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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. January 2005 Entries
inclement weather

So I drove home (from the hot/sunny place to the cold/winter place) for the weekend and while I was here, it snowed. I was supposed to drive back today, but... don't think it's gonna happen. 3 inches of snow and 2 inches of ice make that pretty unlikely.

So I get to hang out for an extra day (or two).  :)

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2005 8:50 AM

Egads! cont...
I went for option B.  :)

Posted On Sunday, January 30, 2005 8:45 AM

opportunity knocks

The (850 employee) software company I work for is looking for a couple more .NET developers, full time. 

Ideal candidates would have 3 years of .NET w/ 5-6 years of programming experience overall.

This is not contract or temp work. These are permanent positions in Charleston, SC.

Leave me a comment if you're interested and I'll get ahold of you.

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 4:02 PM

So I wake up today and realize I'm going bald! (Ok, I've known for some time, but denial is a wonderful thing!) This sucks. I have naturally curly (extremely curly) hair and it's going to be incredibly obvious soon (if it isn't already to everyone but me) as it continues to worsen. Ok, two choices... a) let it grow long and attempt to somehow disguise/prolong the inevitable b) shave my head and go for the cool factor I can't think of a 3rd option, so what do you guys think ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:38 AM

Countries and their domain extensions
Ever get hit with an address where you don't recognize the extension at all? This is a handy little link: The reason I have it is kinda odd. Recently an individual from Portugal (.pt) joined our GCNUG mailing list. Ok, no big deal. Then he quit. Then he joined again. We moderate all first-time posts so I wasn't worried about spam, but it did attract my attention. So I'm looking at his email address and I'm wondering... where the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2005 8:33 AM

Installshield Wishlist Item #8
8. Please make an easy way (provide functions) to do these 3 things via InstallScript: a. Detect an existing Virtual Directory b. Create a new Virtual Directory c. Delete an existing Virtual Directory Via InstallScript is the key phrase here. I know you can do it in the Installation Designer. It's important to realize that there are currently ways to do 2 of these, but they are a royal pain. Even moreso because you have to do some of them differently in XP and Server 2003. (I know that isn't your ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 26, 2005 12:59 PM

word wrap in Console app
Recently I found myself working on some player messages (for HA!) and was less than thrilled with how words were getting chopped in half on the linebreak. I came up with this fairly tidy solution: 1. Build the sentence(s) as normal, with proper spacing and punctuation, and store them all in one long string variable. Dim strMessage As StringstrMessage = "The smelly kobold swings his broken dagger at you. You see a door opening. You cleave the smelly kobold in two." 2. Dim a string array and ......

Posted On Friday, January 21, 2005 8:59 AM

Uh oh for Nintendo, Pokemon discovered to be #1 cause of cancer
From Nature magazine... UPDATE: apparently that link no worky no more... try this one: (not the same article, but same story) ......

Posted On Thursday, January 20, 2005 1:29 PM

tv junkies rejoice! I’ve used the free trial, and I’m actually going to pay for it. It’s THAT good. I'm a tv junkie and I download lots of TV episodes, because it seems like I’m never around when they’re on. I’ve tried a lot of tools and pretty much given up in total frustration on ever converting my AVI, DIVX and XVID files to a more comfortably viewable format like DVD. After all, VCD isn’t really a great option. With DVD Santa, in 3 clicks (and 4 hours of ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 18, 2005 1:04 PM

Installshield Wishlist Item #7

#7  Please please please give me an easy to use dialog that has a drop-down list control in it.  As it stands right now, I have to write entirely too much code to do this via the EzDefineDialog. Just give me a simple dialog that I can pass a variable of type LIST into.


Posted On Monday, January 17, 2005 3:37 PM

more comment spam
I don't know about everyone else, but I assume if it's happening to me then I'm probably not the only one. Once again I've been “comment spammed” with a bunch of garbage resembling html and links to god knows what. Is there something that can be done about this? I'd prefer not to turn off comments altogether (if that's even possible), but apparently allowing “anyone” to post “anything” in comments isn't such a great choice either. Anyone else have any thoughts ......

Posted On Monday, January 17, 2005 7:51 AM

GC.NUG January meeting notes
For those of you who couldn't make it to last night's meeting, you really missed a good one. Attendance was around 32 people and the pizza and wings from Papa John's (courtesy of Microsoft) were delicious. Thank you Blackbaud for giving us a place to meet. Doug Turnure (MS) gave a terrific presentation on what's coming with Indigo / SOA. Doug was also nice enough to allow us to pick his brain about other Microsoft technologies coming down the pipe. It was quite informative. We officially kicked off ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2005 8:36 AM

finally finished, now I just need to name it... Thermaltake Xaser III Aluminum casehttp://www.thermaltake.... 7 fans, speedscrews, tool-less drive installation, numerous expansion bays, top mounted audio and USB ports, locking bays, case alarm, window and much more… It's aluminum for better cooling! ASUS K8N-E Deluxe motherboardhttp://www.pcsta... AMD Athlon 64 3400+ (equivalent to P4 3.2GHz)Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series ......

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2005 12:35 PM

GC.NUG, Microsoft, Game Development, Free Swag & Pizza
Tonight is the Greater Charleston .NET User Group (GC.NUG) meeting, which contrary to certain people's opinion is NOT pronounced GC NOOJ. :) Anyway, we meet at Blackbaud at 6:00 and tonight's meeting features Doug Turnure of Microsoft, who will be talking about Indigo and SOA. He's also graciously offered to spring for the (Papa John's) pizza. In addition to Doug's presentation, we will be officially kicking off the 2005 Open Source Mobile Game Programming Expo, which runs from today until the July ......

Posted On Thursday, January 13, 2005 9:22 AM

wtf was that all about?

Some spamtard left this as a comment in an old blog entry:

You will submit your blog to the will of Allah.

Whatever dude... got too much time on your hands?  Consider learning something.

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 12:06 PM

gul·li·ble (adj)
This is not directed at the techno-elite (those of you who have just enough free time to read my blog). This is directed at the friends and family of the previously mentioned techno-elite. Ok... MY friends and family, mostly, but you all know someone this applies to as well. I hope everyone realizes by now how absurd these emails are that claim Microsoft will donate 1 cent to a homeless parapalegic hermaphroditic toddler in Indonesia for every time you forward an email to your friends. Repeat after ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 12:38 PM

considering new tags...

This is a tribute to “she whose name must never again be uttered in my presence”...

I think the “fight terrorism” tag is a nice touch...

Posted On Tuesday, January 11, 2005 12:22 PM

comment spam
interesting... some cretin just comment spammed my blog with links to various sites, none of which had anything to do with my post. More interesting is that he picked a fairly old post, presumeably in an attempt to hide his spam so I wouldn't notice it right away. The only reason I can think of for doing this, since he obviously didn't expect me to click the links, must be so search engines will see linking to his site(s). ok, so maybe it's not all that interesting. eh ......

Posted On Saturday, January 8, 2005 10:59 AM

Superman Returns (at last)
What kind of geek blog would this be without a superhero movie entry? Superman Returns Superman is blamed for the pain of the people and the destruction ofMetropolis in the wake of the attacks by General Zod, Non, and Ursa.In response to his new unpopularity, he exiles himself in the Fortressof Solitude. Six years have passed, and a new threat emerges. Supermanmust leave his exile and battle the oncoming threat, as he is the onlyone who can. In this film, Superman Returns. (The cool thing about this ......

Posted On Friday, January 7, 2005 2:56 PM

it was a good one
Yesterday was my birthday (hold your applause) and I took a road trip up to Roanoke VA. (For the record, that's normally an 8 hour drive, which I made in 5 1/2 hours.) The reason for the trip was three-fold: 1) I wanted to see my friends and family and 2) I wanted to attend the electoral nominations of the Roanoke Valley .NET User Group (RV.NUG) that I started back in August of 2003, which just happened to be meeting last night, and 3) because Geoff Snowman of Microsoft was presenting at the RV.NUG ......

Posted On Friday, January 7, 2005 9:03 AM

Extreme Development on the .NET Database
(lifted from the blog of Geoff Snowman...) Extreme Development on the .NET Database using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005/SQL Server 2005: Washington, DC, Feb 17th Have you noticed that the word extreme had been undergoing a popularity fad lately? There's extreme programming, extreme ironing, and now Extreme Development on the .NET Database. Despite the name, this should be a useful event. The focus is the new technology architectures that are possible because the .NET Framework is part of SQL Server ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 5, 2005 8:38 AM

I know they're reading this...
My InstallShield Wishlist for 2005 Please allow me to associate a component to more than one feature and provide different Destination Paths for each. Currently I have to create a new component with a different name for each feature I need to add it to (if I want different destination paths). This is horribly inefficient. Please allow me to programmatically disable (NOT HIDE) a feature via InstallScript. Currently InstallScript can only hide features, not simply disable them, but I want my users ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 4, 2005 2:02 PM

I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today...
The following is excerpted from an email a colleague received from one of her users: If I schedule to run it on Tuesday for the previous Saturday, will the report show what it would have had we run it on Saturday. More specifically, if an item was picked up on Monday and I run the report on Tuesday for the previous Saturday, would it show on the report or not? The sad thing is… I used to work there, and have no trouble believing it. ......

Posted On Monday, January 3, 2005 4:06 PM

fun with numbers

in 3 days:

Me.age = math.sqrt(7*7*5*5)



Posted On Monday, January 3, 2005 3:38 PM

Can I see my house from here? The short answer is NO. But that's because I grew up in the boonies. If you live in a more metropolitan area, like New York City or Charleston, SC they have coverage down to 2 feet. They also have New Orleans down to .7 meters, but I bet they weren't taking pictures during Mardi Gras... ......

Posted On Monday, January 3, 2005 2:53 PM

best! quote! ever!
"Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." - Drew Carey Just for the record, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my job. But oh how I hated my previous one. You simply can't imagine, and people there are still mad at me for leaving (them behind). ......

Posted On Saturday, January 1, 2005 12:26 PM

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