Archive December 2006

Encrypting connection strings in app.config

Simple example showing how to use the .NET Encryption provider and the app.config file to encrypt, store, and decrypt database connection strings or other sensitive information.

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Released

For those of you who work on software development using the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005. The download is approximately 431mb, so it is quite a large update. You can also find more information about installation on Scott Guthrie's blog.

12 Tips for Travelers

I travel quite often for business and pleasure, and I've learned some things that help make my journeys more pleasant for me and everyone around me. Below are my twelve tips for a happy travel experience. In the immortal words of the late Bob Ross, let's help to paint "happy little trees," "happy little clouds," and "pretty little mountains". :)

My best photographs

These are some of the best black and white and duotone photographs I've taken. Most of these photos were taken using my Nikon D200 digital camera. Some photos were taken using my Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera.

Anonymous Methods and Thread Safety

This is a simple example showing thread-safe operations. The example starts a new thread and then invokes a delegate to safely update the text of a button on the form (other) thread. In addition, this example shows simple usage of an anonymous method- a new feature in the .NET 2.0 framework.

We Didn't Start the Fire 2.0

The lyrics to Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire serve as a great history lesson, so I decided to create a page with the definitions of the lyrics in a "Web 2.0" style. All images and text are from Wikipedia unless otherwise noted. Words and music by Billy Joel. Hover over the links to see descriptions and images about the words.

Change Windows XP Start Button Text

I was bored with the same olde "Start" button, so I did a Google search on how to change the Start button text. Unfortunately, other tutorials make you edit the registry. In contrast, my step-by-step tutorial is quick and painless and requires no registry modifications. Please note: you make these changes to your system AT YOUR OWN RISK. Please back up your entire system and all files before following this procedure. And please be very careful. Nick Fessel makes no warranties that this process will work for you.