a usb headset soundcard, you’re generally out of luck. You can’t record that sound as nothing is coming “back” to the PC. Howev...
Feel free to ignore this post. I’m toying around with changing the code on my blog to use the syntax highlighting made possible via: Syntax Highlighter from Alex Gorbatchev Syntax Highlighter plugin for Windows Live Writer Rather than the rather bloated (and unfriendly to RSS readers) paste from Visual Studio, I thought I’d try this. The “paste from VS” method retained all the colors...
Sunday, May 3, 2009 |
One of the greatest things about blogs is the ability to have a
dialog with your readers. While the comments mechanism is far from
perfect in that respect, it works well enough to at least be
My own blog requires a CAPTCHA, something I'm looking forward to
removing when I move to a new platform. Anything that comes between
your reader and the ability to post feedback is going ...
There are a number of other places I hang out where we can have two-way conversations rather than just a publish-subscribe relationship. Follow me on Twitter. Twitter is a fun place to hang out and get the news before folks have time to blog about it. FriendFeed is similar, but I’m only on that rarely – my tweets get automatically posted there. By far, this is the most active group ...
Podcasters, did you know you can make subscribing via the Zune as simple as a single click on your website? This works using the zune://subscribe format. An example might be: zune://subscribe?TimCast=http://feeds.feedburner.com/timcast-wmv Here’s the ZuneInsider article on the subject. It includes links to some chicklets you can use, as well as the official Zune 1-click chicklet. If you p...
I’m glad there’s an option to get a different challenge
Thursday, August 21, 2008 |
Blogging, FAIL |
I've been doing a bunch lately with aggregating various
technical blogs and surfacing the content through Silverlight and
While doing that, I ran into a number of challenges and figured out
ways that folks can work around them to make their blogs more
visible and more easily used in mashups. I'm not a marketing or
branding expert so I'd be happy to include suggestions from som...