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The Life and Times of a Dev Yes, we're really that weird October 2006 Entries
ODP.NET and it's stability.
Wow, ODP.NET is not horribly stable yet. I'm having the following problems: 1. Data provider internal error(-3000) [System.String]2. Random connection dropping without reseting the Connection State Only way to deal with #2 is to dispose of the connection and try again, which seems to work most of the time. I'm connecting to a 10g running on Suse 10.1 in a virtual server, which slows disk IO, which seems to give Oracle grief. Item #1 is more fun. I've been able to track it to it saying that ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 31, 2006 10:26 AM

Windows Live Image Search

Just tried out the windows live image search.  Wow!  It's far better than google's image search.  The scratchpad is a great idea--I can't tell you how many times I've wanted something like that.

Viewing the image AND keeping your last search up is also a great feature.  If you haven't tried it, you should, its really good.

Posted On Monday, October 30, 2006 8:31 AM

Virtual PC 2007 Beta
MS has some work to do making the "Consolidate Free Space" option more useful--it'd be nice if virtual pc could recognize different file systems to know what was free space and what wasn't. In an MS world, not knowing this is fine--just defrag (consolidate free space), zero fill the free space with any number of programs on the market (like BCWipe), and your fine. With non-ms OS's this becomes a little more difficult. I have a Suse Linux 10.1 guest with Oracle 10g loaded because I need snapshot in ......

Posted On Thursday, October 26, 2006 11:49 AM

Good, Fast, Cheap
Chris pointed out Jeff's blog about the Iron Triangle. I've got a slightly different take on the situation. The phrase, "Good, Fast, Cheap . . . pick any two" is highly applicable in any conversation about resources or timelines. Good + Fast = Expensive.Good + Cheap=Not Fast.Fast + Cheap=Not Good. As you can see, quality, time, and resources and functionality are all implied by this. I would point out that Functionality and Quality are roughly equivalent. ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 25, 2006 12:34 PM

Virtualization, FreeDos, and DosBox
Call me a geek, but I like to play old dos games (like stelcon3, jazz jackrabbit, epic pinball, etc). I've tried a couple of solutions to get them to work. First is FreeDos running under either VMWare or Virtual PC. FreeDos is a great program, and I'm sure it works well for many people, but it does not work well for playing the old games. Running under either virtualization platform, it frequently gives weird errors with Emm386 (vmware 4.5 and ems just don't get along well together I guess--if you ......

Posted On Friday, October 20, 2006 8:15 AM

Sandcastle et al
I needed to generate html help with the xml documentation that was generated by C#. I hadn't done this in a while, so I assumed that NDOC would be the way to go. Sadly, NDOC is no longer a working product (apparently, people were a “bit“ pushy with the projects primary contributor). Luckily, Microsoft has released Sandcastle, and as of the latest CTP, I like it a lot. I'm using Eric Woodruff's gui to help with the building, and it seems to work very well. The final html help documentation ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 18, 2006 1:29 PM

Countryside Cabinetry
I just purchased a table from Countryside Cabinetry and am kind of nervous about it. I haven't found any reviews on the internet, but they seemed reputable, so I went ahead and did it. I've got a large family, so we needed a BIG table (180” or 15'), and they were one of the only places that had an all hardwood oak table with the big sliding pedistals like we wanted. None of the local stores even came close and most were veneered (think formica), which we didn't like. Shipping was incredible! ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 1:02 PM

Why I will not recommend oracle, to anyone.
Call me an anti-java, oracle biggot, but these technologies are driving me crazy. First, Oracle's licensing plans are EXPENSIVE and COMPLEX. As updated January 11th, they now consider different hardware platforms cores to rate at different levels. For example, AMD/Intel cores are rated at .50 of a processor. Have a four core chip? You need two oracle processor licenses, and depending on the version of db you get, that means big bucks ($40,000 per processor for the enterprise version, YIKES!). DB2 ......

Posted On Friday, October 13, 2006 11:41 AM

Skin (Sarabeth), Rascal Flatts

I have kids, so this song really hits me hard.  I have to wonder what I would do if my daughter was in the same place.

I don't normally like country, but this is a great song.

Posted On Tuesday, October 3, 2006 7:15 AM

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