March 2008 Entries

Long days - or 10 hours on the road for Code Camp
When I went to Atlanta last weekend for Code Camp I got up at 2AM and was on the road by 3AM driving to Atlanta. Got there just as registration was opening up and stayed through to the end of the prize drawings arriving home that night at nearly 11PM which made for a really long day. I know a couple of other folks who did similar trips - so I'm wondering who's got the story for the longest trip to Code Camp? I know we had at least one Canadian developer come down to Charleston during our last code ......

Posted On Monday, March 31, 2008 12:06 PM | Comments (2)

Atlanta Code Camp 2008
First of all - a huge thanks to all those folks in Atlanta who pull this thing together each year. They really do put on a good event in Atlanta and I look forward to it (almost to the point of bugging Jim via e-mail) each year. This was actually my 2nd code camp where I didn't speak...though I did have some slide decks ready in case there were some last minute cancellations. I actually missed a chance to speak since I was helping Bill move furniture while Jim was looking for me to cover a session. ......

Posted On Monday, March 31, 2008 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

GCNUG Meeting re-cap
A huge thanks to Benefit Focus for providing us with an awesome meeting facility and to TEKSystems for providing the food! We had a really awesome presentation given by Karl Shifflett on one of the projects he's been developing for a few months now called Mole. Karl introduced me to Mole a few months ago via e-mail and chat on Community-Credit's discussion forums and I've been a fan since. I was floored that he accepted my invitation to come down to Charleston (a nice 3 hour drive from Charlotte) ......

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 12:39 PM | Comments (0)

Birthday Paradox (Happy 0x23 B-day to me!)
I'm doing a little experiment. Today's my birthday and I'm wondering with regards to the Birthday Paradox how many people out there reading this share the same birthday. If you do - comment on this entry. Thanks! :)

Posted On Friday, March 28, 2008 9:27 AM | Comments (1)

What will Google do next?
So April Fool's day is right around the corner and I'm a little like a kid on Christmas Eve wondering what Google will pull this year....well OK maybe not quite like a kid on Christmas Eve, but I'm still anxious to see what they'll do. What's your favorite Google prank from year's past? For me it's a toss up between MentalPlex and Pigeon Ranking ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 1:48 PM | Comments (0)

GCNUG Meeting tonight!

If you haven't already signed up head over to http://march-gcnug.eventbrite.com/ to sign up, get directions and find out more! We'll see you there!

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:46 AM | Comments (0)

Speedcabling - how on earth did I miss this?
OK - so I'm joking but really - having spent my fair share of time making, running, and maintaining huge amounts of cable in all manner of places I can't see why someone would A) Want to do this for fun and B) Show that they are the best at it. Apparently the winner got a $50 gift card to a nice Italian restaurant. Maybe I'm just getting closed minded in my old age :) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/... ......

Posted On Friday, March 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Comments (0)

GCNUG March Meeting - 27 March 2007
Location This month's (and possibly future) meeting will be held at Benefit Focus on Daniel Island. If you ever attended the past meetings at Blackbaud, you probably remember passing Benefit Focus on the way there. If you need directions follow this link from Benefit Focus: http://www.benefitfocus.com... Register Please! Let us know you're coming! Please RSVP at EventBrite: http://march-gcnug.eventbri... Topic The Mole Visualizer For Visual Studio has taken the developer ......

Posted On Friday, March 21, 2008 7:42 AM | Comments (0)

Windows XP versus Windows Vista
I ran into an interesting survey/blog about XP -v- Vista and I started thinking myself how many times I've switched back and forth between the two. Currently I'm running XP on my host machine with a Windows Server 2003 and a Windows Vista VPC available as I need them for testing, development, etc. I remember when I first loaded Vista on an older laptop that was "Vista Capable" but that laptop grew more sluggish with Vista and I soon switched back to XP while in the process of learning "Vista Capable" ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 11:56 AM | Comments (0)

What a way to find a bug - or why didn't I think of that *before*?
A while back I wrote about a little app I started working on that gives me back control of my phone - basically a configurable call blocker. All was fine and good with the world until a family emergency hit - and I had to abandon all development and basically everything for about 2 weeks...so my little app was left in a bit of an unpolished stage though it had worked well enough for the time. Fast forward to yesterday when I was talking to my wife and *poof* we get disconnected. Turns out my little ......

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 8:36 AM | Comments (0)

The Windows Mobile Line of Business Solution Accelerator 2008!

This just rocks - if you are a mobile developer that is...take a look for yourself.

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 8:19 AM | Comments (0)

Silverlight 1.0 for Windows Mobile 6

Sweet - so it's supposed to come out later this year and will work with Windows Mobile 6 devices. It'll be a browser plug-in and you can use Expression for it...but before you get too excited, it'll only support Silverlight 1.0 in this release.

See the Silverlight site for more info.

Posted On Thursday, March 20, 2008 8:15 AM | Comments (0)

Getting Sound to work with Windows Server 2003 and Virtual PC 2007
While I've read that the audio device which Virtual PC uses is not officially supported under Windows 2003 Server, I did find a blog entry which somewhat explained how to get it working. I offer my version of what worked based on my trial and errors with the original blog. Either mount the ISO or load the Windows XP product CD so you can access it via your Windows 2003 VPC Create a folder on your VPC desktop called "sound" (we just need it for a bit) On the CD, navigate to the i386 directory and ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:47 PM | Comments (2)

New laptop recommendations anyone?

I'm currently using an HP dv9000 which has worked well but it's moving to another project so I'm getting a new laptop for work. I've personally had good experiences (for the most part) with my HP though several co-workers have had horrible experiences with theirs so I'm looking at other vendors besides HP...so what has anyone else been using that is a rock solid laptop for development?

Posted On Tuesday, March 18, 2008 11:33 AM | Comments (3)

Bugs in your software more than 762,700,000 miles away...

I saw a news article today about a bug in the Cassini spacecraft's software which prevented it from collecting much anticipated data during a fly-by of one of Saturn's moons. Not only has that got to be monumentally disappointing to those expecting the data, but also to those who developed that software and tested it. It's not like they can just release a patch to fix the problem. Wow.

Posted On Friday, March 14, 2008 7:35 AM | Comments (0)

Virtualize an existing physical server using Acronis and Virtual PC
So the experiment I was working on the other day was successful and now I'm in the process of applying it to other selected servers. In short what I set out to do was to take an existing server I had running, and virtualize it so I could change things as needed and move the "server" to other physical network environments as needed for testing. To do this I've taken an HP DV9000 laptop with 2GB of RAM and am using it as the virtual PC host. The other steps are outlined below: Create a blank VPC with ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 5, 2008 2:47 PM | Comments (5)

Non-lethal technology - a close up look a ray gun weapon...
I actually got to witness this first hand a couple of years back when it was in earlier research stages...and got to experience first-hand the effects (it feels like it burns!) when I decided I had to "feel it to believe". Take a look at this video on Yahoo - it really is like science fiction come true. http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.co... Just like the reporter in this video - as soon as you move away from the beam the feeling vanishes and there's no lasting effect, but it sure ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 3:46 PM | Comments (0)

Using Acronis to revive and old project
Just started work again on an old project that was shelved about a year and a half ago. When the project was shelved we did an Acronis image of the servers that hosted the project and put those on our network storage in case we ever needed them again, then re-purposed the server hardware and pressed on. Fast forward to now and there's renewed interest in the project - and the customer wants to know how quickly we can restore the project to the way it was. Well the original hardware is long since ......

Posted On Monday, March 3, 2008 1:49 PM | Comments (0)