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Friday, October 03, 2003

DNS problem - [5:47 PM]

Well a friend has sniffed out the problem at the ISP that hosts my site. They have two DNS Servers and one is still resolving to the OLD IP address. It should be easy to fix. I've brought it to their attention so hopefully it'll be fixed soon. If not I know someone that can fix it for me.
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Movie line of the week answer - [5:45 PM]

Wild at Heart movie posterWell, what can I say. The Moose is once again loose! Moose was our one and only guess, and yes he was correct. I may have to put a bounty on the Moose's head to get his real name.

Moose, are you going to keep me guessing for the rest of my natural life, because in all honesty you probably could!

The correct answer is...

Congratulations once again Moose, you must be hitting my site when it can actually be seen.
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Thursday, October 02, 2003

Movie line of the week - [8:21 PM]

You gotta love the movies.Sorry folks, I know this is coming REALLY, REALLY late but it's up. My hours have been kind of screwy lately.

Here it is, good luck...

This snakeskin jacket symbolizes my individuality and belief in personal freedom.

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

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

You a Rush fan? - [10:15 PM]

I've been sitting here tonight listening to Rush, non-stop, and for the life of me I cannot decide what my favorite song is, much less my favorite album. With each track that plays I find a sweet memory that relates to it. Right now Red Barchetta, from Moving Pictures, is blaring away and I can see myself lying on my bed my freshmen year of high school working on homework, dead tired from football practice. Earlier it was Countdown, from Signals, again memories flood back. This time I'm playing video games at a local arcade.

I just cannot for the life of me pick a favorite, everything sounds so darned good. Like what you ask? Take a look...

2112 - Title track of 2112.
Anthem - From Fly by Night
Bastille Day - From Caress of Steel
La Villa Strangiato - From Hemispheres
The Spirit of Radio - From Permanent Waves
Show Don't Tell - From Presto
You bet your life - From Roll the Bones
Countdown - From Signals
Carve away the stone - From Test for Echo
Manhattan Project - From Power Windows
Closer to the heart - From A Farewell to Kings
Red Barchetta - From Moving Pictures
Earthshine - From Vapor Trails

Now, I ask you, can you pick a favorite? I think if I were hard pressed I'd probably say Signals is my all time favorite album, but don't hold me to that. Smile, life is good! Oh, man, YYZ is playing... Geddy Lee is a monster.

I MUST get the new Rush in Rio DVD, and CD, toward the end of the month.

Man.... Rush rocks, and as Forest Gump would say "That's all I have to say 'bout that."
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

How true, how true... maybe? - [7:52 PM]

Scoble: "Today I spent the entire day with the future staring me in the face. It is a future with an infinite number of possibilities. But, yeah, it might put some Win32 programmers out of work. So be it. In 10 years Win32 programming will look about the same as shoveling coal into a steam engine." - We can only hope this evolves like Robert says. The coolest thing about the new framework is the runtime coupled with a great set of libraries basically becomes the OS. It's more abstract than today's Win32 API's, which in the end could mean a better way to write cross platform apps, and it's just a better way to sling code.

So when are we going to see a heavy duty application; like Word, Excel, or Visio, come out of Microsoft? I don't know of any myself. Another question. How many of the applets that ship with the OS will be managed code?
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Monday, September 29, 2003

Got Caffeine? - [11:39 PM]

Our good friend, caffeine
Yes, this was created with Visio. Smile, life is good!


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Longhorn - [10:14 PM]

CNet News: "But Microsoft will still need to explain to corporate information technology managers and professional software developers how Avalon can go beyond sprucing up existing Windows applications to contribute to the bottom line, analysts said." - Unfortunately I never got to work with Longhorn before leaving Microsoft. I was really looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll be able to attend the L.A. PDC in October. I'd imagine Longhorn is going to be a very tough sell. Some of the new stuff, like the new file system, will get folks interested for sure.

Have you thought about this? If WinFS is built on SQL Server and you have an Oracle database running on WinFS, isn't the Oracle database going to be stored in the SQL Server database? Or is that not how WinFS is going to work? Like I said, I never did get to use Longhorn so I could be barking up the wrong tree, but it's still kinda fun to think about, isn't it?

Another question for ya'll. Will Oracle build their own file system for the Windows(NT) operating system?
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Baby Bills? - [4:44 PM]

Business 2.0: "Shortly after midnight on the first day of October 1997, a small band of young Microsoft soldiers sneaked onto the Mountain View, Calif., campus of then-archrival Netscape and dumped something on the front lawn. When the sun came up, arriving Netscapers were greeted by a 10-foot-high "e" -- the symbol of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, which had just been released in its lethal 4.0 version. " - I don't know if any of these folks are the next Bill for Microsoft. It's an interesting read to see how folks get Mr. Bill's attention. WARNING: Subscription required. I know, it stinks when someone points at an article like this, but there ya go.
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