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Friday, May 28, 2004

Lack of choice - [6:07 PM]

I've said before we don't have much in the way of choice for broadband internet server. We have a new addition to the mix, OACYS Internet Technology. I gave them a call on their Basic wireless service, it looked like something I could use, 750Kbps for $50.00 per month. I called thinking they'd give me a discount if I paid for one year in advance, since that definitely locks me into their service for a year, but that's NOT the case. Huh? If you sign up for a year of service you get next years at a discounted price. Talk about lock in! Since we have limited broadband choices they can happily stick it to us because as far as I know they're the only game in town! So I'm going to start looking around, again, and I'll compose a page of comparisons on what I find. Until then... "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
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One week... - [5:59 PM]

Just one week to the opening of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban! Very exciting. All us Potter freaks get our fix for another year or so, then we wait until 2006 for the next book.(I think?)

Here's hoping it's as wonderful as the book!

See you at the movies!
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Funny from Atom Spec - [5:48 PM]

I love it when intellectuals get together to write a spec!

The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY",the and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC2119.

Go read that RFC so you can make sense of the terms in this spec.

I'm just a simple boy from California, don't do stuff like that to me, ok?

(No offense guys, I just find stuff like this funny. K.I.S.S.)
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Movie line of the week answer - [8:39 AM]

Well, well, well, well, well! We received two answers to yesterday's MLOTW, and our winner is a long time player and friend, Mr. Steven Vore! Let's give a round of applause to Steven.

The correct answer is...

And, yes Steven, I knew his real name was Dwayne Johnson, but didn't know the part about country music. Makes for a nice trivia question.
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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Movie line of the week - [9:27 AM]

Watchin' it on the big screen!I know, it's been way too long. Let's get this show back on the road.

I don't expect an answer for this one. Is that challenge enough?

What is that? That's like spinning Tarzan jujitsu?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Excellent addition to VS.Net! - [9:43 AM]

MSDN: "Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Building Robust and Reliable Software" - This is excellent! The thing that jumped off the page was the addition of PREFast to the environment. MS Research, I believe, built this tool and we used it for the development of Visio 11. I cannot beging to describe HOW USEFUL it is. It will find all kinds of goofy syntax problems in your code. Most importantly it'll find all uses of dangerous C Runtime functions, like strcpy, and recommend how to fix them. When this ships I'd recommend rebuilding your code with the PREFast option set to Yes, and fix everything it finds. It's worth the pain involved.
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Steven makes a request - [9:13 AM]

Steven Vore: "Is there a version of OneNote planned for the Macintosh?" - It'll never happen Steven, I hate to sound like "Mr. Bummer" but Microsoft is only going to build software for their platform. The only way I could see something like that happening is if OneNote had been written in C# using the .NET Framework. I have friends working on some brand new stuff and THEY aren't even using the framework, all the work is being done as a traditional Win32/C++ application.

Visio for the Mac, Beta Splash screen.

I've always wanted to see Visio ported to the Mac, and we had it running at one time during the 2.0 release. Bummer we dropped it.
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Monday, May 24, 2004

$20.00 well spent - [10:09 AM]

I knew asking for help on my blog would produce an answer. Last night Mike Sax came through with a solution to my SMTP problems, BIG THANKS Mike!

He suggested using a service from no-ip called Alternate-port SMTP. I signed up last, paid the $19.95 per year, and in less than five minutes I was able to send e-mail from my Crabapples.NET account through their servers.

So if you're using MSN to view other POP3 based e-mail accounts, give no-ip a try. It worked for me.
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