The right tools for the job

This post is more for my own self-reference later, but others may find it helpful too. I’ve been looking to do some modification to the k-member on my car whenever the weather warms up. This will involve removing the k-member before any of the work can be done. Most seem to do this while the engine is removed, but I’d rather not go through that again. I’ve been doing some reading on how to do this the safest way with the engine still in the car, and here are the tools I’m looking at:
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XSLT that emits source XML

I got this from a friend and have found it very useful for debugging my XSLT from content query web parts and data view web parts in Visual Studio. The below XSLT will output the source XML given to it: <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" exclude-result-prefixes="msxsl"> <xsl:output method="xml" indent="yes"/> <xsl:template match="@ node()"> <xsl:copy> <xsl:apply-templates select="@ node()"/> </xsl:copy> </xsl:template> </xsl:stylesheet>

If clients treated architects like they treat software designers…

I ran across this the other day and found it funny. A google search reveals that it may be from a mailing list from around 2000. If clients treated architects like they treat software designers… Dear Mr. Architect, Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted.
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IE8 Standards Mode and MOSS

Using IE8 Standards Mode with MOSS has been fairly trouble-free so far. However, the richhtmlfield editor throws javascript errors when the page is in IE8 Standards mode. Without switching to the Telerik control or defaulting all of my pages to IE7 mode - there is a simpler fix! Enable IE7 compatability mode only on your edit pages. My master page had the IE8 meta tag: <meta equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" /> right under the head element.
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Fixing a noisy toilet

I’ve had to replace the flappers in all of my toilets in the 2 years I’ve been in my house. I thought that installing the higher quality flapper would be the last toilet fixes I’d be doing…I was wrong. First, here’s what the inside of most toilet tanks look like: Last night the toilet in the master bath started sounding like somebody was filling the tank with a high pressure water hose.
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Windows 7 x64 Ultimate - Taking the plunge

I’m just about finished backing everything up off of my main machine (Windows 7 32-bit Ultimate). I’ve heard alot of good things about Windows 7 (read quite a bit too) - and even decent things about the install process. What’s tying me to Windows is Fallout 3 and the random Windows-only game…sorry Ubuntu, I love ya' but we just can’t go steady yet. I’ll update this post as I install and use this new OS.
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Fixing a jumpy cusor/pointer on your optical/laser mouse

? Minutes ago, I started to use my Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (v2.0)…and the pointer was jumpy…kinda jittery…whenever I moved it left to right. Up and down was fine though. I resynced the mouse, replace the batteries, and even restarted…still it was jumpy. I’ve long since lost the receipt to this mouse (which I really like…would hate to replace it) - so did some searching for others who may have had this issue.
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Jon can cook...

Tonight I tried my hand at making one of my favorite eat-out foods. This is my second try…the first ended up in the trash can. And which roll did I make? The classic Americanized sushi - the California Roll. Where did I get my inspiration? Youtube videos. Search for “how to sushi rice” and “how to california roll” and enough instructions will appear that even the slowest of cooks…ahem…can figure it out.
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Lenovo T61 Speakers popping

I was fortunate to get a new laptop at work recently. I took my time on a long weekend configuring it to my satisfaction, but was annoyed by an annoying “pop” noise coming from the speakers after every sound. A little further testing showed that this was only when the machine was on battery power. This post on notebookreview and this post on the OpenSuse forums point to incorrect power management settings for the sound hardware.
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Code Memories?

Every once in a while I’ll start thinking of long-past written code. Lately I’ve been thinking of C/C++… This isn’t a language I wish to make a living coding. In fact - many parts of my C/C++ education were /very/ lacking. However, there are times when I think back to things that I could have done better, things I really enjoyed coding (Blackjack console app with ASCII cards..heh), and things I just plain didn’t understand or care to.
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