December 2007 Entries

Thanks Community-Credit!
Today marks the end of my subscription to MSDN that I had won last year as the top poster in the Community-Credit.com discussion boards...so thank you to Community-Credit.com and David Silverlight for such an awesome prize! A note to others - if you're not involved already, get involved. Visit Community-Credit.com today and sign up. If you're a blogger with GeeksWithBlogs then you automatically get credit for each blog post you make. And the monthly prizes aren't usually on the scale of a full MSDN ......

Posted On Monday, December 31, 2007 10:41 AM | Comments (0)

Slickin' the presentation laptop for the new year...
Since there was so much that went on with my presentation laptop last year (.NET 3.0 beta, then later VS 2008 Beta, a bunch of Java testing, and so on) I figured I'll start the new year with a clean build of it and so I slicked it yesterday (used DBAN) and started fresh...my goodness I forgot how long it takes to get even XP w/SP2 fully patched and ready to go. There's over 100 updates on Windows Update for that box after putting a clean install of XP/SP2. Then I also forgot how long (really long) ......

Posted On Sunday, December 30, 2007 10:14 PM | Comments (0)

Geek Dinner - Charleston, SC

Plans are being made for a Geek Dinner here in Charleston, SC for January the day before the MSDN Event (go ahead, click the link and sign up!). Full details will be posted once they are worked out but I wanted to plant this bug in the community ear early enough.

For those in the local area who want more info, let me know.

 

Posted On Saturday, December 29, 2007 11:49 PM | Comments (0)

Fallout 3 - sweet!
Having played (and completed!) both Fallout and Fallout-2 I was disappointed (as were so many Fallout fans) to hear that Fallout-3 was cancelled a few years back. There were rumors now and again that Fallout 3 would be resurrected but now it seems it really will be…the question remains though whether this will be a good thing or not in the end. The company currently developing Fallout-3 is Bethesda Softworks – if you’re a gamer you’ve no doubt heard of them. I’ve enjoyed their games in the past (Elder ......

Posted On Friday, December 28, 2007 9:04 AM | Comments (0)

Online Game that Pays You?
Sounds like an interesting concept - but I'll be curious to see how it fans out over time. There's a company in Gibraltar that's beta testing a new FPS game where you get cash (eventually turned into prizes) for damage you do to other people in the game. Reading a bit more about it there seems to be a good foundation for a pretty neat concept...they've taken measures to try to group people of similar skill level together so there's not a repeat of the type of thing that happened to me for example ......

Posted On Friday, December 28, 2007 8:30 AM | Comments (0)

Hardware Review - AT&T Tilt
Pros: Dual 400MHz processor Integrated GPS Sliding Keyboard with 40 degree tilt Integrated still/video camera Accepts high capacity microSDHC cards Windows Mobile 6 Office Mobile 6.1 (so you can view Office 2007 files) Cons: Speakerphone isn’t the best No zoom on still camera at the highest resolution Picture quality could be better Lack of integrated 3.5mm audio jack Now that I’ve had my Tilt for a little bit, I figured I’d give a more in depth review for others who might be considering a new Windows ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 10:19 PM | Comments (1)

Software Review - Live Search (Mobile)
Available from: http://livesearchmobile.com/ Pros: Super Easy to use Easy access to Gas prices and Movies for the local area Speech enabled Satellite imagery is more up to date Turn-By-Turn directions interface is more intuitive than competitor’s options. Integrated auto-updates for the application (menu notification turns active when updates are available) Cons: Traffic Info not available in my location Getting directions from current GPS location isn’t as straightforward as it could be. Could stand ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 9:35 PM | Comments (0)

Windows Server 2008 (RC1) - installed this morning
After a bunch of trouble with the test box I had planned to use I finally got started installing Windows Server 2008 (RC1) this morning...so hopefully I'll have a lot more to say about it later today when I've had a chance to go through it. One thing I noticed is it is rebooting a bunch during setup...no big deal I guess but I don't remember any previous Windows Setup routines doing it so much....maybe because I'm doing an in-place upgrade instead of a clean install. I'll try the clean install later ......

Posted On Friday, December 21, 2007 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

An old friend awarded Bronze Star with Valor

Carmack and I served in the same squadron overseas years ago. He got orders to another base about the same time I decided to leave the military. Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

http://www.defenselink.mil/heroes/profiles/carmackG.html

 

Posted On Wednesday, December 19, 2007 8:11 AM | Comments (0)

Software Review - Wolf Clock for Pocket PC's
Available from: http://www.structuretoobig.... Pros: Free! Easy to use – very configurable! Unlimited Alarms Set music to auto-turn off while you sleep Supports a wide variety of sound formats Just download it! :) Cons: Can’t think of any – did I mention it’s free? So Brian’s probably going to kill me for bringing more attention to a piece of software he hasn’t touched in years…but when I upgraded my phone I lost one of the features I had used on my old one…the built-in alarms ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 9:49 PM | Comments (3)

Software Review - Google Maps Mobile
Available from: http://www.google.com/gmm/i... Pros: Super Easy to use Auto-detects GPS settings on your device Directions (Route Planning) is very easy to get to and features a “fly-to” feature for turn-by-turn. Satellite View or Map View – Satellite view has road names integrated Easy to navigate using hardware keys or touch screen Download speeds were pretty good for “live” tracking Cons: Satellite Imagery is at least a year old in some places. Traffic Info not available in my location They ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 9:30 PM | Comments (5)

Charleston SC MSDN Event - January 2008
Glen Gordon will be coming to town on January 24th 2008 to host an MSDN Event titled “What’s New in IIS7 and Extending ASP.NET 2.0 Application Services” Here’s a quick overview of what he’ll be covering: • Authentication methods and integration between ASP.NET and IIS 7 • Writing IIS managed handlers and modules • How the IIS protocol listeners support hosting WCF services on TCP, Named Pipes and more • IIS handler permissions, request filtering and administration lists • How the XML replacement ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 1:38 PM | Comments (0)

GCNUG December Meeting
Thanks to all who came out to see the BI talk given by Fred last night and a special thanks to the folks at TEKSystems for providing our pizza! Lots of cool prizes were given out last night including a full version of Visual Studio 2008 Professional courtesy of Chris Craft from the Pee-Dee Area .NET User Group and our Microsoft DE Brian Hitney - thanks guys ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 1:17 PM | Comments (0)

NS Basic/CE - Review Copy
In the past few days I've been talking back and forth with the folks at NS Basic/CE and they are sending me a review copy of their product to more fully test it out. I was really interested in some features that simply weren't available in the trial version and they were kind enough to offer a review copy so I'm pretty excited to get that in the mail. More to come once I start working with the review copy. For those unfamiliar with NS Basic/CE - they position themselves as a "kindler, gentler alternative ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 1:30 PM | Comments (0)

VS 2008 and VS 2005 side-by-side with Windows Mobile 6 SDK's
Is this even a supported configuration? Right now mine's not working but I haven't given up yet. I previously had Visual Studio 2005 installed with the Windows Mobile 6 SDK's (both professional and standard) and everything works fine there. Just yesterday installed Visual Studio 2008 and went to look at the Smart Device templates and only the Windows Mobile 5 stuff is there. No problem I figured - maybe just need to re-install the SDK's now that I have VS 2008 so they can be integrated. Did that ......

Posted On Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:16 PM | Comments (4)

Greater Charleston .NET User Group December Meeting

To answer some of the questions I've been getting - yes we're planning a December GCNUG meeting so come on out for some pizza and.NET Goodness :)

For full details and to sign up, visit here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/87048364/

See you there!

P.S. Check back soon for info about an upcoming MSDN Event (in January) for the Charleston area!

 

Posted On Wednesday, December 12, 2007 4:01 PM | Comments (0)

In a word....w00t!

Check out this article on MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22205339/?GT1=10645

Posted On Wednesday, December 12, 2007 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

My new toy - AT&T Tilt
I finally picked up my new AT&T Tilt today - the store I went to at first was all out and so I drove across town to another store where I finally got it....the lady at the first store had tried to sell me on the new BlackJack II but I had my heart set on the Tilt. Had a bit of fun on the drive home with the GPS and Google Maps - can't wait to start building some location aware apps for Windows Mobile 6 :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:14 PM | Comments (2)

NSBasic/CE - on my mobile kick

Since I'm looking at other ways of developing apps for mobile devices and since I'm still undecided about Android (see previous blog entry), I've now decided to take a look at NSBasic/CE if for no other reason than that you can supposedly create apps *on the device* using their IDE....with a nifty little feature like that I've got to at least try it. More to come on that and an eventual side-by-side-by-side of Compact Framework, Android, and NSBasic/CE with a test app.

 

Posted On Monday, December 10, 2007 8:46 AM | Comments (0)

Android First Impressions - not impressed
So I put together a dev box for Android last night and spent some time earlier today getting the Java SDK, Android SDK and Eclipse installed. Went ahead and installed the Eclipse plugin for Android as well - and after all that...well so far I haven't been impressed. Part of it may be because I was used to NetBeans for Java development, or maybe there's something else....in either case I'm not ready to give up yet...perhaps I'll try it with NetBeans later today. I can certainly say that even when ......

Posted On Saturday, December 8, 2007 3:17 PM | Comments (0)

Can you say "Code Reviews"?
Odd story I just came across about a Microsoft "Santa" bot that spit out some responses they hadn't planned on...well ok, the news media can buy that story but somewhere a developer had planned this response and IMHO it should have been caught by a code review and handled differently for such a huge public project which you just *know* is going to be scrutinized by everyone wanting to make Microsoft look bad. See the full story here: http://www.citynews.ca/news... EDIT: further link ......

Posted On Thursday, December 6, 2007 10:10 AM | Comments (0)

VS2008 Pro: Install Fest Schedule - For the Carolinas
How about scoring a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 Pro? If you're interested head on over to Brian Hitney's blog for the full details....a pretty good deal if you ask me! :)

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 11:07 PM | Comments (0)

Android
So those who know me know that I'm a mobile geek....love just about anything to do with mobile device computing/programming, etc. Up to now that's always been .NET Compact Framework but recently I started to look at Google's offering in the arena, Android (http://code.google.com/and... ) So I've downloaded all the stuff for Android but now I've got to set up my development machine. Don't want to put it on my primary machine because last time I did that it kinda sucked having all the Java IDE/SDK ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 9:43 PM | Comments (2)

In flight Emergency (ok - so two IFE's)
An odd thing happened during both the flight to Seattle and the flight back from Seattle last week…each flight had a medical in-flight emergency (IFE). The reason I say it’s odd is because I’ve been flying for more than 30 years (yeah so I just aged myself) and in all those years I only remember 1 other time we had an IFE during a transatlantic flight from Aviano, Italy to JFK in New York – we had to make an emergency stop in Reykjavík, Iceland (which incidentally is a twin city to Seattle) due to ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 9:05 PM | Comments (3)

The Freeze Warning

So as I start up my car this morning and roll down my driveway I realize there's a new light lit on my dash - the freeze warning light! I do a double check of the temperature reading and it's 36 degrees (F). First time I've seen that in a long time down here in South Carolina!

 

Posted On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 6:50 AM | Comments (0)