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Friday, February 27, 2004

Movie line of the week answer - [8:17 AM]

We got better participation than expected this week!

Our winner was Mr. Charles M. States, Jr. Congratulations Charles! Say "Hi" to Phil for us, ok?

The correct answer is...

Thanks for playing!
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Thursday, February 26, 2004

80/84 - [5:57 PM]

S P A M S U C K S !

A full 80 of 84 messages I received in my crabapples.net mailbox were spam. Would you morons quit sending me all this crap. I'm getting really tired of it.

I'll agree to take your spam if you agree to give me your name, home address, and phone number, sounds like a fair trade, right?
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Rip + Burn == Total Crap - [11:09 AM]

We travel a bit. While we're on the road we like to listen to our collection of Harry Potter books on tape(CD really). I decided I wanted to stop trashing our originals so I started burning copies of them. Trash the copies, save the originals. Pretty simple really. The only problem is the copies are horrible. It never fails that toward the end of the CD, usually the last track, the quality goes down the toilet. Can someone explain why that would be? I've used different types of CDs and I'm beginning to wonder if it's the CD burning software?

A note to the CD ripping/burning guys: If you can guarantee me a good copy I'd plunk down the cash today for your product. I'm currently using the Roxio software that came with my new HP laptop and I'm not happy with it. I haven't updated what I have because I'm afraid it'll be just as bad as the "standard" version I'm using today.

Thanks.
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More on VBA and .NET - [11:01 AM]

First off, thanks Robert. Getting Scobleized increases traffic like you wouldn't believe. I appreciate the help.

After doing a bit of digging it looks like all the parts are definitely there to host VBA in a WinForms application. I'm a little envious of my friend that's actually tasked with doing the work. I'd LOVE to do it! I'm sure there will be a few challenges along the way but nothing insurmountable, and the finished product... well that would be the icing on the cake.

My next question is this, who's going to be the first to ship a real application using the two technologies, or has someone already done it?

Next big question: Is this the right way to go? It seems that VBA is pretty much in maintenance mode, VSA never really got off the ground, and it's my understanding the Visual Studio guys would rather you extend their environment. What's the next big scripting engine going to look like? Is VBA still the answer to scripting for Windows apps or do we have something better in the works? Hmmmmmm

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Movie line of the week - [10:20 AM]

Roll film!Today's line is a bit long, but it could go on and on and on. Consider that a hint.

Here she is...

Well I'm gonna to go then. And I don't need any of this. I don't need this stuff, and I don't need you. I don't need anything except this and that's it and that's the only thing I need, is this. I don't need this or this. Just this ashtray...

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

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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

VBA and .NET? - [9:34 AM]

A good friend, and fellow Ex-Telecommuting-'Softie, asked me a really good question a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't answer it. Since I worked on extensibility in Visio he thought I may know what the story is for VBA as the programmability engine in a .NET framework application. I don't have the slightest clue what the answer to that is. We asked some friends still at Microsoft what they'd heard and their answers are basically "I'm not sure." That makes sense because they're still working on existing desktop applications written in C++ using the Win32 SDK, .NET isn't a big piece of the puzzle, yet.

So here's by question for anyone that has a clue. If I'm writing a .NET based WinForms application and want to use VBA as my scripting engine how would you recommend getting started?

Thanks.
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Monday, February 23, 2004

Locals - [11:44 AM]

I've noticed in my logs that I'm being visited by someone at OCSNET.NET, which is a local ISP. The shop is owned by a guy that gave me my first real programming job back in the late 80's, 1989 if I'm not mistaken. Back then I was working on ag accounting software for AgData. Ted, the President of OCSNET, jumped into the whole internet craze with both feet at the right time and last I heard is having a great time. So Ted if you're visiting my little corner of the net, welcome!
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