What is stealing focus?

For the last couple of days, the focussed window on my dev box would occasionally lose focus.  It was really annoying.  It would always switch back, but I’d lose a couple letters here or there as I was typing. I eventually found the following code that helped me track down the culprit: Declare Auto Function …

Click-once application as Administrator

I created a ClickOnce application that had to modify the registry. You can’t do this unless you’re an administrator. I first tried to add an app.manifest file to elevate the application, but ClickOnce won’t anything but asInvoker. Then through some googling I found the following article: http://antscode.blogspot.ca/2011/02/running-clickonce-application-as.html In summation, when your application starts, it checks …

Meditation and Hypnotism

I think these two are the same. I’ve been reading a lot of guided meditation scripts lately and have found them very similar to a lot of hypnotism scripts that I’ve read previously. They both start by getting you comfortable, and explaining the things that you would be currently feeling. Focussing inwards on your breath, …

Win+X ease of access customization

I really like Windows 8. The replacement of the start menu with the Windows 8 style (Metro) page is amazing. Since I spend my workdays exclusively on windows machines, I’ve picked up some useful tips to help with usability (I love usability). Some of the most important things I access when I’m working can be …

Mindful Meditation

So I think I get meditation. Well, as much as anyone can get an ageless practice. Really, this isn’t as stupid as me proclaiming “I getbirds!” but nobody gets birds. What are birds? We just don’t know. What I mean is that I understand its’ purpose, see value in it, and think packing it into the bundle of thoughts, …

Memories of Minecraft

I enjoy playing minecraft. I got my hands on a copy of it back before it was GA’d (generally available) and instantly started dumping many many hours into it. I’ve seen some comics about the stages of minecraft addiction, and I’ve gotta say, it pretty accurately reflected my experiences.  I can’t find a good source …

More musings on design

I’ve been doing a lot of research into design lately.  I was trying to find one of the better ways to get my website design to appear properly on desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and everything in between.  I learned about a topic called Responsive Web Design, which can take care of this in a number of …

Developer Designer

I’ve been working at prairieFyre Software Inc. for the last 6 years. I was hired here to the Applications teasm as a junior developer. Through my time here I’ve transitioned roles from bug crusher to build master to TFS guru and out to deployment specialist. prairieFyre doesn’t employ any designers, only developers. I’ve decided, because …

Assassin’s Creed 2 is a fantastic game

Assassin’s Creed 2 (AC2) has proven to be one of my favourite games of all time. I played the Assassins Creed a bunch, and I fell in love with the gameplay itself, but where the game fell short was variety. While the graphics were outstanding, and gameplay was enjoyable, the missions were awful. There was …