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  • Blog Post: SQL Web Administrator

    Even with all of the many powerful resources at my demand to install, I still tend to install SQL Server Developer Edition. I guess it's just that I'm so used to just having that around for testing (and not wasting valuable CALs for testing purposes) that I just don't feel like installing Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Transformation status: One

    Caterpillar resting. Chrysalis begins to form. Pictures at 11.
  • Blog Post: A modest proposal: Date/Time considered evil

    After documenting some of the problems I had with Date/Time when creating my RSS Aggregator , and reading a Google presentation at ETech, I came up with a noble idea. We all use the same date and time. Whereever we are in the world, whatever time of day. So, timezones, Daylight Savings Time, Julian/Gregorian...
  • Blog Post: Early to bed, early to rise

    A while back, Karl asked me to discuss "Early Adoption" here (or somewhere). I said I would, then let it bubble for a while, as I was conflicted. I decided to let my internal debate finally boil over here, though. I'll let you decide which feels better to you. All products and companies go through essentially...
  • Blog Post: ... but who will manage the Managers?

    I know my blog is in serious danger of turning into a recruiting site or even (heaven forbid) a recruiters' blog , but I have another job offer for you. Our Site Management team (the good folk who keep MSDN and TechNet running tickety-boo to the tune of about 100MM page views (MSDN) and 19MM (TechNet...
  • Blog Post: Kicking tires, sniffing hydrants

    As many of you know, I'm often looking around at how "others" write their code. As such, this site is a candy store . OpenSourceCMS gathers together a large number of CMS-ish apps (classic CMS, Wikis, Blogs, Forums and more) into one testable site. The server gets rebuilt every two hours, but in that...
  • Blog Post: Why it's good to keep management around

    In our industry, we tend to mock management, calling them PHBs or worse. However, I enjoy my management chain (I pretty much have my whole time at the fish shoppe). Good management provides air support, direction without dictating, and access to great quotes: "Writing is like prostitution. First you...
  • Blog Post: Ruby on Rails: neatesque

    Spending Saturday night like the true loser I am -- reading articles on Ruby on Rails . This is a framework/app/whatnot for building database-driven web apps for Ruby. If you haven't heard of it yet, you're pretty much in the same boat I was before reading the article. Obviously, people have done a huge...
  • Blog Post: The InfoPath less travelled

    It seems like Darren & I had the same ideas over the last few days of 2004 -- learn/play with InfoPath. I have to say, I didn't really *get* InfoPath for a while (perhaps I still don't get it). However, I've now used it for 1.75 items, and so it's time to document my experience. First up was a Quick...
  • Blog Post: Still time for one more headache in 2004

    I know I've promised to be good, and I've sucked the life out of any possible controversial topic off of this blog. So, to finish up the year, it's time to get myself in trouble again. The MSDN stats report came out for November, and I noticed a few tasty tidbits in there: Approximately 48% of people...
  • Blog Post: In Remembrance

    I'm not usually known for "pro patria mortis" feelings, but thank a veteran today. IN FLANDERS FIELDS In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short...
  • Blog Post: Jobs @ MSDN

    Shawn and Matt posting about some of the many jobs available at MSDN, in case you know of anyone interested. Also hidden (mostly) in Matt's posting -- the Mighty D is moving from "Content Strategy" to fulltime dev again. He'll be building the infrastructure for MSDN going forward. Hopefully he'll still...
  • Blog Post: How to catch a Roadrunner.

    The scene: Cafe 36 Dramatis personae: D , B and K I can't remember how the discussion turned to the greatest mind that ever came out of the Southwestern US desert, but it was D that began the rant, "You know how the coyote would strap on rocket skates, and he'd almost catch the Road Runner? Then a train...
  • Blog Post: Blogjutsu vs. spam

    In between my other e-mails, I get a fair bit of spam (as I'm sure all of you do as well). Every once & a while, I get one that I feel like researching a little. ( DNSStuff rocks for this) While spending a few moments tracking down the source of one, I came across a website with a *fabulous* idea...
  • Blog Post: Petard date, 20040813

    The new Petard was waiting for me when I got home today. M was patient as usual as I ran upstairs to put everything back into Petard Mk II. <screw> <screw> <insert> <insert> Power-up. Same problem . (Don't tell the kind folk I bought it from) <experiment> <experiment>...
  • Blog Post: Third verse is the same as the first (just in reverse)

    In the ongoing serial drama I call Petard , the latest episode had Petard blow a power supply a few nights ago (at least that's what I and D think is the problem). Fortunately, NewEgg has a decent return policy (and pretty good prices if you're looking for that kind of thing), and so I found myself disconnecting...
  • Blog Post: RSS aggregators as a DoS

    NetCraft has an amusing news item this week talking about how RSS aggregators cause traffic on sites to essentially pulse: Infoworld.com experiences a "massive surge of RSS newsreader activity at the top of every hour," according to Chad Dickerson , the CTO of Infoworld. "If I didn’t know how...
  • Blog Post: Attack of the mini-meme

    meme : /meem/ [coined on analogy with `gene' by Richard Dawkins] n. An idea considered as a {replicator}, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. More colloquilally: a way to store/share a moment in time by a number of people. Today's meme...
  • Blog Post: How I spent my summer vacation

    No one asked, but I decided to share a few photos with you about my summer vacation. Many of these are courtesy (and artfully Photoshopped) by my bestest and host, Graeme Spafford. The “penis“ bridge - aka Esplanade Riel. New footbridge across the Red River. Macs, Macs, Macs - Me wants...
  • Blog Post: Hunting grounds

    In my ongoing attempt to fix my “work/life” balance [1], I decided to start playing City of Heroes [2]. Like many MMORPGs (non-RPG geeks: stay tuned, there will be a code reference later) there are 'hunting grounds' in CoH. Hunting grounds are places rich in relatively easy to acquire experience...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the 'mythical' Frank Redmond... ;)

    My manager, and man- about .NET Framework , Frank E. Redmond III has joined us all in blogdom . Welcome him, and get him to tell some tales of COM+ and SQL... (and my favourite, Executants and Emissaries) TTFN - Kent PS: I call him mythical as a previous co-worker was convinced he wasn't a real...
  • Blog Post: That's one...

    I've just realized that the ASP.NET Developer Center has actually been open for business for a year now. (I had thought the anniversary was 6/26, but it's actually 6/12 ). So much for doing something special for the anniversary. Sorry about that. I had my Perl/CGI migration extravaganza all ready to...
  • Blog Post: Disabling comments (hopefully temporarily)

    Until the blog spam problem goes away, or I have time to play Whack-a-mole more, I'm disabling comments. Send them directly to me if you really must tell me something. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: Avoiding "High volume e-mail distributors"

    While I enjoy spam (or “High volume e-mail deployers” as some call it [caution - big video, requires DivX]) as much as the next person, John (no blog) pointed out Mailinator to me today. It's a service that is essentially a one hour inbox. Just the thing for those sites that require some...
  • Blog Post: Messenger Plus

    It's been a while since I used Messenger Plus , but I re-installed it today. So much good and/or fun stuff for those of us that run MSN Messenger a lot to communicate with people. From automatically marking you as away if you lock your machine, through the ability to send yourself a message to remind...
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