July 2004 - Posts

31 July 2004
Blogging by the Pool
Ahhh, the beauty of wireless networks. Nothing beats relaxing outside on my terrace blogging the day away with my new wireless setup . I was pretty impressed with how easy it was to get it all set up actually...I did wireless about 3 years ago, and it was a royal PITA to get up and running, and it was slooooooow (801.11a I believe). This new rig is leaps and bounds beyond where the technology was back then. I am also amazed out how much cheaper everything is now. I have an oldschool Linksys 4 port router from many moons ago that I paid close to 200 bucks for (sans wireless, cat5 only). I paid about 130 for the new stuff, which includes a 4 port router, wireless router, and wireless PCMCIA card. Incredible. I've got some good posts coming tomorrow (or shortly thereafter) concerning some winforms work I did this week. I've been a web guy for the majority of my career (besides some really old VB6 stuff I did back in the day), so tackling a winforms project has been an adventure, albeit a good... Read More...
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26 July 2004
Weekly Links
This is actually more like a 3 week compendium of links, yeah...I've slacked off on the blog lately, but I've still been stashing links that I come across. Normally I would write a short blurb about each link, but as there are so many (due to me slacking off) I am just going to post them sans commentary. Enjoy! http://msdn.microsoft.com/asp.net/default.aspx?pull=/library/en-us/dnaspp/html/httphandl.asp http://staff.develop.com/candera/weblog2/articleview.aspx/CLR%20Workings/The%20Last%20Configuration%20Section%20Handler%20I.xml http://blogs.msdn.com/jaybaz_ms/archive/2004/06/13/154918.aspx http://www.microsoft.com/communities/bios/default.mspx http://weblogs.asp.net/jaybaz_MS/archive/2004/07/01/171288.aspx http://weblogs.asp.net/sbchatterjee/archive/2004/07/06/174079.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/vsdata/archive/2004/06/29/169288.aspx http://www.gotdotnet.com/team/changeinfo/Backwards1.1to2.0/default.aspx http://weblogs.asp.net/skoganti/archive/2004/07/07/175129.aspx http://www.microsoft.com... Read More...
24 July 2004
Outlook Lookout
The clever marketing department at Lookout ( who recently was acquired by Microsoft ) named this product...well...Lookout. No ploy on the Outlook name whatsoever, right? Regardless, go and download their Outlook plugin ; lightning fast searches. Think: Google for your inbox/outbox/whateverbox. [Update: 07/26] Apparently Microsoft has pulled the page from their site. I have the .exe if anyone wants it. Read More...
14 July 2004
Addicted to LOTR: Return of the King [XBox]
<randomGamingPost> I refused to buy the game before the DVD came out as I had heard there were quite a few cut scenes from the movie in the game...but wow was it worth the wait. Cooperative play is the best I've seen in any game (save for Halo), and the integration of the movie plot itself is ingenious. Is it wrong to play hooky from work (not that I would) just so I can try and up my characters strength levels? Next on my list of games to buy: Spiderman 2, I've heard it's better than the movie. < /randomGamingPost> Read More...
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03 July 2004
Visual Studio 2005 Installation and First Thoughts
I finally finished downloading the beta bits late last night (5 large ISO files), and needless to say, the installation was less than trouble free. Unintuitively (and through a bit of trial and error), I realized that you have to unpack the ISO's into 2 seperate directories: 1 directory for the 2 VS.NET ISO's, and another one for the 3 MSDN library ISO's. The installer doesn't prompt to “insert” (in my case, mount via ISO mounter) the seperate discs, and I got errors that it couldn't find files it needed...thus rolling back the entire install on more than one occassion. 2 hours later, and I was finally up and running. By no means have I done an exhaustive exploration of the beta bits, but my initial impression is quite good. I had zero luck with all of the pre-beta bits (didn't play nice with previous versions, and the ASP.NET functionality didn't work at all), so I was a bit skeptical going into this install...and was very pleasantly surprised. The only complaint I have thusfar... Read More...