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Response to Vista? That's it?
This is in response to a comment about my last post. I expected something revolutionary and significantly better than what was currently on the market. Microsoft consistently does this with other applications. Sql Server is, in my opinion, FAR superior to Oracle and MySql. .net kick’s Java’s behind. Visual Studio is so far ahead of the competition that using anything else is painful. For those of you that live and die by Eclipse, VS 2005 is clearly a superior product. The XBOX 360 is also much better ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 7:04 PM

Vista: That's it?
O.K.--so I got a shiny core duo 2 from dell the other day, and have vista loaded onto it. The performance thingy rates me as a 3.5 (because of the video card), and says I should be able to enjoy all of the snazzy new features of Vista.I start to tinker, and soon find that the Aero stuff is really only skin deep--as soon as you go into any of the dialog boxes for more advanced stuff (like the system dialog boxes, the "advanced properties" of the display, etc), you quickly find that this is just XP ......

Posted On Thursday, January 25, 2007 9:20 AM

I'm sure this won't win me any friends . . .
Does open source really work? I’m skeptical. A perfect example is the open source project NDoc. I’ve seen this with more than one project. A project goes open source by a company, supposedly to accept outside contributors, but few open source projects have contributors outside of those that started the project. At best, most successful open source projects only have a handful of contributors and are dependent upon large corporations funding development work on the project. Here’s my take on why: ......

Posted On Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:17 AM

Sony's Spin
This news story is laughable. Why can't Sony stop the spin? Comparing 1 million Talladega Nights movies that were packaged with the PS3 to 60,000 HD DVD movies that were actually SOLD is really not the same thing. People don't, in general, buy the PS3 because it's a Blue Ray player. Sheesh! Additionally, he doesn't know how many games they have or how many they will have in short order? I would think that's a key focus of his, since with no games, nobody wants to buy a ps3. Finally, is so ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 17, 2007 1:03 PM

Programming Language Personalities

This is terrible, but very funny.  Some of the comments are even more funny then the original post.  Best laugh I've had in a while!

Posted On Tuesday, January 16, 2007 12:10 PM

Setting up a company #2
I found a good CPA who I know personally. For $500 or less (I don't want to publish an exact amount because he gave me a discount from their normal rate) he'll file everything that needs to be filed and make sure the corp is set up correctly. Considering that I would spend more than a few hours working on that and have a higher chance of messing it up, I think it's worth it. The part I'm wondering about the most is the corporate book for $100--I think that was probably a rip . . ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 16, 2007 8:01 AM

Buying from Dell
So I need a laptop for my new company (and before you ask, I really do NEED a laptop), and having purchased stuff from Dell before, I've been very happy. I jump online and configure the system that I'll need and place the order, knowing that I probably should have called in to order. Why should I have called in? I've found that if you talk to a sales person at Dell, you can usually get stuff for cheaper than ordering from their website. Luckily for me, I used a debit card that the order failed because ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 16, 2007 7:54 AM

New Job
I've accepted a new position and will be starting work at the end of this month. For this position, I will be in a corp to corp situation and will be setting up an S-CORP, since I have a few other ideas about things that I want to implement instead of just straight consulting. Since I've never done any of this before, I'll tell you about how things go during the set-up process. This will all be happening in the state of Utah. I can, apparently, register a new corporation directly with the corporation ......

Posted On Monday, January 15, 2007 1:30 PM

Is Agile really being used?
I hear quite a bit about Agile development methodologies and their use in business, but I'm beginning to wonder if anyone REALLY does Agile development. When I was CIO, we "sort-of" did agile development, that is we tried to enforce it, but because interference from on high, we typically had problems with iterations. The CEO didn't get Agile and was constantly saying things like, "Right, but can't we just insert a little time in the process for working on stuff that Marketing comes up with during ......

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 2:31 PM

Bad day at IDG

I bet someone is having a bad day at Macworld. posted a story about how a hacker was able to enter his own vip codes into the registration process just by cracking the javascript for the registration process.  Apparently, the codes were stored in the javascript and weakly encrypted.  Ouch.

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 1:17 PM

Using Windows Live Writer
This is my first use of Windows Live Writer to post a blog. I don't know how it'll go, but I thought I'd give it a try and see if it behaves better, especially with posting code. Here's a snippet of code from a project I'm working on: /// <summary>/// Gets the default adapter./// </summary>public static Adapter DefaultAdapter{get{return (Adapter)CIConfiguration.Ad... Hmm--that didn't seem to be much different from using the web interface, other than I lost all of ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 10:02 AM

More Interviewing
Had three interviews yesterday, all from very large companies. The first interview was unlike anything that I've ever experienced. Many of the questions were "masked" and the interview flowed like a conversation, not an interview. Very relaxing although I think back to all of the things that I missed and am left to wonder how well I did. It was a fun interview though. This position would require me to relocate, which is a huge downer for it, but we'll see what happens. The next interview was also ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 9:54 AM

Am I missing something (ApplicationSettings)?
I'm trying to use ApplicationSettings in the following scenario: The settings are not all completely defined at design time (think plug-ins, but not completely that) and can be added by clients over time. I can't find a way to make AppplicationSettings recognize new settings that weren't part of what it was compiled against. I would have thought that this would be something pretty basic that they would add. For example: <TestAppSettings.TestSet... <setting name="DefaultSetting" serializeAs="String"> ......

Posted On Friday, January 5, 2007 6:06 PM

Countryside Cabinetry Final Review
So after the delays associated with storms in Denver, the missing boards (two to be precise) were finally delivered. The remaining set up was a snap (they included the right screws and everything) and I had the table together in about 15 to 20 minutes. The table and chairs are wonderful! My wife especially likes them. The chairs are unusual--they're wooden, but when you sit in them, they are so comfortable that you could sit in them for hours and not get sore. We were very surprised by that. The ......

Posted On Friday, January 5, 2007 11:45 AM

I went on a job interview the other day, and it really went horribly. I know I've interviewed far better than that, and I've been trying to determine what caused me to interview so badly. Based on the interview I gave, I would have rated myself as a mid level developer with little or not leadership experience, which is far from where I'm at. To give you an example, I incorrectly answered the question, "By default, does c# pass variables by ref or by val." Yeah, I know, DUH!!!! I've ASKED that question ......

Posted On Friday, January 5, 2007 11:41 AM

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