Lunch

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Just had lunch with Erik and Ben at Manpuku. If you’ve never been, Manpuku is on Sawtelle just north of Olympic in the strip mall where Hurry Curry is. If none of that made sense to you, then you probably don’t live in L.A. ;)

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TIP: Decorate Custom Exception Classes With the Serializable Attribute

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When writing a custom Exception class, don’t forget to mark the class as Serializable? Why? If the exception is ever used in a remoting context, exceptions on the server are serialized and remoted back to the client proxy. The proxy then throws the exception on the client. By default, .NET types are not serializable. But by adding a simple Serializable attribute decoration on your class, .NET is able to serialize your exception.

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Weekend Update

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Let’s see. On Friday we went to see a sneak preview of Starsky and Hutch. If you liked Zoolander, I think you’ll like this. It’s not the same, but has similar type of humor. It’s hard to approach Zoolander in my book, but Starksy and Hutch does well.

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Talk About Awkward Moments

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This is probably the funniest thing I’ve ever heard happening on a train:

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Updated version of the RssBandit documentation

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UPDATE: Whoops! I should have read the SLA for my free hosting provider more carefully. There’s a size limit to the files I may post on my ftp server. I will work to rectify this situation by finding a new FTP site. In the meantime, email me and I will send you the documents referenced below.

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Fraud Detection and Prevention

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My latest task is to produce reports useful for fraud detection. We’ve recently had incidents in which users from Vietnam opened up several accounts via stolen credit cards, deposited money via Paypal, then commit a charge back.

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Asp.NET forums provide RSS Feeds

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Wow. All this time, I̵ve tried to follow various Asp.Net Forums, only now to discover that each forum is syndicated via RSS! Nice!

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Practice safe DateTime manipulation

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What is the proper way to add three hours to a DateTime for the PST timezone? Is it this?

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Better Social Networking through Blogistry

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agentLately it seems that everybody is playing “six-degrees of separation” by sprouting a social networking service. Some of the most prominent are Friendster.com, Tribe.com, MySpace.com, and Google’s Orkut. The promise these services make is that by joining, you’ll be where all your friends are and in the process make new friends and business contacts, though in reality they tend to look like glorified dating services. Look around the blogosphere and you’ll find several opinions concerning the problems and weaknesses of these services. For example, Dare’s take on social networking services, Warren Ellis’s evaluation of Orkut, and Don Park’s suggestion for improving existing services. Robert Scoble, a popular blogger, points out in this blog entry, that none of these networks interoperate. A person ends up entering his data into each site over and over again.

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Snowboarding weekend

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SnowboardingYesterday Akumi, Laura, Judy, and I drove to Mountain High (not a reference to smoking out) for a day of snowboarding. This would be my second time snowboarding since the big Conversion from skiing. Right now, I would rate myself as an intermediate snowboarder and advanced intermediate skiier.

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Microsoft Dev Days

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What's the difference between a Debug vs Release Build?

That’s a question I’ve been asked several times, and to be honest, I really didn’t know all the details. Till now. Read on.

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The Doh! Files: When Porn goes awry.

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Interesting news item I found

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Popping water balloons in 0 gravity

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A Balloon poppingThis site has several photographs and movies of NASA experiments where they pop water ballons in 0 gravity. They simulated the 0 gravity effect of being in outer space by flying an airplane in an elliptical orbit.

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Log4Net

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I just finished reading the Log4Net Introduction and FAQ and realize I’ve been missing out all these years. I won’t retrofit my current App (just yet), but I definitely need to give Log4Net a try with future projects.

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Which Logging framework do you use and why?

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Logs Scott Hanselman asks the question Should one go to Production with a Debug build? Although I find that an intriguing question, I’m more intrigued by the fact that his company exclusively uses Log4Net exclusively.

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Race relations at your neighborhood grocery

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OutOfMemoryException and other pathological cases

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Ok, I admit it. I’m a unit-tester-aholic. I’m compulsive about it. Sometimes going overboard:

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Sidelined by injury and illness

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So I was off to a running start with my ambitious new goals of contributing to several open source projects and creating a blog worth reading. But as my wife so keenly pointed out, as soon as I get an inch better, I try to take it a yard.

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President says, "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda"

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I thought this was a joke until I realized that it was on Yahoo news. Bush and Cheney say we attacked Iraq because Saddam COULD HAVE made weapons of mass destruction. “Could have”. Gee, well North Korea “could have” made WMDs. Should we attack them? How about India who DO have. Heck, with a bit of time, I think I have enough intelligence and skill to make a WMD. Should I expect an airstrike on my apartment sometime soon? I hope not, my wife would not be pleased.

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