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Security Paranoia

How to get really paranoid about code security?

Watch an archived Security on the Brain Webcast at 1.5x normal speed after a few hits of caffeine and I guarantee you'll feel a real need to secure your code.

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 4:07 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Code Snippets
Here is a cool article about using and creating IntelliSense code snippets in Visual Studio 2005. I haven't had the chance to play with them yet, but it looks like a good way to speed up development and reduce common errors. Here is the link for downloading said snippets. Currently listening to: City of Blinding Lights - (05:48)U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb ......

Posted On Friday, March 24, 2006 2:01 PM

Erika the Geek
So we were having this discussion on Saturday after the Code Camp. Basically, Owen was trying to convince Erika that she was a geek in something. I was asked to give my opinion on what she was a geek in. The best I could do at the time was that she enjoys Star Trek and Stargate. Also, Erika is a Microsoft Office geek. Every time I have a Word or Excel issue and I can't find the solution after a quick run through help, she's the one I call. However, on the way home I thought of the clincher. Our new ......

Posted On Thursday, March 23, 2006 12:01 AM

Trains in Mumbai

After seeing this post on boarding the trains in Mumbai India, I won't complain about crowding on the Skytrain again. Well, maybe only for a week or so. It really makes me appreciate the great infrastructure and  advantages we have here in North America. We're lucky to have all this as well as all of our freedoms. Lucky indeed.


Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 11:36 PM

Vancouver Code Camp Review Part 3
This is the last post for a while, I promise! Rob has a good review of the Vancouver Code Camp. I was surprised to see I was in a four way tie for third for kudos from the audience. I'm very happy with that, thanks for everyone who came to my talk. I would love to do it again, and hey, there may be another camp this fall, so I might get the chance... Oh, and finally, I will just need to tighten up my code a tiny bit and then I'll send it off to Rob to post. I'll let you know when everything is up ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 4:24 PM

Vancouver Code Camp Review Part 2
In the afternoon I got to sit in on a few presentations myself and I saw the following: John Bristowe - WinFx. A good presentation about the upcoming bits in WinFx. Most of this material has been covered here and there over the past year, but it was really nice to see some examples of XAML and WPF in person. It's something that's going to be really cool when it's released. Owen Rogers and Rob Chartier - Continuous Integration in Cruise Control .NET. Cruise Control is a really awesome open source ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 4:21 PM

Vancouver Code Camp Review Part 1
As I mentioned before I had an awesome time at the Vancouver Code Camp this past weekend. The day started out a bit hectic since I was a little unsure about the length of my presentation, I was afraid it was going to be too long. It didn't help things when I saw the presentation schedule and found that everyone had only 50 minutes to present. The ten minutes between presentations were to give time for people to switch rooms, go to the washroom etc. and for the next presenter to set up. By the time ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 22, 2006 3:33 PM

Ol' Bootstrap Bill

Scene: Sitting at my desk, cell phone rings.

Me: Hello, Peter speaking.

Caller: Oh, sorry, I may have the wrong number. I was looking for William Turner.

Me: Bootstrap Bill? He's not here right now, Davey Jones' locker and all that...

Caller: What?

Me: Oh, nothing. You have the wrong number. Thanks, bye.


Actually, I just told him that last bit, but next time he calls...

Posted On Tuesday, March 21, 2006 2:48 PM

Cryptography in .NET Resources
I had an awesome time this weekend at the Vancouver Code Camp. I've got an in depth writeup coming soon, I just wanted to post this really quick before I forget. Here's the list of additional resources I mentioned at the end of my talk: Microsoft Patterns and Practices Microsoft .NET Security BlogBruce Schneier's Blog The Code Book: the Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh - Link on, I also forgot to mention all the information in Wikipedia ......

Posted On Monday, March 20, 2006 9:47 AM

Getting Ready For Code Camp

Well, I have finished all of my code for Code Camp tomorrow and I just need to put the finishing touches on my presentation and practice it a bit. I'm totally psyched, it should be a really fun time.

I'll be posting my code and slide deck after the camp, so keep a lookout for that in the next few days.

Posted On Friday, March 17, 2006 3:39 PM

Vancouver Geek Dinner on Sunday?
Well, it looks like Rory will only be arriving in town on Saturday, so we're going to have to reschedule that geek dinner for another time I guess (cause the whole thing was in his honor anyways, and it would be a shame to miss out on the pink skirt). Plus I'll probably be adding the final touches to my presentation on Friday night so... If anyone's is up for some geekery type stuff on Sunday, let Rory or myself know and we'll arrange something. Everyone's invited, so even if you're not a .NET geek ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 4:07 PM

An Interesting Podcast
So in the latest episode of the podcast with the best name out there, Wil has a very interesting take on why popular stories, TV and movies often end with the bad guys being defeated. I won't really ruin it for you all, but I really agree with him. I would like to say that Karma is the answer in real life, but it doesn't give you that squishy good warm feeling RIGHT NOW that you'd like to have when the liars and cheaters of the world get you down. Anyways, go ahead and listen for yourself and enjoy ......

Posted On Friday, March 10, 2006 3:32 PM

The Future Of Bandwidth
Another quick one. Mark Cuban wrote this essay on how much bandwidth we'll be using in the near future. Wow. It's a bit scary when he does the math, but that's the high end of the scale I imagine. Most people (even teenagers) won't be recording things 24/7. First, there's no way that they can keep up with that kind of data, but secondly, I see things being available much more on demand in the future, which will preclude this kind of rampant archiving of everything all the time. Then again, when the ......

Posted On Friday, March 10, 2006 3:30 PM

Source Force
How's this for incentive: Attend at least two MSDN Webcasts or Virtual labs in a month and you'll receive one of four limited edition figures. I got one of these back in January and wasn't sure why, now I know... I don't think I qualified for February though (rats!) but there's still lots of content available in March and April, so click on the picture above and check it out. Oh, and learn a bunch of stuff along the way too, that's always good ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:28 PM

World Baseball Classic

There's going to be a bit of contention at the Stathakos household tonight when Canada takes on Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. It should bring back memories of the Greece vs. Mexico soccer match-up at the 2004 Athens Olympics...

It should be a fun game, too bad it's on so late. If I come in to work bleary-eyed tomorrow morning, you'll know why.

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:16 PM

Code Name Origami and
For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, the Microsoft Origami video is up on Channel 9. This looks very cool, a very nice, small and portable form factor with tons of functionality right at your fingertips. These ultra portable “ultra-mobile” types of devices are going to be exactly what alot of people need for day to day tasks like email, word processing, multimedia, etc.And the sub $1000 price tag will make them really accessible for many people. Very interesting indeed. Also, speaking of ......

Posted On Thursday, March 9, 2006 12:09 PM

March 2006 .NET BC Meeting
A quick recap of this month's .NET BC user group meeting: It was an awesome one, it was really fun to see Scott Hanselman presenting once again. He gave us a real behind the scenes tour of DasBlog. It looks like a great piece of open source software written in .NET, and anyone can contribute to bug fixes, which is really cool. I'm going to give it a serious look for an upcoming project I'm working on. I also got to meet up with a few people from the upcoming Vancouver Code Camp, and say hi to Richard ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 8, 2006 2:48 PM

Vancouver Geek Dinner
So it looks like the Vancouver Geek Dinner will be taking place on Friday March 17th. It's St. Patrick's day, so we could always go out for a green beer or something afterward as well.. I was thinking about making it really easy and inexpensive for people to attend, so how about the food court at Metropolis in Burnaby. Anybody who's interested, drop me a note if you're up for it and I can arrange stuff. Update: I forgot to mention, it's for to anyone and everyone who wants to show up and meet up ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 7, 2006 3:29 PM

Scott Hanselman at .NET BC Meeting
I almost forgot about this upcoming event (even though it's been in my calendar for months!), but Scott Hanselman is going to be presenting at the next .NET BC meeting this Monday. I saw Scott present at the Portland Code Camp last summer and I'm really looking forward to this one. Date & Time: Monday, 2006/03/06, 7:00 PM [Welcome Time: 6:30 PM] Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus, Building SW5, Room 1850, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC Title: Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog ......

Posted On Friday, March 3, 2006 2:35 PM

Not Hungry

Anyone who knows me well knows that this is so me...

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:21 AM

The IT Crowd
For anyone who hasn't seen this already, The IT Crowd is a totally funny show from the UK about a group of IT workers. You can find archived shows here.

Posted On Thursday, March 2, 2006 8:20 AM

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