Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Some great times with friends eating at Boston PiZZa: It costs $60+ for 2 people and I paid all but it was certainly fair for the amount of food. I guess it was some sort of holiday special. Included: Salad (or soup),main course (Steak),free drink re-fill, dessert and coffee.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

After 6 years

After 6 yrs here, Stu decides to k___ the weakest amongst them, Mr. ____, so that the rest can feed on his/her blood & body to survive.

Harvard Lectures

It's great that Harvard has posted some great lectures. It reminds me of University life and as I watch the students I can't help but think if I was there I would get enraptured in what's being said. Unfortunately it being an 'academic' setting one is ultimately tested on points that seem frivolous to what's actually being said.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Caught between generations

I have come to realize that I'm caught between generations. Though there's some good points (eg. music) I'm not sure if overall it's a good thing. There's a strange sense of...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow Fall

Though it did snow one little time b4 today [about 6 weeks ago], 2nite was the first snow that lasted.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friends: Coming and Go - 2

Well today was a day of 'repair' I hope we can fix things. It would be great to fix this.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Friends: Coming and Go

Well after 2+ months (See 09/12/09) of having a problem with a good friend he did something today on FaceBook that was so surprising and [again] disappointing. I can't believe he would do something like that. Using a social networking system to say things like this just seems inappropriate.

Monday, October 19, 2009

EOG - Ruby

I always knew this guy would make a good teacher/trainer. Hell I even told him. Looks like he's well on his way...Edward Ocampo-Gooding with his book: Rails in a Nutshell.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Well another successful move. This is getting tiring. However the new place is cheaper and much better!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dead: Larry Gelbart

The past few months have been terrible for deaths. The most recent: Larry Gelbart:

'Larry Gelbart, the award-winning comedy writer best known for developing the landmark TV series "MASH," co-writing the book for the hit Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and co-writing the classic movie comedy "Tootsie," died Friday morning. He was 81.' ---

Best Quote: "Today's audience knows more about what's on television than what's in life."

Lost a friend today

I think today I truly lost a friend. There's now such a loss of trust. It's truly sad and unbelievable. The incident happened on 09/06/09 :-(

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Don Hewitt - Dead - Age 86

I was a fan of this show for such a long time. I had stopped watching TV for several years but one of the shows I missed was 60 minutes. Don Hewitt was the creator. He died today at age 86 :-(

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Today was

Today was I would say the first day that I really had a csfbl epxm. Discussions with ECY while fuzzed with bud.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Windows 2008 R2 - RTM'd

Windows 2008 R2 - is now RTM'd. This is [I believe] the first OS from Microsoft that is 64-bit only. That's right no 32-bit version.

Windows 7 RTM'd

Windows 7 is RTM'd! Download for developers Aug-06/09, available in stores: Oct-22/09!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Privacy concerns: Hand over your social networking username & password!

Ever been concerned about privacy. Well check this out:

"If you apply for a job with the City of Bozeman, Montana - a mid-sized burg halfway across these United States - you're forced to surrender usernames and passwords for every account you've set up with websites of the "social networking" variety." --- The Register

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Modo 401 - Shipped Today

Modo 401 Shipped today! Modo is a modern, highly-integrated modeling, painting, sculpting, rendering and animation tool for both Mac and PC.

XBox360: Project Natal

When this is released this should change the way entertainment is done:

XBox360: Project Natal

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Open Screen Project

Interesting project coming out of Adobe.

"The goal of the Open Screen Project is to maintain compatibility across devices, supporting rapid innovation and enabling devices to be seamlessly updated with the latest runtimes. With a consistent runtime environment based on the next major releases of Adobe® Flash® Player and Adobe AIR®, you can distribute content and applications to consumers worldwide, on virtually any device, much faster and at a lower cost than you can today. Integration of Adobe's award-winning tools with the consistent runtimes helps ensure the ability to develop once and deploy everywhere through an agile design and development workflow." -

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SLI Multi-OS

Nvidia recently released their SLI Multi-OS:

"With the introduction of NVIDIA® SLI® Multi-OS technology, a user now has the ability to fully virtualize all resources in the workstation, including NVIDIA® Quadro® GPUs. An SLI Multi-OS enabled workstation operates in conjunction with workstation virtualization software. Through SLI Multi-OS technology, a user can directly assign a dedicated Quadro graphics board to both the host operating system and a range of optionally loaded guest operating systems." --- NVidia.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Silverlight 2 and 3 development - on the same box

One of the disappointments with the recent Silverlight 3 Preview release is the inability to install Silverlight 2 and 3 at the same time. Now VisualStudio 2010 is suppose to solve this but in the meantime you must choose which one you want to target. And given currently there is no go-live license for Silverlight 3 [reasonable at this point] what can you do? Well Amy Dullard [a program manager at Microsoft] has a work-around.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blend 3 & SketchFlow (missing)

Recently Microsoft held their annual Mix conference where they demonstrated the next version of Blend (Blend 3 Preview) their WPF/Silverlight design tool. One of the coolest features is the SketchFlow functionality. Unfortunately it's NOT included in the just released 'preview' :-(

"It is important to note, that one of the Expression Blend features demonstrated at MIX09 is not actually included in this preview, namely SketchFlow. Microsoft informed that it was hard at work to ensure that SketchFlow would make it into the next development milestone of Expression Blend 3." -

How disappointing!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Silverlight Project: Requested Registry Access is not allowed

After installing the Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and trying to create a new project in Visual Studio 2008 - I was getting the error, "Requested registry access is not allowed". Doing a little Goooogling I came across this post - basically giving 'Admin' permission to all keys. Seemed a little too extensive. Later in the post is the minimal required to get the Silverlight project to work. I've included the .BAT/ZIP here. As per the instructions:

1) Download and install: SubInACL a command-line tool from Microsoft.
2) Download the SilverLight Project .BAT/ZIP fix file for changing the registry entries here OR copy/paste from here.
3) Unzip and run the batch file.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Everytime I would add some sort of 'add-in' to VisualStudio 2008 and then would try to get the properties of a project I would get the error, "Impossible to open Project Properties - COM object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used". Doing a little Goooogling reveals this page, and this where they basically explain that removing Resharper and the, "Microsoft Source Analysis Tool for C#" fixes the problem. For me I removed FXCop and installed the latest, StyleCop. FYI: Generic info re: StyleCop here.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bought a NexStar: GX 3.5 IDE External hard drive case. Seems to be working well.

Features include:
Smart Cooling (Fan turns on/off as needed in 'automatic' mode)
USB 2.0 HUB (3 ports)
Passive Heat Sink (Heat sin seats on the bottom of the unit)
Smart Power (Turns off when you computer does)
Security Slot (Allows you to use a security cable lock to prevent theft of hardware)

Bell and Twitter

Perfect example of the terrrible customer service you get from Bell Canada in regards to SMS messages from Twitter:

"Just for the sake of clarity, this is in no way related to Bell’s policy on 15 cent incoming SMS costs. Bell’s Julie Smithers said “Because Twitter is a third-party service, the messages are considered premium and not covered by our plans…This aligns with industry standards regarding third-party premium messaging". -Cell Phone Hub

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Adobe Hiring

So let get this straight:

1) Adobe layoffs 600+ workers
2) Then they hire back cheap student labor
3) Finally they compensate Shantanu Narayen [Chief Executive] an additional $16.4 million [in stock] in addition to his salary of $875,000 in fiscal 2008, up from $600,000 in fiscal 2007.

Nice :-(