.net, programming

Rename an email attachment before sending in .NET

I recently had the need to send an email with a file attachment from disk. The problem I faced was that the filename was not very user friendly at all. What I didn’t want to do however was rename the file on disk, or create another copy of the file with a more generic name, that could create conflicts with…

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gadgets, games, iPad, iPhone

Ipad & iPhone get old school games

Atari has released a new emulator for the iPhone and iPad called Atari’s Greatest Hits [iTunes]. The free universal download comes with Pong and also offers a selection of 100 classic Atari arcade and 2600 console games for in-app purchase. The full list of games can be seen here but include Asteroids, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Star Raiders, Missile Command,…

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software, windows

Growing up with Microsoft

I first got started with computers back in the 80’s with a Tandy 1000 Series computer and used MS-DOS quite a bit.  I then graduated from DOS and worked my way through all the Windows versions over the years.  Today I came across this blog post that shows what happens if you try to upgrade a machine from MS-DOS to Windows…

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.net, programming

How to use the My Namespace in C#

When I was first trying to transition from VB.NET to C# I found it pretty odd that the “My” Namespace wasn’t available in C#.  If you aren’t aware of what I’m talking about, the Microsoft.VisualBasic.MyServices namespace (My in Visual Basic) provides easy and intuitive access to a number of .NET Framework classes, enabling you to write code that interacts with the computer,…

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.net, programming, software

Use ASP.NET and DotNetZip to Create and Extract ZIP Files

I recently came across this article from Scott Mitchell, that shows how to use DotNetZip to create and extract ZIP files in an ASP.NET application, and covers advanced features like password protection and encryption. The article details all that you can do with the feature-rich, free, open source ZIP implementation for .NET – DotNetZip. Using DotNetZip and a dash of .NET code…

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gadgets, iPhone

ProClip, the BEST iPhone mount you can find!

My 2010 Toyota Prius is a great car!  It’s a geek’s dream with all the hi-tech bells and whistles it has.  For example, I use the Bluetooth integration in the car quite a bit for both talking on the phone and audio (music, podcasts, etc).  With the phone being the main source for audio entertainment, there are many times I…

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gadgets, iPhone, software

My Must Have Jailbroken iPhone Apps

The iPhone 4 is an awesome smartphone.  It truly has started to replace my desktop and laptop computer for many day to day tasks.  While Apple did a good job at making this phone very user friendly and functional, you can really make this tiny little pocket computer even better without much effort.  Jailbreaking your iPhone will really unleash this…

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.net, programming, user groups

CMAP Main Meeting – Tuesday, December 7th – IIS Express, Razor, and WebMatrix, OH my!

CMAP Main Meeting – Tuesday, December 7th – IIS Express, Razor, and WebMatrix, OH my! – G. Andrew Duthie When: Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Where: HCC Business Training Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, MD, 21046 Topic: IIS Express, Razor, and WebMatrix, OH my! Does the announcement of so many new technologies make you wonder where the…

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Don’t buy those expensive HDMI cables!

Stay away from those over-priced HDMI cables that Best Buy pushes (i.e. Monster Cables). Instead, check out Amazon.com or anywhere else on the Internet where you can get a good quality HDMI cable for well under $10. The Mint.com blog said it best with this infographic: