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  • read-​thru/write-​thru cached generic list?

    Sounds like a Repository without the Unit of Work part ... a 'live repository'?

  • rename this place ....

    , figuerres wrote

    new name: Channel Spam - home of drive by spam that fills up the pages every few weeks.
    we have asked for changes to slow it down and MS seems to not care ...

    MS if you will not fix it then just shut the site down and move on.

    Channel9 has changed from an 'interact with us' site to a marketing site, so the Coffeehouse is no longer a priority.  That's OK with me (a smaller forum group is easier to keep track of), but it does mean that is doesn't get much love from the C9 team who are obviously concentrating on the videos.

    I don't mind deleting spam when it occurs (I just deleted about 3 pages worth), but it takes me 4 or 5 seconds per post to delete as spam, so when there are pages and pages I'm just going to give up -- unless I can bill MS for my time ;)

    The team just needs to take the risk and give more admin rights to someone in order to deal with these DoS spam attacks when they (regularly) occur outside of MS working hours.

  • SpamSpamSpam

    I already emailed the team earlier this morning when I woke up and found 25 pages of spam in the Coffeehouse. Now its up to 100 pages of spam and still going strong.

    If I was given the ban-hammer, I would ONLY use it for spammers.


  • Give me your best.

    Maintain your self-respect; look after yourself, exercise appropriately, eat appropriately, dress appropriately, and don't give yourself a hard time.

  • ISIS, a new Mideast nation emerging?

    @TheJoe: Actually, the Pilgrims left Europe because Europe was too liberal and tolerant over religion.  The Pilgrims wanted the "freedom" to be able to kill people over their religion if they wanted to, which is why they left to start their own country.


  • ISIS, a new Mideast nation emerging?

    It occurred to me this morning:

    "ISIS are a group of people who want to found a state based on their interpretation of Islamic religion."

    Replace a couple of words and place in the past-tense:

    "The Pilgrims were a group of people who wanted to found at state based on their interpretation of Christian religion."

    I'm surprised the USA isn't more supportive. :P



  • Dynamically adding the text box value to the xml file

    Is there a reason you're not using a data structure and binding the contents of the data structure to the controls? 

    For example, I would create a class called Address, with properties for all the details like CountryName, CountryCode, etc.  On the form I would create an instance of this structure and bind it's content to the relevant controls.  Then when it needs to save to XML you can simply serialize the data structure.

    For more complex scenarios you end up with a full Controller/ViewModel containing all the code and the logic, while the form simply uses data binding to display the data to the user.



  • keyboard advice

    @123tax:  I have the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and the negatives outweigh the pluses for me: 

    Pluses :

    1. good shape (ergonomically and visually)
    2. nice key action and feel


    1. Media/Function key require a physical switch to select between -- getting sick of hitting F5 to refresh, but instead opening the search charm (stop, flip switch, press escape to dismiss search, press F5 again to refresh).
    2. Media/Function keys can get stuck down if not hit straight (key edge goes under the keyboard lip).  Took me a while to figure out why my code kept trying to run whenever I hit any key.
    3. Occasionally misses key presses (not sure if it's me or the keyboard, but it's not a problem I have on other keyboards).
    4. Chews through batteries faster than other wireless keyboards I've owned (although this may be because it only takes AAA instead of the AA of other keyboards).

    Conclusion : OK for light keyboard users, not good for developers/writers.

  • Cosmos on global warming

    @spivonious: Geothermal isn't too bad for domestic heating, but I don't think it works out for generation of electricity,  And it should be used more, but I think it's just not advertised enough.


    As for hydrogen fuel cells, the energy required to produce pure hydrogen is quite high in the first place -- so how do you generate that?  There has been some success using solar mirrors to crack it, but it's not really scalable.

    Now portable Thorium reactors on the other hand ...



  • Ballmer to Buy Clippers?

    A man has to have a hobby when he retires. :|