Someone Is Using My Credit Card

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Crook 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.

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MMORPGs Come Of Age - WOW Reviewed on NPR

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World of Warcraft 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.

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Google Is Giving Back

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Looks like Google is responding to some critics 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.

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Writing Games for the T-Mobile Sidekick

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Tiny Charms 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).

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Blogging about Blogging about Blogging about ...

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.

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What is Your Blogger Handle?

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TRS 80 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.

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Blogging With a Beer And In Pajamas

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Quick and Dirty Guide to Configuring Log4Net For Web Applications

UPDATE: I wrote a post with notes on getting this to work with ASP.NET 2.0.

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It's Easier To Find Your Blog Than You Think

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My friend Walter points out some common sense advice 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.

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Building a Better Extensibility Model For RSS Bandit

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Currently, the only plug-in model supported by RSS Bandit is the IBlogExtension 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.

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The Freshest BreakDancing Ever!

A coworker sent me this video 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. Amazing.

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ReSharper 1.5 Released! Includes New Refactorings

Evolution of DevelopmentJet Brains released a free upgrade to their ReSharper product. Let me tell you, using this product feels like walking on land after a long stint trying to walk under water.

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Improved Random Number Generators

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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.

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VS.NET 2003 Has a Built-In Break Reminder

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.

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FUNNY: A Bitter Blog

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My coworker sent me this link and it just cracks me up. A bitter blog.

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Source Control Hosting - Advice?

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.

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I'm Going Independent!

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 seeming legion of developers who are going independent.

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Fixing AutoLink - Give Users Control

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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.

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Get Your Pimp Name Playah!

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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.

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It's Raining, It's Pouring, The Old Man Is Snoring

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It’s really coming down out there. On the freeway today I started hydroplaning a bit. Be careful out there. I’ve been pretty quiet on this blog due to being very busy. I have some big personal news (no, we’re not pregnant) to announce, but I promised not to announce it till others announce it.

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