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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. July 2006 Entries
The UFOs are coming...
Sweet... I won the XUFO.

Posted On Monday, July 31, 2006 9:19 PM

Waiting for CodePlex...

If you were wondering, I've decided to make HA! open source.

I applied for a space on CodePlex, and I've been accepted... and now apparently the wait begins.

Still waiting... for an actual project URL and access to my project.

Apparently it could be a few weeks.

Posted On Monday, July 31, 2006 4:02 PM

BillG = God?
Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Bill Gates all died in a plane crash and went to meet their maker. The supreme deity turned to Al and asked, tell what is important about yourself. Al responded that he felt that the earth was the ultimate importance and that protecting the earth's ecological system was most important. God looked to Al and said, " I like the way you think, come and sit at my left hand". God then asked Bill Clinton what he revered most. Bill Clinton responded that he felt people and their ......

Posted On Monday, July 31, 2006 8:28 AM

Whats up with Reality Check?
For those of you that have been following the saga of Reality Check Games, here's an update. I found a great location, with plenty of space and an attractive rent. But... it needed a little work, so I worked out a deal with the owners of the property. I would fork over the deposit and 2 months rent at lease-signing to help get the repairs started. They, in turn, would give me a couple of free months (in addition to the months I paid for) once the place was ready. So we executed a lease, forked over ......

Posted On Monday, July 31, 2006 5:42 AM

If you haven't seen this...

you should definitely check it out!

The selfish geek in me doesn't want you to know about it, but the community geek in me thinks it is pretty darn cool.

Posted On Sunday, July 30, 2006 7:54 AM

My Geek Overfloweth
Earlier today, D'Arcy and I were IM'ing on D&D Alignments as applied to DC and Marvel Superheroes. DC, for the most part tends to pair heroes and their major villains on at least one common axis. For example Batman is CG and Joker is definitely CE. Superman is classic LG and (imo, some of you will disagree) Luthor is LE. Marvel tends to follow a similar pattern, not using siametrically opposed alignments. Take Spiderman, very typical of a CG character and his primary enemies: Green Goblin and ......

Posted On Friday, July 28, 2006 5:58 PM

we got two kinds of sinners here... video gamers and them D&D players!
I normally don't pay much attention to voyeuristic crap like this, but the title mentioned blogging and murder. So I figured I'd take a peek. Then... I got to this part: “Radel had also dated Rachelle at one time. He was known around town as a pied-piper of sorts who gathered high schoolers to his computer shop where they played video games and dungeons and dragons. It didn't take police long to suspect that Radel... Arrant... or both men had something to do with the murder.” Ummm... ......

Posted On Friday, July 28, 2006 5:58 AM

last meal
I just read an interesting post on “last meals” and it made me wonder what I would order for a last meal... assuming calories, cholesterol, carbs, fat, etc was not an issue. I think I'd order a huge plate of fried calamari and a side of fried mozzarella sticks, and one of those sandwiches elvis loved so much (you know... the footlong loaf of bread stuffed with fried bacon, bananas and peanut butter) I'd also get some hardboiled, pickled eggs of course. For dessert a huge slice of hard ......

Posted On Thursday, July 27, 2006 6:56 PM

sold out!
as in, “I just got... “ I'm doing an Access to SQL Server migration. We've hit a few snags along the way, but I thought the “business owner” and I were basically on the same page. I told her from the beginning that she could change the data all she wants and that was no big deal... I'm working with a copy of the Access db and the freshness of the data is irrelevant at the moment since i'm focusing on the 800+ queries and tables and DTS packages. so the B.O. goes and changes ......

Posted On Thursday, July 27, 2006 11:20 AM

and now for something completely different...
When I lived in New Orleans, back around 1995, I was driving through the French Quarter on my way to a Danzig concert at the State Palace Theatre. As usual, I was running late and driving a little too fast. I'm heading up Chartres Street towards Canal and this white utility van slams on its brakes right in front of me. So I tap my horn a couple times... utter a few choice words and wave my arms about. (Ahh the impatience of youth...) The driver of the van is talking to some scruffy looking dude with ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 9:22 PM

the etiquette of authority
If someone in a position of authority rounds up “the team” and says “we're going to lunch” it really isn't optional, you just go. Even if you brought in lunch, you just go. So today, this happened to me and at the end of lunch, she has the waiter split up the check. This wasn't a cheap place either. She took nearly two hours of my day (my overtime, technically... that's money right out of my pocket) and had the nerve to expect us all to go dutch too?!? It's rude of me to say ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 7:34 PM

Score one for the other team...
(no this is not another Lance Bass is gay post) This weekend I upgraded my daughter's Mac cube. I approached this task with a significantly higher level of trepidation than upgrading a Windows based OS (such as going from XP to Vista for example) primarily because I know what a royal p.i.t.a. it is to upgrade my Windows OS and I know infinitely less about the Mac. If something goes wrong... I'm not likely to be able to fix it unassisted. (I've fixed more than a few botched Windows upgrades, thanks ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:13 PM


Is this little piece of news really that newsworthy?  Is anyone surprised? Shocked?

I'm sure there are a few former 13 year old girls shedding a tear at this moment and a whole lot of guys saying... AHA!! I KNEW IT!!

It's a funny world.

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 11:57 AM

Microsoft Gamefest
This years game dev conference (Microsoft Gamefest) is gonna rock, and I hear from an undisclosed source that there will be some interesting and previously unannounced XNA news at the conference. Now I just need to get there... I've heard from at least 3 other people that will be attending, including my friend George. I wonder if my buddy Jason is ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 9:29 AM

Zune News
This may be old news to some of you, but I just heard it today so I'm sharing: lifted from here... “To attract current iPod users Microsoft is going to let you download for free any songs you've already bought from the iTunes Music Store. They'll actually scan iTunes for purchased tracks and then automatically add those to your account. Microsoft will still have to pay the rights-holders for the songs, but they believe it'll be worth it to acquire converts to their new player.” Damn, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:59 PM

I thought Meltdown was a cooler name...
...but I still can't wait to go!

I'm especially stoked about the XNA sessions.

Posted On Monday, July 24, 2006 4:55 PM

I learned something today.
The original title of this post was going to be “I did something stupid today“ but honestly, that's not so surprising. Apparently windshields are a lot squishier(?) on the inside than the outside. Put my damn hand right through it. I didn't even hit it that hard. I guess it makes sense when you think about it though... you want your windshield hard enough to stop a rock, but to give if something like your head (or apparently, my fist) hits it. Still it kinda sucks, it could been a LITTLE ......

Posted On Friday, July 21, 2006 5:36 PM

Shared Source vs Open Source and a new home.
Yesterday, when I mentioned the possibility of taking HA! open source, I got some terrific feedback (more than expected, in fact) in my comments section and also some private emails. One of the emails suggested I look into the Microsoft Shared Source Initiative instead of some of the more restrictive Open Source licensing options I had mentioned previously. (FYI: The licenses published on this site are intended for people using MS source code, but it wouldn't take much tweaking to adapt one of them ......

Posted On Friday, July 21, 2006 4:39 AM

Heroic Adventure! goes open source...
maybe. I'm honestly considering it. Not because I don't have time for HA! anymore (just the opposite in fact, I've spent more time on it lately than I have in months.) I'm considering it because I actually have a renewed interest in working on it and improving it and (gasp... finishing it!) I'd like to open up the source code, and get some help. I don't expect my little game to ever become the next Crawl or Nethack (google as needed) but I would like to see it realized. I know there is some really ......

Posted On Thursday, July 20, 2006 5:51 AM

Look, up in the sky...
There really isn't much more I can say about this...

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 5:44 AM

technical question...
I need help (those of you who know me, know this already...) :) I've got about 20 Crosstab Queries in Access 2000 that need to be converted into Stored Procedures in SQL Server 2000. They are similar enough that if I can wrap my head around how to do one, I can figure out the rest. This is the original Access 2000 query... TRANSFORM Sum(TB.[CountOfBuyer Univ #]) AS [SumOfCountOfBuyer Univ #]SELECT TB.FirstOfBRepresentative, TB.[FirstOfBuyer's Region], TB.FirstOfBTerritory, TB.[FirstOfBuyer Area Code], ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 2:43 PM

on Bush
Regardless of whether you think he's an idiot or not, he's in charge... The truly funny thing about this, IMO, is that we as a nation find it newsworthy that Bush prefers Diet Coke and is a stickler for keeping his schedule. Of course he's annoyed about the attacks, and yes he uses profanity. So what? Was it really so long ago that we as a nation had more important things to worry about than mindless crap like Bush's soda preference and what Clinton ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 11:17 AM

SP1 for VS 2003 Release Date

Service Pack 1 for VS 2003 is finally about to come out

Nope, that's not a typo. August 15th is the tentative date.


Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 10:24 AM

time for a reality check
logo, that is... I want to thank everyone who worked with me and sent concept art and everything else. A final decision has been made and I'd like to present it here for all to see... The artist is John Kovalic, who you might recognize from his work on various Steve Jackson games, or from his Dork Tower Comics, or from Apples to Apples, or any other numerous sources ......

Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 6:55 PM

Our industry really doesn't need any more tools.
All the recent posts and comments flying back and forth about how we get treated and how we treat each other (and Stevie B of course) has me thinking... What exactly is it that people think they're gaining by being assholes? Is it that we're all so busy, we don't have time to be nice? That can't be it, because it doesn't take any longer to write a nice comment than it does to write a rude one... and it takes even less time to say nothing at all. So does that mean that the rude people are all bored? ......

Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 8:21 AM

redneck soap opera
This is an excerpt from a conversation I had with fellow GWBer George Clingerman today. Not really suited for the main feed so I'm just posting it here. Me: sometimes I look at my life and think... WTF? not so much my present life, which is good, but all the near misses and BS over the years. George: maybe that should be your blog tagline Me: lol yeah... that would be a good one. George: i've been kind of lucky because i haven't had too much BS throughout my life and i've discoverd the reason for ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 1:14 PM

Irreparable Damage
I was chatting online with one of my pet codemonkeys (technically a codebaboon, but I digress) this morning and he mentioned that a coworker (his lead) had “irreparably damaged” their working relationship. After I made fun of him for a few minutes, I asked him if I'd ever offended him (knowing full well I have) and he said.. “well.. thats different.” So in my infinite Solomon-ish wisdom, I said... “Well, its different because you let it be different. No? Things like ......

Posted On Thursday, July 13, 2006 7:23 AM

OMG It's like Maximum Overdrive all over again... or cylons... or something.
So now my Xbox 360 has a blog of its own, and apparently it's not thrilled with me of late. Seems I've been neglecting it... but fortunately I did spend a little quality time with it last night, so the relationship (and my pathetic gamerscore) is improving. I also decided to add my Xbox Live GamerCard to the sidebar of my blog, but the one generated on my 360 blog is too big for the GWB skin I'm currently using (it pushes the border out and crops my blog text) and looks awful when I shrink it down ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:15 AM

Source Fource, Ravindra and other stuff...
In a recent post, Brendan shared a pic of the Source Fource. Pretty cool. He also included a pic of my favorite Microsoftie, aka “she who is responsible for much INETA & CodeZone goodness in the developer community.” This pic is for those of you on GWB that haven't actually met her in person. For the record, she doesn't look anything like a Night Elf but she claims to have a hidden blue streak. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Trisha Lacey... Oh and I am totally digging my new Vista ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:22 AM

Code Camp Time Again!
Code Gin (to the tune of Cold Gin, with apologies to KISS) Whoo, alrightMy slides are done and Im so tiredGimme some books to start a fireThe laptops off, the lights are out, yeahMy google maps are all printed out Ooh, its CODE CAMP time againThere's some swag I just gotta winCODE CAMP time againYou know its the only timeyou'll get my whole weekend, owIts time to leave so I head for the doorDrive down the highway with my foot to the floorHaha, gonna get there early and grab a seatbefore I get back ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 11, 2006 8:35 AM

more fun with Ebay
(or... If you don't know the laws of your own damn country, how can you possibly expect me to?) This is a transcript of a “conversation” I had with an overseas buyer over the last few weeks. Her: HI! I've received a note from the postman. The boxes have arrived, but the note also says I must pay 76,26 euro and I feel something is wrong, as I paid the shipping cost for yhe boxes. Could you explain me what's going on? Thanks, Toni Me:I have no idea what is going on, since I paid the postage ......

Posted On Monday, July 10, 2006 5:32 AM

Vista Beta 2 Upgrade - more good than bad.
I found a workaround for the AVG Antivirus issue, so I finally did it... and wow this Glass thing looks good. A few things of note. 1. Moving files is a major pain in the ass. I had backed up the “My Pictures” folder to my E: drive prior to the install and when it came time to move them all back into my new “My Pictures” folder, not only did it take FOR-EV-ERRRRR but It kept aborting the transfer over and over. I would select a few folders, Cut, Paste and it would transfer ......

Posted On Sunday, July 9, 2006 4:13 PM

Vista Beta 2 Upgrade - not any time soon apparently.
Ok, so I was curious. This past weekend I decided to move all my data and music and pictures and assorted crapola to a secondary drive (along with everything in My Documents... just to be safe) and pop in the Vista Beta 2 DVD and upgrade my desktop machine. I didn't get very far, although I will say the installer interface is very pretty. I was presented with a dialog that indicated I had some apps that would need to be reinstalled after the upgrade (no biggie... I expected that) and that I might ......

Posted On Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:39 PM

Oh No!! It's the Indian "Domain Name Registry" scam...
I guess if the Nigerians can have their check scam, the Indians can have their domain name registry scam. About once a month or so (sometimes more, sometimes less) I get handed the phone (since I never answer it) and its some dude with an Indian accent telling me he's from the Domain Name Registry service. He starts asking me questions about my domain, I hang up, blah blah blah. Since I never answer the phone, I also never see the caller ID. Well, today he called my cell. Ironically, I was out getting ......

Posted On Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:28 PM

We should see a dramatic increase in certifications soon...

I'm assuming this is a joke, but I'm too busy to actually dig deep enough into it to find out.  Get IT Certified from the comfort of your own home or office.

Too lazy to study? Too lazy to take the exams?

Not a problem... these guys will do that for you... (for a fee.)

Apparently the MCSD.NET will only cost you $3200


Posted On Thursday, July 6, 2006 11:17 AM

I'm a hot toe picker
If you've seen some bizarre red billboards with white writing around your hometown (as I have) but haven't been able to figure them out... here's a hint! The phrases I have seen so far, in no real order, are:

I pooted
I'm a Hot Toe Picker
Clowns Hate Tangelos
Shiny Shiny, Pretty Pretty
and... I Have a Meat Beard.

It took me about a day to figure them all out. How about you?

Posted On Sunday, July 2, 2006 5:41 PM

Freak Like Me
Wow... D'Arcy has some interesting internal conversations, thanks for sharing bud. At least I know I'm not the only one.

Posted On Saturday, July 1, 2006 6:15 AM

Live Messenger F'n Rocks
a while back I posted about a few minor difficulties and annoyances with Windows Live Messenger (BETA). You can of course read the original post if you care. Short version is... I didn't like it, so I uninstalled it. Well... I'm happy to say, I reinstalled it recently and wow... definitely liking it a lot better. Good job guys! More features than Google Talk and nowhere near as annoying as the Yahoo and AOL chat clients. (OMG, don't get me started on those...) I'm already using it more than Google ......

Posted On Saturday, July 1, 2006 6:04 AM

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