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Introducing the all new Mac/Windows love affair...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 12 April 2006 (7693 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

So... everybody and their mother knows that Apple said that they wouldn't do anything to hinder or support the installation of Windows XP on their new Intel Macs (commonly referred to as Mactels). And everybody and their dog knows that some guy won 13 thousand dollars by figuring out how to boot Windows XP on a Mac.... and now everybody and their pet fish knows that Apple went back on their original promise (of not doing anything to support Windows installs) by offering BootCamp, which allows any dumb shmoe a chance to boot Windows XP on his shiny new Mactel.

But my question is... where is all this mad Mac/Windows love coming from...???

The evolution of the Mac virus...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 22 February 2006 (5432 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

You know... it seems like just last week that Mac users were sitting... all smug and metrosexual... in their coffee shops... wearing their ridiculously over-priced Diesel jeans... sipping their lattes... and feeling all secure in the "fact" that their computers were "safer" than the "inferior" Windows PCs of the "lesser" humans.


Oh wait.... that was just last week. AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

And then... a little thing I like to call "reality" set it... and the ginormous myth that Mac's are "impervious" to viruses was dashed against the brutal rocks of inevitability.  For in one week's time we have seen not one..... not two.... but THREE viruses/security flaws appear on the radar screen.

And the best part about it is.... they just keep gettin' better.

Apple's (and my) latest dillema...
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Written by WATYF on Tuesday, 14 February 2006 (2038 hits)
Category: Apple Bashing

I just wanted to take this opportunity to point and laugh at Apple over its latest troubles.

As if all of Apple's previous problems weren't enough.... here they go again.... puttin' a happy smile on my skinny little face.

Apparently, someone has filed suit against Apple claiming that they're.... wait for it....



.....a monopoly!!!!



So I guess that cornering a whopping 3% of the global computing market has put them in dangerous territory with the DOJ.

The coolest freaking thing ever...
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 10 February 2006 (9118 hits)
Category: Nerdery

How many nerds, like myself, watched Minority Report and remember that scene where Tom Cruise was working with the "future telling" machine thingy and he was dragging visuals around in mid-air and using that wicked cool user-interface to check out all the crimes that hadn't happened yet? How many of you also remember thinking how cool of a UI that was, but that it wasn't very realistic and probably wouldn't be a "real-world" technology any time soon (if ever)?

Anyone? Come on... of all the countless thousands of people who real this blog every day (whuh?!) there has to be someone else who thought that. I dunno... it just came across to me as being a bit too "Jetsons"... a nice piece of eye-candy, but just not a technology that I could see being developed for widespread use.

Well,... I'm happy to say that my initial gut feeling was wrong...

My Google, My Google... why hast thou forsaken me...?
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 13 January 2006 (8272 hits)
Category: Nerdery

It seems like only yesterday I was shilling.... I mean... "praising" Google for all the cool stuff that they keep putting out. But I guess even the greats have to put out a stinker every once in a while.

It looks like the general consensus all... over... the net is that Google Video is a huge bomb. Not only does the interface suck, but the content offering is anemic, at best. On top of that, Google has created their own DRM (for the paid videos) that makes it impossible to import the videos on to a portable device. Some are even saying that videos you purchase are only available as live streams, which means you can't truly download and view them offline (I haven't confirmed this one yet). Google also won't tell you what format the video is in until you've purchased it. All that stuff combined, Google Video is looking like a really lousy release. Me thinks they shoulda done some more in-house testing before letting this thing out into the wild.

But, as with anything Google makes, there are always a few cool attributes to it... and since I'm such a "glass is half-full/look on the bright side" kinda guy... (whuh?!?) I'm gonna point a few of them out to you...

The joys of web hosting...
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Written by WATYF on Wednesday, 11 January 2006 (7267 hits)
Category: Nerdery

So... I'm sittin' around, minding my own business last Friday, and I go to check something on my website (can't remember if it was email or the home page or whatever), and I notice that my website doesn't appear to be responding. I figured that the site was down.... again.... which actually isn't all that abnormal for the web host that I was using. But I couldn't do anything to fix it, because first thing Saturday morning I had a band coming in to do some recording, and then right after that, I had to run out to go..... wait for it......... camping. Yeah... that's not exactly part of my normal weekend activities. Needless to say it was a last minute whim someone had while we were hanging out Friday night that I got suckered into.  (ok... so I liked it... but that doesn't make me any less of a nerd.)

So basically, I was busy, 24/7 for the next two days and had no way of finding out what was wrong with the site... so I just left it at that and hoped that they'd have it back up in a reasonable amount of time.... but boooooy was I wrong.

TaskRunner 3.0 Final has been released...
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Written by WATYF on Saturday, 10 December 2005 (7553 hits)
Category: TaskRunner

Well whatdyaknow.... it only took me a couple decades, but I finally released the "public release" of TaskRunner 3.0....

....and I will now begin making incessant changes to it.

You can download it on the software page. This version requires registration (unlike 2.2.) because... well... because it does a lot more crap than 2.2 did... deal with it. 

De-emasculating VB.NET...
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 18 November 2005 (18616 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

Is it just me, or has VB always seemed like a C language with its nads cut off? (that's a rhetorical question, btw... I know it's not just me ) The thing is... they always try to give you little features and "productivity" advantages, but when it really comes down to it, there are always those "manly" programming functions that you just can't perform with VB. (That is, if you consider anything in programming to be "manly".)

When .NET came around, they made it sound like VB was finally getting some cahones and that it would be on par with its corresponding C language (C#)... and in a lot of respects, that was true... but you know... there must have been a bitter, old C coder working on the .NET project who just couldn't stand VB.NET being put on the same level as C#... because it looks like he decided to castrate a few features out of VB.NET just to stick it to us poor, lowly VB coders...

In this case, I'm talking about Pre and Post Build Events. These are obviously very handy tools... and they're available by default in C# projects... so why on earth would they not be available in VB.NET projects as well? There's just no rhyme or reason to it... (other than my bitter C coder theory)...

The grooviest studio I've ever been to... so far.
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Written by WATYF on Thursday, 17 November 2005 (4983 hits)
Category: Musical

So, the band I play for booked some time in a St. Louis studio to track a few songs. I was scheduled to go in on a Tuesday and spend about 8 hours tracking drums. Well, it ends up that they booked themselves into the nicest studio in St. Louis (and probably one of the nicest in the Midwest)... Four Seasons Media Productions.

I've been to a bunch of home/project studios in my time (some decent... some pretty crappy), but this is my first time tracking in a "real" studio. Unfortunately, I was so busy drumming that I didn't get much of a chance to drool over all their high-end gear.... but I did find some links online to a few pictures of their control and tracking rooms, just so you can join me a bit of gratuitous gear-lust.

If VistaDB was a woman... I'd marry it.
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Written by WATYF on Friday, 11 November 2005 (13386 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

...or rather... if VistaDB was a woman... and I wasn't already married... and I was into chicks who were thread-safe and crash-safe.... then I'd marry it.

Since it is (by far) the most popular article on my blog, I'm assuming that anyone reading this knows about my long and painfully tortuous journey through the dregs of .NET embedded databases in an attempt to find a stable backend for TaskRunner. Well... I have finally arrived at a solution which I am perfectly content with. (yes, I realize that's bad grammer... sue me.)

Last you heard, I was going ahead with my implementation of SharpHSQL as the backend. I had a few "issues", but I thought I had a way of getting around them... well.... that has all changed.

Copying data from one database to another using ADO.NET...
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Written by WATYF on Monday, 07 November 2005 (23432 hits)
Category: .NET Programming

I had a little task I wanted to perform. And this was one of those times where it wasn't as easy as my little pea-brain had imagined it would be. Basically, I wanted to copy data from a table in one database into an identical table in another database. You'd think that there would be a very straightforward way to do this using the amazing new ADO.NET... and believe it or not... there is.

"So what's the problem?", you ask? Well... apparently... NO ONE ON THE ENTIRE FREAKING INTERNET HAS EVER POSTED A SAMPLE OF HOW TO DO IT!!%#!%!

*aaah*... and that's where I come in....

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