April 2004 - Posts

27 April 2004
A Java Developer's Thoughts on Microsoft
I stumbled across this article written by a Java developer about his thoughts on Microsoft. As usual, I will refrain from commenting on this subject (flames aren't my cup of tea). Read More...
14 April 2004
Finally Got Rid of that Pesky Job Thingie
That's right...laid off, and just in time for summer (christ I need a vacation, last one was almost 3 years ago...and no, long weekends don't count)! Getting up in the morning was getting to be such a pain in the ass, good riddence I say! This will give me some time to catch up on all the Odd Todd movies I've missed, as well as finally getting around to cleaning my apartment . Could be time to kick the ol' drinking habit into serious overdrive as well, the 8-10 hours a day I was in the office was such an interruption (drinking in the morning was never really my thing anyways). Yeeeaaah riiiight, anyways... On a more serious note, it was as a consultant, so the volatility was always there...it was originally a 4 month contract that I managed to expand to almost a year. It was a great gig and I have no complaints other than the way they went about it (very suddenly, I had about an hour to pack up my cube and even got a friendly security guard to escort me out...standard operating procedure... Read More...
08 April 2004
Google Gmail Information (Yes, It's Real)
I've been itching to post about gmail, but didn't want egg on my face about it being some sort of long drawn out April fool's prank. My initial concern with gmail was “how on earth can it be cost effective to offer a gig of email storage to every subscriber?” Well, apparently it's quite cost effective according to some people out there with more hardware knowledge than myself. Some interesting posts/articles here , here , here , here , here , here , and here about how Google does business (the first of which is one of the more interesting blog posts I've read lately), and as to how they can justify offering this service. There have been some concerns over the privacy policy, mainly that email is parsed for content so that relevant advertisements can be displayed (hey, they gotta make some money off this somehow); if you use any kind of web based email, you've already been subjected to this. How do you think hotmail/yahoo/whatever strips out spam/viruses/etc? Sometimes I think... Read More...
01 April 2004
SQL Query Analyzer -- Number of Undo Buffers
Visual Studio .NET has really spoiled me by allowing an insane amount of Ctrl Z's to be stored in memory (I haven't actually counted how many, but it's enough so that if I really f*ck up, I can usually Ctrl Z my way back to sanity). SQL Query Analyzer maxes out at 20, or so the message box tells me when I try to set this to a number larger than this in Tools, Options. I finally got fed up with this and did a little registry manipulation; if anyone is interested, the registry key is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\80\Tools\SQL Query Analyzer\Options\EditorTab\NumUndoBufs\ . I set this value to 100 and haven't run into any issues, unless you open Tools, Options and click OK...you will get the message box nagging you to set this to a number between 1-20. If you export the reg key mentioned above, you can just double click it to get your preferred setting back. I am guessing numbers higher than 100 are fine, but if I'm making that many changes to a SQL script, I will... Read More...
01 April 2004
Software Engineering, Not Computer Science [Article]
Read the paper here. Read More...
01 April 2004
MS Developer Community Growing Impatient
It looks like everything isn't all roses concerning the ever slipping ship date of Whidbey, along with tying framework versions to IDE's. Plus, where are our service packs? Read the posts here , here , and here . Some excellent points are made. Read More...