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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General February 2005 Entries
Weather Meme
Microsoftie Jim Blizzard recently moved from Washington state to Florida and is bragging about the weather. Paul Murphy fires back with the low down on the Seattle weather. So here's my shot at it: Sorry, what? Fahrenheit? That's not the current temperature in Celsius? It's not a balmy 23°C outside? OK, here's the real forecast in °C.... Stupid winter. Be more warm! Currently listening to: Grace - (05:31)U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind ......

Posted On Monday, February 21, 2005 4:23 PM

Northernvoice Wrapup
Conference Wrapup So I unfortunately had to leave the northernvoice conference early in order to take care of some business. I was looking forward to seeing the rest of the presentations and wanted to see Chris Pirillo and speak with Robert Scoble but it didn't work out. I did meet blogger John Husband of Wirearchy. I had a few brief conversations with other people but I lost track of names for a time, they were flushed from the cache prematurely (by all the learning goodness I guess). I had a nice ......

Posted On Sunday, February 20, 2005 9:01 PM

Tod Maffin at Northernvoice
Tod Maffin - Introduction to Audio Blogging and Podcasting: 1. Compress your audio files, but do not necessarily take the default of 11000 kb/sec 2. Have something to say.- What's your passion?- Tell a story.- Have a show about something, don't have a show about nothing, don't try be Seinfeld, it won't work. 3. Speak to ONE person. There is no "everybody". 4. Be brief (get into someone's daily-jog playlist) 5. Mix up the sound. Get people's mind to get back into the show if they drift.- Mike's manic ......

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2005 2:37 PM

Robert Scoble at Northernvoice
Robert Scoble: How I read 1000 Weblogs a day. 1. Use RSS!- Faster to load pages through RSS rather than browsing to every site manually.- You only get the sites that have been updated. No need to check every site for new content.- Content can be used by others.- Not stuck with a browser, you can use your RSS reader of choice. 2. Word of mouth.- Firefox has become so popular through word of mouth. 3. 9/11 and the Tsunami- Robert created a PubSub feed related to the tsunami. Any blog post related to ......

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2005 1:12 PM

Tim Bray at Northernvoice
Tim Bray: What's in the soup pot?Blogging in like making soup. 1. Write what you know2. Listen (listen to the smart people)3. Link Often4. Post Often5. Correct Yourself6. Generalize7. Flame Judiciously (anger gives flavour). Reasonable people never change the world.8. Spell check9. Look good10. Balance hubris and humility (how many people here have told a western government or major company what to do? - about 50 hands went up, including mine).11. Be brief. Harder to write a shorter entry than a ......

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2005 12:39 PM

Northernvoice 2005

I'm currently at the northernvoice conference listening to Tim Bray.

Very cool.

Update: Changed wording to be northernvoice compliant.

Currently listening to: Tim Bray

Posted On Saturday, February 19, 2005 12:06 PM

Debugging and Tweaking Week is about to start

The first webcast in this five part series is about to start.

Check it out here: Debugging and Tweaking Week

Currently listening to: Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own - (05:09)
U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb


Posted On Monday, February 14, 2005 10:14 AM

Wil Wheaton, Actor
Wil recently got a part on famous crime police show©® and he's blogging about it here and here so far. Very cool. Stay tuned for more. Currently listening to: Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains) - (02:09)Ryan Adams, Heartbreaker ......

Posted On Friday, February 11, 2005 7:13 AM

Defeating CAPTCHA
Microsoft MVP Casey Chesnut blogs about writing aiCaptcha, an application designed to comment spam blogs that use CAPTCHA images which are supposed to foil spam bots. It's a very interesting read for anyone who's into image processing and neural networks. Casey comment spammed the blogs of 94 fellow MVP's in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of his AI tool and pissed off at least three people. Thanks to Julia Lerman for the link. Currently listening to: Left to my own devices - (04:48)Pet Shop ......

Posted On Monday, February 7, 2005 4:35 PM

Digital Black Belt
The first bi-weekly installment in the Digital Black Belt webcast series was last Friday. It was a great review of what kinds of attacks are possible by hackers using SQL injection. Good stuff to show to your boss if you are trying to convince them that they need to get serious about security (and get you some more training too!). Link to DigitalBlackBelt.comLink to Joe Stagner's Blog Also, check out Joe's home office and bookshelves. Holy. Crap. Currently listening to: Things Go Wrong - (03:02)Chris ......

Posted On Monday, February 7, 2005 11:47 AM

Ads At The Movies
Jackie Huba from Church of the Customer writes about how movie theaters should stop wasting our time and money by playing advertisements before the movies. Don't these people get it yet? We are paying customers who fork over money for a ticket and snacks, and get there a bit early to find a good seat and are then held captive by 15 minutes of ads before the previews. Plus we have to put up with rude people, patrons who consistently talk, cell phones ringing and babies crying. I've yet to see any ......

Posted On Friday, February 4, 2005 4:28 PM

Google Juice for Tejas Patel

Some google juice for Tejas Patel and his new blog.

Posted On Friday, February 4, 2005 1:33 PM

Lord Of The Rings from lockergnome

This Lord of the Rings animation over at lockergnome had me bursting out laughing.

I don't know who the original creator is but bravo!. Thanks to Chris Pirillo for the afternoon laugh.

Currently listening to: Falling in Love - (04:08)
Lisa Loeb, Firecracker

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2005 4:25 PM

Microsoft Windows, Home Server
I'm a little late to this, but the idea of a version of Windows Server for the home is a great idea. The idea comes from Rick Hallihan with a follow up post here. The story was picked up by Charlie Kindel and Robert Scoble. I totally agree with this idea and would like to see it happen soon. Setting up a home network is not uncommon nowadays, and with many homes having more than one PC it only makes sense. You can easily centralize and control things like network shares, user profiles and permissions ......

Posted On Thursday, February 3, 2005 4:03 PM

Security Blackbelt Webcasts
This week a series of security related webcasts is starting entitled the Digital Blackbelt Series. Thanks to Robert for the heads up. And YES, I'm listening to Star Wars music. I don't, however, dress up and camp out in line weeks ahead. I can wait to see it a day after the opening day. Note: The spellcheck tries to replace “Dooku“ with “Dorky“. Hmmmm... Currently listening to: Confrontation With Count Dooku/Finale - (10:45)London Voices; The London Symphony Orchestra, Star ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 1, 2005 4:30 PM

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