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Sorry, I don't do chat. I'm honestly not sure why it was decided that was a useful feature for a Q&A site. If you have a question that you think I might be able to answer, please post a question to the site so that everyone may benefit.


My primary area of expertise is the Win32 API. I work primarily in C++, C#, and VB.NET (although less in .NET these days). I also know VB 6, the MFC framework, and a little about C. I'm addicted to solving problems and happiest when I'm completely engaged in a challenge.


Fair warning: Brevity is not necessarily my strong suit...


Sep
6
comment How to disable DirectWrite in Google Chrome 37?
I calibrated the heck out of ClearType when I set up this machine. But the automatic update to Chrome 37 made everything blurry, ugly, color-fringed, and hard to read. GDI is still the only decent text rendering technology to come out of Redmond.
Aug
23
comment Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?
The question is about a wireless keyboard. Where does malware come into play? Someone installed malware on his keyboard?
Aug
17
comment MS-DOS “Divide Overflow” error
There is probably a timing loop somewhere in the code, and your new[er] machine is way faster than it ever expected, generating a divide-by-zero error. What application is it? Do you have the source code?
Aug
16
comment Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?
We just don't think this has anything to do with the question. The question isn't about a thumb drive, it is about a keyboard. Do you think that someone hacked into his wireless keyboard and reprogrammed its device type to "toaster"? Why would they do this for a keyboard? (Also, there has only been one downvote.)
Aug
15
revised How do I get a static IP address for my teapot?
Fixed grammar, made image a more reasonable size, added ALT text, shorted title
Aug
15
suggested suggested edit on How do I get a static IP address for my teapot?
Aug
7
comment Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?
I cannot think of a single good reason why you would want to go from the simple, readable, trivially-parsable INF format to the ugly, complicated, behemoth that is XML. As a universal exchange format, XML might have its merits. But for a domain-specific configuration file, ugh.
Jul
30
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
17
comment Opened a JPG picture with notepad, pasted all the “text” to a new notepad file, changed to .JPG and it no longer opens. Why?
It is a little strange that you show the property sheet for a Notepad executable bundled with a version of Windows XP, yet judging by the window theme, you're clearly running some version of Windows 8. That would explain why the executable was linked with version 7.1 of the toolset—that's what they used to compile Windows XP and associated utilities. The Windows 8 version of Notepad will undoubtedly be compiled with a newer version of the SDK tools.
Jun
17
comment Weird characters (´╗┐) at the start of a batch file
ANSI is not really an encoding. Presumably it refers to your Windows system's default code page. That will vary from one system to another, depending on configuration.
Jun
16
awarded  Yearling
May
17
comment How do I install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 7?
@teen If the box is checked, why do you think .NET 3.5 is not already installed? I don't remember whether it shows up in the list of installed programs or not. It doesn't make sense that it would, considering it shows up as a Windows feature...
May
8
awarded  Nice Answer
May
2
awarded  Constituent
Apr
21
awarded  Caucus
Jan
21
awarded  Famous Question
Dec
30
comment How can I set the color depth to 8-bit in Windows XP?
Another good reason is for testing purposes. I'm writing software that needs to run all the way down to 8-bit color, but when I spun up an XP VM to test this, I find it not an option. Luckily, you'd already asked! +1
Aug
27
comment How can I set the compatibility mode for an executable from the command line?
Were I trying to solve this problem as a user (which would also include a system admin), my answer would be very different. I would not be in the position to avert the problem in the first place, like a developer would. I would have answered that way had I posted the answer to Super User. I did not. I don't know how it is not obvious from reading my answer that I'm talking about/to developers. Do you not want them to fix broken apps? Do you like having to work around their sloppiness, ignorance, and mistakes? I don't, however necessary it might be at times. And useful it is to know how to.
Aug
27
comment How can I set the compatibility mode for an executable from the command line?
Sorry, @Craig. I find this debate tiring and mostly uninteresting. I feel obliged to point out that the question was originally asked on Stack Overflow, which is a Q&A site for computer programmers, not system administrators. The answers are obviously going to be different. This is the problem with migration. Just because a question appears to people to be about a certain topic does not mean it should be migrated to another site after only a superficial investigation. You ask questions like this on Stack Overflow to get a programmer's perspective. Such is what I provided in my answer.
Aug
10
revised Can VLC crop black borders on the fly?
copy-edited for clarity and grammar