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Archive for December, 2006

I guess the trendy thing bloggers do is summarize their year of blogging. Here’s mine:

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The wife and I got into drinking wine after a trip to the Cuvaison Winery in Napa Valley in 2003. The merlot we tried was so good, we added a wine rack in our kitchen when we built our house. It’s funny how those you’ve know in the past can turn up with interesting new hobbies they’ve been doing for years. Adam Courtney, who I worked with around 2001-2, makes   Read More ...

Wine

I *was* right in the middle of a nice long post, until I accidentally closed the Firefox tab and lost my work. I dropped my iPod and cracked the LCD. I haven’t seen my wife all week because she’s been staying at her mom’s house helping her mom after a knee replacement. My kids have had a schedule that is scarily busier than my own. The project at work is   Read More ...

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It seems my post on Writing Effective Email is one of the most popular ones I’ve written here at uhri.com. In that post I talked about some techniques for better subject lines, but I’ve recently seen a few additional things that have been very helpful. At my current client, the project on which I’m working has a new project manager who uses these techniques. The first is the <eom> trick.   Read More ...

GTD and Lifehacks

I was trying to add yes / no values to three dropdowns on my ASP.NET page. We’re using custom drop down controls, so I needed to add the dropdown items in code behind. Always liking to be efficient in my code and make it pretty, I used this:

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At our house, we have Daddy Jobs and Mommy Jobs. These are jobs that are defined by who does them. We got the idea from one of my wife’s coworkers. When they travel, even in her car, he will pump the gas just because that’s a Daddy Job. The Jobs have turned into a running joke at our house.

Spectacularity

One piece of functionality that is often requested is the ability to submit a web form using the <enter> key. In some cases, you may need multiple textbox controls to submit differently by defaulting to different buttons. In the past there have been various javascript hacks to ensure this works successfully, but in ASP.NET 2.0 there is a simpler function. By setting the defaultbutton property on a form or –   Read More ...

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The Wife has been making fun of me (and my friends) behind my back. I know it seems crazy, but it’s true. At the end of September, “Weird Al” Yankovic released a video for his parody “White and Nerdy” (hat tip: Jeremy). Its hilarious, you should watch it. I’ll wait. Back? Funny, no? When The Wife saw it, she merely shook her head: “I never knew knew how truly geeky   Read More ...

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