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Friday, December 12, 2003

PowerBlog is well worth consideration... - [9:30 AM]

PowerBlog, I have to call this product out again. Jon has done an amazing job transforming his vision into a fine desktop blogging solution, and he's NOT finished by any means. He's done a complete re-write for version 2.0 using the .NET framework and C# as his language of choice. It's a step into the future, he's taking a chance on new technology, and I honestly believe it's going to pay off. Scoble have you checked this out yet, you could use it as a front end to Radio if you wanted. It's a really nice example of a strong .NET WinForms application. You should help this guy a bit and get him started down the Longhorn path, he's a struggling developer trying to make ends meet, but then again aren't all the great artists "starving artists"?

One potential big wins from PowerBlog is the built in RSS reader, I know other clients have it, but Jon's client is a nice Windows client. It has a nice feel. It supports it's own form of publishing, the MetaWeblog API, and the Blogger API. He has an extensibility model that should allow third parties to create their own publishing pipeline, E.G. Restlog or the new ATOM stuff.

Give it some serious consideration, I know I've been very happy with 1.0, and I'll be switching to 2.0 on a daily basis once it's out of beta.
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Movie line of the week answer - [9:12 AM]

Good morning folks! I'm going to get the answer published on the correct day this week!

Congratulations to our winner, Aussie Justin King! I guess posting the line late in the day was an advantage to him.

The correct answer is...

That wasn't so hard to guess was it?
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Thursday, December 11, 2003

Movie line of the week - [4:01 PM]

Roll film!Sorry I'm so late with this. Unfortunately I haven't gotten all that comfortable with my working out of the house arrangement. I don't like being tied to the desk so I can use our phone line to dial out, ick. Where's my broadband!!!!

Anywho, Kim just about stumped me with this one at lunch. It took me a couple of minutes to get the answer, good one. I usually like to stick to a Christmas theme at this time of year but I couldn't resist using this one since she just about got me with it, here it is...

I myself am... strange and unusual.

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

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Slammer part two? - [8:52 AM]

CNet News: "A research company warned Tuesday that an attacker could use a recently patched Microsoft flaw to create a fast-moving worm similar to SQL Slammer, which spread rapidly across the Internet a year ago." - Make sure your boxes are patched.
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Interviewing - [8:48 AM]

Matt Goyer [via Scoble]: "Interviewing is time consuming, tiring, and a lot of work. But the reward for doing well is a full time job. Treat the whole process as a game and have a good time.

And don't give up. It took me a long time to get an interview with Amazon and I have failed at the Microsoft interview process before so keep at it. "
- Remind me never to attempt an interview at Microsoft or Amazon, I've become too stupid to make it through them. It's funny how much my brain has changed between the age of 25 and now. Stuff has leaked out, thank goodness it doesn't leave a nasty mess behind when it does. Congratulations Matt, and enjoy your new gig!
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Tuesday, December 09, 2003

What drug is this? - [8:40 AM]

What am I?
Ok all you pharmacists on the net, what is this?

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Step #1 to a SPAM free world - [8:32 AM]

CNet News: "The U.S. Congress on Monday gave final approval to the first federal law regulating spam, which President Bush has indicated he will sign before the end of the year." - While some think it's not enough at least we're moving in the right direction. I still think SPAM companies should be required to publish their executive's home addresses and phone numbers on the net, don't you?
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Monday, December 08, 2003

Stinger? - [8:30 AM]

I had a new experience yesterday, one I don't EVER want to have again. It's alumni football time and we were having our usual Sunday afternoon practice. We've been hitting for a couple of weeks now and I've had a bit of shoulder soreness, I can never get my shoulder pads to fit correctly. So yesterday while I was making a tackle I got spun around into a lineman that was coming down the line to block and my shoulder connected with his hip. The pain was unbelievable. I wanted someone to shoot me. All I could think was 'Oh God let this stop soon I can't deal with it' and 'Someone get a fire extinguisher and put me out!'. My entire left side was both numb yet ON FIRE! It's like nothing I've ever felt. After what seemed like forever, probably 30-45 seconds, the burning stopped and I was able to move my arm although I couldn't really feel it. It's working like normal today but my thumb and pointer finger leading up to my elbow are still tingling.

My question to anyone that's experienced this sort of injury is this. What can I do to heal this problem up and get full feeling back in my hand? Is this an ice and Advil situation or would something else help?

Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I play Saturday night and need to be ready for contact. Thanks!
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Big BCS Boo! - [8:02 AM]

The intent of the BCS was to put the two best candidates for the national championship on the field, they've failed once again. Anyone that knows sports will tell you a loss early in the season doesn't weigh as heavily on a teams chances as much as a loss late in the season. It's all about momentum heading into the playoffs, or in this case bowl games. USC and LSU have that momentum, Oklahoma does not. This is where a small tournament, three to four games, to determine a national champion would be useful. We have three teams that should have a shot at being named national champion and one is getting the shaft because of computer ranking.

Just take a look at the ESPN/USA Today poll. The AP can name their own national champion, making the BCS irrelevant. To name the true champion we need the winner of the Rose Bowl and the winner of the Sugar Bowl to play for all the marbles. Too bad college football doesn't institute some sort of playoff scheme.

On a side note it's weird how the Rose Bowl wound up Pac-10 vs. Big-10 champ isn't it? Just like old times.

Oh, and by the way, my choice for Sugar Bowl teams would have been USC vs. LSU. It's a momentum thing! And besides that how can you have a team that didn't even win their conference playing for the national title? Why doesn't that roll up into the computer rankings?
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Movie line of the week answer - [7:45 AM]

Hey all. I know, I know, it's Monday morning and I'm just posting the correct answer from last Thursday. I've been kind of heads down trying to wrap my brain around the weirdness of writing SQL queries, strange stuff if you ask me.

Anywho, our winner is once again Mr. Moose, honorable mention goes to Justin King our one and only international guesser.

The correct answer is...

Fun film! Thanks to all who played!
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