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The Last Page

It's a beautiful day outside and I just stumbled on this trying to find a link. I swear.

The last page on the internet.

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2005 5:16 PM

Birthday 2005
Last night we went down to Kitsilano to see the fireworks show that the city and HSBC were kind enough to set off for my birthday. It seems like word had gotten out because there were a few other people checking them out as well, but I didn't mind. When we got home I didn't run around the yard in my boxers like Wil, the yard is too small for that. So today is my birthday! Yeah! We're going out for breakfast soon and then, we'll see how it goes ......

Posted On Sunday, July 31, 2005 9:56 AM

Portland Code Camp Day 2
Day two started off with the best session (in my opinion) that I went to. It was "Reverse Engineering Malware" presented by Erik Mork (can't find a site) & Ted Neward. This was a great session that went into using debugging tools to drill down into code to which you may not have the source, but still want to figure out what it may be doing. It's something that's often of use to me, and although it may be over my head at times I'm still always trying to find out more. I had a great time in this ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:59 PM

Portland Code Camp Day 1
This was a really fun day. I made it to the camp with plenty of time to spare and got to meet up with a few people I only know from online. I met Jason and Rory in person at last, very nice guys and a few other people that I don't remember right now. The first session of the day for me was “Shades of Indigo” presented by Ted Neward. A great introduction to Indigo. I've been living in a COM+ world for a while now so I'm really looking forward to Indigo. The next session I caught was “.NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:56 PM

On The Way To Portland Code Camp
I've have a few posts in the bag related to the Portland Code Camp, so here you go. Day -1 Last week we headed down the coast toward the Portland Code Camp, Version 1.0. Our first stop was Seattle, a city that neither Erika nor myself had ever been to. I had passed through it once, but that didn't really count. We headed downtown and parked the car and walked around for a while. I guess like most tourists we ended up at Pike Place Market. We walked around and checked out the sights. We didn't see ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2005 10:44 PM

Back In Vancouver
Well, we're back in town after a trip down the coast to the Portland Code Camp, which was awesome. More details to come. We stopped off first in Seattle and had dinner with Robert Scoble and family. Thanks for coming out Robert, Maryam and Patrick; we had a great time and Kirkland was really beautiful. We went back the next morning for breakfast. I'll blog all about it later, too much email to catch up on right now. ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 8:29 AM

Blogging On A Jet Plane
This is really cool. Boeing took a bunch of bloggers on a flight around the Seattle area in order to demonstrate their Connexion Wireless internet enabled service. It sounds like alot of fun. Everyone wrote about it, check out Chris Pirillo or Robert Scoble for the roundups. Also check out these neat videos by Eric Rice (link to video) and Chris Pirillo (link to video) of the plane circling Mt. Rainier. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 8:44 AM

Blogging My Way To The PDC - The Channel 8.9 Guy
Hello, and welcome to my "Blogging my way to the PDC" entry. My name is the Channel 8.9 Guy and I'm taking over the blog belonging to my pal Peter (Stack Of Toast) Stathakos to tell you why I should go to the PDC. You see, I was just like all the other Channel 9 Guys that have been sent out to the Channel 9 faithful all over the world except that I was brought by Robert Scoble himself to Montreal and dropped off during the Montreal Geek Dinner last year. But somewhere along the way in Robert's bag ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 10:40 PM

Gmail Problems

Is it just me or has Gmail been acting up quite a bit over the past week or so. I find that I often get a temporarily unavailable message from the Gmail Notifier and half the time I try to log in I can't.

Is anyone else experiencing these problems? Apparently there are others out there...

Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2005 10:08 AM

Fantastic Four
Update: Fixed bad punctuation. Sorry about that. We went to see Fantastic Four this weekend and it was awesome. Just like the Spiderman and X-Men movies as well as The Incredibles, this was what a super hero movie should be. It has just the right amount of character development without slowing down too much but not so much ludicrous CGI action as to be beyond belief. The first Spiderman movie almost lost me there. I also forgot to mention Batman Begins. It was good but a little slow at times, overall ......

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 1:48 PM

Portland Code Camp Sessions II

The agenda for the Portland Code Camp sessions has been posted and is available here.

Earlier I wrote about the code camp sessions I am interested in and it looks like there are a few conflicts, as I imagined there would be. So it looks like I'll have to make a few choices I guess....

Posted On Monday, July 18, 2005 1:39 PM

Hardening Small Business Server

I didn't get a chance to attend Dana Epp's talk here in Vancouver yesterday on Hardening Small Business Server 2003. If you didn't either (or even if you did) and you're interested Dana has posted the slide deck on his blog. Check it out here.

 

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 3:30 PM

Troubleshoot or Repair a .NET Installation
This is something I had to do this week on a Windows 2003 and an XP machine during the course of troubleshooting an issue. I found all the steps I needed in these links: Aaron Stebner has a post on repairing the .NET 1.1 Framework in Windows 2003.Microsoft article 824643: How to troubleshoot Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 installation issues (not for Windows 2003).Microsoft article 830646: How to troubleshoot Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 installation issues on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. If these ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 3:22 PM

Some New Blogs
I went through my aggregator in the past few days and removed some blogs that I found I didn't read anymore for various reasons. The number one reason was too few updates but also because I found that I didn't really find the content particularly interesting anymore, sorry. I have added a few blogs recently which I found interesting so I'll just give a few shout outs to the following: Michael Howard - Microsoft Security Guy Scott Watermasysk - For some reason I missed adding Scott to the aggregator ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:23 PM

Warm Office, Better Typist
I found this interesting article about having the common complaint about air conditioning in an office setting. This is always a big problem wherever I have worked and I often find that I need to wear sweaters in the office in the middle of summer. The funny thing about this whole situation is this: When office temperatures were turned up from 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, typing errors fell 44 percent and overall typing output rose 150 percent, USA Today said, citing a 2004 Cornell University study. ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:09 PM

A profile of Karl Rove
Another article I wanted to brain dump here. It's a very interesting article about the history of Karl Rove. Check it out if you want to know about the man behind bush who should be looking for another job any day now. Of course Mr. Bush does whatever he wants so I'm not counting on it too much. I found this funny (and fake) site during my search as well ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 13, 2005 4:05 PM

Code Camp Sessions
Here is a list of the sessions at the upcoming Portland Code Camp which I'm interested in. I doubt I'll be able to attend all of these but I'll try to get a good cross section of the information available that's for sure. Some Cool Avalon Stuff - Chris Sells Garbage Collection, IDisposable, and You - Chris Tavares Ultimate Tools for the Ultimate User - Scott Hanselman Some Assembly Required - Scott Hanselman .NET Compact Framework v1.0 Overview - Ed Kaim .NET Compact Framework v1.0 Tips & Tricks ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 3:31 PM

Sammamish Blogger Meetup

Jeff is organizing a blogger meet-up in Sammamish, WA, so if you're in the area check it out. No details as to the date and time yet, but if it's on July 21st I'm totally in. We'll be in Seattle on the 21st on the way to the Portland Code Camp so geeking out with a bunch of bloggers should be a fun time.

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 1:13 PM

Man Arrested For Using Someone's WiFi Network.
It was only a matter of time I guess but someone was arrested in Florida for illegally using a wireless network. I may have borrowed someone's bandwidth in the past for personal reasons when I couldn't find a public hotspot but this guy was just stupid. He was sitting in his SUV outside someone's house for more than two hours after he was initially spotted according to this report. I guess he must have been doing something dicey and not just checking his email. The thing that bothered me however, ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:48 AM

Should You Write Your Own Crypto?
Similar to the post I wrote about rolling your own multithreading solutions, Larry Osterman wrote this post about developers writing their own crypto. Basically, in my opinion, the answer is no. Leave the hard bits like multithreading, memory and resource management and crypto to the experts and just leverage the bits they release. The problem with trying to do this kind of stuff on your own is that when things go bad, they can get really really bad. And you don't want to be the guy in the hot seat ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 6:17 PM

You Might Be A .NET Geek If...

From TheServerSide.net, here are the signs that you might be a .NET geek if...

Most of these fit me to a T.

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 1:22 PM

Portland Code Camp
Update: Change of plans. Looks like I have to be back in Vancouver on July 25th, so we'll probably hit Seattle on July 21rst instead. I'm going to camp! The Portland Code Camp that is. Yessir, the missus and I will be taking our first big west coast road trip and going down to Portland to attend two fun filled days of code and geekyness for me, sightseeing for Erika. If you're interested in attending check out the Code Camp page. I'm looking forward to meeting all the west coast geeks and people ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 6, 2005 7:09 PM

More Offshoring
I was reading this article on The Register regarding offshoring and a recent World Trade Organization report on it. According to the WTO report the threats of lost jobs due to offshoring are exaggerated. Personally, I have to agree with the WTO with regards to IT jobs. I have had some bad experiences with service from companies who have sent jobs overseas and I'm sure many others have as well. There are lots of companies who jumped on the offshoring bandwagon just to try and save some money by shipping ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 7:31 PM

Canada Day 2005

Unfortunately I have been sidelined for the past few days due to a pulled back muscle and it kills just to sit at the computer, so no Canada day activities for us this year :-(

I hope you all have had a great Canada Day and a Great Fourth of July weekend to everyone south of the border.

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2005 2:04 AM

Utensibility - Knives
Sam from Becks & Posh posted an interesting food related meme called Utensibility. Basically, the idea is what would you buy for your kitchen if you had a $300 gift certificate to spend at Sur La Table. Here is my recommendation: Whenever I'm in the kitchen the first tool that I almost always reach for is a knife. At one time or another anyone who has ever cooked has had to use a poor instrument such as an improperly sharpened knife or one that is just not right for the task at hand. That's why ......

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2005 1:43 AM

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