Charting using .NET just got a lot easier

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In the past, I’ve used various open source .NET charting libraries or Flash based libraries. I’ve even coded my own charting libraries for some complex data visualization requirements. Today, Scott Gu blogged about the the free Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET 3.5.

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What’s your blog’s psychological profile?

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A new web site (Typealyzer.com) is offering a blog analysis to determine your psychological profile. The analysis use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality types to categorize blogs. After running my blog through the analysis, it determined that the blog was ESTJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, Judging).

I’ve taken this test before and this wasn’t the same outcome. So I wouldn’t put too much faith into this analysis. After all, most bloggers don’t write about everything in their life, they usually fall into niches like technology, politics, etc. Based on this, I think I’ll need to start writing about more imaginative topics and express more feelings to be a little more balanced in the brain.

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20,000 San Diegans rally against Proposition 8

The nation’s largest Proposition 8 opposition march and rally was held on November 15, 2008 in San Diego. The group marched from Balboa Park south to Broadway and then west to the County Administration building on Pacific Blvd. (see route) That was a long march, so I’m surprised to see so many turned up to make that trek down 6th Ave and through the heart of downtown (Broadway).

Just for comparison, the average attendance of a 2008 San Diego Padres game was around 29,000.

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How to extract pages from a PDF document

One of the great things about being a programmer is that when you need software that you don’t have, you can usually write a small utility application to do what you need without having to purchase the software.

If you own Adobe Acrobat ($299 USD) or FoxIt Editor ($99.00 USD), then you can just right click and extract pages from an existing PDF to create a new PDF document. However, if you don’t want to shell out the money for it, then you can always write your own code to perform the same task.

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