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Ok, here’s the scene, I’m sitting in the audience at the CTDOTNET user group meeting, stuffing my face with pizza and picking my nose when I hear SB (user group leader guy) say something that resembles my name. <munch><munch>&... There it is again, sounded like my name, something about Web Parts and ASP.NET and now everyone is looking at me, hmm… Wait a minute, is tonight the night I am scheduled to present? Heyyy, I think it is. Everyone’s ...
A new competition has been announced at MIX 06 in Las Vegas - the Windows Vista Developer Code Master Challenge. The contest is open to Canadian developers and ISVs. Qoute from the site: We're looking for Code Masters - people to create ruthlessly inventive, brutally brilliant apps.What does it take to be a Code Master? The creative moves, courage and steely concentration of a Kung Fu superstar. The computing and coding know-how of an über geek. The willingness to become an industry hero ...
[via Jeff at sqlteam.com] http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/... I really liked this list of rules that Jeff has put together and got quite a kick out of them as I was nodding my head as I read each one. The first one about always fully qualifying column names caused me a few head aches a few weeks ago on a multi developer project. One of the developers added a new column and fixed and tested their stored procedures, not realising that they had broken the stored procs of one ...
Wow, 900+ members! We are so close to the 1000 marker. I want to thank all our members and encourage you to bring your friends into the blogging world and have them join our community. As we keep growing, the content is getting better and better. I love the mix of IT Pro and Developer we are getting because we all wear different hats and it is great to keep up on both sides of the wall. Entrepreneurs with blogs is taking off pretty slowly like Geeks with blogs did, but I can see a benefit to that ...
Long time ago (more than a year now), Dan Fernandez, a former MS VC# PM,, current MS VS Express PM and one of my favourite Microsoft heros blogged about a great DJ friend who likes to be called DJ Bolivia, and, it seemed that Dan found out that as almost every developer likes to listen to music while working (I'm not an exception BTW), it'd be great to have some music composed espcially for developers. Later on, DJ Bolivia responded as he seemed to like the idea; he released 3 parts/volumes mix series ...
Verify your User Agent string detection detects Internet Explorer 7 per the procedure outlined on the Internet Explorer blog. Check your website for the use of CSS hacks that may have been turned off in Internet Explorer 7 per the procedure outlined on the Internet Explorer blog. Verify that transparent images on your website are rendered correctly?alpha transparency PNG is now supported in Internet Explorer 7. Verify that your website hasn't been adversely affected by IE7 Security changes: a. SSL ...
With any buisness solutions these days, it requires the integration of multiple vendors, services and products, Hedge funds are no different. I have now worked for Hedge Fund Administrators (Citco), worked with Hedge Fund Administrators (globeop) and had dealings with a number of prime brokers ( Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America to name but a few ) and also those all important order entry systems, Bloomberg, TradeWeb , Kondor, and others. Each of the above have their advantages and disadvantages, ...
Can you really create an application UI that has no business logic in it? I think that the answer is really in the gray area. When developing an applicaiton most developers don't think too hard about how to keep the business logic out of the classes that support the UI. I am not saying that everyone is mixing everything together into one big class, but at the same time I have been on a lot of large scale application developments and most of them mix in some level of business logic in the UI. Is this ...
Scoble wants to know about your favorite Firefox extensions. Ok, I had to go look. Here are mine. Adblock – Once installed, it's a snap to filter elements at their source-address.Just right-click: Adblock: done. Filters use either the wildcard character (*)or full Regular Expression syntax. Hit the status-element and see what has orhasn't been blocked. Adblock Filterset.G Updater – This is a companion extension to Adblock and should be used in conjunction with it. This extension automatically ...
In Grade 7 my crush-of-the-week was a girl by the name of Jen. I had just seen her star alongside Fred Savage in the movie/Nintendo commercial “The Wizard”. From what I remember of her Nintendo Power interview, she like Tetris...I think (grade 7 is like a lifetime ago). Unfortunately, she didn't go the way of other geek girls like Morgan Webb and embrace her geekiness, so it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry Jen. She has however put out her new solo CD (Rabbit Fur Coat) after spending the ...
From CNET News.com This is a very intriguing idea, some while ago I was having a play with some tools like NetStumbler for *discovering* WiFi networks and also came across some maps from Julian Priest - The State of Wirless London who had effectively taken an Audit or Census of London's WiFi capabilities back in March 2004, complete with coverage maps, etc. I would imagine that nearly 2 years later we would be just about saturated with full cover across most of London? Does anyone else have any updates ...
I was talking with a co-worker about the sad state of the small business market in the city I live in, and how they all, for the most part, seem to swallow up great talent, use it up, and then spit it out without any regard for how the employee is affected by the long nights, the lost weekends, and the commitment to company that never seems to be conveyed the other way. He said to me “How do you know this? What are you basing it on?” I am currently in my 6th tech related company in 5 ...
So, should my wife and I go to Kauai or Hawaii (that is the Big Island)? This is not a technology post, but something that has been occupying a lot of my time. I've looked but cannot find strong enough reasons on either side to make a decision. We're pretty sure that we want to go to one of the Hawaii islands (French Polynesia is out of the question for cost considerations). We've been to Maui (me twice), and O'ahu is too busy. But, I cannot make a decision against these two islands without more ...
So this just in from Michel at ThinComputing ___________________________... a leader in endpoint security for the enterprise, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft SecureIT Alliance, a community of industry partners working together to provide security solutions for the Microsoft platform. AppSense will collaborate with other SecureIT Alliance members to identify new security features and combinations of products with services to ...
During a current project, I needed a tool for generating PDF documents for reporting on pre-printed forms. The majority of reports in the system use this form. I wanted to find a solution that fit my needs and nothing more. Other systems do so much and very well, but for just developer needs, they are a bit much. I found a utility call Siberix PDF Library and it's counterpart Siberix Report Writer. If you need a tool for PDF generation, I highly suggest these products. At the current time, the price ...
Here is another gem from the message boards (thanks to Justin Burtch): One of the advantages of MVP is that it allows easier unit-testing. For this you need to declare all public methods of view that the presenter uses as an interface, and then you can easily substitute the actual view with its mock implementation. But to test all your components properly you need to run them in the same environment as when you run it in a GUI. By this I mean that you have some WorkItem that adds these items into ...
This is my first entry blog ever, and I'm struggling to figure out what my blogging style will be. It's sort of like how I often see dress ties I think look great on other people, but when it gets down to committing and shelling over good money for a tie and imagining myself wearing it, all the colors and patterns seem a little too drab, or a little too gaudy, or too dressy, or too weird, or whatever. (My solution is to pick two or three favorites and not wear ties often enough for anyone to figure ...
Just a short note that Citrix has actually finally released the 4.2 version Firmware for the device and the AAC components. So far I have been unable to confirm where the WI 4.2 image is, but I guess that's not quite as important? Update:The Citrix Access Gateway (CAG) and Advanced Access Control (AAC) 4.2 is available from MyCitrix under the Licensing > Channel Licensing > Download Software - whereas the WI 4.2 image is available from Downloads > Web Interface > 4.2 I am currently doing ...
CWA has successfully helped blocked the .xxx domain. Due to their infinite cluelessness they have done this in an effort to stop the spread of internet porn. What! That's completely the opposite of what they did. With the .xxx domain it would have been so much easier to block porn sites. Sure it wouldn't have fixed everything, but it was a step in the right direction. What were they thinking? Using their flawed logic it would also be smart to stop labeling alcohol and mix it in with the soda aisle ...
With the advent of broadband and wireless technology, it seriously has changed the face of wireless communication and entertainment. Who would have thought that a few years before that with your cell phone you can place an international call to a land line when flying at an altitude of 40000 ft. for abysmally low rate ; or watch a numerous media files on your TV that you have on your computer using UPnP media bridge - all for a relatively cheap investment and often exceeding in value - that you do ...
You can find this post, and more, on my new blog here. Last night, Dan and I went to the geek dinner Dave Winer hosted for Robert Scoble. While I've been to many parties and dinners full of geeks, this was my first "geek dinner." There was an interesting mix of people: entrepreneurs from Web 2.0 startups, various software developers, many bloggers, and other assorted geeks. The highlight of the evening for me was the discussion that started just before the restaurant closed. We adjourned to the parking ...
I probably have not been clear in my previous posts about the overall methodology I'm following in our port to VS2005. I have split my porting process into several different steps to isolate the effort into manageable slices. These include: Porting the projects into VS2005 for ongoing development. While doing this, I have insured that everything still builds with VS2003 while my team makes the transition to the new IDE. I am avoiding the temptation to fix the thousands of warnings related to deprecated ...
Update: My presenations are now up on the NJ Code Camp Site. I don't really think the Power Point does the presentation justice, but it's there. Thanks to the many talented and wonderful people that attended NJ Code Camp 2005 this Saturday. This was my first time presenting at a Code Camp and the experience exceeded my every expectation. I came away with a lot of new ideas and I'm really excited to continue working with the NJ developer community. A special thanks to Rob Jackson (Microsoft), Scott ...
I just read Plip's post about Ajax and usability. Recently, there is a lot of buzz around AJAX technology. To use or not use - that is the question. I think it's OK and even a good practice to mix AJAX with a non-AJAX code for scenarios like datetime picker that depends on the server date and time, querying for something on the server every specified interval of time (for some alert for example), parent/child relationship between lists and/or comboboxes, perform some action on server when user closes ...
Sarah being the cheeky lady that she is put my name down on the Girl Geek Dinner Wiki, like I needed persuading! It was indeed a good opportunity to meet some really interesting people, men and women, as there was a pretty good mix even though the night was really all about the Girls. It does have to be said that there is no stereotype that can fit a Girl Geek, it’s pretty clear that you couldn’t put a Girl Geek in a box and label it. A Girl Geek can not be categorized by looks, age, ...
Dan Werthimer talked a bit about SETI@Home and BOINC. This is a very well-known project run from my alma-mater. He talked about several ways over time that people have tried (or suggested trying) to tell extra-terrestrial life that we are here. None of these were funded. He makes the point that there was no funding until Voyager, which he called "Porno in space". If you don't get this, look for the plaque on the side of Voyager (or recall V'ger). His whole talk was pretty amusing. A mix of SETI science ...
DHTML is cool and mixing it with Asp.net is even cooler. Although I never wrote any DHTML scripts but I have mixed it with Asp.net to create some neat effects. In this article we will mix DHTML and Asp.net to create a tool tip effect. http://gridviewguy.com/Arti... ...
Never underestimate the amount of information contained in the PowerPoints, have a look through the following selection and pay particular attention to the additional notes underneath each slide. If you are lucky enough to be just using one PC and not bouncing around customers sites all the time then perhaps consider saving these files locally and then installing the Google Desktop so that you can include your local stash when searching for possible answers to your Citrix Issues?Citrix Enterprise ...
The documentation on NMock is scanty at best, non existent at worst. Add into this mix that I self identify as a Mort. Someone who is generally more concerned about grabbing the data a customer wants and displaying it the way she wants it, so that I can pick up my pay check and go enjoy spending my money. Apparently, this combination has left me in the position of trying desperately to find example code to improve my oop skills while at the same time, educating me in exactly how weak my those skills ...
Well if you listened to Podcast Studio Show #2, you might have noticed the poor audio quality. Chris takes some credit with the phone he was using, but a lot of it was due to the setup we had with the Yamaha Mixer and Sound Blaster Input Device. First, for a sub-$100 mixer, the Yahama is great for only studio recording. So if you want to start podcasting, or need a small mixer to travel with to events, this is a good choice. On the other hand, the Sound Blaster Extigy we were using said it was 24bit, ...
I work in a company that has one major product line. The developers develop and put their code on the test machine to check if the code is running. The major problem is however how to deploy it. However, shipping out the product is a whole new story. Because you can mix and match several of our products we decided to split the product to align with the marketing. This is all nice and well since each section has it's own documentation and manuals and stuff like that. The difficult piece that I am ...
Here's more stats -- from the CommNet home page for the show: What does it take to feed 13,000 people at Tech·Ed? 117,000 bottles of water 14,300 lattes 15,600 ice cream bars (it’s HOT out there) 4,000 pounds of chips and snack mix 2,300 dozen eggs 8,000 pounds of chicken 52,000 servings of juice Who knew they were counting the bottles of water? After a session on the top ten ISV enhancements to SharePoint, Kevin Laahs of HP gave a presentation in Searching in SharePoint. That's an issue ...
from the Tech*Ed 2005 intranet... What does it take to feed 13,000 people at Tech·Ed? 117,000 bottles of water 14,300 lattes 15,600 ice cream bars (it’s HOT out there) 4,000 pounds of chips and snack mix 2,300 dozen eggs 8,000 pounds of chicken 52,000 servings of juice ...
Users of the Wilson O/R Mapper sometimes ask for some documentation about OPath in their user forum, since the mapper supports a query language similar (or identical?) to OPath. Here you are---ObjectSpaces articles that might be useful when working with Wilson O/R Mapper (a design goal of which seems to be to mimic the ObjectSpaces API design), an incomplete list in no particular order.
The event went very well with ~ 250 participants covering many technologies. More General info at: http://www.techgalaxy.org and they posted some photos at: http://www.techgalaxy.org/i... Booth traffic for www.fladotnet.com was good although the Microsoft and Unix camps don't mix too much. Joe Healy our Microsoft Developer Evangalist from Tampa gave a 0 to .Net talk, Shervin Shakibi, Florida .NET founder and local celeb covered new features in ADO.Net, David Silverlight, ...
I have been having some discussions lately about what the adoption rate of 2.0 will be. Some think it will be as good as the transition from 1.0 to 1.1. Others think it will be as slow as the initial adoption of 1.0. The results probably lie somewhere in the middle. I do not think the adoption rate will be as high as the 1.0 -> 1.1 rate for the simple reason of cost. When upgrading from 1.0 to 1.1, the cost was not an issue. The upgrade for MSDN Universal was $39 I think. However, newly in the mix ...
Tech·Ed 2005 Europe will take place July 5-10 in beautiful Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and INETA will have a huge presence through its participation in the Birds of a Feather (BOF) Sessions together with Culminis (IT-Pro community). Birds of a Feather is your opportunity to meet other attendees with interests similar to yours. The sessions will be moderated by the Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 Europe attendees and speakers. Why am I writing this to you? I am (again this year) responsible for INETA ...
Recently Scott pointed to CrossFader.com which is built on Community Server. If hop on to that site, you'll see a video of Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) giving us a neat demo of how he is using Sonar to mix tracks. Pretty cool if you are into the SW editing/mixing/dj ing scene. Me, in my free time I sometimes play around with Traktor DJ Studio. The music editing scene is just beyond my capabilities ...
So the team blogs on and they seem to be obsessed with the squash ladder!  I am scared as they tried to rope me into the mix - I do not play racket sports and refuse to be the laughing stock of the team. You can see the ladder on Ash and Shan's blogs. 
Tod Maffin - Introduction to Audio Blogging and Podcasting: 1. Compress your audio files, but do not necessarily take the default of 11000 kb/sec 2. Have something to say.- What's your passion?- Tell a story.- Have a show about something, don't have a show about nothing, don't try be Seinfeld, it won't work. 3. Speak to ONE person. There is no "everybody". 4. Be brief (get into someone's daily-jog playlist) 5. Mix up the sound. Get people's mind to get back into the show if they drift.- Mike's manic ...
Hey All, Well, it appears that my boss was right that it isn’t a good thing to mix personal blogging with company business. Why? Hey, don’t preach to me, I know about all the benefits of corporate blogging and I agree with them. I guess there are just some subjects that can kick your ass if you aren’t more disciplined than I am. So, here’s one case in point… http://www.brains-n-brawn.c... ...
I will be starting a new project in the near future, that will most likely be a mix of Java and C# technologies. As with many projects recently, the lure of rich user interfaces, that operate well on the Windows platform, has prompted many projects to go with a .Net Presentation layer, and leverage an existing/robust J2EE backend. Given this new bred of mixed technology development, the use of an Service Oriented Archtecture suites this paradym very well, offer up Web Services ( implemented in J2EE ...
From Lockergnome Electronic Arts Buys Stake in a Rival Game Maker in France Electronic Arts, a maker of video games, said yesterday that it bought 19.9 percent of a French competitor, Ubisoft Entertainment, the maker of games based on Tom Clancy novels. Wow, never expected that. I just hope they dont mix up the games, Imagine Chavez Ding driving a 'tuned' Hummer H2, and taking on the streets of NFS Underground 2 with Sam Fisher in hot pursuit in a Skyline GTR ...
I attended the MSDN Deep Dives event here in Montreal the other day and was very impressed. The talk was on Building Connected Applications, something I have to work with on a daily basis. The concepts put forth were very interesting. Something we struggle with at work is making sure that the data we need to move between systems maintains it's integrity as it's passed along. We do a good job of it too, but even 0.01% of data loss can be a big deal to clients with millions of rows of data spanning ...
You know, I've tried my best to not make any political posts during this election season since I know you don't read this blog for political commentary. However, this morning, I can't help myself. Is our country more selfish now than it has ever been? I, for one, am glad that Kerry unofficially conceded the race this morning (according to CNN). I personally believe it is the classy thing to do. Now, I am a Kerry supporter. I voted for Kerry, and I wanted Kerry to win. But, at this point, I personally ...
To all you audio palyer/dj freaks. Check out Traktor DJ Player. It’s an audio player based on the Traktor DJ Studio engine. Here is a snippet from the site Sharing the same engine as its professional siblings, the Player version of TRAKTOR plays back MP3s, WAVs Audio CDs and DJ-Mixes produced with TRAKTOR DJ MIXER and TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO. It's the perfect tool to share your DJ-Mixes with a large audience over the internet Waveform display The tracks stream through the waveform displays revealing the ...
(Collected from Internet) Question: How many testers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: None. Testers just noticed that the room was dark. Testers don't fix the problems, they just find them. To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the good tester, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. There was an software tester who had an exceptional gift for finding all bugs. After serving his company for many years, he happily retired. Several years ...
Here's a few cool things to take a look at if your a gamer. 1. Computer Gaming World (the best PC gaming magazine) launched a new gaming site called 1up.com. Looks like they're in the process of launching it still which means you can't seem to register yet. Going to keep my eye on it. Initial impressions are that it's full of advertising, so we'll see if the content is worth it. 2. Warhammer 40k fans may want to consider getting in the Warhammer 40k Dawn of War beta. I'm not a big fan of RTS's, but ...
I am the lead architect for a component (specifically the presentation layer) on our team. I have 1 other person helping me with implementation. One day we had to add a new feature. I designed a solution and handed it off to him and he came back and asked “why do we need it to do this? It wasn't in the requirements?” I responded by saying something along the lines of “because eventually someone will ask for it”. In fact, I find myself saying that over and over again. Now here's ...
Well, I think that the death of my new Bloggie Award has come. When I started the thing, I didn't realize that there was already an official “Bloggie Awards”. This got me thinking though. Scoble has talked in the past about the whole “signal vs. noise“ argument. However, what is it that causes the bit-flip from noise to signal to be flipped? How can a blogger stand out from the crowd? Find a unique hook One might think that the large rotundness that I have might help me stand ...