I put the finishing touches on Lab 2 late yesterday afternoon and then decided to take a brain break. I went flying with a friend who had a brand electric new plane he wanted to try out. It flew beautifully, and I took an electric plane of my own: Great Planes’ twin-engine DC-3. I had a mishap on the first take-off due to the fact that the DC-3 lacks a steerable tailwheel (meaning you can’t steer it until it develops enough speed to get air flowing over the rudder), but did a field repair with some Zap CA+ and then had two magnificent flights. It was a beautiful evening with hardly a whisper of wind–perfect for flying electric planes, which tend to be underpowered anyway.
This morning I’m working on the third lab. Looks to be a beautiful day here in East Tennessee, so who knows? If I can get Lab 3 put to bed today, I might just hit the flying field tonight.… Read more
Whew! I’ve completed a draft of the slides and demos that go with my ASP.NET 2.0 course, and I just put the finishing touches on the first of nine labs and turned it over to my reviewers. I’m exhausted, but now’s no time to think about burn-out because there’s lots of work left to do–and a short time left to do it.
People that know me know that I’ve never been a fan of Visual Studio .NET. IMHO, in its current form it’s a poor tool for doing Web design. Let me say for the record that Visual Studio 2005 cures all of 2003’s ills and then some, in part because Scott Guthrie, father of ASP.NET, is overseeing the Web part of the product. VS 2005 rocks as an ASP.NET design tool. It’s really cool that you can create file-system-based Web sites and run them in VS without creating IIS vroots. You can even run them without having IIS installed. That alone is going to make classes easier to teach because it’ll eliminate the installation hassles endemic to ASP.NET 1.x labs.
The folks in Redmond deserve a huge pat on the back for doing it right. More to come…… Read more
Will somebody please write a tool that dumps a SQL script that not only creates a SQL Server database, but recreates its content as well? I spent hours yesterday writing a similar tool, but it works with one specific database, not ANY database. It’s a pain in the neck writing a SQL script that initializes image fields with big long hex strings representing images. I’m surprised that after all these years, neither Enterprise Manager nor Query Analyzer will do it.… Read more
John Robbins and I were chatting the other day and agreed that it’s not just spammers and virus writers that are threatening to render e-mail unusable these days: it’s also the network admins who configure mail servers to send bounce-back messages informing senders that their e-mail was rejected. Don’t these folks know that viruses and spammers use bogus From headers in their e-mails? One of my fellow writers at MSDN Magazine recently changed the e-mail address he had used for years because some spammer hijacked it and my pal suddenly got deluged with bounce-back messages.
I refuse to give in and change my e-mail address. It’s a matter of principle. Virus filtering on our company’s mail server and Outlook 2003’s excellent built-in spam filter (the best on the planet, IMHO) have restored some sanity to my e-mail, but I still wade through way too much junk every day. To top if off, John Robbins has tried those enlargment pills three times. They don’t work!
I’m stoked because tonight is the premiere of Amazing Race 5. I like reality TV because it’s mindless, and I need something mindless after working all day. Amazing Race is fun because of all the cool places they visit.
Richter doesn’t know it, but I sent an application with his name on it to CBS for the next Survivor. I wonder how a computer geek would fare stuck on an island for 39 days with people who have no idea what a mutex is? Cross your fingers and maybe we’ll find out.
I didn’t know Jeffrey was such a Rush fan. One of my favorite albums of all time is Rush 2112. I still have a vinyl copy of it I bought in high school. It’s one of the few albums or CDs that I like every song on. Another is Michelle Branch’s The Spirit Room.
Rush’s drummer may be the best of all time: Neil Peart. I used to bang around on drums and try to sound like Neil. Sorta like Richard Simmons trying to be like Derek Jeter.… Read more
I received the RTM bits for the upcoming Whidbey beta yesterday and installed them last night. This morning I installed the documentation. Save for a glitch that required me to modify the docs’ Setup.ini file, the install went smoothly.
The build process that Microsoft uses to produce Whidbey drops is very complicated. The doc folks and platform folks often get out of sync, with the result that the docs won’t install or won’t run after they install. If the bits that go out to the public require the same Setup.ini modification that my bits required, I’ll post instructions here.… Read more