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Some code, some writing about code. Some writing not about code.

Last Build Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 05:04:47 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 Steve Tibbett

Thu, 24 Jul 2003 05:04:47 GMT

NOTE: Future weblog entries will be on my local server, at this URL:

I know people find my site through Google, especially the various C# articles I've posted with code snippets.  Those will be here indefinitely, but they'll also be at the new site, and if I update them, the updates will be at the new site. 

Thu, 24 Jul 2003 04:58:02 GMT

I think I'm going to start doing my publishing to my local server instead of to the Radio shared server.

That way I'll get to look at the server logs and figure out where hits are coming from.  There isn't really any reason to host this site with UserLand since I have my own server at home and Radio supports streaming to it no problem.

I am probably going to switch from a cable modem to ADSL soon.  A local company, Magma, offers a static IP address and pretty decent bandwidth for not that much more than I'm paying for the cable modem.  I'll probably be offline for a couple days around when that happens.

Thu, 24 Jul 2003 01:27:31 GMT

Check this out.  I've added a front end to Syndicache that can take data from the cache database and present it as RSS or Atom!

What does this mean?  It means you can take any RSS feed, feed it into Syndicache, and then feed it back out with the web front end.

I'll write more about this in a bit.  For now, have a look here.

Wed, 23 Jul 2003 12:53:50 GMT

I've been working on getting my own networking to be a little more reliable at home (mostly, getting a static IP address).  I'm not there yet but I've started moving my Radio weblog over to my own server.  It's here:  stevex's stuff.

Wed, 23 Jul 2003 11:03:19 GMT

A question. If I do, in Win32:


Is there any chance that the memory will move in between the unlock and the free? It's an implementation question, obviously, as I imagine any given implementation of Win32 is free to move any unlocked memory around, but I wonder when, say, Windows XP, does it (if ever).

Reason I ask is I'm working on some code that has a lot of:


Which Boun dsChecker is flagging as an error. It's obviously right, but I wonder if there was in fact any chance of an error caused by this.

Wed, 23 Jul 2003 11:03:16 GMT

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Mon, 14 Jul 2003 11:46:32 GMT

An RSS feed has two elements that give the publication date of an item: dc:date, and pubDate.  They are in different formats.  dc:date is in this format:


and pubDate is in this format:

    Sat, 07 Sep 2002 0:00:01 GMT

Fortunately, DateTime.Parse understands them both.

Mon, 14 Jul 2003 03:56:12 GMT

If you were using my Syndicache aggregator, then you could subscribe to my feed by clicking here.

Mon, 14 Jul 2003 03:48:49 GMT

I bought a new printer today, a Canon i850.  My trend recently has been to replace essentially disposable printers like the Lexmark Z45 and the Epson 640 with new printers.  When it literally costs as much to replace the ink as it does to replace the printer, why not?

But then the printer companies figured out what I was doing, and started including "starter" in cartridges in new printers, which are mostly empty.  What a scam.  So I decided to spend a little more on a printer, and get one that doesn't try to make all their money off the consumables.

It seems the Canon printers are among the least expensive in the consumables department, and Lexmark are among the most.  The i850 has 4 separate cartridges so when you run out of cyan, you don't need to replace the whole "color" cartridge, just the cyan one.

And now that I've spent a little more on a printer ($215 vs $57) the print quality is FAR superior.  The same image printed on the Lexmark Z45 looks like crap (easily visible pixels on glossy photo paper) compared to the Canon.

Which makes me wonder.. what's a good measure of the quality you can expect from a color inkjet?  "DPI" doesn't seem to work since even though both printers advertise roughly equivalent resolutions, the Lexmark's dots looked bigger.  The Canon box mentions .2 picoliters of ink per dot, perhaps that's it?

Fri, 11 Jul 2003 17:14:13 GMT

Recommended Reading is a page that finds weblogs that it thinks you'd enjoy reading, based on the links on a page you give it. Cool. This is very similar to what I want to create for music. (I like his 404 page as well)

Thu, 10 Jul 2003 16:00:19 GMT

Hmm, another Radio limitation. The GotDotNet workspace link got eaten, the equal sign turned into a quote character. Someone's not encoding or decoding properly. Anyway, to find Syndicache go to and search for it.

Thu, 10 Jul 2003 15:56:49 GMT

I've created a new Syndicache component, SyndiNNTP. It presents the Syndicache database as NNTP, so you can read your feeds using your newsreader as well as using the web interface.

You can find it in the Syndicache Workspace, and you can try it out directly via your configured news reader from this link.