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Friday, September 06, 2002


Whoops! - [8:09 AM]

I guess Erik doesn't need nudging! I thought I went to his site yesterday and didn't see anything?? Must be all that crack I smoke(that's a joke)?? So... don't nudge Erik he has a very nice Radio site up and running!
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Movie line of the week answer - [7:50 AM]

Good mornin' movie buffs! I'm getting off to a bad start today, bad build (but it's just mine).

So I had two guesses to yesterday's line, Mr. Vore (as always) and a newcomer, Mr. Erik Noble. Erik was our winner. He correctly guessed...

Honeymoon in Vegas

Congratulations Erik! I have to say thanks to Steven for the flow. Erik came here via a link on his site, thanks Steven!

P.S. Let's nudge Erik into some weblog software. I'd recommend Radio, Blogger, Movable Type or PowerBlog.
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Thursday, September 05, 2002


SPAM followup... - [10:37 AM]

I got a couple of interesting links from Mr. Anders Jacobsen regarding SPAM, including one that explains how he caught a spammer. Excellent!

P.S. - Did I mention I love Norway?
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Visio Viewer - [9:00 AM]

Not long ago we released a Technology Preview Visio Viewer. We had to get it out to see if folks really wanted a viewing technology for Visio drawings. Since then it's been determined that "Yes" folks do indeed need viewing capability! So our crack team of professionals went back to work and finished it off. So I'm pleased to announce the availability of the Visio Viewer in the following languages!I'm especially pleased to see a Norwegian and Swedish version this time around. After my trip to Norway and Sweden last November I have a special place in my heart for those folks. Great countries!
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Movie line of the week - [8:00 AM]

Roll film!
Wow, a holiday shortened week. I'd almost forgotten it was Thursday.

Enough talk, here's the line...

Do you know what a straight flush is? It's like... unbeatable.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.

Note to Mr. Vore. I'm a little thick headed, please answer accordingly! (I messed up and didn't give Steven the credit for correctly guessing last weeks line. I didn't get his play on words.)
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Wednesday, September 04, 2002


Did someone say SPAM? - [1:43 PM]

It's funny to read John Robb's ideas for stopping the spread of SPAM because I just got off the phone with a good friend who was going off about all the SPAM in his mail boxes. It's a total pain in the butt and I'd like for it to stop. I currently have ONE e-mail address that is SPAM free because I don't use the stupid thing and I haven't given it out to anyone.

Something to think about all you e-mail server/client vendors. Could we maybe write something new into the header of an e-mail stating it's bulk mail, what it's regarding, and who it's REALLY from? Once that's done could it be written into law that the header MUST contain the bulk mail tag if it's SPAM. Then we could filter on header information and just throw all that crap instantly into the trash can. Maybe it's too simple an idea and maybe it's too much of a pain to enforce and maybe it wouldn't be right to create a law to stop it, but I'd like to see it put to an end.

I need to think about this a bit more.
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ASA Banned Bats - [10:02 AM]

Hello softball nuts!

I contacted DeMarini Customer Service yesterday to find out what to do with my Distance bat. According to the Customer Service Representative you should fill out the bat return form on the DeMarini web site and mention the ASA Ban in the form. They'll then send you instructions along with an RMA on how to return the bat. When you get your bat back it'll have a new ASA certification, and probably a newer core. Who knows maybe they'll even repaint for ya!

Personally I'm a DeMarini guy. I love my Distance and was preparing to give the FatBoy, or B-52, a try. In the meantime I've ordered an Anderson RocketTech. I've heard nothing but good things about this bat. Last night, because of the ban, I used an Anderson TechWrap and drove the stuffing outta the ball. I hope the RocketTech has as much pop. Our cleanup hitter used the new DeMarini F2 and drove one somewhere between 350-360ft, no lie. It's the biggest bomb he's hit all season and he's a Worth EST guy. So the F2 may be a good choice as well. A couple of notes on the F2, it takes time to break in. This particular F2 didn't start feeling good until it had a BUNCH of hits behind it. You may want to consider getting it a couple of ounces heavier than you're used to swinging because it swings light. The F2 used last night is a 34-28 and feels like a 34-26.

I also play with some guys that use Worth bats and according to them Worth is doing the same re-certification of 3DX, EST, and their other bats on the banned list. Go to their site for information.
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C# and Visio VSL's - [8:08 AM]

I've received a couple of e-mails over the past week asking how you create a Visio VSL(ViSio Library) using C#. The short answer is, you can't. But having said that you can create a VSL that loads a .NET assembly and calls methods on that assembly. It's not overly complicated. Another thing you might want to consider is creating a COM Addin since Visio now supports those and Visual Studio.NET can create a framework for a COM Addin for you. If you know how to create a VSL and you're dabbling with C# or VB.NET I'd recommend taking a look at following helper function you can use from your VSL to make use of a .NET assembly.


hr = CorBindToRuntimeEx(NULL, NULL, (STARTUP_LOADER_OPTIMIZATION_MULTI_DOMAIN_HOST | STARTUP_CONCURRENT_GC), CLSID_CorRuntimeHost, IID_ICorRuntimeHost, (void **) &m_spHost);


In addition to using the above helper to create an instance of an assembly you'll also need to #include "mscoree.h" and use the #import statement on mscorlib.tlb to create wrapper interfaces you can use from C++.

// for ICorRuntimeHost:
#include "mscoree.h" // CorBindToRuntimeEx / ICorRuntimeHost
_COM_SMARTPTR_TYPEDEF(ICorRuntimeHost, __uuidof(ICorRuntimeHost));

// for _AppDomain:
#import raw_interfaces_only high_property_prefixes("_get","_put","_putref") rename("ReportEvent", "_ReportEvent")
using namespace mscorlib;


I hope that's enough to get you started down the road to creating managed "add-ons" to Visio. The Visio VSL is meant for experienced C++ developers so if you've done serious C++ work this should get the ball rolling. Search for CorBindToRuntimeEx on MDSN, that should help as well. If you haven't already downloaded the Visio SDK you should do so now! It includes the Visio PIA(Primary Interop Assembly) that allows you to communicate with Visio from .NET based apps.

I'd consider creating a COM Addin if you're serious about writing .NET based extensions to Visio. Visual Studio.NET has some great wizards to get you stared.
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Tuesday, September 03, 2002


Mornin' Y'All - [8:24 AM]

Nothing too exciting in the Valley to report today. I didn't think tech all weekend, and I even took yesterday off! With the one year anniversary of 9.11 just a little over a week away my thoughts are on Iraq. I just don't want to see war break out in the region. It seems to me like we'd open a real can of worms and possibly turn our war on terrorism into a war on Islamic nations, not intentionally of course. If Osama bin Laden is still alive, which I believe he is, a war on Iraq may be a rallying cry to his cause. We're already hated, for what I still don't really have a "true" clue. This whole mess has occupied too much of my daily thoughts. I just have a horrible feeling that I cannot shake. I feel like the US is the Roman empire on the brink of collapse. I know it's a horrible thought, I wish I could shake it.
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