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  • Blog Post: FSX DX10 - Self Shadowing VCs (DX9 vs DX10 Update)

    Apparently, saying "could have been implemented on DX9" in my previous post in regards to VC self-shadowing stired all sorts of drama on some of the user forums. Although the statement is accurate, I did not explain in more details WHY this was not done and why we kept this feature for DX10 only. This...
  • Blog Post: Moving my Main Blog From MSDN to WWW.SebbyLive.Com

    The time has come to finally move away from hosting my blog on MSDN. There are a few reasons for this transition but the two main deciding factors were that posting personal posts on a MSDN blog seemed odd (at least to me) and that I already had my own website to document my various side-projects so...
  • Blog Post: Nice Little Scam... Didn't Know I was that Important?!?!

    I didn't realize I was that important until I got the email that I pasted below, wow " You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Madison Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2007-2008 "Honors Edition" of the...
  • Blog Post: Does IE 6.0 Stop Working When you Have Too Many Windows Open?

    This happens to me at least 1-2 times per week. It's actually not something that is specific to Internet Explorer 6.0, but is most frequent with this app due to the way I use it. The fact is, IE can be a resource hog depending on the websites you visit, especially GDI resources... But there is a gotcha...
  • Blog Post: Interesting AvSim post in regards to FSX and hardware upgrades...

    Was forwarded this really interesting post by Mark Greenblatt on the AvSim forums ( http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=121&topic_id=414954&mesg_id=414954&page= ). I've copied the contents below, but what I really liked about the post is that instead of simply ranting...
  • Blog Post: I so Wish GMail had an API!!

    Yes, I admit it. I use Gmail for my personal and www.ParadoxalPress.com email (through their Gmail for domain support). Not that I dislike Hotmail, and they have made great strides from the original version of Hotmail. For me it's a matter of freedom and which software best suits the way I work and...
  • Blog Post: Analyst: Xbox 360 Price Cut Coming? --- Hmm.. Who are you to say?

    From: http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feature/?id=16743 "With the first PS3 price cut already announced, the industry turns to Microsoft, waiting for them to respond in kind. Michael Pachter thinks a response is coming this week, with a reduction on the prices of all the various 360 models. The...
  • Blog Post: Hey, I got my Very Own General Attorney General Letter!

    Sheesh. Some people are idiots. Some "wannabe" author who decided to go the self-publishing route via Xilbris had sent me a letter about one month ago accusing me of selling counterfit copies of his book on my website. Why? Well because the site listed that we had 100 copies in stock and of course...
  • Blog Post: Why is Google Tageting me Like This?

    I upload feeds to "base.google.com" which essentially contains a list of all the books I have for sale on www.ParadoxalPress.com . Which is alot of books, probably about 500,000+ titles since most are drop-shipped from the distributor (hey, compressed the datafeed is about 180MB worth of data!). Lately...
  • Blog Post: People Should Get a Pair of Glasses When They Open an eBay Account!

    Ok, little rant on my part here. As I have been selling more and more on eBay, one thing I have come to realize is that people can't read! You try and make things as clear as possible in your listing description. "This is an used...", "This is a Pre-order and will ship on...", "This item is untested...
  • Blog Post: What Else Could I do to Pay the Mortgage?

    Hmm... More rambling thoughs, rants and sarcastic humor on my part.... 1) Maybe I should charge a 1$ fine for every urban legend or "forward to 10 friends or you'll go to hell" emails I get from friends and relatives? I probably would be rich by now. Or at least they'd stop sending them to me... ...
  • Blog Post: SCAM - Beware of Liquidation.Com Part 2...

    First of all, thanks to everyone who wrote. I already knew there was plenty of complaints about Liquidation.com out there (which I should have done my research before dealing with them). But I was surprized that a post on my blog would generate such an interest. Well I myself ran into more problems...
  • Blog Post: What Body Part can I Sell to Pay the Mortgage?

    Rough month this is... My wife's uncle passed away last weekend so we had to book an emergency flight to CA for her (I stayed here as I am vacationless and the uncle isn't a direct relative). But with the travel related expenses, we're not short on money. One lesson to learn from this, is to always have...
  • Blog Post: Halo Vista Delayed due to Nudity... You'd think engineers would have learned by now!

    Microsoft reps have told Next-Gen the real reason for the Halo 2 Vista delay: partial nudity--specifically someone's backside in the game's map editor, the Entertainment Software Rating Board added today. http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5757&Itemid...
  • Blog Post: Never Thought I Would be Scoobalized...

    Guess my Google "double standard" post drew some attention in Scooble's FOG (Fear of Google) post for today. http://scobleizer.com/2007/05/23/dog-distrustdisdain-of-google-moves-in/ Do get me wrong, I way prefer some of Google's products in some cases and even as a MSFT employee, i'll admit that...
  • Blog Post: Does Google Have a Double Standard?

    Well, I should say Google Checkout in this perticular case. On my online store ( www.ParadoxalPress.com ) I have over 300,000 books for sale. Since most of my sales are drop-shipped from the distributor within 24 hours, there is no reason why I can't offer their whole catalog. Of course, this may...
  • Blog Post: Buyer Beware of Liquidation.Com... Even a NASDAQ Listed Company can be a Scam!!

    As you have seen from posts in the past, I have been selling things on eBay alot over the years. With my recent inventory liquidation sale, I have gone back into being more of a full-time eBayer. So I have decided to take a look in some wholesale sources of goods I could resell on eBay for a little extra...
  • Blog Post: The One-Haned Post... :)

    No, nothing twisted. Just still have my splint on my right hand so I almost have to type using a single hand :) Its been a while since i've posted a general update. So I thought today would be as good a day as any... Health Last week has been pretty bad health wise. If you factor in my finger surgery...
  • Blog Post: Postal Rates Going Up Again... Makes me Want to go Postal!

    Yet again another hike in the postal rates. Considering the rates were last raised only about one year ago it's pretty quick. And this time the hike is fairly substantial. I just have to question why! Are we getting more for our money? I sure am not, I now live in the outskirts and although my mailbox...
  • Blog Post: Credit Card Fraud Protection, Are They Crazy?

    Ok, I am getting really annoyed at the Visa automated fraud protection on my credit card... It is the fourth time in the past few months where they call and lock out my card if I don't call them back within a few hours. The main problem is that my distributor for books sold on www.ParadoxalPress...
  • Blog Post: Are Home 125% Home Equity Loans Too Risky?!?

    With my current financial situation, I have been considering options to consolidate down some debts and possibily lower some of my payments (and personally I perfer one payment to having to make 10, even if the per-month cost is the same). I have already tapped in my 401K as a short-term cashflow fix...
  • Blog Post: Misc Update for 04/16... Well 04/17...

    Near 1 am, getting tired. So it is indeed time to go to bed. But since I havn't posted in a few days, I thought I would post a quick update. House Life Actually started working more on the house with my wife. Not that we hadn't been doing anything before but most of it was planning. We've actually...
  • Blog Post: How Many IT Guys Does it Take to Screw a Lightbulb?

    Getting a little annoyed with my server situation. Since the server was somewhat hosed. I had decided it was easiest to simply have them backup a few data files and simply re-image the whole server. I realize that the process may take a few hours. But since they run a set of standard configs, I could...
  • Blog Post: My WebServer Got Infected!

    Well over the past day or so, my web server has been acting erratically. Services going down, websites not responding.... So I have been digging deeper into this tonight. What was odd is some service named servs32.exe kept trying to start every few seconds and failing. Leaving thousands of entries...
  • Blog Post: To Quote Steve... "I Hate This Shit"

    My ex-boss, Steve Lacey, who now works at Google posted an interesting tidbit about VC's (Venture Capitalists). ARTICLE HERE. "So, apparently there’s an event in New England where Venture Capitalists go and ski and entrepreneurs can pitch to them if their lucky enough to be on the same ski lift."...
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