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Friday, November 24, 2006

Movie line of the week answer - [11:13 AM]

We had more participation yesterday than I expected! Thanks to those who played!

Our big Turkey Day Movie Line winner was Mr. Bill Lazar, congratulations Bill!

The correct answer was...

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving! - [9:13 AM]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here's wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Movie line of the week - [8:57 AM]

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!Good morning all, hope you're ready to eat some nice juicy turkey, I can smell ours cooking away in the kitchen. Mmmmm...

Anywho, here's our movie line. It's from an American classic, a film that makes me laugh every time I see it. Good luck!

Actor #1: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
Actor #2: Four fried chickens and a Coke.
Actor #3: And some dry white toast please.

Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Baggage Handler Strike? - [10:48 AM]

CNN is reporting a baggage handlers strike in Minneapolis, if you want to get the attention of your boss this is one way to do it! Link to come.
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Why I like smart clients - [8:48 AM]

RibbitJames Robertson: "To give an example I'm familiar with, BottomFeeder is a smart client. It lives on the desktop, but is usable (and useful) when there's no network. Google docs, or calendar? Without a net connection, those applications may as well not exist. As a business traveler, I'm not sure I want to fully rely on those kinds of applications yet; on a long flight to Sydney, I'm going to want to access my documents (etc). Based on what I'm reading about connectivity on planes, I don't see that hole closing anytime soon." - I have this kind of discussion every now and then with someone at work. I'm a believer in the internet but I also believe the desktop is still important. As a corporation are you more likely to use Excel or Google's online spreadsheet? I'd say you're going to use Excel, why? Well the biggest reason is where the data lives. I don't personally know of any corporation that would allow possibly sensitive data to live on a server that lives in a data center they have zero control over.

Apple and Microsoft have some very cool gadgetry that is just touching the surface of desktop/internet connected applications. Watson, which was developed by Karelia and later bought by Sun, was a brilliant idea that somehow lost momentum. That application was a great framework that could've been extended in all kinds of neat ways. The desktop client that currently rules in this hybrid area are feed readers. I use FeedDemon, James is the developer of BottomFeeder, both clients work nicely offline. I can read posts offline at my own convenience. I would think the winner's moving forward are applications that will allow you to do both, work online, and work disconnected.

That opinion and $4.80 will get you quad grande vanilla mocha at Starbucks. Smile, life is good!
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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Order of the Phoenix Teaser! - [1:46 PM]

HPANA: "The wait is over, the teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is now online at the Happy Feet official site. Enjoy." - Enjoy, I certainly did!

See you at the movies July 13, 2007
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GDI Device Context Question - [9:48 AM]

Will write C/C++ for foodOk, my gut feel on this is it's going to be a performance hit, but I don't have evidence to back that feeling up so I thought I'd pose it here and hope someone will provide an answer.

Here's the question. I have two Windows applications. One application provides an HWND to the other application. The Second application will take that HWND and get a device context, an HDC, to draw into, assuming permissions are correct to allow such a transaction.

Now, we've passed the HWND, the other app gets an HDC, and now it does a BitBlt into the DC that "lives" in the other application. Is there a performance penalty to be paid for such a transaction?

I've NEVER done this between applications, it has always been isolated to a single application, so while my gut says don't do it, my mind says 'you don't have proof it wouldn't perform properly'.
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