October 2006 - Posts

31 October 2006
Community Server 2.1 Service Pack 1 Released
As was announced over in the CS.org forums yesterday , Telligent has released Service Pack 1 for CS 2.1. A list of fixes/enhancements as well as download and installation instructions is located here (you can choose to only download the SP itself, or an complete installation of CS2.1 with SP1 included). I have updated most of my sites (including this one) with no issues. Of course if you've modified any of the core CS code you'll need to run a diff on those files and download the SP1 SDK so you can modify the appropriate code. Read More...
30 October 2006
jaysonBlog Turns Three
I cannot believe it's been 3 years since I first decided to build my own blogging engine as a coding exercise one lonely night back in 2003, and here I am still pounding away at the keyboard in an attempt to keep my 5 loyal readers somewhat entertained. The most notable thing that happened to my site was that traffic congestion finally forced me to move it off my home network and over to a real hosting solution. Site content also noticeably started going more towards the Community Server end of the spectrum, as well as just branching out into general technology related posts (among others). I still read most of the core technology blogs I started reading 3 year ago, and one thing I've noticed over time is that most of us (in one way or another) found more of a focus for topics we post about; in a sense we've all kind of grown up and found our specific voices. Three years ago, the whole .Net framework thing was still relatively new, so most of us were plugging away with topics like stack... Read More...
27 October 2006
Bon Voyage Weblogs.Asp.Net Feed
During my last round of Rss feed pruning, I finally deleted weblogs.asp.net (it's been a long time coming). Too many of the following: Duplicate posts about the same news item. Posts linking to other posts on weblogs.asp.net essentially saying "yeah me too" or "so-and-so posted about the following." Posts that are locale specific (i.e. speaker in blah part of the country type stuff). AJAX related fluff posts. I'd say out of 20 posts, maybe 1 of them actually piques any interest from me anymore. Nothing against the bloggers who are aggregated over there, but it's run its course...for me at least. I'm individually subscribed to a handful of bloggers from there that I'll continue to read. I'm also down to under 100 feeds I read on a regular basis. Read More...
26 October 2006
Scam Update -- Final Chapter (And Other Stuff)
One of those sleepless nights, and I realized I never did really sew up what happened with all the scam BS that happened a few months ago. In short, nothing really happened. My bank A) transferred most of the funds I had lost into my savings account and B) allowed me to cash it all out. I appreciate the donations that came in (which in hindsite I realize was a pretty tacky thing to ask for, but hey...desperate times call for desperate measures) and have paid most of them back. Outstanding invoices were paid and I was able to liquefy some other assets so all is well that ends well; this post closes my mini-series on this topic (thank god). Needless to say I'm living cash only (i.e. no checking/savings) for the time being out of sheer paranoia, and when I do decide to reopen a bank account it will be with a different firm...my former bank has been nothing short of a total PITA throughout the whole ordeal. PayPal has long since been canceled, as well as eBay (I will never ever ever use either... Read More...
25 October 2006
Some More Microsoft Updates
I'm a little late posting about the most recent Microsoft news, but have been attempting to wait some things out so I can consolidate it all in one post. In a nutshell, I did not get the position with the specific group I interviewed with down in Dallas. I did however get some incredibly good feedback from that team, and they've given me their full support (an endorsement of sorts) to a couple other teams within Microsoft that they think I'd be a better fit for. Once again I can't really get into many details other than the teams I've been forwarded on to are more on the proactive side of the spectrum, i.e. they design and implement solutions moreso than supporting and maintaining them. I will divulge more details as they present themselves, but things are still looking promising. Read More...
24 October 2006
Visual Studio 2005 // TODO
Note to self: Continue to use Class View over Solution Explorer on all projects in the very near future...this has been on my todo list for a while now and I keep forgetting about it. Class View beats the snot out of Solution Explorer hands down. Read More...
24 October 2006
Some New Software Releases
The past 2 days have been chock full of new software releases...these 3 are the most significant for me: Windows Defender has gone gold for Windows XP and Windows 2003. Maybe now I can finally ditch Norton, though I do like SpeedDisk. Fedora Core 6 has finally been released (as of now only some of the Asian mirrors have it, but it will be widely available later on today), which is the only *nix distro I've ever even remotely gotten along with. I cannot get it to install in Virtual PC though (getting a kernel soft crash exception). As is the norm, it comes in both i386 and x64 builds, and ships with mono preinstalled. Firefox 2.0 has been posted to Mozilla's FTP site (sometimes generates 521: Too Many Users errors). 98% of my extensions were incompatible; you can reinstall 1.5.x over the 2.0 release to "undo" it, i.e. revert back to 1.5...it looks like it'll be a while before I upgrade because of the incompatibilities, I wish there was a standalone upgrade advisor that could be run to check... Read More...
21 October 2006
Vista Doesn't Like My New Memory DIMM
So I made the first of my readiness upgrades for Vista today: I installed a second 1 gig DIMM of RAM in my machine...same brand and speed as the existing DIMM, lo and behold the memory test in Vista actually dropped 2/10ths of a point, from 4.2 to 4.0 (~5% decrease). I wasn't expecting it to go up, but certainly wasn't expecting it to go down. What gives? Could the new stick have some faults in it? Read More...
20 October 2006
Getting Ready For Vista -- Geek Wishlist
Now that the Vista release is officially right around the corner, I have an excuse to make some hardware upgrades to my workstation box (no, I don't really need new hardware, but then again who really does). After doing some research, I was actually quite pleasantly surprised to find that my almost 2 year old motherboard ( Abit Fatal1ty AN8 ) still supports modern hardware, i.e. it's a very scalable/extensible board so I won't have to overhaul the entire box. That makes Jay a happy geek as I don't feel like gutting my entire system just to eek out an extra half a point on the Vista performance scale (I keed). So, here's my geek wishlist for Christmas: Ditching my AMD Athlon 64 3500+ and upgrading to an AMD Athlon X2 4800+ Dual Core . As of now that processor pushes the limits of the socket 939 boards to just about their max for a very reasonable sub $300 price tag...I'm very impressed that my board will support this much extra horsepower. One of the best hardware purchases I've ever made... Read More...
19 October 2006
Static Doesn't Mean Thread Safe
K. Scott Allen recently posted an interesting blurb on the thread safety-ness of static (Shared) members in .Net: One misunderstanding I often see is "if I make this member static it will be thread safe". I think this misconception arises because of the boilerplate MSDN documentation that will often say: "Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe." When a .NET framework class appears with the above documentation, it means a developer took the necessary precautions to make the static member thread safe. Perhaps they added a lock, or used some other synchronization mechanism to ensure thread safety. See: Statics and Thread Safety Part I and Part II . I've had this question come up in numerous interviews, and until recently I didn't realize that I was answering it incorrectly. On a related note, an interesting discussion concerning static constructors (which are thread safe by design without any... Read More...
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