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

December 2007 Entries

Go Nitts!

Be sure to pull for the Nittany Lions this weekend!  They are playing Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl (http://www.alamobowl.com/main/index.php).  And please pray that Morelli can make some completions!

 

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Tivo Schmeevo

I guess I am an atypical guy in that I don't have a big screen TV, I don't have an XBox (nor a PS3, not any other game console), I don't have a big stereo system, I don't have a recliner, and I don't own a DVR / Tivo. However, I have considered a DVR / Tivo for some time. I get involved in shows and have to miss episodes because I am at a .NET User Group meeting (or a SharePoint User Group, or other professional association) or some such. A few months ago I decided to give online TV a try. And now ......

Weighing-In on Tin Man

I dedicated time to watch Tin Man on the Sci Fi channel. I feel that I absolutely must weigh-in on this mini-series. The Good The show was reasonably well written. I enjoyed the re-imagining a lot. The visual effects were really good (arguably the best for a Sci-Fi mini-series outside of Battlestar Galactica). I think the individual stories were good and the overall story was good and the writers tied them together reasonably well. The score is okay and overall I like it. Here is an analysis of the ......

What is your Object's IQ?

For years I have been against so-called "smart" objects. (In fact, I thought I blogged on it at once time but can't seem to find it...guess I'm getting old.) I have taught and mentored that objects shouldn't know how to perform certain operations. Recently, however, I've started having a change of heart. That is NOT to say that I am changing my position. It is to say, however, that I am starting to see the other side of the coin. However, I need your feedback. Object-Oriented Programming - In Theory ......

Sad Day to be a Nittany Lion in Hokie Country

Apparently the adage is true that a "few bad apples spoil the barrel." Recently, photos of Penn State students dressed as victims of the Virginia Tech shooting on 04/16/2007. I want you to know that not all Penn Staters share the laissez faire attitude of these individuals. What happened at Virginia Tech is a tragedy in the truest sense of the word. It is off-limits from parody, and satire. And it is definitely not okay to poke fun at the situation. That being said, the situation is also not one ......

Kathleen Dollard is AMAZING!

Tonight, the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (www.rvnug.org) had the incredible privelege of Kathleen Dollard (http://msmvps.com/blogs/ka... speaking. She was, in a word, AMAZING. She had great energy and passion. She is smart and engaging. And she really knows the topic! She spoke on Refactoring with Generics and she covered Linq and some .NET Framework 3.5. Thanks a bunch Kathleen and INETA ......

Getting Your Adoption (and Welcoming It)

You completed the forms. You did the interviews. You provided references. You even demonstrated the pros (and maybe the cons) using someone's copy. So now you wait patiently to hear word from the adoption agency that your requested new addition is ready. Then it arrives...in a shiny holographic-background DVD...with official logos. Wait what? Did you think I was referring to human adoption? Sorry...let me back up... Visual Studio 2008 was release from Microsoft recently (in 2007 no less). I know ......