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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General October 2004 Entries
The Red Sox and The Presidential Election
I just found this on snopes.com. Very funny. I'm not one for omens, but every time the Red Sox have won a World Series in the year of a Presidential Election, the incumbent has been defeated. Don't believe me? Check out this list: Year Red Sox won World Series President Was the President Re-elected? 1912 William H Taft NoI think the figures speak for themselves... BTW, congratulations to the Red Sox. I guess now that our team is gone (and Montrealers don't want to root for Toronto) that makes Boston ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2004 11:04 PM

An Open Letter To Larry King and CNN
I just sent this feedback to CNN and wanted to post it here as well. Note, it seems that the figure concerning the missing explosives has been revised to 360 tons. That's still a big bang. I just caught the tail end of the Larry King shown this evening but had to comment on the point made by a guest. The issue was concerning the 380 tons of missing weapons in Iraq and the guest (I didn't catch the name) was trying to tell Reverend Al Sharpton that the Democrats were making a big deal about the weapons ......

Posted On Thursday, October 28, 2004 9:48 PM

November GUVSM Meeting
The November meeting of the Groupe d'usagers Visual Studio Montréal (Montreal Visual Studio Users Group) is this coming Monday, November 1rst. The topic this month is Visual Studio 2005 Team System, and as usual it looks like there are lots of goodies to be won, so if you're in the Montreal area you should show up. Or not. It's up to you. :-D Update: It looks like members of the Visual Studio 2005 Team System team are blogging too. You can ask Burton questions or refer to Rob Caron's blog for ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 27, 2004 2:26 PM

Pat Helland's Metropolis
I spent my lunch hour yesterday watching the following talk by Microsoft Architect Pat Helland. If you haven't taken the time to see this I highly recommend that you do. Metropolis : Envisioning the Service-Oriented Enterprise Length: 01:12 I had seen these interviews with Pat earlier on Channel 9, but the full presentation was VERY interesting. System architecture is definitely something that needs to be thought out more and more as systems start communicating together without human intervention. ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 27, 2004 1:15 PM

The Kryptonite Factor Redux
Both Robert and Hugh have recently spoken about what Hugh calls The Kryptonite Factor. Scoble's post about it is here. Here's my take on it. My wife is (was) the owner of a Kryptonite lock. It was used to guard her year old bike, but as soon as the story hit we promptly took the lock out of service. I was able to open it with relative ease with a handy Bic pen. The more I played with it the faster I got. Heck, if I get any hungrier I may go downstairs and try the technique out on the vending machine ......

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 4:50 PM

Look Ma! I'm .mp3!
Ah. .mp3..... What would I do without it? Which File Extension are You? Currently listening to (from an MP3 of course): Left to my own devices - (04:48)Pet Shop Boys Discography, The Complete Singles Collectio ......

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 1:20 PM

Teaching .NET

So I was scheduled to teach an in-house “Intro to .NET” course today and guess what. None of the PC's in the training room had Visual Studio installed on them. I guess they were all wiped since the last time I taught the course.

Result: I ran though the Power Point slide deck in an hour and now I have to cram all the C# coding examples in this afternoon. Sucks :-(


Currently listening to: Mary's In India - (03:41)
Dido, Life For Rent

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 1:12 PM

America, Get Out and Vote
OK, this is the last one until the election, I promise. I just came across this post from Russell Beattie. It got me thinking of how Canadians feel about the candidates and how the perception here is so different, and we're your next door neighbours, I can only guess what the rest of the world thinks. Specifically, I thought about two things: 1. Last week Erika and I were at the local Blockbuster and the number one video was Fahrenheit 9/11. In fact there was not one copy available. I was happy with ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 19, 2004 2:20 PM

Rory's Contest
Questions one and two for Rory's 2004 Semi-Annual One-Time-Only Neopoleon.com "Get Your Grubby Little Hands On a Copy of VS.NET 2003 Special Edition and a ticket to SellsCon V" contest have been posted on the Internets. Question three and the submission form should be up tomorrow. So get cracking! Note: For some reason, the word “Internets“ is a valid word for both ieSpell and Word's spell checker. Maybe Bush was right? WTF? Currently listening to: Se Me Olvidó Otra Vez - (03:41)Juan ......

Posted On Thursday, October 14, 2004 5:14 PM

Audiogate - Is Bush Wired?
Ok, so now this explains ALOT. I have watched Mr. Bush quite a bit over the past four years and have always found something strange about the way he speaks publicly. His performance during the first presidential debate was somewhat sketchy but I just wrote off his slow speech with frequent pauses as a person under pressure trying to think on his feet and appear statesmanlike at the same time. Now it looks like there was something else going on, specifically, was Mr. Bush being fed talking points ......

Posted On Thursday, October 7, 2004 4:31 PM

Adam Curry and Podcasting
Just wanted to send a shout out to Adam Curry. I've been listening to the Daily Source Code for the past week or so and I'm really getting into it. I have yet to install iPodder but I'll be doing that soon. The best quote from the past few days: “Never underestimate the bandwith of Robert Scoble's ass“. Adam, you owe me a new keyboard, you almost owe Robert a new car. Here's Robert's feedback. Currently listening to: DSC-2004-10-06 - (01:07:57)Adam Curry, less geeky, more filling ......

Posted On Thursday, October 7, 2004 4:03 PM

Get Your Grubby Little Hands On a Copy of VS.NET 2003 Special Edition
In order to promote the MSDN Events team Rory just announced the following: Semi-Annual One-Time-Only Neopoleon.com "Get Your Grubby Little Hands On a Copy of VS.NET 2003 Special Edition" Contest Currently listening to: October 2, 2004 - (01:00:07)The Gillmor Gang, IT Conversations ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 4:17 PM

Gmail Notifier
It looks like the changes recently made to Gmail broke functionality with the Gmail Notifier (at least for me). After a few hours of errors I tried re-installing it and everything works fine now. I am now running version 1.0.23.0 without issue. Get yours here. Currently listening to: Yoda and the Younglings - (03:55)London Voices; The London Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:38 PM

October GUVSM Meeting
Last night was the latest meeting of the Groupe d'usagers Visual Studio Montréal (Montreal Visual Studio Users Group), the meetings keep getting larger and larger which is awesome. For any developers in the Montreal area I would highly recommend attending. The first speaker last night was Mario Cardinal. Mario went over Microsoft Application Blocks and the upcoming Enterprise Library, scheduled for release in early 2005. I really like the idea of these blocks, automating common tasks in bits ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 2:10 PM

IT Conversations - RFID and "Customer Loyalty" cards
I haven't posted in a while, I was enjoying the wonderful weather and wine in the Niagara area last week and spent this week catching up on work. If you're in the retail industry like me or interested in this technology, there's a great item on IT Conversations concerning RFID. Note: I had an issue with the Windows Media streaming today, so I had to download the MP3 and listen to the show that way. I'm not sure if it is an issue with Windows Media Player 10 or something on the other end. Also on ......

Posted On Friday, October 1, 2004 5:09 PM

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