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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General October 2005 Entries
Fireworks in Vancouver
So for the past week or more there have been fireworks going off every night and all weekend. Tonight has obviously been the noisiest, I guess it's a local thing in Vancouver for Halloween and the Indian celebration of Diwali. Is this more of an Indian/Asian thing or is it just kids having fun? Anyone know? In Montreal the only time we ever really had fireworks going off was during Greek Orthodox Easter and even then it was only for one night. I don't even know if they do it any more, I don't remember ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 9:17 PM

October PASS SQL Server Meeting
Just a quick note about the October meeting of the Vancouver chapter of the Professional Association of SQL Server that I blogged about here. The meeting was very cool, with tons of information about SQL Server 2005 and all sorts of stuff that's just being released. It was a bit of a pain to have to run all the way back downtown to make the meeting so I was happy to hear that the PASS meetings would probably be held at BCIT soon. The next meeting is the SQL Server 2005 Community Launch Event - Upgrading ......

Posted On Monday, October 31, 2005 8:52 PM

PASS and Vancouver Blogger Meetings
Tomorrow night is jam packed if you're a SQL server user and a blogger in Vancouver. First of is the October meeting of the Vancouver PASS group (Professional Association For SQL Server) at the Microsoft offices. Sign up on the site to register and attend. It's free. Later on is the Vancouver Weblogger October Meetup as follows:When: Thursday, October 27, 2005, 7:30 PM Where: Steamworks375 Water Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2X6604.689.2739 I'll try to hit both but I'll probably be late for at least one ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:40 PM

39 Megapixel CCD
From Wired Blogs: Eastman Kodak announced yesterday that it has produced two new CCDs that set a new high-water mark for imaging power. The 31.6- and 39-megapixel image sensors will be offered to camera and camera-body manufacturers, and may begin appearing in some professional digicams some time in 2006. Link Wow. Looks like we're going to continue to see better and cheaper digital cameras for a while ......

Posted On Friday, October 21, 2005 1:00 PM

Coding4Fun Flair
Via Duncan Mackenzie, Kent Sharkey and Coding4Fun. The topic of this MSDN Coding4Fun article is a little applet which scrolls through the latest posts. Very neat. Duncan hacked it to read his RSS feed instead. The "how to" should be available on the Coding4Fun site soon. So here is the original version: and Duncan's modified version pulling down my RSS. Let's see if it works! Looking forward to checking out the source code ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 3:35 PM

Absorbing Tech Reading
I'm on the skytrain this morning fully awake and on my way to work. This is a change because lately I'm still half asleep until I actually get to my desk. I guess it has something to do with the darkness. So I'm reading Enterprise Integration Solutions by Mark Speaker and Devin Spackman and I'm really engrossed by it and grokking the concepts quite well. I'm totally into it and I also have my headphones on so I'm not really listening to the names of the stations. Well, the doors close after yet another ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 3:27 PM

Cryptic Poker Talk
This is why I love reading Andy Ihnatko's blog. The posts may not be frequent, but when they do hit my screen, well to borrow an Andyism, they're pure Tabasco. I get that exact same reaction every time I read about poker. I try to parse sentences like "There I was, sitting on a soft taco, my mouth full of cheese, just praying that on the next Zorro I'd finally see some Scotts Turf Builder Plus," and it's like I'm looking at crop circles: I don't know whether I'm seeing evidence of a higher intelligence ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:19 PM

As I had mentioned earlier, I was really looking forward to Serenity. I was not let down, it was a really good movie with all of the same elements like humor and action which made the tv show great. I was a tiny bit disappointed with the fate of some of the characters, but I guess that's the way that it goes... I hope that a sequel or two will be coming down the road, I'm definitely going to pick up the DVD and help the cause along. And finally, via Wil (in exile), here are some Firefly comics from ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 2:08 PM

DTC Tester Tool

Having issues with COM and DTC (like me)?

Try out the DTC Tester tool from Microsoft to determine if your connections are at fault or not. Another tool in the arsenal...

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 1:55 PM

Some New Bloggers
Finally for today, just a little shout out to my old pal Copernicus who's recently started blogging as Copernicus Now. Gentle Curmudgeon indeed ;-). Also a shout out to another friend, Maryam Scoble (Robert's wife) has also started blogging. A big welcome to both, you're being aggregated! Currently listening to: Support Your Local Ska Band - (01:30)Save Ferris ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2005 1:07 PM

F1 and The Purple Pole Syndrome
Former world champion Alan Jones speaking about why Jenson Button is so hot in F1 circles. "Formula 1 often suffers from the purple pole syndrome. If McLaren or Ferrari came out with a 20 foot purple pole on the front of their car, all the other teams would have to have a purple pole on their car. They wouldn't know what the hell it does but they'd have it because it's got to be the way to go." I love that quote. It applies in so many things, not only to F1 design or driver choice. Software design ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2005 12:55 PM

Re-imagined Trailer For The Shining
Via Darren and Boing Boing, a very neat re-imagined trailer for The Shining. I found this one absolutely hilarious. It's like the feel good movie of the fall! Also from the same guys are trailers for West Side Story and Titanic. Not as well done in my opinion, but neat nonetheless. Note: The links are directly to the trailers, so be prepared to wait a while for them to dowload. Or right-click and select “Save As“ to save them locally. Oh! and you need Apple Quicktime to view them. Currently ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2005 12:50 PM

.NETBC Meeting, October 2005 - Review
As I wrote about before, the October meeting of the .NET BC group was last night and it was really great. The presenter was Joel Semeniuk and he was discussing .NET architecture solutions in general. The second half of the talk was based on real world case studies of some projects. It's actually kind of amazing how some of the greatest influences to the architecture of a system are things like politics and executive level buy in. Very eye opening at times. I also got to meet local Regional Director ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 4, 2005 6:09 AM

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