The Galactic Patrol

Saving the Universe from Boskone and Bugs

December, 2003

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    Is that a rail gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

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    Here is an interesting site about a guy who builds rail guns in his spare time. (If you don’t know what a rail gun is, you need to read more science fiction. <grin>) He also builds a variety of other powerful and/or destructive electromagnetic...
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    "Ender's Game" should be movie

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    Scott Hanselman lists out some of his favorite books that he’d like to see made into movies. One of them in particular really hit a chord with me – “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card would be an * awesome * movie! P.S. Anyone...
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    how to contact me

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    I published this info when I started my GotDotNet blog ; with the move, now is a good time to re-present the info: Bruce Williams I am a test developer for Indigo – current and future Web Services technology at Microsoft. e-mail : bwill@microsoft...
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    should this blog be technical-only?

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    When my blog was on GotDotNet, I asked if I should limit myself to technical issues, or if I should discuss any old thing that interests me. (I’d prefer the latter.) The response I received was that non-technical posts are fine. Now that I’m...
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    new A/V cable format has built-in copy-protection?

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    I was reading an article recently about a new audio/video cable format that a bunch of companies are supporting, called HDMI . (Free registration may be required to see the link.) It looks pretty cool and all, but the last paragraph of the article has...
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    old blog entries at http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/bwill

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    For anyone who is new to my blog at this location; the content from my old blog should get migrated over sometime, and meanwhile you can see it at http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/bwill .
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    If you develop on Windows - use AppVerifier!

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    I read a post recently from a person who was disappointed that they hadn’t heard of the AppVerifier tool that Microsoft ships. So let’s fix that – if you do commercial software development on Windows, you owe it to your customers to...
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    Honk if you can read this!

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    First post in the new blog – lets see if the .Text plugin for NewsGator works…
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    Blog moving...

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    As with so many other GotDotNet bloggers, I am moving over to WEBLOGS.ASP.NET.  Yeah, I know – my weblog isn’t ASP.NET related.  One of these years I’ll go to a hosting company and set up my own server.  Of course,...
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    think you're good at puzzles? try this one.

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    I ran across this puzzle a little while ago.  I’m still working on it – now you can too: You have a port that you are reading numbers from. You know that there is one number that is generated in more than half of the cases. ...
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    Excellent customer support story about COVAD

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    You hear crappy support stories all the time.  Here is a great one – this COVAD DSL company sounds like da bomb! 

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    Privacy? What's that?

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    Take a look at this very interesting map of the Carnegie Mellon college campus .  It shows, in real time, the location of every wireless device.  You can kinda guess where the classrooms are, by where the WiFi laptops are clustered. ...
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    ever wanted to make your software more usable?

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    If you are a software developer, I’m sure you’ve considered the usability of your software.  We all want to make something that is at least functional, and at best stunningly pleasing and usable.  Well, usability doesn’t...
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    wanna write an online/offline app like Outlook 2003?

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    If you are interested in writing an app that transparently caches and goes offline gracefully, like Outlook 2003, it looks like some help is on the way… http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/jmazner/permalink.aspx/9d922aa0-56b5-4cfc-ae82-77a80d25caa6...
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    "connected media center" devices - the new stereo component receiver?

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     I was reading a Gizmodo article talking about the proliferation of “connected media center” devices, that can feed media from your PC to your stereo setup.  Now, I’m no Hi-Fi guru, but isn’t there already a device...
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    The *real* story behind "Design Patterns"...

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     Check this out – it appears that the book “Design Patterns” was actually just an elaborate smokescreen designed to hide the author’s real research – on geek dating! http://datingdesignpatterns.com <grin>
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    FreeNet looking for donations

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    I notice the FreeNet site is soliciting donations .  FreeNet is a distributed, anonymous file sharing service.  I’m sure some people use it for pretty seedy purposes, but overall I’d rather have this capability than not. ...
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