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October 2005 Entries

Am I the only person who finds it mildly (and I'm being nice) annoying to see 13 posts from the same person in a single day on the main feed? Don't get me wrong... I'm glad you have a lot to say, and I know I'm not the most “on-topic” guy here, but when you do this, you totally flood the main feed. It's annoying. I skimmed your blog, I know you're trying to hit some type of 1000 post landmark... ok fine, I can dig that. Are you aware that you can select whether or not a post goes to the ......

Ever see some code and think “I could rewrite that tighter and cleaner“ but when you do so, you wonder if you've actually improved anything or just made it harder to understand at first glance? In the two examples below, both chunks of code end up doing the same thing. So... while option 1 is more intuitive (to me at least) than option 2, I couldn't help but wonder if this was strictly a matter of personal style and preference, or was there a potential performance difference in doing ......

CAMRA Bill Introduced in House of Representativeshttp://www.g... “Children and Media Research Advancement Act to study the effects of various forms of media, including movies, music, television, and video games, upon children“ Regardless of any personal feelings I might have about the CAMRA bill, can anyone explain to me why it would fall under the control of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)? I realize Mass Media is evolving at a tremendous ......

wow... I was just browsing through the new FAQ on the next generation of Microsoft certs, when I stumbled across this little gem in the Certified Architect section: Q. How much will it cost? A. The final price has not yet been determined. The program is being operated on a costs-recovery basis. The cost for staffing and running a week-long review board is approximately US$10,000 per candidate, so the expected price is about US$10,000. A final price will be announced by the end of 2005. Pay close ......

I've been teaching evening classes at a local high school. It's pretty basic stuff like 6 weeks of Intro to Web Design and also single night stuff like Intro to PowerPoint. I'm coming up on 5 weeks of teaching so far and I haven't gotten paid. So I ask the lady in charge when I should expect payment. She looks at me like I just stepped on her puppy and asks me if I'm just doing "it" (I assume she meant the teaching??) for the money. Well... Duh-huh lady, of course I'm doing it for the money. Granted, ......

Sometimes I really enjoy the Linux propaganda machine. They come up with some really clever arguments, although they don't always make much sense when you scratch below the surface. The penguins are kinda cute too. For example... this post by Aboo S At first glance it's mildly humorous, but when you stop to think about it, it just becomes silly. His closing point is that this is "Another undocumented bug of undisclosed source code". Riiiight! Tell me something (and be honest)... How many Linux users ......

as seen on Gamasutra.com... Abstract Computer games have grown considerably in scale and complexity since their humble beginnings in the 1960s. Modern day computer games have reached incredible levels of realism, especially in areas like graphics, physical simulation, and artificial intelligence. However, despite significant advances in software engineering, the development of computer games generally does not employ state-of-the-art software engineering practices and tools. This thesis describes ......

Ok, everybody already knows the default Random Number Generator in .NET stinks for anything other than really simple usage. If this is news to you, take a moment and go read this article first, then come back here. In HA! I use a C# implementation of the Mersenne Twister for RNG, but there is another option. After seeing John Lunsford's excellent Crypto presentation at the Columbia, SC .NET User Group, I decided to start playing with the RandomNumberGenerator class in the System.Security.Cryptography ......

Andy (ZMan) Dunn tried leaving this comment in my blog, but the links caused CAPTCHA to reject it. No biggie... here it is, along with my reply. Andy Dunn wrote...This is a DAMN good idea. One other thing - your user group only getslisted if it has speakers scheduled. This stops the groups that claimto exist but do nothing and encourages people to book out a regularspeaking schedule.Here's the numbers - code magazine charges $2445 per month if youcommit to 24 months for a half page B&W. That's ......

I've started playing with Generics some lately (as if I needed something else to keep me busy) and they really aren't that hard to figure out with the right examples. (Start simple...) A lot of folks have been using the Swap example, which is simple enough to be fairly obvious when you look at it. (If you haven't seen it, I'm not going to pilfer it, just go look here and come back... I'll wait.) So anyway, that got me thinking about more complex implementations, such as in Game Development. Specifically, ......

INETA is always asking what they can do to better serve the user groups... well, as a user group leader, here's my suggestion: Advertising! Small to medium sized groups have little or NO budget for advertising, and it's incredible how many times I meet people in the developer community that have no idea a local user group even exists. This is NOT due to a lack of effort on our part. So it comes down to advertising... specifically, run a monthly ad in the main .NET related mags, such as CoDe, MSDN, ......

Scott Kuhl poses an interesting question here and it makes me wonder, does the US consider the moon to be a U.S. territory? Never really thought about it... Regardless of how enforceable such a claim would be, would we make an issue of it? Considering we purchased a large chunk of the real estate in this country with beads and tobacco (among other things), how far-fetched is it to think we might assert ownership, based on the age old finders-keepers rule? Food for thought ......

Ok, first off, let me thank whoever decided to implement Partial Classes in VB.NET. You Rock!! Ok, now... (for those of you who are new here) Partial classes are incredibly cool and allow developers to work in the same class without having an exclusive lock on a file that others need. We all know how painful SourceSafe is, and partial classes go a long way to alleviate this pain. I can't tell you how many times a day I have a file checked out that someone else needs to get into, or vice versa. Thanks ......

Some days, this is all I feel like doing: I'm probably the busiest I've ever been, and more projects keep lining up. I'm actually at a point where I may have to start turning down work. Wow. It's amazing how productive you can be when you only get 3 hours sleep a night. (That was sarcasm...) The downside to all of this is that projects that pay actual money take priority over the fun stuff that pays nothing. That's just a weak excuse for why there hasn't been a HA! release in forever. There will ......

Ok God, just go ahead and kill me now...

Holding Developers Liable For Bugs


One of the things I've been meaning to do for a while is set up a site that focuses on vb.net development. I've got several domains and websites floating around out there already, some of which I've been neglecting (shocker, I know!). One of the sites I started about 5 years ago (MysticTriad), has not been touched (by me or anyone else) in ages and is mostly just a conduit for people to spam me with Zo loft and Vi agra ads. I'm pulling the plug on it by the end of this month. Any blogging I do about ......

ok, calling it the GC.NUG Road Show is a bit of a stretch, since it was just me and John Lunsford, but we had a great time. John and I made the 2+ hour drive from Charleston, SC up to Columbia, SC to visit the Columbia .NET User Group. The weather was pretty lousy, with lots of wind and rain for most of the drive but nothing we couldn't handle. We were in a hurry to get there by 6pm, but they have a much more relaxed bunch than we do and things didn't really kick off until almost 6:30. (Note to self: ......

Ok, I've been slacking on the HA! development lately. Certain people have been busting my chops lately about not updating the game, ESPECIALLY in light of the fact that I said I was going to quarterly releases. That means the latest HA! release would have been at the end of August. Heh... In my defense, I can honestly say that unlike some people, I have NOT been sitting on my ass playing World of Warcraft. (Ok that, wasn't fair. Apparently he's actually been working on a new OS... which is definitely ......

Interesting article over at GamaSutra http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20051004/sylvester_01.shtml

Autodesk, Inc, creator of noted 3D graphics creation tool 3D Studio Max, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alias, a privately held developer of 3D graphics technology and the creator of major rival 3D graphics tool Maya, for $182 million in cash.

Clicky the linky for the full story.


Chris Slatt sent me this link, which seems to cover what I'm looking for. I'll know more once I really dig into the article.

http://www.developerfusion.co.uk/show/4712/


I'm looking for a way to take some HTML I generate, render it in memory and then take a snapshot of it and produce a GIF (or PNG or JPG) thumbnail. Has anyone already done something like this? I did some basic googling, but haven't found anything that matches my requirements. The HTML Snapshot 2.0 sounded promising, but the links point to a site that no longer exists, and apparently it was pricey. Ideally, I'd like to do this in code (VB.NET) and not with an ActiveX control. I've found code that ......

The Greater Charleston .NET User Group is trying to win an XBOX 360 to use as a door prize at an upcoming meeting. We are collecting Every10Minutes.com bottle caps from Mountain Dew and Pepsi products in the hopes of getting enough to actually make a dent in the odds of winning one. If you drink Mountain Dew or Pepsi products, and don’t feel like playing the game yourself, please donate your every10minutes.com bottle caps to us, so we can pool them all together and (hopefully) win an Xbox360. The ......

I recently (tonight) installed the Release Candidate for VS2005 (I believe it was the September CTP.) After an absolutely PAINLESS install process, I fired up the HA! code and started taking a look around VS2005. (I have been using the betas all along, but I was curious about some of the features I don't normally use. That's when I stumbled across the "Run Code Analysis on..." menu option. So I ran it on HA! and came up with some interesting results. Not necessarily surprising, mind you, but interesting. ......

from gamasutra.comhttp://www.gam... North American electronics and game retailer Best Buy is testing the sale of used video games in a handful of its stores, according to a report by Piper Jaffray analyst Anthony Gikas, and is considering rolling it out over a larger subsection of its 870 retail outlets. This move is particularly notable because Best Buy has around 14 percent of the new video game market in North America, according to recent surveys - only ......

The top 5 reasons to... pre-register for the Visual Studio 2005 & SQL Server 2005 Product Launch Event (being held by GC.NUG on November 10th...) #5 If you don't, we won't have ANY attendee materials prepared for you. #4 That means no DVDs... #3 No Hands on Labs... #2 Possibly not enough pizza... #1 You won't be eligible for the big drawings! We have 5 (FIVE) FULL COPIES of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 to give away at this event. If you don't pre-register, your name won't be in the drawing. ......