ATC :: Since February 2001

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Yowzer - [9:42 AM]

CNet: "Buffalo announces the TeraStation" - I've got to get me one of these! A One terrabyte drive means lotsa DVD's and CD's ripped to the home media center. Very, very nice.

I still think the ultimate home media center is a black box not much larger than your car stereo that docks in your car or your home. The docks should have wireless support, bluetooth, USB, and FireWire, as well as all your audio and video outputs at the very least. The interface between the box and the dock could be proprietary for all I care as long as I can broadcast video and audio. It should have its' own OS that could be connected to over a network as well as DVD/CD ripping and burning support; hardware and software.
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Friday, January 07, 2005

Wow, what a coincidence - [2:36 PM]

CNet News: "The company is advising people to disable IE's Active X support as a preventative measure, until Microsoft develops a patch for the problem." - When I wrote this, I hadn't even heard about the new exploit involving ActiveX control support in IE. Weird.
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On Podcasting - [2:10 PM]

It's new and it's hip. It's the perfect time to create a new piece of hardware to support this endeavor. I myself think Palm is in the best position to make it work. Why Palm? Well for one thing you can write code to run on it! That's absolutely critical. My question is how good is the microphone on the Treo 650? Could someone get enough recording time on the device? Why hasn't Palm jammed a 5 GB hard drive into one yet? Is it because it would increase the size of the device too much? I think Palm is in the best position to create the ultimate Podcasting device; not Apple, not Microsoft, Palm.

Come on guys, give us the ultimate device! I think you're only a couple steps away!
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Two versions of IE? - [1:53 PM]

Why not? One of the biggest bugaboos about IE's security is ActiveX controls. I say create a build that doesn't include that support. I know, I know "It's integrated into the OS." So get to work on a capable version of IE that doesn't require the ability to launch ActiveX controls and remove that problem child from the mix. Yeah, maybe you offer two versions of IE, one with the support and one without. I know there are other issues that need to be dealt with, but this one is big for people that don't understand how it opens their machine up to the world. I spent some time the other day with a friend that's NOT a computer guy, he's a graphics designer so he uses a computer every day to do his job but he's not an expert on OS's. Folks like him are the people that suffer because of malware, and spyware, and viri. I know MS is now developing anti-spyware software but software like that is just a patch on the real problem.
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Movie line of the week answer - [1:41 PM]

Good afternoon. Sorry this is coming so late, I had a doctor's appointment this morning.

We had a nice little set of replies for this line. Our big winner is none other than... Jim Hainline! Congratulations Jim. We go way back. Jimbo was my first ever software development manager back in the AgData days. He taught me a lot, for which I'm grateful to this very day. In those days he was Mr. Database, today I think he spends most of his time keeping networks and hardware working. Anywho, thanks to all who played.

The correct answer is...

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Movie line of the week - [8:36 AM]

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!Good morning.

I think I have a stumper for y'all. 1, 2, 3, guess...

Actor #1 : My name is Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan Ibn Al Abbas Ibn Rashid Ibn Hamad.
Actor #2 : Eben?

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Morning coffee with Richard - [11:28 AM]

Coffee stain.I was just talking to my good friend Dan Albertson and we managed to express how much we miss our morning coffee with another good friend, Richard 'Grumpy' Miyauchi. Richard was Visio's V.P. of Engineering and resident curmudgeon, he also made the best cup of coffee in the building. Mornings with Richard were always a pleasure. You could always depend on Richard kicked back in his chair every morning, reading the paper, waiting for his wicked brew to finish. There was always a crowd in his office, they say it was because of the coffee, but that's not the reason. That gang at Visio was a great group of friends and our mornings together were priceless.

Thanks for the coffee Richard.
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Soothe those tired/sore muscles - [1:14 AM]

Glutamine is good.

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Let it be known... - [11:25 PM]

USC TrojansUSC is the #1 team in the land, no doubt.

The pundits said the PAC-10 was weak, Oklahoma said they didn't have it... The score proved they were all wrong.

I think the bigger question now is "Who's #3?" I think Auburn should be #2, but who do you put in the #3 spot? Is it Texas or Utah? Probably Texas.
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Monday, January 03, 2005

New find - [8:47 AM]

Movie line of the week is good for more than testing your knowledge of movies. It's another way for me to expand my RSS feed list. Last week James Robertson stopped by, made a guess, and now I'm blessed with another great feed to read!

Thanks James!
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Sunday, January 02, 2005

Paint.NET wishes - [1:56 PM]

The Paint.NET team has done a wonderful job. After downloading version 2.0 I see they've created an API to load effects! Awesome! So I thought I'd encourage the team to create a layer that would allow Paint.NET to load existing Photoshop Effects. Having said that I know it won't be easy, but I think it would be a super nice example of not only .NET interop but a fine example of how to adapt existing code to a 'modern' application.

Paint.NET Photoshop Effects compatibility layer.

In the picture above you'll see the Paint.NET Engine at the top, across the bottom you'll find three different library representations. The one that ships with Paint.NET, PaintDotNet.Effects.dll, is on the left. The middle block represents all third party effects, if anyone creates one. The final block on the right represents what I believe I'd do to create a compatibility layer that adapts existing Photoshop Effects to Paint.NET.

I know there are a TON of details to iron out, most likely in the engine side of the equation to get to the depth of Photoshop, but it would be a fabulous challenge for the team.
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Thanks Scoble! - [11:55 AM]

Thanks for the Google Juice Robert! I've often thought about posting source tips and tricks but I've never taken the time to boil anything down to a nice little hunk of code.
Links the kitty!
There are a couple of completely silly things I LOVE about C++ and I would like to compare and contrast against C#. I guess it's time to write something.

I actually like reading Brad Abrams' and Michael Geary's sites because of their code talk.

You're right Robert, thanks again for the tip.
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