January 2005 - Posts

13 January 2005
So...How's the Weather?
Apparently it sucks in most of the world right now. People are dying in Sweden from blizzards, the entire western part of America is getting hammered by rain/snow (and mudslides in California), and the northeast is getting pounded by snowstorms. Which brings me to the south (and Charlotte in particular)…I honestly cannot remember a January this nice ever. These are rough numbers, but we’ve had close to 2 weeks of 60+ degree days, and a couple of those were over 70 degrees. Rain has been predicted approximately 1/3 of those days, yet it hasn’t rained once. This is all about to change though…the storms that drenched the west arrive here tomorrow. That being said, sometimes I actually do enjoy living in the south. Cheers. Read More...
Filed under:
11 January 2005
New Interview with Anders Hejlsberg on TheServerSide
There is a new interview with Anders Hejlsberg up on TheServerSide.net . Not a lot of new ideas/concepts, but I always enjoy watching Anders speak at events/give interviews/do Q&A’s…he’s quite charismatic and you really get a sense that this guy loves what he does for a living (but don’t we all?). That being said, he kinda looks like he’s battling a cold or something in this interview…or perhaps it’s just bad lighting (or perhaps he’s still recovering from the holidays? Perhaps sick of giving interviews?), not the “usual” Anders I’ve seen in numerous other videos. Regardless, it’s always nice to see the guy behind C# talk about his brainchild. One gripe I have; the video is streaming only, no downloading of this one. Definitely worth a viewing when you have 37:19 to spare though. Sidenote: I’ve been battling a horrible cold for the past week++, hence the lack of posts lately. I can’t remember the last... Read More...
05 January 2005
Mono on Fedora Core 3? Not Yet...
Earlier I mentioned getting Fedora Core 3 installed on Virtual PC so I can start playing around with Mono on Linux. I finally managed to summon up the courage to attempt the install (figuring it would be a long night...I walked the dog early, bought a six pack, turned the phone off, replied to all the emails I needed to, etc), and lo and behold it turns out there isn't a Mono package available for Fedora Core 3. Ummm...ok? No, not ok actually. In the list of supported OS's, there is a smattering of SuSE/Redhat icons...but look, only 1 Windows icon! One installer for more than one OS version...what a novel concept. The hardcore guys out there would tell me install and compile from source ...I'm not quite ready to be that hardcore yet. Regardless, this is where I get a little confused (and my thoughts of linux still not being ready for the desktop are reinforced). Why would a newer OS release need a different installation package? Is the Mono codebase which is installed different from previous... Read More...
04 January 2005
Mars Rover -- Has it Been a Year Already?
From CNN.com ( full article here ): Sitting on the hill of an alien world millions of miles from home, a hardy NASA robot celebrates an anniversary Monday -- one year on the planet Mars. ... "From an engineering standpoint, you really have to tip your hat," JPL's Matt Golombek told SPACE.com. "These rovers were designed for a lifetime of three months and now it's not clear when they're going to stop." Pretty impressive. Read More...
03 January 2005
Fedora Core 3 -- Virtual PC
Hello from Fedora Core 3 (running on VPC)! I should mention that I am a complete linux noob before I continue (I can spell l-i-n-u-x, and that's about it). This isn't my first foray into linux land (I had a round with SuSE 7.0 previously...perhaps 3 years ago?), but it is indeed my first successful one, I never could find drivers for my Voodoo 4 video card for SuSE, so it was basically unusable. Onwards to now... I won't comment on how I feel about Open Source Software (OSS, and linux in particular) other than to say while I like the idea in concept, in reality it still has a long way to go. The install via VPC wouldn't have been possible without this guide , and even after following those steps, I was limited to 800x600 resolution in VPC. I was quickly having flashbacks of my previous attempt at a linux install, but a quick google found this post which seemed promising. It took me another half hour or so of poking around to figure out that the XF86Config file doesn't exist on Fedora..... Read More...
01 January 2005
Soople -- GUI Frontend to Google
Baffled by the array of search options on Google ? Not sure if Google supports a specific type of search query? Just sick and tired of typing in all sorts of extraneous strings in the Google search box? Try Soople ...I just stumbled across their site and it seems quite useful for non-trivial searching with Google. Not as simple and tidy as the one text box layout of Google, but then again it does much more than simple searching. Good stuff. Read More...
01 January 2005
Happy New Years! -- Carnage in My Building
Prefacing this post with "not moving too swiftly today", as I'm sure many aren't. Therefore, all grammar/spelling/not making any sense issues are to be blamed on the gremlins beating on the inside of my head, and they seem to be impervious to any and all painkillers. New Year's was relatively uneventful (well, in my apartment at least...the same can't be said for some of the folks down the hall from me, more on that in a bit), had a small informal gathering with about a dozen or so of my closest friends along with Regis to help us usher in the New Year (we actually could have done it fine without him). As my unit faces downtown Charlotte, we were able to watch all the festivities from the comfort of my (warm) living room. Total consumables consumption (for anyone keeping score): Approx 35 beers of various flavors and ethnicity (at first can/bottle count). 3 bottles of Korbel. 1 bottle of merlot. 1 1/2 bottle of shiraz. 2 Dr. Peppers (that must have been my good friend Dulin who's never... Read More...
More Posts « Previous page