Blowing off steam

Stuff that just gets me going a little bit...but I get over it.
Airport security vs. privacy - can smarter technology provide a nice middle ground?
There's a lot of public backlash concerning the new TSA Airport security measures which include the new rather invasive body scanners and the option of a very intimate pat down should you decline the body scanner. What I want to know is why can’t the people who build the body scanners build them a little smarter? Smart enough so that everyone passing through doesn’t feel like they’ve just walked naked past a group of strangers. Now I don’t pretend to know all about what goes into developing the backscatter ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 17, 2010 8:04 AM | Comments (2)

Reason #139 my Windows Mobile phone is better than iPhone
I saw "big" news today that Google released a search app for the iPhone that lets a user search using their voice as input. Wow - I'm impressed. That's pretty groundbreaking. Those of us using Windows Mobile Live Search have had this feature for some time...sorry Google/iPhone zealots! FWIW, I'm not really bashing Google - they do their core function (search) very well. I just don't get all the swooning over Google/iPhone ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:42 AM | Comments (1)

AT&T Customer Service is horrible
<rant> AT&T Customer Service sucks. AT&T Customer Service is horrible. AT&T Customer Service is nearly the worst I've ever experienced. If you have AT&T consider dropping them before you run into the unfortunate event of having to deal with their horrible customer service. If you're shopping for a cell phone provider, wireless provider, etc., don't consider AT&T because it's just not worth it. I'll explain more later. Right now just trust me on this. That is all. </rant> ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Comments (23)

5 Reasons Why my Windows Mobile powered Tilt is better than the new Iphone 3G
I'm pretty tired of hearing about how "great" the Iphone 3G is. So here's a short tribute to my trusty Windows Mobile powered Tilt. My Tilt already had GPS, Bluetooth, and 3G capability when I bought it. I didn't have to wait hours overnight for a sales clerk to tell me "here's your phone, it doesn't work all the way, but good luck activating it at home!" My Tilt has MMS capability - Granted I don't use it as much as others do, but for such a "great" phone you'd think Apple would have included such ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 11:20 AM | Comments (6)

Dropping off the radar for a while...
As some of you may know having seen me @ Code Camps, or other events in the past 6 months or so know, my life's been pretty hectic. Starting back in February and continuing up to this very night, my son has been in and out of the hospital so many times it's sickening to think that I know so much about the inner workings of a place nobody should have to visit that often. He was last discharged Tuesday, and then at 3:30 this morning (Monday) he was re-admitted. Each time they get a little closer to ......

Posted On Monday, June 16, 2008 9:56 PM | Comments (6)

Taking back control of your mobile phone...

I just posted the article I wrote up describing the project I created where I'm creatively blocking calls to my Windows Mobile device. Posted it on my VB.NET Mobile Blog. Enjoy!

Posted On Friday, February 15, 2008 12:46 PM | Comments (0)

Taking back control of my mobile phone - a home brewed automatic call blocker.
One thing I've found increasingly annoying is telemarketing calls to my mobile phone. When I glance down and see that 800 number calling I usually press the "Ignore" softkey and go about my business. I figure if it's really something important they'll know alternate ways to contact me...but I got to thinking that I didn't want to have to spend the time to look at the number and press ignore...and since it's my phone and it's got Windows Mobile 6 on it, I can do something about it. So I put together ......

Posted On Friday, February 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Comments (3)

Minor Annoyance - Windows Mobile SDK Tool
I've noticed a minor annoyance with one of the tools included with the Windows Mobile, the Cellular Emulator. Once you launch it and then close it, the app's behavior is to minimize to the notification area of your Windows Task Bar. That's cool because I'll often leave it running in the background while working on things and it's unobtrusive. My minor annoyance is that when you right click on it (say accidentally) the context menu doesn't go away. Ever. See the screen shots below to get a better ......

Posted On Monday, January 7, 2008 12:19 PM | 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)

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)

Eating my agile cake
I’ve always been a fan of agile methodologies – just as I’ve always dreaded process heavy projects…mostly that fear has come with good reason, i.e., the project I’m on right now that is a waterfall project in scrum clothing ;) Well I found myself briefly thinking “Grrrrr – why did *this* have to change” today when I found out a nice chunk of work I’ve done for the current sprint I’m on will need to be re-worked because there were some rather significant database changes, i.e., adding 4 more tables ......

Posted On Monday, April 2, 2007 8:40 PM | Comments (0)

Is it just a government thing or what?
So I’m reading the blog post from Yow-Hann Lee about this guy who worked for the Alaska Department of Revenue who managed to slick a hard drive containing $38 Billion in data…oh and he slicked the backup hard drive too…nice touch. What gets me even more than that he slicked the drive(s) – is the part of the article where they talk about the backup tapes being unreadable...what is it with organizations that decide “OK we’ve *got* to have a disaster recovery plan” but then they don’t think it through ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 7:00 PM | Comments (2)

I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave. - Goofy Office Tricks
Two weekends ago my team had to work late into the night to migrate an existing web application to new hardware...things were going pretty crazy and we were there waaaaaay to late in the night. At one point during the frustration with the server we were putting this app on, one of my team muttered something about "I bet that server just doesn't WANT to play nice" - so while he wasn't looking during a reboot I went into the BIOS on this Dell 2950 and changed the scrolling text on the server faceplate ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 10:09 PM | Comments (2)

More VS2003 upgrade woes...MissingManifestResourceException
Based on my last post about upgrading problems, I took my own advice and cleared out the bin directory for another project I'm upgrading and this time I ran into a fresh new error after an upgrade - a "MissingManifestResourceExc... Fired up the old browser and found this handy bit on MSDN which addresses the very problem I had. I'm starting to wonder if it's worth upgrading some of these old projects or if I should just start fresh. Anyone else have similar issues with upgrades or am I the only ......

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 1:33 PM | Comments (0)

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