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January 2006 Entries

This is actually painful to watch.

Click Me

You may find yourself saying "I know people JUST like this!!"

Review by John Lunsford Greater Charleston .NET User Group Cryptography in the Database by Kevin Kenan attempts to provide a real-world solution for encrypting data stored in a relational database. In this respect the book does an excellent job. Kenan has clarified his extensive experience in the industry into a solution that is well thought-out and in line with industry best practices. The section on key management is especially helpful and provides a workable solution for a problem that continues ......

DDO (D&D Online) has come a long way since I started playing it in the early beta. They've polished it quite a bit and it's a visually appealing game, although nowhere near as pretty or colorful as WoW (World of Warcraft). Depending on your preference, this may be good or bad. From a solo-player perspective, this game is hard... too damn hard, in fact. If you have a bunch of buddies who play, or you're fairly good at hooking up with folks you might not have a problem. But as someone who likes to ......

Survey on demand for a Season 2 of Firefly http://www.fireflyseason2.c... ......

E.T. phoned home, but the mothership didn't have any room for him. Better luck next time.

Yeah, I'm jumping on the Four-Things Tag-wagon. Not gonna pollute the main feed though, just on my blog. Four jobs I’ve had in my life: Developer PC Tech Computer Operator Instructor Four movies I can watch over and over: The Matrix Batman Begins Fight Club Gladiator Four places I have lived: Roanoke, VA Orlando, FL New Orleans, LA Charleston, SC Four TV shows I love to watch: House Stargate Atlantis & Stargate SG1 CSI Smallville Four places I have been on vacation: Virginia Beach, VA uhhh... ......

Finally, after WAY too much hassle and BS...

The “D&D Tower of Doom” machine is officially on the North American Van Lines truck. W00t!

Should be here by the end of next week.


It's called Mono and it's a bit hard to describe. Kinda like Asteroids, except with powerups, techno music and a trippy psychadelic pulsing lavalamp style background. It's pretty addictive stuff.

Download it here!!

Interestingly, it was written in DarkBasic. Pretty cool. (You can check out DarkBasic here while you're clicking on stuff.)

Ok... after much frustration, I paid for the D&D Tower Of Doom standup game pictured here and I should be receiving it in about 2 weeks. Why much frustration? Well... the guy I've been dealing with for the last couple of weeks hasn't exactly been difficult, but he hasn't gone out of his way to be helpful either. First, he was completely inflexible on the price (this was a newsgroup transaction, not Ebay.) Ok fine, he wants a certain amount... I can respect that. Still a little frustrating though. ......

New doodad for my blog:

Blogus Maximus

It's pretty cool, but it doesn't fit on the side of my blog.

Hey Jeff... is there a way to customize the top or bottom of our blog page?

I recently received an invite to try out Windows Live Messenger (beta). I downloaded and installed it. That went easy enough. It was ok at first, then I realized it imported my entire hotmail contacts list into the client, including a hell of a lot of people who aren't using MSN messenger. Ok no big deal, I'll just remove them from my list. Uhh... I can't remove them from my buddy list without also removing them from my Hotmail address book?? WTF? Ok, that's kinda forgiveable... I guess (not really, ......

For those of you that care about this sort of thing... "Team I.C.E." (and no I'm not going to post a link) is apparently putting the finishing touches on the first XBOX 360 mod chip. Looks like it will be available at the end of this month through various "retailers" for around $70. ("Retailers" was their choice of word, not mine.) The bragsheet says you can direct boot Xbox 360 ISOs, Rips and Dumps. (It also mentions 20-30 wires depending on xbox revision, which I assume are soldered... and that ......

Yes you read that right

Yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show, Michael Dell unveiled a new project that he and the gang at NVIDIA have teamed up on that until right this minute, no one had heard a peep about in the industry.

NVIDIA is introducing a new video card with TWO 7800 GTX 512 GPUs on it with two PCBs. Oh, and these new cards will sport 1 GB of total memory as well.

Read the full article here.

McAfee about to become McToast?? " reports that Security Vendor McAfee has agreed to pay a fine of fifty million dollars stemming from false SEC filing. McAfee cooked its books, overstating its revenues one year by 131%, or half a billion dollars. The method employed was 'channel stuffing' in which compliant re-sellers are effectively paid to buy and hold inventory they may never sell. The shipped goods are booked as revenue and the payments disguised in the books. When it caught up ......

I didn't get much sleep last night. I'm just too wired. Not even counting the killer buzz I get everytime I think about getting MVP, I'm having one hell of a good week. 2006 is off to a pretty awesome start. Monday: Took the day off for New Years and worked on my book for most of the day (and played through all of Golden Axe II on MAME!!) Tuesday: Something wonderful happened I can't divulge just yet... and I paid off my Jeep!! (No more $460/month payment) Wednesday: MVP!! Thursday: I'm picking up ......


I got it!!  Woot!

The email came today, just a few minutes ago in fact... I got the Microsoft MVP award!!

Go me!!

For those of you that care (and didn't already know)... You can hook your XBOX 360 controllers to your PC (they are USB after all) and they work great with MAME. I don't own a 360 yet, but I got a controller for free at Microsoft Meltdown and Windows XP detected it immediately with no driver download required. I liked it so much, I bought a second one the other day as an early birthday present. I have them both hooked up to my main machine at the moment. Whenever I finally get a 360, I'll be ready... ......