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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General June 2005 Entries
IMBB #16 - Eggs Benedict
When I heard that the subject for IMBB #16 was eggs I immediately thought of my favourite egg based dish, Eggs Benedict. The classic version uses a base of a toasted English muffin topped by a slice of black forest ham, a poached egg covered by Hollandaise sauce. These days there are many variations of the classic such as smoked salmon, mushrooms, all kinds of cheese, tomatoes; basically whatever you can imagine. This is the version I often make, it includes some of the favourite components of the ......

Posted On Sunday, June 26, 2005 3:48 PM

Home Security and Digital Black Belt
A quick post about two new items in the home office. Just to add another layer to the security on the home network we now have General Grievous and two Channel 9 Guys guarding the modem, router and wireless hub. Also, I just got my Digital Black Belt courtesy of Microsoft and Joe Stagner. Thanks Joe! Right now it's on the book shelf in full view. We'll see how long the lovely missus lets it stay there.... I wrote about the Digital Black Belt series before. It was really well done, I learned a whole ......

Posted On Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:56 PM

F1 Fiasco
I knew it wouldn't take too long. Someone in the US has begun a class-action law suit against the FIA, Michelin and a bunch of others related to the so called race that was the 2005 US Grand Prix. What a shame the race was. I was actually expecting that it would be delayed and that they would come to some sort of solution. A chicane, reduced speeds, something but this was crazy. If I had spent my money to go to that race you bet I'd want it back, this was a joke. I really don't think that the US ......

Posted On Monday, June 20, 2005 5:05 PM

The Future of Threading
I was reading this post on threading by Tim Bray and I had a few reactions to it which I wanted to talk about. Even though a large part of the post is Sun heavy (not surprising since Tim works for Sun) the message is applicable to any modern complex computing system. So basically, Tim is saying that processing speeds are going to be coming from the new multi-core processors coming down then line and that we really need to start thinking about how to best utilize this technology. It's not enough to ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 6:28 PM

Vancouver Blogger Meetup - June 2005
Erika and I went to the Vancouver Blogger meetup last night at Steamworks. It was fun, we met a whole group of new people this time around. Travis was taking charge of things early on and doing a good job. We had some interesting conversations all around and it was nice to meet Pete, Jack, Kirk, Naomi, and to finally meet Darren. I think I probably missed a name or two in there, if I left you out please let me know. We also got to chat with Matt again for a while and hear more cat stories and learned ......

Posted On Friday, June 17, 2005 12:43 PM

.netBC User Group Meeting - CLR 2.0
Last night was the .netBC user group meeting for June 2005. There were three speakers who came up from Redmond, all part of the CLR team. The talks were great, with nice quick demos each of which demonstrated a key point or two about what was new in 2.0. There was lots of info and tons! of prizes to be had, I didn't luck out this time, I came close though, I (wrongly) guessed that Kit was Australian, but he's a kiwi. No C# hat for me :-(. Anyways, thanks to Steve Herndon, Joe Duffy and Kit George ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:39 AM

Monitoring Performance in Managed Code
While getting my daily Chris Sells fix I got pointed to this blog written by Rico Mariani. In these two posts here and here, Rico breaks down the process of looking at the performance details of a managed process and drilling down to the possible reasons and suggests fixes in each case. This looks like a great starting point when trying to track down code related performance issues. Rico's blog looks like it's chock-full of this stuff. Thanks to Chris for the pointer to Rico's blog. Subscribed ......

Posted On Friday, June 10, 2005 4:09 PM

Rory Catches Mechanic Lying, Cheating
This is too hilarious. Rory uses all the geek powers at his disposal to give the Mini mechanics what-for. I whipped out the Audiovox SMT 5600 and googled straightaway for “2003 Mini Cooper”. Within seconds, I was showing Car Person image after image of Mini’s that were built properly, with bumpers lining up with hoods and everything. He complained that the images were too small and that we couldn’t really see whether things were lining up. That’s a load of crap, but ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 6:18 PM

New Things on Channel 9.
Jeff Sandquist posted concerning some new changes to Microsoft's Channel 9 site. There's lots of new stuff including two contests to win trips to the PDC, video, Podcasts and a new C9er? Cool. Check out Jeff's post or Channel 9 for more details ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 4:52 PM

Vancouver Blogger Meetup for June 2005
The second event going on next week is the Vancouver Blogger meetup. I missed it last month but this time I'll be there. What: Vancouver Blogger Meetup, June 2005 EditionWhen: Thursday, June 16, 2005, 7:00 PM Where: Steamworks 375 Water Street Vancouver, BCMap ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 4:07 PM

.netBC June Meeting - CLR 2.0
Next week is shaping up to be rather busy. There are two great events happening in the Vancouver area. If you're a .NET developer this meeting would probably interest you. What: .netBC meeting, Microsoft CLR team talks about CLR 2.0. When: Monday, June 13, 2005, 6:30 PM Where: Building SE6, Room 233, BCIT Burnaby Campus3700 Willingdon AveBurnaby, BCMap ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 7, 2005 4:06 PM

Weather For Dummies
Ok, so I'm checking out the long range weather forecast and it looks something like this: Simple and straightforward right? Apparently not, since the following instructions were also tacked on to the picture: I mean seriously WTF? Not only is the graph straightforward but these instructions are insulting. If you can't figure out the little pictures, maybe these ridiculous bullet points will help you. Holy crap, that's dumb. Ah. much better. Now I can go and enjoy my er. (refers to picture) partly ......

Posted On Friday, June 3, 2005 6:40 PM

Lorem Ipsum
Another quick brain dump. When you need to generate filler content (to stick stuff into a database field for example) but don't want to add real data or are sick of seeing jsBDljfbaeighbia;bgi;ebnfr;... in the DB, why not make some Lorem Ipsum. I've been finding that I need this every once in a while... Here's two good sources I found. http://www.lipsum.comhttp:/... featuring “I'm loud and curious, so gimme exclamation and question marks! ...and scatter them ......

Posted On Thursday, June 2, 2005 7:19 PM

Yahoo's Guidelines For Bloggers
From Russell Beattie comes his advice tacked on to the blogger policy for employees at Yahoo! (link to pdf file). My favourite line: Okay, all that said, try not to be dumb about being a Yahoo! Blogger , hey? Write about what you do, not about what you're doing, and don't write about anything you would normally lower your voice to talk about in a public place. This stuff is fun, and not being a bonehead will keep it that way. :-) That reminds me of the standard look around the room thing that I do ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 1, 2005 4:38 PM

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