*gasp* Registration

In some of my recent plumbing work to the site, I modified the state handling and decided along with it to modify the administration, since the two frequently rely on one another. Perhaps I've succumbed to peer pressure or just common sense after so many people have commented, "I'm surprised you have so many pictures hosted on the internet." A few times I dug through the logs and realized the pictures are the most trafficked area of the site. What's really scary is that I have no idea where all this tr... [More]

George Ou looks at the Wireless LAN Industry

George Ou takes a nice well-deserved jab at the wireless LAN industry and several companies in general in his article Why is no one suing the Wireless LAN industry? You can read the article for yourself, and I whole-heartedly agree. I've avoided a lot of the wireless gadgets simply because the range and speeds they claim to be possible are near impossible to achieve. But this issue goes even further, if you ask me. I almost began a rant about 2 months ago entitled, "Why do some companies get away with... [More]

Revamping Session State

I'm making a number of modifications to the site to support some new features, and in the process I wanted to revamp the state management architecture. In a single server environment, using in-process session management is often a convenient and good way to maintain state. In fact, it's often the best way, but like everything else it depends on the user and technical requirements. ASP.NET offers out of process session management (see the "stateserver" option in the web.config), and also offers SQL Server... [More]

SafeCo Field Experience

On Thursday, my group (the Windows hippies, err, WinHPE) had a post-WinHEC unwinder at SafeCo Field to watch the Mariners get bitch-slapped by the Oakland A's. OK I have to be honest -- baseball is kind of a yawner. But, we had a private suite at the field and let me tell you, I give it two thumbs up. Private kitchen, roomy and comfortable seats, TVs, tons of food and beverage -- man, this is how every game should be. There's even a reserved parking space and private entrance. So damn, if I could on... [More]

Running x64, finally!

After many long days of trying to get Windows XP x64 installed on my 64-bit machine, it finally worked! I'm trying to set up my box to multiboot about every known OS to man (well, just the latest ones) ... this install was quite a bear, and I've finallty muddled through enough BSODs to get it figured out. So help me if I see another 0x0000007B STOP message. Here's the setup: AMD3800+ 64-bit chip, ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard with a Promise 378 controller and a VIA 2378 controller; 2x160GB SATA RAID 0, ... [More]

Yahoo Music Unlimited

Last year my bud Mike got me hooked on Launchcast internet radio by Yahoo. It's a great service -- the quality is good, the variety is good, and rating system is awesome. What really attracted me to Launchcast was the way I could rate music, skip songs, and even ban an artist. It doesn't take long for Launchcast to start learning what you like. I subscribed to the Plus service as it got rid of the ads, offered better quality, and gave unlimited skips. Along comes Yahoo Music Unlimited a month or so ago... [More]

Office Meets XML

Microsoft just released some very cool info regarding the future of Office and XML ... if these schemas work out, I think it's cooler than Metro: http://www.microsoft.com/office/xml/default.mspx http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2005/06/01/424085.aspx "Microsoft offers open and royalty-free documentation and licenses for the Microsoft Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas. These Reference Schemas include SpreadsheetML (the schema for Microsoft Office Excel 2003), FormTemplate Schemas (the schema for ... [More]

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