Esendex Last Minute Sprint

In a change to normal development activities, this afternoon saw us do a bit of last minute preparation for a triathlon that Esendex is the headline sponsor for. It will, I guess, be business as usual on Sunday too for the Esendex Last Minute Sprint at Southwell with both Adam and Julian leading the way forward in the overall times for the eight staff members who will be competing.

Today we had a visit from Richard Stannard which was very worthwhile. Chatting to a world class althete was not only inspiring but he was full of useful advice. It has made the whole prospect of swimming, cycling and running at Silly-o’Clock on Sunday morning less daunting. I say morning, I think I need to get there just after the milk does, so its more a.s. (Apres Sanity) than a.m.

There have been times at the gym these last few weeks that I did question my own sanity for attempting this but it has been a great goal to aim for.

The motley crew from Sales, Operations and Development are joining in with the semi-professionals and this will be my first triathlon. I think Julian has such a good swim time that he’s starting on Monday (I joke!). Despite gunning for the wooden spoon prize I am just looking to have fun and make it around in one piece. Oh, and I’m also trying to aim to not be overtaken by Adam or Julian 😉

Thanks to Ewan for his kind words of support. I’ll let you all know how I got on (if I have the energy to type!)

Remote Desktop Connection Smart Sizing

If you use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) a lot then you might be interested in an option that’s not available via the GUI. ‘Smart Sizing’ allows you to scale the screen to the size of the RDC window rather than the default option where the remote desktop gets cropped.

If you open a new RDC instance and expand the ‘Options >>>’ button you see the following screen :

Remote Desktop Connection dialog box
Remote Desktop Connection dialog box

At the bottom of the dialog is the option to ‘Save’ the current settings. Fill out as much as you normally would to connect to a remote box and then Save the file onto your local machine somewhere.

Edit that file with the text editor of your choice and add the following line to the bottom of the .rdp file you saved:

smart sizing:i:1

This will force RDC to scale the window when you shrink it and will stretch back to full screen when you click ‘Maximise’.

I create a collection of these .rdp files for each of the servers I need to communicate with and have a directory of them as a custom toolbar on my task bar.

Just remember to start your RDC session from your saved .rdp file to take advantage of the scaling trick

C# Abstract Exceptions

We’ve just been writing some new exceptions based initially on an abstract Exception class. When the attempt to write a catch statement to catch all exceptions which inherited from this abstract base class it wasn’t behaving as expected.

The gotcha here is that C#/.NET doesn’t allow you to catch exceptions from an abstract class. If you want to catch a base class Exception, avoid that abstract.

You have been warned! This is for .NET 2 by the way 🙂

Is Microsoft’s future ‘delicious’?

So have you had chance to see Microsoft’s (supposed) answer to Apple’s excellent Get A Mac adverts yet?

Well in case not, I’ve included it after the break. So I get the fact its got people talking because its obtuse, I get the fact that its not tying them to advertising one product but seriously have they thought about what this advert is saying?
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