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Easily Get and Compare OS Version Information

, 30 Mar 2010
A couple of classes to make checking the host OS version easy and error-free
osversion_demo1.zip
osversion_demo2.zip
OSVersion_demo3.zip
osversion_lib1.zip
osversion_lib2.zip
OSVersion_lib3.zip
osversion_src1.zip
OSVersion
OSVersionDemo
bin
Release
Common
Icons
Smiley.ico
OSVersionDemo.csproj.user
OSVersionLib
bin
Release
Common
OSVersionLib.csproj.user
OSVersionLib.Debug.FxCop
OSVersionLib.snk
OSVersionLibTest
bin
Release
OSVersionLibTest.csproj.user
osversion_src2.zip
Debug
Smiley.ico
obj
Debug
Refactor
temp
TempPE
Release
temp
TempPE
Debug
obj
Debug
temp
TempPE
Release
temp
TempPE
OSVersionLib.Debug.FxCop
OSVersionLib.snk
Debug
obj
Debug
temp
TempPE
Release
temp
TempPE
OSVersion_src3.zip
Smiley.ico
OSVersionLib.snk
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Nicholas Butler

United Kingdom United Kingdom

I built my first computer, a Sinclair ZX80, on my 11th birthday in 1980.
In 1992, I completed my Computer Science degree and built my first PC.
I discovered C# and .NET 1.0 Beta 1 in late 2000 and loved them immediately.
I have been writing concurrent software professionally, using multi-processor machines, since 1995.
 
In real life, I have spent 3 years travelling abroad,
I have held a UK Private Pilots Licence for 20 years,
and I am a PADI Divemaster.
 
I now live near idyllic Bournemouth in England.
 
If you would like help with multithreading, please contact me via my website:
 
 
I can work 'virtually' anywhere!

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