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There is no better time to start a new blog than the start of a new year. My interest in .NET has been waning for a while now. I know GWB is a technology community, not just a .NET community but I think it best to have my own site and the like. I want to thank Jeff Julian and John Alexander for the outstanding community and allowing me to set up shop ......

From Microsoft Watch, Microsoft has committed to VS.NET 2003 SP1 and VS 2005 SP1. About bloody damn time, I say. I still encounter sporadic bugs in 2003 so this will definitely help. I just hope it doesn't cultivate more bugs and require MORE patches. http://www.microsoft-watch.... ......

Many may all ready know this but I had a chat with one of the Webhost4Life operators a few minutes ago and they should have ASP.NET 2.0 out to all their servers in about a week or two. How freaking great is that? The 7th would be wonderful but...

A friend passed me a link that shows some pretty cute plush animals representing certain microbes. In the list are HIV, Ebola, Mono, Syphillis, the Clap, and the flu. Too cute. http://www.thinkgeek.com/cu... ......

Pros: The graphics are a very nice improvement over AoE2. Better civilazation/empire building. Rushes are a lot harder in this one. More sources for food and gold. Cons: Nearly identical gameplay as AoE2. No historically accurate campaigns (I am a history buff and therefore would at least like to see at least historical campaigns). The better quality ......

I am trying to schedule speakers for the Knoxville .NET User's Group for 2006. If anyone is interested in speaking over the next couple of months, shoot me an email here. We are still looking for a speaker this month also. It may appear that I am a lazy no-good-for-nothing for waiting until the last second but I have been trying. I may in fact be just ......

I had a bit of trouble figuring this one out. I needed to include a script in a MasterPage dynamically based on the url/path of the current page. Eventually, I found the ClientScriptManager.Registe... method. Here is a short snippet: if (Request.RawUrl.ToLower().I... > 0){ cs.RegisterClientScriptIncl... ......

Unless you have been hiding under a rock you have seen the numerous articles out there pitting Microsoft against Google. A think a lot of the fools buying this bunch of crap are Microsoft haters still lamenting the downfall of Netscape and still wondering why Apple isn't the corporate desktop standard. I know rich web apps, software as a service, and ......

This is one of the best Halo videos I have ran across. It teaches you how to talk smack. The 'dry humping' was especially hilarious. Enjoy

http://www.big-boys.com/articles/halo1.html



I found this little cool thingy to calculate the value of your blog. I am unsure of how accurate the calculation is worth but here it is. My blog is worth $11,290.80.How much is your blog worth ......

I was a bit alarmed by this little jewel from former White House CyberSecurity Advisor Howard Schmidt: Hold Developers Liable for Flaws. However, a bit later, I found this: Hold Developers Accountable, Not Liable. What a schmuck! There is no way I would ever agree to be held liable unless I owned the project, the budget, and could control all inputs ......

I was chatting with former NTeam-er Jonas Antonsson a few weeks ago and the topic of why finding developers for open source projects is so difficult. I guess finding those interested is relatively simple but actually getting contributions is the difficult part. Of the 50 that signed up for NTeam, only eight that I can count have contributed. This struck ......

Here is a picture of Hurricane Ophelia. Am I the only one that sees the face?



You really have to wonder if the inmates are running the asylum but Oracle has agreed to buy Seibel for 5+ billion. The article says that they have to borrow $1.5 billion to get the deal through. I smell WorldCom in this. Oracle is big and rich but the costs for acquisition is always expensive. I guess time will tell. Here is the story ......

I will be speaking at the Lexington Code Camp on October 14 and 15. The topics are 'ASP.NET 2.0 Membership and Personalization' and 'SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services'. My friend Alan Stevens is presenting on VSTS and I have to say that Alan's VSTS presentation is extremely good. Also, Wally McClure will be there presenting on ADO.NET. That makes three ......

Whilst I was in the drive-thru at the local McDonalds yesterday waiting on my daily dose of good wholesome nutrition, I was rear ended twice by the same driver. The first time, I let it go, and gave the chick the finger. The second time, though, I couldn't let it go. I got out and had some very choice words for her which made her cry. Yes, I am a monster, ......

In case you missed it, the August CTP of Enterprise Library for .NET 2.0 is available. Check it out here.

Congratulations to Scott Reynolds (fellow NTeam-er) for being asked to join Project FAZR. It sounds like an interesting concept.

You can find the complete report here. I was kinda suprised to see that Sun wasn't in the top three for the ability to execute. Here is the list of the top three visionaries and the top three companies with the capability to execute: Visionaries Microsoft SAP IBM Capability to Execute IBM Microsoft Oracle Some strange ones that made the list that I ......

I am aghast at my lack of posts lately but I have a few things going on that are taking most of my time up. NTeam - We are really moving along. The project design is almost all done and the coding is about to commence. I love design and would not dare tackle a project of this size without some semblance of a goal in mind but I can truly understand why ......

I found this at Code Project today. Quite useful: 

The Error No.: 0. That's right. The server thinks there was an error but now can't remember it. Perfect.



This may be well known by now but not by myself. When you try to use ConfigurationSettings.AppSe... in the .NET Framework 2.0, you receive a message stating that AppSettings is obsolete, use ConfigurationManager.AppSet... instead. I did finally figure it out. ConfigurationManager does not exist in the default System.Configuration namespace. When ......

Fellow NTeamer Ron Buckton passed this link from Rocky Lhotka concerning Message-based WebMethod overloading as a possible approach for the NTeam architecture and I really like the idea. Most importantly, it works. My only complaint is the same one Rocky brings up: it is not as clean as I would like. There is also an accompanying article from Bill Wagner. ......

I found this kinda strange. In a way I don't blame Microsoft's stance. I want to keep moving forward and open source projects will never be able to keep up but a port at some time surely wouldn't be out of the question, right? Read the full story here.

The East Tennessee .NET User Group is searching for a sponsor for our meeting this month. If you are local to Knoxville, you get to give a 15 or 20 minute soft sale to the group about your product or service. If you are not local, we can deliver the speech for you. You will have our thanks and possibly a new customer or two. If you are interested, shoot ......

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