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About ben_hoffman

I’m Ben Hoffman, this site is a collection of thoughts, links and notes about whats going on for me. During daylight hours I can be found at New Eagle, where I work as Product Platform Architect / Software Team Manager. This is my personal website and reflects my views and opinions only. Any comments made on this website, by myself or by third parties, do not necessarily reflect views or opinions of my employer.

Web Host’s Server Blew Up

So sometime in late August I noticed this site was down. (I hadn’t found time to post much during the summer.) So anyway, at that time I try to log into the control panel for the site to see what … Continue reading

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Project Gutenberg

If you are a commuter and have an IPod or Zune, I recommend that you checkout Project Gutenberg for a bunch of free audiobooks. They have books that have gone into the ‘public domain’ (as I understand it, the copyright … Continue reading

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Windows Home Server

More than a year ago if I recall correctly, I signed up for the 120-day trial of Microsoft’s new ‘Windows Home Server’. At that time the deal was, you give them $7.95 for shipping and they send you a couple … Continue reading

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Deepzoom

Get out your thumbwheel, and see if you can find anything different about this pic.

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T4 Templates – Code Generation in Visual Studio

Recently I was listening to the .NET Rocks podcast on my afternoon commute and they were discussing a topic that is somewhat familiar to me, albeit in a different domain, code generation. This time the domain was .NET development, namely … Continue reading

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.NET Sleepers

In the vast universe that is .NET, there is almost no way to know about everything you have right at your fingertips (literally). Every once in a while I come across something and have an ‘ah ha’ moment (and a … Continue reading

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Vista SP1

A couple weeks ago Microsoft made Windows Vista Service Pack 1 available to technical folks though the MSDN site. Honestly, I had been waiting on this for a while now. I had long noticed some ‘quirks’ in the original Vista … Continue reading

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Slide.Show Generator code moved to CodePlex

There has been some interest in the Slide.Show assets generator tool from one of my previous posts so I have moved the code up to CodePlex, you can find the project here. For those that don’t know about CodePlex, it … Continue reading

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Popfly

A while back, when it was in early beta I think (a few months ago anyway), I joined Popfly which is a graphical mashup creator. It allows you to drag ‘blocks’ like data sources and display elements and stitch together … Continue reading

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Silverlight SlideShow Generated

After adding a bunch of metadata to my pics using Microsoft’s Photo Info Tool, I put the generator from my last post into action and created a little better slideshow for my trip, it’s below (you’ll need Silverlight 1.0 installed … Continue reading

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