D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

May 2006 Entries

The Konami Code

Hilarious. Thanks to Justice for forwarding it to me.

http://www.duelinganalogs.com/?date=2006-05-17

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Apprentice, Ricky Williams

Apprentice Unless Sean really screws something up, he should easily win the task. It's unfortunate that Lee actually did get to the end...I like to see an even competition going into the final boardroom, but this one just seems way too lopsided...unless its just the editing making it look that way. Lee's team might just pull out the best hockey event ever and the BNL concert might be a total bust. But still...Sean should win. Ricky Williams It's official: Ricky Williams is now in the Canadian Football ......

Last Day in Calgary

So the Calgary Code Camp has come and gone, and I really hope that Daniel and the rest of the Calgary .NET User Group are proud of the event they put on. They had great speaker selection, and really showed off the local speaker talent. I think the comment of the camp came from an unamed person (who I'm not revealing because I want to try and get him out to our user group next year ;) ) who said “This thing is so hot on my lap, I think it might catch on fire!” Also, congrats to John Bristowe ......

Calgary Code Camp: Barry Hensch on BI, SQL Server 2005, and Hockey Eh?

After sitting through Barry's presentation...wow...I mean, I know database stuff, but seeing the BI tools in action, and seeing him whip through an OLAP cube creation demo as easily as I'd put up a new DNN site, I have a gar greater appreciation for BI and the people that specialize in it. Amazing stuff!

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Calgary Code Camp: Daniel Carbajal on LinQ

First presentation of the code camp was Daniel Carbajal on the newest May CTP of Orca, which includes the LinQ tools. LinQ is a new technology in Orca that sits as a layer on top of ADO.NET. Although you can still use ADO.NET in Orca, you also now have the ability to use LinQ exclusively and not touch ADO.NET again...ever..seriously. No more creating command objects or whatnot...its all done behind the scenes now. Some other very kewl features are xml write in the code file (no more wrapping it in ......

Random Thoughts from a Calgary Hotel Room

Tomorrow is the Calgary Code Camp, and I'm pretty stoked about going. It'll be great to meet the two Calgary-based UG leaders, Daniel and Dawn. Steve is coming down with Donald and Justice Gray from Edmonton as well, so it'll be one big Albertan/INETA-CC love-in. Speaking of Steve, I bought the book he recommended today (JPod by Douglas Coupland). If you're interested in getting it, Chapters/Indigo has it on for 30% off and an extra 10% if you have the iRewards card...and Sunday is a double iRewards ......

Unbef#$kingleavable

I give up. Screw you 70-301 and damn you to hell. After retaking the exam this morning, apparantly I STILL don't know dick about deploying a solution. Nada. Zip. And as I think through the questions I was asked, I honestly can't think of which ones I would have screwed up on. I started to write some of the ones I wasn't sure about down, but realized that the areas those questions dealt with (Building a team, facilitating risk, planning a project) were all my top scores. Seriously, is there like one ......

Winnipeg, The Cult, 70-301

Just got back not too long ago from the Cult concert here in Winnipeg. The evening opened with Bangkok 5, and I really felt sorry for them. In fact, before I go on, let me comment on the crowd: Just like a Winnipeg car in January, the crowd took almost 2 hours to warm up. I'm really not sure what it is here...if we're just too worried about other people thinking we're losers, or whether we're just snobby, or whether we really just have no emotion...but it took a LOT of prodding from Ian Astbury to ......

Lio Comic Strip

Funny image...thought I'd share...check out the Lio comic strip in your local paper.



Consolas Font

Glen Gordon has a great blog post showing off a new font pack released by Microsoft called Consolas. Designed for code editing and to take advantage of ClearType, its another alternative developers have within their development environment. The kewlest feature for me though is that zeros in this font have a line through them...no more mistaking 0 for O...I know, its a small thing...but I mark out for the 0 with the lines through. You can download the font here. D ......

Why Women Shouldn't Be Video Game Heroes

This is why woman shouldn't be video game heroes...its just too difficult, and men just have the advantage. You can't argue with this comic...I'm sure Lara Croft would have avoided many scenes like this one if she were born Larry Croft. It's just a fact of life.

:P

(Let the geek-girls start flamin')

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PS3 Controller: LAME

Remember that cool PS3 boomerang-like controller? GONE! Check out this link which has a picture of the new PS3 controller...which looks pretty much like the PS2 controller...which kinda looked like the PS1 controller...UGH. One more reason to NOT purchase a PS3.

XBox and Nintendo all the way man.

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Chris Williams 500 Blog Post

Congrats to Chris Williams for reaching his 500th blog post!

To celebrate, he's making available a small video of himself dancing while dressed as Spiderman. There's also a small video of himself and his .NET User Group dance team, “ActiveSync”, doing thier 2005 Gen-Con performance.

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Spam, Freaky Justice Guy, and Kewl Mega Man Powerups

I woke up this morning to 30 or so comments made on my blog from Xana, all having to do with prescription pill crap. Boo to you Xana, BOO TO YOU! Justice Gray is one of the guys on the Edmonton .NET UG executive. Dude is HILARIOUS! Check out the photoshop clinic he put on here (of course, I don't know that doing this for ALL your upcoming speakers is a great idea...or maybe it IS...Justice might have started a whole new trend here). On his site I found a link to some funny Mega Man pics. Remember ......

INETA Leadership Summit at Tech Ed 2006

Was talking with Rob Zelt this morning, and he mentioned the INETA Leadership Summit that will be happening at Tech Ed this year. The event is mostly made up of user groups from the New England area, but all user group leadership that is attending Tech Ed is encouraged to attend! I'd love to go...so if someone has a few thousand dollars they'd like to throw my way, drop me a line. ;) D ......

Dev Teach Quotes

Donald Belcham posted here about some of the quotes that were said during the week...hilarious!...he mentions as well that some needed to be heard in context, so let me expound on some of them. “Swear at me Nolan, Swear at me!”I'm a morning person. My buddy Nolan apparantly isn't. We started discussing what it would be like working together, where I'd be uber-chipper at 8AM and singing the Viagra “Good morning“ song and he'd be “F*ck off”. So the joke for the week ......

Gears of War = Ghost Recon-Advanced Warfigthter meets Halo...but not in a good way?

Cliff Bleszinski was just on G4's E3 coverage showing off Gears of War, a game that I was really looking forward to...until now. It's not that the game looks bad (it looks amazing!), and its not that I'm saying that you shouldn't check it out...but for me, I know I won't like it for one main reason: its not Halo 2. Here's what I mean: I'm not a great first person shooter player to begin with. Give me a good RPG or action/adventure game, and I'm money. But when it comes to FPS, I need more Doom the ......

We traded Leo for Ed The Sock?

Remember Call For Help? Those of you in the states would remember it as the Tech TV show hosted by Leo Laporte. It got canned after the G4/TechTV merger, but Leo showed up on the Canadian version of G4 on the Canadian produced Call For Help. I was watching G4's E3 coverage tonight and low-and-behold, we've not exported another Canadian icon to add to the list, which includes Celine Dion, Mike Meyers, Michael J. Fox, Pam Anderson, Dan Akroyd, and Morgan Webb. Yes, Americans can now enjoy...Ed The ......

Heading Home

Dev Teach is done, and I'm waiting for my flight here in the Montreal airport. I'm so tired...its been a long week, but a good one with lots of great technology and networking.

Montreal is a fantastic city...if you get a chance, definately come and check it out! Unbelievable people and energy here...very friendly and welcoming.

I have a few hours to kill before my flight...gonna try and get some reading in or something.

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Dev Teach 2006: Mad Mexican Sighting

You learn something new every day. Today, I learned that John Bristowe used to be a wrestler in the Mexican Wrestling Association...seriously. His partner, the Mad Mexican showed up today at his talk on WPF (guess he thought it was on WWF or something).

You can check out the video here

Ariba!

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Dev Teach: Mad Mexican and Barry Gervin

There's been some discussion about a “Mad Mexican” here at Dev Teach...I'm not really sure what its about though...Jason Row posted something about it... Just sitting in Barry Gervin's talk on source control with team system. It's a great talk, and he's included lots of examples of how companies set up their source control policies...very kewl, and something to think about for back home. For instance, he talked about one company that doesn't allow junior programmers to check anything ......

Heading into Day 3 of Dev Teach

Well, technically its just day 2, but counting the UG Summit, Wednesday is Day 3. I blogged a bit earlier about the night before, so this is more of a recap for today in general. I was really looking forward to Derek Hatchard's talk on Open Source vs Team System for testing and building, but I heard he had a bout of the flu so it was cancelled (I saw him around later on in the day, so I hope you're feeling better man). Instead, I checked out Beth Massi's talk on datasources and databinding. Great ......

First day of Dev Teach

Day 3 in Montreal has begun, and i'm writing this as I wait for my laptop battery to recharge in my hotel room (missing the third session, but no biggie...still two more to go and the two this morning were great...more to come on that in a sec). Last night was a blast. We went to this Irish pub downtown and watched the hockey game...well, had intentions of watching the hockey game, but ended up talking about:How scotch is madeTrying to get a wi-fi connection so we could get the hotel phone number ......

UG Summit, Montreal, Making Cows

So today was my first full day of stuff. We had our Canadian User Group Summit all day today. It was a great time...we talked through a bunch of issues and items, and had a great information sharing session. Guy Barette posted some pic's on his site, which you can see here. I think the best thing that came out of it is the realization that all our user groups are different, and have various needs, but that there's alot of communication and sources of support. It was awesome to hear what's going on ......

One Night in Montreal

Ugh...how can it be 7:30 already? Oh that's right...its really 6:30 back home...gotta get used to this time change thing. Anyway, had a great first night in Montreal. I met up with Don from Edmonton and we ate at La Cage Aux Sports. Great sports bar/restaurant chain in Quebec...food was really good. I got a scratch card because of the type of credit card I used to pay, and won a free app...so I guess we'll be heading back there at some point this week for another game. Got back to the hotel, and ......

Bonjour, J'ai ma'pelle D'Arcy

Many people are surprised that with my french last name, the only french I know is comprised of Bonjour (Hello) Ca va? (How are you) Merci (Thank you) J'ai pas parle francais bien. Parle vouz anglais? (I don't speak french good. Do you speak english?) So we'll see how this little adventure to Montreal for Dev Teach pans out. So far Montreal seems very old. Not old in a bad way..but its city center is very different from anything I've ever seen. Most of the homes are brick, and there's amazing architecture ......

The Jesus Pan!

This is just too funny...and although expensive, I think I'll probably end up getting this as a gift for someone. It's the Jesus Pan. Yes, the Jesus Pan. It's a pan with an image of Jesus lifted on the surface, so whatever you cook with ends up with the image of Jesus on it. Think about the possibilities! You could totally freak out your deeply religious Roman Catholic aunt by serving her an omellete...but wait...what's that in the omellete?! OMG, it's an image of Jesus! And hilarity ensues. Or, ......

So close...

Dare I say it, I had fun writing the 70-301 this morning. I had fun with the 70-300 as well...I enjoy project/process type of discussions, and the 301 was chalk full of them. I started to feel a little too confident going down the stretch but tried to keep it in my head that it wasn't in the bag...which was a good thing, because...well, it wasn't in the bag. Passing was 700, I got 674. Yeah, that's right...I missed it by 26. Wow. If I'm going to fail something, at least let me fail big...don't jump ......

Woke up this morning...got myself a...Vespa?

CNN had this story about James Gandolfini (aka Tony Soprano) getting hit by a taxi cab. The part that I had to read and then re-read was that James was hit while on his “italian scooter”. A Vespa? Even if it wasn't a Vespa, a SCOOTER? Seriously...picture this: Tony Soprano...on a scooter. I mean, don't get me wrong...I hope he's ok and its horrible he got hit...but I just pictured Gandolfini as more of a harley man if he was going with two wheels. Back to studying... D ......

Cram Night

Tomorrow morning I write what I hope is my last Microsoft exam for a while...well, until I decide to go for my MCPD designation. I'm writing the 70-301 exam, and the last one to achieve my MCSD. 70-301 is the Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by using MSF 3.0. My main study guide is actually the Microsoft Press book Analyzing Requirements and Defining MS .NET Solution Architectures, which is intended as a study guide to the 70-300 exam. I've passed the 70-300, and this is my second ......

Calgary Code Camp

If anybody is going to be in or around Calgary, Alberta around the end of May, check out the Calgary Code Camp.

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Wood Working Geeks

Y'know how people always make fun of geeks because they go on and on about their computer this and xbox that and process other etc.? Well...I realize now what its like. I went out with some guys from church tonight for some time at the driving range and then to Boston Pizza for some grub. While there, they four of them began talking about saws and planes and such...but...in a very geeky way. They were talking about brand names, and buying tools for the sake of having them and not because they actually ......

Worst Busker EVER

So I was walking back from lunch today, and as I walked I passed many different people. Some people were holding a hat, hoping to collect some change from a generous passerby. Some were selling sunglasses out of their car, or running hot dog carts. And normally, I'd also see a busker or two...those entertaining/musical people that offer some form of amusement or enjoyment for just a few quarters or loonies/toonies. Today I saw what had to be the WORST busker in the world. He was a musician. He was ......

Fun with DNN

I was doing up a DNN site and had some fun lessons learned. Lesson 1: Making DNN look good isn't as hard as it looks.Most of the editing I ended up doing to make the site look un-DNNish was within a few ascx files and the css files. Of course, if you want some custom stuff that requires modules, that's a whole other story. Luckily this site didn't need too much as far as custom coding went. I was able to drop in an ad-rotator to swap out the banner image on the fly pretty painlessly, and changing ......

I need a new Video Card (looking for suggestions)

I need a new gaming video card. I don't want to spend more than $300 Cdn on it...and it needs to be a good GAMING card...I have an ATI Radeon 9800 right now, but my old first generation Radeon was more stable (which could be my system, but I doubt it... P4 2.4 GhzP4BE Asus Mobo1 Gig Ram The only thing that I can think of that might be a kicker is either my hard drive is starting to crap out or something, but its running really slow and it takes forever for my login screen to show up on my monitor ......

DOA Movie and Losing Habs

Found on Slashdot this morning that there's going to be a movie adaption of DOA coming this summer. My first thought: another horrible game-to-movie adaption, but after seeing the trailer it doesn't look half bad. It's almost like a Charlie's Angels 3 type of slant to it (it focusses on the girls, naturally...although there are some guys from the game as well...odd, they didn't really feature them in the trailer...I wonder why...) Go Google it to see the trailer (I had to click through a bunch of ......