Shawn Wildermuth


My Rants and Raves about technology, programming, everything else...

Steven Hawking and Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

Guess I don't post for a month and then post everything I think of...

I was watching Jeopardy (as usual) and it mentioned that Steven Hawking was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) in the 1960's.  I didn't think you could survive more than a couple years with ALS.  My step-father died in a scant two years after he was diagnosed.  Am I nuts?

After a Couple Weeks With the New Longhorn Build

I've had the WinHEC build of Longhorn for a while now and I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised.  It seems that Longhorn is really coming along.  I am very focused on WinFS programming, so I have not had too much time to dig into other interesting topics like Avalon (though Chris Sells loves the data binding) and Indigo.

The biggest change that has effected me is the lack of VS.NET.  Because of very different development schedules, there is not a version of VS.NET that works with this release of Longhorn.  At first I was a bit daunted...I have become so dependent on the tools.  I haven't compiled from the command-line in quite a while.  Luckily, MSBuild came to the rescue.  After having been using NAnt, I was unsure what the big deal with MSBuild was and why it mattered.  I am now a big fan.  Instead of having to learn their XML syntax, I was delighted to find out that it will build based on a csproj file.  This helped me out a lot, because I know how to write those files like the back of my hand (mostly from hacking csproj's to fix annoying problems like licx files remaining after you remove a reference). 

Al Qaeda Websites?

I was reading this article on MSNBC yesterday and they mentioned that an Al Qaeda website was showing a video and messages about the oil worker hostage in Saudi Arabia.  Though the site has been shut down by now, I was surprised it hadn't been shut down before.

Don't get me wrong, I am a big advocate of Free Speech.  In my opinion, ransoms and announcements of crimes is not protected speech.  It took me all of 90 seconds to do a WHOIS search to find the host and it is unclear to me whether the site was hosted as a freebie site, someone paid the host (hostanime.com) for the site, or someone hacked the host to put up the site. 

All Quiet on the Wildermuth Front

What a strange trip it's been...

Think Geek has my favorite April Fools Jokes...

Url: http://www.thinkgeek.com

Bush wants to take Overtime Pay from Veterans

Url: http://www.saveovertimepay.org/

Is he serious?  Hasn't he hurt the economy enough?  Especially from Veterans, during a war.  I am just speechless...

Mulsim Cleric Instructs how to "Beat Your Wife"?

Url: http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives...

I am not sure how to respond to this?  I would have thought it a hoax if I didn't already know what the Koran says about women as property.  I know I am just an American with a ethnocentric view of the world, but how can you love someone enough to marry them then want to strike them for any reason whatsoever? 

Corporate Logo...

Url: http://www.logogame.com/game.php?id=8

I haven't been this annoyed with an online game in years.  I've goten about 17 of the logos, but stuck on the last six.  The only nasty thing is that if you want the answers, they charge cash!  So please help me out with B, D, F, H, L, N, O, P, Q, U, V, and Y.

I am glad I needed a dictionary....

Url: http://www.urbandictionary.com/

I was reading about Howard Stern's fight with the FCC (I am not a fan, but I like 1st amendment fights) and the key to his fight is a discussion he had on-air about a certain sexual act.  The problem was that I didn't have a clue what the word meant.  In Google'ing the phrase, I ran into a great site.  It's called Urban Dictionary and has definitions for tons of interesting non-dictionary terms.  Some of my favorites (all rated G or PG) are:

Linux is Falling down the Unix Hole

I've been watching the Linux news wires lately to see whether I should be putting any time into Mono and it looks to me like Linux is falling victim to the Unix disease of splintering into too many distributions that may or may not be compatible.  Here's what I am reading:

None of these stories are very damning on their own, but I am seeing a trend towards many conflicting distributions for specific needs.  Imagine an enterprise where you would need four or five different distro's to support.  Windows three tier OS (Home/Professional/Server) seems to be easier to manage (one company, one support contract, etc.) 

WinFS is Gimped At the Moment...

Penguin Baseball

Url: http://meph.eu.org/

Notebooks and Longhorn

Url: http://www.ondotnet.com/pub/a/dotnet/2004/03/08...

While editing Ian Griffiths new WinFX article for ONDotnet.com, he showed me how wrong I am.  I've been complaining about the hit on battery life that Longhorn will have since it will use the GPU (Video Card).  Of course, Ian correctly mentioned that the high power/heat 3D computation is not needed for Longhorn, but the 2D rendering is.  This eleviates all of my concerns about power and Longhorn.  I am happy to be wrong...

25% Evil...oh darn

Url: http://homokaasu.org/gematriculator/

After reading Don Box's blog that his blog is 28% evil, I had to go to the gematriculator and find out how I rated.  I am disappointed that I was only rated 25% evil.  Though evidently I am more evil than whitehouse.gov, but Chris Sells' site really kicks at 47% evil! 

SQL 2000 Reporting Services

Url: http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/howtobuy...

I am very impressed with RS at the moment.  I looked briefly at this stuff a year ago when it was to be part of Yukon and liked what I saw a lot.  Now the Report interface is done via Visual Studio and it is very powerful.  My days of trudging through Crystal Reports or creating ad-hoc aspx pages may be over.  The feature I really like are:

An Interesting User Interface...

Url: http://research.microsoft.com/news/monthlyfeatu...

This Outlook Add-In from MS Research and Maryland U. is particularly interesting.  It may be a little more of than another consuption of extra CPU cycles in an age over-zealous animations, but I think there is something useful here.  There is an intuitiveness to what they have in mind that is very useful. 

MikeRoweSoft.com Revisited...

Url: http://bink.nu/DesktopModules/ArticleDetail.asp...

I like it when a “MS v. Some small guy” story works out.  Mike Rowe has given MikeRoweSoft.com to microsoft, but in return he's getting some great stuff.  Here's what Microsoft is doing in return for the domain:


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