October 2007

published: Sat, 13-Oct-2007   |   updated: Fri, 5-Aug-2016
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Here are the articles that were published in October 2007.

Understanding single precision MBF

Man, that was fun. A friend IMed me recently with a problem. It seems that he has some data from a legacy system (I know, yuk, and I can see you wiping your hands on your shirt from here), that was a floating point value in single precision MBF (Microsoft Binary Format). In case you didn't know — I didn't — this is the format used by CVS and MKS$ in Microsoft QuickBASIC and GW-BASIC, those fabby-dabby BASIC interpreters from MS-DOS days. Hey, I wrote my first BASIC program with GW-BASIC; no sniggering at the back. Yes, Virginia, we are talking l-e-g-a-c-y. Read more...

Random iTunes playlists (part 2)

In the last installment, I'd got to the point where I could write code in C# to enumerate all the tracks in the iTunes library. I now need to do a little more work in order to select various tracks for inclusion in my random playlist. Read more...

Random iTunes playlists (part 1)

Enough of all this angst, let's get down to some programming and algorithms. Read more...

Hertz, yeah! And other concerns...

After my blog post on our experiences with renting an Audi A3 from Hertz in England recently, I had a very nice email from a Customer Relations lady at Hertz here in the States (in Oklahoma City, as it happens) apologizing for the problems, and assuring me that our difficulties should certainly not have happened. Read more...

Delphi Programming On Lulu

Almost let this one go by without commenting on it. Dr Bob (a.k.a. Bob Swart) has set up a Delphi Programming group on Lulu which lists all the Delphi books available there. Read more...