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Peter Stathakos - Stack Of Toast Microsoft, .NET and Life in General December 2005 Entries
Atomic Writes To A File
Although we are (usually) careful about using transactions when working with databases, too often we assume that data writes to a file will always succeed. This is not always the case, and especially these days when chunks of XML are being written to files it is especially important to verify that the writes to the files are atomic operations. That is, that either everything you intend to be written to the file is actually written, or nothing is. There should be no case where data is cut off. From ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 1:30 PM

Northern Voice 2006 Schedule

The Saturday schedule for Northern Voice 2006 has been posted. So many speakers to check out. That 3:00 - 4:00 time slot is going to be a tough one to decide on.

I have to sign up soon February 10-11 is coming up fast!

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 1:17 PM

More Patterns and Practices Stuff
A few quick links for some good Microsoft Patterns and Practices information. For webcasts and hands on labs check out I found the webcast for the Enterprise Library Cryptography Application Block to be a good introduction to the topic, and I still have to check out the Exception Handling webcast. Finally the Patterns and Practices Community site is a good source of information and support from fellow developers. That's it for now... Enjoy ......

Posted On Monday, December 26, 2005 4:29 PM

Merry Christmas 2005

A belated merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.

The past year has been a year of many changes and it's nice to have a little downtime at the end of the year to take some time to reflect and plan for the year to come. More reflection later, but for now I wish peace and happiness for all.

Posted On Monday, December 26, 2005 4:22 PM

Getting To Know The Windows x64 Editions
Here's a neat event from Microsoft is coming up in the new year: VANCOUVER: Microsoft User Group: An Introduction to the Windows x64 Editions January 12, 2006 6:30 PM - January 12, 2006 8:30 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Welcome Time: 6:00 PM I'm not that familiar with the 64 bit editions so I'm probably going to check it out. Sounds cool ......

Posted On Friday, December 23, 2005 3:28 PM

More MSDTC Information
I was having some DTC issues with a client the other day and I stumbled upon a post about MSDTC and the Network Service account on Florin Lazar's blog. Although it didn't resolve my issue it's probably useful information for people migrating from Windows 2000 to 2003 who are suddenly having DTC issues. Oh, and Windows 2003 SP1 locks down DTC a bit more tightly so that's something to keep in mind if you're “suddenly” having issues ......

Posted On Friday, December 23, 2005 9:58 AM

Presenting at Vancouver Code Camp
Hey all. Well, it's been way too long since I posted, lots of stuff has been going on with work and the holidays and all. I just wanted to let you all know that I will be presenting at the upcoming Vancouver Code Camp which will be on Saturday March 18, 2006. So mark your calendars and sign up now, spaces are limited! My talk will be on Encrypting Data and using the Microsoft Patterns and Practices blocks. If there's anything specific you'd like me to talk about or you have any suggestions feel free ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 20, 2005 3:25 PM

WBW 16 - Judging A Wine By Its Label
It's time for Wine Blogging Wednesday 16 hosted by Derrick at An Obsession With Food. The theme this time was eye catching labels. Keep an eye on Derricks blog for the complete roundup of wines. Also, check out the Flickr WBW16 photo pool for all the pictures. Now, on to our choices! So, we went into the local wine store and browsed around looking for labels and bottles which caught our eye. Granted Erika and I had different ideas about what looked good, and sometimes an attractive label on a questionable ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 7, 2005 1:43 PM

Star Trek Badness

This may be a version every geek's fantasy, but this is just wrong.

Wrong George. Wrong.

Posted On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 1:59 PM

SQL Server and Coffee
I forgot to write about this before the event (sorry) but if you're a cool SQL Server kid in the Vancouver area then you already knew about the Vancouver PASS Caffeinate With Scott event and the informal meeting last week as well (which I didn't get to). Basically it was just a bunch of SQL geeks getting together over coffee, and picking up some SQL Server 2005 training DVDs. I also understand the group managed to raise a bit of money for a worthy cause as well, so thanks to Scott for that. I had ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 11:22 AM

Tiny Radio Free Podcasts
It's been a while since I have posted but it's been SO crazy lately! Work has been very busy so by the time I get home I don't even want to look at a computer. I have however been enjoying two new(ish) podcasts from two of my favourite guys and I wanted to let you all know about them. Rory has cracked out two episodes of his Tiny Things podcast which covers mobile development. I really enjoy this one since mobile development is something I've been really interested in for a while but I haven't gotten ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 6, 2005 11:00 AM

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