Shawn Wildermuth


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

I think CSI is confusing America...

Url: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2004-08-05-...

Ok, this is *way* off topic, but I enjoy watching CSI and shows of their ilk.  But I have been getting further frustrated by the technology they purport to use.  It all came to a head the other day when they took a convinience store video and used “video enhancement” to see the reflection in one of the customer's eyes.  Instead of Spike, CSI belongs on SciFi. 

December Atlanta Nerd Dinner!

Url: http://nerddinner.com/blogs/atlanta/archive/200...

We are having the monthly Atlanta Nerd Dinner on December 16th.  Follow the link for full details!  Hope to see you there.

Rico's Walkthrough of Finding Memory Leaks in the CLR (or your code)

Url: http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2004/12/10/...

I am blogging about this more so I have a place to find it if I ever need it...originally from Gunnerson's blog.  Great stuff Rico!

MSN Desktop Search - Yet another blog about it!

Url: http://beta.toolbar.msn.com/

I downloaded MSN Toolbar which includes the Desktop Search this evening.  I immediately turned off the MSN toolbar since I am not interested in having two toolbars with identical features (I love the google bar and won't give it up).  So how is search?

COM Objects and IDisposable?

I haven't dealt with a ton of COM interop up to this point in my .NET life.  I was surprised to find out that there is not a good story for deterministic deconstruction of COM objects...or maybe there is and I didn't see it.

What I've come up with is a bit of a hack to wrap a com object in a IDisposable wrapper so that I can use the using{...} syntax to determine Release() calls (not really destruction, but good enough for most cases).  The code looks like this:

Adam Barr on Scheduling (in reference to WinFS)

Url: http://www.proudlyserving.com/archives/2004/12/...

I really like this post by Adam Barr in response to Scoble's blog about what happened to WinFS.  I think Adam is right on with his take on how long-term projects are scheduled.  Whether this is what happened to WinFS or not is up to speculation...ok...let me speculate.

"I Don't Do Patterns" et al.

Url: http://weblogs.cerkit.com/mearls/archive/2004/1...

I just read this blog entry for Michael Earls and it got me wondering.  I am one of these neanderthals that has been coding since before I could drive.  I see the value of “Patterns” as a common language to help solve problems, but I am not a huge fan of “Everything is a Pattern” mentality that peeked sometime in the late nineties.  I was talking to Chris Sells one day about patterns and we came to the conclusion that patterns are great because they created a common language for stuff that we've been using for years.  The problem comes in when a developer tries to fit every problem into the GOF patterns. 

WinFS Probably Won't Show Up After '10

Url: http://news.com.com/New+file+system+has+long+ro...

My Next "Notebook"?

Url: http://reviews.cnet.com/HP_Pavilion_zd8000/4505...

This is an impressive machine:

My new Tivo

Url: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=1093...

I've owned ReplayTV's for years now.  For those of you out there without a PVR, get one *now*!  Magenic (the company I work for) recently gave it's employees a Tivo for a holiday gift.  I got the one with the DVD recorder in it and including some media features.  So far I am very impressed.

Shawn
Shawn Wildermuth
Author, Teacher, and Coach




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I'm taking a year off of conferences to finish my film, see you in 2020!

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