Friday, February 25, 2005

In case you had trouble with the previous entry..

From Microsoft: A parent's primer to computer slang: understand how your kids communicate online to help protect them. If your kids are this 1337 tehn it's you who needs protection m3th1nkz.. does anyone really do that anymore anyway?

Just Goog L33T

Googleet - Google translated into hacker language. See also Googelmer..

Springfield Is For Gay Lovers Of Marriage

dot com - very little content though.

Edit: see also dorks-gone-wild, What Badgers Eat, and Sexy Slumber Party. I haven't seen any of these episodes. A blast from the past is Mr X's site.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Aligning controls in the IDE

IDEs allow you to group controls and set layouts - align left edges, align top edges etc. But, if a controls are within different containers, they can't be aligned. The form is a container, so if you have a textbox in a container you can't align it to a textbox on the form. In fact, you can't usually select two controls which aren't in the same container, which is probably the cause of the problem.

So the controls need to be aligned manually - you can add together the various borderwidths and control positions to arrive at a figure, or do it by eye. The former is too much trouble, and the latter is problematic as the controls will be separated by formspace.

I was swearing about this the other day when Robin gave me an answer: he suggested moving the control to be aligned until it overlaps with the target control, after which it is trivial to visually align the controls, at which point the aligned control can be returned to it's proper position on the form using the arrow keys or the appropriate positioning properties.

A Google 419

At least that's what it looks like..

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

New words [1] - Soap Creep

Soap Creep
It starts with just watching EastEnders: then you watch a bit of Corrie because EastEnders is so depressing, and Hollyoaks doesn't count, but the next thing you know you're scheduling in Emmerdale, spending your weekend afternoons catching up with the omnibi, and taping those ridiculous Australian afternoon soaps. CF Scope Creep.

An easy mistake to make

We went to see The Producers last week - on Holocaust Memorial Day: at least Mel Brooks is Jewish.

I never thought I would go to a West End musical, and I probably never will again, even though it was a brilliant show. Go if you can, just choose a more propitious day than I did.