“Click Here” Links are a Scourge of the Internet!

I love reading Ivan Levison’s newsletters. But I have to admit to a very visceral reaction when I see anyone advocating click here links or buttons (as he did in his December 2012 newsletter). I think they are a scourge of Internet usability because they require the user to read (and re-read) the text before …

How to send Ctrl+Alt+End to a Windows Remote Desktop Session

I recently was stymied when I needed to send the Ctrl+Alt+End keystroke to a Windows Server 2008 machine that I was remote desktopping to via Internet Explorer running on Windows 7 using VMWare Fusion on my MacBook Air running Mountain Lion. Phwew! That’s a mouthful. The first problem is that there’s no End key on …

Flying Dark Pumpernickel

I’ve often made the dark pumpernickel bread from Donna Rathmell German’s excellent The Bread Machine Cookbook. It’s good, but not as good as the pumpernickel from When Pigs Fly Bakery. And I think I’ve figured out the difference. I tweaked Donna’s recipe a little and then added some fennel seeds for the special flavor I …

Lessons Learned Code Signing a Visual Studio 2008 .MSI Setup Project

I thought my mission was an easy one: Code sign an existing MFC application (Metafile Companion) setup installer I should have known better. 🙂 I was successful and it really isn’t that hard once you find out what to do. But there’s the rub – the web is full of options that end up being …

An Old Friend Returns from the JanSport “Hospital”

My JanSport backpack and I have travelled everywhere together – all across the United States, Germany, Scotland, Italy and right here in lovely Sunderland, Massachusetts. I use it a lot as a ride my bicycle around town to do work and run errands. I often throw a laptop, a few folders or some boxes to …