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Back in March 2016, I organised fsharpConf 2016, a virtual one day conference on F# hosted on Channel 9 and fsharpConf even made it to the CodeProject homepage. Reading the thread about it brings back some good memories from when I was an active CodeProject member!
I was quite surprised to see the last edition on CP homepage; if that could happen again, that would be amazing. If you need any help with that, let me know!
As OG noted below, there's been a spate of resurrected accounts. If I had really thought this was spam, I would have flagged it. It's more of a hint that this kind of activity has been suspicious with other users.
I've met Tomas a few times at the MVP summits, and he now works for Microsoft. I actually encouraged him to post this thread here, when he posted in the older thread from 2 years ago. And it's a free online video conference. It's not as if he's advertising a paid service. But I can see how it could be mistaken for spam by people who are not familiar with him.
Sorry. If this kind of post is not welcome here, please let me know and I'll delete it, or delete it yourself.
I was only posting this, because the previous instance of the conference was advertised here by the administrators, so I assumed it is fine. I would not, of course, post this if it was not a free community event.
As for "what's stopping me from being an active member now"? Mostly things like work, family and open-source which all takes more of my time than it did 9 years ago, but is it really that surprising that people's preferences for how to spend their time change in a decade? I had a good time here when I was active, but I did not expect that leaving CodeProject for some time will get you this sort of treatment when you come back hoping to share something that you're doing which might be of interest.
Calm down - we've had a possible problem recently with account hijacks turning them into spam generators, and your rep graph plus a "spammy" looking first-post-in-ages does look typical of an "dead" account being zombified. You would not believe the amount of spam we get from time to time!
Your account hasn't been raised as a spammer (we have a forum for just that) so your account it unlikely to be closed, and the post should be OK.
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Thanks for the clarification, all good then . I can confirm my account is not a zombie! If this extra context was in the original comment, it would have been a lot easier for me to understand why people approach it with caution.
As developers we often look at software and start reverse engineering it in our heads. There's plenty of stuff that might deeply impress us but we can figure out roughly how it does what it does even if we wouldn't be confident in writing it ourselves.
Sometimes, though, you see something and think "Blimey! I wouldn't have come up with that in a million years. That's not code, that's sorcery!"
For me, the Great Amazer has always been Shazam - yes, it's been around for years and I've read a fair old bit about the central fingerprinting algorithm (much of which has passed over my head) but it still absolutely blows me away. As Ozymandias put it: "look upon my works ye mighty and despair!"
Or more specific, the insights on The Old New Thing[^] blog explaining some details; like applications with topmost-windows that fight on who gets to be on top, the work that went into getting SimCity to run on W95, and the reason why you press "start" to shut down.
Parking machines in hospital car parks are the example that springs to mind why do the option to change to German (& only German) appear in the 'Do You Want A Reciept sub menu', were the testers not involved or has a quick mod unearthed a whole?