Problems with the Left Wing

President Bush was in town yesterday visiting nearby Oak Ridge National Lab. My wife and kids positioned themselves along the motorcade route and waved American flags as the president’s limousine sped by. Bush had to leave town on a backup plane due to problems with the flaps on Air Force One’s left wing. Interestingly enough, this…

Been a Long Day

I spent a long day working on Lab 4 today and making revisions to Labs 1, 2, and 3. The day started at 5:30 a.m. when my home office phone, which has an extension in the study next to the bedroom, began ringing. Turned out it was some #^$!#*&! moron spamming my fax machine. I turned auto-answer…

Forms Authentication in ASP.NET 2.0

Forms authentication is amazingly simple in ASP.NET 2.0. Not only does it manage user credentials and roles for you, it also provides controls for logging in, creating new users, e-mailing lost passwords, and more. It even maps requests to roles, something that required some non-trivial coding in ASP.NET 1.x. Here’s a tip to make life…

And You Think You Have Problems…

An old friend from my PC Magazine days sent me a link to this short but funny video. How would you have handled it had you been the guy in the video?

Last One, I Promise (Maybe)

And then there’s this video of two R/C planes colliding in mid-air, set to the tune of Pat Benetar’s “Invincible.”

Tomcat Alert

These R/C jet guys are serious. If you don’t believe it, check out this video of a scale-model F-14 Tomcat being put through its paces in France. Drool drool.

Provocative Reading

I’m reading a terrific book right now: The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel. It lays out a compelling and very scientific case that mankind–indeed, the universe as a whole–is the product of thoughtful design rather than happenstance. It brings in evidence from astronomy, physics, biochemistry, and other areas of science. It doesn’t try to…

Fly Time

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…

Check Out This Video

As an R/C airplane enthusiast, I sometimes hang out in the discussion forums at www.rcuniverse.com. One of the things you’ll find there is crash videos. Check out this video of guys toasting their expensive gas-turbine R/C jets. Hurts just to watch…

What? Me Burned Out?

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…

Here’s an Idea for You…

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…

A New Villain on the Web

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…