Aug 12 2016

VB style divider lines for C# in MS Visual Studio

If you are a fan of the horizontal lines dividing the subs in Visual Basic, you can turn them on for C# by going to Tools>Options>Text Editor>C#>Advanced and selecting ‘Show procedure line separators.’


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Jul 25 2016

Tip: Macros in Notepad++

If you find yourself performing several of the same operations within Notepad++, you can use its Macro option to record and save them. This morning I was able to use it to record Paste, Find What, Replace With, and Replace All into one handy keystroke.

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Mar 15 2014

Quotable: Craig Mazin

“The enemy of writing is silence and inactivity.”

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Jun 19 2013

Review: NoteMaster

stacks_image_673_1NoteMaster is a note-taking app for iOS. I switched to it after trying out various note-taking apps, and not really loving any of them. I love this app.

I had been using Apple’s native Notes app for years, but I was running into limitations–there was no way to do bold, indent, make bulleted lists, and it only synced with iCloud, which is of no use to me due to the age of my Macs at home.

notemasterNoteMaster allows you to quickly and simply insert bold headings, bulleted/numbered/check box lists, and even insert pictures. Notes are saved as a .docx file so you can open them in Microsoft Word. The app is beautiful and easy to use. The documentation for how to use the app is included as NoteMaster-created documents. The app also includes several templates/themes so you can change the look of each document.

One of he best features is that it syncs absolutely beautifully seamlessly with Dropbox. The free version lets you create up to seven notes, and the full version is only $3.99.

Here is the link to the developer page.

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Jun 17 2013

Thanks, Siri

The other day I was dictating voice notes on my phone for my Wednesday night lesson at church. At one point what I said was “Three offices in Old Testament were prophet, priest and king.”

What Siri translated was, “Three offices in Old Testament were probably pretty stinky.”

While technically true, due to the hot climate and lack of deodorant, this wasn’t really what I was after.

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Feb 16 2013


home_logo-vflWA3gZlI use a product that just caught my attention in the last month and has now become absolutely invaluable–Dropbox. It’s one of those products that I can’t see getting very much better–it’s almost perfect already. It’s like a folder out on the internet, accessible from all your devices (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry). Unlike Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox runs on my 11 year old Macs.

Like most things that people absolutely adore, it just works. I really can’t say enough about how awesome it is. I really started using it when I began work on VBS for 2013. It lets me keep all my stuff online, access it from everywhere, and share specific folders with specific people. Best of all–it’s free.

I know you’re thinking, ‘what’s the catch?’ And you should–everything has a catch. The catch with Dropbox is that it is free for the first 2GB of storage. If you need more than 2GB, that’s when it becomes a paid product subscription. For me, once I hit that limit of stuff that I absolutely need accessible everywhere all the time, it will be well worth the money, especially since I’ve gotten such a benefit from the free 2GB.

The only improvement I could see them making is being able to assign differing levels of permissions to shared folders; right now when you share a folder, everyone you share it with has as much power as you do.

I’ve included a handy link below where you can download it. I should tell you that if you download it with this link they will give me some more free storage for recommending you.

Shameless Plug to get Dan some more free storage

Or you can just go to

You’ll love it.

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Jan 17 2013

Sooo…I’m all Skyrim’d out

Am I even allowed to say that? I’m afraid Kaleb, Todd Howard, and Mr. T are going to come to my house and I’ll find out firsthand that they all pity da foo.

Anyway, as I was saying, I think I’m done with Skyrim. For a while anyway. Compared to writing and producing VBS skits, the rush of sneakybowing bad guys is kinda weak. Maybe once I am done or at least have all of my major story problems solved I will indulge myself in some more Bethesda goodness–maybe even pick up all the DLCs.

Until then, I have work to do!

And I love it.

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Aug 27 2012

My TV is a goner pt. 2

This blog was birthed because my TV was having problems in December of 2008. Now, it has finally died. Eight years of mostly loyal service. It’s terminal this time.

And so, we will have to start TV shopping some time. I’m not in a huge hurry, as I have a ton of other productive things I have to do, and other more important expenses, like replacing the water heater.

Upside for the two of you who read this blog: I should start posting more often.

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Sep 21 2011

Most loved and overlooked

Probably one of the gifts I most appreciate–and most take for granted–is a gift that is quite common in the 21st century United States. Most people have it, it is free, and it is available to all. In fact, it is even imposed on a good deal of people quite against their wills–as it was with me.

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me how much I love books. I love shopping for them, acquiring them, repairing them. Of course I love reading them; the aforementioned verbs were merely symptomatic of a bibliophilic life. As I have mentioned earlier, some of my earliest happy memories involve books.

But it wasn’t always so.

Literacy was forced upon me in first grade. I had no desire to read. It wasn’t that I was proud of my ignorance or deficiency, but I simply didn’t realize I was ignorant, and wasn’t aware that I was missing anything. Learning to read was easy for me–too easy, probably. It unlocked nothing for me, solved no problems.

From the time I was three I was always drawing and always watching cartoons. Decades after I developed a genuine love for the written word, I would still denigrate writing as the dumb stepbrother of drawing. I remember in one of my many cartooning books the author had stated, “Good writing will carry bad art, but good art won’t carry bad writing.” It was the most heretical blasphemy at the time, but now so obviously true.

There was only one story that I cared about as a small child–The Legend of Sleepy Hollow–and that was because Dad told it to me. Right before bed. When I was three. I loved, and was terrified by, that story.

So when Mom gave me $5 to go take to the first grade book sale to get whatever I wanted, all I wanted was information, not stories. Specifically, information on snakes and dinosaurs. After that lack of literature, I would get my book choices supervised.

Still, Mom did do one very clever thing: she bought lots of children’s books, and then promptly did not make me read them. Just left them around the house. When we hit garage sales, action figures were maybes, but books were almost guaranteed to be approved (providing they weren’t about snakes or dinosaurs).

Tonight I started The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay. I’m still in the middle of reading The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes. As I write this I am flanked by a giant pile of books, two large bookshelves full of books (one of which I built), and in the midst of typing this I had to give in to the sudden urge to purchase Burton Raffel’s translation of Beowulf.

I realize that I owe a debt of gratitude to the following people:

  • My mom and dad
  • Mrs. Handley
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robertson Memorial Library
  • ┬áTrails Regional Library, Corder branch
  • Mrs. Sheehan
  • Mrs. Redden
  • Mrs. Smith
  • Mrs. Alfino
  • Mrs. Craig
  • Any of you who have ever given me a good book

If you can read this, give thanks to God that you have working eyes and a working brain, and give thanks to the parent or teachers who taught you how to read, or how to read better.

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Mar 11 2009

I.T. Toolkit

Lots of places that sell computer and computer accessories also sell “computer toolkits.” I put that in quotes because they are kind of a joke, consisting of one useful tool and a bunch of useless stuff you will never use.

If you work on computers or plan to, here is the list of items in my I.T. toolkit that I carry on my person constantly:

  1. Allway 4 in 1 Screwdriver (see previous post here)
  2. Craftsman #0 Phillips Screwdriver
  3. Coast LED Lenser flashlight
  4. Sanford Super Sharpie series 33000
  5. Pilot G2 .07 retractable black gel pen
  6. Small needle-nose pliers
  7. Stanley 10-179 Utility Knife
  8. Victorinox Swissbit USB Swiss Army Knife (see previous post here)

And here are some useful, but certainly less-used, tools:

  1. 3/16″ nut driver
  2. Craftsman T8 Torx driver
  3. Craftsman T9 Torx driver

And some extremely handy things to have at your desk:

  1. Scotch tape with desk dispenser
  2. Canned air
  3. 3M Adhesive remover
  4. Ruled yellow Post-It notes

As for that awesome anti-static wrist strap, I have only used one once in 11 years.

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