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

July 2008 Entries

Air Travel

So after years of avoiding it successfully, I have started traveling by air again. The last trip I made by air was in 2005 at which time I traveled to Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States. That was actually a reasonably smooth trip in terms of air travel. These days, however, it's getting increasingly worse. I am traveling to/from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Of course because of where I live, one can't get anywhere from here. As such, I have to travel through somewhere else. On the way back the plane ......

RPG Emulator for Windows? Visual Studio?

Due to a recent job change I am responsible for some AS/400, RPG development as well as Wintel development.  I have often wanted to learn more about RPG development so I see this as an opportunity.  I bought a book and would like to practice on the good ol' laptop here.  Can any of you recommend an RPG emulator for Windows?  What about a plug-in for Visual Studio?  Thanks in advance for any direction you can offer.



BSG - Revision

Apparently I just watched the mid-season finale?  I guess I will have to revoke my last statement until the "actual" finale.  I have been so out of the loop over the last few months that I can't even keep the eps straight...sad!

Battlestar Galactica - Worst Ending Ever?

So I got behind on Battlestar Galactica. Then I decided since I am going to Toronto on business I will treat myself to a Zune and I will buy Season 4 of BSG from Zune Marketplace. This will give me something to do on the planes and in the airports. That was a big success. I was all caught-up and stuff except for the final episode which I watched yesterday. Wow. I can't speak negatively enough about the ending. The pace for the season was strange. The Lee Adama story was strange and, given the timing, ......

Rollin' in da To-Ron-To

I am in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this week on business. I've not visited Toronto before and I've only visited Canada at Niagra Falls. Toronto is a nice city. It is big (2.5M people proper) but not overwhelming at all. We are staying close the "heart" of the city (I guess) near the Eaton Center. There are so many big-city features for one to avail themself it makes me wish I could live in a big city. In addition, there is a great candy bar called "Coffee Crisp". I hope I can find it in the states. ......

.NET Development is Free

Although I was more-or-less lambasted for my post about free vs. open source software, I want to follow-up with a comment or two about .NET development. There is a common misconception that developing for Windows using .NET is an expensive endeavor. For the record, .NET development is free. .NET Framework SDK The .NET framework itself (a.k.a. runtime) is completely free. In fact, if you don't have it, go and download it right now. Check out "Get the Framework" on the right. http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... ......

Toog the Triathlete

Check out my home-dawg's page. Toog (I think his family call him "Paul") is a triathelete, entrepreneur, engineer, technologist, and all around super star. http://www.familyfanclub.bl... Toog started triathlon-ing last year (I think) and now he is like some sick, twisted triaddict (my portmanteau). He is in great shape and really enjoys the health benefits of it. While at one of his first competitions, his wife (also a superstar) Kim made shirts for their boyz that read "Run Daddy Run! Swim ......

My New Zune

I finally broke-down and bought a Zune 80GB Black. The form factor is good. The button is almost as good as the click-wheel. I also bought Battlestar Galactica Season 4 (as I have missed most of it). It turns out to be about $2.00 US per episode which isn't bad at all...especially for no commercials. I am traveling to Canada on business this week and thought it might be nice to catch-up on BSG while in flight. I struggled for a long time regarding which media player to purchase (iPod, Zune, Sansa, ......

Free <> Open Source <> Free

For those of you who know me, I work very hard to speak very precisely. As such, I become frustrated at the repeated abuse (incorrect use) of terms. Among these, it is my opinion that there is some abuse among the terms "free", "open source", and, well, "free" (yes, I am repeating myself) in the context of software. I am going to provide my definitions for these terms. Free (in terms of Purchase Price) There is a lot (and by that I mean A LOT) of free software. Utilities, full-featured product suites, ......

RVNUG Unit Testing Festival

The Roanoke Valley .NET User Group held a monthly meeting tonight. The topic was Unit Testing with Visual Studio 2008. It was arguably one of the better meetings we have held. Even though I have been using Unit Testing for years (starting with JUnit forever ago). Although I feel that I perform unit testing well enough, I am amazed and how much I can learn in just a few hours by collaborating and interacting with others. It seems that over the past 7 years or so I have performed a significant amount ......

Robin Edwards on User Groups and Community Colleges

Andrew Duthie, our local Developer Evangelist, recognizes our President, Robin Edwards, and a recent blog post.

http://blogs.msdn.com/gduthie/default.aspx

Robin does a great job as a UG leader and if you aren't reading her blog, you are really missing out!