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]
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:
"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]
I love CAPTCHA ... the little code boxes that help verify you are indeed a real human being when submitting a form. Obviously the idea is to scramble the letters and numbers just enough to make it nearly impossible for a computer to guess, but relatively easy for a person.
So when filling out an online form today, I came across this gem. Man, what the heck?? Fortunately there was a convenient "re-seed" button, but I assure you it took a few times to get one I'd even attempt to decypher.
I loved the movie Ocean's Eleven (the remake) -- it didn't have any great cinematic quality, but what it did do is entertain. I must've seen this movie a dozen times on various movie channels, and I'm never bored while watching it.
Because I rarely go to the movies, I was really excited to see Ocean's Twelve when it came out on DVD. Overall, it was decent. There were a number of things I didn't like about the movie [spoiler warning] and I figured I'd blog my ramblings. I doubt anyone will read this s... [More]
Today marks a day in history: the first time I had a real and practical use for a SQL Cross Join. Why is this special? I _really_ thought I'd never use a cross join. I mean, I've used "WITH CUBE," Access CrossTabs, and more Case, Convert, Cursors, and Casts than I care to admit. But nary a cross join.
The task? I recently saw that Netscape 8 was released; IE 7 is heating up on the internal circuit; and all the while Firefox has gained a lot of ground. I wanted a way to do my own site metrics; I have ... [More]
Want to check out the next version of Windows Update? It's called Microsoft Update, and it incorporates the best of the different update engines into a single product. To check it out, visit this link:
The old Windows Update won't go away -- this will be a new service that includes everything Windows Update has, plus components for other software updates.
For the next few weeks, this product is Beta (standard disclaimer about Beta software applies). If you... [More]
Recently I received a request from Jeremy, a MyPopchecker user, to allow MyPopchecker accounts to specify custom ports. This is useful if you have an SMTP or POP3 server running on a non-standard port.
Initially I thought, "Hey, sure, no problem." Programatically the only challenge is adding the database field and tweaking the socket code.
The more difficult part of this, as I came to discover, is that that some ISPs (like gmail) require SSL. Adding this functionality was a bit more of a roadblock, ... [More]
Today I attended "Content Publishing Day," an event put on by Microsoft's Engineering Excellence Group. The conference isn't geared to developers, but I thought it would be interesting to attend because most of my group is involved with content publishing, and it's a good chance to hear about topics that I probably wouldn't attend otherwise.
It's no secret that there's a lot of effort put into staying in touch with consumers -- that's what make blogging such a powerful medium. It's exciting to see how MS... [More]
The remaining days at WinHEC went really well. Monday evening was the x64 launch -- I conned Tom into letting me take a picture of him next to one of the x64 signs ... ha! I was supposed to pose next. It's a tad bit of unintentional humor that, among 64-bit networked machines running FarCry 64-bit and UT2004, we find a vintage Asteroids machine.
At the bottom left is a picture of the x64 car to help promote the event.
I attended a few sessions on Metro, and also sessions detailing implementations of UP... [More]
This week, Microsoft is hosting WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) and Driver DevCon 2005, events geared towards developing Windows-based hardware and, or course, drivers for hardware. What makes this year's event so exciting are a few things:
1) Longhorn has enough industry buzz that people are anxious for information, especially with Beta 1 around the corner.
2) New technologies, notably version 2.0 of the .NET Framework, VS.NET 2005 (Whidbey), and SQL Server 2005 (Yukon), are all, obviou... [More]