May 200525

IIS Util for XP Pro

Sometimes when developing web applications it is useful to have them live at the root of the web space instead of a virtual directory (which is the default for Visual Studio).  This is not always the case these days, but when I was still doing a lot of classic ASP development, I would often need this.  Since XP Pro only allows one web site (as opposed to Windows 2000/2003 Server, which allows multiples), I spent a lot of time loading IIS, going to the properties page, and changing the ... [More]
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May 200524

Dormant Strengths

I found this quote online today in this article on MarketingProfs.com: "Guided by our parents, our teachers, our managers and by psychology's fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected." Hmmm.  That one made me stop and think for a few minutes.  How true it is, for me at least.  Lately I've been finding myself examining my weaknesses and trying to go about corre... [More]
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So I found out yesterday that someone I know is going to work for Telligent Systems, the company that makes Community Server, which is teh software that I use for this blog. Congratulations to Dan Bartels, a fellow Milwaukee-area developer, on this new position. Now that I know someone on the CS team, I'll have to start sending in lots of feature suggestions and bugs...
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May 200518

Store Wars

I mentioned the other day that I'm going to see the new Star Wars movie with a few friends.  That's happening tomorrow night, but in the meantime, if you're any kind of a Star Wars fan, you need to check out Store Wars.
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From Glenn Vanderburg via Matt Terski: It should be noted that no ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.    -- Nathaniel S. Borenstein
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May 200513

Lost Without It

So, like any good geek, I have a USB flash drive.  I have the 512MB Cruzer Micro by SanDisk.  I love it because it is so small, even compared to most other USB drives I've seen.  I use it regularly, but not everyday -- I typically use it 1-2 times per week. Well, today, I forgot it at home.  Ok, so I didn't actually forget it -- it fell out of my pocket while relaxing in my chair in the living room last night.  Of all days to not have it, today I have actually reached f... [More]
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So I finally bought a Design Patterns book, Refactoring to Patterns, by Joshua Kerievsky.  I haven't cracked it open yet, but it was recommended by a few people, including The Agile Developer and Gerry.  This will be my first official foray into Design Patterns -- hopefully I can keep my interest up long enough to learn something from this book.  :) Also, a few of us are going to see Star Wars, Episode III, Revenge of the Sith next Thursday night (the night it opens).  That ... [More]
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May 200510

Crazy, Crazy Day

Today was a crazy, crazy day!  I'm not sure if it's good or bad, but time will tell. But, I did get my new DMB CD.  I got to listen to about half so far, and it's awesome!
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May 200509

Stand Up

The Dave Matthews Band is releasing a new studio album, Stand Up, tomorrow and Kelly pre-ordered it for me. In case you couldn't tell by the fact that (1) I am blogging about (2) pre-ordering the CD, I am a pretty big fan.  :) Last I checked, my copy is somewhere between Louisville and here.  I should see it tomorrow sometime.
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Tuesday night (5/10) is May's .NET UG meeting.  Matt Deiters (The Agile Developer) will be presenting on Design Patterns with .NET.  I got an overview/preview of his presentation last week and am looking forward to getting into it a little deeper.  If you're free, you should definitely be there.
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