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ICaramba Miguel Castro's blog about .NET and its effect on National Security, the Eco-system, and his daughter's sleeping patterns. March 2005 Entries
A new word is born
I didn't invent this but I'm helping my friend spread the word on it (no pun intended). LaughterbateThe act of breaking out into giggling or laughter when in the presence of noone or without external influence. Possible uses:That guy in the end cubicle is laughterbating again.I see that you're a regular laughterbator.How many times a day do you laughterbate?Stop laughterbating, I'm trying to talk to you. Pass it around. - The origin of the word is from a gentleman named Robert Pritchard - you can ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 23, 2005 11:26 AM

For fellow control developers
This actually makes sense, though I haven't run into this issue until now. For those of you who develop custom WebControls (composite ones specifically), I'm sure you've probably used the ClientID or UniqueID property of a child control when doing things like attaching javascript. What I didn't notice before is that you shouldn't access the ClientID or UniqueID property of any child control until it has been placed in the Controls collection of its parent. In fact, if you're building a hierarchy ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 23, 2005 8:19 AM

Take the quiz

I saw this on Scott Bellware's blog and it's pretty cool (in a stupid sort of way).

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:27 AM

New WebControl online
I've just posted the ListBox Suite on my site ( The control is free to download and includes all source. This is a collection of two custom controls that build on the power of the ListBox control. The first control is called EnhancedListBox and adds reorder buttons to the standard ListBox control. The reorder buttons can be added to either side of the ListBox and are fully stylable. An optional heading caption is also a feature of this control. The second control encapsulates ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2005 9:14 AM

Update to Notebook crash
The new hard drive comes in. I replace the old drive with the new one and initiate an NTFS format. No problem so far, then the Windows install begins... BSOD!!!! This is the point where blogging the detail of what took place can possibly get me arrested (they'll never find the bodies). After two or three tries and getting either a blue screen or a 'cannot read file - skip or retry' message, on a new drive mind you, I thought about something else. I powered down the notebook and removed the 1gig ram ......

Posted On Thursday, March 17, 2005 11:42 AM

Massive Notebook Crash
Well, looks like I'll be offline in the evening for the next two or three days. My laptop ceased to function last night. First, VS2003 closed down without warning, but that was shortly followed by a complete shutdown (yes, with BSOD). Reboots proved futile. I only lost about an hour's worth of work so that's not so bad. I have not been able to get Safe Mode booted, or VGA only, and have also not been able to perform a “R”epair from the XP disc. I tried reinstalling Windows on top of the ......

Posted On Monday, March 14, 2005 3:37 PM

This is too funny not to pass around.

Scott Hansleman and Rory Blyth put a little home movie together and I have to admit, I laughed my ass off.

Posted On Monday, March 14, 2005 3:31 PM

Cabana Night was great
Well, Cabana Night has come and gone and I gotta say despite the bad weather, it went very well. We had a total of five rooms set up with myself manning the “Web UI” room. The crowd started out a little timid so I had to kick off the talk on my own, but things picked up tremendously. The talk seemed to be enjoyed by everyone because I didn't loose anyone for the duration. I received a lot of really great questions and I think everyone, including myself, walked out that night with some ......

Posted On Friday, March 11, 2005 9:21 PM

More WebControls online
I've put up two more controls on, Web FormField and Web EmailContact. Check 'em out, tell me what you think. The GalleryBuilder.NET control is being downloaded like crazy and I've received a number of very complimentary emails about it. This weekend I plan to put the features/demo pages together for these controls on my site, as well as try to finish the GalleryBuilder.NET Help file. The Help files for the other controls will follow shortly. As usual, all my WebControls can be downloaded ......

Posted On Thursday, March 10, 2005 1:39 PM

GalleryBuilder.NET is updated and online!
The new version of my GalleryBuilder WebControl is up on as well as I've gotten a boat load of hits and downloads so far and a few very complimentary emails. I'm gonna finish up the help file this weekend and also put up a features/demo page on I've also submitted two other controls to which are also available on - Web FormField and Web EmailContact. Check them out and drop me a line with your comments ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 8, 2005 9:44 AM

Hi-Def Tivo Rocks !!!
Every so often I buy a piece of electronics I am absolutely thrilled with. Last weekend was one of those times. I've been a die-hard TiVo user since the first 14 hour version came out. Later when I got DirecTV, I traded up to the DirecTivo box and I loved it. It became my primary tuner, as my TV did not have one at all, and the thing totally changed my life. The problem is that I had purchased a 50” Plasma Hi-Def so I needed an additional Hi-Def tuner plugged into one of the other inputs. I ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 1, 2005 3:55 PM

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