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Why doesn't the mail image resizer check the image size before offering to resize?

Commenter Igor lambastes the image resizer dialog that appears when you select Send To Mail Recipient. (And people think I'm the one with the social skills of a thermonuclear device.) This dialog pisses him off so much, he complained about it again. The root of the diatribe appears to be that the image resizer dialog appears, even if it ...

The mystery of the other girlfriend

Many of my married friends have "other girlfriends", or at least that's how their wives tease them. I don't know for certain, but if you ask my wife, she'll probably say that my "other girlfriend" is this Web site...

A Few Seconds of Panic: Life as an NFL kicker

Although I don't follow him regularly when he appears on All Things Considered and didn't when he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, I'm a quiet fan of Stefan Fatsis's books because he writes about joining a world most of us don't get to see. I previously wrote about his excursion into the world of competitive Scrabble. Today, it's his book ...

In the search for the subtle source of the problem, you sometimes overlook the obvious one

A customer was encountering a problem with lots of duplicate GUIDs. How is that possible? The whole point of the GUID generation algorithm is to work hard to avoid duplication. Was one of the fundamental assumptions of the algorithm broken? Maybe there was a duplicate MAC? Was the clock regressing? One of my colleagues pointed out that in ...
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