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Wednesday 7 January, 2004, 07:48 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how often I discover new things about systems I thought I knew well. (From this we can conclude that I have an inappropriately high opinion of myself, combined with a poor ability to learn from my mistakes, but I digress.) For example, I used to know a lot about C++ - I followed the standardisation newsgroups as the language made its way through ANSI, I was an avid fan of Herb Sutter's C++ Guru of the Week challenges. And not only did I buy my own copy of the C++ spec, I actually referred to it from time to time. How sad can one man get?

Despite this, I continued to learn new and often surprising things about the C++ programming language on an alarmingly regular basis, right up until I discovered that I preferred C#.

Despite abandoning C++, this kind of thing is still happening to me.

For example, you'd think I would know how to use Windows by now. I've been using it for well over a decade as both user and developer. So why did I only just discover the keyboard shortcut that automatically resizes all of the columns in a ListView in Details mode to fit the data? (It's Ctrl+NumPadPlus, in case you're wondering.)

Thanks are due to Shawn Van Ness not only for that gem, but also for the link to this list, which he kindly posted on the WinTech off-topic list. Kyle Alons then added this list for other Microsoft products.

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