Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Who says they can't work together!

Some people have too much time on their hands. But without people like that we wouldn't have such great things as Monty Python, or Cheez Whiz!

This site goes to show that Windows XP boxes and Linux boxes can play nice. Man! This is something to see.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Web Site is done... almost

So, I have the website done. Actually, the web designer and I have finished it. The only missing piece is the cropping. It works great! Except, not on the web server. Can't get through the firewall. Trying to get help, but so far nada.

So anyways, if you want to check out the site, it's http://www.centurycolor.com
If you want to try the form, use demo/demo. And for original orders use 999999.

Now it's back to DataMatch. I'm excited. I've wanted to finish this. I just hope I haven't lost the steam. I may use the cropping class in there. We'll see. I want it to get all the info it needs from our server. I'm working on that now. This is gonna be good.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Clie for sale!!!

I finally did it. I put my clie up for auction. I hated to do it, I loved that thing. But I just can't get it fixed. No money and no time. And hey, this is my blog, so I can advertise for free. If you want to look, click here.

Okay, Am I not enough of a developer?

Microsoft releases XNA a game development package. Why am I only hearing of this through Yahoo News?! I searched MSDN, and Microsoft's site, and no news out there?!?! What do I have to do to get my hands on this?

Crunch time has put a crunch in my blog!

K, so I haven't posted in a while... A friend of mine told me he and his wife were going to have a baby! I have been pushing to wrap up the last touches of www.centurycolor.com so that I could move back to DataMatch. I was almost there with cropping, and I got the retouch commands working.

Other than that, this past weekend I went to PA with my wife and picked up some stuff from her parents house. I got to drive with a car carrier on my roof!!! Kewl... NOT!

K, that is it for now. Let's wrap this junk up boys!

Monday, March 15, 2004

Okay, more to talk about

So, this weekend I got a job from my dad. He would like a simple file mover application. It will ask some questions about what is being moved and where. I am going to try it in Sharp Develop. The project seems straightforward enough that I can get my feet wet with this new tool. I hope that this will let me feel more comfortable with Mono Develop later.

I wish I had a PDA. I would love to be able to jot some notes down. My Clie has been damaged for some time now. I am going to ebay it. I'll put the link here when I do. It's got a damaged screen. Powers up, I am very sure that it is just the screen. I got it to come on once or twice by rubbing the screen. I believe the screen has been stuck together, thus causing an eternal touch that hangs the unit as it tries to start up. Any offers can e-mail me or post a comment.

I also thought of an illustration. Programmers are very logical, scientific people. That may mean that they have lost faith in creation, or doubt it's feasibility. I'd like to offer a possible view.

When a child is born, it is an Instance of the class Human. It is designed on the DNA Framework. Any programmer knows that the more powerful and complex a framework, the more skilled the designer. Human beings could be considered the most complex design in the physical universe. A self aware, adaptable, creative system.

For those that think we evolved, explain:
When did the first Amoeba decide it would be good food to eat another amoeba... hunter/prey?
What evolutionary need was solved by art, music, mathematics?
Evolution is fueled by needed adaptations, correct? Amoebas seem fine. If they were so flawed that evolutionary tactics needed to enhance them to multi-celled organisms, why are they still here?
It would seem that diversity would be small or nonexistent, flawed or obsolete designs being discarded. Why have they persisted?

If this has given you some food-for-thought, and you would like to discuss it further, I can provide much more scientific fact to prove that creation is not only a possibility, but a fact. At the very least, it would be quite an interesting discussion.

BTW, I just got my DotNetRocks travel coffee mug!!! Woohoo! I am one of the teaming millions!

Good weekend, lot's to talk about

So it was a good weekend. I didn't get to attend the Nerd Dinner, Providence is about 2 hours away for me. But did do some other stuff.

Michael Crighton, Prey, have you read it? It's a good one. I'm just getting into it, but it's good.

Had some other thoughts, I'll have to get on them later.

Friday, March 12, 2004

DotNetRocks Live!!!

We had a chat room going during DotNetRocks on Friday, 3/12/04.
I will keep the links up for future reference. If you go to the Listen Here link, on Monday (the 15th) you can download the show.

Fun times!!!
Chat Here
Listen Here

Cross platform/language programming at last?

My brother just sent me this link: http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2004/03/11/mono.html

Mono is something I've heard about here and there. It's a project that hopes to put the .Net CLR on Linux, offering the possibility for .Net developers to develop for both MS and Linux users and thus opening up Linux to more people. (More apps means more users.) Until this article, I wasn't very clear on the different facets of this project.

Wow!!! It's what I would love to dream about. Taking what I've learned here in .Net to Linux and going back and forth. And MonoDevelop (an implementation of SharpDevelop which I will now have to research) looks sweet. Intellisense!!! That has been such a great tool for learning.

So, enjoy the article, I hope you like it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Problem solved and fun stuff, Second time

Don't know what's up with my network or system. The last time I tried to post this my system hung and all sorts of other nastyness.

I resolved my file access problem with some help here.
Thanks Steve for the helpful info.

Now for fun stuff. Have any of you faithful readers played The Secret of Monkey Island? Is it not such the coolest game?!?! I borrowed it from my brother (it's actually mine) and started playing it. It's an old DOS game, with modest, but good, graphics and sound. You can just stick it in and start playing, no install or anything. Saves to your hard drive. It's from LucasArts.

I tell you, some of the old classics can't be beat with a 19 foot pole!

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Problems solved and others found

I resolved the issue of the 2 tables. Since there is no built in mechanizm for bound textboxes to synchronize, I built one. Basically, when a record from Orders changes, I look through the SubjectData table. If I find the appropriate record, I set the binding context's position.

But my new one, I had a while back, and found a workaround, but now...

I want to open an image over the network. I am trying to do this:
InputBitmap = New Bitmap(ImgFile)

ImgFile is a string that is the path to the file. It works great if it's local, but the minute I pass in a network path, it's all over. Any ideas?

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Great news for those wanting training
Franklins.Net recently made this statement: Surprising number of clients want remote classes.

If you are looking for training in the CT or New England area, these are the guys to do it. You can go to them, or they will go to you. They can schedule classes at your location (for a group of developers) or you can use their mentoring program.

But now, if you want to sit in on a class and you're one of my friends on the west coast, you can remote in! If you get a chance, listen to Carl and Rory on DotNetRocks. You'll see that these guys know their stuff!