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The wisdom of seventh graders: Contributions to class discussion

(In the continuing sporadic series on the wisdom of seventh grade students.) My friend the seventh grade teacher once had to deal with a class that had gotten out of hand by assigning the students a short essay in which they had to address three questions: One of the more disruptive students answered the questions thus...

The dialog class goes under the sneaky name WC_DIALOG

An anonymous commenter wanted to know how to create a dialog box with CreateWindow. The window class for dialog boxes is WC_DIALOG. I'm not quite sure why anybody would want to create a dialog box this way, but there you have it...
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How do you wash soap?

Steve Makofsky wondered, "How do you throw out a garbage can?". Along similar lines, I always wondered how you washed soap...

If you work at a company, it's not your computer any more

My posting a while back on solving one problem by creating a bigger problem was written from the standpoint of an IT department doing something like tweaking a logon script. I even mentioned that context partway through but clearly didn't highlight it clearly enough. So say you're an IT department and somebody says, "Oh, just install this ...

As I recall, Germany did not ratify the United States Constitution

I remember reading a news report on a court case wherein the defendant claimed protection under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. An interesting angle, especially since the case was being tried in Germany under German law. I may be wrong, but it is my impression that Germany did not ratify the United States Constitution. ...

Try to avoid having BOOL function parameters

Generally speaking, I believe that you should try to avoid giving functions a boolean parameter (BOOL, bool, etc.) unless the meaning of that boolean parameter is blatantly obvious. Examples of obvious meaning would be the second parameter to the EnableWindow function (TRUE obviously means the window is being enabled and FALSE means that it's ...
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We know it's insecure, but we want to do it anyway

I remember a question from somebody who asked, paraphrasing: We're writing a secure screen saver that the user can interact with. We're going to present the user with various types of information, and if they click on a hot link, we want to launch a web page on their desktop once the user unlocks the workstation. We know it's insecure, but we...

Those folks from Birmingham talk funny, and I mean that in a scientific way

In celebration of their tenth birthday, the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK commissioned a study on how regional accents affect perceived funniness, and the conclusion was that people from Birmingham have the funniest accents. The Received Pronunciation, which is the only British accent most people in the United States are familiar with...

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