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November 2005 Entries

No sooner do I post to my blog (only) about the lack of "14+ posts in a day" to the main feed from you know who when this joker shows up and does the exact same thing... In case anyone still hasn't figured it out yet, allow me to explain my position as the Blog Nazi... POSTING 14 TIMES A DAY TO THE MAIN PAGE IS RUDE!!! Why? The GWB main page doesn't offer any *paging* functionality. Once it's gone, if you missed it, you're out of luck. Short of reading every single blog updated in the last n days, ......

It's been almost a month since this guy got the royal GWB spank put on him for flooding the main page with 17 posts in one day. I just noticed he hasn't posted since.

Well... No great loss in my opinion, but I hope that doesn't mean he's out there somewhere building an ark.


Saw it this afternoon (again). Good movie. It's definitely the best so far. If you've read the book(s), it definitely helps, but this one is pretty faithful to the book. Certainly much more than HP3. Keep in mind we're talking about 800+ pages. Obviously a lot of the smaller details are going to be left out. There are no Diagon Alley scenes, no mention of house points, no Hogwarts Quidditch matches, no Durseleys or Christmas break. It's just assumed that you've seen all of this in the last three ......

Can someone please explain this to me? I have a class that contains a loop that should execute anywhere from 8 to 12 times (it's random.) In this loop, I set some values in a two dimensional array. I have a test program (a console app) that uses this class, executes this loop, and displays the results. Here's where it gets weird... If I run the test program with no breakpoints, it displays results that indicate the loop is only running once (or VERY RARELY twice) If I set breakpoints and step into ......

Blogging THIS so I can find it later.

edit: make that idiot rapper... Rapper 50 Cent speaks out on why his (rated M) XBox game, Bulletproof, is a valuable teaching tool for children. Umm, yeah... riiiiight. My new absolute most favorite quote ever: "you can grab an enemy and steal all of his valuables, leaving both his ego shattered and his pockets empty. Then, you can beat him over the head with your sawed off shotgun until he tells you everything he knows, freeing him of any remaining dignity. Lastly, you can choose to boot him away, ......

My buddy Brian makes an excellent point about CIOs trying to make decisions on too many levels. Read it here. The thing is, Brian's analogy is right on the money. Having a CIO blindly dictate blanket practices (such as all dev must be in x language) is a lot like have the captain of a ship telling his crew that they must use only left handed square knots, no matter what the situation actually requires. Brian is pretty good about not naming names, so I won't either, but I have felt his pain in a past ......

XBox360 Starts Console War...


Crossposted from my Apress blog... I’m learning C#. As someone who has been using VB since version 3.0 (around 1993) and vb.net since the first beta, I’ve been on the fringes of learning C# for a few years now. Oh sure, I could read it pretty easy. Drop the semicolons and add a few keywords here and there… piece of cake. The problem was, I always tried to relate it back to VB. I never just absorbed it as C#. At some point, I decided to actually LEARN the language. Learn it, use ......

My friend and fellow geek blogger Theo, who is truly never at a loss for words, has put up a website describing the shabby treatment he has received at the hands of his home builder. You can find it here: http://www.whitleymills.com Apparently, these guys have done quite a number on him so far, and it doesn't look like it's getting better any time soon. If you live in or near the Charlotte, NC area and are considering moving into the Whitley Mills community, or you hear the names Standard Pacific ......

Crossposted from my Apress blog... I am, among other things, an upcoming Apress author. I’m currently working on a vb.net book titled Beginning Role-playing Game Development with VB.NET 2005. Writing games is pretty easy. Writing a book about writing games is not. Wow, was that the understatement of the decade, or what? Don’t get me wrong… I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience, and I can’t wait to get it published. I really really can’t wait, because it means ......

Besides Theo, I mean... I watched the trailer here and the first thing I notice is... I don't like the guy playing him. Aside from the fact that he's (dare I say it) CREEPY looking?? Clark Kent should look like a farmboy, not a serial killer. Dude grew up in Smallville, not Gotham. I also think Tom Welling should be playing Superman, but in order to do that, they should wait about 2 more years. Annnnd then there is the costume... if you watch the trailer, you'll notice it's DARK. Like Evil Superman: ......

Brian has recently put out a new beta version of his X10 .NET library. This one is for the 2.0 Framework. From Brian: The biggest change to the library is the addition of support for the CM11A controller. Not only can you send commands, but you can now monitor commands sent by other devices with this controller.I've used his library for some time. It's well written and very simple to use. If you're interested in checking it out, I encourage you to download the library from his website. ......

Great article, reposted without permission, from here: http://vision.pcvsconsole.c... is it folks. The beginning of the end.The winds of changeThe winds of change are in the air. Can you feel it? I know I can, and so do millions of other gamers. It’s the looming arrival of the next generation of consoles, and the winds are powered by the approaching hurricane known as the Xbox 360, fresh off the heels of the mighty little tornado known as the Nintendo DS.Tornadoes and hurricanes ......

Rory Blythe, who I met at the Portland Code Camp this summer, writes about backwards compatibility on the Xbox 360. Hysterical!

http://neopoleon.com/blog/posts/16512.aspx

there are “a few” dirty words, but it's worth it.


Ok, so I know I'm gonna catch hell for this, but I think all children (as in, people under the age of 18) should be tagged with RFID chips (or GPS beacons or something.) Seriously.

Cases like this and this are exactly why.

Hate me if you want, but this world is a crazy place. They can take have them removed when they turn 18.


Crossposted from my O'Reilly blog hehe... I was a bad boy tonight. Ok, well not really, but with a title like that you expect it. no? Here's the deal: I went out on a call tonight. Spent about an hour working on someone's wireless network. Pretty basic stuff, with no real hiccups. Once I left and started to drive home, I *noticed* my WLAN monitor was still running. Being the curious fella I am, I thought to myself... I wonder how many networks I'll see between here and home. Home is about 3 miles ......

A number of you have emailed me privately and asked how the community launch event went, given all the hiccups experienced along the way. It went very well. Murray did a great job and we had near-record (for a UG meeting) attendance. 43 people showed up out of the 54 that registered. Murray also says the training he got was pretty excellent. We opted to show videos in place of a lot of the live demos for a couple reasons you might want to consider. The videos are fairly quick and the performance ......

Has anyone here ever created a virtual directory in IIS from within VB.NET?
I'm talking programmatically, at run time, not just from within Visual Studio .NET.

I did some basic googling, but didn't see what I was looking for, so any suggestions or links would be appreciated.

edit: nevermind, I found it here:  http://www.vbforums.com/showthread.php?t=347207


Crossposted from my O'Reilly blog... I'm just pleased as punch to announce that in spite of (or just maybe because of) my anti-Marketing rant a couple days ago, the Microsoft Marketing folks have come through for the ol' UG. Today, with roughly 7 hours to go until the Community Launch Event, a big fat box showed up from Microsoft. In this box were the missing NFR products and the exam vouchers, along with another banner, tshirt and balloons. I immediately delivered the balloons to our breathless ......

Recently overheard in conversation...

  Child: Walkman? What's a Walkman?

  Parent: You know, like an ipod, except it plays tapes.

  Child: neat.

This world is a scary place.


Crossposted from my O'Reilly blog The official launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk 2006 was today. We know this because King Steve, the Ballmerian, gave a rather dry 90 minute presentation on the subject. That's not what this post is about, although it is on a related topic. You see, my local user group... excuse me, I mean my local .NET user group, volunteered to host a community launch event. Microsoft & INETA (that's the International .NET Association) sent out a letter to ......

I got an email the other day from a guy who found the dungeon generator code I wrote for HA! and wanted to know if he could use it in his own game, and could I possibly send him the updated source. No problem... I send it off along with a request that he keep me in the loop to any changes, bugfixes or enhancements he makes along the way. Naturally this is purely optional, but I like knowing where my offspring end up and how they look once they get there. ;) So he replies with a fairly lengthy email ......

I'm a beta tester for the new D&D MMORPG called D&D Online: Stormreach (http://www.ddo.com) and while I'm not at liberty to disclose any specifics about the game, or the beta experience, I can say this: It appears to be built upon the .NET Framework. I know this because I saw the .NET runtime executable (dotnetfx.exe) in the list of files being uncompressed by the installer. I wonder if they used the 1.1 or the 2.0 Framework (I'm guessing the 1.1, but you never know), and if they are using the Managed ......

Sometimes, interesting things pop into my inbox... This link from an email I received on the IGDA Casual Games mailing list is a good example: http://www.copyright.gov/fl... The real points of interest are below: The idea for a game is not protected by copyright. The same is true of the name or title given to the game and of the method or methods for playing it. Copyright protects only the particular manner of an author’s expression in literary, artistic, or musical form. Copyright ......

I'm pleased to announce that as of today, I am the chairman of the INETA Marketing Website Committee. Some of you who read this are probably already aware that the INETA website has been undergoing an extensive redesign and migration to DotNetNuke. It will be my job, and that of my team of volunteers, to manage the content for the new and improved INETA website. Currently, this committee consists of myself, Jason Olson, Lou Vega, Robin Edwards & one other person, yet to be found. That's right... ......