The Lanham Factor
The (ir)rational thoughts of a (not-so)mad man

December 2005 Entries

The $3000 Boat Anchor

Well, it's going on week #3 with laptop performance issues. I completely rebuilt the system and put minimal software on it (but did reapply McAfee) and guess what...still slowing down! It's insane! So I am trying something new. My laptop was the only laptop that did not participate in the company domain. So I had the network administrator join it to the domain yesterday. It's too early to tell but I'm now using my domain account on the machine so I'm spending time getting that up to speed. Thankfully, ......

Create & Destroy IIS Virtual Directories - An Update

A fellow blogger mentioned that my article on creating/destroying IIS virtual directories programmatically is lacking some information. Here is a quick update based on that feedback. I don't know why the images in the image gallery are broken yet the images in the article work. I am looking into that. I think the names of the controls are pretty self-explantory with one exception and that is the FolderBrowserDialog contol on the frmWebSetup form. The control instance is called “ofdBrowse“, ......

The Little Engine That (barely) Could...

It has been an interesting two weeks or so. A couple of weeks ago I downloaded and installed Microsoft(R) Visual Studio(R) 2005 including Microsoft(R) Office(R) Visio(R) Enterprise Architect 2005 on my company laptop. My work machine is easily the most powerful machine in my organization. I have Dell(R) Inspiron(R) XPS(TM) with a True Pentium IV 3.4 GHz HyperThreaded CPU. 1GB of RAM on 2 DIMMs (for maximizing the HT technology) support this bad mamma with a 60GB, 7200 RPM hard drive. She touts a ......

Under Recognized Actors - Nick Chinlund and Gary Cole

I'm back with another post on under recognized talent in the acting community. Sorry Ann Archer Fan, no girls this time! This time, I want to talk about a couple of actors you may actually not realize that you know. Gary Cole is, hopefully, recognizable to most geeks. He plays Bill Lumbergh (sp?) in Office Space. “Ummm....yeeeeaaaaahh... just not sure about that right now.” Anyway, Gary plays on the new TNT show Wanted as a special unit lead police officer in Los Angeles. Still ......

Techniques for Extending a Table with a 1::1 Relationship

I am involved in extending a relational database schema to accommodate client-specific data elements. Essentially, the situation is that I have a base schema well-defined and the client has some additional data elements they want to include. My initial thought is to create a new table to contain client-specific columns and link this table to the original table in a 1::1 relationship. However, this approach may not be the best and I am wondering what suggestions others may have. I thought of simply ......

Recommend an RSS Aggregator

Okay, so in an earlier post I touted the really nice RSS Aggregator Attensa (http://www.attensa.com). It is free and it integrates with Microsoft(R) Outlook(R). As I stated earlier, I was going to write my own. I found Attensa and loved it (and still do, mostly) but I am having a problem. It seems that, even though I configured Attensa to consume no more than 10% of the CPU, it will ignore the setting and consume 99% of the CPU. I'm not exaggerating. In fact, this happened just yesterday evening. ......

The Avatar - You May Be Missing a Great Show!

Nickeloden has a show call Avatar: The Last Airbender and what a great show it is. I started watching when the show first appeared. Initially, my daughter brought it to my attention when I was reviewing other shows for suitability. The commercials looked interesting so I watched the pilot with my kids and we have all been hooked ever since. The story is set on a world where there are essentially four “nations“ of people including Air, Water, Fire, and Earth Benders. It follows a 12 year ......

The Right Tool for the Right Job

In a recent blog post I took a stand for natural database keys versus artificial keys. Many thanks to Sean Smith for his excellent feedback regarding that topic. As a result, I am having a slight change of heart about that topic. Specifically, I am looking at it from two perspectives including identification of natural keys and, secondly, who should make the final decisions. I will discuss each of these in turn. The example I used in arguing for natural keys was email address. Sean Smith made several ......