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Mark Pearl February 2011 Entries
Moving from Tortoise to TFS
The Past A few years ago my small software company made the jump from storing code on a shared folder to source code control. At the time we had evaluated a few of the options and settled on Tortoise SVN. The main motivation for going the SVN route was that we found a great plugin for Visual Studio that allowed us to avoid the command prompt for uploading changes (like I said we are windows programmers… command prompt bad!! ) and it was free. Up to now we have been pretty happy with SVN as it removed ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:09 AM

The DOS DEBUG Environment
Today I thought I would go back in time and have a look at the DEBUG command that has been available since the beginning of dawn in DOS, MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows. up to today I always knew it was there, but had no clue on how to use it so for those that are interested this might be a great geek party trick to pull out when you want the awe of the younger generation and want to show them what “real” programming is about. But wait, you will have to do it relatively quickly as it seems like DEBUG ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:49 AM

Getting Started with NASM
Today I got to play with NASM. This is an assembler and disassembler that can be used to write 16-bit, 32-bit & 64-bit programs. Let me say upfront that the last time I looked at assembly code at any depth was when I was studying Computer Science in Pietermaritzburg – ten years ago – and we never ever got to touch any real assembly code so a lot of what I am looking at today is very new to me. The first thing I did was download NASM compiler. This turned out to be a bit more complicated than ......

Posted On Saturday, February 12, 2011 4:39 PM

Setting up Vodacom 3g Modem in South Africa
So this is a totally selfish post. I continually forget how to setup my 3g modem in South Africa and it takes forever to get in touch with someone on their helpline, so I eventually recorded on youtube for future reference ......

Posted On Thursday, February 10, 2011 5:55 AM

South African MVPs deserve their title.
Recently I read a post by someone who felt the Microsoft MVP program had failed. My local experience with the MVP program would tend for me to disagree. On Saturday I attended a free Windows Phone 7 event organized by Robert MacLean and Rudi Grobler both of whom are local MVP’s. First of all, kudos to them for organizing the event which included a free lunch and flash stick and had some great content for a free event. Secondly, this is not the first time that either of these two MVP’s have organized ......

Posted On Monday, February 7, 2011 4:50 PM

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