ATC :: Since February 2001

Friday, November 12, 2004

Movie line of the week answer - [10:30 AM]

Good morning folks, sorry for the delay.

We managed to get a few great guesses, and our big winner was once again Mr. Rick Wolf, who doesn't have a blog so I can't point him. You need to work on that Rick.

The correct answer is...

I absolutely loved this film. We always manage to watch it sometime around Thanksgiving.
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I have DSL.... but, no I don't... - [10:16 AM]

Sigh... My DSL self installation kit arrived last night, "WOO-HOO" was the first thing out of my mouth, followed by much salivating, but I digress. I sat down, popped in the installation CD which guided me through installing filters and the 'modem', it's a VERY good installer BTW. I got to the point where it was going to test my connection and no go, so I checked all my connections and filters, I had a dial tone on the phone so I knew it worked. I dug the PC out far enough so I could actually see the NIC light, ah it was solid amber, bummer. So this morning I dug out an OLD laptop that has a copy of Windows XP Pro installed on it, fired it up, installed XP SP2, and started down the road to DSL bliss once again. I got to the phase where it failed last night, connectivity between the NIC and the 'modem', and it passed! YIPPEE I thought, now we're off to activating our account... this is where things got messy, AGAIN! I get a nice error saying 'Check your Service Activation Date'. We received e-mail on Wednesday saying we were activated, "Great, more hardware issues" I'm thinking. So I called the Verizon folks, wait for about 10 minutes and speak to a very nice helpful tech-support person. She validates all my information and checks my account. We're NOT actually activated! DOH!

Our activation is Monday November, 15th, after 6:00PM.
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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Now Playing List - [4:11 PM]

Nick Bradbury: "In Explorer, you can do this by right-clicking an MP3 and choosing "Add to Now Playing List," but this feature is apparently buried inside wmpshell.dll and isn't exposed anywhere, nor can it be done using a command line parameter." - I believe you can do this using ShellExecuteEx Nick. I put together a VERY SIMPLE hunk of C code that adds a WMA to the "Now Playing List" in WMP 10, but I don't know what it'll do in other releases, or if it's even what you're after.

Code below...

static void testWMPLaunch(void)
{
SHELLEXECUTEINFO si;
::ZeroMemory(&si, sizeof(SHELLEXECUTEINFO));
si.cbSize = sizeof(SHELLEXECUTEINFO);
si.lpVerb = "open";
si.lpFile = "c:\\temp\\abc.wma";
::ShellExecuteEx(&si);
}

Of course it needs tweaking to Pascal, and it's VERY rudimentary. You should definitely explore SHELLEXECUTEINFO more thoroughly so you don't leave out something important.
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Movie line of the week - [11:48 AM]

Roll film!Ok movie liners, I didn't get a chance to post last week. Sorry about that.

I'm pretty sure I've used a line from this movie before, but I always think about it at this time of the year.

This is CHRISTMAS. The season of perpetual hope. And I don't care if I have to get out on your runway and hitchhike. If it costs me everything I own, if I have to sell my soul to the devil himself, I am going to get home to my son.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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It's on! - [11:20 AM]

It's on in the Fahrni household... shoot-em-up-bang-bang-yeah-baby.

Halo 2 found its' way into our home and Kim and I managed to waste a few hours last night exploring the new levels, weapons, and vehicles. The super GREAT news is they left the feel of the game pretty much alone. In some ways it feels like a merging of Halo feel with the feel of Brute Force, if that makes any sense. The controls are all the same as far as I can tell. Cooler weapons, MORE weapons, more conversation with grunts which is pretty interesting, all in all the jury is still out for me. The true test will come when I visit my brother's house and we play the ladies. Those of you that liked the old terrains(maps) will find some familiar faces along with a whole slew of HUGENORMOUS new maps. Old favorites like Blood Gulch and Battle Creek have been re-visited, very nice. It's good if you want to get down to hunting down others to start in familiar territory. I'm finding myself wishing for my personal favorite maps however, like Longest and ??(Can't remember the name for some reason, sub-title "Tombstones for everyone".) I'm sure we'll develop new favorite terrains.

So far, so good.
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Monday, November 08, 2004

Hell has frozen over - [7:00 AM]

That's right, it happened last Wednesday, Hell froze over. My wife informed me Wednesday evening that our little town, little Exeter, has joined the twentieth century.

DSL is now available in Exeter! We've signed up and our installer will be coming by next Monday(11.15) to get us hooked up and rolling.

I never thought I'd have broadband... Can you say XBox LIVE! Jay, Steven, fire up the controllers it's time to kick some serious bootie.
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