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Nice threads, Mario.

posted @ Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:55 AM | Feedback (0)
Greg Young coins ‘CQRS’, immediately calls it an anti-pattern

This is completely a joke, of course, but was my immediate thought when reading this somewhat old ‘news’ story.

posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2016 11:40 PM | Feedback (0)
A Very Minor Personal Achievement

  I highly recommend the course for anyone that’s interested in that sort of thing.  Highly informative, great classmates, great teachers, incredibly enjoyable, and Eastern Washington is a great place to visit.

posted @ Wednesday, October 05, 2016 8:34 PM | Feedback (0)
Rhetorical Question about God-Awful Radio Ads

Have there ever been as consistently awful radio ads as the ones by ESPN for Heisman House? I think not.

posted @ Thursday, September 22, 2016 10:20 AM | Feedback (0)
HP Elite X3 – Very Brief Review

I had ordered one from the Microsoft Store but when I saw that HP had them in stock, I cancelled the first order and made a second.  Apparently, I was one of the few to get one before they went out of stock, and got it right before a long weekend trip, and have had it for a week now. I like it, quite a bit.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely something I can see using as my primary driver unless/until the mythical Surface Phone is ever released. The build reminds me of my old Lumia 1520,...

posted @ Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:30 PM | Feedback (0)
About Stereotypes: Compare and Contrast

Compare this point of view, with this point of view. There are deep lessons in there.

posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2016 9:52 AM | Feedback (0)
Stress Management for Snowflakes

If you feel guilt at your list of unwatched shows on your DVR, this is for you.

posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2016 10:03 AM | Feedback (0)
Asp.NET Core + IIS + PEBKAC = WTF, Asp.NET Core + IIS – PEBKAC = Success

Thankfully, the issue, as it usually is, was with me. At some point, the publishOptions section of project.json switched from having an exclude section and put in an include section instead (which makes sense enough). Turns out if you don’t include, you know, all your content and views and whatnot, IIS doesn’t have anything to serve up. BTW, logging helps.  Duh. Once I figured out that it was serving static content (which a helpful doc tells you to do, which requires that you read the helpful doc), it became easy to track down. It does...

posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2016 4:08 PM | Feedback (0)
The MSDN subscription people and processes need some work

So I have a Visual Studio MSDN Enterprise subscription which I’ve had since 2009 (back when it was Ultimate), which I originally subscribed to under a particular email account. A year or two ago, I changed the Microsoft account that it was listed under/connected to/ whatever.  I don’t recall exactly, but it seems like it went fine. This year, after I renewed it, it expired.  I called in to point out the problem and they created a ticket, and the person online noted that I had in fact paid and they did something in some database somewhere, and...

posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:09 PM | Feedback (0)
Self-care for snowflakes

If you find life so very very hard, this may contain good advice for you.

posted @ Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:56 AM | Feedback (0)
What is Dona Sarkar looking at?

Just curious.  People keep using this image.

posted @ Wednesday, July 06, 2016 12:31 PM | Feedback (0)
ADO.Net Entity Data Model: Getting column information from a stored procedure that returns data from temp tables

Way back machine on this one. You need to temporarily add: SET FMTONLY OFF To the beginning of the proc for the data model to be able to get the column info.

posted @ Tuesday, June 28, 2016 11:24 PM | Feedback (0)
Penguins 50th Anniversary Logo Update

It was during the first period of the first game of the second round against Washington when I thought to myself for the first time in a long time, “This team is good enough to win the Stanley Cup.” They promptly lost that game, of course, but, in the end, it turns out I was right. We think you might want to see our revised 50th anniversary logo. pic.twitter.com/31pW0VTHiK — Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) June 17, 2016

posted @ Saturday, June 18, 2016 5:46 PM | Feedback (0)
Scientists prove that alcohol makes you happy

Well, thank goodness for that.

posted @ Monday, May 30, 2016 4:26 PM | Feedback (0)
I love the internet

At the opening of each half in the Man City – Real Madrid Champions League match, the fans were singing “Hey Jude.” Why would this be?  The internet says that it was released in 1968, and that was the year that City won their first League title. Or something like that.  Immediate answers to questions that may or may not be true and that you probably won’t remember.

posted @ Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:46 AM | Feedback (0)
I love the internet

It’s a shame that Steph Curry got suspended 4 games for cheating on Beyoncé.

posted @ Monday, April 25, 2016 4:04 PM | Feedback (0)
Browser Power User or Dumbass?

Right now, I have approximately 34 browser windows open, each with 3-12 tabs open. 10 Chrome windows – these tend to be current task related 10 Waterfox windows – these are business/financial related 8 Slimjet windows – these are viticulture/enology related 6 Opera windows – these are news/sports/social related I have got to get a better handle on this.  Or a machine with more memory, as even 16 GB on a Surface Book tends to get tight, once you factor in the 2-6 Visual Studio windows open at any given time.  Not to mention the...

posted @ Friday, April 08, 2016 10:32 PM | Feedback (0)
The given value of type String from the data source cannot be converted to type nvarchar of the specified target column

I ran into this error in one of my bulk insert method calls after updating an EF model, where I added some columns, changed the name of one, etc. in the underlying data source.  This error can occur if you mess up datatypes in such a way as to cause truncation, but I knew that wasn’t it (since I didn’t change any datatypes). After sleeping on it, I simply deleted the offending entity from my EF model and pulled it down again.  Voila. Gotta love black magic and secret sauce.

posted @ Friday, March 25, 2016 10:22 AM | Feedback (0)
Tay, Microsoft’s chatbot, learns to be racist, taken offline

There’s a lesson in there, somewhere.

posted @ Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:58 AM | Feedback (0)
Never have lives less lived been more chronicled

Dennis Miller, on the Dan Le Batard Show, regarding Twitter.

posted @ Friday, March 18, 2016 11:57 AM | Feedback (0)
Visual Studio 2015 Extensions and Updates Install ‘Bug’

You need to open Visual Studio 2015 in order to get to Extensions and Updates, to update any updated extensions or updates. 37% (unscientifically made up number) of the time, it tells you that you have to shut down Visual Studio in order to continue.  Not ‘you may need to restart Visual Studio afterwards for the update to take effect’ (which does happen sometimes as well), but that you have to.  This, of course, makes no sense. Especially if the Extension only applies to Visual Studio 2015, and it says you have to close down any open instances...

posted @ Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:32 AM | Feedback (0)
Groove Music – Music Acquisition Still Sucks

I loved my Zune.  However, there were only about 8 of us who did, so it died a quiet death. I now have all my music on my phone.  Well, let me take that back.  I want to have all my music on my phone, but it doesn’t seem to want me to have all my music on my phone, and never has. Previously, I would always use the Desktop Lumia app to sync between my local home source of music (usually my laptop) and the phone because Groove just didn’t hack it and it was a waste...

posted @ Sunday, February 07, 2016 4:22 PM | Feedback (0)
You know you aren’t a very good developer when….

You are teaching yourself a new javascript framework, copying it off of a sample codebase, and you just can’t get it to work and you check your syntax and your various ‘components’ and then after a couple of hours you realize…. You didn’t include a reference to the framework script in your HTML.  Mother-bleep.

posted @ Friday, February 05, 2016 9:51 AM | Feedback (0)
David Bowie

Don’t just check out Ziggy Stardust and all the hits.  Checkout especially the Low/Heroes/Lodger/Scary Monsters period (with some tasty Robert Fripp included).

posted @ Monday, January 11, 2016 9:53 AM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Website Obesity

As I contemplate a very important website redesign, this is timely and informative.  And/or depressing.

posted @ Sunday, January 03, 2016 6:22 PM | Feedback (0)
PATCH support for Asp.Net 5 MVC 6?

So, where is it? They got rid of ODATA support because….who knows.  Didn’t fit in with the magic vision of the future (maybe OSX or Linux doesn’t support PATCH………), I guess. There’s a new Microsoft.AspNet.JsonPatch namespace.  Only available in the latest version of C#.  That makes it useless to build on the client side, unless your client is running the latest version of C#.

posted @ Saturday, January 02, 2016 1:07 AM | Feedback (0)
Separated at Birth? Shawn Wildermuth and Patton Oswalt

Their voices anyway.  Watching his Pluralsite course on Asp.Net 5 MVC 6, and it’s uncanny.

posted @ Thursday, December 31, 2015 9:32 AM | Feedback (0)
General Tso’s Chicken

Was invented in the US. Just saying.

posted @ Monday, December 21, 2015 9:37 AM | Feedback (0)
“Let’s build the data using the API”

Translation:  blah, blah, blah

posted @ Wednesday, December 09, 2015 3:17 PM | Feedback (0)
Let’s hear it for Open Live Writer

It’s like Windows Live Writer.  But open source.  Wheeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted @ Wednesday, December 09, 2015 12:22 PM | Feedback (0)
USB-C has a way to go

I forgot to bring my phone charger to work and hadn’t yet packed the spare USB-C cable I bought into my work bag, so I figured I’d just go get one, so that my new Lumia 950 wouldn’t die. Keep in mind, I work in Downtown Chicago. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Staples….none of them had one, and none of them knew what one was. “Oh, you mean you need a micro USB cord?”  No, USB-C.  “What is that, are you sure it isn’t micro USB, what kind of phone is it?”

posted @ Saturday, November 28, 2015 11:24 PM | Feedback (0)
Nerd Heaven

posted @ Monday, October 26, 2015 9:29 AM | Feedback (0)
Random thoughts on the upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone

I suppose I should say the ‘supposed’ upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone. Like everyone else in the world, I have a friend at Microsoft, and he’s seen it.  Just like he saw the Surface Book (but didn’t tell me all the details about it, you bastard).  People saw the Surface Mini too, and it never released. Anyway…. Microsoft keeps talking about “Windows in your pocket.”  Not Windows Mobile.  Windows. So, obviously, what follows is that the Microsoft Surface Phone will run Windows.  Not Windows Mobile.  Windows. I can come up with a dozen reasons why this...

posted @ Sunday, October 11, 2015 3:59 PM | Feedback (0)
Configuring ASP.NET WebAPI 2 to allow Put and Delete

Whew.  That was more difficult than it needed to be. Since I’ll forget this….. <system.webServer>    <modules runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests="true">      <remove name="WebDAVModule" />    </modules>    <handlers>      <remove name="WebDAV" />      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_32bit" />      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_64bit" />      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-Integrated-4.0" />      <remove name="OPTIONSVerbHandler" />      <remove name="TRACEVerbHandler" />      <add name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-Integrated-4.0" path="*." verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS" type="System.Web.Handlers.TransferRequestHandler" preCondition="integratedMode,runtimeVersionv4.0" />      <add name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_64bit" path="*." verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS"...

posted @ Tuesday, September 15, 2015 1:12 PM | Feedback (0)
No odata support in ASP.NET MVC 6

From here: Question: Is there support coming for OData? There is no planned work for Odata support in MVC 6.  Please ask more about this in the home repository and we can follow-up on it. Well.  That’s awesome.  At least I can retool what I had in development that was based on OData.

posted @ Saturday, September 12, 2015 11:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Nice StackOverFlow response

In response to this: +1 This is probably the single greatest answer ever provided on stack overflow. Words alone do not suffice in expressing my gratitude for this exceptionally helpful, superbly worded answer. Cries of joy rang out a half a world away when this answer was both read and applied with magnificent levels of success and sincere sensations of relief. A cold beer has especially been set aside for our dear, dear guide, Pieter. May you sir, live a very long and very happy life. An absolutely marvellous contribution. Just marvellous. Thank you. –  rism May 19 '12...

posted @ Thursday, September 10, 2015 10:20 AM | Feedback (0)
Useful programming phrases

Co-worker: Man, that’s some half-assed code in there. Me: Okay, should we ‘full-ass’ it or ‘un-ass’ it?

posted @ Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:10 AM | Feedback (0)
This is the year of Linux on the desktop….

Ok, maybe not.

posted @ Monday, August 03, 2015 12:03 PM | Feedback (0)
Self-blame?

I had no idea that was a word. Anyway, although you certainly should design your apps so that they are easy to use, pretty much if you can’t do it on the computer, it usually is your fault. Sorry.  But, that’s okay.  It isn’t a moral judgment, it’s a skills assessment.

posted @ Friday, April 24, 2015 12:15 PM | Feedback (0)
Breaking news: Relational databases are no longer needed

I wasn’t aware of this: It's not a relational system and, frankly, relational systems simply aren't needed any more. The whole concept of normalization and relational "thinking" for lack of better words came about because of disk space (I was a former DBA). SQL databases are very good at what they do, they succeed because they stick with ACID and are quite fast; I don't think it has anything to do with how good they are at relational theory. But, he was a former DBA (apparently he isn’t a former DBA anymore), so he must know what he’s...

posted @ Sunday, April 19, 2015 12:52 AM | Feedback (0)
Repost: XKCD – Code Quality

posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 12:47 AM | Feedback (0)
Simple Sample Visual Studio Post-Build Event

del C:\Code\Deployments\$(SolutionName)\$(ConfigurationName)\$(ProjectName)\*.* /f /q xcopy /y $(ProjectDir)\bin\$(ConfigurationName)\*.dll C:\Code\Deployments\$(SolutionName)\$(ConfigurationName)\$(ProjectName)\ xcopy /y $(ProjectDir)\bin\$(ConfigurationName)\$(AssemblyName).exe C:\Code\Deployments\$(SolutionName)\$(ConfigurationName)\$(ProjectName)\ xcopy /y $(ProjectDir)\bin\$(ConfigurationName)\$(AssemblyName).exe.config C:\Code\Deployments\$(SolutionName)\$(ConfigurationName)\$(ProjectName)\

posted @ Wednesday, April 08, 2015 11:13 PM | Feedback (0)
It’s ok to like different things: Sine Qua Non and other things

I was reading this and it touched on something that had come across in totally different subjects/genres/whatever, and since there’s a clearly correct answer, I thought I’d mention it here. From that article is this: Critics, of all people, have an obligation to take a stand, and if you truly adore the subtlety and elegance of La Tâche, it is impossible to believe that you can derive equal pleasure from wines like Krankl's The 17th Nail in My Cranium (it's a Syrah that weighs in at around 16 percent alcohol). These are wines that offer completely conflicting notions...

posted @ Wednesday, April 08, 2015 11:57 AM | Feedback (0)
Agile Maturity: Getting beyond Legos and Games

Call me crazy, but I have a dream that one day people can learn about Agile without needing to regress to their childhood. I mean, no doubt it can work, but seriously, we can do better.

posted @ Thursday, March 26, 2015 9:50 AM | Feedback (0)
Acronyms FTW!

<EOM>

posted @ Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:31 PM | Feedback (0)
Are Postgres Foreign Data Wrappers any different from SQL Server Linked Servers?

Reading these things, I’m trying to see what the differences are.

posted @ Tuesday, March 24, 2015 10:43 AM | Feedback (0)
Opera Browser’s Best Feature

By far the best feature of Opera is this: What this means is that you can prevent Flash from executing unless you absolutely need it. Awesome.

posted @ Monday, March 16, 2015 11:54 AM | Feedback (0)
Microsoft pledges to pick up the windows 10 update pace, doesn’t release new build

All-righty then.

posted @ Friday, March 13, 2015 12:45 PM | Feedback (0)
I dream of the day when this goes away

When you run dozens of browser windows, each with possibly dozens of tabs, when things slow to a crawl, it’s probably Flash that’s the problem. Bleh.

posted @ Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:28 PM | Feedback (0)
Strange AutoMapper 3.3.1 Problem

Add AutoMapper from Nuget, build, compiles, fine, run…..exception.  Automapper.dll file cannot be found.  Sure enough, it ain’t there.  Automapper.Net4.dll is there, but not the other. Manually copy over file to bin directory, rebuild, no problem. Not sure what causes this, but it’s obviously a problem, especially with all the different build configurations I have.   Update: once I uninstalled and reinstalled at the project level (as opposed to solution level), the problem resolved itself. God, I hate Nuget.

posted @ Wednesday, March 11, 2015 1:04 PM | Feedback (2)
Microsoft and Versioning

From Scott Guthrie’s introduction: ASP.NET 5 is an open source web framework for building modern web applications that can be developed and run on Windows, Linux and the Mac. It includes the MVC 6 framework, which now combines the features of MVC and Web API into a single web programming framework.  ASP.NET 5 will also be the basis for SignalR 3 Well, that won’t be confusing in any way, shape or form.

posted @ Monday, February 23, 2015 8:24 PM | Feedback (0)
jdan - The artist formerly known as ‘jdn’

Not that anyone cares, but in case anyone thinks that I suddenly am making a lot of typos. I am taking my wife’s maiden name as a middle name, and so am now rebranding as ‘jdan’. Always remember to get married in Chicago in February, destination wedding to be sure.  

posted @ Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:50 AM | Feedback (0)
the type or namespace webviewpage does not exist in system.web.mvc

When setting up a project that I knew was good, I kept getting errors like this when trying to build and couldn’t figure it out, especially since it was referencing pages in Temporary Asp.Net directories. What resolved the issue was making sure that copy local was set to true on the system.web.mvc reference.

posted @ Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:14 PM | Feedback (0)
You can hibernate a Surface Pro 3 running Windows Technical Preview 9926

….if you create a shortcut to use the command line option, and it is otherwise enabled using powercfg.

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:21 PM | Feedback (0)
Note to self about LINQ queries: SingleOrDefault and FirstOrDefault are different

They are both syntactically and semantically different, so if it matters, pay attention. And, yes, “LINQ queries” is arguably redundant. 

posted @ Wednesday, January 28, 2015 1:18 PM | Feedback (0)
2-step verification: a request

To all those who implement 2-step verification (I’m looking at you, Google and Microsoft, in particular)….. When you have step whereby you wait for the user to enter in the verification code, and underneath where they put in the code, is a checkbox which says “Don’t ask again on this computer”, and the user checks that box…. Honor that shit already. And Microsoft, you should be ashamed, but you should really probably figure out how to get 2-step verification to work better when someone wants to add Hotmail to Outlook 2013.  I mean, seriously….

posted @ Monday, January 26, 2015 9:19 PM | Feedback (0)
Resetting a Surface Pro 3

So to prepare for the next release of Windows 10, and for the hell of it, I decided to reset my Surface Pro 3, which I am still in the process of doing.  If you are going to reset a computer, it is usually a good idea to make sure you’ve backed up everything you care about.  It was only a personal database that I had recently created, but that went bye bye. Also, when I reset, it reset to Windows 10 9841.  That I was not expecting.  I was also not expecting it to say that...

posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:31 AM | Feedback (0)
Yet another sign that your software development organization might have some issues

“Someone is here from the overseas office, so even though the process is broken, can we hack the database so that it looks like we are making progress?”

posted @ Tuesday, January 13, 2015 3:34 PM | Feedback (0)
Brilliant things Kirk Herbstreit taught us during the National Championship Game

Oregon, get this, has more difficulty converting on 3rd down when they have longer to go, as opposed to when it is 3rd and 4 or less. Ohio State was having difficulty in short yardage situations because of the push Oregon was getting from their defense, which is why they were 3 for 3 when trying to convert on 4th down. If only Brent Musburger had been there…..

posted @ Monday, January 12, 2015 11:11 PM | Feedback (0)
SimpleInjector – Registering when you have a primitive in the constructor

Suppose you have a class that has something like a string parameter in its constructor, like: public class QueryBus(string busName) : IQueryBus If you try to register this using SimpleInjector the normal way, like this: container.Register<IQueryBus, QueryBus>(); you will get an exception when you call container.Verify(), like this: The constructor of type QueryBus contains parameter 'name' of type String which can not be used for constructor injection. You can also get other errors, depending on what you are trying to do, and obviously, you can’t register a string (and if you try to do...

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 1:47 PM | Feedback (0)
Another sign that your software development organization might not be up to snuff

“Not really my problem.” Offered up when an obvious difficulty/roadblock/issue is raised.

posted @ Thursday, January 08, 2015 12:10 PM | Feedback (0)
A sign your software deployment processes might not be as good as they could be

“Well, everything was fine except that when I copied the config file from DEV to PROD, I made a typo when changing the server setting.”

posted @ Tuesday, January 06, 2015 10:24 AM | Feedback (0)
The OneDrive version dance

Suppose your machine reboots before you have a chance to close out all of your documents (this happens quite often when you are on a Surface Pro 3 that refuses to successfully install the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, but I digress).  Suppose some of these are Excel documents. When you restart Excel and try to open one of those documents, you may get the message ‘someone has updated the server version, do you want to keep your local version or the server version’, what would you choose?   This is a document that is only updated on a single...

posted @ Monday, January 05, 2015 11:40 AM | Feedback (0)
Does your website automatically play videos when you visit and not allow you to turn them off?

Then you suck. You doubly suck if you allow visitors to turn auto-play off but then ‘forget’ this.

posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 11:17 AM | Feedback (0)
The sort of user requirement that can make a software developer weep, random example #74

Scenario: a console app takes a file, loops through every record in the file, and creates an output file. “The user has requested that you add delete button functionality.”

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 11:00 AM | Feedback (0)
Random Software Developer Job Key Responsibility #1

Pulled from random job listing sent to me: • Accountable for partnering with key roles (enterprise architects, infrastructure, etc.) to create solutions that are aligned to architecture standards and principles, leverage common solutions and services

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 3:42 PM | Feedback (0)
Rerunning Visual Studio 2015 Preview Secondary Installer

Did you have a problem running the Secondary Installer when installing Visual Studio 2015?  I did (something went wrong with the node.js download and install).  So, how do you rerun the thing?  Run the secondaryInstaller.msi from the ISO?  Nope. Instead, go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 14.0\SecondaryInstaller and run SecondaryInstaller.exe from there.  I assume it will be in regular Program Files if you have an x86 machine, but since I don’t, I can’t verify that, it’s just a guess. HTH.

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2014 10:36 PM | Feedback (9)
The type exists in both temporary assemblies

So, after spending 6 or 9 hours on this…. Kept building a solution that contained multiple web sites, both using T4MVC (this is totally tangential, the problem wasn’t its fault), and I kept getting ambiguous reference errors regarding the MVC class that it auto-generates, and it would reference temporary assemblies within Temporary ASP.NET files, etc. Would make changes, clean, rebuild……no resolution. Finally, I looked at the bin directory of the one web site.  WTF.  Why is there a DLL for the other web site in there? When you clean a solution, it won’t delete dlls it...

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:21 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879 Installation Failure

Well, I’m 0 for 2 on this one. New preview build is out, and I’ve tried to install it twice and it has failed both times.  It runs through the entire process, including one reboot, and then it fails, popping up a dialog box that reminds me of Windows 3.1 or something, saying one or more components couldn’t be installed.  It then reverts back to 9860 (and thanks for that actually, the reversion seems to work just fine). I’ve tried it on a fairly ‘limited’ universe, my Surface Pro 3 and on a MacBook Air.  I’m going...

posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2014 10:13 PM | Feedback (0)
Nokia Lumia 1520 Battery Life

I just noticed/recalled that I hadn’t charged my phone since yesterday. After 29 hours since last charge, it has 51% battery left. Admittedly, I’ve only made a call or two, surfed a couple of pages, and took 4 photos.  But still, damn.  My 1020 would be at –35% or something.

posted @ Saturday, October 04, 2014 9:12 PM | Feedback (0)
Two best things about the Nokia Lumia 1520

Well, two really noticeable good things. 1)  Older eyes like mine love the larger screen.  So much easier on the eyes. 2) Battery life: there’s something nice about forgetting to charge the phone overnight, and it only losing 2-2.5% battery life an hour. The few times I had looked at it before, it seemed too large, but after, I don’t know, a day, it was just fine.  Of course, this means I probably can’t use a smaller phone ever again, but oh well.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 2:21 PM | Feedback (0)
Something that can make a developer feel lonely….

When you run into an error message, search on Google for it, and get no exact hits.

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:22 PM | Feedback (2)
An Amazon delivery estimate you don’t see often

For an order placed September 1st, 2014: Delivery estimate: October 16, 2014 - December 1, 2014 (More about estimates)

posted @ Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:58 PM | Feedback (0)
Were all file format interface definitions designed by people under the influence of alcohol or other substances?

This is largely a rhetorical question.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:14 PM | Feedback (0)
Quick Surface Pro 3 Review

Summary: mostly good. I was able to trade in an old MacBook Air for about $600 and use it toward an i5/8 GB/256 GB Surface Pro 3 about a month ago.  After having used it for a month, and after having used MBAs for 3 years or so (running Windows mainly on them), I have a few comments. I realize that Retina MBAs are coming in the fall (supposedly), so it is a bit of an unfair comparison at this point, but the “pixel free” (or however the hell Microsoft describes it) ultra dense display is really quite...

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:31 PM | Feedback (0)
Taking another look at Opera

The browser, not the art form. A little while ago, some may recall that there was a bit of a brouhaha regarding Mozilla and its then CEO.  Out of all this, some people thought it would be a good idea to boycott the use of the Firefox browser.  It will come as little surprise to some of you that I think this was, not to put too fine a point on it, a truly idiotic idea on many different levels. After the then CEO was made the no longer CEO, I then read someone who argued that it...

posted @ Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:22 PM | Feedback (0)
Trying to watch a Penguins game while travelling internationally

So, I’m in Scotland and trying to watch Game 2 of the Pens opening round playoff series against the Blue Jackets. I watched Game 1 through GameCenter Live on NHL.Com, so that should work again, right?  Nope.  It says the game is being broadcast locally.  Wait, what?  Where?  I have no idea. So, how about NBC Sports network live streaming?  It also says that I can’t since it is being broadcast locally.  Right. This is kind of a messed up system, if you ask me.  At least I can get the radio broadcast.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:39 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows Phone 8.1 Start Screen Screenshot

I’m liking a lot about the new Windows 8.1 Phone, especially the way to lay out the extra tiles on the start screen.

posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Dumbest in-game info graphic ever?

CBS just showed a graphic that said that UK is 4-0 in the tournament when trailing at the half. Um, if they weren’t something and 0, THEY WOULDN’T BE IN THE FINAL. 

posted @ Monday, April 07, 2014 9:28 PM | Feedback (0)
When is opening day again?

Back when I was young (before there was indoor plumbing and when, gosh, life seemed so much simpler), Opening Day in baseball was simple.  It started in the afternoon in Cincinnati. Now that life is more complicated, everyone starts on the same day.  Well, most everyone, anyway.  At least we can celebrate the beginning of the…..wait.  What?  The regular season started over a week ago?  In Australia? I believe this is how Rome fell.  Or something. Go Pirates.

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 9:08 AM | Feedback (0)
Outlook 2013 Error: The messaging interfaces have returned an unknown error. Cannot resolve recipient

If you have removed an account that in some way affects your profile, you need to exit Outlook and then restart.

posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:45 PM | Feedback (0)
All good things – Chicago Alt.NET

We started the group back when Alt.Net was an actual thing.  Derik, Sergio and I got together at some bar and shot the shit, and ended up starting the group. I never really did much for the group, besides the occasional presentation.  Derik handled all of the mechanics of setting up meetings and whatnot, till he left for North Carolina, and then Sergio took over. Alas, times change.  Some of the key people who helped facilitate setting up the meetings moved.  Many of the people who were part of the original alt.net ‘movement’ left to do ruby and...

posted @ Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:56 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost: How many hours of minimum wage work it takes to earn a beer

From Quartz:

posted @ Monday, February 10, 2014 9:32 AM | Feedback (0)
One definition of a successful meeting

When it takes longer to book the room than use it.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:42 PM | Feedback (0)
What do you do if Resharper doesn’t listen to you?

I’m not sure what to do at this point.

posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:38 AM | Feedback (1)
Accenture is taking over healthcare.gov

Well gosh, that should solve everything.

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 2:56 PM | Feedback (0)
Rejecting Open-Source Software doesn’t make you a racist

Marking the start of the year with one of the dumber analogies in quite some time, Phil Haack has a post about betrayal, open-source software, yada yada yada.  It’s mostly rather silly and you can read it here. Within it, Haack implies that the sort of progress that Microsoft is showing by open sourcing more and more of its stuff is equivalent to the passage of the Civil Rights Act, and other things: The Catholic Church at the time must have felt betrayed by Galileo when he lent his support to the heliocentric model of the universe because...

posted @ Thursday, January 02, 2014 6:53 PM | Feedback (0)
Why infinite-scrolling webpages suck

From xkcd:

posted @ Friday, December 27, 2013 10:22 AM | Feedback (0)
Repost: How to waste time properly

From here: Brent Coker, who studies online behavior at the University of Melbourne in Australia, found that people who engage in “workplace Internet leisure browsing” are about 9 percent more productive than those who don’t. I knew that.

posted @ Tuesday, December 03, 2013 10:06 AM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Git Commit

From xkcd:

posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:15 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Simple Answers

From xkcd

posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 9:56 AM | Feedback (0)
Maybe they shouldn’t have used backbone

From here, around line 6000: var MasterBBView = Backbone.View.extend({     el : $("body"),     loginView : registrationLoginBBView,     registrationView : registrationRegistrationBBView,     forgotPasswordDetailsView : registrationForgotPasswordDetailsBBView,     resetPasswordView : registrationResetPasswordBBView,     expiredPasswordView : registrationExpiredPasswordBBView,     registrationResultsView : registrationRegistrationResultsBBView,     forgotUsernameDetailsView : registrationForgotUsernameDetailsBBView,     loginTermsView : registrationLoginTermsAndConditionsBBView,     forgotUsernameResultsView : registrationForgotUsernameResultsBBView,     passwordChallengeView : registrationForgotPasswordChallengeQuestionBBView,     forgotPasswordResultsView : registrationForgotPasswordResultsBBView,     registrationModel : registrationRegistrationBBModel,         verifyEmailAddress : registrationEIDMIntegrationVerifyEmailAddressEIDMAccountBBModel,         securityQuestionsModel : registrationEIDMIntegrationFetchSecurityQuestionsEIDMAccountBBModel,         userSpecSecurityQuestionsModel : registrationEIDMIntegrationFetchUserSpecSecurityQuestionsEIDMAccountBBModel, ...

posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:36 AM | Feedback (0)
Well, that explains it

Ducks.

posted @ Monday, October 07, 2013 9:03 AM | Feedback (0)
King Crimson is in motion

From here: “So, King Crimson is in motion. This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.” That’s a nice greeting to the morning.

posted @ Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:33 AM | Feedback (0)
Rhetorical question: does Google’s homepage have a bug?

Go to http://google.com and, without entering any text in the search box, click the “Google Search” button.  Observe what happens. Is this a bug?

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 9:45 AM | Feedback (3)
My very first impression of Windows 8.1 RTM

I don’t think the new start button is going to be of interest to anyone.

posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 9:04 AM | Feedback (0)
TF203015: the item blah has an incompatible pending change

Ran into this recently, so leaving myself a note. The posts I saw all had to do with shelve sets, but it appears to happen with regular branches as well.  Sometimes, when you delete a file in two branches, and merge one of them in, when you later try to merge the other one in, TFS appears to get ‘confused’ and won’t let you check in, giving you this message.  At least I think that is what it is. The fix is to undo the changes in that 2nd branch, and then you can check in.

posted @ Monday, September 09, 2013 10:46 AM | Feedback (0)
How not to answer a technical interview question

Me: “So, I see that at various times, you have used Ninject, Unity and Autofac.  Could you explain what you would choose if you had 100% control over a project, and why?” Respondent: “If it were up to me today, I would use NHibernate, especially Fluent NHibernate.”

posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:02 PM | Feedback (0)
xkcd: The pace of modern life

From xkcd:

posted @ Saturday, June 22, 2013 4:24 PM | Feedback (0)
A few tips for the weekend golfer

Hey there.  If you like to play the occasional round of golf on the weekend, here are a couple of pointers. You aren’t that good, so you really don’t need GPS to tell you that the distance to the pin is 137 yards vs. 138 yards.  It doesn’t make that much of a difference. You don’t need to make 10 practice swings.  Your real swing looks almost nothing like your practice swing anyway. You don’t need to line up the putt, and then back off and examine the green for another 30 seconds.  You can’t really read...

posted @ Sunday, June 09, 2013 7:04 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Relational Database vs NoSQL Fanbois

This is basically NSFW, but if you’ve never taken a look, and are in to geek humor, you might want to take a look at this video.

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2013 3:29 PM | Feedback (0)
Another reason I hate ESPN

As the wonderful game crew (or whatever the hell they call their Sunday morning goof-fest) gathered to pick the Steelers-Bengals game, they all picked the Steelers (which is a kiss of death right there), but the kicker came when Berman explained that he was picking the Steelers because Franco Harris was attending the game (it being the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception game). Right.  That certainly guarantees it, doesn’t it?  That’s the sort of logic that dominates the booyahs in Bristol. Naturally, the Steelers just lost. 

posted @ Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:19 PM | Feedback (0)
Cleaning up Outlook RSS Feeds Subfolders

One of the wonderful <sarcasm> features </sarcasm> of Outlook’s RSS Feeds is that you cannot select multiple subfolders and delete them, instead you have to select them one by one. Ever accidentally import an OPML file more than once?  Nothing like dozens and dozens of duplicate folders.  It would be nice to just nuke everything and start over. Anyway, there is a programmatic way of doing it, which can be found here.  Although it references Outlook 2007, the code works with Outlook 2013 (for the most part as I did have to manually delete a couple of them). ...

posted @ Sunday, December 16, 2012 2:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 8 Phone SDK ‘breaks’ Windows 8 on a MacBok Air…

Previous readers will note that I have had…interesting issues in getting Windows 8 to run on a MacB0ok Air, particularly in regards to my Clear Communications 4G USB modem/thingy. I have yet again found some interesting issues with it.  One note:  if you ever have any question about whether something will work outside of ‘test mode’ in Windows 8, leave it alone.  I totally misread the guidance from Clear (which has recognized some issues), and bricked the damn thing.  Again. I will also note that trying to restore a computer from WHS from a MacBook Air is essentially...

posted @ Thursday, November 08, 2012 7:54 PM | Feedback (0)
Colin Cowherd inadvertently defines ‘irony’

On his show recently, Colin was doing a not totally unfunny bit about what it would be like on the day when Derek Jeter breaks Pete Rose’s all time hits record at the age of 47 (or something).  He was describing Jeter limping to home plate, then remembering that he forgot his bat, limps back to the dugout and falls in and breaks his hip (it was actually pretty funny as delivered).  He then said something like, “We know that his falling into the dugout will be sponsored by someone, since it is the Yankees, and the Yankees have someone...

posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 10:54 AM | Feedback (2)
Feedburner goes bye-bye?

So, apparently I’m not the only one noticing that Feedburner counts are all at zero for the last few days.  People talk about it here and here, among other places. I guess I should plan on switching to something else.  I’ll just add that to the list.

posted @ Monday, September 24, 2012 10:47 AM | Feedback (0)
Ah, the start of another beautiful college football season

We made it all the way to 6:02 remaining in the first quarter of the Alabama-Michigan game before Kirk Herbstreit reminded us, after a penalty, that there is a “big difference between 3rd and 10 and 3rd and 5.”  Brilliant, just brilliant. The only question is, considering this the ‘line’, do we take the over or the under on when John Gruden makes a similar comment on the first Monday Night football game?

posted @ Saturday, September 01, 2012 7:42 PM | Feedback (1)
Finally: Windows 8 RTM on a MacBook Air under BootCamp with Unsigned Drivers

disclaimer: this worked on my machine.  It might not on yours, so if you brick it, don’t blame me. In a couple of previous posts, I talked about my somewhat entertaining (if you are easily entertained) attempts to get Windows 8 RC to run under BootCamp without issue, and with all of the software and hardware that I require to use it as my full time machine, which essentially boiled down to getting the touchpad to work with secondary click, etc., FaceTime support, and the ability to use my Clear 4G USB stick when out at client sites, or...

posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:21 PM | Feedback (0)
No Windows 8 Boot Menu = bad

One of the ‘features’ of Windows 8 is that it boots so fast that you can’t actually get the typical F2/F8 boot menu to show when powering up.  Instead, you can, from within Windows 8, tell it to boot into a typical boot menu (where you choose to use last known good, etc.).  If for whatever reason your last boot into Windows fails, the boot menu will also show. This is all great, but as my experience with trying to get Clear 4G to run on Windows 8 on a MacBook Air shows, this isn’t good enough.  Windows boots...

posted @ Saturday, July 21, 2012 8:35 PM | Feedback (0)
A question of deep philosophical import concerning Taco Bell

Why didn’t they create a version of their Doritos Loco tacos using taco-flavored Doritos?

posted @ Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:11 AM | Feedback (0)
Oops – How to brick a MacBook Air

In a previous post, I was all happy and whatnot about finally getting Windows 8 RC installed through BootCamp on my MacBook Air and with fully functional Clear 4G service.  Now, the computer gods love nothing more than some snotty, arrogant person declaring victory to soon, and revel in any opportunity to bitchslap the bastard down.  Or something like that.  So, they gave me a good lesson in “um, you might want to think a little harder before doing that.” I learned a couple of things here.  One, it is possible to (almost entirely) brick a MacBook...

posted @ Monday, July 16, 2012 10:22 PM | Feedback (0)
Success – Windows 8 RC on MacBook Air using BootCamp

posted from Windows 8 RC running on a MacBook Air 2011 using BootCamp, connected to the InterWEB using my Clear 4G device. In a previous post, I talked about the various issues with running Windows 8 RC on a MacBook Air.  All of the issues seem to be resolved. Brief recap: I had tried to install Windows 8 RC on an older MacBook Air and faced a whole host of issues.  The main one involved a hard lock of the entire system within minutes of operation. After successfully loading Windows 8 RC within Parallels, I decided, what...

posted @ Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:52 PM | Feedback (0)
Partial Fail – Windows 8 RC on MacBook Air

note: I am composing this whilst running Windows 8 RC within Parallels on a 13” MacBook Air 2011. Windows 8 is going RTM in August (or something like that), so I’m trying to get a very slight head-start and use it on a daily basis.  There are a couple of complicating factors for me here: As the title of this post suggests, I largely use my MacBook Air now.  My ‘main’ developer rig, what with all the 27” monitors goes largely unused (and if I had a spare four grand lying around, I’d get a...

posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:12 PM | Feedback (1)
Fail: Upgrading Windows 7 x64 Ultimate to Windows 8 RC

I’ve tried on multiple systems (either 3 or 4), but any attempt to upgrade runs for over an hour, and ultimately fails after one of the various reboots where you get the screen with the frowny emoticon saying it couldn’t be done. On the bright side, it rolls back properly so you don’t have a hosed system.  Trying to find out the cause of the failed upgrade is a hoot.  You have to trundle through C:\$WINDOWS.~BT\Sources\Panther and other places.  It looks like there are multiple errors like: Error      [0x08038d] MIG    Failure while calling IPostApply->ApplySuccess for...

posted @ Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10:21 AM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Technology vs Sexism

I’m reposting about the original that can be found here. Since I’m reposting it, I obviously agree with it, but let me add my own spin/rant to the whole thing. To repeat something I posted previously: “If you are a woman in any industry, and you find yourself going to meetings where the first comment you hear is “Hey babe, nice tits”, run, don’t walk to your HR department. “ Since that could be read as being flippant, let me make clear how serious I was.  Like racism, sexism takes different forms.  Not every form is...

posted @ Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:57 PM | Feedback (0)
If you are in the far left lane on an expressway…

and there are cars lined up behind you, and multiple other cars diving into the next lane on the right who pass you and move back in front of you, please move the f%^& over.  Besides being annoying, you are actually a safety hazard to the drivers around you. Thanks.

posted @ Monday, April 30, 2012 7:04 PM | Feedback (1)
Free TekPub Episode – Why you should care about ASP.NET MVC 2.0

Rob Conery has announced the free availability of a webcast on TekPub.  I have not yet watched the entire thing, but since it is done by Scott Sanderson and Rob, it is undoubtedly a good thing to watch. And, did I mention it is free? Rob lucky bastard starts it off while sitting on the beach in Hawaii.

posted @ Tuesday, April 03, 2012 9:02 PM | Feedback (0)
I understand how he feels

Microsoft has decided to accept contributions to a wide range of their asp.net stack.  Scott Guthrie (among others) describes this decision here. Rob Conery has a post wherein he describes an attempt on his part to setup a repository on GitHub that could tie into the CodePlex respository (see details in his post).  There was apparently some blowback on this, and so he reversed course. Rob laments this: “So, when I blasted out my little announcement, people (I spose fairly) thought I was being a jerk (again). Some venom filled my timeline and I even had a...

posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:55 PM | Feedback (0)
The sort of thing about ESPN that can drive you nuts

Obviously, this doesn’t just apply to ESPN, but since they hold the monopoly…. The Chicago Bears put the franchise tag on Matt Forte, and then signed Reggie Bush.  Forte took to Twitter to talk about being disrespected, yada yada yada. This is right in ESPN’s wheelhouse.  Let’s discuss athletes, disrespect, money, break!!!! Anyway, on whichever ESPN radio show which I was listening to while driving home, Three-Time Super Bowl Winner Mark Schlereth decided to weigh in on the matter. <digression>I call him “Three-Time Super Bowl Winner Mark Schlereth” because, without prompting, he inevitably brings up the...

posted @ Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Harden the f%&k up

So, apparently there is some Interweb controversy about something called Geekli.st.  Scott Hanselman blogs about it here. As far as I can tell, the issue can be summarized as: A woman created some marketing copy for a company that another woman found offensive, and the owners/executives/whatever of said company handled it on Twitter in a way that other people found unsatisfactory, and then the owners/executives/whatever of said company apologized for handling it in a way that other people found unsatisfactory and that they really didn’t mean to handle it in a way that other people found unsatisfactory. ...

posted @ Saturday, March 24, 2012 9:49 PM | Feedback (0)
I’m so old….

….that I remember when MTV actually played music videos and ESPN didn’t completely suck. The only thing they missed is that if a SportsCenter host snapped like that, it would be sponsored by Coors Light.

posted @ Sunday, March 18, 2012 8:30 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Macbook Air

It was probably not the smartest thing to do to upgrade my Windows 7 BootCamp partition the second it came out.  It was probably also not the smartest thing to do this a couple of hours before leaving on a multi-week trip. Two major issues faced immediately: Touchpad not recognized.  The drivers don’t work and Touchpad++ doesn’t help either.  I’m guessing I’m about the only person in the world currently using a USB mouse on an MBA.  On the bright side, I don’t have to worry about the ridiculous over-sensitivity of the thing when in...

posted @ Thursday, March 01, 2012 3:40 PM | Feedback (2)
Running Windows 7 on a MacBook Air using Boot Camp

In previous posts, I talked about some of the annoying issues I’ve had with trying to use a MacBook Air due to its sleep issues. However, besides the sleep stuff, the main issue I’ve run into is that it is hard to try and ‘replace’ my main development machine due to the lack of memory you can get installed on an MBA.  4 GB max, which means 2 GB (more or less) for Windows 7.  For normal non-development work, 2 GB would actually be fine, but I tend to like to have multiple Visual Studio instances open, 30-50 browser...

posted @ Sunday, February 12, 2012 7:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Okay, maybe not: Recurring Macbook Air Sleep Problems

I had previously posted about how setting a startup disk seemed to prevent a recurring problem with my MacBook Air being unable to wake up from sleep.  I didn’t understand why it would work, but it appeared to. Looks like that was premature, as the problem has occurred twice the last two days, and the startup disk is still set. Back to the drawing board.

posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 4:50 PM | Feedback (0)
Guilty Musical Pleasure : Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ for You

I like Colbie Caillat’s music.  There I’ve said it. I realize that I’m not her target demographic.  I also realize this is somewhat disturbing, if not downright creepy.  But dammit, I can’t help it. There is a particular cognitive dissonance when the shuffle play on my Zune pairs this with, say, King Crimson, but what can you do. I've been spending all my..time Just thinking about ya I don't know what to do I think I'm fallin' for you I've been waiting all my.. life...

posted @ Saturday, January 21, 2012 10:47 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Fix MacBook Air Sleep Problem

I’ve posted previously about problems that I’ve had with my MacBook Air 13” (2011 edition).  An additional one that crept up was its maddeningly random inability to wake from sleep.  I typically take it to a client site everyday (or elsewhere when I’m travelling) and put it to sleep for the commute each way, and on too many numerous occasions, it failed to wake up, requiring a full power cycle, and then hope I remembered to save everything before it slept. This post details a fix that, after a week or so, appears to have resolved the...

posted @ Thursday, January 19, 2012 1:27 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost: Comments Commentary

Via John Gruber at DaringFireball, Matt Gemmell has a post that describes the pros and cons of allowing comments on a website. I’ve long been of the view that you really should have (moderated) comments if you want to say that you have a blog.  Of course, given that Gruber doesn’t allow comments, I’d then have to figure out what DaringFireball is, if not a blog, and if that’s a difference that makes a difference. In any event, none of the comments in the linked post favors the Rob Conery patented “turn on comments until you start getting...

posted @ Monday, January 09, 2012 11:03 PM | Feedback (0)
Jesus does not influence the outcome of NFL games

After watching yet another miraculous Tim Tebow led comeback, I began to reconsider my stance that Jesus was not interested in the outcome of NFL games. There are two particular aspects about the Tebow phenomenon that I particularly enjoy. One is the obvious religious aspect. Although it isn’t the only factor, by far one of the largest aspects that drives the Tebow-haters, and drives them nuts, is the fact that Tebow is openly Christian, and unapologetic about it. These same people generally wouldn’t mind thuggish behavior in their athletes, or manslaughter convictions, or what have you, but an occasional mention of Jesus...

posted @ Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:45 PM | Feedback (2)
Repost: A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

This is a very interesting read.  I like this line in particular: “Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?” Take a look.

posted @ Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:53 AM | Feedback (0)
A nice Veteran’s Day moment

“Every now and then, a video comes along that can cut through even the iciest, most cynical heart.” Technically, it was the day after Veteran’s Day. Enjoy.

posted @ Monday, November 14, 2011 7:04 PM | Feedback (0)
Comment Spam: Too good not to post

The actual comment spam has been deleted, but I’ve posting the content for obvious reasons: “Wow, what a blog! I mean, you just have so much guts to go ahead and tell it like it is. Youre what blogging needs, an open minded superhero who isnt afraid to tell it like it is.”

posted @ Thursday, September 29, 2011 9:59 AM | Feedback (0)
Comment Spam: I’m not interested in a business loan and neither are any of my readers

Comment spam is a fact of life if you run a blog.  It typically takes on a few common aspects. Comment spammers are looking for unmoderated blogs so that they can post a whole bunch of random off-topic comments that contain links to whatever they are spamming about.  This blog is moderated, so what happens is I get a bunch of spam comments in-between the few real reader comments.  I approve the real reader comments, and then delete the spam comments in a batch whenever my lazy ass gets around to it. Usually, once a particular comment spammer...

posted @ Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:25 PM | Feedback (0)
Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview doesn’t always like Visual Studio 2010 Projects

I installed the Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview on one of my machines, as it is supposedly safe to install side by side with Visual Studio 2010. One of its supposed features is its ability to open Visual Studio 2010 projects/solutions without modifying them, which can then be re-opened in Visual Studio 2010. It turns out this isn’t always the case, though I’m not sure why. I have a solution that is (more or less) a silverlight application, and it simply won’t open the web project that hosts the silverlight app.  When the solution is opened, it...

posted @ Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:53 AM | Feedback (1)
Blogging from a MacBookAir running Windows 8 Developer Preview

This appears to work. So, I’m running Windows 8 using Parallels 7.  This appears to work.  Like I just said.

posted @ Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:41 PM | Feedback (0)
Report: There were too many people and they were too drunk

Truer words have never been spoken about many things, but it definitely applies to this one.  As the link states: “Let’s make sure we have this straight: too many drunken people in too close of a proximity to each other, in an emotionally charged environment, without enough police supervision will lead to problems. Glad to hear it only took two months to come up with that kind of hard hitting analysis.” As a proud Canadian (and a proud American, as like my sisters, I am a dual citizen of both countries due to being born in Canada of...

posted @ Friday, September 02, 2011 5:14 PM | Feedback (0)
Study: Narcissists know they are annoying

No shit.

posted @ Thursday, September 01, 2011 12:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Repost - Insane Moron Draws Conclusion From NFL Preseason Game

Funny.

posted @ Friday, August 26, 2011 9:47 AM | Feedback (0)
Misheard Lyrics – Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter

After spending a week’s vacation in Canada with my family (Kingston, where I was born, Montreal and Quebec City….I’d never been to Quebec City, and especially enjoyed it), I was driving my sister and her husband to the airport when this song came on the radio and we all began ‘singing’ it, which of course meant muttering random and incoherent sentences, because no one can really tell what the hell Eddie Vedder is actually singing. Anyway, she forwarded to me this video which explains it perfectly.  As one commenter said, “whats so hard to understand that he doesnt want...

posted @ Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:29 AM | Feedback (0)
Now that the lockout is over and football is on the way…

…We can again get the fascinating, insightful and in-depth analysis from ESPN that we’ve all come to know and love, especially from Trent Dilfer and Mark Schlereth. On how Plaxico Burress will perform now that he is back in the NFL after his prison term, Mark offered the following fascinating, insightful and in-depth commentary:  he could be rusty and out of playing shape from being away from the game, but he could also be refreshed from being off his legs during all this time, possibly giving him what he and his teammates’ used to call ‘fresh legs’ in training...

posted @ Sunday, July 31, 2011 7:07 PM | Feedback (0)
Glitches when running Microsoft Expression Blend under Parallels on a Mac

Thankfully, others have experienced this as well, but suddenly I had a weird issue with trying to run Expression Blend from my Macbook Air, which hosts a Windows 7 installation under Parallels.  When I would run it, it would look like it was running under 4-bit graphics or something, and totally unusable. Apparently, it is due to how WPF apps (which I take Expression is, though I haven’t had a problem with Visual Studio 2010, which I think is a WPF app as well) work with hardware acceleration in this environment.  In any event, the fix is fairly simple. ...

posted @ Saturday, July 30, 2011 6:34 PM | Feedback (0)
If it doesn’t exist in a current file format, does it still exist?

As an undergrad, I wrote a novel for my senior Honors thesis.  Even after all this time, I’m still unable (and probably too biased) to figure out whether or not, on a scale of 1-10, whether it rated a 1, or if maybe, just maybe, it was good enough to rate as high as a 3.  If I ever make it to that point, and have the time, when I’m in my fifties, I think I might try to re-write it.  But the purpose of this post is not about literary criticism. I wrote it on an electronic typewriter,...

posted @ Friday, July 29, 2011 7:56 PM | Feedback (0)
Presentation Pointer: Watch the clock

And I don’t mean the typical scenario. Typical scenario: you create a presentation, and you don’t necessarily practice it, and then 25% through the actual presentation, you’ve used up 50+% of your time already. Well, this is kind of like that. For various reasons, the start time of the presentation was delayed 30 minutes or so.  About 25% of the way through the presentation, I checked the time (no clock in the room, so checked on my phone), and my brain totally forgot that I started 30 minutes late, so I thought I was way behind schedule...

posted @ Friday, June 17, 2011 6:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Take a minute and thank a veteran

I’ve posted about this before, but got an email today from a friend of mine about a family member who was in the army and just died in Iraq. These people are true heroes.  They let us bitch and moan and whine about irrelevant things like software development.  Perhaps it is the Lutheran in me, but it really doesn’t matter what your political stance is, or if you think the efforts in the Middle East are worth doing or a total mistake, the soldiers on the ground deserve our thanks and our respect regardless.  Always show respect,...

posted @ Tuesday, June 07, 2011 9:04 PM | Feedback (0)
Roger Waters – Amused To Death (Live)

Update: For copyright reasons, this is no longer available on YouTube.  I don’t know what the original source was, so cannot point to that. I encourage you, if you are interested, to find other ways of hearing this song, especially if it involves paying the artist who created it.  Thanks. I’ve posted about the album before but there’s a good concert video of the title track available.  It has the obligatory Pink Floyd-ish trio of swaying female background singers, and well played guitar riffs, but although the music itself is well done, it is somewhat besides the point. ...

posted @ Friday, June 03, 2011 8:02 PM | Feedback (0)
How to get a series on the Food Network

Step one - Pick a contestant skill level: incompetent, novice, ‘foodie’, professional Step two – Pick a theme: could be a particular food type (e.g, cake), could be a particular food technique (e.g, grilling), could be just a general competition in order to become the next <insert next what here>. Step three – Pick a judging panel: should be (though isn’t always the case) relevant to what you pick in step one and two.  If possible, include at least two of the following: generally effeminate guy, guy with bad hair, fairly smoking hot woman.  This helps satisfy the...

posted @ Friday, May 13, 2011 8:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Job posting snippet that probably should have been run through the marketing department

Must….resist….obvious….joke “I need an Informatica Developer w/ BO for my direct client “

posted @ Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:03 PM | Feedback (0)
Words of Wisdom – My Younger Sister

In discussing the music of Epica: “Their death grunting even makes sense live, though it usually seems rather silly to me.” If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times.  You can never have too much death grunting. Death grunting?

posted @ Monday, May 02, 2011 6:23 PM | Feedback (0)
Job posting snippet sign of the Apocalypse?

Hi, Position: Project Manager Location: NYC, NY Rate: Open Duration: 18 Months Required: * Waterfall.  Thats the only absolute requirement. 

posted @ Sunday, May 01, 2011 5:44 PM | Feedback (0)
Broken Category Show All Links

A reader contacted me to let me know that the show all functionality for my blog categories is broken.  Thus: http://www.blogcoward.com/category/15.aspx?Show=All returns zero posts. There’s a reason for this.  That page produces an “unbounded result set.”  Since my blog is on a shared, publicly hosted infrastructure, in order to prevent traffic from my blog from taking down other sites, I decided to make the settings “safe by default” and return nothing. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!  Try the veal, tip your waitresses. Oy.  Seriously, I’ll have to check to see what is wrong in the source code.  Because of...

posted @ Monday, April 25, 2011 6:05 PM | Feedback (2)
Steak

For Lent, I normally give up lima beans, but since I generally hate the little fuckers, it has never really fit into the whole idea of sacrifice.  So, this year, I decided to actually give up a few things, which led, among other things, to becoming a pescetarian for 40 days.  And no, I had no idea the term existed, either. When I stopped being broke (one of the ‘advantages’ of getting a Ph.D. in Philosophy is that when you graduate and try to be an adjunct professor, your income tends to top out in the $20k range, at...

posted @ Sunday, April 24, 2011 5:10 PM | Feedback (0)
Tip for handling an unplanned outage: Protect your family jewels

In a previous post, I took a little dig at Tekpub.  Someone thought I was ‘cheering’ this misfortune.  This is silly. Site outages are something that should be part of any revenue generating site’s operational plan/business model.  I’ve probably dealt with this at least a dozen times (I personally have caused three of them myself).  Now that Rob Conery has transitioned from a (very successful from all accounts) career where he did a whole bunch of ‘architecture astronaut’ to running an (very successful from all accounts) actual business, it is nice to see that he has some experience in...

posted @ Friday, April 22, 2011 9:11 PM | Feedback (0)
Tip to paying taxes electronically

If you switch from paying taxes ‘manually’ to electronic payment through your accountant, take the extra minute to verify that they are going to try to pay it out of the right account. Merde.

posted @ Monday, April 18, 2011 11:06 PM | Feedback (0)
Email Provider Changed

Because I’m old and slow and lazy and stupid, I didn’t bother to change the blog config to reflect the fact that I had changed email providers, so I’ve been dropping messages.  Well done, sir, well done. Fixed.

posted @ Sunday, April 17, 2011 12:18 AM | Feedback (0)
Road Trip – Briefest of summaries

Length: 16 days. Miles travelled: 6074. Cities visited (well, where I had advanced hotel reservations anyway): Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary. NHL arenas visited: LA, Anaheim, San Jose, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary (Also took in a Lakers game and a Dodgers game). Number of months it is going to take me to pay it off: too many (I luckily didn’t budget it carefully ahead of time, otherwise I probably would have realized it was too expensive). I may put up a separate post with some of the ‘nature pics’...

posted @ Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:51 PM | Feedback (0)
Nice Job Mozilla…Not

I am something of a ‘power user’ when it comes to web browsing.  I tend to have up to ten separate windows open, each one of which could have as many as 10-15 tabs open at any one time. I used to use separate browsers depending on the content, Maxthon for certain things, Opera for others.  I tried IE and Chrome and Safari, but finally ended up with Firefox.  Opera had been my favorite due to its ability to explicitly save multi-windows sessions, but its memory usage wasn’t great (though when you have up to 150 tabs open at...

posted @ Friday, March 25, 2011 6:50 PM | Feedback (1)
Total Nerd Post: Upgrading through every version of Windows

From ArsTechnica, this is a YouTube video of someone upgrading a virtual machine from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7. No, I don’t know why either, other than to do it.  I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine if is cool or scary that Windows 7 maintains backwards compatibility with early Windows programs.

posted @ Friday, March 04, 2011 5:37 PM | Feedback (0)
Final Creative 32 GB Most Popular List

I recently bought a Zune HD 64 GB player.  I had hoped the Creative Zen 64 GB player, physically identical to my 32 GB unit, would have been the one, but alas…. I never would have considered the Zune, except for two reasons: Because of my Windows 7 Samsung Focus, I got to play with Zune Marketplace and sign up for the monthly pass thing. Someone at a recent Chicago Alt.NET meeting had a Zune HD, gave it a good reference and let me look at it.  The physical design of it...

posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 9:41 PM | Feedback (0)
Travel Tip: Don’t flee from the Texas State Police

In my defense, it wasn’t my fault.  Well, not exactly. I took a well-deserved (well, I think it was, anyway) vacation that I might get around to posting about.  As a huge hockey fan, I visited Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, and Nashville to catch an NHL game in each city (highlight was obviously watching the Pens win in overtime against the Avalanche.  On the one hand, it was the Avalanche, who aren’t exactly doing well.  On the other hand, the Pens are dressing half of their AHL franchise because of all their injuries, so I’ll take it).  I actually drove...

posted @ Wednesday, February 23, 2011 9:10 PM | Feedback (0)
Thank a veteran

I don’t normally post something like this, but it came up recently. Recently, I had the joy/opportunity to serve on jury duty.  That in itself is interesting. Anyway, I got to have a conversation during that time with someone who spent multiple tours of duty in the Middle East. It matters not what your political views are.  These people deserve our respect and thanks for serving and doing what most of us couldn’t possibly do.  If you meet them, take a second to thank them. They deserve it.

posted @ Monday, February 07, 2011 8:46 PM | Feedback (0)
Excel Interop: System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException : Microsoft Excel cannot access the file

Yes, before you say anything, Excel Interop isn’t something you should be doing, unless you have to. Anyway, typical problem is this:  you create some C# code that uses Excel Interop to do the ugly things that you are doing, and all works fine.  Then, you try to schedule it through Windows Scheduler or SQL Server Agent or run the code from a web site in IIS, and each time you try to run it, it throws this error. From Bob Templeton in the MSDN forums’ post here, you need to do this: -  Create  the directory...

posted @ Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:49 PM | Feedback (4)
Words of Wisdom – Nigella Lawson

Judging a dish on Iron Chef America: “It’s witty, without bringing attention to itself.” That’s exactly how I feel when ordering off the dollar menu at Taco Bell.

posted @ Saturday, February 05, 2011 7:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Fun Link: Studio Multitracks

Via John Gruber, Studio Multitracks is a site that deconstructs classic (and some not so classic) songs into their individual tracks. The hook that got both Gruber and myself to visit is the deconstruction of The Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter.  If you don’t like the song, you probably won’t be as impressed, but then again, if you don’t like the song, there’s something wrong with you. Check it out.

posted @ Friday, February 04, 2011 6:39 PM | Feedback (0)
Wintery Wonderland, Chicago-style

Officially, something like 19” fell.  Hard to get quite the scale, but it’s a lot.  Most sidewalks and streets are still impassable.

posted @ Wednesday, February 02, 2011 6:04 PM | Feedback (0)
The kind of analysis that makes ESPN the journalistic juggernaut it is

“Real football playoff games are what real football playoff games are.”

posted @ Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:27 PM | Feedback (1)
Fun Link: Never said about restaurant websites

Have you ever noticed how bad some restaurant web sites are?  The overuse of Flash, the occasional difficult in finding somewhat important items like, oh, directions, menus, operating hours, little things like that? Apparently I’m not the only one.  Courtesy of John Gruber, the site Never said about restaurant websites tracks some of the more idiotic, not to mention humorous, aspects you can come across.  A current favorite: “I love downloading PDFs. Even if the menu is totally out of date, it’s worth the thrill.” Enjoy.

posted @ Thursday, January 06, 2011 1:22 PM | Feedback (0)
How to become a Thought Leader Online

One of the clients I work for is in a building whose elevators have those Captivate thingies (technical term) where they display news headlines, sports scores, weather updates, and various advertisements.  I have no idea if these things work or not from a marketing standpoint, but I guess they help pass the 45 seconds or whatever it takes to get to my floor. One of the ‘brilliant’ advertisers is Harvard School of Business Management (or whatever they are called).  They tend to have ‘brilliant’ advice that really makes me want to go there.  Right.  Anyway, today they had something...

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 7:54 PM | Feedback (3)
Robert Fripp ends career '”in the conventional role of a professional player”

From his blog, after a performance at “WFC 1” (which is across from the WTC site, and which I visited in my last visit to NYC): “Speaking in the dressing room afterwards to John Schaefer & the Power Person responsible for the programming here: this evening’s performance is the last for me in the conventional role of a professional player….conventional venues & conventional approaches to the conventional wisdom of the conventionally-professional musical life are at an end. Not retirement, as with Billy B., but continuing to play & practice with the work of the Guitar Circle & writing in...

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 6:09 PM | Feedback (0)
Moderation Issue

For reasons that I don’t understand yet, it turns out that when people have been submitting comments for moderation, I’ve been getting no email notifications of the fact. Quite annoying.  I don’t know if it is a SubText issue or a PEBKAC issue.  Without any evidence to the contrary, I assume it is PEBKAC. So, I’ve approved the backlog of comments, and will monitor the queue until I can un-PEBKAC the problem. Sorry about that.

posted @ Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:24 PM | Feedback (0)
If your credit card or debit card is stolen

More than a decade ago, when I was living in South Beach (town motto: “It’s a great place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live here…Seriously, it sucks”), the last year I was there, my apartment was broken into twice and someone tried to steal my car.  Sign from God to move?  You be the judge. Anyway, as part of the first theft, a bunch of credit cards were stolen, and I remember how much it sucked to deal with reporting it, but it was really important to do so. Recently, a friend discovered that, even though...

posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Feedback (0)
How Do I Reboot My Car?

Update: apparently, the phone issue is a known issue related to the Samsung focus and using microSD cards that aren’t “certified for Windows 7 Phone.”  The problem is, there is no such certification now.  Nice.  Apparently it wasn’t part of the official Windows 7 Phone profile or something.  But a fix is supposedly on the way, so for the meantime, AT&T says they will give me a new phone (since it’s apparently possible it could brick itself at any point). Technology rocks.  If you are old enough to think about where things where things were 10 years ago, you...

posted @ Sunday, November 21, 2010 10:55 PM | Feedback (0)
Outlook 2010–This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer

A few weeks ago, I started getting this annoying error when trying to click on links in Outlook 2010 messages.  I have no idea how I caused it, but apparently it happens a lot. There are a number of different things to check and try (like resetting your default browser, etc.). What worked for me: 1.Start, click Run, type Regedit in the Open box, and then click OK. 2.Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\.html 3.Right click the value for the .html key and select Modify… 4.Change the value...

posted @ Saturday, November 20, 2010 1:49 PM | Feedback (22)
Troubleshooting a Windows 7 Phone Problem

Update: apparently, the phone issue is a known issue related to the Samsung focus and using microSD cards that aren’t “certified for Windows 7 Phone.”  The problem is, there is no such certification now.  Nice.  Apparently it wasn’t part of the official Windows 7 Phone profile or something.  But a fix is supposedly on the way, so for the meantime, AT&T says they will give me a new phone (since it’s apparently possible it could brick itself at any point). Windows 7 Phone can use a MicroSD card to increase its capacity for storing all those mp3s you illegally...

posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:05 PM | Feedback (2)
Judging Cost vs. Risk in Testing

Derick Bailey has a good post about determining the cost vs. value of doing testing.  No one who’s read this blog will be surprised that I particularly like this: “There is a cost associated with a test-first approach. If you put in 100% unit test coverage, and 100% integration test cover and 100% end-to-end functionality test coverage, then you end up with 300% coverage of your system. Is the cost of maintaining 300% coverage worth it in your system? “ It’s a good read, check it out.

posted @ Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:04 PM | Feedback (0)
I hate virtual keyboards

I have a project that will need to develop stuff™ for Windows Phone 7, Droid, and iPhone.  Accordingly, I finally got off the crappy but familiar Windows Mobile 6.5 stuff and got a Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus (or whatever you call it) as my ‘daily’ phone. There are many reviews out there about it, mostly positive with reservations, so you can google all that. The one thing I worried about though seems to have come true.  I hate virtual keyboards. Consistently, when I try to type a message or email or whatever, the virtual keyboard just...

posted @ Thursday, November 11, 2010 9:17 PM | Feedback (0)
SQL Server: When were my indexes and statistics updated?

From http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/joew/archive/2007/08/31/60316.aspx, use these queries to check when statistics for indexes were last updated. SELECT t.name AS Table_Name ,i.name AS Index_Name ,i.type_desc AS Index_Type ,STATS_DATE(i.object_id,i.index_id) AS Date_Updated FROM sys.indexes i JOIN sys.tables t ON t.object_id = i.object_id WHERE i.type > 0 ORDER BY t.name ASC ,i.type_desc ASC ,i.name ASC SELECT name AS stats_name ,STATS_DATE(object_id, stats_id) AS statistics_update_date, * FROM sys.stats order by STATS_DATE(object_id, stats_id)  

posted @ Thursday, November 04, 2010 9:13 AM | Feedback (0)
Funny comment spam

Got this comment recently: “Thanks for that link it was a huge help as I'm a DNN newbie stuck on a vista machine. 2 things the guide misses out though, you need to add default.aspx to the default docs list in IIS and you need to select the http option in .net Framework 3.0 (Turn Windows Features on or off), otherwise, spot on! ” What’s funny about it is that it was a comment to my link to a Jefferson Starship video.  And, of course, the commenter’s URL was to some casino site.

posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Feedback (0)
Does this 16 GB of Ram make my butt look big?

One of the advantages of moving completely 64-Bit is that you can finally use all of the memory you can install on a system (32-bit Windows always hit the limit around 3.5 GB, depending on the machine, due to memory addressing blah blah blah…..I remember when I used to have to set up memory management so that I could play whatever version of Ultima or whatever I wanted to play at the time which required that extra 12 MB you had to squeeze in somewhere…I vaguely remember running some version of Novell DOS at one point just because...

posted @ Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:41 PM | Feedback (1)
(Vaguely) Technology Related Signs One is Getting Older

I’m sure there are many others, but these come to mind: You remember when MTV used to show music videos. You misspell something in a text message, and immediately send a correction, as if the person receiving the text message is so much of an idiot that they can’t possibly figure out what you meant. You find yourself thankful that when you were growing up, there was no way that you could have texted a sexually explicit picture of yourself to someone you really thought you loved at the time.

posted @ Sunday, October 17, 2010 9:46 PM | Feedback (0)
NuPack released

There's all sorts of stuff out today about it, but the 'official' announcement can be found here. Special award goes out to Jeff Olson for the first snarky comment about it (in the comments to the announcement), and his use of 'auto-fellate'.  Snippet: "Released "only" as a VSX package? Really? Only supporting 2010, no less? I guess that's great for MVP bloggers, community evangelists and other assorted MS Employees who like to auto-fellate on all the Great Things they do for the community, but there's still a *huge* number of enterprise devs out there in the wild still on VS2008 and 2.0/3.5 ....Bonus...

posted @ Wednesday, October 06, 2010 12:18 PM | Feedback (1)
A Week in Manhattan

My dad worked in Manhattan for something like a dozen years, and lived in a building that had free guest rooms (awesome!) so I’ve been to NYC dozens of times, but since he retired and the free room and board went bye-bye, I hadn’t been back in 7 years or so.  Things are going well, and I had tickets to the Porcupine Tree concert at Radio City Music Hall (see post here), so I decided, what the hell, let’s make it a really expensive week long vacation.  And it’s easier to post than send emails sometimes.  As a solely personal...

posted @ Monday, October 04, 2010 8:45 PM | Feedback (0)
Porcupine Tree – Live at Radio City Music Hall – 09/24/2010

A couple of days before the show, I ‘discovered’ Porcupine Tree’s twitter page, and so was prepared for a 3 hour show that featured one ‘half’ of a performance of The Incident, and one ‘half’ of them performing older material from the 1993-1999 period. It didn’t turn out quite that way.  With two 10-minute breaks, they didn’t quite perform for 3 hours, they didn’t play The Incident in its entirety, and they didn’t just play other material from 1993-1999.  But, regardless, it was a pretty fantastic show (with only a minor quibble).  Here’s a mini-review, including the set list. ...

posted @ Monday, September 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Feedback (0)
College Football Question: Why don’t DBs commit pass interference more often?

As everyone knows, in the NFL, a pass interference penalty results in the ball being placed at the spot of the foul.  It could be 10 yards, it could be 47 yards. In college football, it is only a 15 yard penalty from the line of scrimmage. Given this, why don’t defensive coaches coach their defensive backs to commit this foul any and every time a receiver is obviously going to beat them on a route?  Against the possibility of a touchdown or long gain on a pass, why not just tackle the receiver and take the 15...

posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:49 PM | Feedback (1)
If They Can Make It There (Porcupine Tree at Radio City Music Hall, 9/24/2010)

Back in February (I think), Porcupine Tree announced that they were going to have two special concerts, one in NYC, and one in London. It was never really explained why they were special concerts.  I’m unclear at the moment if they are at all, as Porcupine Tree is touring ‘normally’ for The Incident. In any event, I decided to turn the concert event into an excuse to take a full week vacation to NYC, which starts this weekend. Before he retired, my father lived in a building that had one (or more) guest rooms that allowed myself...

posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:38 PM | Feedback (0)
More Blog Moderation Blah Blah

In a previous post, I linked to something going on at LosTechies. Derick Bailey posted an update about his original post wherein he described his decision to delete various comments that he felt were totally out of context and so deleted them. Needless to say, if you read the comments to that update, he stepped into it, so to speak. I’ve posted before about the entire topic of moderation, but here I tend to use really basic moderation tactics.  If, to make up an example, I post about a Porcupine Tree concert (and there will be yet...

posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 9:11 PM | Feedback (2)
Accell UltraAV DisplayPort to VGA Adapter–An Endorsement

I bought a Dell Dimension 8100XPS to replace my existing desktop when the power supply blew up.  I chose the 8100 XPS because it got better reviews than a comparable HP, and I’m done with PowerSpec units dying, and it was what was in the store at the time.  It’s an 8GB (expandable to 16 GB) Ram, 8 core machine and I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  The last Dell I used was some Latitude crappy laptop from back in the day, and I was happy at how easy it was to wipe it and load from scratch. Anyway, it contains...

posted @ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:53 PM | Feedback (0)
Unintentional Comedy

Over at LosTechies, Derick Bailey has a post about testability and design.  It’s an interesting read. However, for real fun, wade through the comments.  Outstanding stuff.

posted @ Monday, September 13, 2010 10:13 AM | Feedback (5)
The start of a new college football season

Signals the beginning of Fall in America, and the annual renewal of some fantastic traditions: Brent Musburger will promise that any contest between two teams in the Top 10 will be “ a dandy.” Kirk Herbstreit will claim to have intimate knowledge of the inner psyche of the QB based on one or two plays.  “You can see here that the QB runs up field, even though he has players open, because he’s afraid of how the defensive line is coming after him” (replays will clearly show that every receiver is clearly covered). Mike Patrick, ignoring the...

posted @ Monday, September 06, 2010 8:44 PM | Feedback (2)
Memristors are coming

They are coming baby.

posted @ Wednesday, September 01, 2010 2:45 PM | Feedback (1)
I Like Windows Home Server

I took my computer into the place I bought it, so that I could get them to figure out why it won’t turn on.  I’m hoping it’s just the power supply that’s crapped out.  Turns out there’s a six day waiting list till they even get to it, but out of stubborn principle, I’ll wait. <rant>there are just certain things I don’t want to do anymore, damn it.  I used to be a line cook (though a friend of mine is/was a chef, I never got that bug, which is probably a good thing, because being in the food...

posted @ Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:11 PM | Feedback (0)
Reminder: Check your backup strategy

Backups are great, but only as great as the last time they were tested. I run multiple machines on my home network, but one is always designated as the main one, and sure enough, it bit the bullet Sunday night.  I think it is only the power supply.  At least I hope so, because if it is the motherboard, pain is in my future (well, more pain than getting the power supply changed, something I used to be able to do in my sleep but which I now pass off to the store I bought it from because I...

posted @ Monday, August 30, 2010 8:19 PM | Feedback (0)
Creative Zen X-Fi 2 64 GB Review

I wanted to like it. I have used various music players over the years, but mainly the Creative Zen.  I don’t use iPods because I have too many things that are in .wma format (yeah, yeah, I know) and I hate iTunes.  I’ve used Sansa products before, but after returning the 3rd one with a white screen of death, I decided they didn’t quite have the most robust quality control. My current player (which I’ve had for a few years now) is a 32 GB MX and it is close to full.  You can put things on an...

posted @ Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Can you help find me find the song that matches this lyric, #1

Google search is an awe inspiring thing (well, sort of).  I’ve mentioned before that I sometimes wonder how developers wrote code before Google existed.  I simply cannot seem to memorize syntax well.  Bouncing between css, html, c#, t-sql, vbscript, perl, foxpro, and other things these last couple of years, without some combination of Google and intellisense, I would be lost. Ironically, I also have, at times, near photographic memory.  Now, I think just about everyone has near photographic memory when it comes to significant events in their lives.  For instance, I remember where I was when the Challenger exploded,...

posted @ Friday, August 20, 2010 8:52 PM | Feedback (0)
Firefox 4 Beta: Is this a bug or a feature (right-click behavior change)?

It took me a bit to figure out why Firefox was acting so weird. I tend to have multiple browser windows open, each with multiple tabs (currently 8 windows, probably 70+ tabs overall).  If I go to, say, ESPN home’s page, I will rapid-fire right-click all the links that look interesting to me, then read them over time. In Firefox 3.3.6, if you right-click a link, the first option is “Open link in a new window”, the second is “Open link in a new tab.” In Firefox 4 Beta: the order is reversed.  I’d ‘internalized’...

posted @ Friday, August 13, 2010 11:05 AM | Feedback (3)
System.Linq.Lookup rocks

Well, I think it’s pretty cool, anyway. Lookup allows you to have a collection of key-value pairs, but what makes it special is that you can have duplicate keys, which your normal Dictionary or SortedList don’t allow.  This allows you to do all sorts of grouping and what not which is very useful. The only downside is that you can’t new one up, you have to do something like myList.ToLookup(blah, blah, blah) to get one. Check it out.

posted @ Friday, August 06, 2010 3:18 PM | Feedback (0)
MEF almost makes sense now

Keeping in mind the fundamental rule about analogies (all analogies partially work, because everything is similar to everything else in some respect, and all analogies partially fail, because everything is dissimilar to everything else in some respect), this one makes sense to me. By way of Kevin Hoffman and his nameless friend and co-worker, MEF and the Zen of Lego. Of course, it could be almost completely wrong.

posted @ Friday, August 06, 2010 11:13 AM | Feedback (0)
The Top Idea in Your Mind

Normally I read Daring Fireball just to see what the Apple Apologists Dedicated Users have to say about things going on, but there’s also some other good things that come through, including a post by Paul Graham entitled “The Top Idea in Your Mind”.  Teaser paragraph: “I realized recently that what one thinks about in the shower in the morning is more important than I'd thought. I knew it was a good time to have ideas. Now I'd go further: now I'd say it's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the...

posted @ Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7:16 PM | Feedback (0)
AT&T Samsung Epix upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5

This post has the details. One ‘interesting’ thing is that the upgrade paths only explicitly detail how to do it if you connect your phone to a computer using Vista or Windows XP.  There is no Windows 7 path, in fact, the fine print explicitly says that you can’t use either of the download tools with Windows 7 (my guess is that it required too much work to create a Windows 7 specific download tool so soon to when Windows 7 Phones will be available anyway). I wonder what would happen if you set the Vista download tool...

posted @ Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:25 PM | Feedback (0)
Pool Safety is Important

A completely unrelated topic to what I normally post, but what the hell. If you have kids, and they are going to be in a situation where there is a pool involved, make sure it is fully staffed, especially with lifeguards. Very good friend of mine had the ‘joy’ of having her kid (a decent swimmer for her age, but age 4) pulled from a pool today because apparently the non-lifeguard staff lost sight of her and didn’t notice that she was struggling and in danger.  Luckily, the lifeguards did their job and all is well. All’s...

posted @ Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:33 PM | Feedback (0)
Concrete Blonde, 6/12/2010, Vic Theater, Chicago, IL

I’ve never been what I would call the ‘target market’ for Concrete Blonde.  I don’t care about vampire songs, the recurrent anti-religious and “be true to yourself” lyrical themes have never done much for me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not a young single woman looking for a role model (let me check….nope), or whatever other demographic trends towards them. But they’ve always been one of my favorite bands and for a number of reasons.  The guitarist John Mankey has always been solid, there’s the “don’t mind the details” nostalgic reasons why their songs have resonated for...

posted @ Sunday, June 13, 2010 12:38 AM | Feedback (0)
Congrats to the Hawks

I thought they should have won in five, but there you go.  It was one of the worst goaltending Cup Finals ever (so Fleury would have fit in), but the better team won.  The Hawks face massive salary cap issues, but like the Pens, the core that they have is tied up for a bit, so they will be in the running for years to come.  A Pens-Hawks final would be interesting. It was fun to head to Clark Street to watch the celebrations for a while.  Since comments are disabled:  Oot aboot round...

posted @ Friday, June 11, 2010 9:33 PM | Feedback (0)
FeedBurner stats gone wacky

I’ve always felt that SEO was, to use highly technical terminology, a lot of crapola (which is highly annoying to a business partner of mine who knows a lot about the subject), and not in small part due to the, to use highly technical terminology, random flakiness of web analytics in general.  It’s not a science, and I’m not sure it’s an art.  But, for better or (probably largely) worse, if you build web sites, you have to deal with it. For this piece of crap blog, I have some sort of web analytics being recorded in a number...

posted @ Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6:45 PM | Feedback (0)
Postmortem of Pens-Habs series

Halak good, Fleury bad. The end.

posted @ Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:29 PM | Feedback (1)
I’ve seen the future, and it’s a memristor

I’m going to go along with the info in the link and admit that I don’t really fully understand this. But, if I do understand this, and it is the future, it changes everything.  No more worries, for instance, about if an RDBMS can scale, since a single instance could load, hold and process the entire internet. Sweet. Take a look here and here.

posted @ Friday, May 07, 2010 8:45 PM | Feedback (0)
Odd Comment Spam

Because I moderate comments (though very loosely as described here), I get very little comment spam (a couple a day), as people try to find some usually older post to try and get one in, at which point they open the floodgates (last time it happened, I started getting hundreds a day).  It’s annoying but manageable. The topics tend to rotate.  For a while, it was selling term papers to college students.  Recently, it’s been about small business loans.  Really boring stuff. Recently, I got one on one of my CQRS posts: This is all good advice...

posted @ Wednesday, April 14, 2010 8:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows XP Mode No Longer Requires Hardware Virtualization

For those of you running Windows 7 but without hardware virtualization support (either wrong CPU or no option to enable in BIOS), you can now run Windows XP mode, as they’ve removed that requirement. Checkout the download here.  I was prompted to download three files, the main 400+ MB file and then two updates that needed to be run.  It was a little confusing because there was no indication that the hardware requirement was removed (and other places on the site still say that it is required), but I’ve been able to set it up successfully and run it.

posted @ Thursday, March 18, 2010 4:20 PM | Feedback (1)
O Canada

It was like rooting for the Penguins last year.  They couldn’t make it easy.  They stumbled out of the qualifying round, barely beating the Swiss and losing to the US, putting them into a potential run against Russia, Sweden and the US again. After a somewhat surprisingly easy victory against the Russians, they ended up with a lucky break when Slovakia knocked off Sweden.  And then they nearly blew a three goal lead, winning only with a late second save in the final seconds. Up by one against the US going into the third period,...

posted @ Sunday, February 28, 2010 8:38 PM | Feedback (1)
Blog Comments or “Saint jdn – fighting Those Who Cared”

I have to explain the new tag line. Updated: the new tag line was fine for a day.  Back to what it has always been. In the meantime, don’t forget the first rule of the Blogosphere: opinions are like assholes.  Everyone that has one, is one. Because of the weird phenomenon of people in Eastern Europe posting spam links that advertise porn or poker or whatever, I have moderation turned on for the site.  It’s annoying because almost no one reads this thing and almost no one comments on it (except maybe to say “DOH!  I did...

posted @ Sunday, February 07, 2010 9:28 PM | Feedback (5)
Toyota Production System in Action

Oops. There are people who have tied their practices in Lean Software to Toyota and how they do things.  Some have seem to have set their sights on being a ‘Chief Engineer’ for reasons of ego. It was always dumb to do this, and this simply proves it. “We need to start today to build the learning organizations and learning cultures that will produce the Chief Engineers that our industry needs.” Uh, no.

posted @ Friday, January 29, 2010 11:34 PM | Feedback (0)
Why don’t TV Sports Announcers Watch Their Own Broadcasts?

Okay, I understand why they wouldn’t actually watch TV while broadcasting the game, but it’s starting to get ridiculous. I’ll focus on hockey and football, because that is what I watch mostly. Watching tonight the big Ovechkin/Crosby rematch…err, the Caps/Pens first game since their epic (Jim Rome shout-out for a member of the crowd) playoff battle, and Crosby scores on one of those weird goals where the goalie wanders out to play a puck and it takes an odd bounce to sit in front of the net for the opposing team to knock in.  This one was doubly-weird...

posted @ Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:53 PM | Feedback (1)
MapReduce Patented

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2010/01/googles-mapreduce-patent-what-does-it-mean-for-hadoop.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss Though it isn’t quite the same thing, I’m thinking of trying to patent Cut and Paste, just to see if it gets awarded.

posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:49 AM | Feedback (0)
Like I was saying, Operations is important

If you go take a gander at this, you’ll see that some relatively well known (and some relatively not well known….. http://www.fakeplasticrock.com ???….I dare you to read that quickly without doing a double-take, BTW) sites went down over the weekend due to a hard-drive failure on a dedicated managed server that was hosting various virtual machines. Now, it would be easy to gloat and flame about this, and really, people should know better.  Same goes for some popular blogger sites that lose all their images when a server fails.  However, I won’t specifically for a number of reasons: ...

posted @ Monday, December 14, 2009 8:20 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 7 /Vista – Can’t Edit or Save Files in C:\Inetpub

I rarely ever put any code in C:\Inetpub, but some applications will put their websites there by default. And you may find yourself surprised when, even when using an Administrator account, you don’t have permissions to update files or save files under that location. Turns out it is an UAC issue.  From Thomas Deml, a Program Manager for IIS at Microsoft, in this post: Here is an easy fix. Run the following command from an elevated command prompt (right click the "command prompt" icon and select "Run as Administrator"). icacls %systemdrive%\inetpub /grant  %userdomain%\%username%:(OI)(CI)(F) /grant %userdomain%\%username%:F...

posted @ Sunday, November 22, 2009 7:06 PM | Feedback (19)
Football Coaching 101

Suppose you have the ball with time winding down in the 4th quarter, and you are down by, say, 9 points.  Suppose you get the ball to the opponent’s 20 yard line or so with about a minute left.  What do you do? You spike the ball and kick the field goal.  You have to score twice, you can’t waste time.  Kick the f%^king field goal.  This happens in both the pros and in college.  Maddening, especially when it is your team that does.

posted @ Saturday, November 14, 2009 6:03 PM | Feedback (3)
“I fought Chuck Norris with this shirt on and almost won”

Go to Amazon and take a look at this product here. Then, start to read the customer reviews, including this one here. Enjoy.

posted @ Tuesday, November 10, 2009 6:55 PM | Feedback (3)
Hockey Announcing Brilliance

Because I was on the East Coast for a wedding, I was not able to watch either of the first two games of the Pens this year. So, naturally, I got to watch the Pens hook, trip and slash their way to a 3-0 loss to the Phoenix/Saskatoon/Hamilton/Kansas City/Las Vegas Coyotes in a really pathetic effort.  Malkin appears to have been motivated out of jealousy of Ovechkin’s 17 goals (or whatever) in 3 games by deciding to triple that output in penalty minutes. Anyway, the otherwise dismal game was ‘enlightened’ with this gem by Pens’ lead announcer Paul...

posted @ Thursday, October 08, 2009 7:19 PM | Feedback (0)
Awful Announcing

I had no idea this site existed.  Of particular enjoyment are the weekly Pammy awards.

posted @ Monday, October 05, 2009 2:40 PM | Feedback (0)
I hate fantasy football

There, I’ve said it. I hate it.  Really.  A lot. There are many reasons why I hate it.  I hate tuning into a sports radio station and finding people discussing it.  I hate watching ESPN (which I hate in general anyway) to find some blowhard talking about some 2nd receiver on the Bengals (or whatever) and why everyone should pick him up for the week.  I hate hearing that Don Brown is at worst going to get 900 yards and 8 TDs for the Colts this year (um, no, at worst, he’s going to blow out a knee...

posted @ Tuesday, September 01, 2009 12:29 AM | Feedback (2)
TypicalProgrammer on Why Programmers don’t like Relational Databases

This is a very good read: http://typicalprogrammer.com/?p=14 I especially like the following: Because most of what programmers do has no theoretical basis or system of proof, programmers back away from anything that looks like hard math. Failure to understand and appreciate relational theory has launched countless bad databases (and thousands of witless articles condemning SQL). The idea that there is a right way to design a normalized database–and that the wrong ways are provably wrong–is alien to most programmers. Database management doesn’t come down to a matter of opinion like OOP class hierarchies or coding style. ...

posted @ Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:02 PM | Feedback (0)
Till Next Time

Those in the know, know that “Till Next Time” is the tagline of Derik Whittaker. I don’t remember which of us (where ‘us’ refers to Derik, Sergio, and myself) made the post (and I’m too lazy to look it up), but one of us made the suggestion on the old alt.net Yahoo mailing list that people in the Chicago-land area should get together and think about setting up an alt.net group.  We met at some bar up north of Chicago (I’m thinking Fall 2007).  In any event, the meeting went off well enough that Chicago alt.net was born. ...

posted @ Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:01 PM | Feedback (2)
Mobile Browsing

For various reasons, I’ve spent significantly more time recently browsing the web from my phone (Samsung Epix).  I’ve always thought that browsing from the web was lame.  I still do, but since I do it more, I’ve noticed certain things that are more annoying than others, and certain things that are more enjoyable than others. For years now, I generally only watch TV for HD sporting events and the Food Network.  For news and other things, I use this internet web thing. Being able to read the full article: so one major difference I’ve noticed is...

posted @ Friday, August 21, 2009 7:16 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows 7 Themes – What does that sound mean?

So, now that I am running Windows 7 RTM, I have played around with the various themes you can use. I mainly do this so that I can get pretty pictures on my desktop (I’m using the ‘US’ theme at the moment), but along with the pretty pictures, you get pretty sounds.  Which is fine. Except that I don’t yet know what all of the sounds mean or what triggers them.  Which means that at odd, irregular times, I get some pretty sound to play.  Which is fine, but I still haven’t the slightest idea what many of...

posted @ Friday, August 21, 2009 6:48 PM | Feedback (0)
I can relate

Spoken by boss in meeting: I’m not angry.  This is just how I talk.

posted @ Monday, August 17, 2009 5:33 PM | Feedback (0)
Insulting a PGA Major Winner

I know I’ve posted this before, but I’m too lazy to find the URL, so I’ll recap again. Rich Beem won the PGA Championship in 2002, beating Tiger Woods by one stroke.  The following year, the PGA Championship happened to be played in Rochester, NY, and as it happened, I was visiting a friend the week before the tournament was played. Sitting in the hotel bar on a weekend night (maybe Saturday night), an NFL preseason game was on, I think it was the Giants vs. Bills.  I was killing time before going out to dinner,...

posted @ Friday, August 14, 2009 8:36 PM | Feedback (0)
Bad Football Announcing 2009-2010: Preseason Start

While the baseball game I was watching was in commercial, I flipped over to the Cardinals-Steelers game on ESPN with the normal Monday Night crew (whoever that is this year…Tirico, Jaws, and Gruden, I think).  Anyway, 1st drive of the 1st quarter, and they are going over the Steelers lineup when Jaws says something like this (paraphrasing): “Well, the Steelers were only 23rd in rushing last year, so the offensive line is going to have to step it up.  That’s just not getting the job done.” Uh, Jaws?  The Steelers are the defending Super Bowl Champions.  ...

posted @ Thursday, August 13, 2009 7:18 PM | Feedback (0)
Stanley Cup Champions 2009 – Pittsburgh Penguins

What a magnificent end to a crazy season. Maxime f’ing Talbot. During a season where the Pens played some of the worst hockey imaginable, where they had to fire their coach mid-season (a move that never works) after a horrible game in Toronto, going down 2-0 in two series, having an at time horrendous power play, a goalie giving up incredously soft goals, with their star and captain going out due to injury in a Game 7 on the road (where no one had won since 1971), the Pens did it. I have never been so happy...

posted @ Sunday, June 14, 2009 1:31 AM | Feedback (1)
Pens vs. RedWings – The Rematch

I guess there was a precedent with Larry Robinson being hired as coach in mid-season and leading the Devils to the Cup, but when the Pens whacked their coach in mid-season, I was skeptical.  I remember thinking to myself “Right, the Pens are out of the playoffs right now.  Whacking the coach is really going to fix their horrible power play, their inability to out-shoot an opponent, and they are going to win the next 80% of their games, storm through the playoffs, and make it back to the Finals.  Right.” Whoops. Usually, when a fan tries to...

posted @ Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:28 PM | Feedback (0)
Quick Recap of Pens’ Series Victory over the Flyers

I would say that they didn’t deserve it, as they were clearly outplayed for significant portions of the series (especially Game 4 which Fleury stole out-right), but the Flyers choked away two of the games, so they didn’t deserve it either. I’m not overly enthused about their chances going forward (then again, I thought they had no shot making the playoffs at all), for a couple of reasons: Their powerplay remains abysmal.  When the Guerin and Kunitz deals came around, I thought there might be some improvement, but except for rare instances, the Penguins seem...

posted @ Saturday, April 25, 2009 8:17 PM | Feedback (0)
When Marketers Aren’t Paying Enough Attention

I got a marketing email from the PGA Tour today, and it had this subject header: “Ah, For More Penetrating Trajectory” I don’t know if I should be happy or sad the spam filters didn’t pick it up.

posted @ Wednesday, December 31, 2008 4:00 PM | Feedback (0)
Note to the people using or supporting the Food Bar

To those people who set up the Food Bar, you really need to think about the placement of the food as it relates to how normal people will function.  So, for instance, when you set up a taco bar that moves from right to left, putting the taco shells and tortillas at the left end after the meat and the rice *completely* screws up the flow of people, since they then need to get the shells and swim upstream back against the line, and this just slows everyone down. To those people using the Food Bar: ...

posted @ Thursday, December 04, 2008 7:13 PM | Feedback (0)
Windows Live ID Bug

Okay, this has been going on for…years now.  I just got so used to it that I didn’t really notice it.  That’s not quite accurate.  I noticed it, but got used to it. Anyway, the bug is very simple.  Every time I need to log into Hotmail or any other Microsoft service that requires a Live ID (most recently, Azure Services), I have to login twice.  The first time, I am told my email address and/or password is incorrect, then I use the same info again, and it works. Now, it may be that I have some neural...

posted @ Tuesday, November 25, 2008 7:40 PM | Feedback (2)
This guy is still in the league (NHL version)?

As a Canadian (dual citizen of US and Canada), I think it is required that I have the Center Ice package. Anyway, was watching a Predators-Hurricanes game the other day, when I heard a Radek Bonk reference.  He’s still in the league?  Really?  I specifically remember when he was drafted, because he had scored something like 80 goals for Las Vegas (they have hockey there?) and was compared to Jaromir Jagr because….he had the same mullet. Seriously, I think that was the unspoken reason that people had to compare him with Jagr.  He was European, and...

posted @ Monday, November 24, 2008 8:18 PM | Feedback (0)
These guys are in the League?

So, watching the Bears mop up the Rams (not a surprise), when the Rams send in Brock Berlin to finish up the loss.  Brock Berlin?  They let this guy in? As a proud alumnus of ‘The U’ (though we got smacked by Georgia Tech last Thursday, and our coach is a whiner….you really think Florida ran up the score by kicking that late field goal?  Jimmy Johnson would have faked the field goal and scored a touchdown….but I digress), I was a bit stunned, as he wasn’t really all that hot in college.  Then again, Ken Dorsey won a...

posted @ Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:01 PM | Feedback (0)
A handy quote to remember

I just read Leonard Susskind’s The Black Hole War : My Battle with Stephen Hawking to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics.  I like reading this sort of thing, especially because the current state of theoretical physics is seriously f%^ked up.  I mean, amazingly.  Though that’s a topic for another post. Anyway, on page 168, is the following (he’s talking about the concept of entropy as he learned it while doing undergrad work in Mechanical Engineering, though that’s somewhat irrelevant): “Everyone copied it down, but no one understood what it meant.  It was as incomprehensible to me...

posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2008 6:33 PM | Feedback (0)
Deep Thoughts by John Madden, from Sunday Night Football

On cheese: “The first guy who ever made cheese, how did he know he was done?  You have your curds, and you have your whey, at what point did that guy say, ‘That’s it fellas, let’s eat’?”

posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2008 9:37 PM | Feedback (0)
And I thought the Penguins' defense needed help

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=3577150 I'm not sure what's more amazing.  The 82-0 score, or the 139-0 shot differential.  Couldn't they have shot it at the goal from center ice or something?

posted @ Tuesday, September 09, 2008 8:39 AM | Feedback (1)
Reasons to hate ESPN's SportsCenter #1 in a series

I should have started this one about 15 years ago. So I'm having DSL problems (as in, Internet connection) which may very well be the subject of another post, and I figure, okay, I can watch the new morning edition of SportsCenter while the technician from the phone company pretends to do something. And so, in the middle of highlights, they have a 5 minute interview with..... L.L Cool J.  New 'album' comes out in September (do they even make albums now?).  He's working out, eating healthy, and staying away from the drugs (though he will 'pop a...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2008 9:37 AM | Feedback (2)
Randomly Overheard Conversations that I think are funny #1 in a series

So, I was sitting in the food court eating my gyros sandwich (as delicious as it was unhealthy) next to a group of four people who were discussing whatever they were discussing, loudly enough to be overheard. They talked about T-SQL (or maybe just SQL, didn't pay much attention to that) when one or more of them started talking about movie reviews.  Again, didn't pay much attention to it. Then I heard one person say something like the following (paraphrasing): "You know one movie I really didn't like?  The 'Meet The Parents' movie.  The main guy just...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2008 8:29 PM | Feedback (1)
A Sign that a Company may have misunderstood SOX Compliance Requirements

The dictate comes down that no code developer of any sort will be allowed sa access to the SQL Server. In the dev environment. <cue stunned silence>

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2008 6:15 PM | Feedback (3)
From the Department of Redundancy Department....

Overheard conversation: Person 1: "It's a matter of following DRY." Person 2: "What's 'DRY'?" Person 1: "Don't repeat yourself." I thought it was funny.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2008 7:01 PM | Feedback (3)
Remote Desktop Connection Error : "you are already connected to the console of this computer"

I'm posting this just in case someone else is as much an idiot as I am. I use RDC a lot in my home network.  I have 4 or 5 systems, each dedicated to specific tasks.  I know it is possible to use Virtual PC or VMWare to do a lot of what I'm doing, but what the hell.  I have a lot of hardware lying around, so I use it. I encountered this problem when trying to connect to one of my Vista laptops (which is dedicated to running all of the 'beta' development stuff for Visual Studio 2008). ...

posted @ Saturday, June 07, 2008 4:01 PM | Feedback (16)
NCAA Brackets 2008

I apologize in advance to every pool to which I submit a bracket. I’ve got nothing. I’ve watched a bunch of games, listened to the experts, but really, I’ve got nothing. Nothing but chalk. Since chalk can’t possibly win every single game, I’ll throw in an ‘upset’ or two along the way, but I don’t mean it. Really, I don’t. For instance, I’m only dissing Stanford because they’ve screwed me a few times in the past, nothing against this year’s team. I’ve got UCLA beating North Carolina in the finals. I’m sorry for that too. That is all.

posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Feedback (1)
NHL TV Commercials

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz3KpY5lrRc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjkUMbrT5SU “I mean, that’s really why we lost tonight,  we couldn’t put the cat in the hat.”

posted @ Monday, March 17, 2008 7:38 PM | Feedback (0)
Random Sports Thought of the Day

Why is Brett Favre managing the Cleveland Indians?

posted @ Sunday, October 21, 2007 8:54 PM | Feedback (0)