May 2005 - Posts

30 May 2005
So Just How Much of .Net is Written in .Net?
Thanks to Bob , it’s 4’ish in the morning and I’m still up. We were having a conversation earlier about how much of the .Net framework (and Visual Studio itself) is actually written in .Net. After 30 minutes of Googling and getting absolutely nowhere, I decided to write my own utility to recursively parse through each sub-directory given a top level folder, load each dll found and check to see if it’s a legacy dll or a .Net assembly. That was the easy part…I then got sidetracked and started writing my own decompiler (of sorts) to actually pick the assemblies apart and give me a code outline of each assembly. Yes, I know there are tools out there ( Reflector being the best IMO) that will disassemble assemblies, but they don’t do it in bulk…you have to go one at a time. What my utility will (hopefully) do is parse through an array of assemblies and generate corresponding class files…well, an outline at least. Reflection is a powerful thing... Read More...
29 May 2005
Hard Drive Already Failing (Ghost in the Machine)?
At around 5:00 PM this evening, my new rig randomly rebooted and I got the dreaded “disk error: press any key to restart” error. Of course I went through this a dozen times just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Mind you this drive is less than 2 weeks old with a brand new install of WinXP. I booted into the recovery console and ran chkdsk /R; spun for a good 30 minutes and then it booted fine, though it didn’t mention any corruption issues. Scanning through the Event Log, I have a good 20 or so “The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\D” errors, clicking the support link actually took me somewhere with info (first time ever) which stated the following: Explanation This problem is typically caused by a failing cable that connects the drive to the computer. User Action Replace the cable. So it looks like my drive shipped with a faulty SATA cable. Seagate will be getting a piece of my mind very shortly via email. Whatever. Read More...
29 May 2005
New DJ Discovery -- Glenn Okada
I heard Glenn Okada’s “Lost in Translation” set on DI recently, an amazing progressive house mix…after some googling I found his website where, lo and behold, you can download a few full mix sets (including the afore mentioned one). I love it when DJ’s put out free promos! Any proghouse afficianados owe it to themselves to have a listen to him, great taste in music. Enjoy. Read More...
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28 May 2005
Don't Play Doom 3. At Night. Especially With Headphones.
Now that I’ve got my rippin’ new machine built, it’s time to get back into game mode…went down to the local Media Play yesterday and picked up Doom 3 (and was going to purchase HalfLife 2, unfortunately they were out) as well as the Resurrection of Evil expansion pack. As far as graphics/sound goes, all I can say is wow . Things have changed quite a bit since the Quake/Unreal Tournie days. Even at 1600x1200 @ Ultra High Quality (4x AA) I’m moving along at around 40fps+-. I was playing through my normal 5.1 speakers until around midnight, then due to the fact that I live in an apartment I donned the headphones (if you’ve got a buck fifty to spare, get a set of those…they are the best headphones out there for the money IMO). Big mistake. On more than one occassion I’m pretty sure I screamed out loud…the sound effects are super creepy and come out of nowhere, the adrenaline was definitely flowing…that’s immersion for you... Read More...
28 May 2005
Community Server Version 1.1 RC1 Released
The good folks over at Telligent have released the first release candidate of version 1.1 for Community Server , read about the release here . I’ll post a link to a dummy site within the next couple of days. If you’ve paid any attention to the CS forums, you know this release promises to be a good one. Read More...
26 May 2005
Tips for Administering IIS6 from a Remote Machine (and Creating Custom Run Commands)
I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while, this has been a huge help to me though it took me a while to figure it out. As a web developer, I (logically) use the IIS MMC snap-in quite a bit to administer websites; something I always found frustrating is that you can’t connect to an IIS6 machine from any previous version of IIS’s MMC snap-in (i.e. from WinXP fire up the IIS snap-in, try to connect to an IIS6 machine…you’ll get an error). Sure you could just TS into the remote machine, but in most of the businesses I’ve worked in access is limited (for good reason), and to be honest I’m just not a big fan of RDP. Something else worth mentioning is that the Win2k3 admin pack does not include a snap-in for IIS6. After a little bit of Googling I found that MS does indeed have a seperate download for IIS6 remote management , and on top of that you can connect to previous versions of IIS with this snap-in. The second part of this is how to make... Read More...
26 May 2005
Browse the Community Server Source Tree Online
If you’d like to browse the Community Server source tree without downloading the code/setting up IIS/etc, visit this link (thanks Scott!)…it’s a great web based utility for browsing both the 1.0 & 1.1 trees (color coding, line numbers…though it’s not hyperlinked (yet)). It’s very well worth browsing the source, especially anything pertaining to URL rewriting/security model/master pages implementation (latter only in 1.1)…very high quality code. It might take a while to get used to the class structure, but if you’ve worked on anything non-trivial for [insert coding platform here], it shouldn’t take long to get acclimated...standard design patterns are employed. Enjoy. Read More...
25 May 2005
Porsche Cayman Photos on Porsche Website...Finally
I posted earlier about the hot new car coming out of Porsche…I also mentioned the lack of pictures. Earlier today, Porsche finally posted some “official” pictures… check ‘em out here . Pricing information hasn’t been released yet; all I (need to) know is that it’s most definitely out of my price range. Outside of super-car realm, it’s probably the slickest looking new car I’ve ever seen. Period. Read More...
24 May 2005
It's That Time of the Year...Again
Today I begin my 28th trip around the sun…for those of you who can’t add, that means I am 27 years old as of today…happy birthday to me! Not incredibly thrilled about entering my “late 20’s”, but I’m sure I’ll make the best of it. Here’s to hoping this year is the best yet; I would expect nothing less…and I’m sure it will be. Wow, 27... Read More...
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23 May 2005
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou -- Great Movie
I picked up “ The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ” and watched it this weekend…what a great flick! Wes Anderson has done it again, and I’m proud to shelve this movie next to one of his other great titles, “ The Royal Tenenbaums ”. The movies are eerily similar in the way they’re shot (lots of symmetry/etc), and it’s the same kind of dry witty humor that made Tenenbaum’s so great…and the all star cast definitely lends itself well. Bill Murray is definitely carving out a niche for himself in these kind of roles (I still think he should have won the Oscar for Lost in Translation), and I loved the claymation sets/underwater life. Highly recommended. Read More...
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