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  • 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: Exit, dexter

    Well, perhaps only "contemplating" leaving. Since some recent changes (to my URL), I'm thinking of migrating this blog elsewhere. No big whoop, I guess, as there are only about three of you that read this, but it's a fairly big decision for me, and those who know me know I hate making decisions. Especially...
  • Blog Post: Real Stories of Mental Deterioration

    Hello, I'm Deputy Marshall Tucker of the King County Department of Mental Acuity, and welcome to another episode of "Real Stories of Mental Deterioration". As always, we tell you true events showing what happens as your brain gets old and thaws and resolves into a dew. Names have been withheld, but as...
  • Blog Post: I blame it entirely on Michelle

    Thursday afternoons: "Get Stuff Done" time. Try to clear off my bug list (ugh, only down to 30), headlines for the ASP.NET Developer Center and Visual Studio Developer Center , review articles, other duties as they come up. Instead, read blogs. Michelle complains a test has decided she isn't nerdy (personally...
  • Blog Post: Hello Janus

    Three days into 2005, and I'm finally getting to my "Hello new year" post. <sarcasm>I'm sure you were all waiting with baited breath.</sarcasm> 2004 was a year of intense frustration and confusion for me. The frustration was due to {This section removed by US Department of Homeland Security...
  • 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: Debugging MUIDs

    Wednesday started out fairly normal -- look through all my "ContactUS", "VS2005 You wanted to know" and other support-related emails. One was from one of my Product Managers , though. In one sense, that means higher priority (he knows how to find my office), and another it means lower priority (customer...
  • Blog Post: Mostly non-technical

    ... I just needed a rant space. I've just spent 10-20 minutes trying to track down a bug in some code in a Windows Service I was writing, "Cannot close stream until all bytes are written." Get stream length. Yup, right size Get ContentLength property. Same Write both values side by side to EventLog....
  • Blog Post: Heard while exercising...

    While I don't have great exercise stories like " some people ". I was listening to the radio while walking on the Treadmill of Doom ® , someone requested, "Can you play the song by Queen that sounds like that Vanilla Ice song?" Ugh.
  • 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: 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: Highways and MSDN

    After spending six of the last 13 days as a passenger in a hot car traversing the country (and the neighbouring country to the North), I'm home. I spent a lot of those 2400 km thinking about highways, strangely enough. Do the people that build and maintain the highways, rest areas and ancillary structures...
  • Blog Post: Horrid blast from the past

    Did something yesterday I had hoped I would never need to do again — get some JavaScript to work in all available browsers. Why are we still having this issue? OK, in this case it was because the “ease of use” item I had been using from one <cough, cough> browser isn't part of...
  • Blog Post: Back on the monkey

    While the infamous (to me) cold turkey episode in St. Louis taught me a lot. Today taught me more. I'm going back on the meds. It's time for you, my faithful reader (and management, seeing as how it's review time), to determine if that has any effect over the next few months. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: Firedrills

    I'll tell you more, once I get the time... TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: A day in the life...

    With so many people at TechEd this week, it's scary-quiet around here. With that in mind, and also the fact that it's been a while since I last oozed or gotten into internal joy, I've decided to share with you a probably not so average day in the "life" of a Content Strategist (besides, this will help...
  • Blog Post: There is nothing new under the sun

    <rant> “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” - Ecclesiastes 1:9 Probably the one and only time you may see a Bible quote on my blog. I've been looking at the...
  • Blog Post: So true, so sad...

    http://www.pvponline.com/archive.php3?archive=20040126 <sigh> Maybe I should get the Namco joystick . Used to love Bosconian. TTFN - Kent
  • Blog Post: [OT] Hoisting the Petard (hopefully the conclusion to the Sad SATA Saga)

    Well, I'm not there right now, but I hear that there was only one false start. Someone was a bit too eager, and forgot to attach the floppy power cable. It's a bit ugly looking right now, but the drive is formatted, and XP is now being installed. So, my recommendation if you want to avoid these problems...
  • Blog Post: [OT] My Sad SATA Saga

    In a bizarro-World event that I'm still trying to rationalize, my wife reminded me that I haven't bought a desktop computer for about 5 years. It's not overly slow (1.6GHz), but I figured I'd take advantage of the situation and pick up a new machine . I decided to go with a SATA (Serial ATA) drive...
  • Blog Post: Dystopian?

    Yahoo has some strange categories for movies - they include 'Dystopian' as a subdivision of Science Fiction films... I *think* I'm looking forward to the I, Robot film. It's been a Long While since I've read that series, but still. Cool stuff. I'm a little worried that it's a Will Smith movie , though...
  • Blog Post: Public Resolution

    I know it's not New Years' Eve, but I want to use this public venue to make a resolution. I, Kent Sharkey, promise to try to avoid commenting on the poor quality of other's code, except in a constructive manner. I likely simply don't understand the choices made, and development situation of those...
  • Blog Post: I hate/love RSS

    I've been doing a fair bit of internal development lately (one of my excuses for not writing articles for MSDN), and this development seems to be leaning to RSS a *lot* lately. I love RSS Developing for RSS is simple. Grab a bunch of RSS files. Run the fabulous Infer tool on them to generate...
  • Blog Post: I guess it thought I wanted to know

    I think I received a cry of boredom from my SQL Server today (from the Event Log): Event Type: Information Event Source: MSSQLSERVER Event Category: (2) Event ID: 17177 Date:  7/1/2003 Time:  12:00:23 AM User:  N/A Computer: GLADIUS Description: This instance of SQL Server has been using a process...
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