My last project involved writing a lot of HttpHandlers to respond to
HTTP requests originating from a cell phone. To simplify my life, I
created an abstract base handler that handled a lot of the repetitive
tasks in writing an HTTP handler.
Apparently someone went on an online
shopping spree with our credit card number. Fortunately the Bank of
America protection kicked in before they could do too much damage and we
will not be charged for the fraudelent activity. It’s mind bogglingly
easy for someone to fraudelently use your credit card. Think about that
the next time you hand your credit card to the waiter at the local dive.
On my drive home today
(being my last day at work. I’m now fully independent.), I was listening
to the show “All Things Considered” on NPR. Much to my surprise there
was a reviewer named Robert Holt who was describing his experience with
World of Warcraft, a massively
multiplayer online role playing game.
Looks like Google is responding to some
who say Google takes all and doesn’t give back to the open source
community. They’ve just launched Google Code,
Google’s place for Open Source software.
No, this post will make no
mention of Paris Hilton. Promise. (Fully realizing that if I had
mentioned her, it would attract an undesirable crowd via Google).
In the 1998 movie, The Big
Hit, the protagonists kidnap the
daughter of an extremely wealthy Japanese businessman. When they call to
deliver the ransom notice, they turn to Gump who employs a brand name
Trace Buster to prevent police from tracing the call.
My first couple computers (TRS 80 and
Commodore 128) led very solitairy lives. Though they had the constant
company of a human companion, they lacked the familiar company of their
own kind. I wonder if they longed for a form of communication that
didn’t require a fur-less primate jabbing his fingers at a keyboard.
My friend Walter points out some common sense
about how not to get fired for the content of your blog. Of course this
issue has been beaten to a pulp in the larger blogosphere, but one thing
he mentioned caught my attention.
Currently, the only plug-in model supported by RSS Bandit is the
interface. This is a very limited interface that allows developers to
write a plug-in that adds a menu option to allow the user to manipulate
a single feed item.
A coworker sent me this
of some of the most amazing breakdancing I’ve seen. And no, this isn’t
that pop locker dude. Check out the way he does push-ups near the end.
Brains released a free
their ReSharper product. Let me tell you, using this product feels like
walking on land after a long stint trying to walk under water.
Via Dare’s blog, I found this interesting post on Random Number
Generation on Michael Brundage’s website. My undergrad thesis was on the topic of pseudorandom number generation so I thought I’d take the two classes he provided for a quick spin.
Yes folks, it’s true. After working a while in VS.NET, it suddenly stops
and asks if I’d like to send an error report to Microsoft. Then it shuts
down. Almost like clockwork. This creates a very good time for me to
take a break, stretch, and meditate on how much work I just lost as I
was just about to hit the save icon.
For my personal coding projects at home, I’ve been using the free one-user version of SourceGear vault for my personal source control needs. As you know, having proper source
control is #1 on The Joel Test.
Today, my boss, the CTO, announced that I’m leaving the company to join
the adult movie industry. Don’t worry, I’m actually not out to challenge
the supremacy of John Holmes. That just happens to be the typical way he
likes to announce the departure of employees. I’m just joining the
of developers who are going independent.
Don Park outlines an interesting potential solution to Google’s proposed Auto Link feature of its Toolbar. Essentially his solution is to allow content author’s to opt-in via tagging content for auto-linking.
My friends are always looking out for me.
Apparently Tre (aka Macktastic Tre Flava) realized that as an elevated
player, I was in dire need of a pimp name. So he helpfully sent me a
link to the Pimp Name Generator one of the
many useful utilities on PlayerAppreciate.com.